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Twilight, Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz and the Wiccan Revival

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By: Pastor Joe Schimmel

“Wicca is one of the fastest-growing religions in the United States.” —MTV News

Is it true that media blockbusters like Twilight and Harry Potter are playing a decided role in seducing young people into Satanism and witchcraft? As we shall see, even MTV has acknowledged that such movies have played a surprising role in making Wicca [witchcraft] one of the fastest growing religions in America.

Twilight, a series of novels authored by Mormon, Stephenie Meyer, reveals that she may have had some help from at least one “terrifying” spirit guide. With the second novel ready to hit the silver screen, Twilight is now bigger than “Pottermania” and has successfully deceived millions of America’s youth.  The fan base is made up of predominantly young girls, who have been drawn into the dark tale by a romance between a 108-year-old vampire (who appears much younger because he doesn’t show his years) named Edward, and a teenage girl named Bella.  Beyond the apparent pedophilic problems that this “romance” poses, Twilight is riddled with unbiblical themes that glamorize and glorify the occult.

Incubus

One such theme involves the perverted occult concept of an incubus.  According to Satanists, an incubus is believed to be a dark supernatural entity that is able to manifest itself and engage in sexual relations with a woman. Clearly, these are hardly the kinds of themes that God wants His children fantasizing about or glorifying.

While Edward’s age and nature would seem to raise major red flags, such concerns are thrown to the wind by the undiscerning as Meyer spins Edward’s vampire “coven” in the most positive light. While Edward and his coven are depicted as vampires in every way, from loving darkness and hating the light and possessing various diabolical abilities like extrasensory perception and automatic writing, Meyer portrays them as good-hearted and trustworthy demons, deep down. You see, even though Edward and his vampire “coven” readily drink the blood of animals… purportedly, with some self-control, they are able to resist drinking the blood of humans.  However, God repeatedly forbids the occult practice of drinking any kind of blood, as the following scriptures from both the Old and New Testament attest:

“Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.” –Genesis 9:4

“For as for the life of all flesh, its blood is identified with its life. Therefore I said to the sons of Israel, ‘You are not to eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood; whoever eats it shall be cut off.” –Leviticus 17:14

“Only you shall not eat the blood; you are to pour it out on the ground like water…” –Deuteronomy 12:16

“Only be sure not to eat the blood, for the blood is the life, and you shall not eat the life with the flesh.” –Deuteronomy 12:23

“But that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.” –Acts 15:20

Twilight

Throughout the Twilight series, Edward and his coven are portrayed in the most heroic fashion as they fight on behalf of humans and battle their evil, blood sucking counterparts.  There are, however, some complications that Edward and Bella’s relationship pose… beyond their huge age differences, they must deal with Edward’s diabolical nature. Edward must fight and overcome his own perverse and insatiable lust to drain and drink Bella’s blood.  Thus, Edward is depicted as a noble vampire who, though dangerous, loves humanity and wants to overcome his demons. Herein lies the danger, in a time wherein good is being called evil and evil is being called good (Isaiah 5:20), America is being fed a steady diet of occultism as Satan parades his latest occult fare via the “beautiful side of evil.”

Satan Plays Good Cop-Bad Cop

Vampirism is rooted in occult lore and vampires are thought to be the physical manifestations of diabolically empowered entities, sometimes called the “undead”.  Twilight taps into the seductive, but delusional, occult theme that there are both good and bad demons and that a relationship with the right occult entities can help one ward off the really bad demons.  Twilight is especially huge among many Wiccans and neo-pagans because of its occult themes and due to the positive PR it gives to the idea of “good” witches and “good” covens. MTV News, in a story they did on the revival of Wicca, states,

Wicca is one of the fastest-growing religions in the United States.

Tragically, many Wiccans have been deceived into believing they can have relationships with “good” spirits and cast “good” spells, when in reality, they have opened the door to demonic oppression and even demon possession. After many Wiccans open the door to the demonic realm, they are then taught that they can use counter spells to summon “good” spirits to protect them from evil spirits.  This device has been effectively utilized by Satan to delude the prospective Wiccan by promising power, while enslaving them to an occult construct. Sadly, the vampire, Edward, is cast as a romantic supernatural hero, whose net affect in the real world gives ample fuel to the occult lie that there are “good” dark spirits.

Many Wiccans, sadly, never come to realize that Satan is running a “good cop, bad cop” con game, or in their case, “good demon, bad demon” as though one can be played against the other.  God has revealed in His Word that spirits contacted by occult means are evil and part and parcel of Satan’s original rebellion (Ephesians 6:10-12). God’s Word is saturated with categorical warnings against all forms of the occult, including astrology, sorcery, divination, magic and witchcraft. (Gen. 3:1-6; Ex. 22:18; Lev.19:26, 31-32, 20:6, 27; Deut.18:10-12; 1 Sam.15:23a; 2 Kings 21:6, 23:24; I Chron.10:13; Isa. 2:6, 8:19-20, 19:3, 47:13-14; Ez.13:20-23; Dan.2:27-28, 5:15-17; Mal. 3:5; Acts 13:7-10a, 16:16-18, 19:19; Gal. 5:19-20; Rev 9:19-21, 21:8, 22:15, etc.)

The following admonition that God gave through the prophet Moses prohibits much of what is practiced today by many neo-pagans:

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God.” –Deuteronomy 18:10-13

Hollywood and the Wiccan Revival

The incredibly sharp increase of young people identifying themselves as neo-pagans and Wiccans in the last decade is largely a result of media propagandizing and the glorification of occult themes in Hollywood. Hollywood has a long history of providing fuel for the lie that there are both “good” and “bad” witches. The alliterative words from the Wizard of Oz,“Ding, Dong, the witch is dead!  Which old witch?  The wicked witch!  Ding, dong, the wicked witch is dead!” imply that there are also “good” witches.  Of course, in the Wizard of Oz, children learned that while there are wicked witches, there are also good witches like the “Good Witch of the North.”

In recent years, Hollywood has targeted our youth through a long parade of subversive occult productions. Beyond the first two installments ofTwilight and a seemingly endless procession of Harry Potter movies, other titles include The Craft, Practical Magic, Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Wizards of Waverly Place, and the list goes on and on.  Such movies, along with popular cartoons and music glorifying the occult, have been powerful weapons in Satan’s arsenal and used as evangelistic tools to seduce our impressionable youth into hiskingdom, from the crib to the grave!

When we produced our documentary on Harry Potter, we warned of an ensuing occult revival as a result of such nefarious productions.  While many claimed that Harry Potter was somehow safe, the tragic result was a mass recruitment of our youth into Wicca and other godless, neo-pagan, occult constructs. Incredibly, the evidence is now glaring amidst a neo-pagan revival… even MTV acknowledged that our ministry and others who had provided such warnings proved to be correct!

In an MTV news report that cited a study conducted by the City University of New York, it stated that, “Wicca is one of the fastest-growing religions in the United States.”  MTV also admitted the following:

“A surprising number of young witches MTV News spoke with also said that they became curious about their faith through misguiding pop-culture fare like the camp Neve Campbell vehicle “The Craft” and the “Harry Potter” series. (Guess a few conservative Christian groups were right about that one.)”

