Wikipedia states that the name Illuminati refers to the Bavarian Illuminati founded in 1776. A woman purportedly born into an American Illuminati family stated that the group was named several hundred years ago in Bavaria, Germany. The roots of the Illuminati are the order of the Knights Templar, Rosicrusians, Baphetomism, and Druidic cults. Illuminism evolved from combining principles of these groups.
It is claimed that ex-Illuminists confirmed the bloodlines of some of the wealthiest and most influential families that comprise the Illuminati and that many of these members are part of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bilderberg Group. According to other sources, the Illuminati function today as an organized society that influences governments and corporations.
An article written by Henry Makow Ph.D. describes the woman named “Svali” who was raised in the Illuminati and defected to reveal the truths around the modern secret society. Svali relayed in December 2000 the Illuminati’s plans for a financial collapse caused by their manipulations of financial institutions, stocks, and interest rates. The result would be financial panic worldwide and the subsequent control of people through finances. Sound familiar?
Part of the master plan of the Illuminati is said to be population control. This is the concept I used in my novel. I spend little time deliberating over the truth or fiction of an organized, controlling evil. I do, however, find these ideas intriguing and have had a lot of fun using them to weave twists and turns into my story.
I would love to hear what other people think about these conspiracy theories.