© Larry Hannigan 1971, Australia
As we move forward
Anytime you come closer to something
Your vision should get clearer
Am I right?
You are a tool and the hidden hand is using you
Please don’t be delusional, the rulers of this world practice confusing you
The people and the priest and the imams
Have been jammed by government scams, mind systematically programmed
Blatant black hatred and racism
The way they laced the whole world and nation with traces of Satanism
Misplaces a pagan prison, the Founding Fathers enslaving
And tensions were no different then Bush’s and Reagan’s vision
1776 they took action
This Illuminati took form and was spawned from a Colombian faction
Just flip your one dollar bill over
And if you want me to expose the true code of deception, I will show ya
We live in a designed wicked system
The number 13 is consistent in Masonic symbolism
It represents transformation, 12 completes the cycle
So 13 is rebirth and regeneration
The meanings of this symbol are strategically hid
On the left side you see a 13 layer pyramid
Over that, sits the The All-Seeing Eye where the light shines
A sign of the Devil watching over you at all times
With the words “Annuit coeptis”
13 letters meaning, “He has favored our undertakings”, will you accept this?
Or will you learn the science and ignore ’em
Under the pyramid you see “Novus ordo seclorum”
Translated: “New Order of the World” or “the New World Order”
Authors and Satanic fathers of mass slaughter
The Eagle that you see on the right
Sits below 13 stars with a shield that has 13 stripes
And an olive branch in its claws with 13 leaves
Which is suppose to be in its talon to represent peace
But peace was always on a decrease
His other claw holds 13 arrows of war set to be released
And the letters at the bottom of the pyramid are fixed
With the Roman Numerals that equal 1776
The United States of America exists
In a deep devilish abyss with truth and paganism mixed
Every President that ever lived was foul
They gather at Bohemian Grove where they bow down before the Owl
See the Owl is wise and sees through the darkest of night
And there’s a small one on the dollar near the one on the top right
It ain’t hard to understand this government was never for us
The eagle was based off the Egyptian god Horus
The 13 colonies grew into wicked sovereignty
And made no apology for the obvious idolatry
Subconsciously we follow the ways of the Beast
And pay homage to pagan gods when we say the days of the week
Like Sunday, they worship the Sun; Monday, is Moon’s Day
Týr the god of war was worshipped on Tuesday
Odin the Chief god is who Wednesday is named for
Thursday is Thor’s Day, god of thunder, the mighty Thor
Friday was named after Frigga notice the pattern
Saturday is the Roman god of agriculture Saturn
Frigga was the goddess of love, the wife of Odin
The polytheistic theology needed decoding
The rituals like trips across the sand this man takes
The skull and bones fraternity, the secret handshakes
But understand he receives only 33 degrees
He secretly believes in Lucifer and other deities
Many powerful and rich people are controlled by these
They even hold the soul of several of your favorite emcees
Politicians telling lies, tongues whittled with thorns
And use hand gestures shaped in the form of Devil horns
You don’t feel the city home cos you don’t know what it entails
Satan tampers with stem cells and sprays chemtrails
The so-called holidays are hypocrisy
Established to use religious doctrines to commit annual robbery
Christmas split in half is Christ Mass
The so-called birth of Jesus where every home has glowing lights cast
Christ the anointed One, Mass the birth celebration
But Jesus’ birth was kept secret due to the situation
The King initiated a death plot
Cuz a Messiah was prophesied to rule so Jesus’ murder was authorized
No one knows the actual date, that’s why sometimes you see ‘Xmas’
X means unknown but ignorance affects us
A fraud that was purposely flawed
December 25th’s is the birthday of the wicked ruler Nimrod
This whole disguise is part of Satan’s universal wise
A Holy Prophet’s life being pimped and commercialized
Traditions like lights on trees
Rooted in the Nicaea Council in 325 AD by Constantine
These matters would decreed
The concept of a virgin birth was actually conceived and then agreed
With graven images in the temple
The fish on your car is called Oannes, a Babylonian symbol
It’s visibly contradictory, telling your children lies
You need to make them study Santa Clause’s sick history
But yet we go wherever Satan leads us
The falsehoods we practice in his name ain’t got nothing to do with Jesus
Madonna’s Oh Father begins with her as a child playing in the snow like a young Citizen Kane. Madonna is definitely Jake worthy. This is not my favorite Madonna video to Jake it to. This video is sad and depressing. My favorite Madonna video to jake it to is: Body of Evidence.
