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

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

“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

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

Jack Black comes out dressed as a heavy metal guy on steroids 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


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.

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

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


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.

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.

“This is for God and the gays”

Pink’s Masonic Initiation


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 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.

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

“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”.

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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… 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????

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

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

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

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.

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

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”

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?

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.

epic breakdown. well done.

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

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.

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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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.


Order of Freemasons . . . D—– R——


Don't worry… I do have a life. I just like puzzles.

6. OFDR = ? I need help with this one

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising? (military video game … setting is after a world economic crash, and world powers are vying for resources)

Or maybe related to Order of Dracul? AKA, Order of the Dragon? An old demonic/pagan order that is coming to life again.

Order Draconis et Atri Adamantis—AKA, Order of Dragon Rouge (Order of the Red Dragon)

OTHER INFO ON THE NUMBER 51 FROM VARIOUS SOURCES: 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… Read more »

856 is a centered pentagonal number.

It now becomes apparent why the Pyramid has 204 (4*51) masonry courses, because 4 is the Earth number and 51 the sphere number, hence 4*51 means Earth = Sphere!

The square and the circle are what the compass and square of Freemasonry are all about. Look up what these represent.

5. LI = 51, a powerful number in Freemasonry and occult

51, The Sphere Number.
Crucial to the Pyramid's arcane design is the number 51.
• The slope angle is 51degrees 51minutes:
• The Kings Chamber is situated on the 51st masonry course:
• Including the now missing capstone the Pyramid has 204 (4*51) masonry courses.

As we would expect from a monument that represents planet Earth the number 51 is code for surface area of a sphere and refers to the total number of sides on the 6 (yes, 6) Platonic Solids. According to Plato there are only 5 regular solids with a total of 50 faces, as shown in the table below:

4. 04 = The number of the square in Freemasonry, also the earth number (see next item below to see how 4 and 51 are eqpecially significant when paired)

Incidentally, the fourth annual MTV awards were held on September 11, 1987, Fourteen years before…

Sorry! that's supposed to be *ESPECIALLY*

3. ORP = Ordo Romanus Primus (sacred book of Roman Catholic rites)


No no no no no I can't believe- WON'T believe Taylor Swift has gone over to the dark side… she couldn't be so stupid 🙁

…..believe it..

the entertainment industry has always been like this. nothing new to me. Ma$e said in 99 that the industry is a very shady place. and you know he really meant it because when he went out he was the number one rapper in America.

all of this is new to me, im learning alot everyday, thanks to everyone for all the information..for years i was homeless and addicted to meth, surrounded by gang members and prostitutes mostly, towards the end i began "losing my mind" something was wrong i could see it everywhere, on the television in my many motel the people i associated with in the music, that everyone was listening to at the time..which was alot of 50 cent and other hip boyfreind at the time read a book called the 48 laws of power by robert greene..he wasnt a very nice guy..but anyway, ive been off the meth now for going on 6 years,and im just now hearing about the illuminati,im astonished at how closly all of this relates to my "insanity" its like giving a name to something i always knew was real..its so interesting the coincidences dont… Read more »

imm barlyy learning too; realyy interstingg; butt its scaryy at thee same timee?

did anyone realize that Janet Jackson and Madonna had the same hair style on the VMA's? just asking.

`-: I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives up to date information -'*

So, about the “RDFO IL 40 PRO DEL ATO" i think this is the meaning


i hope it could help, Im aware in this things so i know a little about this craps :p

The meaning of “RDFO IL 40 PRO DEL ATO” is "ready for the 40 before the Apollyon Temple Order "

symbols were modificated along the history, they join a few symbols and put in a tv show were stupid people also watch. How we know they are change the real seems of this symbols in agree with their interestings?

This Is just WOW.

please keep going we really need this

please please

Free masonry Is a religion…. so just as eastern stars and so on…

People, this is nothing but immature paranoia. Let’s say it was in fact a ritual, why would you fear it? Let your tv screen show “666” a thousandfold, you should NOT let paranoia get the best of you. If God truly is on our side, there is NOTHING to fear. You are all weak. Stop showing Satan that you’re all scared.

I'm shock that young people are submissive to ritual like this without questioning the intention, I guess the award blinded them and forced them to accept alternate reality that happens to be promising "good" future. A future of no vigilant citizens.

I used to see the world like so many of you. Truth is I can't blame you for playing this kind of "Game" it was fun for a season. You should try something a bit more freeing to your inner soul than dwelling on the meaning of life because it will come and go in the blink of an eye and that will be the end.

Hi. I just found this site today, and I read a lot of the articles. I just think that this is great work, and it's eye opening. The rituals and such. I'm not Christian, but it does intrigue me. I hate to put my own two sense in here, but I think all religions might exist, that the universe keeps expanding until it can't so it starts shrinking and then it expands and then it shrinks and so forth…so maybe every time the universe expanded and retracted, a different religion came into being. All the religions over lapped, so finding every which one becomes more and more complex. But I think you're on to something, the symbolism is there, and it's very blatant. I mean it's very true, the media makes this country, and the government controls it. Maybe the government is even controlled by the media. I mean, how… Read more »

Everyone please look at this link he breaks down the meaning of RDFO IL 40 PRO DEL ATO

check this pic out..

bigger pic can be seen thru her fb page.. the same sign lady gaga did in telephone music video.

Great post! And all is true, endeed. I would like to translate it and post it on my blog, with your permission, ofcourse.

I'm awaiting your reply. People in Romania are dumb nowadays, especially the young, and they would need to know this.

"Truth is stranger than fiction".

God first bofore anythings. Jesus is real and d best thing dat have ever happened to me.

Hey! It would be really nice if you also gave us solutions to such incidences other than telling us about them and leaving us to get lost lost in this world of symbolism & cults!!!!

lol you guys are all full of s**t, illuminati isn't real

i think that those who think the VMAs were "hidden satanic rituals" are reaching a bit far to compare what actually happened in the show to Masonic rituals. All of the things mentioned in the article could have happened by accident! The effort it would take to organize all of the celebrities to perform their "parts" in the ritual is huge. These celebrities are all from different backgrounds and religions; I find it difficult to believe that they would all be coerced into performing a "hidden satanic ritual". Although the analysis was interesting, I can't accept the idea that some dude out there is drawing up grand schemes to brain wash us through a music awards program!

I know subliminal messaging not only works but is used by the main stream. Anyone remember food network and the mcdonalds subliminal? Just check it out on youtube…Of course thats just one example.

ohh yeh also in physics delta means change soo..

maybe change for taylor