There you have it! MTV is now admitting that movies like the “The Craft” and “Harry Potter” have proven to be gateways to the occult, even admitting,“Guess a few conservative Christian groups were right about that one.”

Such a tragic revelation should give any parent who is concerned about the eternal destiny of their children great concern.  May God grant us grace and diligence to be wiser and better equipped in regard to what we allow our children to be subjected to in popular culture.  There is no doubt that Hollywood is transforming many once innocent children into narcissistic, demon worshipping, wand wielding, neo-pagans, who have been led to believe that they can be little gods who can manipulate the forces of the universe like Harry Potter.

Theologian, Alan D. Ingalls, warned of the desensitization process that Harry Potter and other occult productions have on our youth:

Harry Potter treats the occult and its practices as neutral and in some cases as useful. The magic taught at ‘Hogwarts’ can be used by the good witches and wizards and by those on the Dark Side as well. The implication is that the power, wherever it comes from, is neutral. In fact, the books do more than regard magic as neutral. ‘Muggles’, characters who are depicted without any magical ability, are treated with condescension ranging from pity to outright contempt.  On the contrary, those characters with magical ability are clearly superior to those without it, even among the most tolerant witches and wizards.

Clearly, Harry Potter has become the poster-boy for witchcraft, and the pagans are delighted that he is creating a good image for them. This poses a serious danger for the undiscerning who read Harry Potterbecause they will be desensitized to a way of life that God condemns in the strongest possible terms. Though Harry is not the only source of such desensitization, he is, at the moment, one of the most prominent and popular.” (Alan D. Ingalls, A Christian Perspective on the Harry Potter Phenomenon, Journal of Ministry and Theology, Spring 2001.)

The Transformative Power of Celebrity Worship Syndrome

USA Weekend Magazine

Tragically, most parents are ignorant when it comes to realizing the transformative power that popular media wields over their children, and often remain so, until it is too late.  USA Weekend Magazine conducted a massive “Teens & Celebrities Survey” comprising more than 17,000 students in grades 6 to 12 that revealed some alarming trends that document how vulnerable many teens are believed to be when it comes to the influence of Hollywood celebrities. USA Weekend stated that “this generation of teenagers is not satisfied with merely staring at posters or even rubbing shoulders with their favorite stars — they want to be them.”

This massive survey also found “that teens want to look and act like famous people, and although that has been true through the ages, they’re taking more drastic steps to do so. About 60% think teens want to pierce a body part or get a tattoo because a celebrity has.” The survey also found that 48% drink alcohol; 47% smoke cigarettes; 25% have babies; 58% get tattoos; and about 40% take drugs all because their teen idols do! (Ibid)

Celebrities wield such a considerable influence over the masses that psychologists have given a name to what can become a potentially pathological condition called “Celebrity Worship Syndrome (CWS).” Research has found that, “One in three people is so obsessed with someone in the public eye that he or she is a sufferer, say psychologists.  And one in four is so taken with their idol that the obsession affects their daily life.”

Furthermore, studies have revealed that “hardcore CWS sufferers are solitary, impulsive, anti-social and troublesome, with insensitive traits. They feel they have a special bond with their celebrity, believe their celebrity knows them and are prepared to lie or even die for their hero.”

Psychology Today acknowledged that celebrity worship has taken the place of the worship of God for many people and that teenagers are most susceptible to the condition.

Truth be told, we are not dealing with a psychological condition as much as we are dealing with a massive spiritually lost condition known as idolatry.  This condition is fostered and propagated by media elites in Hollywood and the music industry alike – and both are effectively changing the face of the world.  Tragically, millions of young people have been duped by the idea that they can become gods and wield supernatural powers wherein they can bend and manipulate reality to fulfill their own narcissistic will through an endless salvo of Hollywood productions glorifying the occult.

The Lie of White Magick

Our Creator, in His great love and wisdom, has provided us with several severe warnings against dabbling in occult practices and trafficking in the spirit realm.  In His desire to protect us from satanic forces, God has repeatedly revealed to us through Holy Scripture that there would be an occult revival in preparation for the Antichrist Kingdom just before the Second Advent of Christ in Glory. (Matthew 24:24-25; 1 Timothy 4:1-4; 2 Tim. 3:1, 6-8; 2 Thess. 2:9-12; Rev. 9:19-21)

But sadly, Hollywood’s promotion of witchcraft, and its successful disconnect to satanic powers, has seduced countless youth into Satan’s dark web. John Andrew Murray wisely warned:

“By disassociating magic and supernatural evil, it becomes possible to portray occult practices as “good” and “healthy,” contrary to the scriptural declaration that such practices are “detestable to the Lord.” This, in turn, opens the door for kids to become fascinated with the supernatural while tragically failing to seek or recognize the one true source of supernatural good—namely God.” (John Andrew Murray, “Harry Dilemma,” Teachers in Focus; available from www.family.org)

Prior to the present Wiccan revival, Wicca had gained popularity in the counter culture hippie movement among the youth of the 1960’s. Satanist, Nikolas Schreck, who was a leader in the Church of Satan (and who is married to Zeena LaVey, daughter of the now deceased, Anton LaVey, founder of the church of Satan), acknowledged that in the 1960’s, witches did indeed acknowledge that they were Satanists:

The Satanic Screen

“To the contemporary reader, whose idea of a witch may be influenced by the sweetness-and-light Wiccans who have appropriated the word, the dark aesthetic of the ’60s witch must be emphasized.  Seeing themselves as sisters of Satan, the majority of that era’s witches were a far cry from the current Wiccan movement.  Just as today’s Wiccans are constantly pointing out indignantly that they are not Satanists, the witchcraft movement of the sixties reveled in its romantically diabolical associations.” (Nicholas Schreck, The Satanic Screen: An Illustrated Guide to the Devil in Cinema.)

Gerald Gardner

Wiccan Founder
Gerald Gardner

Many Wiccans are unaware of the fact that much of their teachings, ceremonial magic and “scriptures” are based on the teachings of Satanist, Aleister Crowley. Many of Crowley’s ceremonies and teachings were simply reformulated by Gerald Gardner, who is credited as the founder of Wicca and was a member of Crowley’s satanic organization, known as the OTO.

Wiccan Rede

Even the Wiccan Rede (aka “counsel” or “advice”), “An’ Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will” was influenced by Crowley’s maxim, “Do What Thou Wilt Shall be the Whole of the Law.”  While many Wiccans seek to disassociate from Satanists for understandable reasons, they have been deceived into believing that there is a difference between good and bad demons and so-called “white” and “black” magic.  The sobering reality is thatall such magic is from the same Satanic source, whether it is called white, black, red, yellow, green or purple.

