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Occult Symbology In Music and Songs

Updated on August 28, 2011

Is There Hidden Dark Motifs Behind Pop Music?


A growing topic of discussion is the belief that there are hidden and dark agendas in today's music. In particular, some people are accusing pop "artists" of producing symbology that promotes the occult.

The occult are an ancient religion that worships Moloch, sometimes depicted as an owl or a bull, who believe in the use of idol worship and animal/human sacrifices as a means of getting closer in oneness with Moloch. Eventually, the goal is becoming a deity yourself. It's important to note there is a huge difference between the occult (also referred to as Lucifarian) and Satanism. Satanism is the worship of Satan or the devil, while the occult believes in appeasing idols (that could arguably be interpreted as Satan) with the goal of becoming a God themselves. Arguably, occultists believe in neither God nor Satan, instead they believe in appeasing higher powers that be, so that one day they may be granted the opportunity to become a higher power.

In my opinion, people are handing the "artists" far too much credit. I doubt there's a conspiracy and I doubt most "artists" we see today are intelligent enough to pull such a sophisticated cult movement. What I am listening to every time I turn on the radio is the slow degradation and erosion of meaningful artistic and creative content in our music. The topics are baseless. The music doesn't carry any emotion or expression. Most of the "artists" can't even write. Most only passably can sing. Sometimes, if you're lucky, they or a few of their friends can play a musical instrument. A lot of us who are not stuck in shock and awe due to peer pressure may know many acquaintances in our own town who can actually sing and write better than many of these famous "artists", so what exactly is going on?

There's no occult you're listening to, although it's understandable that you would think so, because music that's both empty in content and emotion is rather unpleasant. It can bring a chill up your spine. The feeing of emptiness is often associated with a world turning careless and amoral.

What I believe we're listening to is plain and simple business as usual for corporations. Put yourself in the perspective of a corporate executive. Everyone knows an intellectual artist, enriched in how the world functions and his/her surroundings, has always historically been a threat to the status quo all throughout history. The influence of such an artist carries enormous weight that the wealthy who run these corporations wish not to test. So through the means of controlled exposure to the arts corporations hope to better protect their positions. How they do this is through glorifying and idolizing an average at best artist with irrelevant subject matter. This serves to distract people well and turns people's heads away from an original artist that could potentially break the status-quo.

The blueprint is simple: Find a reasonably attractive guy or girl, who can sing decently, and because he/she can only sing decently, chances are he/she will feel forever grateful and indebted to the fame and opportunity. Find someone who is easily persuaded and controllable. Very rarely would a talented intellectual artist fall victim to tactics of manipulative persuasion and control. Once the individual is propped up with a band and the best stage technology you can buy, write baseless songs for the individual to sing that follow within certain confines and emotions deemed acceptable by the corporation. The result we have through every music corporation undergoing this process is random mediocre talent thrives, while truly talented and intelligent people are left in the dust. The status-quo is protected, while artists who could potentially cause upheaval are marginalized.

I also question the "fame and fortune" I see many of these mediocre artists fall on their labs. There are subtle indications that the fame and fortune isn't completely theirs. Many modern day musicians fall into drug addictions, so much so that it’s become a propagandist initiation rite that all artists should have a heavy drug addiction. The consensus going around is that the arts are a chaotic field and drugs are part and parcel of coming up with new ideas. I can tell you that this is rubbish. I grew up with artists my entire life in various fields and I can tell you they're some of the most organized people on the planet. It takes a lot of organization and discipline to write a song or a novel, far more than any office worker or pursuing the sciences by being passively told what to do all throughout school/college. I've been a jack of all trades my entire life, I've done it all, so I'm not saying this strictly from an ignorant point of view. The only area in life that I found took as much discipline as my art was trying to start my own business. I believe the drug addictions are a cause of something else that's darker and more sinister. I believe modern day famed artists subject themselves to drugs to escape from slavery. A well hidden slavery we can't see or possibly understand because on the surface all we see is a rich and spoiled individual.

I know such a concept may seem ludicrous to many, but consider the following: What good is being paid a million a year if you're forced into a loan of two million a year? I believe this is what corporations do to the artists they pick up as a further means of control. They offer them ridiculous salaries to play the part, but hidden in the contract is a large loan that finances this immediate gratification lifestyle that can't ever possibly be paid back. The conditions are you won't have to pay back this loan as long as you play by the rules, our rules, until you die. Also in the contract is you must keep quiet about the nature of your contract. It's no wonder that many lawyers cringe whenever they read a contract offered to a writer, singer, etc. I can't help but feel many artists who sign contracts to these corporations essentially become their property. They cease to be human and become commodities. For all intents and purposes, they're slaves with golden shackles.

