I've found that at the very heart and core of all these secret societies lurks the Kabbalah - the Kabbalah is the ancient jewish mysticism.
It is a method of encoding information through a system of mathematics and numbers. It is some of the most ancient knowledge that man has ever possessed and has been kept secret and only given to those who have proven themselves worthy through the process of initiation. Nobody knows where it comes from. I can tell you this... It was there long before the Jews come along, the Jews just took it and preserved and they passed it down and is used by everybody.
Because its at the heart and core of the secret knowledge.. the metaphysics.. the real science that none of us know anything about...