The Esoteric Meaning of Florence + the Machine’s “Shake it Out” and “No Light No Light”

In this image, Florence has multiple reflections (multiple personas?) and makes an ancient hand sign of occult recognition.

 Florence + the Machine obtained commercial and critical success by releasing music with a distinct sound and feel. Although her works are often covered by mass media, one aspect of her act is rarely mentioned: the esoteric symbolism of her songs and videos. We will look at the meaning of the videos “Shake it Out” and “No Light No Light”, two enigmatic videos from the album Ceremonials.

Florence + the Machine is different from most of the singers mentioned on the Vigilant Citizen for several reasons. First, there is obvious talent and artistry involved in her works, making them more profound than most pop songs out there. Second, there is a definite occult influence in her music but it is not hidden or concealed, but rather all out in the open. In an interview with Nylon magazine, Florence stated:

“I wanted to be a witch when I was a kid. I was obsessed with witchcraft. At school, me and my two friends had these spell books; I always wanted a more magical reality. I had a little shrine at home and I did a spell to try and make the boy in the other class fall in love with me.”

Despite this known fact, I never found any review or analysis of Florence + the Machine’s work from an occult point of view, a field Florence Welch is obviously well versed in. The videos of her first album Lungs had some occult concepts infused into them. For example, her hit Dog Days are Over alludes to the dog star Sirius, an all-important celestial body in esoteric teachings (for more information, read the article entitled The Mysterious Connection Between Sirius and Human History). An article on Pseudo-Occult media described some of the occult and MK aspects of the videos from her first album – centered around the imagery of white rabbits, bird cages, Alice in Wonderland and so forth – so I won’t dwell on those. Her second album, Ceremonials, is slightly darker and more focused on profound esoteric concepts that deserve some analyzing.

The videos of Shake it Out and No Light No Light both contain enigmatic imagery (see the confused comments on YouTube) that relate to ancient occult concepts. Analyzed from an esoteric point of view, both videos can indeed be seen as “ceremonies” where symbols and colors describe a story of profound transformation. The imagery of Shake it Out tells the story of an initiation ritual in a strange secret society while No Light No Light describes a profound spiritual change in the context of duality. We’ll look at the esoteric meaning of both videos.

 Shake it Out

Taking place in a strange masquerade ball with masked guests – reminiscent of the secret society orgy in the movie “Eyes Wide Shut” –  Shake it Out follows Florence’s evolution. From being shy and reserved, she becomes ecstatic and almost demented. In an interview, Welch described the video’s setting this way:

“Think of a psychedelic 1920s dress party with a demonic twist. Possession meets The Great Gatsby. (…) We were kind of going for a sort of ‘Gatsby at West Egg’-style house party but with maybe slightly ritualistic and sort of satanic undertones and séances.”

In this strange setting, there are several Florences, with different personalities and wearing dresses with symbolic colors. Each of them tells a different part of the story of Florence’s initiation and its results. As we have seen in previous articles on this site, the theme of initiation is often found in modern pop videos and there is one thing they all have in common: a focus on the colors white, red and black. This video is no exception as the color of Florence’s dresses tell a lot about the meaning of the character she is embodying.

At the beginning of the video, Florence wears a pearl/gold colored dress and looks shy and almost reticent as she enters the ball. She is obviously the “guest of honor” but she is unsure of what she is walking into.

Florence shyly descending the stairs to the ball.

As she enters the ball, she is greeted with strange cloaked and mask figures. Some of them are quite weird but interesting.

A mask representing Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep – from which the term “hypnosis” comes from.  He is the twin of Thanatos, the god of death and His palace was a dark cave where the sun never shines. At the entrance were a number of poppies and other hypnogogic plants.
This mask with multiple faces appears to be a favorite in elite “Illuminati balls”…
Baron Alexis de Redé (right) wearing a similar multi-face mask at an actual Rothschild ball in 1972.

The ceremony is centered around her and with good reason: it is her initiation ritual. One of the figures blindfolds Florence.

Florence is blindfolded by a man in a red cape.