This post isn’t about Jaking it though, this post is about the tragedy of anger and lust. Madonna has corrupted the youth with the fire of her lust. She wants you to masturbate to her videos and pics. Don’t do it! Don’t Jake unless you have severe blue balls. Jaking is for emergencies only. I used to Jake 6 or 7 times a day. It just made me depressed. All my precious vitamins and minerals were being depleted. Jesus talked to me and set me straight. He said only Jake if you are in pain. Jesus doesn’t want you to be in pain. Only drain your balls when they are in pain.
Madonna mother died a tragic death. She was an X ray technician back when they thought x rays were harmless and never wore lead vests. Madonna’s mother gave alot of her patients cancer and it was only justice that she got cancer herself. The true fault lies in the hands of the Rockefeller family. They are the ones who foisted this quack, allopathic medicine on the world.
Madonna is the spitting image of her mother. Her father had to watch in agony as his wife was given chemotherapy and even more radiation until she died.
Madonna’s father finds her playing with her mother’s pearls. This enrages him.
“She wants a pearl necklace?”, he thinks to himself, “I’ll give her a pearl necklace!” Madonna’s father rapes her. You can hear her sing “You can’t rape me now” subliminally.
The camera pans to her father’s bed. Her father is sleeping.
But guess who is in the bed with him? Madonna! Her hair is grey she is so frightened. Madonna has been traumatized.
Madonna’s father call’s her a slut and slaps her. Even more trauma is inflicted.
Madonna feels small and helpless. This is her child alter. Childlike and powerless.
She confesses her sins to the priest. The confession goes up the hierarchy all the way to the pope. The pope is sworn to secrecy so he cannot help her.
Madonna’s childhood is filled with a boozing father and pearl necklaces.
She escapes and returns years later to visit her mother’s grave. She has forgiven her father. But, has she forgiven David Rockefeller?
I sometimes feel like an alien creature
for which there is no earthly explanation
Sure I have human form
walking erect and opposing digits,
but my mind is upside down.
I feel like a run-on sentence
in a punctuation crazy world.
and I see the world around me
like a mad collective dream.
An endless stream of people
move like ants from the freeway
cell phones, pc’s, and digital displays
“In Money We Trust,”
we’ll find happiness
the prevailing attitude;
like a genetically modified irradiated Big Mac
is somehow symbolic of food.
Morality is legislated
religion is incorporated
the profit-motive has permeated all activity
we pay our government to let us park on the street
And war is the biggest money-maker of all
we all know missile envy only comes from being small.
Politicians and prostitutes
are comfortable together
I wonder if they talk about the strange change in the weather.
This government was founded by, of, and for the people
but everybody feels it
like a giant open sore
they don’t represent us anymore
And blaming the President for the country’s woes
is like yelling at a puppet
for the way it sings
Who’s the man behind the curtain pulling the strings?
A billion people sitting watching their TV
in the room that they call living
but as for me
I see living as loving
and since there is no loving room
I sit on the grass under a tree
dreaming of the way things used to be
which of course is before the rivers and oceans, and skies were polluted
before Parkinson’s, and mad cows
and all the convoluted cacophony of bad ideas
like skyscrapers, and tree paper, and earth rapers
like Monsanto and Dupont had their way
as they continue to today.
This was Pre-us
back when the buffalo roamed
and the Indian’s home
was the forest, and God was nature
and heaven was here and now
Can you imagine clean water, food, and air
living in community with animals and people who care?
Do you dare to feel responsible for every dollar you lay down
are you going to make the rich man richer
or are you going to stand your ground
You say you want a revolution
a communal evolution
to be a part of the solution
maybe I’ll be seeing you around.
