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Kanye West’s “Power”: The Occult Meaning of its Symbols



Kanye West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols

Kanye West’s “Power” is a short, almost stationary video that manages to tell a profound story in symbolic language. By decoding the occult meaning of the symbols present in this moving tableau, the viewer discovers who really holds the “power” in the world and understands the story of Kanye West’s initiation. We will look at the meaning of those symbols as they appear in the video.

Rapper and producer Kanye West has always found a way to stand out from the crowd. His video Power is no exception. It differs from the MTV norm in many regards, whether you look at the content or the form. The duration of the video, the filming style and the subject matter are quite distinct from today’s typical rap videos as it is short (1:43), filmed in a single shot (compared to the one-shot-per-second standard of music videos) and is very rich in archetypal symbolism.

Director Marco Brambilla sought to depict the concept of power in the form of a “video tableau”, a moving painting that slowly reveals itself to the viewer with a continuous camera movement. The director seems to have perfected this technique in his previous creation, Civilization, a video mural created for the new Standard Hotel in New-York city. The symbolism present there is simply overwhelming.

For Power, Brambilla went for a neo-classic aesthetic, but still created a piece full of symbolic and cultural references. As it was the case for paintings of the neo-classic era, each object, each symbol and each detail in the video conveys an important meaning, a meaning that is needed to understand the entire story. As we will see later, many symbols in the video have a deep occult meaning and many of them point to Freemasonry and Mystery schools. By doing so, the director clearly states what type of power is being presented in the video. We will, therefore, look at the meaning of the symbols displayed in the video as they appear in the shot.

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 West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols

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.

Kanye West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols

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

Kanye West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols

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

Kanye West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols

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

Kanye West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols

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.


Kanye West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols

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 by 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

Kanye West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols

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.

Kanye West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols

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 West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols

Kanye standing between two horned female figures

Kanye West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols

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.

Kanye West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols

Hathor holding a scepter 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

Kanye West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols

Sword hanging above Kanye West’s head

While doing some preliminary research on this video, I came across an article on 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,

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.

Kanye West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols

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 a 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

Kanye West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols


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 of 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?

Kanye West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols

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

Kanye West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols

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 forms an interesting image.


Kanye West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols

Masonic Square and Compass

In Conclusion

To sum up 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”


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What I see is his lack of power. He has a heavy chain around his neck binding him to earth with an idol of worship to control him. Hes at the entrance of a hallway of columns of wisdom and is facing the wrong way. In front of him are dual images of all his temptations and at the end of the video his male/female split him in half with swords as a sacrifice. His glowing eyes are fake because he does not have blue eyes. The illuminati gang of thugs have blue eyes, He will never be one of them.

I scrub toilets for a living and I have more power than he does! LOL!

Titus Andronicus

Well you did miss a tiny detail. The horned women are knocking theyr wands three times on the floor. That is a masonic ritual to welcome its member into the temple before the initiation starts. Great video anyways 😀

Vigilant Observer

From my own analysis of the video stills, it seems Kanye is elevating himself to Christlike figure comparing himself to Christ. Everything about that video is dark and alluding to the opposite of goodness. Horned women, fallen angels, glowing eyes on a very black man makes for a horror video. He could not stretch out his arms completely it would look too obvious for obvious reasons. Illuminati or whatever evil agent is out there is playing on the hype of this conspiracy theory, they have taken something potentially explosive and kinda muted it's impact on the ignorant masses especially the youth by blowing it way out of propotion. What's the saying about hiding in plain sight? Look whether you believe in Him (Christ) or not he is the only symbol of infallible power in the whole world, nations know about his story/glory, he is a living legend and what do people do, because they cannot destroy his authentic power they counterfeit it and defame him by turning everything upside down, inside out, right way down. Everybody is doing it from movies right down to the music videos. Wasn't Jesus tempted by the devil who told him that he would give… Read more »

Brandon Danvers

Nice one commoner! Keep on kicking Satanic a-s!


Can you discuss the gay mafia?