The blindfolding of new initiates is an intricate part of Masonic-like rituals and bear a very symbolic meaning: they represent the candidate’s prior blindness and ignorance.

An image from Duncan’s Ritual of Freemasonry describing the initiation of a new Mason. He is blindfolded and walked around the Lodge.

The lyrics of the song sustain the overall theme of these kinds of initiations as they pertain to the abandoning of a dark past and the embracing of a new life. Some parts of the song are particularly interesting as they appear to allude to specific aspects to Masonic initiations. This following passage refers to candidates being “in the dark” before the completion of the initiation.

It’s always darkest before the dawn (…)
And I’ve been a fool and I’ve been blind

Other passages of the song are oddly reminiscent of the oaths that are recited during Masonic initiations. For example, these lines:

I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart

can be related to this part of the Masonic initiatory ceremony:

“Oh! that my breast had been torn open, my heart plucked out, and placed upon the highest pinnacle of the Temple, there to be devoured by the vultures of the air …”

Another part of the song refers to several aspects of an initiation, whether it being the “end of a road”, the concept of darkness (most secret society initiations place candidate in dark rooms for a period of time to represent death and rebirth) and preparedness to suffer (during the initiation ritual)

And I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t
So here’s to drinks in the dark at the end of my road
And I’m ready to suffer and I’m ready to hope
It’s a shot in the dark and right at my throat

This last line is also similar to a portion of the Masonic oath.

“I arose, and on my passage around the Lodge was accosted by three Fellow Crafts, who thrice demanded of me the secrets of a Master Mason; and, on being refused, the first gave me a blow with the twenty-four-inch gauge, across my throat”

Whether or not these allusions to secret societies were intentional, they definitely give a sense of “spiritual rebirth” to the song.

In another scene where Florence plays the role of “new initiate”, she is shown taking part of a séance to communicate with spirits, confirming the occult nature of the gathering.

Florence at a séance table with other members.

Is this what engendered Florence in red?

The Florence that is dressed in a red dress is drastically different as if she was possessed by a spirit.

In another part of the video, Florence is dressed in red – the color of sacrifice and initiation – and has a completely different demeanor. She is unrestrained, dances frantically and appears to be slightly possessed. While she seems to be having the time of her life, she also appears to be consumed and disturbed by whatever is affecting her.

Another Florence appears to be a result of the initiation: a pure and angelic Florence dressed in white, symbol of purity and innocence. She runs out of the party and climbs on a tree, looking godly and at peace.

Florence in a pure and virginal white dress.

Florence in red is, therefore, the opposite of the shy and innocent Florence dressed in white. These two personas reflect the occult concept of duality that takes place within her, a concept that is also reflected in the lyrics with passages such as:

Cause looking for heaven, for the devil in me
Looking for heaven, for the devil in me
Well what the hell I’m gonna let it happen to me

A fourth persona is shown in the video: a cool, calm and powerful Florence dressed in black formal wear – symbolizing the full-fledged society member.

Florence dressed in black in a private setting – dancing with two masked men.

Florence’s initiation appears to have generated two results: a Florence dressed in red, who appears to be drunk on the world’s materiality and animal impulses, dancing without restraint and embracing her sexuality and a Florence dressed in white who leaves the ball to go on a tree (symbolically leaving the earthly realm to ascend towards the spiritual). The balance between these two opposing forces is at the basis of the hermetic concept of duality. This all-important theme also appears to be central to Florence’s second video, No Light No Light.

No Light No Light

No Light No Light has none of the subtlety of Shake it Out. It rather violently clashes two diametrically opposing forces battling for nothing less than Florence’s soul. The imagery of the video is based on contrasts and opposites, using concepts such as light and darkness, good and evil, black and white, civilization and tribalism, church and sorcery and so forth. The two main scenes of the video that are pitted against each other are so clichéd that they border on caricature: an entranced voodoo doctor practicing black magic versus innocent church choir boys. The opposition is vivid, yet both worlds appear to be part of Florence’s experience (she was in choir during her youth, while also dabbling in occultism). The two scenes bring up an almost archetypal sense of good and evil, thus symbolically representing the eternal struggle that is happening within Florence’s soul.

