The Illuminati are the holy grail of conspiracy theories. They once did actually exist and were founded in 1776, but disbanded in 1785. Many people believe that they still exist today and give us clues to their existence within so many things, even Lady Gaga music videos. The word Illuminati means enlightened.
The Bavarian Illuminati
The Bavarian Illuminati was the Illuminati that actually existed within history. It was a group of freethinkers that founded the Illuminati on the 1st of May, 1776 that seemed to consist of a lot of Freemason members. This Illuminati was interested in opposing prejudice and the Romance Catholic Church, whilst trying to support education and woman's rights as intellectual equals, which is a stark contrast to today's Illuminati, which seemingly want a New World Order and makes pop musicians go crazy through the use of mind control.
The Illuminati had around 2000 members in the space of ten years but when Karl Theodor, the ruler of Bavaria, banned all secret societies, the Illuminati disbanded in 1785. Apparently.
According to some, the Illuminati kept going yet radically changed all their goals and now are the secret government of the world, controlling absolutely everything. The Illuminati are made up of Presidents, Prime Ministers, Popes, and, for some reason, Jay Z. Their goal now is to establish a One World Government and spy on us all like in 1984.
Though opinion divides on the Illuminati, some believe that members are all satanists, including the Pope, and that the Illuminati will bring the Antichrist.
Symbolism for the Illuminati is mainly made up of triangles, the All Seeing Eye and goat heads (which represent Baphomet, keep up) They choose goat to be opposite from lambs which are God's people.