The Occult Meaning of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade”

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Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade wooed critics with a rich tapestry of sounds and images. There is, however, a deeper level of interpretation that most critics did not consider – one that heavily draws on occult ritual and symbolism. We’ll look at the hidden meaning of Beyoncé’s Lemonade.

The surprise release of Lemonade prompted a perfect storm of media attention. From gossip sites asking “Is Beyoncé accusing Jay-Z of cheating?” to music critics proclaiming Beyoncé a “singular genius” and “Black woman superhero”, Lemonade got plenty of the pop culture spotlight. However, amidst all of that talk, almost nobody has addressed an obvious trait of that visual album: It is heavily occult, spiritual, and ritualistic, and it alludes to metaphysical concepts that gives the story a deeper meaning.

Indeed, most observers kept their analysis in very shallow waters, reaching pandering conclusions such as “it’s about strong Black women and non-Black women should not even attempt to understand it”, without even addressing the 50% of the video that goes way beyond that simplistic premise.

The album is described on Tidal as “every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing” and the overall the theme is said to be “the empowerment of black women referencing both marital relationships and the historical trauma from slavery”. However, the occult imagery of the video tells a story that is far more complex … and far less “empowering”. While throughout the video, Beyoncé appears to be speaking to an unfaithful husband, various clues indicate this unfaithful husband is not Jay-Z or her father; instead, it is Beyoncé’s true father and husband, the occult elite’s music industry. After giving her life and soul to be part of this industry, Beyoncé is now married to it – for better or for worse. But the industry is not faithful to her and treats her badly. Through symbolic imagery, Lemonade explains what was required from Beyoncé to become, in her words, the “baddest b*tch in the game”, how it left a permanent mark on her, and how she will now be used to be a “leader”.

Written and Directed by the Occult Elite

Music critics claim that Lemonade is Beyoncé’s most personal album, making it seem like she sat there crying with a pen and paper, writing her heart out. But that is not how it went down. A quick look at the album’s liner notes reveal that the album was written by a team of 72 writers … the song Hold Up alone was written by 15 people! The video part of the “visual album” was put together by seven directors, including some of the occult elite’s favorites: Jonas Akerlund and Mark Romanek. Akerlund alone has been mentioned several times on Vigilant Citizen due to the fact that he created highly symbolic videos such as Britney Spear’s Hold it Against Me, Lady Gaga’s Telephonean MK-ultra themed commercial for Versace, and many more.

Akerlund has a clear grasp of the occult elite’s imagery and seems to specialize in depicting pop stars as mind-controlled puppets.

In Hold it Against Me, Britney is trapped inside a room full of monitors and attached to intravenous lines. In short, a MK slave.
In Hold it Against Me, Britney is trapped inside a room full of monitors and attached to intravenous lines. In short, a MK slave.
In Telephone, Akerlund had Lady Gaga and Beyoncé doing the One-Eye sign after killing a bunch of people.
In Telephone, Akerlund had Lady Gaga and Beyoncé doing the One-Eye sign after killing a bunch of people in an all-American diner.
In his Versace For H&M video, he clearly depicts models as MK puppets controlled by the a ruthless elite.
In his Versace For H&M promo video, models are depicted as MK puppets controlled by a ruthless handler: Donatella Versace.

In Lemonade, the same ideas are communicated – but insidiously hidden under a thick layer of “strong Black woman” narrative. Beyoncé was always an industry puppet, but now that puppet has been sent back to its “people” to become a leader. In other words, she is (still) Maria from the movie Metropolis (the elite’s favorite movie).

In Metropolis, Maria is a leader trusted by her people. The occult elite uses android to take on her likeness to mislead the people into following the elite's plans. Here, the android (before taking on Maria's likeness) stands before an inverted pentagram, hinting that the people that control her are all about occult and Black magic.
In Metropolis, Maria is a trusted leader of the working class. The elite kidnaps her and creates an android that takes Maria’s likeness. That android is sent back to the workers in order to mislead them and push them to fall into the elite’s trap. In this screenshot, the android (before it took on Maria’s likeness) stands before an inverted pentagram, hinting that the people that control her are all about occult ritual and black magick.
Beyoncé as Maria from Metropolis at the BET Awards in 2009. The elite already told you what shes about. a long time ago.
Beyoncé as Maria from Metropolis at the BET Awards in 2009. The elite told you a long time ago what she’s truly about.