The first scene shows a masked man, sitting in the dark, in front of lit candles and a voodoo doll.

Voodoo guy about to cast a spell on Florence

The shaman is inside a Masonic Lodge. Although it is dark, we can notice the Masonic throne, the Blazing Star above it and the all-important checkerboard-patterned floor.

The shaman sticking a needle inside a voodoo doll. The Masonic checkerboard floor is the space on which occult rituals and ceremonies take place. The black and white pattern represents the coexistence of good and evil repeated in an infinite pattern and is, therefore, a visual representation of the concept of duality.

Like the checkerboard pattern, the video visually depicts the eternal fight between two opposing forces in the spiritual realm, but it uses human figures instead. Opposed to the voodoo shaman is another evocative image: young choir boys inside a church.

Church choir boys represent the force opposite to the shaman.

So Florence is standing atop of a skyscraper, looking somewhat confused, knowing that she must make a choice, trying to hang on. This sense of uncertainty is reflected in the lyrics:

“I was disappearing in plain sight
Heaven help me, I need to make it right
You want a revelation, You want to get it right
But it’s a conversation, I just can’t have tonight”

Florence appears to be under the spell of the shaman as he hurts her by sticking needles inside the voodoo doll. At one point, Florence lets go and embarks into a gigantic free-fall from the top of a tall building. She crashes through the church’s stained glass ceiling and floats in a burst of light.

Florence enters the church, but not from the front door, by crashing from the ceiling.

Florence enters the church from above, floats in mid-air and takes a position that makes her appear to be Christ-like. This symbolic image refers to the Gnostic concept of “inner-Christ”, where salvation and godhood are obtained from within by illumination. Florence is then caught by the choir boys and carried somewhere. Her embrace of “good” apparently kills the voodoo doctor who begins convulsing. By banishing the evil that had control of her, Florence attained Gnosis and therefore became “like Christ”.

This video has caused controversy because it was deemed racist. These observers claim that the “bad guy” is a stereotypical tribal-voodoo shaman and is, in fact, a “blackface”, a non-black person painted black, like they used to do back when media was openly racist. At one point during the video, we see Florence, a red-headed white woman running away from evil that is represented by a black guy. It is also noted that she is saved by a European choir that is exclusively composed of white boys. With that being said, can we truly say that the video is purposely racist? I honestly cannot say and that is not the point of the article. I can, however, say that race is indeed used in a symbolic way to emphasize the occult concept of duality and to further develop the sense of opposition between the two scenes.

As said above, humans are used in this video to depict abstract the concept of struggle between opposing forces, as depicted by the symbol of Ying and Yang. The struggle is happening inside of Florence, on a spiritual level, hence the spiritual imagery of the video. Everything about these forces is opposed, including their skin color – white and black – as they become an embodiment of the checkerboard pattern floor. White is traditionally associated with good and black with evil. This, unfortunately, translates very badly when it comes to skin color but the direction of the video appears to have taken this bold step anyways.

The lyrics of the song further accentuate the concept of struggle between good and evil. While it can be interpreted as a song to a lover, the vocabulary that is used, along with the video’s imagery, alludes to a spiritual struggle. The entity she is speaking to appears to have an ethereal quality as she mentions she is witnessing A revelation in the light of day. With that being said, who or what is she talking to? To God (who brings revelation)? The Devil (who is said to have blue eyes)?

“No light, no light in your bright blue eyes
I never knew daylight could be so violent
A revelation in the light of day
You can’t chose what stays and what fades away
And I’d do anything to make you stay”

There is a definite sense of ambiguity which only emphasizes on the concept of duality, where opposing forces are part of a greater whole. In other words, good and evil, God and Satan are considered to be “two sides of the same coin”.

