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The 2009 VMAs: The Occult Mega-Ritual



The 2009 VMAs: The Occult Mega-Ritual

From unexpected drama to shocking performances, MTV’s 2009 Video Music Awards managed once again to raise eyebrows and get people talking. What most people missed, however,  were the occult meanings encoded in the VMAs. The TV event was in fact a large scale occult ceremony, complete with an initiation, a prayer and even a blood sacrifice. We’ll look at the symbolism that appeared during the show.

MTV’s Video Music Awards have often incorporated dark and strange acts, containing some occult symbolism. This year’s version, however, outdid itself. The show left most people wondering what was wrong with Kanye West or trying compute the madness of Lady Gaga’s performance. The only way to understand the full meaning behind those performances is to look into esoteric teachings. The fact is that the whole awards show took the most common rituals of occult orders and re-enacted them in a show witnessed by the entire world.

This year’s VMA’s were very different from other awards shows. They focused on a very limited number of artists (Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga), while ignoring many others who were equally successful. The “chosen” artists became characters in the VMA’s ceremony and acted out different ritual dramas. This might sound totally crazy to the average MTV viewer but those acquainted with the practices of occult orders (such as Freemasonry) can decode the references to sacred rituals.  There are numerous types of fraternities and rituals, from the most noble to the most infernal, and they have existed throughout History. The VMAs were decisively inspired by dark, sinister and even Satanic ceremonies.  Let’s look at those rituals.

The High Priestess’ Words of Wisdom

The 2009 VMAs: The Occult Mega-Ritual

Madonna’s sermon

Madonna, the music industry’s High Priestess, the revered “elder” of MTV, opens the show with a very solemn eulogy for Michael Jackson. She admitted never really knowing or “connecting” with him, but she was still chosen to pay him tribute. Madonna is a well known and publicized adept of the Kaballah, the esoteric school of Judaism which is studied in most occult orders.  Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok explained how she uses (or abuses) Kaballah symbolism in her music:

“I discovered that Madonna’s famous dabbling with sacred Jewish mysticism has taken an interesting turn. In her latest music video for the theme song of a new James Bond movie, the “material girl” of old is transforming herself into a “Kabbalah girl.” Aside from the traditional Madonna blend of music and sensuality, in this video we see Madonna has a Holy Name of G-d tattooed onto her right shoulder. Tattooing, mind you, is a practice forbidden under Torah Law, all the more so abhorred by the Kabbalah. Granted the tattoo may not be real or only temporary but nonetheless, any expression of performing a forbidden act is itself forbidden and inexcusable. Unfortunately, Madonna’s abuse of Kabbalah and traditional Torah Judaism does not stop here.

Later in the video we see Madonna winding leather straps around her left arm in the exact same format and style as holy tefillin are worn by religious Jewish men. Tefillin consist of a small leather box containing scared parchments. These are then strapped to one’s left biceps, and the strap is wound down the left arm and around the hand. Granted Madonna did not go so far as to defame the tefillin boxes themselves. Yet, it is quite clear that the wrapping of the straps around her arm is done in orthodox Torah style. This act of hers is pure sacrilege.”

-Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok, Madonna’s Kabbalah – Not Kosher

Madonna’s tribute focused on the fact that MJ was “otherworldly” and “a king” but she insisted on the fact that he was also a human being. It was wisdom that could only be imparted by the High Priestess.  Members of the audience bowed their heads and meditated on her words. They had a deep Kabbalistic resonance.  The speech was followed by a video tribute to Jackson, beginning oddly with ‘Thriller’ and displaying the face of MJ as a decaying zombie, risen from the dead, on a huge screen. We then hear Price’s verse in the song saying:

“Darkness falls across the land
The midnite hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize yawls neighbourhood
And whosoever shall be found
Without the soul for getting down
Must stand and face the hounds of hell
And rot inside a corpses shell
The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand years
And grizzy ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom
And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller”

It is only fitting that MJ’s greatest was included in his tribute, but this did seem a rather gruesome way to start a posthumous tribute. Someone somewhere made some odd choices, but this somehow fitted the “vibe” of the rest of the show.

