posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 01:38 PM
Originally posted by iRoyaltyPerhaps my knowledge of the masons is warped by conspiracy theories,
That is quite possible.
I assumed the owl was a symbol of wisdom
It is. That goes back to ancient times with
which was used by the illuminati (the enlightened ones)…
There's no evidence that the Bavarian Illuminati of 1776 ever used an owl as
its symbol. The only legitimate claim to a symbol used by the actual
Illuminati is the circumpunct (a dot in a circle), which is a symbol as
old as man, so hardly in their exclusive domain either.
…who I've been told are quite closely knit with Masonic doings!
The Bavarian Illuminati was founded in 1776 and disbanded about 10
years later. It was essentially a group of enlightenment era philosophers who styled themselves as proto-anarchists, with the belief that man should
govern himself. They were anti-king and anti-pope, and thus demonized by the tyrants and popes who WERE in power at the time. That is why they have
become the boogie-men of conspiracy theory. They sought to bolster their ranks by soliciting Masons to join them, as Masons are also anti-tyranny.
Some joined, some didn't.
So your assumptions are manifold:
First, you believe there still exists an organization which styles itself as "The Illuminati." There isn't.
Second, for some reason you believe that organization wears masks. Not even the folks at the Bohemian Grove wear masks. We've seen the photos.
Third, you believe that the owl is in any way important to Masons as a symbol. I can honestly state it is not particularly significant to any Masonic
degree in the Blue Lodge, nor any of the Scottish Rite degrees, up to and including the 33°. (It's possible
, but unlikely, that it is somehow
used in the York Rite degree system. I suspect it's not, or I would have come across it in any number of online shops selling paraphernalia to
Masons, but KSigMason can correct me if I'm wrong, as he's a member of the York Rite.)