An ABC of Witchcraft

Even Doreen Valiente, the Wiccan high priestess who has had more influence on Wicca than any other woman, admitted that, “The distinction between black and white magic has no validity.” (Doreen Valiente,An ABC of Witchcraft (New York: St. Martins Press, 1973, p. 271)

Starling, another Wiccan leader, admitted:

“This might actually offend some, but it hides one of the great truths of witchcraft, that there is not white or black magick, there is only magick…” (Starling, message #1420, November 22, 2001,
posted at Pagan Perspectives.
)

This admission is actually in line with the Word of God, which states that all such magic is rooted in Satan’s power (1 John 5:19; Revelation 12:9).  “White” magic is simply a ploy Satan uses to draw in his unsuspecting prey as he leads them to believe they can use occult powers for altruistic purposes. God’s Word reveals that Satan doesn’t typically appear in all of his naked deformity, but he appears more often than not as an angel of light:

“And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.” –2 Corinthians 11:14-15

The Satanic Bible, Anton LaVey

Even Anton LaVey, who founded the Church of Satan in 1966, admitted in his “Satanic Bible” that there is no real difference between “white” and “black” magic, stating,”White magic is supposedly utilized only for good or unselfish purposes, and black magic, we are told, is used only for selfish or evil reasons. Satanism draws no such dividing line.”  LaVey also stated, “There is no difference between ‘white’ and ‘black’ magic, except in the smug hypocrisy, guilt-ridden righteousness and self-deceit of the “white” magician himself.” (Anton LaVey, The Satanic Bible, New York: Avon Books, 1971, p. 110)

The Satanic Witch

In his book “The Satanic Witch,” LaVey stated that all witches must, at least, symbolically make a pact with the Devil, “The witch has made a pact with the Devil and through rituals dedicated to him gains her power. In order to be a successful witch, one does have to make a pact with the Devil…” (Anton LaVey, “The Satanic Witch”). LaVey though, as a Satanist, admitted that the media was furthering Satan’s designs because witches were continuing to be cast in popular culture as “good” and “benevolent.”  LaVey actually relished in the idea that the masses were being attracted to Satanism through the popular guise of the “good” witch, “I don’t see any true reason to readily discount the movie and TV image of the witch, because I think that whatever popular image is most flattering should be utilized and sustained whenever possible. People will believe what they want to believe and the current image of a witch is the most intriguing and glamorous that has yet to appear.”

The Devil’s in the Details

It is vitally important that we are not “unaware” of Satan’s “devices” (2 Cor. 2:11) lest we be deceived.  We are warned by God Himself, “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11)  It is critical that we remember that we are not wrestling against mere human forces, but we are wrestling against the dark, cosmic, Satanic forces that are in rebellion to the one true God:

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” –Ephesians 6:12

The scriptures also reveal that Satan is the “ruler of the kingdom of the air”and he is presently guiding the “course of this world” as he is “the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” (Ephesians 2:1-2)  Satan and his realm advance occult practices and doctrines by channeling their teachings through human agents.  These diabolical teachings appeal to the lost masses as they lead them away from “the truth” by “tickling their ears” and telling them “what they want to hear.” (2 Timothy 4:2-4)  God clearly revealed in His prophetic Word that in the last days, there would be a resurgence of demonic doctrines taught by “seducing spirits” that will cause some to fall away from the faith:

“But the Holy Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in latter times some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach.” –1 Timothy 4:1

These seducing spirits are at the root of the mass conditioning of the world’s youth via diabolical productions like Twilight and Harry Potter.  Such spirits have long been active and they are using many human agents as channels to convey their lies in their effort to transform Western civilization’s collective worldview through mass media.

Even the idea in the Wizard of Oz, that there are both “good” and “bad” witches, was channeled through an occultist by the name of Frank Baum (1851-1919).

Baum, who authored the Wizard of Oz, and converted it into a stage play before it became one of the most popular movies of all time, claimed, “There is a strong tendency in modern novelists toward introducing some vein of mysticism or occultism into their writings.”

The Annotated Wizard of Oz

Baum, an occultist who belonged to Helena Blavatsky’s Theosophical Society (Blavatsky, like Aleister Crowley, claimed that Satan was good), used his writings to promote Theosophical views of magic and the occult.  Baum claimed that he had channeled the Wizard of Oz, “It was pure inspiration…. It came to me right out of the blue. I think that sometimes the Great Author has a message to get across and He has to use the instrument at hand. I happened to be that medium, and I believe the magic key was given me to open the doors to sympathy and understanding, joy, peace and happiness.” (Michael Patrick Hearn edition; The Annotated Wizard of Oz, New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1973)

Baum’s channeled message doesn’t only teach children that there are “good” witches, but the message of Glinda (the “good” witch) to Dorothy was that she didn’t have to look outside herself for answers. “You’ve always had the power…” Glinda reveals to Dorothy.  This, my friend, is basically the same message that is conveyed throughout the occult-based movies of our day, en masse, i.e., “We don’t need to turn to God; we already have the power within.  We need only tap into this latent power through meditation, incantations, contemplative prayer, etc.”

Lest we think that such messages carry little influence, I counter with Oprah Winfrey as “Exhibit A”!  When explaining the origins of her greatest spiritual teaching she said, “Although I meditate every day and I pray every night and I read spiritual material, my greatest teaching is The Wizard of Oz… [The good witch says to Dorothy] ‘You’ve always had the power my dear. You’ve always had the power.’ That good witch, she’s my girl!”Tragically, Oprah has become the most effective televangelist on TV, as she turns millions of unsuspecting souls toward an occult worldview through her promotion of books like The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.  As you can see, young people are not the only ones being indoctrinated with last day’s doctrines of demons!

Twilight and a Terrifying Spirit

Stephanie Meyer

Twilight author
Stephenie Meyer

Very few people are aware of the shocking truth that both Stephenie Meyer, who authored the Twilight saga, and J. K. Rowling, who authored the Harry Potter series, appear to have channeled their novels as evil spirits directed them. Like Rowling, Meyer has set her sights on our vulnerable youth; the Wall Street Journal reported,Twilight has targeted the collective soul of teenage America, and will surely have its way.”

Meyer claims that she was compelled to write Twilightafter the story was first communicated to her through a dream in June of 2003.  Meyer admitted:

“I woke up (on that June 2nd) from a very vivid dream. In my dream, two people were having an intense conversation in a meadow in the woods. One of these people was just your average girl. The other person was fantastically beautiful, sparkly, and a vampire. They were discussing the difficulties inherent in the facts that A) they were falling in love with each other while B) the vampire was particularly attracted to the scent of her blood, and was having a difficult time restraining himself from killing her immediately… I typed out as much as I could remember, calling the characters ‘he’ and ‘she.’”   (Source:www.stepheniemeyer.com)

This dream was so significant to the Twilight saga, that Meyer produced a transcript of her dream in Chapter 13 of her book, Twilight, entitled “Confessions.”  Meyer claims that sometime after she “received” the revelatory dream she heard incessant voices in her head that wouldn’t stop until she would type, “Bella and Edward [the vampire] were, quite literally, voices in my head. They simply wouldn’t shut up. I’d stay up as late as I could stand trying to get all the stuff in my mind typed out, and then crawl, exhausted, into bed … only to have another conversation start in my head.” (Ibid)

So furiously did Meyer’s dark occult story pour forth that she said at times, “I couldn’t type fast enough.”  She finished the dark tale, though it was her first book, in just three months.  Meyer has also said, “I’m greatly looking forward to finally having Twilight on the shelves, and more than a little frightened, too. Overall, it’s been a true labor of love, love for Edward and Bella and all the rest of my imaginary friends, and I’m thrilled that other people get to meet them now.” Meyer also stated that the characters in Twilight “were so real to me, that I wanted other people to know them.” (Ibid)

Sadly, if the truth was known, and Twilight fans were truly aware of the dark and malignant nature of the ‘real’ forces behind the Twilight saga, they would run – and not walk – to the nearest exit! It appears as though the spirit entity appearing as Edward to Meyer in her dreams, and communicating to her when she was conscious, revealed more about his true nature than Meyer had bargained for.