Taylor Swift’s Initiation

The 2009 VMAs: The Occult Mega-Ritual

“Imma let you finish!”

Taylor Swift wins the “Best Female Video” award and goes up on stage to give her thank yous. Kanye West pops out of nowhere, taking the mic from her hand, and informs her that Beyonce has “one of the best videos of all time“. This scene has caused much controversy and has earned Kanye the title of “Douchebag of the year” plus the honor of being called a “jackass” by the President of the United States. I might shock some people by saying this… but this “unexpected” event was… STAGED! There I said it. Did you ever watch a crappy reality show and had the gut feeling that the whole thing was scripted? Well, I’ve got an overload of that feeling while watching this scene. None of the people involved (not even Beyonce making her “I can’t believe this is happening” face) are good actors. Furthermore, I’ve been following Kanye’s career since his beginnings and I’ve retained one important fact about him:  the only thing Kanye West cares about, is Kanye West. So if he had to throw a hissy fit about something, it would have been about him not winning. Not Beyonce. Him.

This scene is, in fact, Taylor Swift’s initiation into what I call “The Circle of Chosen Artists”. The pupil is humiliated in front of her peers and told that she is not worthy to be on the same stage as Beyonce, the queen of the ceremony.  Almost all groups, fraternities and gangs carry out an initiation process to test the recruit’s character, strength, and worth. Swift’s ordeal was to have Kanye ruin her first award ever and to be told that she didn’t deserve this recognition. The rapper is known for bitching during award shows so he was the perfect candidate to make it all seem “unexpected”.

The Prayer

The 2009 VMAs: The Occult Mega-Ritual

“Who wants to pray to the devil with me?”

Jack Black comes out dressed as a heavy metal guy on s------s to promote a video game. At one point he asks the audience to put their devil horns in the air and the proceeds to pray to the “dark lord Satan”. The whole thing is light-hearted and comical but I don’t see any other way a prayer to Satan can be inserted into a primetime show without getting a truckload of complaints from “concerned parents”. The scene starts off semi-funny but Jack Black finishes off on a more serious note by saying: “I ask you to grant tonight’s nominees with continued success in the music industry“. This last phrase actually reveals a dark truth about the entertainment business.

So the net result of this scene is this: everybody threw up their “devil horns” hand sign, then took each other’s hands and prayed to Satan. This piece of pre-rehearsed comedy might have been an insignificant skit in another show. But in the context of this one, with its many recreations of occult rituals, the skit takes on a whole other, sinister meaning.

The Blood Sacrifice

The 2009 VMAs: The Occult Mega-Ritual

Lady Gaga’s performance was hailed as “brilliant” by many music fans. If you, however, ask them what it symbolizes,  their expression becomes questioning. Here’s what Gaga said about her performance during an interview at

“Do you think it will be one of those defining moments people will remember at the VMAs?”
“I know it will. I sort of have this philosophy about things: there’s never a reason to do something unless it’s going to be memorable, unless it’s going to change things, unless it’s going to inspire a movement. With the song and with the performance, I hope to say something very grave about fame and the price of it.”

“Something grave? What?”
“You’ll have to see.”

“What are you going to wear? “
“I would say that the fashion for the performance is a representation of the most stoic and memorable martyrs of fame in history. It’s intended to be an iconic image that represents people. I think after watching the performance and maybe studying it after you watch it on YouTube, you’ll see the references and the symbols come through.”

The setting for the performance is very symbolic. Gaga performs in a temple or maybe an aristocratic mansion, complete with columns, chandeliers, and paintings. Occult rituals, mind control experiments and even human sacrifices have constantly been rumored to take place in those kinds of settings. One feature I cannot ignore is the presence of two massive pillars beneath an arch.

The 2009 VMAs: The Occult Mega-Ritual

The decor of Gaga’s performance. Notice the two pillars and the arch above

They are unmistakable Masonic symbols, as depicted on this lithograph:

The 2009 VMAs: The Occult Mega-Ritual

This obvious reference to Freemasonry hints to the occult and ritualistic aspect of Gaga’s performance. Masons are known to carry out ritual dramas in their lodges;  live re-enactments of allegorical stories. Gaga’s performance symbolizes her rise to fame and the sacrifice she had to make in order to succeed.