~ Woody Harrelson
Our government has a firm policy not to capitulate to terrorist demands. That no-concessions policy remains in force, despite the wildly speculative and false stories about arms for hostages and alleged ransom payments, we did not, repeat, did not trade weapons or anything else for hostages, nor will we
The ballot or the bullet, some freedom or some bullshit
Will we ever do it big, or keep just settling for little shit
We brag on having bread, but none of us are bakers
We all talk having greens, but none of us own acres
If none of us on acres, and none of us grow wheat
Then who will feed our people when our people need to eat
So it seems our people starve from lack of understanding
Cos all we seem to give them is some balling and some dancing
And some talking about our car and imaginary mansions
We should be indicted for bullshit we inciting
Hand the children death and pretend that it’s exciting
We are advertisements for agony and pain
We exploit the youth, we tell them to join a gang
We tell them dope stories, introduce them to the game
Just like Oliver North introduced us to cocaine
In the 80’s when the bricks came on military planes
A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that’s true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not
The end of the Reagan Era, I’m like ‘leven, twelve, or
Old enough to understand the shit’ll change forever
They declared the war on drugs like a war on terror
But it really did was let the police terrorize whoever
But mostly black boys, but they would call us “niggers”
And lay us on our belly, while they fingers on they triggers
They boots was on our head, they dogs was on our crotches
And they would beat us up if we had diamonds on our watches
And they would take our drugs and money, as they pick our pockets
I guess that that’s the privilege of policing for some profit
But thanks to Reaganomics, prisons turned to profits
Cause free labor is the cornerstone of US economics
Cause slavery was abolished, unless you are in prison
You think I am bullshitting, then read the 13th Amendment
Involuntary servitude and slavery it prohibits
That’s why they giving drug offenders time in double digits
Ronald Reagan was an actor, not at all a factor
Just an employee of the country’s real masters
Just like the Bushes, Clinton and Obama
Just another talking head telling lies on teleprompters
If you don’t believe the theory, then argue with this logic
Why did Reagan and Obama both go after Qaddafi
We invaded sovereign soil, going after oil
Taking countries is a hobby paid for by the oil lobby
Same as in Iraq, and Afghanistan
And Ahmadinejad say they coming for Iran
They only love the rich, and how they loathe the poor
If I say any more they might be at my door
(Shh..) Who the fuck is that staring in my window
Doing that surveillance on Mister Michael Render
I’m dropping off the grid before they pump the lead
I leave you with four words: I’m glad Reagan dead
Ronald Wilson Reagan
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“Precious” is a song by Annie Lennox. It was released as the second single from her debut solo album, Diva, in 1992 and peaked at number 23 in the UK.
Inverted 666, sign of The Beast.
Precious little angel
Take a look at what you’ve done
Well I thought my time was over
But it’s only just begun
Precious little angel
You’re my own sweet turtle dove
Won’t you stay with us for ever
In a bundle full of love
I was lost until you came
Precious little angel
Won’t you spread your light on me
I was locked up in the darkness
Now you’ve come to set me free
I was covered up with sadness
I was drowned in my own tears
I’ve been cynical and twisted
I’ve been bitter all these years
I was lost until you came
I was lost until you came
And wouldn’t I run a thousand miles
To be with you
And wouldn’t I run a thousand miles
To be with you
Precious little angel
Tell me how can it be true
That such a gift from heaven
Has been sent for me and you
Precious little angel
Don’t you worry don’t you cry
When this bad old world has crumbled
I’ll be standing at your side
In this video she is singing to Lucifer The Angel of Light, The Shining One or Morning Star.
She is also dressed up as Lucifer she even shines like him from head to toe.
You see her head being illuminated.
Here she signals as above so below with her hands. And you can clearly see the twin pillars behind her which stand for the gateway to the sphere of the enlightened.
BOAZ and JACHIN are the names of the two symbolical Pillars before the principal entrance of Solomon’s Kabalistic Temple. In the Kabalah these Pillars explain all mysteries of antagonism, whether natural, political or religious.
Check out the horns she flashes while simultaneously showing us one eye behind her arm.
She hides her eyes from us multiple times through the video because she has a secret.
The great war of the angels has been settled and I and the other demons have been cast into hell on Earth. I am lamenting my loss and beginning to realize that I will be in hell for a very long time.
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heav’n of hell, a hell of heav’n.
Barack Obama won 52.9 percent of the votes in the presidential election. But that is not why he is President of the United States. He sits in the White House for one reason and one reason only: Barack Obama was Rothschild’s Choice.
Even more startling is the goal that Rothschild’s man has been assigned by Illuminati “chieftains” to accomplish. That goal is nothing less than the systematic dismantlement and destruction of America and its occupation by a Jewish-run Mafia. Barack Obama was chosen to become the first leader of a Jewish-ruled New World Order.