Meyer confessed to EW.com:

“I actually did have a dream after Twilight was finished of Edward coming to visit me — only I had gotten it wrong and he did drink blood like every other vampire and you couldn’t live on animals the way I’d written it. We had this conversation and he was terrifying.”

A demon by any other name is still a demon! Rather than being the “good” vampire demon that is able to restrain from drinking Bella’s blood, like the demons of the past that demanded the blood of children through child sacrifice, it is apparent that the spirit entities behind Twilight are the same old devils after all!

Meyer’s & Mormon Gnosticism

Twilight Book Cover

It may be significant that Stephenie Meyer chose a woman holding an apple for the front cover of Twilight, an ancient symbol of the forbidden fruit partaken by Eve, as she rebelled against her Creator and sought the position of God Himself. While we cannot be sure just what kind of fruit was on the tree of knowledge, the apple has become a popular depiction of the forbidden fruit that Satan used to deceive Eve. Meyer, who is a Mormon, may see the apple the way many leading Mormons and Satanists of the past did. Like ancient Gnosticism and the new spirituality, Mormonism teaches that one may become a god through secret knowledge. Ancient Gnostics venerated the serpent and celebrated Eve’s partaking of the forbidden fruit in Eden.  In the Mormon Church, achieving godhood comes through the temple endowment and secret Mormon rituals.

Tragically, Mormon leaders, like their Gnostic predecessors, have twisted the Genesis account and made Eve’s fall, when partaking of the forbidden fruit, a heroic step… upward to godhood. Mormon leaders have contradicted God’s own testimony as recorded in the book of Genesis and have taught that Satan told Eve the truth in offering humanity deification. Brigham Young, the most revered prophet in Mormonism after Joseph Smith, echoed the lie of Satan in Eden when he declared:

“The devil told [Eve] the truth [about godhood]… I do not blame Mother Eve. I would not have had her miss eating the forbidden fruit for anything in the world.” (Deseret News, June 18, 1873, from the pulpit of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City on June 8, 1873)

Former LDS President, Joseph Fielding Smith, declared:

“The fall of man came as a blessing in disguise… I never speak of the part Eve took in this fall as a sin, nor do I accuse Adam of a sin… it is not always a sin to transgress a law…We can hardly look upon anything resulting in such benefits as a sin.” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 1, pp. 113-115)

Sterling Sill, Assistant to the Council of the Twelve Mormon Apostles proclaimed:

“This old sectarian doctrine, built around the idea of man’s natural depravity and weakness inherited from Adam, is at the root of innumerable problems among us.  Adam was one of the greatest men who has ever lived upon the earth… Adam fell, but he fell in the right direction. He fell toward the goal… Adam fell, but he fell upward.”(Deseret News, Church Section, July 31, 1965, p. 7)

Like ancient Gnosticism, Mormonism has taught that Adam’s disobedience to God and obedience to Satan opened not only his eyes, but his potential to realize “God consciousness” and true joy. Such teaching, which makes the serpent a savior, is reflected in the Mormon Scriptures written in the 19thcentury, “And in that day Adam blessed God… saying… for because of my transgression my eyes are opened and in this life I shall have joy.” (Pearl of Great Price, Book of Moses 5:10-11), and “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.” (The Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 2:22-25)

The apostle Paul warned the early Christians that they were to beware lest Satan seek to seduce them in the same way he seduced Eve:

“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” –2 Corinthians 11:3

Harry’s Head Games

J.K. Rowling

Tragically, J. K. Rowling has revealed that her inspiration for Harry Potter also came in what appears to be spirit communication. This spirit communication happens to parallel that of Meyer’s experience in chilling ways. Rowling’sHarry Potter series is “the most popular children’s series ever written,” and as MTV acknowledged, has helped to initiate countless children into Wicca. Harry, as most know by now, was the victim of overbearing caregivers (called Muggles) until he found his calling as a sorcerer at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While the Twilight saga has seduced young people into an occult worldview, through romance, Harry Potter seduces young people into Wicca and other neo-pagan worldviews and practices through the lure of occult power and the lie that you, too, can become like God.

Harry Potter, Ron, Hermione

Rowling admitted that the initial story ofHarry Potter, as well as many of the novel’s characters, was communicated to her through a stream of consciousness… “Harry as a character came fully formed, as did the idea for his sidekicks, the characters of Ron and Hermione, who is the brains of the threesome,” she said. “It started with Harry, then all these characters and situations came flooding into my head.”(Boston Globe, January 3, 1999, Massachusetts USA)

Rowling describes the way she writes at times as though she is only taking notes of things she sees and hears in visions, “I see a situation and then I try to describe it as vividly as I can.” (January Profile: J. K. Rowling, by Linda Richards, Source: www.januarymagazine.com)

In Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Rowling has a special class where one may learn to communicate with spirits by tapping into their “minds eye.” This is interesting because this is the way Rowling describes receiving revelation in regard to her Potter series, “I have a very visual imagination. I see it, then, I try to describe what is in my mind’s eye.”(The Associated Press, Sheila Norman-Culp, New York, Source:www.turkishdailynews.com)

For Rowling, it all started on a train. It was 1990, and she was traveling from Manchester to London, “The character of Harry just strolled into my head… I really did feel he was someone who walked up and introduced himself in my mind’s eye,” said Rowling, “I was staring out the window”she says, “and the idea for Harry just came. He appeared in my mind’s eye, very fully formed.” (Reuters, “Harry Potter ‘Strolled into My Head'” July 17, 2000)

For Rowling, spirit communication with the dark forces is beyond visual, as she admits when she writes dialogue between characters, she is simply taking notes from what she hears audibly:

“And I do love writing dialog. Dialog comes to me as though I’m just overhearing a conversation.” (January Profile: J. K. Rowling, by Linda Richards, Source: www.januarymagazine.com)

Those who desire to remain true to Christ must be ever vigilant to discern the tactics of the devil, lest they succumb to devilish doctrines taught by seducing spirits.  While Satan appears to reward few of his servants well (albeit, temporarily)… Stephenie Meyer went from never having written a single book to becoming a renown author. J. K. Rowling went from rags to riches, from collecting welfare stamps to becoming the “richest woman in the world”… Jesus warned, “What profit will a person have if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?” (Mark 8:36)  Jesus also warned of the impending judgment, “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6)

The One True Light

Dear reader, people are unaware that there is a spiritual battle between good and evil because so many are blinded to the fact that they themselves, either knowingly or unknowingly, have become participants.  The sad and tragic result is that many have been deceived to the point of becoming spiritually blind.

