was also known as a Church; its meetings marked on the Illuminati'scalendar as sacred.
Above, the seal of the
Freising Minerval Church
. Instead of the letters P.M.C.V., they arereplaced with S.E.M.T.:
Sigil Ecclesiastic Minerva Thebes
; or, "Seal of the Freising MinervalChurch" (i.e. Freising's alias within the Order was
).Another layer of the owl symbolism, was to assure its initiates that the Illuminati does its biddingat night: nocturnal toil (seePerfectibilists - The 18th Century Bavarian Order of the Illuminati-2009, pp. 220-2). It harkens back to the tradition of night being the "mother of counsels."
, for instance, recorded the Latin adage:
In nocte consilium
[Night is themother of counsel].
Apparently, the lesson is to be cautious or prudent, not to undertake a thing impulsively ("sleepon it"). Indeed, for one of the maxims the Illuminati had given to the Minervals, was: Quidquidagis, age prudente et respice finem [Whatever you do, do cautiously, and be mindful of the end](Perfectibilists, op. cit., p. 227 n. 33).During each Minerval ceremony, the initiates recited, and received a lecture upon, a translatedand slightly altered version of theOde to Wisdomby
ODE to WISDOM,
By a Lady.I.The solitary Bird of NightThro' the thick Shades now wings his Flight,And quits his Time-shook Tow'r;Where, shelter'd from the Blaze of Day,In Philosophic Gloom he lay,Beneath his Ivy Bow'r.II.
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