The American presidential sweepstakes is an impressive spectacle. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent by candidates who fiercely compete on TV, internet, by direct mail, and in print for the hearts and minds of American voters. Millions of words and images are heard, seen and debated. Contentious issues are vigorously discussed.
Finally, on the second Tuesday in November, millions go to the polls and proudly cast their ballots. Voila! The citizens of the U.S.A. have freely chosen their new President to occupy the White House.
It all happened just that way in 2008, didn’t it? And a half-blood white/black man born in Hawaii named Barack H. Obama won—Well, didn’t he? God bless democracy and the American way. All bow down to the peoples’ choice, right?
Barack Obama: Rothschild’s Choice
Well, dear friends…wait just a minute. I have some very disturbing news for you. What you think you saw in 2008 during that strange and tumultuous election year was actually far removed from what really happened behind-the-scenes.
Was Barack H. Obama, in fact, America’s choice? Did he win based on merit according to the consensus of the electorate? The title of my newest video holds the surprising answer to this all-important question: Rothschild’s Choice: Barack Obama and the Hidden Cabal Behind the Plot to Murder America (Available in DVD only).
The ninety minutes of documentation in this video reveal how one man, and one man alone, in 2008 chose America’s new President. And that choice was made long before most Americans had ever even heard the odd and remarkably unconventional name, “Barack Obama.” Yes, Obama was Rothschild’s Choice.
The Scion of Today’s Rothschild Dynasty
Lord Jacob Rothschild is the fourth Baron de Rothschild and rules a vast empire as the current head of the planet’s most illustrious bloodline. Who are the Rothschilds? Few Americans know of the terrible power and influence of this wealthy Jewish dynasty. But believe me, the leaders of this world know of Jacob Rothschild and his kin.
Politicians like Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi, and, yes, Barack Obama tremble in fear when the name “Rothschild” is so much as mentioned in passing.
The power of the Rothschilds is greater than the combined influence and authority of the Democrat and Republican Parties. The red shield, the Rothschild Family crest, holds sway over all the nations of Europe, and many a government has toppled because a Rothschild was displeased with its performance. New York’s Wall Street and London’s “The City” financial districts stoop to hear Rothschilds’ instructions, and national currencies alternatively shrink or boom in value, depending on their favor. As it is recorded in Revelation 18, “the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed (become) rich…”
Barack Obama, America’s First Jewish President
The Rothschilds, above everything else, are Zionist Jews. The hidden cabal ruled by Rothschild always make sure a Zionist politician—be he Democrat or Republican—is sworn in as President of the world’s greatest superpower. The last U.S. president to violate this cardinal rule was Richard M. Nixon, whose spirited rebellion against America’s Rothschild Jewish faction was short lived and tragic in its demise.
Barack Obama’s mysterious emergence as a political superstar was no fluke, no flash-in-the-pan. Obama had been meticulously groomed and trained since youth to become—get this!—America’s First Jewish President. Dare I repeat?—Barack Obama is America’s first Jewish President. No, not by DNA, not according to the flesh, but regardless, a Zionist Jew; and the Jew part is so ingrained in his nature that the world’s most influential billionaire Jewish Illuminati honor him as a devout Zionist who can be trusted. Obama, the Jews say, “has a Jewish soul.” Obama is Jewish “in his gut,” says one top Jewish politico.
Barack Obama, a Communist Mentored by a Homosexual Pervert
Now, Communism is Jewish, and Obama is also a dyed-in-the-wool Communist. History confirms that the Red Terror’s chief movers and shakers—Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, and Leon Trotsky—were ideologically Communist. But more significant, these architects of extreme socialism were—and this is paramount—Jews. Jews by race, Jews by conduct and goals. So, too, is Barack Obama both Communist and Jewish, his Jewishness being a matter of spirituality, ambition and affiliations.
As I show in my new video, Barack Obama’s white mother was a Communist, his white grandparents were Communists, and the black man who mentored him from youth, Frank Marshall Davis, was also a Communist. Davis was, moreover, a perverted, bisexual dope-head and a bigoted racist. Davis, who became a father to young Barack, once wrote a book about his own dark sexual exploits. He bragged of “spanking” sex-crazy white women and of having swinger parties with depraved white women. His unusual ties as mentor and teacher of Barack Obama are revealed in my video.
Obama’s most intimate Chicago associates were, and are today, Communists. Virtually all are Jews, and most are gay. Indeed, Barack Obama’s whole life has been a sordid cesspool and saga of Communist instruction, Zionist philosophy, intensely perverted homosexual buggery, fer-vent anti-Americanism and a “Hate Whitey” form of black racism. What we have here is a President whose agenda is alien to our Constitution, a man committed to Marxist aims and a Zionist Police State.
A Frightening Array of Jewish Radicals and Zionist Agents
Surrounding Obama in the White House and in Washington, D.C. is a frightening array of Jewish radicals and Zionist agents of influence. Jewish controllers—including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and chief political advisor David Axelrod—monitor and guide Obama in his work of destruction. Behind them all is a hidden cabal led by the powerful Rothschild family. President Obama and our cowardly Congress have already given Rothschild’s Wall Street cronies over sixteen trillion dollars in the ongoing “Economic Recession” scam.
Our national wealth has been plundered by these madmen and still, they want more. With Rothschild’s Choice, Barack H. Obama, sitting at the pinnacle of world power, they intend to grab it all. And who can possibly prevent them from achieving their sinister aims?
America’s prosperity is in tatters; our Constitution, our vaunted liberties and freedoms, and everything we and our ancestors have worked—and died for—are now in great jeopardy. We are hanging by a thin, gossamer thread to the last vestiges of our American heritage and way of life. Will we allow Rothschild, his hidden cabal, and his Chosen, President Barack Obama, to sever this single, frayed thread and put an end to the nation that once was a beacon of light to western civilization and to the whole world?
My fervent prayer is that, with God’s help, we will gather up our inner courage and, whatever the cost, bravely stand up to tyranny and make a last stand for truth and righteousness. We haven’t much time. As Jesus said, we must work now “while it is day: the night cometh when no man can work.” (John 9:4)
– Texe Marrs
The Esoteric Meaning of Florence + the Machine’s “Shake it Out” and “No Light No Light”
Florence + the Machine obtained commercial and critical success by releasing music with a distinct sound and feel. Although her works are often covered by mass media, one aspect of her act is rarely mentioned: the esoteric symbolism of her songs and videos. We will look at the meaning of the videos “Shake it Out” and “No Light No Light”, two enigmatic videos from the album Ceremonials.
Florence + the Machine is different from most of the singers mentioned on the Vigilant Citizen for several reasons. First, there is obvious talent and artistry involved in her works, making them more profound than most pop songs out there. Second, there is a definite occult influence in her music but it is not hidden or concealed, but rather all out in the open. In an interview with Nylon magazine, Florence stated:
“I wanted to be a witch when I was a kid. I was obsessed with witchcraft. At school, me and my two friends had these spell books; I always wanted a more magical reality. I had a little shrine at home and I did a spell to try and make the boy in the other class fall in love with me.”
The videos of Shake it Out and No Light No Light both contain enigmatic imagery (see the confused comments on YouTube) that relate to ancient occult concepts. Analyzed from an esoteric point of view, both videos can indeed by seen as “ceremonies” where symbols and colors describe a story of profound transformation. The imagery of Shake it Out tell the story of an initiation ritual in a strange secret society while No Light No Light describes a profound spiritual change in the context of duality. We’ll look at the esoteric meaning of both videos.
Shake it Out
Taking place in a strange masquerade ball with masked guests – reminiscent of the secret society orgy in the movie “Eyes Wide Shut” – Shake it Out follows Florence’s evolution. From being shy and reserved, she becomes ecstatic and almost demented. In an interview, Welch described the video’s setting this way:
“Think of a psychedelic 1920s dress party with a demonic twist. Possession meets The Great Gatsby. (…) We were kind of going for a sort of ‘Gatsby at West Egg’-style house party but with maybe slightly ritualistic and sort of satanic undertones and séances.”
In this strange setting, there are several Florences, with different personalities and wearing dresses with symbolic colors. Each of them tell a different part of the story of Florence’s initiation and its results. As we have seen in previous articles on this site, the theme of initiation is often found in modern pop videos and there is one thing they all have in common: a focus on the colors white, red and black. This video is no exception as the color of Florence’s dresses tell alot about the meaning of the character she is embodying.
At the beginning of the video, Florence wears a pearl/gold colored dress and looks shy and almost reticent as she enters the ball. She is obviously the “guest of honor” but she is unsure of what she is walking into.
As she enters the ball, she is greeted with strange cloaked and mask figures. Some of them are quite weird but interesting.
The ceremony is centered around her and with good reason: it is her initiation ritual. One of the figures blindfolds Florence.
The blindfolding of new initiates is an intricate part of Masonic-like rituals and bear a very symbolic meaning: they represent the candidate’s prior blindness and ignorance.
The lyrics of the song sustain the overall theme of these kinds of initiations as they pertain to the abandoning of a dark past and the embracing of a new life. Some parts of the song are particularly interesting as they appear to allude to specific aspects to Masonic initiations. This following passage refers to candidates being “in the dark” before the completion of the initiation.
It’s always darkest before the dawn (…)
And I’ve been a fool and I’ve been blind
Other passages of the song are oddly reminiscent of the oaths that are recited during Masonic initiations. For example, these lines:
I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart
can be related to this part of the Masonic initiatory ceremony:
“Oh! that my breast had been torn open, my heart plucked out, and placed upon the highest pinnacle of the Temple, there to be devoured by the vultures of the air …”
Another part of the song refers to several aspects of an initiation, whether it being the “end of a road”, the concept of darkness (most secret society initiations place candidate in dark rooms for a period of time to represent death and rebirth) and preparedness to suffer (during the initiation ritual)
And I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t
So here’s to drinks in the dark at the end of my road
And I’m ready to suffer and I’m ready to hope
It’s a shot in the dark and right at my throat
This last line is also similar to a portion of the Masonic oath.
“I arose, and on my passage around the Lodge was accosted by three Fellow Crafts, who thrice demanded of me the secrets of a Master Mason; and, on being refused, the first gave me a blow with the twenty-four-inch gauge, across my throat”
Whether or not these allusions to secret societies were intentional, they definitely give a sense of “spiritual rebirth” to the song.
In another scene where Florence plays the role of “new initiate”, she is shown taking part of a séance to communicate with spirits, confirming the occult nature of the gathering.
Is this what engendered Florence in red?
In another part of the video, Florence is dressed in red – the color of sacrifice and initiation – and has a completely different demeanour. She is unrestrained, dances frantically and appears to be slightly possessed. While she seems to be having the time of her life, she also appears to be consumed and disturbed by whatever is effecting her.
Another Florence appears to be a result of the initiation: a pure and angelic Florence dressed in white, symbol of purity and innocence. She runs out of the party and climbs on a tree, looking godly and at peace.
Florence in red is therefore the opposite of the shy and innocent Florence dressed in white. These two personas reflect the occult concept of duality that takes place within her, a concept that is also reflected in the lyrics with passages such as:
Cause looking for heaven, for the devil in me
Looking for heaven, for the devil in me
Well what the hell I’m gonna let it happen to me
A forth persona is shown in the video: a cool, calm and powerful Florence dressed in black formal wear – symbolizing the full-fledged society member.
Florence’s initiation appears to have generated two results: a Florence dressed in red, who appears to be drunk on the world’s materiality and animal impulses, dancing without restraint and embracing her sexuality and a Florence dressed in white who leaves the ball to go on a tree (symbolically leaving the earthly realm to ascend towards the spiritual). The balance between these two opposite forces is at the basis of hermetic concept of duality. This all-important theme also appears to be central to Florence’s second video, No Light No Light.
No Light No Light
No Light No Light has none of the subtlety of Shake it Out. It rather violently clashes two diametrically opposing forces battling for nothing less than Florence’s soul. The imagery of the video is based on contrasts and opposites, using concepts such as light and darkness, good and evil, black and white, civilization and tribalism, church and sorcery and so forth. The two main scenes of the video that are pitted against each other are so clichéd that they border on caricature: an entranced voodoo doctor practicing black magic versus innocent church choir boys. The opposition is vivid, yet both worlds appear to be part of Florence’s experience (she was in choir during her youth, while also dabbling in occultism). The two scenes bring up an almost archetypal sense of good and evil, thus symbolically representing the eternal struggle that is happening within Florence’s soul.
The first scene shows a masked man, sitting in the dark, in front of lit candles and a voodoo doll.
The shaman is inside a Masonic Lodge. Although it is dark, we can notice the Masonic throne, the Blazing Star above it and the all-important checkerboard-patterned floor.
Like the checkerboard pattern, the video visually depicts the eternal fight between two opposing forces in the spiritual realm, but it uses human figures instead. Opposed to the voodoo shaman is another evocative image: young choir boys inside a church.
So Florence is standing atop of a skyscraper, looking somewhat confused, knowing that she must make a choice, trying to hang on. This sense of uncertainty is reflected in the lyrics:
“I was disappearing in plain sight
Heaven help me, I need to make it right
You want a revelation, You want to get it right
But it’s a conversation, I just can’t have tonight”
Florence appears to be under the spell of the shaman as he hurts her by sticking needles inside the voodoo doll. At one point, Florence lets go and embarks into a gigantic free-fall from the top of a tall building. She crashes through the church’s stained glass ceiling and floats in a burst of light.
Florence enters the church from above, floats in mid-air and takes a position that makes her appear to be Christ-like. This symbolic image refers to the Gnostic concept of “inner-Christ”, where salvation and godhood is obtained from within by illumination. Florence is then caught by the choir boys and carried somewhere. Her embrace of “good” apparently kills the voodoo doctor who begins convulsing. By banishing the evil that had control of her, Florence attained Gnosis and therefore became “like Christ”.
This video has caused controversy because it was deemed racist. These observers claim that the “bad guy” is a stereotypical tribal-voodoo shaman and is, in fact, a “black face”, a non-black person painted black, like they used to do back when media was openly racist. At one point during the video, we see Florence, a red-headed white woman running away from evil that is represented by a black guy. It is also noted that she is saved by a European choir that is exclusively composed of white boys. With that being said, can we truly say that the video is purposely racist? I honestly cannot say and that is not the point of the article. I can, however, say that race is indeed used in a symbolic way to emphasize the occult concept of duality and to further develop the sense of opposition between the two scenes.
As said above, humans are used in this video to depict abstract the concept of struggle between opposing forces, as depicted by the symbol of Ying and Yang. The struggle is happening inside of Florence, on a spiritual level, hence the spiritual imagery of the video. Everything about these forces is opposed, including their skin color – white and black – as they become an embodiment of the checkerboard pattern floor. White is traditionally associated with good and black with evil. This unfortunately translates very badly when it comes to skin color but the direction of the video appears to have taken this bold step anyways.
The lyrics of the song further accentuate the concept of struggle between good and evil. While it can be interpreted as a song to a lover, the vocabulary that is used, along with the video’s imagery, alludes to a spiritual struggle. The entity she is speaking to appears to have an ethereal quality as she mentions she is witnessing A revelation in the light of day. With that being said, who or what is she talking to? To God (who brings revelation)? The Devil (who is said to have blue eyes)?
“No light, no light in your bright blue eyes
I never knew daylight could be so violent
A revelation in the light of day
You can’t chose what stays and what fades away
And I’d do anything to make you stay”
There is a definite sense of ambiguity which only emphasizes on the concept of duality, where opposing forces are part of a greater whole. In other words, good and evil, God and Satan are considered to be “two sides of the same coin”.
Florence + the Machine’s videos for Ceremonials indeed include a great deal of ceremony and ritual. Through the symbolism and color codes found in the videos, Shake it Out and No Light No Light both tell stories that take place on the esoteric plane, mainly involving the all-important concept of duality. The first video is centered around the concept of initiation in the context of a high-society masquerade ball (sometimes referred to as an Illuminati ball). The second video opposes spiritual figures representing good and evil that border on caricature, where Florence, a soul in peril, frees herself from the spell of a voodoo shaman to be saved by a church choir, which represent her own good and dark side. That being said, one can argue that it was the shaman (her dark side) who pushed Florence towards her own enlightenment. Is he therefore truly evil or simply part of a greater scheme? That is the mystery of duality and these are the esoteric concepts that transpire from Florence + the Machine’s works. Does that make her message good or evil? To quote her words: “Looking for heaven, for the devil in me“.
This is an interesting video on MTV right now by the Arkells. It’s about a CIA whistleblower in Langley, Virginia. The band plays the whole song inside a glass pyramid. It also makes references to the hidden hand of freemasonry.
Words, they keep dropping.
They keep spilling from my hands on to paper.
I’m in Virginia.
It’s 3am and I can’t fall asleep.
Just a little bit of faith is what I want,
it’s what I need in my institutions.
So I wait, so patiently…
But when it happens, over and over…
Can we hear it for the whistleblower?
Wait! Won’t you look around you?
Won’t you look beside you now and figure out the score?
Read. Skim down the front page and you’ll see my given name presenting yours.
You can say it any way you want.
you can frame it any way you can.
But I can tell you I’ve read the fine print written by your steady hand.
You can say it any way you want.
you can frame it anyway you can.
What’s behind your good intentions…
On your heart, a hidden hand?
Paris hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and was catapulted onto the national hip-hop scene in 1990 with his hit single and album The Devil Made Me Do It, after earning a degree in economics from the University of California at Davis. Originally released on Tommy Boy Records, his first single from that album, “Break The Grip of Shame,” was banned by MTV. Since then his uncompromising stance on political issues and biting social commentary have both aided and hindered his quest to bring solid music and messages to the masses. When his second album, Sleeping With The Enemy was ready for release in 1992, Paris was dropped from now-defunct Tommy Boy Records and distributor Time Warner when they discovered its incendiary content – content which included fantasy revenge killings of then-President Bush and racist police officers. Rather than buckle under pressure, he released the LP himself on his newly-formed Scarface Records to major sales and national acclaim.
Paris signed a major artist and distribution deal with Priority Records for himself and Scarface Records in 1993 and released his third LP, Guerrilla Funk, and several then up-and-coming groups, most notably the Conscious Daughters. Paris and Priority formally severed their business relationship due to creative differences in 1995, and in 1997, Paris signed a one-off deal with now-defunct Whirling Records (distributed by Rykodisc), for the release of his 4th LP, Unleashed. Released in limited numbers, the LP went largely unnoticed due to lack of focus and funding.
In 2003, Paris returned with a vengeance, injecting a much needed dose of reality and consciousness into an industry which now seems to only reflect corporate hip-hop sensibilities. Sonic Jihad was released to strong sales and critical acclaim, with Paris emerging with his new label and website, Guerrilla Funk Recordings. Born out of necessity, it’s a musical organization that counters the corporate stranglehold of censorship currently plaguing the entertainment industry, providing a home for projects and material of such notable acts as Public Enemy, Kam, dead prez and The Conscious Daughters, among others. He also released deluxe remixed and remastered editions of his first three albums in ’03.
Paris has never been one to shy away from controversy. In 2006, his Guerrilla Funk imprint released three projects, the first being Rebirth of a Nation, the long-awaited Paris-written and produced collaboration with Public Enemy. Receiving robust sales and critical acclaim, the album features dead prez, Kam, MC Ren, The Conscious Daughters and Immortal Technique.
He also released Paris Presents: Hard Truth Soldiers, Vol. 1, the first in a Paris-produced compilation series that is a collection of material that goes against the grain of commercial hip-pop by providing content of substance, touching on subjects ranging from war and police brutality to black on black crime and domestic violence. It showcases contributions from Public Enemy, The Coup, dead prez, Paris, T-KASH, Kam, The Conscious Daughters, Mystic, MC Ren, Sun Rise Above, and The S.T.O.P. Movement (Mobb Deep, Tray Deee, Soopafly, KRS-One, Defari, Daz, J-Ro, RBX, Bad Azz, WC, Dilated Peoples, Mac Minister, The Alchemist, Mack 10, Evidence, Defari, Everlast, and B-Real), among others.
Also in 2006, Paris introduced the world to former Coup-member T-K.A.S.H. and his stellar debut offering, Turf War Syndrome.
In 2007, Paris released the follow up companion piece to Rebirth of a Nation, the Public Enemy collaboration Remix of a Nation, and began laying the framework for the film division of Guerrilla Funk Recordings.
Paris inked a distribution deal with Fontana/Universal for Guerrilla Funk (with movies through Vivendi) in late 2008, and released his newest album, Acid Reflex, featuring Chuck D. and George Clinton.
So far this year, Paris has released Paris Presents: Hard Truth Soldiers, Vol. 2, the sophomore project from T-K.A.S.H., Brains All Over The Streets, and the latest offering from The Conscious Daughters, The Nutcracker Suite.
In addition, Paris’ production continues to be in high demand, and lately his original material has been featured in various Hollywood productions, including HBO’s Prom Night in Mississsippi, MTV’s Making the Band, Everybody Hates Chris and CSI:NY.
With new music and film projects always on the horizon, Guerrilla Funk is set to balance out an industry seemingly hell-bent on exploitation.