Did Beyoncé do a 180 for Lemonade and suddenly become about “empowering her people”? Not really. The same occult elite still owns her person, as well as her image and all of her material.

Think about the immediate response following the release of Lemonade: Accusations, finger-pointing and suspicion towards Jay-Z, her father, and a witch hunt against women who are suspected to be Jay-Z’s mistresses.  Is this truly “empowering” anyone … or is it about more self-destruction? Let’s look at Lemonade.

Lemonade

The hour-long visual album is a tapestry of song clips, poetry passages, and video shorts put together to tell an overarching story. Strongly inspired by Beyoncé’s parents’ native states (Louisiana and Texas), the imagery of Lemonade (and even its title) taps into the roots of the Deep South. However, it also taps into the roots of occultism.

The entire video is permeated with the concept of duality, which is expressed with the opposition of black and white, good and evil, love and hate. Also, the video depicts two distinct realities: What happens above ground (for the world to see) and what happens underground (after all, the world “occult” means hidden).

Married to the Game

The first poem of the video sets the table: It simultaneously calls out an unfaithful husband and an unfaithful father, in words that can also be applied to the music industry – the “home” where she has spent most of her life – and the real “cheating husband” to whom she is married.

I tried to make a home out of you, but doors lead to trap doors, a stairway leads to nothing. Unknown women wander the hallways at night. Where do you go when you go quiet?

You remind me of my father, a magician … able to exist in two places at once. In the tradition of men in my blood, you come home at 3 a.m. and lie to me. What are you hiding?

The past and the future merge to meet us here. What luck. What a f*cking curse.

The industry is full of “trap doors” and “stairways that lead to nothing” for artists who will forever remain pawns. The occult elite, bent on ritual and black magick reminds her of her father, a “magician”. In her words, “what a f*cking curse.”

The video then proceeds to retell, in symbolic terms, Beyoncé’s first contact with the “dark side”.

Dressed in black, Beyoncé commits self-sacrifice.
Dressed in black, Beyoncé commits suicide … self-sacrifice.
Beyoncé ends up in a room underwater - symbolic of the womb and impending rebirth. There, her old self sees her new self.
Beyoncé ends up in a room underwater. We see her old self see her new self.

The underwater room represents the womb. While underwater, Beyoncé is in a formative and transitional period until she is ready for rebirth. The poem recited by Beyoncé alludes to the periods of purification required by occult initiates before they experience initiation.

I tried to change. Closed my mouth more, tried to be softer, prettier, less awake. Fasted for 60 days, wore white, abstained from mirrors, abstained from sex, slowly did not speak another word. In that time, my hair, I grew past my ankles. I slept on a mat on the floor. I swallowed a sword. I levitated. Went to the basement, confessed my sins, and was baptized in a river. I got on my knees and said ‘amen’ and said ‘I mean.’

Midway into that poem, things get increasingly darker and Beyoncé gets increasingly agitated, jerking around as if possessed. From purification, it becomes about black magick.

I whipped my own back and asked for dominion at your feet. I threw myself into a volcano. I drank the blood and drank the wine. I sat alone and begged and bent at the waist for God. I crossed myself and thought I saw the devil. I grew thickened skin on my feet, I bathed in bleach, and plugged my menses with pages from the holy book, but still inside me, coiled deep, was the need to know … Are you cheating on me?

After believing that she "saw the devil", Beyoncé says that she "bathed in bleach" and "plugged her mensies with pages of the Holy Book".
After she thought she “saw the devil”, Beyoncé says she “bathed in bleach” and “plugged her menses with pages of the Holy Book”. Initiation.

Soiling, disgracing and destroying Christian artifacts (especially the Bible) is a standard part of satanic ritual. Occultists have always considered menstrual blood to be potent and charged with “life force”, which is why it is often used in occult rituals. This particular verse is therefore a clear reference to black magick. It is an initiatory oath towards the dark side.

Rebirth

After a gestation period inside the womb, where Beyonce was initiated in the ways of the occult elite, she is ready for rebirth.

Beyoncé emerges from a temple surrounded with water the same way a baby emerges from the womb after the water breaks.
Beyoncé emerges from a temple as water gushes out the same way a baby emerges from the womb after the water breaks.

In this sequence, Beyoncé is also an embodiment of the goddess Oshun of the Yoruba people.

