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Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by rhymz(m): 3:02am On Aug 27, 2010
Symbols of the Video

The video starts off with a close-up of Kanye West with glow-in-the-dark eyes, as if he was “illuminated” from within. He stands between an infinite row of Ionic columns, which represent “wisdom” in Masonic symbolism.

    Kanye with illuminated eyes between rows of twin pillars

Two Pillars

As regular readers of this site already know, the occult meaning of the twin pillars is ancient, profound and present in the symbolism of almost all mystery schools of History. There are many layers of interpretation attributed to the two columns, but one constant is always present: The pillars represent the entrance – the gateway – to the world of the initiate. Behind the columns can be found the key to the Mysteries and, consequently, the source of true power. This concept has been used for in many cultures and schools of thought.

    The two columns called the “Pillars of Hercules” in Ancient Greece stood at the gateway to the sphere of the enlightened

    “The city of the philosophic elect rises from the highest mountain peak of the earth, and here the gods of the wise dwell together in everlasting felicity. In the foreground are the symbolic pillars of Hercules which appear on the title page of Bacon’s Novum Organum, and between them runs the path which leads upward from the uncertainties of earth to that perfect order which is established in the sphere of the enlightened. “
    - Manly P. Hall

    Pillars of Hercules in Francis Bacon’s “New Atlantis” as a gateway to the New World

    Two pillars leading to Jacob’s Ladder in this Masonic tracing board

    Masonic initiate standing between the twin pillars as the third pillar, in the same fashion as Kanye West in the video.

In Power, Kanye is standing at the mouth of the gateway to the “sphere of the enlightened,” right at the border of the corrupt and decadent material world. So, right from the start of the video, the director reveals the true nature of power in this world: It is not your democratically elected officials, but those who consider themselves to be behind those pillars. One of the most significant lines of the song is

“In this white man’s world, we the ones chosen”

Does Kanye’s “white man’s world” refer to the hidden rulers, the Illuminati, who are hidden behind those pillars? Did they choose Kanye West and give him Power by permitting him to become an influential figure in the entertainment industry? Was he chosen to become one of them? The next symbol might shed some light into this.

    Horus pendant on Kanye’s chain

The next thing that catches the viewer’s eye is most probably that gigantic chain with Horus’ head as a pendant. Horus is an ancient Egyptian deity that has an extreme importance in occult mysteries. Considered to be the Sky god, he is more often represented with the symbol of a single eye.  The Eye of Horus is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection and royal power from deities, in this case from Horus or Ra.

    “Horus, the son of Osiris and Isis, was called “Horus who rules with two eyes.” His right eye was white representing the sun while his left eye was black representing the moon. According to Egyptian legend Horus lost his left eye during a fight with his murderous uncle, Seth, to revenged his father’s death. Seth tore out his nephew’s eye but lost the fight because the assembly of the gods declared Horus the victor. The eye was reassembled by the magic of Thoth. Then Horus gave the eye to Osiris who experienced rebirth in the underworld.”
    - Jordan Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods

    Horus, god of the sky

The importance of the “one-eye” in occult symbolism has been highlighted in many articles on The Vigilant Citizen. The All-Seeing Eye found on the Great Seal of the United States and many other occult symbols originate from the Eye of Horus.

    The Eye of Horus as depicted by the Golden Dawn Mystery School

The symbolism of Horus is especially of great importance in Freemasonry, as the path of an initiate through the Masonic degrees is described as the process by which the Eye of Horus is opened.

So Kanye stands at the gateway between the corrupt world of the profane and the exclusive world of the illuminated, wearing a Horus pendant, an unmistakable symbol of the Mysteries. One might say: “Well maybe Kanye just likes Egyptian things.” Maybe so, but in the context of this video, where all details are important and extremely meaningful, Horus becomes another piece of this symbolic puzzle.
Horned Girls

The entrance of the gateway of pillars is guarded by two horned albino girls holding a staff. Their features are very reminiscent of depictions of Isis and Hathor, goddesses of ancient Egypt. Another allusion to Egyptian magic.

    Kanye standing between two horned female figures

    Isis and Hathor crowning Queen Nefertari. Both goddesses were depicted with bovine horns on their heads.