In Conclusion

Florence + the Machine’s videos for Ceremonials indeed include a great deal of ceremony and ritual. Through the symbolism and color codes found in the videos, Shake it Out and No Light No Light both tell stories that take place on the esoteric plane, mainly involving the all-important concept of duality. The first video is centered around the concept of initiation in the context of a high-society masquerade ball (sometimes referred to as an Illuminati ball). The second video opposes spiritual figures representing good and evil that border on caricature, where Florence, a soul in peril, frees herself from the spell of a voodoo shaman to be saved by a church choir, which represent her own good and dark side. That being said, one can argue that it was the shaman (her dark side) who pushed Florence towards her own enlightenment. Is he therefore truly evil or simply part of a greater scheme? That is the mystery of duality and these are the esoteric concepts that transpire from Florence + the Machine’s works. Does that make her message good or evil? To quote her words: “Looking for heaven, for the devil in me“.


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260 Comments on "The Esoteric Meaning of Florence + the Machine’s “Shake it Out” and “No Light No Light”"

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I think that there is more than occultism and religion in human culture. There is poetry, psychonalisis and many other ways to undestand human beings. I always interpret florence Lyrics from this other points of view. For example, the rabbit and Alice in Wondeland is a reference to the music "White Rabbit" from Jefferson Airplene, that she said to be the music that have the greatest impact in her live. About Shake Out she said, before what the author of the article select, "And I was thinking of regrets, like, you know when you feel like you're stuck in yourself, you keep repeating certain patterns of behavior, and you kind of want to cut out that part of you and restart yourself." In my opinion there is not occoult or esoteric on this, this about human experience in this earth. For those who don't know, her mother is professor or… Read more »

I have to say, I love "Shake it Out" but I completely agree with this article and its analysis of the blatant imagery. However, and maybe I'm just being nitpicky, but the lyrics for "Shake it Out" are "a shot in the dark aimed right at my throat" and "looking for heaven, found the devil in me." I think "found the devil in me" slightly changes the meaning of that part, but ultimately it's all evil anyway.

And what about the line 'And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back So shake him off'? what does that allude to? If anything it seems to me like she is shaking of all her regrets/demons.

I took it in a literal sense; it’s hard to be free and do what you want with the occult/bad people/etc. on your back/always at your side, so get rid of them and break free. Could be biased, however. She never struck me as a victim of MK Ultra or part of some greater scheme. Even her band name alludes to it. Florence (her) and the machine (those in control). But it doesn’t say she’s with the machine, or working for it per se.

I love her music, but I've always noticed the dark side to it. IT makes me wonder if her music is so "infectious" for a reason…? Anyways, please listen to Spectrum and explicate that one! I can't seem to figure it out, but it has something to do with the NWO.

Isn't she MK ultra programmed victim? I believe she is a lovely soul but…maybe…she is programmed. Just like the other singers of today's music industry.

Maybe that's what it is. All this MK stuff and the saturation in the media, someone, something, they , what ever you wanna call it is pushing us towards something. Take for instance gold ore, in order to make it pure you must heat it up really super hot and wait for the impurities to float to the top so you can skim them off. Maybe this is there way of flushing out all of the impurities.

Eek, a 'little bit' of the Jessie J about her. Is the name Lucifer? Whatever, she is a lost soul…

When I listened to this song I had a bad feeling. So I looked up the video. I am now somewhat aware, so I knew there was a problem before it was 1/3 over. Then I looked it up here and lo and behold lots of info. Thanks. I am starting to be able to pick this up on my own now.

WOW. This does break my heart a lot. This song was definitely one of my faves and it's such a disappointment to find out the true meaning behind it. I knew something was up when I heard the words "And it's hard to dance with the devil on your back". Too bad now I have to stop listening to this song. Whatta bummer.

The correct is :" Looking for Heavn, found the Devil in me."

Amazing article. I read it all while listening to Florence.

Another question is it true that there are artists trying to break free of the 'Illuminati' bonds?

