Friday, 21 April 2017

The Thin White Duke

He was dangerous, intelligent, mysterious, and sexually ambiguous… David Bowie explored Satanism, Gnosticism, Kabbalah, and Christianity all under the iconic masks of characters such as Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, and the Thin White Duke.
In the 70's David Bowie introduced Kabbalah to the general public. In inter- views he identified himself as a practicing Kabbalahlist. This declaration was one of David's many media manipulations; a few years earlier he had referred to himself as a Buddhist. Despite the questionable authenticity of Bowie's allegiance to Kabbalah, this very public association of a famous pop star with an obscure spiritual practice brought Kabbalah (the inspiration behind Freemasonry) into the the mainstream and introduced Bowie’s next character, the Thin White Duke, as a Kabblahlist.
In a 2001 interview Bowie admitted that the inspiration for the title and the lyrics to ‘Station to Station’ was the cabbalistic tree of life and the fourteen landmarks on Christ's path to the crucifixion (and conjuring up spirits); a fusion of the occult with Christianity.

The Kabbalah Tree of Life and the Chakras of the Kundalini represent the same thing, the merging of the feminine and masculine energies to obtain spirirual enlightenment. That’s what is behind the androgynous public personas of artists like Bowie, Prince, and Marilyn Manson who's work all contain esoteric symbolism. Purple is the color often associated with Kundalini as it symbolizes the red and blue (masculine and feminine) energies coming together (blue + red = purple).

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