Oshun is commonly called the river orisha, or goddess, in the Yoruba religion and is typically associated with water, purity, fertility, love, and sensuality. She is considered one of the most powerful of all orishas, and, like other gods, she possesses human attributes such as vanity, jealousy, and spite.

Beyoncé’s dress color is also associated with Oshun as she is associated yellow or amber and the metal gold or bronze.

A classic depicting of Oshun.
A classic depicting of Oshun.

After death by self-sacrifice, a period of seclusion and occult initiation, Beyoncé is reborn. She the occult elite’s minion now. She looks sexy and fabulous and she is let loose on her community. Does she do good and help people? Not really. She actually does the exact opposite.

Beyoncé walks in the streets of New Orleans and starts breaking cars with a baseball bat. She's not only breaking the car of her cheating husband - she's breaking random cars.
Beyoncé walks in the streets of New Orleans and starts breaking cars with a baseball bat. She’s not only breaking the car of her cheating husband – she’s breaking everybody’s cars.

At one point Beyoncé sees a beauty spa that offers “Free facials today”. She breaks its window. Sexual innuendo aside, considering that this type of business is nearly always owned by local small business owners and in context of her other destruction, one can ask: Why is Beyoncé attacking her own community?

This video might represent the “meltdown” phase many industry slaves go through after being re-programmed by the industry.

Industry slave Britney Spears attacking a car during her infamous breakdown in 2008.
Industry slave Britney Spears attacking a car during her infamous breakdown of 2008.
Despite knowning that that the images from this CCTV camera will go directly to the New Orleans Police department (and most likely the media), Beyoncé attacks it. Self-destruction.
Despite knowing that that the images from this CCTV camera will go directly to the New Orleans Police department (and most likely the media as did her well-publicized real-life CCTV experience), Beyoncé attacks it. She is aware of her actions.

Then, Beyoncé gets inside a monster truck and crushes a bunch of people’s cars. Take that Beyoncé’s home town!

After that public meltdown, Beyoncé pleads with the elite. Broken by the programming, she is ready to be built up … in the elite’s image.

If it’s what you truly want … I can wear her skin over mine. Her hair over mine. Her hands as gloves. Her teeth as confetti. Her scalp, a cap. Her sternum, my bedazzled cane. We can pose for a photograph, all three of us. Immortalized … you and your perfect girl.

In Monarch mind control terms, Beyoncé is ready to take on her alter persona and to become the pop star the elite wants to put in front of the masses. Fierce!

Exploitation

After a couple of angry songs where Beyoncé rebels against her cheating husband, things get ritualistic again. While, above ground, Beyoncé appears to be a strong, unapologetic woman, things are different underground.

Dressed in red and surrounded by fire, another ritual takes place - sex magick.
Dressed in red (color of sacrifice) and surrounded by fire, another ritual takes place – sex magick.

Beyoncé then recites a poem charged with occult meaning: It is about sex magick.

She sleeps all day. Dreams of you in both worlds. Tills the blood, in and out of uterus. Wakes up smelling of zinc, grief sedated by orgasm, orgasm heightened by grief. God was in the room when the man said to the woman, “I love you so much. Wrap your legs around me. Pull me in, pull me in, pull me in.” Sometimes when he’d have her nipple in his mouth, she’d whisper, “Oh, my God.” That, too, is a form of worship.

Sex magick can be defined as “sexual activity used in magical, ritualistic or otherwise religious and spiritual pursuits”. Not unlike the menstrual blood mentioned above, physical arousal is considered by occultists to be extremely potent and can be channeled for magickal purposes (see Aleister Crowley and the O.T.O).

The rest of the poem invokes darkness and the lore of witchcraft. It again references images associated with black magick.

Her hips grind, pestle and mortar, cinnamon and cloves. Whenever he pulls out … loss. Dear moon, we blame you for floods … for the flush of blood … for men who are also wolves. We blame for the night, for the dark, for the ghosts.

In this context, Beyoncé is a programmed slave used in magick ritual – a Beta Kitten. Appropriately enough, the next song, 6 Inch, is about prostitution – what Beta Kittens do.

Six-inch heels, she walked in the club like nobody’s business
Goddamn, she murdered everybody and I was her witness

She works for the money, she work for the money
From the start to the finish
And she worth every dollar, she worth every dollar
And she worth every minute

In the poem that follows, Beyoncé addresses her mother, while denouncing abusive husbands and fathers. Also, she is referring to the occult industry that became her father and her husband.