I too was as blind as a bat when it came to spiritual things and consequently, opened myself up to satanic forces while “innocently” seeking to tap into the power of the “subconscious” mind.  In doing so, I rejected the Creator and His Word, the Bible, and my rebellious quest opened me up to a Pandora’s box of dark satanic forces that I had no idea existed.  Thankfully, when I came to realize that both God and Satan existed, and that the living God inspired the Bible, I turned from my sinful rebellion against my Maker and cried out to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Praise God, He was more than faithful to fulfill His promise that, “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)  Hallelujah!  God mercifully vanquished the dark forces that sought to control my life and gave me a place in His eternal kingdom. He commissioned me to “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11), and commissioned me to preach the Good News of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dear friend, I encourage you to turn from Twilight to the true light, Jesus Christ, who died for the sins of the world and rose from the dead to conquer death and the grave.  Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12)  No matter the depths of your sin against God, He loves you and is standing by with open arms to welcome you into His eternal family. (Luke 15:11-32)

Jesus Christ said:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned; but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light; because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” –John 3:16-21

The Lord Jesus Christ warned in the book of Revelation that at the Great White Throne Judgment, just before He creates a new heaven and a new earth, all those who practice magic arts (i.e., Wiccans, New Agers, astrologers, neo-pagans, etc.) are going to be sentenced to the lake of fire:

“The cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” –Revelation 21:8

Please know that if you are reading this article it is not by accident… God, in His great love and providence, is giving you an opportunity to see through Satan’s lies and come to the knowledge of the truth, just as He did for me!  If you want to escape eternal judgment and a Christless eternity in Hell forever, you must turn from your sinful life and put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for your sins on the cross.

While the demonic vampire-like gods of the pagans demand the blood of their victims and little children, the Creator God did just the opposite and became a man and shed His blood sacrificially on the cross in your place.  Dear friend, Jesus Christ, not Edward, Harry Potter, or any other demonic caricature should be permitted to divert your attention from the true lover of your soul.  He made you and loves you.  His story, which is true history, is beyond anything any Hollywood script writer could ever write. He is waiting patiently for you to cry out to Him for eternal life, before it is too late.  All you have to do is seek Him now in repentant faith through prayer and He will fulfill His promise, “I will never turn away anyone who comes to me.”(John 6:37b)

God’s Word reveals, “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8b)  If you are turning from darkness to light, it is imperative that you make sure that you renounce the satanic strongholds that have held you in bondage.  This was the practice of the early Christians as recorded in the book of Acts:

“And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver.” –Acts 19:19

If you are turning to Christ now, we want to encourage you to renounce the works of darkness and begin reading God’s Word, continue to pray, and find a church that sincerely submits to God’s Word in faith and practice.  If you are already a Christian, we would like to encourage you to get this article into the hands of as many people as possible so we may rescue the many millions of people who are being led into the occult through the popular movies and productions reviewed above.

May God give you the grace and wisdom to walk worthy of the Heavenly calling we share in our beloved Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ!

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Mass media is the most powerful tool used by the ruling class to manipulate the masses. It shapes and molds opinions and attitudes and defines what is normal and acceptable. This article looks at the workings of mass media through the theories of its major thinkers, its power structure and the techniques it uses, in order to understand its true role in society.

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Most of the articles on this site discuss occult symbolism found in objects of popular culture. From these articles arise many legitimate questions relating to the purpose of those symbols and the motivations of those who place them there, but it is impossible for me to provide satisfactory answers to these questions without mentioning many other concepts and facts. I’ve therefore decided to write this article to supply the theoretical and methodological background of the analyzes presented on this site as well as introducing the main scholars of the field of mass communications. Some people read my articles and think I’m saying “Lady Gaga wants to control our minds”. That is not the case. She is simply a small part of the huge system that is the mass media.

Programming Through Mass Media

Mass media are media forms designed to reach the largest audience possible. They include television, movies, radio, newspapers, magazines, books, records, video games and the internet. Many studies have been conducted in the past century to measure the effects of mass media on the population in order to discover the best techniques to influence it. From those studies emerged the science of Communications, which is used in marketing, public relations and politics. Mass communication is a necessary tool to insure the functionality of a large democracy; it is also a necessary tool for a dictatorship. It all depends on its usage.

In the 1958 preface for A Brave New World, Aldous Huxley paints a rather grim portrait of society. He believes it is controlled by an “impersonal force”, a ruling elite, which manipulates the population using various methods.

“Impersonal forces over which we have almost no control seem to be pushing us all in the direction of the Brave New Worldian nightmare; and this impersonal pushing is being consciously accelerated by representatives of commercial and political organizations who have developed a number of new techniques for manipulating, in the interest of some minority, the thoughts and feelings of the masses.”
– Aldous Huxley, Preface to A Brave New World

His bleak outlook is not a simple hypothesis or a paranoid delusion. It is a documented fact, present in the world’s most important studies on mass media. Here are some of them:

Elite Thinkers

Walter Lippmann

Walter Lippmann, an American intellectual, writer and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner brought forth one of the first works concerning the usage of mass media in America. In Public Opinion (1922), Lippmann compared the masses to a “great beast” and a “bewildered herd” that needed to be guided by a governing class. He described the ruling elite as “a specialized class whose interests reach beyond the locality.” This class is composed of experts, specialists and bureaucrats. According to Lippmann, the experts, who often are referred to as “elites,” are to be a machinery of knowledge that circumvents the primary defect of democracy, the impossible ideal of the “omnicompetent citizen.” The trampling and roaring “bewildered herd” has its function: to be “the interested spectators of action,” i.e. not participants. Participation is the duty of “the responsible man”, which is not the regular citizen.

Mass media and propaganda are therefore tools that must be used by the elite to rule the public without physical coercion. One important concept presented by Lippmann is the “manufacture of consent”, which is, in short, the manipulation of public opinion to accept the elite’s agenda. It is Lippmann’s opinion that the general public is not qualified to reason and to decide on important issues. It is therefore important for the elite to decide ”for its own good” and then sell those decisions to the masses.

“That the manufacture of consent is capable of great refinements no one, I think, denies. The process by which public opinions arise is certainly no less intricate than it has appeared in these pages, and the opportunities for manipulation open to anyone who understands the process are plain enough. . . . as a result of psychological research, coupled with the modern means of communication, the practice of democracy has turned a corner. A revolution is taking place, infinitely more significant than any shifting of economic power. . . . Under the impact of propaganda, not necessarily in the sinister meaning of the word alone, the old constants of our thinking have become variables. It is no longer possible, for example, to believe in the original dogma of democracy; that the knowledge needed for the management of human affairs comes up spontaneously from the human heart. Where we act on that theory we expose ourselves to self-deception, and to forms of persuasion that we cannot verify. It has been demonstrated that we cannot rely upon intuition, conscience, or the accidents of casual opinion if we are to deal with the world beyond our reach.”
–Walter Lippmann, Public Opinion

It might be interesting to note that Lippmann is one of the founding fathers of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the most influential foreign policy think tank in the world. This fact should give you a small hint of the mind state of the elite concerning the usage of media.

