Guest Author - Rebecca Graf
During times of unrest, revolutionary groups can emerge from every crevice. They might have the same goals in mind, but they exist and function in different areas of society or in different areas of a country. Rumor has it that the Grand Firmament was the connection between them all and helped guide them though they might be far away.
The early 1800s was full of revolutionary thoughts. Napoleon is failing in his attempt to rule the world and is finding himself a prisoner. He escapes and tries to regain his power but he is captured eventually. All of Europe is trying to fight off the noose Napoleon had placed around their necks. Young men were planning to help overthrow the government. This period was a perfect breeding ground for secret revolutionary groups.
Many of those revolutionary young men were outspoken. The result was them having to flee their native lands and find sanctuary in countries such as Switzerland. In particular were Gioacchino Prati, Carl Follen, Wilhelm Snell, and Flippo Buronarroti. These men were already part of organizing secret revolutionary groups such as the Burschenschaften in Germany by Carl Follen. As the founders of the groups went underground along with their groups, they found themselves in the company of others from neighboring parts of Napoleon’s empire.
These leaders formed an alliance that many believed was the Grand Firmament which was an “over-arching revolutionary committee” seated in Paris. This would have been a committee to help guide the groups and synchronize them. This committee would have helped them all work together to achieve their dreams and not find themselves fighting against each other or invading another’s territory. It would have been a revolutionary (pun intended) alliance that history had rarely seen.
The truth is that there is no historical evidence that the Grand Firmament ever existed. But this did not stop governments from seeking out the men who supposedly found it and those that were rumored to help support it. Executions resulted from the sheer believe and fear of the existence of the Grand Firmament. Governments knew of what power it could yield if it really did exist.
Since the early 1800s, the Grand Firmament has been an historical speculation and an example to many today. Other secret societies use the “Grand Firmament” title to describe the main committee that directions the other lodges or individual groups. It exists today in a slightly different form and purpose.
Did they really exist in the 1800s? Though no evidence exists to concretely prove it, it would not be surprising considering how many revolutions took place at this time and how connections can be made among the various faction leaders. If there was not an official Grand Firmament, there very well could have been a looser version that only grew in power the more the governments persecuted them.