Mother dearest, let me inherit the earth. Teach me how to make him beg. Let me make up for the years he made you wait. Did he bend your reflection? Did he make you forget your own name? Did he convince you he was a god? Did you get on your knees daily? Do his eyes close like doors? Are you a slave to the back of his head?

Am I talking about your husband or your father?

The words above describe mental, physical and sexual abuse, the kind that MK slaves go through. After reciting these horrible words, Beyoncé sings a song dedicated to her father. One cannot say that Lemonade is kind to Black male figures.

Reformation

After anger and rebellion, Beyoncé settles down, accepts her fate and wants to reconcile.

Baptize me … now that reconciliation is possible. If we’re gonna heal, let it be glorious. 1,000 girls raise their arms. Do you remember being born? Are you thankful for the hips that cracked? The deep velvet of your mother and her mother and her mother? There is a curse that will be broken.

After a period of tribulation, Beyoncé (and her followers) are ready to be renewed. Baptism.
After a period of tribulation, Beyoncé (and her followers) are ready to be renewed. By depicting a baptism, the video hints that this is not about Jay-Z, it is about something bigger.

The song Sandcastles features Beyoncé and Jay-Z sharing intimate moments. Jay-Z is the bad guy that Beyoncé forgave.

Why would Jay-Z even accept to appear in such a video? 1) He has to. 2) All publicity is good publicity 3) This is not really about him, he is simply a proxy to the true subject of the video.
Why would Jay-Z even agree to appear in such a video? 1) He has to. 2) All publicity is good publicity. 3) This is not really about him, he is simply a proxy to the true subject of the video.

Afterwards, the video focuses on a few regular, everyday, Black people. One of them goes on to praise the Lord.

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“Thank you, Jesus. I just love the Lord, I’m sorry, brother. I love the Lord. That’s all I got. When your back gets against the wall and your wall against your back, who you call? Hey! Who you call? Who you call? You gotta call Him. You gotta call Jesus. You gotta call Him. You gotta call Him ’cause you ain’t got another hope.¨”

However, things are different underground. Beyoncé is not like this woman standing outside. She is inside a dark, cavernous place – and her mind is somewhere else.

You are terrifying … and strange and beautiful.

Magic.

She is still obsessed by the dark side, and probably always will be. Despite this fact, or because of it, she has now been chosen to lead her people.

Freedom

From there on out, the theme of freedom and liberation takes over. In a system that is tightly controlled by the powers that be, “liberation” can only be championed by the pawns those powers have created. In other words: controlled opposition.

During the song Forwards, pictures of Black men deceased at the hands of police are held by their mothers.
During the song Forward, portraits of Black men killed at the hands of police are held by their mothers.

Like Maria from Metropolis, Beyoncé was sent by “them” to become a leader. Her team of 72 writers and seven video directors decided to co-opt this issue to give her credibility and legitimacy.

Beyoncé then moves on to praise her grandmother for metaphorically turning the lemons of life into lemonade – not without using occult terms, of course.

Grandmother, the alchemist, you spun gold out of this hard life, conjured beauty from the things left behind. Found healing where it did not live. Discovered the antidote in your own kit. Broke the curse with your own two hands. You passed these instructions down to your daughter who then passed it down to her daughter.

While these words invoke hope and strength, Beyoncé’s final words are about pleading “the magician” (the occult elite) to bring her back together. She is not free or liberated from anything. In her own words, “her torturers became her remedy”.

True love brought salvation back into me. With every tear came redemption and my torturers became my remedy. So we’re gonna heal. We’re gonna start again. You’ve brought the orchestra, synchronized swimmers.

You’re the magician. Pull me back together again, the way you cut me in half. Make the woman in doubt disappear. Pull the sorrow from between my legs like silk. Knot after knot after knot. The audience applauds … but we can’t hear them.

Ending Credits

The album ends with the song Formation – a widely publicized single that got airplay at the biggest televised event on Earth: the Superbowl Halftime show. The song begins with Beyoncé basically saying “You guys, stop saying that I am Illuminati! I am rebellious super Black Power girl now.”