“Political and economic power in the United States is concentrated in the hands of a “ruling elite” that controls most of U.S.-based multinational corporations, major communication media, the most influential foundations, major private universities and most public utilities. Founded in 1921, the Council of Foreign Relations is the key link between the large corporations and the federal government. It has been called a “school for statesmen” and “comes close to being an organ of what C. Wright Mills has called the Power Elite – a group of men, similar in interest and outlook shaping events from invulnerable positions behind the scenes. The creation of the United Nations was a Council project, as well as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.”
– Steve Jacobson, Mind Control in the United States

Some current members of the CFR include David Rockefeller, Dick Cheney, Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, mega-church pastor Rick Warren and the CEOs of major corporations such as CBSNikeCoca-Cola andVisa.

Carl Jung

Carl Jung is the founder of analytical psychology (also known an Jungian psychology), which emphasizes understanding the psyche by exploring dreams, art, mythology, religion, symbols and philosophy. The Swiss therapist is at the origin of many psychological concepts used today such as the Archetype, the Complex, the Persona, the Introvert/Extrovert and Synchronicity. He was highly influenced by the occult background of his family. Carl Gustav, his grandfather, was an avid Freemason (he was Grand Master) and Jung himself discovered that some of his ancestors were Rosicrucians. This might explain his great interest in Eastern and Western philosophy, alchemy, astrology and symbolism. One of  his most important (and misunderstood) concept was the Collective Unconscious.

“My thesis, then, is as follows: In addition to our immediate consciousness, which is of a thoroughly personal nature and which we believe to be the only empirical psyche (even if we tack on the personal unconscious as an appendix), there exists a second psychic system of a collective, universal, and impersonal nature which is identical in all individuals. This collective unconscious does not develop individually but is inherited. It consists of pre-existent forms, the archetypes, which can only become conscious secondarily and which give definite form to certain psychic contents.”
– Carl Jung, The Concept of the Collective Unconscious

The collective unconscious transpires through the existence of similar symbols and mythological figures in different civilizations. Archetypal symbols seem to be embedded in our collective subconscious, and, when exposed to them, we demonstrate natural attraction and fascination. Occult symbols can therefore exert a great impact on people, even if many individuals were never personally introduced to the symbol’s esoteric meaning. Mass media thinkers, such as Edward D. Bernays, found in this concept a great way to manipulate the public’s personal and collective unconscious.

1955 Time Magazine cover featuring Carl Jung. Looks a little like Avatar, doesn’t it?

Edward  Bernays

Edward Bernays is considered to be the “father of public relations” and used concepts discovered by his uncle Sigmund Freud to manipulate the public using the subconscious. He shared Walter Lippmann’s view of the general population by considering it irrational and subject to the “herd instinct”. In his opinion, the masses need to be manipulated by an invisible government to insure the survival of democracy.

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.

We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.

Our invisible governors are, in many cases, unaware of the identity of their fellow members in the inner cabinet.”
– Edward Bernays, Propaganda

Bernay’s trailblazing marketing campaigns profoundly changed the functioning of American society. He basically created “consumerism” by creating a culture wherein Americans bought for pleasure instead of buying for survival. For this reason, he was considered by Life Magazine to be in the Top 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century.

Harold Lasswell

In 1939-1940, the University of Chicago was the host of a series of secret seminars on communications. These think tanks were funded by the Rockefeller foundation and involved the most prominent researchers in the fields of communications and sociological studies. One of these scholars was Harold Lasswell, a leading American political scientist and communications theorist, specializing in the analysis of propaganda. He was also of the opinion that a democracy, a government ruled by the people, could not sustain itself without a specialized elite shaping and molding public opinion through propaganda.

In his Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, Lasswell explained that when elites lack the requisite force to compel obedience, social managers must turn to “a whole new technique of control, largely through propaganda.” He added the conventional justification: we must recognize the “ignorance and stupidity [of] … the masses and not succumb to democratic dogmatisms about men being the best judges of their own interests.”

Lasswell extensively studied the field of content analysis in order to understand the effectiveness of different types of propaganda.  In his essay Contents of Communication, Lasswell explained that, in order to understand the meaning of a message (i.e. a movie, a speech, a book, etc.), one should take into account the frequency with which certain symbols appear in the message, the direction in which the symbols try to persuade the audience’s opinion, and the intensity of the symbols used.

Lasswell was famous for his media analysis model based on:

Who (says) What (to) Whom (in) What Channel (with) What Effect

By this model, Lasswell indicates that in order to properly analyze a media product, one must look at who produced the product (the people who ordered its creation),  who was it aimed at (the target audience) and what were the desired effects of this product (to inform, to convince, to sell, etc.) on the audience.

Using a Rihanna video as an example, the analysis would be as follows: WHO PRODUCED: Vivendi Universal; WHAT: pop artist Rihanna; TO WHOM: consumers between the ages of 9 and 25; WHAT CHANNEL: music video; and WHAT EFFECT: selling the artist, her song, her image and her message.

The analyzes of videos and movies on The Vigilant Citizen place a great importance on the “who is behind” the messages communicated to the public. The term “Illuminati” is often used to describe this small elite group covertly ruling the masses. Although the term sounds quite caricatured and conspiratorial, it aptly describes the elite’s affinities with secret societies and occult knowledge. However, I personally detest using the term “conspiracy theory” to describe what is happening in the mass media. If all the facts concerning the elitist nature of the industry are readily available to the public, can it still be considered a  “conspiracy theory”?

There used to be a variety of viewpoints, ideas and opinions in popular culture. The consolidation of media corporations has, however, produced a standardization of the cultural industry. Ever wondered why all recent music sounds the same and all recent movies look the same? The following is part of the answer:

Media Ownership

As depicted in the graph above, the number of corporations owning the majority of U.S. media outlets went from 50 to 5 in less than 20 years. Here are the top corporations evolving around the world and the assets they own.

“A list of the properties controlled by AOL Time Warner takes ten typed pages listing 292 separate companies and subsidiaries. Of these, twenty-two are joint ventures with other major corporations involved in varying degrees with media operations. These partners include 3Com, eBay, Hewlett-Packard, Citigroup, Ticketmaster, American Express, Homestore, Sony, Viva, Bertelsmann, Polygram, and Amazon.com. Some of the more familiar fully owned properties of Time Warner include Book-of-the-Month Club; Little, Brown publishers; HBO, with its seven channels; CNN; seven specialized and foreign-language channels; Road Runner; Warner Brothers Studios; Weight Watchers; Popular Science; and fifty-two different record labels.”
- Ben Bagdikan, The New Media Monopoly

AOL Time Warner owns:

  • 64 magazines, including Time, Life, People, MAD Magazine and DC Comics
  • Warner Bros, New Line and Fine Line Features in cinema
  • More than 40 music labels including Warner Bros, Atlantic and Elektra
  • Many television networks such as WB Networks, HBO, Cinemax, TNT, Cartoon Network and CNN
  • Madonna, Sean Paul, The White Stripes

Viacom owns:

  • CBS, MTV, MTV2, UPN, VH1, Showtime, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, TNN, CMT and BET
  • Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies, MTV Films
  • Blockbuster Videos
  • 1800 screens in theaters through Famous Players

“Disney ownership of a hockey team called The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim does not begin to describe the vastness of the kingdom. Hollywood is still its symbolic heart, with eight movie production studios and distributors: Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Miramax, Buena Vista Home Video, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Buena Vista International, Hollywood Pictures, and Caravan Pictures.

