The Bavarian Illuminati was active in Bavaria at the end of the 18th century. According to some researchers, it then went underground and continue to operate behind the scene to this very day with families such as the Rockefellers and Rothschilds leading the way.
Adolph Freiherr Knigge (1752 – 1796) was a leading German Freemason and a member of the Bavarian Illuminati’s inner circle. He eventually had a falling out with Adam Weishaupt and left the Order. Knigge used the codename Philo.
The Bavarian Order of the Illuminati used the pyramid symbol. The pyramid symbol was located on the floor of all Minerval assemblies.
The owl had a prominent place in the lower degrees of the Bavarian Illuminati. The owl represented the Roman goddess Minerva (Athena to the Greeks).