Tour Through Time
Collegium Arcanum Aracanorum
Mortal Branch of Custos Gnaritas
Mortals governing the Invisible Basilica, a moving storehouse of knowledge. A self-sustaining and important branch of the Custos Gnartias.
The Ipsimus of the Custos Gnaritas represents an important and ancient tradition in the preservation of knowledge. Below that, many other designations also apply from Keepers to Archons. For the most dynamic and changing group of the Custos Gnaritas, mortals, this organization educations and plans for succession.
This applies to all levels of the Custos Gnaritas other than Protectors, which is governed by a separate group of mortals.
Sample of Notable members:
Nigidius Figulus—Roman, founder, 1st century BC
Hero (or Heron) of Alexandria, 1st Century
Aelius Galenus, Greek, 2nd Century
Liu Hui, Chinese mathematician, 3rd Century
John Chrysostom, Syrian-born Patriarch of Constantinople, 4th Century
Aetius, last of the great Roman generals, 5th Century
Riothamus, King of the Britons, a candidate for the legendary King Arthur, 5th Century
Belisarius, Byzantine general, 6th Century
Karaikkal Ammeiyar, one of the few females amongst the sixty three Nayanmars, 6th Century
Li Shiji, Chinese general, 7th Century
Charlemagne, King of the Franks, 8th Century
Li Po, Chinese poet, 8th Century
Huang Chao, 9th Century
Erik the Red, Norwegian explorer, founded Greenland, 10th Century
Adalbold II of Utrecht, Dutch mathematician, 11th Century
Alfonso VI of Castile, king, 12th Century
Vladimir II Monomakh, prince of Kiev, 12th Century
Dante Alighieri, Florentine writer and poet, 13th Century
Saadi Persian poet, 13th Century
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci—Italian, 14th Century
Count Francesco Melzi, da Vinci’s favourite student, 14th-15th Century
Josef Hayden—Austrian, 18th Century
Alessandro Cagliostro—Italian, 18th Century
George Washington—American, 18th-19th Century
Thomas Jefferson—American, 18th-19th Century
Benjamin Franklin—American, 18th-19th Century
Meriwether Lewis—American, 19th Century
Mark Twain (writer), 19th Century
Henry Ford—American, 19th-20th Century
Sir Winston Churchill—British, 20th Century
Buzz Aldrin—American, 20th Century
Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple Computer) 21st Century
Saul Perlmutter, (University of California, Berkeley), 21st Century
Al Gore, 21st Century
Dan Shechtman, Israel, Chemist, 21st Century
Herta Müller, Romania, Writer, 21st Century
Few but the most studied in the occult have ever heard of the Collegium Arcana Aracanorum. Among those, rumor estimates the beginnings of the Collegium Arcana Aracanorum in ancient Rome, or perhaps even earlier. Some say the originator was Nigidius Figulus, a noted scholar and praetor of the late Roman Republic. Others persist that it was actually Cicero, a friend of Nigidius. Some name the originator as Plato centuries before the time of Cicero and Figulus in Greece.
To those uninitiated who hear the name Collegium Arcana Aracanorum, they give no more credence to it’s actual existence than most give to the legendary city of Atlantis: a myth. Some say it was real, as were the Knights Templar, but like the legendary Knights, their role has been romanticized and exaggerated into the surreal.
To those who believe the truth is out there about the Collegium Arcana Aracanorum, they claim it is among the most enduring secret societies in world history and among the most important. Protecting knowledge throughout history by collecting, moving, storing and classifying, there are those who believe they are custodians of the world’s greatest storehouse of knowledge.
Beyond even this, there is talk among those who believe in the occult that these individuals work in conjunction with other beings on this quest, things like vampires, mages and even more mysterious things. They say that for thousands of years knowledge and roles have been passed down from generation to generation and that even today there is a mortal who sits on a special counsel with these mythical beings and has a voice equal to their own.
Branches and Other Names
Freemasonry is a fraternity within a fraternity – an outer organization concealing an inner Collegium. Before it is possible to intelligently discuss the origin of the craft it is necessary to establish the existence of these two separate yet interdependent orders, the one visible and the other invisible. The visible society is a splendid camaraderie of “free and accepted” men enjoined to devote themselves to ethical, educational, fraternal, patriotic, and humanitarian concerns. The invisible society is a secret and most august fraternity whose members are dedicated to the service of a mysterious Arcanum Arcanorum.
While the charter of Freemasons is the subject of much mystery, occult scholars of the highest order recognize the branch leads back deeper.
The Illuminati is another group shrouded in mystery, much of which is fictional. The movement was founded on May 1, 1776, in Ingolstadt (Upper Bavaria) as the Order of the Illuminati, with an initial membership of five, by Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt (d. 1830), who was the first lay professor of canon law at the University of Ingolstadt. It was made up of freethinkers as an offshoot of the Enlightenment and seems to have been modeled on the Freemasons. The Illuminati’s members took a vow of secrecy and pledged obedience to their superiors. Members were divided into three main classes, each with several degrees, and many Illuminati chapters drew membership from existing Masonic lodges (see below).
Writers such as Mark Dice, David Icke, Texe Marrs, Ryan Burke, Jüri Lina and Morgan Gricar have argued that the Bavarian Illuminati survived, possibly to this day. Many of these theories propose that world events are being controlled and manipulated by a secret society calling itself the Illuminati. Conspiracy theorists have claimed that many notable people were or are members of the Illuminati. Presidents of the United States are a common target for such claims.
A key figure in the conspiracy theory movement, Myron Fagan, devoted his latter years to finding evidence that a variety of historical events from Waterloo, The French Revolution, President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and an alleged communist plot to hasten the New World Order by infiltrating the Hollywood film industry, were all orchestrated by the Illuminati.
The Illuminati, in reality, still exists in a more covert form and is a training ground for free thinking. The best and brightest are admitted to the Custos Gnaritas, often as Scribes.