When the bloody Gaga is lifted into the air, an eerie light comes out from between the pillars and the dancers lift their arms in the air in praise. Many ancient religions carried out ritual sacrifices to please the gods. Blood sacrifices have also been viewed by black magicians as the ultimate way to collect spiritual energy. The final scene of the performance conveys the presence of this mysterious “force” after a sacrifice.

The 2009 VMAs: The Occult Mega-Ritual

Rising star

Right after her performance, Gaga appears dressed all in red, with her face completely covered in red. She is basically a walking, talking blood sacrifice. It represents the aftermath of fame, the hellish life that follows the sacrifice, the selling of the soul for success in the music industry.

The 2009 VMAs: The Occult Mega-Ritual

“This is for God and the gays”

Pink’s Masonic Initiation

The 2009 VMAs: The Occult Mega-Ritual

There is no way a Mason could watch this performance without recalling his initiation into the First Degree. Here’s a description by Mark Stavish:

“The candidate for initiation is stripped of all material possessions and dressed in a strange and peculiar garb (…). This includes a blindfold and a length of rope called a cable tow.”

He continues

“The blindfold used represents secrecy, darkness and ignorance as well as trust. The candidate is led into the lodge room for initiation but is not able to see what is happening. He is bound about the waist and arm with the cable tow.”
-Mark Stavish, Freemasonry: Rituals, Symbols and History of the Secret Society

The 2009 VMAs: The Occult Mega-Ritual

The initiate is blindfolded and attached to a cord with the left breast and left leg exposed

Pink is blindfolded and bound with ropes. Her costume exposes her left breast, as is the case with Masonic initiates. Instead of having her left leg exposed, Pink’s costume bears a diamond pattern which is very reminiscent of the floors in Masonic lodges.

The 2009 VMAs: The Occult Mega-Ritual

Eastern Star Lodge

Pink’s performance was a dizzying display of acrobatics which undoubtedly left her (and the viewers) totally disoriented. This is also a feature of Freemasonry’s First Degree initiation:

“He is then blindfolded and a cord in the form of a noose is passed round his neck. At this point the novice is entering the marginal stage, associated with ordeals; he cannot see, his sense of direction has been confused and he has been dressed like a victim for execution.”
-J.S. La Fontaine, Initiation – Ritual Drama and secret knowledge across the world

Pink’s performance was yet another blatant reference to ritual dramas in occult orders.

Taylor Swift’s Acceptance into the Order

The 2009 VMAs: The Occult Mega-Ritual

“Can we try this again now?”

After Swift’s public humiliation, Beyonce, the queen of the ceremony, calls her up on stage to let her “have her moment”. She appears from backstage (as if awaiting her cue) in a red dress which is strikingly similar to Beyonce’s. A reader of this site has noticed that at the moment the two singers hug, a strange phrase appears on the screen behind them saying “RDFO IL 40 PRO DEL ATO”. I have no idea what that means, but it was there. If you solve this enigma, be sure to post it in the comments. **Editor’s note** Pretty sure it means “Ilford Delta Pro film”.

The 2009 VMAs: The Occult Mega-Ritual

Is this a computer glitch or a coded message?

Taylor Swift being called on stage represents the fact that she has now been accepted as an equal to Beyonce and has become one of the “chosen ones”. The matching dresses also convey this sense of belonging to a new group. She has “passed the test” – the ordeal of being humiliated – and she can now reap the rewards of being an insider.

In Conclusion

Award ceremonies like the VMAs define and crystallize the pop culture of an era. They consecrate the chosen artists while leaving the others dwelling in the shadows of anonymity. As shown above, the whole show was heavily permeated with occult symbolism, primarily focusing on the “initiation” aspect of it. Why is MTV exposing young people (who know nothing about occultism) to such rituals? Is there a subliminal effect on the viewers? Are we educating the new generation to accept these symbols as part of popular culture? There is definitely a second layer of interpretation in many of MTV’s products. To decode the symbols is to understand the inner-workings of the entertainment industry.