Isis was the mother of Horus (discussed above) and was the goddess of motherhood, nature and magic. Hathor was also considered as a maternal deity while also being the goddess of music, dance and fertility. Both Isis and Hathor were known to welcome and protect the dead during their journey to the afterlife, a concept that is particularly interesting in the context of the video.

    Hathor holding a sceptre with Pharaoh Ramses II

    “The goddess (Hathor) [, ] manifests two aspects of her divine power: first of all, she participates in the afterlife rite of passage, by means of which the deceased attains eternal life, and, second, she demonstrates her special connection to the Egyptian king. Hathor is rightly called a royal goddess, and in this role she is linked in various ways to the life of the pharaoh. Often the pharaoh would call himself the oldest son of Hathor.”
    -  Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism

Kanye, perhaps symbolizing the Pharaoh, is standing at the gateway to eternal wisdom, about to be executed/assassinated/sacrificed under the watchful eyes of Hathor, the “royal goddess.” Are the goddesses welcoming Kanye “behind the veil,” protecting him in this rite of passage to immortality? In occult circles, new candidates must symbolically die and be reborn to complete their initiation process. Is Kanye being killed an allegory for his initiation?
Sword of Damocles

    Sword hanging above Kanye West’s head

While doing some preliminary research on this video, I came across an article on MTV.com titled Kanye West’s ‘Power’ Video: A Cultural Cheat Sheet. Here’s what it says about the sword hanging above his head:

    “Dragonlance: An image of a sword descending into a crown hovers over Kanye’s head, bringing to mind Volume Two of Douglas Niles’ series “The Crown and the Sword: The Rise of Solamnia,” in which Sir Jaymes Markham commands the orders of the Rose, Sword and Crown.”
    - Kanye West’s ‘Power’ Video: A Cultural Cheat Sheet, MTV.com

Really? The director of this neo-classical themed video, was inspired by an obscure fantasy novel released in, like, 2006? Seriously? Good job, MTV, in keeping our youth clueless. The descending sword is more probably a reference to the Sword of Damocles, a pretty widely known legend.

    Wenceslas Hollar’s depiction of the Sword of Damocles

    “The Damocles of the anecdote was an obsequious courtier in the court of Dionysius II of Syracuse, a fourth century BC tyrant of Syracuse. Damocles exclaimed that, as a great man of power and authority, Dionysius was truly fortunate. Dionysius offered to switch places with him for a day, so he could taste first hand that fortune. In the evening a banquet was held where Damocles very much enjoyed being waited upon like a king. Only at the end of the meal did he look up and notice a sharpened sword hanging directly above his head by a single horse-hair. Immediately, he lost all taste for the fine foods and beautiful girls and asked leave of the tyrant, saying he no longer wanted to be so fortunate.

    Dionysius had successfully conveyed a sense of the constant fear in which the great man lives. Cicero uses this story as the last in a series of contrasting examples for reaching the conclusion he had been moving towards in this fifth Disputation, in which the theme is that virtue is sufficient for living a happy life. Cicero asks “Does not Dionysius seem to have made it sufficiently clear that there can be nothing happy for the person over whom some fear always looms?”

    - Source

The tale of the Sword epitomizes the constant danger faced by those in positions of power. Kanye stands there, in a state of  impending doom, knowing he can be executed at any time. Right after we see the sword of Damocles, a figure appears holding a dagger and attempting to stab him. The assassination will not happen by dagger, however, as two other figures leap out of nowhere holding swords to accomplish the “Killing of the King.”
Killing of the King – The Initiation

Ritual initiation represented in a display of geometry and symmetry

At the ending of the video,  the decadent women and the dagger-holding assassins all disappear as two swords are about to hit him. Are we sacrificing the King?

The concept of regicide is reflected in the single’s cover art. It depicts Kanye’s severed, crowned head with a sword firmly jammed into it. Apparently Kanye was king and he got killed. Is this a symbol for a Masonic ritual? Note the stone on which Kanye’s head is placed. Is it the “perfect ashlar” of the Masons that represents the state of a perfected initiate?