I'm so surprised yet not at the same time. Her music is so enticing and I love the fantasy Per-Raphaelite scenes in her music videos. I hate just getting into these kinds of discussions online because I'm just 15 and I want to keep myself pure in all ways but it's really inevitable at this day and age. I mean, when I went to the cinema with my friends to see the woman in black, there were trailers for exorcisms being screened to an audience from the age of 12! :O

Honestly, I think almost everyone of your articles is spot-on. However, this one just isn't. Florence + the Machine is not satanic. She uses A LOT of God/Satan references in her lyrics, which could come off like she is satanic or Illuminati or whatever. But I kind of think Florence is mocking the whole Illuminati system, like exposing it. As you said, "Shake it Out" is obviously filled with Illuminati references. Most other artists are more careful on how they present their symbols. At the end of "Shake it Out," it shows Florence in her white dress, representing her purity and godliness. She's laughing and happy that she ran away from the initiation. And then it shows her in her red "initiated' dress, looking lonely and sad. Even listening to the lyrics, it says, "And it's hard to dance with the devil on your back so shake him off .… Read more »

I think this is shocking. Even unsigned artists are trying to push Illuminati symbolism. This guy has wrote songs with titles such as 'puppet master' heart in a cage and mask. The all speak quite blatent.

I love Florence and the Machine and her music always differentiated itself from others and i could never understand why. It always seem to describe exacly how i feel. There is nothing ''creepy'' or ''weird'' about it. it is only a diffrent way of looking at life. Look at me for example, some people think im crazy because i WANT to be someones slave. lol

Huh? Are you fine? Why would you want to be someone's slave? Slaves are used and tortured. I rest my case.

I've been too severe with you. Each to his own I suppose.

Yes your right he uses me and does it while being kind, caring and considerate. he has treated me better then any other man i have ever none. so yes to each their own

HappilyOwned you need to address your issues with people of the opposite sex before something sinister happens to you. Considerate and caring people do not enslave or exploit others. Discuss it with someone who cares about you and you'll see I have a valid point. Take care.

I have had a bad feeling about florence and the machine. Especially after a nightmare I had: I dreamt that I had to stitch myself back together and then I saw some people murdered. I held each individual in my arms watching them bleed to death while crying. All the while florence and the machine dog days song was playing and it was as if I felt the singer was laughing and mocking everything that was happening. This was months ago before reading this, after I had forgotten about florence and the machine. Now everytime I see them I get a foreboding feeling. I was creeped out when I saw the commercial for ceremonials. I was like wow, cant get any more obvious with that title. Her openness with the occult undertones is very unnerving.

i love these articles even if you don't agree with what is said. i can hear a completely different story in the lyrics when i just "listen" to "shake it out". of course the video does clearly have a different meaning. i have studied different religions for years, and even witchcraft which itself isn't a religion. i love to read all of the different opinions of the readers and to see it through their eyes.

i am a 41 year old reborn being. i am a spiritual non-sheeple.

i find her voice to be lovely. i like that her lyrics are much more profound than "bluffin' with my muffin".

I don't care for this performer because, while the music swells with bombast and soaring harmonies, as if something of great significance was about to be sung, that buildup of energy fritters away into…Shake It Out? That means nothing, really. And all of her lyrics are like that, mediocre and cliched and empty, no matter how well-composed or highly produced the backup is, sung by a type of voice that is tiresomely common in the last twenty years of 'alternative' top 40. There is no there there. Florence is just another run of the mill pop act in a slightly different package, with the trappings of a budget to hide behind. I'm not impressed, and not surprised that she would be associated with dull mainstream people like Beyonce even though she is supposedly artier or edgier, because she isn't really.

Hahaha, I'd like to see you do better. Florence made two albums and she's making millions meanwhile your sitting on your ass behind a computer screen making hate comments.

the real tiltle for this song is GOD days are over !!!!

did anyone else notice the body hanging from the ceiling shake it out 2:25… I think that's what it is…

There's no denying that she's not your regular musician. Still, sometimes being different is a good thing, such as in this case. I doubt so many copies of her album would be sold otherwise.

I think the Asian guy was painted black to make the emphasis be on color rather than on race.

