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According to Secret Societies author Jan van Helsing, "Illuminati" came into more common use during the 14th century in Germany, where it applied to the high initiates of the "Brotherhood of the Snake"-a "savant brotherhood that had subscribed to the dissemination of spiritual knowledge and the attainment of spiritual freedom from . . . extraterrestrials" more than 3,000 years before Christ.
The Latin name of "Illuminati" and the biblical term for snake have related origins and definitions. The word snake derives from "nahash," which came from the root word "nhsh" meaning to "discover," or "decipher." In Latin, "illuminare" meant "to illumine," or "to recognize," or "know."
Thus, the snake used by Rockefeller-directed organized medicine today, became a symbol of evolving illuminance or intelligence. Likewise, the Knight's Templar symbol shows the snake beginning and ending with a swastika. Citing van Helsing's research again, "One of the main branches of the Illuminati in Germany were the mystical Rosicrucians who were introduced at the beginning of the 9th century by Charlemagne."
The Society of Book and Snake is the fourth oldest secret society at Yale University. Book and Snake was founded at the Sheffield Scientific School in 1863
B&S became a Yale senior society in 1933, and was the first senior secret society at Yale to accept minorities and women.
...Book and Snake owns its own meeting hall, or "tomb." As is traditional with the meeting places of Yale societies, the building is windowless....
Originally posted by InfaRedMan
I thought the snake was a symbol of knowledge... you know... tempting eve with the apple and all that!
She was certainly tempted by the snake... that's how she became pregnant with Kane & Able.