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I read with great interest this article and all of the comments, it is amazing how well orchestrated the dark hand works. There is only one thing in this world that can combat any plan of Shaitan (Satan) and that is prayers, be vigilant in your prayers and steadfast in your deen (religion) do not be swayed. I always remember a quote that my mom once told me, she said "Shaitan (satan) does not go to the man that is in the rum shop but to the man who walks pass it." so my dear friends and readers out there, remember that it is us few who resist will face a much more daunting task. But remember God is on our side, as hard as satan will make it seem. Will it matter if you decode the message in the back ground or the actions and performances on stage. Why decode the obvious, the defamation of the Creator, come on what is more blasphemy than a so called comical prayer to the Dark Lord. In Islam we believe in the return of Jesus (Isa) and he will come and put an end to all of this, but please remember that… Read more »


I must admit, there is no way I could read every comment on here, although its my goal, I just want to point out (I'm sure someone else has) but have a look at the patterns on Kanyes head, the way his hair was shaved and styled. Do I see illuminati stuff, right there, on his shaved head????


That's just downright sad and creepy. Never going to watch an awards show, EVER.


If you don’t mind the Christian stuff, the K-Love fan awards are really great & uplifting & the Dove awards are nice too. Those are music awards shows.


Thank you, your analysis is always objective, factual, sober, and well-narrated. You really give an insight into why these same individuals are constantly causing hype around themselves. Open the news and there isn't anything else but Kanye, Perry, Beyonce, Kardashians… Same people and more and more hype each time, and more immoral acts
I really this reaches the young people, they need to be aware and I'll be passing on the message as well.
Thank you for your hard work


Okay, I just ran accross this today and have read all the comments. I had the 09. VMAs taped for quite some time and yes, everytime I watched it, it creeped me out. Now I know why. Just want to see if anyone has paid attention, but Taylor Swifts last album that released in late 2011, is called" RED!!!" Coincedence??? Hmmm


I found out that the words when they embrace mean this: Waiting on the Great Tribulation of Apollyon aka Satan, hope it helped!


From the early 1970s to well into the 1980s, Boleskine was owned by famed Led Zeppelin guitarist and Aleister Crowley enthusiast, Jimmy Page. Page's fantasy sequence in the Led Zeppelin The Song Remains the Same was filmed at night on the hill side directly behind Boleskine House. The house was built in the late 18th century by Archibald Fraser [evidence points to his being a freemason].The late pop singer, Michael Jackson, was a fan of Aleister Crowley. He read his books and practiced Crowley's so-called "magic" and summoning of spirits, such as that of dead singer, Liberace.
Crowley was a fan of magic rituals done in tandem with sex acts. The dance Jackson did not create, but popularized, "The Moonwalk" was inspired by Crowley's book on Satanism that states people should practice walking, talking and reading backwards.


Del ato caught my eye as it is the dative form of the latin (and perhaps Portuguese and Spanish) verb Delatus, meaning:
carried down or away, having been carried down or away
taken, removed, having been removed
brought to market, sold, having been sold
granted, conferred upon, allotted, transferred, delivered, having been delivered
reported, announced, stated, having been reported

Rent Directly From Owner ??? lol

Pro in latin means on behalf of or in place of. There may not be any significance at all, but I thought I’d share.


40 means change, according to the bible. Awesome info, keep it up!


40 pro del ato, in Latin, means: for out of the forty with a broad

I have been trying to look for the meaning of RDFO and IL, although il means him or he in French.


If you make that ‘delato’ the meaning makes more sense…



“RDFO” can be a code for “Ready for”

The word “il” means “the”

Del is “of” followed by a feminine noun in Spanish

Pro can mean “For”, or like “forward”

“Ato” can mean “Mister”, or “Assemble to order”, or “Saturday born” or “later”


epic breakdown. well done.