Considering all that I have witnessed regarding commercial art over the years, and if my intuition serves me well, a musician would have better luck being a "road warrior" and selling CD's in the trunk of his or her car. You would stand to make more profit that way, and wouldn't hopelessly indebt yourself by going to a diploma mill art school, or signing a contract that essentially turns you into a piece of property for a major corporation. Yes sure, you may become a millionaire on paper and with assets, but a slave is a slave. If you stand to lose it all tomorrow by simply doing something "big daddy" doesn't like, then are you truly rich?

As for the occult symbology you're seeing in music videos. Consider the fact that famous artists are mediocre at best and not talented enough to come up with their own symbols and designs. They can't display symbols of renowned religions for obvious reasons, so what's left for them to copy and paste?

-Donovan D. Westhaver


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    • BJ McC profile image

      Brendon J McClaughry 

      6 years ago from Austin Texas

      Your information on the illuminati aspect of the music industry is extremely poor. I agree with Monarchy...the occult refers to a lot of supernatural beliefs. And the artists are using the head of Baphomet not Moloch.

    • DJRebelstar profile image


      6 years ago from England

      Interesting stuff. There is a lot of symobology in mainstream music videos these days and they are very blatant about. Google vigilant citizen....

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      7 years ago

      Bam, and this site links to Amazon selling the music, spoken of in this article.

      Of course you're not saying anything against them, since you benefit from their sales.

    • Owl Ka Myst profile image

      Owl Ka Myst 

      8 years ago from In the Valley of Grapes

      I read the blog you posted and no where in the blog does it say that those that worship Moloc belong to a religion called 'occult'.

      I think you may be falling for a common mistake people can make.

      There is 'cult' and there is 'occult'. I hear people say 'she belongs to an occult' when what they are really trying to say is 'she belongs to a cult'.

      A cult -and- occult can sound the same when verbalized.

      A person can belong to a cult but not an occult.

    • Owl Ka Myst profile image

      Owl Ka Myst 

      8 years ago from In the Valley of Grapes

      Indeed, the use of the word 'occult' is off.

      Occult is not and never was -A- religion. 'Occult' came out of a need to 'hide and keep secret' knowledge that was being condemned by religions (and politics). Those that studied a mix of the natural world and that of spirituality could not do so openly. Some 'occultists' are not religious, and some are. Some are Jewish, some Christain and some Satanists.

      It's not an issue to call those that worship Moloc occultists. But it is an issue to say that the Occult is the body of worshippers to Moloc.

      I could be considered an occultist. I look to the natural world for 'hidden' messages sent from a 'higher power'. But I am not religious and I for sure do not worship Moloc. If anything, my own morals and beliefs condem such a concept and it's idea.

    • Monarchy profile image


      8 years ago

      "The Occult" is a basic catch all for belief in the supernatural. That definition also applies to christians. Your REALLY using it out of context. The worshipers of Moloch derived from the ancient Semitic polytheistic religions that later became Judaism after they chose to exclusively worship the war god Yahweh. "Occultists", per your definition, believe in many gods as well.

      As for you point of music being complete trash at the moment, yes it is. Its not about creativity its about entertaining. And until we get to that point again, its going to continue to be a giant mountain of suck.

    • DonDWest profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

      ketta, I won't claim to be a religious scholar, but have a look at this:

      The occult is obviously very secretive about their relationship with Moloch, the ancient Canaanite idol. They deliberately want to keep a low profile online. Indeed when I searched "Moloch Occult" already this Hub is on page 2 of google, however you may want to read this book (tread carefully, you've been warned):

      The occult traces back far before Christianity. Although it has gone through many name changes over the centuries. Try looking up the difference between Lucifarians (occult) and Satanists.

    • ketta12 profile image


      8 years ago from NJ

      I find it very interesting when people assume that artists have no clue about the contracts they sign. Sure there are some that do not but there are also ones that do and sign them anyway, for fame is more important than artistry. Then you have independent artists that would rather die first than give up their rights.

      Now you saying that 'the occult' is an ancient religion is just... Maybe it would be better to give the actual name for that particular religion because the last time I checked and believe me I went to re-check after reading what you wrote, and yes people do give secret organisations the title of 'the occult' but the occult stands for the unknown, secret etc. As someone that's very much into the occult I find it offensive when people generalize it towards only one specific thing (which more than likely has negativity attached to it), when in reality it has many branches. The occult now of days means anything paranormal/unknown and many things fall beneath the supernatural category.


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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      8 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I'm always thrilled to see that more and more persons out there, such as yourself - have caught on, or have been aware of these things for many years; and are talking about them in such public forums as this one. :=D

    • DonDWest profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Wesman Todd Shaw, true enough, I don't think these "artists" have the faintest idea what exactly they're getting into and the contract they've signed. Most are in a mind of stupor. None the less, wisdom can be acquired, even amongst the least of us. When and if these "artists" learn the truth, they’re succumbed to madness that people like us from the outside looking in don't always understand.

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      8 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Very interesting. It's not so much the "artists," but the media moguls, record execs, etc that are the persons behind occultism, etc, in most music.


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