HEY this article is great. i hope you keep posting more.. i would like to read also about lana del rey or any other . this is great EYE open 🙂

@Cecile Me too! I know this is very sad, but I loved Never Let Me Go! Yet I know it's not good to listen to it anymore. I stopped listening to her from now on.

why isn't it good? it's music! she even said in an interview she wasn't illuminati!

There is nothing bad or evil about Florence. There is nothing wrong with Never Let Me Go. In an interview with Digital Spy Florence has said about Never Let Me Go "The gospel thing comes from my obsession with hymns. I'm drawn to anything that has a hymnal quality, be it Spiritualized or dusty old albums by Georgian choirs." She has a fascination with all things spiritual, and has admitted this on several occasions. I love her song "Only If for a Night" a song she wrote for her grandmother who is deceased.

The True Illuminati that i have known,were honourable,they never accepted bribes for financial gain to hurt innocent people or friends who are tested.Illuminati cannot be bought,they are tested in severe pychological and physical ordeals over a long period of time prior to being an illuminati,so they have stronger wills,they are sometimes the handlers,but not or certainly at this level no longer illuminati which are Hidden Leaders often in government andso often in occult orders,.If one thinks of freemasonry most think 33 degrees is the highest,infact its only one quarter up the pyramid.All outer hidden realms are hidden in G.D,and O.T.O,.True illuminati are pure and godly,in spirit,this doesnt mean one cant indulge in ones pleasures.Several presidents who are illuminati were trained by illuminati in camps,also there are levels of monarch slaves,some training as spies,i was a monarch beta,. seduction.and was invited to nevada to the secret base. My granny was related… Read more »

i'm waiting for 'never let me go' video explanation , i hope you'll do – thanks VC 🙂

It's about a suicide that happened. Some famous author i think drowned herself.

I think you are thinking about "What the Water Gave Me" "Lay me down Let the only sound Be the overflow Pockets full of stones" "Pockets full of stones" reminds me of Virgina Woolf, who committed suicide by filling her pockets with stones and drowning herself. But Florence said it was mostly about water that is a great overwhelmer of things. Virginia Woolf was part of it, but she said it was various other things as well. As far as I know, she hasn't really given any kind of meaning for "Never Let Me Go". The only thing I have found where she speaks of the song is during an interview with Digital Spy. "The gospel thing comes from my obsession with hymns. I'm drawn to anything that has a hymnal quality, be it Spiritualized or dusty old albums by Georgian choirs.""

For me, Spectrum was about love after death, and the lovers spirits go through some changings as they go stronger, but the idea of rituals is really good (explains the lines of "we'll drag bodies from the ground").

People say Remain Namelles is about an angel, but for me sounds a lot like Lucifer himself (since he was an angel so he was born in a big grey cloud like the others), 'cause of all of the seduction and insistance to "believing" of the lover. Just doesn't seem the common attitude from an angel.

Great analysis of both videos. I thought about satanism, but not of masonic rituals 'cause I just didn't know much about it.

So thanks!

I've actually listened to the whole "Ceremonials" album with a lot of bias. For one, the music is epic and she has a wonderful voice, but I am painfully aware of all the symbolic language she uses and it makes me sad. Why so? Because in her lyrics there are lines suggesting she is a family insider and also one preordained to be executed ritually. I believe she is going to die a tragic,untimely death under mysterious circumstances. By occult standards,her obvious talent and worldwide fame make her an especially "worthy" sacrifice, probably before the age of 30. Heres a quick summary of some of the most symbolic songs, you can check out the lyrics and decide for yourself. "Ceremonials" – the album title itself is pretty obvious "What the water gave me" – sacraficie by drowning,illustrates a "boon" type ritual scenario with "the water" (the Goddess),also the ominous line… Read more »
I feel like the song "shake it out" really represents a guilty conscience and a person who is focused on past regrets. The whole ritual ceremony idea of the video describes the path to embracing life and forgiving yourself for your regrets, mistakes, and guilt. She is first shown almost confused, uncertain, and with little self confidence. These are all the feelings associated regret and the effect it has on the human mind. When she enters the ritual and is blindfolded it is almost as if she's forgetting about the past and trying to work through her "issues" …hence "i like to keep my issues drawn..its always darkest before the dawn". Also the blindfold could represent the darkness she feels from all the guilt and her finally dealing with all of the "demons" she has been keeping on her "back". This is the darkest part for anyone who has to… Read more »