The Walt Disney Company controls eight book house imprints under Walt Disney Company Book Publishing and ABC Publishing Group; seventeen magazines; the ABC Television Network, with ten owned and operated stations of its own including in the five top markets; thirty radio stations, including all the major markets; eleven cable channels, including Disney, ESPN (jointly), A&E, and the History Channel; thirteen international broadcast channels stretching from Australia to Brazil; seven production and sports units around the world; and seventeen Internet sites, including the ABC group, ESPN.sportszone, NFL.com, NBAZ.com, and NASCAR.com. Its five music groups include the Buena Vista, Lyric Street, and Walt Disney labels, and live theater productions growing out of the movies The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and King David.”
– Ibid

The Walt Disney Company owns:

  • ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN, A&E, History Channel
  • Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax Film Corp., Dimension andBuena Vista International
  • Miley Cyrus/ Hannah Montana, Selena Gomez, Jonas Brothers

Vivendi Universal owns:

  • 27% of US music sales, labels include: Interscope, Geffen, A&M, Island, Def Jam, MCA, Mercury, Motown and Universal
  • Universal Studios, Studio Canal, Polygram Films, Canal +
  • Numerous internet and cell phone companies
  • Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z

Sony owns:

  • Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Classics
  • 15% of US Music sales, labels include Columbia, Epic, Sony, Arista, Jive and RCA Records
  • Beyonce, Shakira, Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera

A limited number of actors in the cultural industry means a limited amount of viewpoints and ideas making their way to the general public. It also means that a single message can easily saturate all forms of media to generate consent (i.e. “there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq”).

The Standardization of Human Thought

The merger of media companies in the last decades generated a small oligarchy of media conglomerates. The TV shows we follow, the music we listen to, the movies we watch and the newspapers we read are all produced by FIVE corporations. The owners of those conglomerates have close ties with the world’s elite and, in many ways, they ARE the elite. By owning all of the possible outlets having the potential to reach the masses, these conglomerates have the power to create in the minds of the people a single and cohesive world view, engendering a “standardization of human thought”.

Even movements or styles that are considered marginal are, in fact, extensions of mainstream thinking. Mass medias produce their own rebels who definitely look the part but are still part of the establishment and do not question any of it. Artists, creations and ideas that do not fit the mainstream way of thinking are mercilessly rejected and forgotten by the conglomerates, which in turn makes them virtually disappear from society itself. However, ideas that are deemed to be valid and desirable to be accepted by society are skillfully marketed to the masses in order to make them become self-evident norm.

In 1928, Edward Bernays already saw the immense potential of motion pictures to standardize thought:

“The American motion picture is the greatest unconscious carrier of propaganda in the world today. It is a great distributor for ideas and opinions. The motion picture can standardize the ideas and habits of a nation. Because pictures are made to meet market demands, they reflect, emphasize and even exaggerate broad popular tendencies, rather than stimulate new ideas and opinions. The motion picture avails itself only of ideas and facts which are in vogue. As the newspaper seeks to purvey news, it seeks to purvey entertainment.”
– Edward Bernays, Propaganda

These facts were flagged as dangers to human freedom in the 1930′s by thinkers of the school of Frankfurt such as Theodor Adorno and Herbert Marcuse. They identified three main problems with the cultural industry. The industry can:

  1. reduce human beings to the state of mass by hindering the development of emancipated individuals, who are capable of making rational decisions;
  2. replace the legitimate drive for autonomy and self-awareness by the safe laziness of conformism and passivity; and
  3. validate the idea that men actually seek to escape the absurd and cruel world in which they live by losing themselves in a hypnotic state self-satisfaction.

The notion of escapism is even more relevant today with advent of online video games, 3D movies and home theaters. The masses, constantly seeking state-of-the-art entertainment, will resort to high-budget products that can only be produced by the biggest media corporations of the world. These products contain carefully calculated messages and symbols which are nothing more and nothing less than entertaining propaganda. The public have been trained to LOVE its propaganda to the extent that it spends its hard-earned money to be exposed to it. Propaganda (used in both political, cultural and commercial sense) is no longer the coercive or authoritative communication form found in dictatorships: it has become the synonym of entertainment and pleasure.

“In regard to propaganda the early advocates of universal literacy and a free press envisaged only two possibilities: the propaganda might be true, or it might be false. They did not foresee what in fact has happened, above all in our Western capitalist democracies — the development of a vast mass communications industry, concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false, but with the unreal, the more or less totally irrelevant. In a word, they failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”
– Aldous Huxley, Preface to A Brave New World

A single piece of media often does not have a lasting effect on the human psyche. Mass media, however, by its omnipresent nature, creates a living environment we evolve in on a daily basis. It defines the norm and excludes the undesirable. The same way carriage horses wear blinders so they can only see what is right in front of them, the masses can only see where they are supposed to go.

“It is the emergence of mass media which makes possible the use of propaganda techniques on a societal scale. The orchestration of press, radio and television to create a continuous, lasting and total environment renders the influence of propaganda virtually unnoticed precisely because it creates a constant environment. Mass media provides the essential link between the individual and the demands of the technological society.”
– Jacques Ellul

One of the reasons mass media successfully influences society is due to the extensive amount of research on cognitive sciences and human nature that has been applied to it.

Manipulation Techniques

“Publicity is the deliberate attempt to manage the public’s perception of a subject. The subjects of publicity include people (for example, politicians and performing artists), goods and services, organizations of all kinds, and works of art or entertainment.”

The drive to sell products and ideas to the masses has lead to an unprecedented amount of research on human behavior and on the human psyche. Cognitive sciences, psychology, sociology, semiotics, linguistics and other related fields were and still are extensively researched through well-funded studies.

“No group of sociologists can approximate the ad teams in the gathering and processing of exploitable social data. The ad teams have billions to spend annually on research and testing of reactions, and their products are magnificent accumulations of material about the shared experience and feelings of the entire community.”
- Marshal McLuhan, The Extensions of Man
The results of those studies are applied to advertisements, movies, music videos and other media in order to make them as influential as possible. The art of marketing is highly calculated and scientific because it must reach both the individual and the collective consciousness. In high-budget cultural products, a video is never “just a video,” Images, symbols and meanings are strategically placed in order to generate a desired effect.
“It is with knowledge of the human being, his tendencies, his desires, his needs, his psychic mechanisms, his automatisms as well as knowledge of social psychology and analytical psychology that propaganda refines its techniques.”
– Propagandes, Jacques Ellul (free translation)
Today’s propaganda almost never uses rational or logical arguments. It directly taps into a human’s most primal needs and instincts in order to generate an emotional and irrational response. If we always thought rationally, we probably wouldn’t buy 50% of what we own. Babies and children are constantly found in advertisements targeting women for a specific reason: studies have shown that images of children trigger in women an instinctual need to nurture, to care and to protect, ultimately leading to a sympathetic bias towards the advertisement.
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Strange old 7up ad using the cuteness of babies
Sex is ubiquitous in mass media, as it draws and keeps the viewer’s attention. It directly connects to our animal need to breed and to reproduce, and, when triggered, this instinct can instantly overshadow any other rational thoughts in our brain.