    Covert art of Power portraying the killing of Kanye West as a king.

    A perfect ashlar in a Masonic lodge. In Masonic symbolism, the candidates start their journeys as allegorical “rough ashlars” and, through knowledge and wisdom, smooth out their edges in order to become a perfect ashlar.

Some occult researchers have stated that the “Killing of the King” is the name of a Masonic rite of passage to obtain the 33rd degree (see “King Kill 33″ by James Shelby Downard & Michael A. Hoffman II). Semi-interesting sidenote: King Kill 33 is also the name of a Marilyn Mason song, with rather interesting lyrics. Another sidenote: Researchers have reported that  Killing of the King rites often happens in public, as more witnesses give more power to the ritual, hence … JFK. A completely crazy theory?… DYR (Do your research).

Back to Kanye and his standing … the two swords flying towards him never actually touch him but instead form a triangular shape above his head, possibly hinting to a “symbolic” killing and not an actual one. Notice the position of the crown above Kanye’s head. The combination of those elements form an interesting image.

    Masonic Square and Compass

In Conclusion

To sum up the the video, Kanye stands at the border between Masonic knowledge and the decadence of the mundane life, represented by lustful and gluttonous women, lounging around eating grapes. Kanye says “goodbye cruel world / I see you in the morning“, as he has been “chosen” to take part in an initiation process that is often metaphorically described as a “long night,” followed by a glorious awakening as a new being. In order to accomplish this, Kanye needs to kill his old self and be ritualistically reborn. Once this is done, true power is within his grasp.

This “moving painting” is definitely a multi-layered artwork, with many levels of interpretation: the first level is a commentary on power by using timeless symbols taken from ancient art; the second level describes a Masonic initiation with a ritual murder and an imminent rebirth.

This video lasts a mere minute and forty-three seconds but it manages to give the viewers plenty to ponder on and many symbols to decode. Looking at its meaning from a pop culture point of view, it is interesting to note that this short-film, intended to be viewed by the general public (especially young people), describes the concept of power with overt Masonic symbolism and occult references. This causes the uninformed viewers to unconsciously associate those symbols with the concept of Power, while “those in the know” get the “insider’s wink” sent by this video. Power ultimately becomes another piece in the on-going process called the “Revelation of the Method,” where the true source of power gradually and subliminally reveals itself to the world and occult rituals take place right in front of the public’s eyes.

How long before the complete revelation?

“The clock’s tickin’ / I just count the hours”

Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by rhymz(m): 3:29am On Aug 27, 2010
more occultic symbols

Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by rhymz(m): 3:41am On Aug 27, 2010
more symbols

Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by rhymz(m): 3:50am On Aug 27, 2010

Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by Genuflect(m): 6:15pm On Aug 27, 2010
Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by Mobinga: 10:21pm On Aug 28, 2010

Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by newmusic: 11:24pm On Aug 28, 2010
How did you know all these
Who gave you all these interpretation, and what should we do about it?
Are you Born Again or are you clean either
I have seen ur pic,beautiful and sexy with powerful g-strings,keep it up and is that pant you wear of God or Devil?
Please answer please,
Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by rhymz(m): 12:34am On Aug 29, 2010
this is not abt acting holier than thou. . .besidz d pic u see on my wall is my. . ."neva mind"
anyway, I did not write those, I got it from a site. What I am trying to pass is an awareness of the increasing occult symbolism in music videos these days.
Obviously, directors of many of these videos are members of occult groups whose roots are tied to babylonian illuminati philosophy. Most of these symbols are not coincidences, these ppl are subtle in their infusions of these symbols. The more you watch these videos, the more they shape your thoughts and arguements, they become normal to you- subtle indoctrination is the in thing now in entertainment. Am not going to bore you with details but if you want to understand the Agenda of these pple, go to vigilantcitizens.com or google illuminati and see what they are all about, they are not fairy tales, if you take your time, you will understand my points.
Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by Firebomb: 7:31pm On Aug 29, 2010
The Video is sooooooo Occultic.
The chorus of the song itself contains some sounds made by wemon that sounds sounds like a witch camp anthem.
Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by blackwood(m): 10:57am On Aug 31, 2010
Kanye did this kind of occultic video on purpose, him and jay-z have been sending out somemessages for a while now, see run the town and u'll notice a lot of this occultic symbols too
Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by shadyBaba: 11:45am On Aug 31, 2010
, y'all got decent points, i tot this kanye guy was jus' stupid now i see he's even worse than that, there're lot's of evil elements in hip hop, wayne's nex' album title is i'm not a human being, 2pac, dmx, and many other rappers talk about being hell bound, jigga and my favourite rapper eminem use blasphemous lyrics and all that, be careful wut yu say wen yu recite a rap song, PS: I HATE KANYE WEST!!!
Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by rhymz(m): 12:57pm On Aug 31, 2010
To think that Kanye went from "Jesus Walks" to depicting occultic symbolisms in "Power" says a lot.
Run this Town video started with pple chanting illuminati and destroying things. At face value it looks like your typical music video but it is an esoteric depiction of the much talked about New World Order. From Jay Z's lyrics to Rihana's chorus, they are all allusions to illuminati New World Order agenda. Jay z obviously knows a lot about occultic symbols, the inscription "do as thou wilt" cant remember the exact words, was actually taken from the work of a very feared 33rd degree FREEMASON Satanist who many termed the world's wickedest man. Jay Z's pyramid hand gesture is a masonic symbol, the pyramid that has the all seeing eye of horus.
Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by Nobody: 1:31pm On Aug 31, 2010
people, they just want attention. remember how rock is known for some demonic lyrics n videos, they just want to do the same n turn the direction of hip hop from material things bitches etc to dat crap. well change is d most constant thing. they are legends in hip hop so they are the ones to effect d change. Why did all dis start in this Obama admin. Just coincidence, hmmmmmm. people make dese resarches for them, they aren't dat smart. LOL imagining Jigga jacking seriously,
Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by cl9700: 9:14am On Oct 28, 2010
@Darthmaul, LOL @they aren't that smart!! loooolz
Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by 1tomilola(f): 4:55pm On Nov 22, 2010
"I have seen your pic,beautiful and sexy with powerful g-strings,keep it up and is that pant you wear of God or Devil?
Please answer please,"[b][/b]
that comment just killed me ,lmaoooooooooooo grin grin grin
Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by shotster50(m): 4:45am On Nov 24, 2010
@ Poster,

You need a goddam.n life.
Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by bizkit(m): 4:12pm On Nov 24, 2010
@rhymz 10xx 4 d heds up O! and 2 tink dat he's tellin us he's a Masonist ryt der in our faces.
@Darthmaul nice view. . . gat a point der.

d world has so ended! sad
Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by Vacora(m): 8:36pm On Nov 24, 2010
Here we go again, if you look for hidden meanings in everything, you'll surely find them,
Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by shotster50(m): 7:47am On Nov 25, 2010

It is really funny these dudes still believe this crap,  No sh.itseriously Kanye west an illuminati ??!!, like gtfoh!
Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by rhymz(m): 8:55am On Nov 25, 2010
Am not saying he is illuminati. I am saying that he deliberately depicted illuminati and masonic symbols in that video. Most of the symbols there are not coincidence, they were actually infused to depict the theme of the song Power.
Both Jay Z and Kanye are very much aware of those symbols, they may not belong to any of those secret societies but don't tell me they are not very well aware of it. Jay Z in particular use masonic signs and designs in his clothing lines, from the eye of Horus to the pyramid and stuff. Jay Z is a very good business man, he may be using those symbols because of their speculative and controversial nature. Controversy sells and Jigga knows that goddam well.
Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by shotster50(m): 12:32am On Nov 26, 2010
It seems a lot of people here would rather believe Kanye or whoever is connected with him are agents of Baphomet.
Re: Kanye West’s “power”: The Occult Meaning Of Its Symbols by FREDDIM1: 1:35pm On Dec 11, 2013
newmusic: How did you know all these
Who gave you all these interpretation, and what should we do about it?
Are you Born Again or are you clean either
I have seen ur pic,beautiful and sexy with powerful g-strings,keep it up and is that pant you wear of God or Devil?
Please answer please,

.......hehehehe *troooollss*

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