Josef Wages is the co-editor (with Dr. Reinhard Markner) of the new book The Secret School of Wisdom: The Authentic Rituals and Doctrines of the Illuminati. Their work is vitally important for anyone wanting to more fully understand the organization that was founded in 1776 in Bavaria and survived for just a decade - important because it is the first time that the actual rituals of the order have all been collected together in one place (in German or English). Anyone wishing to study the Illuminati for any reason needs to begin with this volume. Indeed, the 30 page introduction alone provides a concise, footnoted and well summarized history of the foundation and structure - along with the personalities involved - of the real group that has come to represent a true "secret society" to so many people around the world for more than two centuries.
Because the society has become the repository of paranoid fantasies for so long, peeling the fiction away from the fact has been challenging. But in light of the knowledge that so much misinformation exists, one would like to think that a publication like National Geographic would have taken more care with what they sling around as "history." Which brings me to the following.
Josef Wages posted the following message on his book's Facebook page today: