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The Occult Universe of David Bowie and the Meaning of "Blackstar" - The Vigilant Citizen - Understand the Occult Symbolism in Pop Culture

The Occult Universe of David Bowie and the Meaning of "Blackstar" - The Vigilant Citizen - Understand the Occult Symbolism in Pop Culture
In the wake of David Bowie’s death, his last album, “Blackstar”, is his swan song, an enigmatic conclusion to a career punctuated by otherworldly alter-egos and esoteric symbolism. We’ll look at the meaning of “Blackstar” in the context of David Bowie’s career. Very few artists can boast the longevity of David Bowie in the music industry, as his career spanned over five decades and produced 28 albums. Throughout the decades, Bowie migrated from one musical genre to another, and even from one persona to another, but a constant remained: He was surrounded by an otherworldly aura. Through his work, Bowie turned himself into a musical ‘ascended master’, a Gnostic Christ-like figure who achieved a high level of illumination and who sought to communicate a cryptic message to humanity. While many of Bowie’s eccentricities could be attributed to drugs and rock and roll, one cannot paint a complete picture of this artist without mentioning his most enduring obsession: Western occultism. Major Tom

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Did David Bowie name 'Blackstar' album after his own cancer lesion? David Bowie's final album had hinted at the star's ill-heath prior to his death, and now it appears that the iconic singer even named the album - 'Blackstar' - after a type of cancer lesion. 'Blackstar' was released on Bowie's 69th birthday last Friday (January 8), shortly before he passed away on Sunday (January 10) following what his official statement describes as "a courageous 18 month battle with cancer". Journalist Michael Azerrad was the first to notice that a 'black star' is a medical term for a type of cancer lesion, reporting the news in a now-deleted tweet.

The Fall To Earth: David Bowie, Cocaine And The Occult For details of a free literary event including a reading from the book by Peter Doggett at Foyles on Charring Cross Road tonight, go to the end of the feature. The Unmaking of a Star #3: Cocaine and the Kabbalah I just wish Dave would get himself sorted fucking out. He’s totally confused, that lad... I just wish he could be in this room, right now, sat here, so I could kick some sense into him. Mick Ronson, 1975 David Bowie, the Tao Jones Index… – Uncut ... and how revolutions were made without fear of looking foolish For a while in the mid-1990s, the West Midlands were home to a music festival called Phoenix; a slightly half-cocked Glastonbury surrogate that, far from taking place in idyllic Avalon, was established on a disused airfield-cum-landfill site blessed with little in the way of either shelter or shade. Bob Dylan, possibly disoriented, would fill in a gap in the schedule between Suede and Tricky. Crazy Horse would face off against The Wedding Present. Hotels in nearby Stratford-Upon-Avon seemed perpetually haunted by the forlorn figure of Keith from The Prodigy, found wandering their corridors in the later early hours.

DAVID BOWIE LYRICS - Memory Of A Free Festival "Memory Of A Free Festival" The Children of the summer's end Gathered in the dampened grass We played Our songs and felt the London sky Resting on our hands It was God's land It was ragged and naive It was Heaven Touch, We touched the very soul Of holding each and every life We claimed the very source of joy ran through It didn't, but it seemed that way I kissed a lot of people that day Oh, to capture just one drop of all the ecstasy that swept that afternoon To paint that love upon a white balloon And fly it from the topest top of all the tops That man has pushed beyond his brain Satori must be something just the same We scanned the skies with rainbow eyes and saw machines of every shape and size We talked with tall Venusians passing through And Peter tried to climb aboard but the Captain shook his head And away they soared Climbing through the ivory vibrant cloud Someone passed some bliss among the crowd And We walked back to the road, unchained

David Bowies’ Gnostic Obsession With the Occult, Nazis and Cocaine Not many fans of the singer David Bowie (born as David Robert Jones in 1947) are aware that he had a secret obsession with the occult, Gnostic doctrines, the paranormal, Aleister Crowley, Nazi's and cocaine. He was by no means a Nazi himself, and in fact, his mother was Irish and part Jewish. There have been several books that have documented these alleged facts. It was also documented that in his younger years he was into the teachings of the Gnostics and Jewish Kabbalah. People Share The Incredibly Moving Video David Bowie Released Days Before His Death “Look up here, man, I’m in heaven. I’ve got scars that can’t be seen.” One day before the release, Bowie dropped the video for the album’s second single, “Lazarus.” I just imagined how powerful our subconscious is. People hold such power to create and destroy life… we create people, we invent things, we cure incurable diseases, we connect two dots and make a new whole. This video is just a reminder of the power of our subconscious.

Beat Godfather Meets Glitter Mainman: William Burroughs Interviews David Bowie William Seward Burroughs is not a talkative man. Once at a dinner he gazed down into a pair of stereo microphones trained to pick up his every munch and said, "I don't like talk and I don't like talkers. Like Ma Barker. The final mysteries of David Bowie’s Blackstar – Elvis, Crowley and 'the villa of Ormen' Nearly a fortnight after we were told “Look up here, I’m in heaven”, we’re still obsessing over David Bowie’s death. Pop detectives have been finding more cryptic clues about his demise from his last album, Blackstar, as well as discovering a tumblr that the man himself may have written. Here’s our handy, Illuminati-grade guide to the biggest work of death-art ever to hit the internet, to stop you swirling down a rabbit-hole of Bowie-sized proportions. 1 That album title

David Bowie's Close Collaborators and Friends Reveal Funny, Poignant Stories About the Rock Icon: 'We Have Lost One of Our Princes' Since David Bowie passed away Jan. 10, tributes, testimonials, and first-hand accounts of his greatness have poured in about the music icon. Bowie touched many over his life, giving us plenty of voices across music, film, fashion, and more to join the chorus. In Billboard’s new issue, we pay tribute to the life and legacy of the inimitable musician. David Bowie’s ‘Lazarus’ Video Isn’t Just A Goodbye, It’s A Harrowing Warning — The Happy Startup School It’s staggering how differently a piece of art can be interpreted both before and after someone’s death. In the case of the late David Bowie’s music video for “Lazarus,” what may have been viewed as an innocuous 4 minutes of trippy entertainment turns into a disturbing, emotionally raw, premeditated goodbye letter. I appreciate the impact “Lazarus” — and by extension the entirety of Bowie’s final album Blackstar — has and will have on his fans. We now understand that it was always meant as a final gift from Bowie to his fans. But for me, that video is a warning.

David Bowie: legendary rock star dies of cancer aged 69 – updates – as they happened I’m devastated. David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Behind "Blackstar": An Interview with Johan Renck, the Director of David Bowie's Ten-Minute Short Film At the beginning of David Bowie’s “Blackstar” film, a woman with a tail comes upon a dead spaceman, his skull adorned with jewels. She removes the skull and travels to the middle of an otherworldly town, ancient and ambiguous, while the skeleton drifts toward an eclipse. A circle of practitioners waits for the skull “at the center of it all,” ready for some unspoken ritual. “On the day of execution, only women kneel and smile,” proclaims Bowie in elegant revelation.

Goldwynisms "Goldwynisms"Quotes from Samuel Goldwyn A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on. I'm willing to admit that I may not always be right, but I am never wrong.