Beyonce’s Superbowl Illuminati Hand Sign Inspires Debate, Sarcasm, HuffPost Disinfo
February 4, 2013 in World News
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Two things are being widely talked about after Superbowl XLVII, the blackout and Beyonce giving what is said to be an “Illuminati” hand sign.
As far as the internet is concerned, the star flashed an unmistakable symbol during her sexy half-time show.
Yep, Beyonce’s in the Illuminati.
It’s all over, people. We’re toast. (Or, maybe she was just doing the Roc-A-Fella records sign that pretty much everyone else does… but Illuminati is more fun.)
Yea, great story HuffPo. Since they are so “enlightened”, why couldn’t they cover the real origin of the hand sign? Maybe it is just laziness.
Sure, Jay-Z and Roc-a-Fella records started it.
Given that the word can be best described as meaning “enlightened”, maybe that was Hova’s (Jehovah?) inspiration for the light in the middle.
These old Hebrew symbols mean nothing then.
The one eye model with the pyramid on the back of the dollar means nothing either.
It’s just a big joke, right HuffPo?
The word “Illuminati” gets misused in many ways, but the hand sign is hundreds of years old, guaranteed. Prove it wrong, HuffPo.
US News did a brief article before the game about a “Super PAC” called Elect a New Congress which said before the game that the halftime show would be Illuminati propaganda.
The libertarian-leaning super PAC that announced Friday that America should boycott the Super Bowl halftime performance because it would be the work of the “Illuminati” said Beyonce confirmed their worst expectations.
Though Elect a New Congress didn’t actually watch the show due to the boycott, its founder, Bill Fawell, tells Whispers he was informed of a hand signal Beyonce made near the end of her performance that he says is a symbol of the Illuminati.
Discovery had a longer piece on the history of the Illuminati and the many head games played using the information. To maintain a cult-like aura of mystery of its existence works to help the rumor (fear?) endure while giving it sound evidence of denial. It also serves to keep people fighting over anecodotal coincidences and stop debating whether it does exist and for what purpose.
Secret societies have always intrigued people, partly because of their claims to esoteric knowledge. The Illuminati was a group founded in 1776 by Adam Weishaupt, a law professor in Bavaria.
Weishaupt claimed to have been given mysterious, arcane knowledge by a “higher source,” which presumably could have been anything from God to extraterrestrials to voices in his head.
The Illuminati organization resembled a pyramid scheme cult, with new initiates required to pledge total obedience to Weishaupt, and promises of greater revealed wisdom the more invested a member became.
Weishaupt shared his philosophical insights with others who joined his group, telling them for example that “Man is not bad, except as he is made so by arbitrary morality. He is bad because religion, the state, and bad examples pervert him. When at last reason becomes the religion of men, then will the problem be solved.”
Weishaupt outlined his plans to change the world so that all would accept his teachings.
Until that could happen, secrecy was a key tenet of the group’s philosophy: “Let it never appear in any place in its own name, but always covered by another name, and another occupation. None is fitter than the three lower degrees of Freemasonry,” Weishaupt wrote, and thus many members also became Freemasons, another secret society.
This, by itself, was not unusual; throughout history members of groups who shared unorthodox or unpopular beliefs had to meet in secrecy and lead double lives.
However this virtually guaranteed that conspiracy theories would forever be attached to the Illuminati name. Since any real member would deny involvement, the Illuminati could theoretically be anywhere and everywhere (even the Superbowl) — and no one could prove otherwise.
The Illuminati was outlawed in Bavaria in 1783, and by 1800 the group was all but defunct in Germany but its ideas had spread to America, Europe and elsewhere.
According to Mark Booth’s New York Times bestseller “The Secret History of the World,” the real truth about the Illuminati was revealed when a high-ranking member was suddenly killed, and Illuminati documents were found among his effects: “The seized writings revealed that the ancient wisdom and the secret supernatural powers promulgated within the Illuminati had always been a cynical invention and a fraud. An aspirant progressed through the grades only to discover that the spiritual elements in the teachings were merely a smokescreen.”
It was all a cynical spiritual con game done for power and prestige, playing on the very human desire to be part of something secret and powerful.
Still some remained unconvinced, believing that the exposure of the scam was itself a conspiracy to discredit Weishaupt and the Illuminati. After all, if the government feared their secret wisdom it had to do everything in their power to stop them (no one ever explained why those in power weren’t already Illuminati, or wouldn’t be eager to embrace the hidden knowledge it offered, instead of trying to destroy it).
Though the Illuminati only existed for less than two decades over two centuries ago, many conspiracy theorists believe that it remains active and powerful, often associated with New World Order and anti-Jewish conspiracies.
So what about that Illuminati sign that Beyonce made with her hands? Could it be that she was letting the world know about her involvement with the Illuminati (in direct defiance to its core tenets)?
Or could it be that she was making a diamond symbol with her hands as a plug for her husband Jay-Z’s record company, which uses a diamond as its symbol? Or could it be that conspiracy theorists don’t realize that there are only so many symbols that can be formed with four fingers and a thumb, and that by random chance many of them will look similar?
Assuming that the Illuminati still exist as a secret and powerful organization (and not a discredited cult scam), how will we know that they are active? Apparently when reason and rationality overwhelm “the public mind.”
The amazing thing about disinformation and influencing the mind is that it can be all smoke and mirrors. The Illuminati’s dubious history is derived from the occult which means hidden, secret or clandestine, knowledge of the hidden. Hence the symbolism about light and dark and “occulting” the light which is referring to knowledge. Ask yourself again why the Superbowl blackout happened after reading about the occult signs within.
The awareness of occultism has skyrocketed in recent years because of the internet allowing for real time debate. Last year, Madonna’s performance with Nikki Minaj and M.I.A. raised eyebrows, with pyramid and occult imagery everywhere.
After last year’s Super Bowl halftime show, conspiracy theorists similarly said Madonna’s performance was the work of the Illuminati, in part because she was surrounded by male dancers who formed in the shape of a pyramid.
Pyramid imagery has been a part of controversy for a long time, not just in music. For more on the occult, symbols, entertainment and politics, see our article on Ke$ha’s “Die Young” video, you know, that song radio stations pulled after Sandy Hook.
As for Beyonce, to Sasha Fierce or not?
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