Y’all haters corny with that Illuminati mess
Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh
I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress (stylin’)
I’m so possessive so I rock his Roc necklaces

So, after calling people corny because SHE’s been pushing the Illuminati Agenda, she goes on to claim that she wears Givenchy and wears Rocafella necklaces. Maybe one should point out that Rocafella Records was named after the Rockerfeller family (the primary occult elite family in the USA) and that the label’s handsign is this:

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Beyoncé … you’re still corny with that Illuminati mess.

In Conclusion

Beyoncé’s Lemonade is dark, complex, profound, and works on several levels. However, it is not a “personal” album. It was composed by 72 writers and the “visual album” was produced by a team of occult-friendly video directors. It is a carefully crafted product of the music industry that contains the same messages other pop products. However, in 2016, the cultural context is shifting. The police killings of Black people in the past years has caused grief, unrest and racial division across the USA. Always remaining “relevant”, Beyoncé’s team has crafted a plot that taps directly into these issues, while cleverly weaving throughout the occult elite’s own imagery and agenda.

While Lemonade appears to be about empowerment and freedom, the occult “underground” imagery depicts Beyoncé as exactly the opposite: a slave who goes through the rigorous initiation process of the elite. She is not a rebel. She is Maria from Metropolis. And she is not serving you lemonade … she is serving you the elite’s toxic Kool-Aid.

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As a black woman, I was completely appalled at how many women saw this as her “most personal album” when it’s completely garbage. This is not dedicated to me or any other black woman. This is her attempt at relevancy and trend. And the mere fact that she had that many writers, proves she is nothing more than a puppet for the industry. How dare she say, this is for women who have dealt with cheating men. Seriously? This was not art, this was a way to lead the masses into complete destruction. There are hundreds of thousands of women willing to do whatever she says, and it’s utterly ridiculous. As always, excellent work, VC!!

Facts and as a black woman as well..I am equally outraged that a elite appointed demonic idol would need 72 writers for such middle school lyrical babble…what an insult that this type garbage is so popular. It totally undoes ALL who have fought for education rights and musical creativity and diversity..As a musician as well..what a complete outrage. I am astonished at the biblical lyrics..absolutely offended that this song is being viewed as any sort of woman empowerment for any race with offensive biblical lyrics thrown in subliminally..thanks VC for the continued musical updates… I want all parents to keep up and make sure certain things aren’t playing in their house and around your children’s

I meant to say children..apologize.

The 72 is an also an occult biblical number.. when ever you see 2 7’s or 3’7s they are referring to God and heaven, and attributing the same powers to themselves.. And while many may be convinced it shows African art in it, that message and “empowerment” is used to hide the occult mind control underneath, granting people to think that Beyonce is a leader of anything, when most high profile artist do not write their own music, nor are they allowed to with out hundreds of A@R elite producers combing over their stuff. Beware of false idols..

thank you for writing this but I couldn’t agree more. I thought I was in a twilight zone when I heard the same things. empowering?! How was formation empowering ANYBODY especially blk women other than just her!? I told a coworker after she says to me I need to listen to the words, it’s so deep, I said no maam, I READ the lyrics and there was NOTHING empowering about that song except for another ode to the great beyonce!sometimes I get so angry how blinded ppl are when it comes to her. one of the MOST OVERRATED singers of all time! always thought this and always will. she is a walking, talking, singing and dancing contradiction. a carbon copy of anyone and anything that “inspires” her, just a glorified thief.

And showing a topless black woman with mastectomy scars. Really empowering, not.

and i thought i was crazy. there’s nothing empowering abt a song talking abt a woman fkn her husband and going to red lobsters and i slay and hot sauce….. i swear u av a lots of goons 0out there that buy into everything that is thrown infront of them. gone r d days wen music was pure and videos were just pictures telling a story. nowadays every1 istrying 2 make a foolish statement. smh this world is crazy.

I absolutely and totally agree with you! I feel sad for Beyonce because she has been deceived and mind controlled.

I agree to disagree. As a black woman who takes joy in studying our history from the time we showed up here in chains, the imagery is quite powerful. If you have ever watched the movie Daughters of the Dust you would recognize the direct connections. As I posted in the comments, the scenes from the beach are related to Igbo landing when Igbo slaves drowned themselves in defiance to slavery. Shout out to the Art directors and writers who drew inspiration from actual black history and packaged the beautiful imagery.

If you are knowledgeable about yourself, no MAN/WOMAN can make you their patsy, so I suppose that is why Im not so up in arms.

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