Ilu Ha\'El

Actually the sword through the crown also represents the Ace of Swords in tarot… Swords represent Air Signs (Libra, Gemini, and Aquarius… He and kim being the former of the 3)… The Air Sign symbol is also the Triangle… And the sky (the covert art shows Kanye in the crown with the sword through his head… The backdrop just a triangle with the sky and clouds within it). The twin pillars also represent the Master number 11 a.k.a the initiate. I know… I’m a Libra, master 11, and Indigo. Best pic ever… So much to digest. Even the “water bearers”… Aquarius is the astrological water bearer, but many don’t realize that it’s a pouring of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding… As being initiated is like being baptized and birthed anew. Lemme stop tho lol


I watched this video yesterday and noticed so much….And you just helped clarify it. I knew I was going to find this article! Thanks…
But couldn't the horned girls also be references to the Baphomet? That's what I first thought.
Good day

Omar Haque

So why does he keep saying that "no one man should have all that power"?

remote galaxy

WE all just bunch of programmed fools, including the Illuminati, to come down to earth to learn and after the class is done, we will all go back home..wherever that is!!

but one thing for sure is whether it takes a thousands years, but in the end, all is bound to return to its original harmony. including MacDonalds, Shaka Zulu, Mandela, Rothschilds (except, money wont be the issue by then…), Buffet, Bush, so- called the Black Pope or Poop or something, Me, You, and all the occultic gangsterist movements such as like the DuPonts, Schwarznegger, Obama (yes he does look like a puppet fot the other side)…and more!!

ooh!! i forgot including so-called Satan/Lucifer..but for now life has taught me the worst devil is that one i can see with my own naked eyes..wlking on two legs!!

remote galaxy

all both "BAD" orand "GOD" have been allowed on earth for learning and growth, dump-a---s dont you get it. some people see beauty where there is ugliness, some see bad where there is good, some dont attend your stupid churches-created by THE SAME PEOPLE WE ARE DISCUSSING HERE, Freemasons/Illuminati. well many dont seem to know that!-, but they are kind and in harmony with nature and "GOD", lets suppose HE lives for arguments sake..even so-called DEVIL-WORSHIPPERS do believe and claim to know there is a "God", but have they seen him, have we seen him in first-hand account. sort of like seeing your father or mother, uncle or the sun everyday?? BIG FAT NOo!! we're all in the struggle, we virtually DONT KNOW S--T but learning everyday..along with Free societies and their magic.. bottom line is, we are all human, capable of the same thing, even what THAT gangster/thug family, the Rothschilds, Rockerfellers, DuPont, etc are capable of. the problem is as people we have been progremmed, especially by religion, to not feel or reject the reality that we are living in the flash and that we need to react to everyday threats. the bible is gonna tell you that… Read more »


So now 5 years later with Kanye in the news…him being in danger like he is for speaking out publicly against the organization, have you guys seen what his profile pic is on both twitter and facebook since he’s been hospitalized? It’s the pic of his head with the sword going through it. The killing of the king may not be just symbolic after all.


there's also some girl doing the ice bucket challenge upside down near the top right 😀


why those bitches behaving like god????????


keep those tinkly toys, obtuse words and mirrors coming, fair leaders, for your proferred devices of distraction and false power serve you well: the human primates aren't paying attention.


If no one has noticed at about 1;13 – 1:14, If you look upside down, you can see the face of Baphomet… If you can use the imagination.


What about the Woman at his feet that represents lilith from Hebrew bible. The one who was Adams wife before eve


another music vid to check: Ailee "Heaven"-in that video's story there's a man who looks just like a Jesus Christ (dressed in bright color clothing) is with her, and Ailee at the end exits with a man dressed in black, in a no frills choice of evil IMHO.


we here so holla the young stars coming up.some of gh n----s need ur religion to shine up


The Egyptian holy book is one of the first holy books ever. I am studying it now The Book Of Ani. It is very perplexing in that it tells us what is happening now and what it to come in the near future. I think it is easy to use these symbols in videos for good or evil. Kanye is an artist and it is his job to be controversial and provoctative. I do not blame him or any other person we are all victims to a certain level because no one knows the truth. We all live on hope and wishes. So, if he or any other artist interprets these symbols in a way that might be different than how I may see it, does that make me right? I say keep these videos coming because it provides some answers and many people in the industry do have a inside scoop on what the agenda may bee for us all. Jay Z and Beyonce and George Cloony and many others helped get Pres. Obama reelected. They are a very powerful source of money and media to the Government. They are not just performers. They have a lot of power… Read more »


Thats why music is sin in islam!!!


Thats why islam is lame.


No doubt Kim is bearing his moonchild, baby Kimye.

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