Subliminal Perception

What if the messages described above were able to reach directly the viewers’ subconscious mind, without the viewers even realizing what is happening? That is the goal of subliminal perception. The phrase subliminal advertising was coined in 1957 by the US market researcher James Vicary, who said he could get moviegoers to “drink Coca-Cola” and “eat popcorn” by flashing those messages onscreen for such a short time that viewers were unaware.
“Subliminal perception is a deliberate process created by communications technicians, by which you receive and respond to information and instructions without being consciously aware of the instructions”
– Steve Jacobson, Mind Control in the United States
This technique is often used in marketing and we all know that sex sells.

Although some sources claim that subliminal advertising is ineffective or even an urban myth, the documented usage of this technique in mass media proves that creators believe in its powers. Recent studies have also proven its effectiveness, especially when the message is negative.

” A team from University College London, funded by the Wellcome Trust, found that it [subliminal perception] was particularly good at instilling negative thoughts. There has been much speculation about whether people can process emotional information unconsciously, for example pictures, faces and words,” said Professor Nilli Lavie, who led the research. We have shown that people can perceive the emotional value of subliminal messages and have demonstrated conclusively that people are much more attuned to negative words.”
- Source

A famous example of subliminal messaging in political communications is in George Bush’s advertisement against Al Gore in 2000.

Right after the name of Gore is mentioned, the ending of the word “bureaucrats” – “rats” – flashes on the screen for a split second.

The discovery of this trickery caused quite a stir and, even if there are no laws against subliminal messaging in the U.S., the advertisement was taken off the air.

As seen in many articles on The Vigilant Citizen, subliminal and semi-subliminal messages are often used in movies and music videos to communicate messages and ideas to the viewers.

Desensitization

In the past, when changes were imposed on populations, they would take to the streets, protest and even riot. The main reason for this clash was due to the fact that the change was clearly announced by the rulers and understood by the population. It was sudden and its effects could clearly be analyzed and evaluated. Today, when the elite needs a part of its agenda to be accepted by the public, it is done through desensitization. The agenda, which might go against the public best interests,  is slowly, gradually and repetitively introduced to the world through movies (by involving it within the plot), music videos (who make it cool and sexy) or the news (who present it as a solution to today’s problems). After several years of exposing the masses to a particular agenda, the elite openly presents the concept the world and, due to mental programming, it is greeted with general indifference and is passively accepted. This technique originates from psychotherapy.

“The techniques of psychotherapy, widely practiced and accepted as a means of curing psychological disorders, are also methods of controlling people. They can be used systematically to influence attitudes and behavior. Systematic desensitization is a method used to dissolve anxiety so the the patient (public) is no longer troubled by a specific fear, a fear of violence for example. […] People adapt to frightening situations if they are exposed to them enough”.
– Steven Jacobson, Mind Control in the United States
Predictive programming is often found in the science fiction genre. It presents a specific image of the future – the one that is desired by the elite – and ultimately becomes in the minds of men an inevitability. A decade ago, the public was being desensitized to war against the Arab world. Today, the population is gradually being exposed to the existence of mind control, of transhumanism and of an Illuminati elite. Emerging from the shadows, those concepts are now everywhere in popular culture. This is what Alice Bailey describes as the “externalization of the hierarchy”: the hidden rulers slowly revealing themselves.

Occult Symbolism in Pop Culture

Metropolis – a movie by the elite, for the elite?

Contrarily to the information presented above, documentation on occult symbolism is rather hard to find. This should not come as a surprise as the term “occult”, literally means “hidden”. It also means “reserved to those in the know” as it is only communicated to those who are deemed worthy of the knowledge. It is not taught in schools nor is it discussed in the media. It is thus considered marginal or even ridiculous by the general population.

Occult knowledge is NOT, however, considered ridiculous in occult circles. It is considered timeless and sacred. There is a long tradition of hermetic and occult knowledge being  taught through secret societies originating from ancient Egyptians, to Eastern Mystics, to the Knights Templar to modern day Freemasons. Even if the nature and the depth of this knowledge was most probably modified and altered throughout the centuries, mystery schools kept their main features, which are highly symbolicritualistic andmetaphysical. Those characteristics, which were an intricate part of ancient civilizations, have totally been evacuated from modern society to be replaced by pragmatic materialism. For this reason, there lies an important gap of understanding between the pragmatic average person and the ritualistic establishment.

“If this inner doctrine were always concealed from the masses, for whom a simpler code had been devised, is it not highly probable that the exponents of every aspect of modern civilization – philosophic, ethical, religious, and scientific-are ignorant of the true meaning of the very theories and tenets on which their beliefs are founded? Do the arts and sciences that the race has inherited from older nations conceal beneath their fair exterior a mystery so great that only the most illumined intellect can grasp its import? Such is undoubtedly the case.”
– Manly P. Hall, Secret Teachings of All Ages

The “simpler code” devised for the masses used to be organized religions. It is now becoming the Temple of the Mass Media and it preaches on a daily basis extreme materialism, spiritual vacuosity and a self-centered, individualistic existence. This is exactly the opposite of the attributes required to become a truly free individual, as taught by all great philosophical schools of thought. Is a dumbed-down population easier to deceive and to manipulate?

“These blind slaves are told they are “free” and “highly educated” even as they march behind signs that would cause any medieval peasant to run screaming away from them in panic-stricken terror. The symbols that modern man embraces with the naive trust of an infant would be tantamount to billboards reading, ‘This way to your death and enslavement,’ to the understanding of the traditional peasant of antiquity”
– Michael A. Hoffman II, Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare

In Conclusion

This article examined the major thinkers in the field of mass media, the media power structure and the techniques used to manipulate the masses. I believe this information is vital to the understanding of  the “why” in the topics discussed on The Vigilant Citizen.  The  “mass population” versus “ruling class” dichotomy described in many articles is not a “conspiracy theory” (again, I hate that term), but a reality that has been clearly stated in the works of some of the 20th century’s most influential men.

Lippmann, Bernays and Lasswell have all declared that the public are not fit to decide their own fate, which is the inherent goal of democracy. Instead, they called for a cryptocracy, a hidden government, a ruling class in charge of the “bewildered herd.” As their ideas continue to be applied to society, it is increasingly apparent that an ignorant population is not an obstacle that the rulers must deal with: It is something that is DESIRABLE and, indeed, necessary, to insure total leadership. An ignorant population does not know its rights, does not seek a greater understanding of issues and does not question authorities. It simply follows trends. Popular culture caters to and nurtures ignorance by continually serving up brain-numbing entertainment and spotlighting degenerate celebrities to be idolized. Many people ask me: “Is there a way to stop this?” Yes, there is. STOP BUYING THEIR CRAP AND READ A BOOK.

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.”
– Thomas Jefferson