Don't let your hearts be troubled or afriad, it's ALL God's plan, all of it. But for us this is a test of faith

God bless you, ask God in earnest and he will show you, seek the truth with the truth in your heart and you willl find the truth, amen

Just my own musings (not solid fact, could be wrong) when these bad things happen which i know are going to happen now, and all the evil is done, God will make for us a new heaven and a new earth. Just refuse the mark of the beast, that's all you have to do… Follow the path of righteousness and you will have a place in God's new creation. There won't be an Illuminati there, there will be God-angels. And you and all your brothers and sisters who chose good over evil. Love is the rule, love all that is good and from the Lord, and reject that which is evil and leads us astray and accept the love of God and his sacrifice through Christ Jesus.

And this is the part where you ask 'And what does it all mean Basil?' Well if i told you that, i would have to kill you =) jk's lol Read a book called The Magus, i think that the Illuminati might be good… But the reason we hate them is because they are like a strict parent trying to discipline a child, they are showing us in all these video's what our society has become. But think about it, why?? The answer is simple, they know the world is going to end if we don't stop with our livestyles, so they are trying to warn us. They have been around long before we were here and they will be here long after we have gone in my opinion… So you see they are just showing you a mirror, i am not even sure they are from here or from… Read more »

Characteristics of the Harlequin – 'While generally depicted as stupid and gluttonous, he was very nimble and performed the sort of acrobatics the audience expected to see. The character would never perform a simple action when the addition of a cartwheel, somersault, or flip would spice up the movement.' Notice how the dude painted black and red keeps doing acrobatics?

First, I'd like to begin by saying that the line is "Looking for heaven, found the devil in me" not "for the devil" as you say. I also agree with Taryn. Her songs are more about God and the Devil and religion, not her being forced into an Illuminati society. When I saw the music video for "Shake it Out" she appeared to me to be more of a ghost. In the beginning, she is wearing black, mourning, and then goes to the party where she is being greeted by other members of the dead (and I don't know about you but that would make me look a bit "shy" as well). Then she visits a seance, which she stands outside watching for a while before going in. Then, no one seems to take notice of her, almost as if they were calling *her* to the seance from the other… Read more »
Also I recommend listening to "Seven Devils" by Florence. It's talking about the seven deadly sins that surround her once she hit fame, and how she's not going to cave into them. Holy water cannot help you now A thousand armies couldn't keep me out I don't want your money I don't want your crowd See I have to burn Your kingdom down *** She doesn't want the money or fame that the Illuminati offers, she has come "to burn [their] kingdom down." *** …And no rivers and no lakes, can put the fire out I'm gonna raise the stakes; I'm gonna smoke you out …And now all your love will be exorcised And we will find you saying it's to be harmonized. And it's an even sum It's a melody It's a battle cry It's a symphony *** Possibly "And we will find you saying it's to be harmonized"… Read more »

Every word reminds me of our Goddess surely Florence who has been asked to take words from various occult books has not met NYMPHAEA LAVINA ,who reigns in our occult world,all .l.vx

I listened to this song a few times, but each time I kept saying that I needed to look up the lyrics. Then I saw the lyrics but couldn't decipher what she was truly talking about. If a song is referencing the devil in any way, I like to make sure its not being referenced in a evil way. I've read many comments posted here. When an artist claims to like the dark side, there is definitely something wrong with that. You can't serve God and then play with the Devil. It does not work that way. Here is an article that I found about her and an interview that she did. Very eye opening.