I'm beginning to wonder about the old MTV vids: Motley Crue, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Scorpions, etc. from the 80s. Perhaps Cautious will do a flashback research to see what lingered around on MTV in the 80s? Satanism was there, but I do not remember any Masonic things. Perhaps the Masonic visuals is more latest.
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Yeah having grown up in 80s & 90s, makes me curious. The more of this I see, the more I remember.


51 degrees is the most common angle in the Sri Yantra and certain structures that are based on it: the pyramids. 51 degrees is therefore associated with sound and sub-space vibrations. This angle can also be derived in a triangle by geometrically using the circle and square to reveal the dimensions of the Earth and Moon. Stonehenge is located at 51 degrees. Not a prime, 51 is made up of 3 multiples of 17.

51 is a pentagonal number as well as a centered pentagonal number (one of the few numbers to be both) and an 18-gonal number.

51 is the 'Anti-Devil' number.

Represent the Universal Time, according to Abellio.

Chaldean Numerology: This number has a very powerful potency of its own. It represents the nature of the warrior; it promises sudden advance¬ment in whatever one undertakes; it is especially favorable for those in military or naval life and for leaders in any cause. At the same time it threatens enemies, dangers and the likelihood of assassination.

Nick Saunders

856 is a centered pentagonal number.

know what u know

if you notice though, practically all of the artists who get into the illuminati was famous before. I belieave that people can become famous without having to do that. but does anybody know any stars who are not in the illuminati?


No one becomes famous in this world, no one makes the kind of money that celebrities make without paying homage to the god of this world, that old dragon called the devil and Satan. Hollywood is HIS REALM. All of these people MUST obey the law of Satan – “do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law” which is nothing more than the law of selfishness which is sin. These “stars” corrupt entire generations with their lewd behavior, whoredoms, scanty clothing, cross-dressing, rituals, etc. They influence millions of youth to debauchery and that is their purpose. Dave Chappelle once walked away from Hollywood and gave back the fifty or so million dollar check because he saw where things were leading when he was asked to wear a dress in a movie. In 2 Corinthians 4:4 AKJV Satan is called “the god of this world”. In Matthew 4:8-10 AKJV he tempted the Lord Jesus with these words: 8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt… Read more »


abraham-hicks IS illuminati. in the sense that they promote illuminati teachings. they don't worship a god, they worship a god of forces. they use religion for the attainment of this world. they say anything is fine if you feel good about it, which isn't a rigorous moral code at all. I agree with some of what they teach, but not all of it, and there are glaring omissions. I wouldn't be surprised if the anti-christ of the future teaches along the same lines as abraham-hicks. the truth is always mixed in with lies. it's obvious that New Age and New Thought religious teachings are produced by the same occult inspiration underlying the New World Order..


Side note: that person is a female, who’s alter-ego is a man named Abraham-hicks.

to all of those shou

to all of those who think this site is aimed at fear-mongering . . . .

and to all of those who think of satan as a guy with horns and cloven hooves trying to corrupt the youth . . .

regardless of religious beliefs –

the "evil" or sinister side of the world/humans/existence has a reputation for deception and illusion. if you think that popular music, popular culture, or society in general is not capable of misleading the youth into empty morals or gainless pursuits, that probably means you really like pop music, popular culture, and society as it stands. good for you. enjoy the ride, i guess. i'd love to know how it works out for your overall wellbeing and take on life.

for those of you who attend church regularly and think this is bull-hockey, maybe you should go to bed earlier on saturdays so that you can pay attention to your religious curriculum. i promise, even some priests warn about the many faces of the devil. if they don't, then the bible (or any other sacred text) surely does 😉


For the record… in laymen's terms.. OWL makes it possible for computer data inferences and assumptions to be made, thus implying logic, reasoning, and "Artificial intelligence" ….. in a nut shell….. and DEL ATO… well DELL can also be placed into the mix with this…. a computer that can deduce, and assume based on relationships between objects……. well seems a bit scary to me.

Nick Saunders

look at area codes and zip codes! 856 in canada for example.


Moderator… My first comment that is the context for what follows (as well are my 4th point) are missing. Could you add them to the others in the proper order so that the rest makes sense? Thanks.

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