The single most common denominator in all occult groups and societies is that they are obsessed with acquiring "the light/hidden knowledge".
The heart of Gnosticism is that the path to salvation is through acquired hidden knowledge and the illuminated are there as saviours of mankind.
Needless to say, as the name says it all, but The Illumninati have the same phylosophy. And what say we of the Freemasons ? Every degree's purpose is to gain greater "light".
What we are seeing in these more or less modern occult societies is a hand-me-down pattern of the Knights Templar, who, in their crusades, picked up many occult practices; Zohar/Kabbala in Israel/Palestine ( which later was put to paper in the form of Gnosticism), The Mysteries Religion in Greece, Black Magik in Egypt among others and incorporated these teachings in their own theology.
"Everything points to the strong possibility that there must be a Universal Body of Wisdom and Knowledge (running in unbroken continuity from the most ancient of times right up to today), all inclusive of Science, Religion, Philosophy, Ethics, and Education, that we the people of planet earth, in every land, of every religion, and of every skin color, can stand firmly upon and depend on as being the true source and foundation of all other contemporary expressions of it -- past, present, and future -- scientific, religious, and philosophical, and with these clearly understood to be but branches, twigs, and leaves which have sprouted (or will sprout) out of this one rock-solid tree of Universal Wisdom and Knowledge" - AN INTRODUCTION TO THE "BODY OF KNOWLEDGE" KNOWN AS THEOSOPHY
Naturally this "Universal Body of Wisdom and Knowledge" is only acquired through man made phylosophical precepts and occult fabrications. The foudner of the theosophy movement is H. P. BLAVATSKY, a known satanist.
" To teach us wisdom, and the folly of endeavoring to explain to ourselves that which we are not capable of understanding, we reproduce the speculations of the Philosophers, the Kabalists, the Mystagogues and the Gnostics. Every one being at liberty to apply our symbols and emblems as he thinks most consistent with truth and reason and with his own faith, we give them such an interpretation only as may be accepted by all." - Albert Pike (satanist, 33 dgeree Freemason) Morals and Dogma
"Our records inform us, that the usages and customs of Masons have ever corresponded with those of the Egyptian philosophers, to which they bear a near affinity. Unwilling to expose their mysteries to vulgar eyes, they concealed their particular tenets, and principles of polity, under hieroglyphical figures; and expressed their notions of government by signs and symbols, which they communicated to their Magi alone, who were bound by oath not to reveal them" (Thomas Smith Webb, PGM, The Freemason's Monitor Cincinnati: The Pettibone Bros., 1797, p.39)
"As a result of my research, I finally came to conclude that a careful history of the occult had been maintained by the ancient priests wherever the mysteries were practiced. This information was probably initially passed along chiefly by word of mouth and possibly assisted by the use of hieroglyphics and other forms of primitive writing developed among the ancient civilizations. However, as time progressed, this knowledge of the secret rituals, beliefs and practices of the occult priesthood, was put into writing on manuscripts, providing a permanent record of these Luciferic activities." - Gary H. Kah, En Route to Global Occupation
In the above, "word of mouth" would be Kabbala, and "put into writing on manuscripts" would be Gnosticism, as one derives directly from the other.There is an unbroken chain down through the ages of occult practices being handed from one generation to another via secret societies. These are NOT social clubs as they would have us believe, or as their public face projects; they hide within their ranks a staunch following in the dark arts and Lucifer worship.
All of these societies share a common phylosophy, that you must strive to achieve worthiness by going through "degrees" or steps, performing rituals and ceremonies and in the end recieve total "enlightenment" and salvation.
Speaking of Jesus Christ :
"In him was life; and the life was the light of men."- Jn 1:4
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” - Jn 8:12
"I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;"- 1Cor 1:4-5
“Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?” - Job 37:16
"To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,"- Lk 1:77
As we can see with a side by side comparison with Scripture, the true intent of the occult societies is to usurp the throne of God and replace Jesus Christ. This is the whole purpose of their existence, and clearly demonstrates their satanic nature, for it is said of the devil, "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."- Isa 14:12-14
This was also the exact same thing that was done by Nimrod in his attempt with the tower of babel. Man's attempt at finding God on his own has failed and will fail until he "bends the knee" to the King of kings, Jesus Christ.
"We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts" - 2Pe 1:19
"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. "- Jn 16:13
There is no greater "light" that can be found in Jesus Christ. There is no greater knowledge to be aquired but by the word of God.