*In Steve Jackson's Illuminati card game, one of the cards shows a face-less (his face is blacked-out) man with blonde-ish hair, wearing royal colours (Purple, Red, etc) and is the head-Top of the Illuminati tree, so to speak, who will be revealed in time-That card SCREAMS Prince William to me… *Princess Diana tried to kill herself while pregnant with Prince William-Why would she do that? Maybe Princess Diana found out who/what she was carrying… It would certainly explain her life time of tireless charity work which followed… Maybe she was begging forgiveness through it? *If you look at the Royal shield, the coat of arms, it has EVERYTHING on it that was prophesied in the book of Revelation… *Prince William has blue eyes… I have a ton of evidence to support this theory, but there isn't much point in typing it all out, unless someone actually wants to read it…… Read more »

I liked her songs, but I don't like this occult theme to them, should I stop listening to them?

use your free will, decide for yourself. I think she's very talented

Has anyone heard her song "What the water gave me"? I have a weird feeling when I hear it (I listen to it because I actually like the chorus, it sounds so mysterious/tragic/unique to me, I know, I shouldn't…), and I feel like it is about either being stoned/drowned to death. Maybe it's about some kind of sacrifice? It's subtle though. Chorus:

Lay me down

Let the only sound

Be the overflow

Pockets full of stones

Lay me down

Let the only sound

Be the overflow

Oh my gosh! I think I just figured it out. It's about filling someones pockets with stones and then leaving them to sink to the bottom of the ocean, drown!

The chorus is referring to Virginia Woolf's suicide. You know, Virginia Woolf, the highly acclaimed English author of great literary novels like "Mrs. Dalloway" and "The Waves"? There's no hidden messages behind it, just a tribute to a genius of a bygone era.

Florence even said so herself in an interview: "It's about water in all forms and all bodies. It's about a lot of things; Virginia Woolf creeps into it, and of course Frieda Kahlo, whose painfully beautiful painting gave me the title."

It's not written as a sacrifice, it was written based on a suicide, like the song "Never Let Me Go" not a sacrafice.

She apparently talked about this

I just finished listening to "shake it out" because i loved the melody and everything but when i saw the lyrics about the "devil in me" and about the "devil on your back" umm no thx i wont be listening to that song anymore. Doesnt seem like shes into the whole withcraft thing anymore.

Hey Vigilantcitizen put this on your website for everyone. I hope I placed this url correctly for you. (

I read this article but I didn't even need this article to realize how creepy this video is…subliminal or not.

There re very good reasons why we find things to be creepy–this is our God given intuition (which is part of your soul) reacting to the presence of something not of God. Much like a smoke detector with smoke. Where there's smoke there's fire!!!

the lyrics to 'shake it out' go something like this : "its hard to dance with the devil on your back so shake him off". Maybe Florence and The Machine are trying to get rid of the devil instead of bringing him in. just saying

I love the way you ended that. It leaves us a little to think over on our own. Is it good? evil? or does either exist?

I was just thinking today it would be really interesting to see a review for Tori Amos!

The lyric of Professional Widow from the original version seem to me to be about fame and mind control maybe!?

I just have to say, I've loved Florence since day one. I can't help but think of God in most of her songs. Practically every song on Ceremonials makes me feel closer to God in some way. In fact, almost all the extreme Christians, and honestly the most Christ like people I know, listen to her and feel the same way. The first time I heard Shake it Out I almost cried. Listen to the lyrics people… She's telling you to shake the devil away from you… Don't just take things for face value or, what people tell you to believe. I'm not attacking this site. Please don't get me wrong. Nor am I condoning some of the symbolism in today's media. I'm just saying be educated. Do what you feel is right. Have you ever been to any religious event and not agree completely with the message? It's just… Read more »

Robert, I could not agree more. 🙂 I myself am a Christian, and I can honestly say that I too feel a stronger connection to God when I listen to her music. Shake it Out is one of my favourite songs now, and I cry almost everytime I listen to it.

I've never listened to her music like that partly because I can't catch the lyrics anyways because of how she sings them but…I would have never intepreted her songs that way.

Do you mean that you disagree with my interpretation or, that you were surprised because you never thought of them like that?