Enya: The Occult Connection

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From day to day, my journey,

The long pilgrimage before me.

From night to night, my journey,

The stories that will never be again

The above lyric is the English translation of the part of Enya’s Book of Days sung in Irish Gaelic.

The first time I heard this song on TV in 2004, even though I was a Christian, it resonated deeply with my sense of aesthetics. Four years later when a Christian friend introduced me to his Enya collection, I dived into them like an excited dolphin. I couldn’t get enough of her music.

Sometimes when I listened to Orinoco Flow, I felt a strange sensation in my spirit, like I was immersed in a body of water.

From experience, I knew what that implied, and I began to check out her lyrics. Right from the first one I read, I could figure out the deep witchcraft codes embedded in them and I made a clean break.

Enya Patricia Brennan is more than just an Irish singer and songwriter born into a musical family. To unwary Christians, Enya’s music is a potpourri of classical, church and folk music with poetic, nostalgic and calming sensations.

To the uninformed, Enya is simply a liberal Irish Catholic who, at most, beautifies her faith with mysticism. But to the discerning, she is on a journey; a long pilgrimage on the Old Ways: witchcraft.

In this article, which is a sequel to the one I wrote four years ago, I will be unraveling more occult connections in Enya’s music, showing that those who identify her as a New Age/occult singer, are not mistaken by any means.

According to a reference work, New Age music emerged in the midst of “the advent of all manner of self-awareness and higher-consciousness trends and fads floating about in the 1970s, and the increasing popularity of non-traditional ideas regarding health and well being.” [1]

New Age stores not only also sell occult books, ‘healing crystals’ and pagan artifacts, but also New Age music – relaxing music that serve as aural companions for whatever occult technique the customer is seeking. It all fits together.

In occult circles, guided meditation is often practiced, in which the practitioner connects with the spirit realm and the spirits therein through the aid of mantra, occult music or drugs.

This occult meditation is aimed at different purposes: relaxation, for pagan breathing exercises, inducing trances, healing and preparation for spell work and witchcraft.

The relaxing music is aimed at fostering mental passivity and mind control which are necessary conditions to get yoked to the demonic realm.

During a spell work, a witch/magick practitioner must be able to use his/her mind to visualize and direct his/her psychic powers to its destination. Thus, they need pagan/occult-themed music to stimulate their minds.

Such music genre could be classical, jazz, or ethnic (such as Celtic), but they are music composed by the initiated and for the initiated. One occult organization even described them as “music of the spheres.” Indeed, the spheres of darkness.

A few examples of such music are Ave Maria by Origen, Mystic Spirit Voices by Lesiem, A Place Without Noise by Wayne Gratz, a number of Yanni’s music and of course, Enya.

Many of Enya’s song weren’t relayed in English language. She also employed back masking so folks who don’t know about the occult wouldn’t notice that she was onto something sinister.

1. Afer Ventus (English translation: African wind) says:

Sea of the Clouds, Umbriel

(Each to their own. Each to it’s own)

Sea of the Rain. Ariel

(Me, myself. Each to their own is dear)

And we go to the stars …

Sea of the Tides. Io. Vela

African wind. Zephyrus

(Each to their own. Each to its own)

Volturnus. Africus…

Estesiarum. Eurus.

(Me, myself. Each to their own is dear).

Umbriel and Ariel, though names for moons of Uranus, actually refer to specific demons. Umbriel is an earth demon often depicted with black wings, while Ariel is a demon of the air.

In Satanism, Ariel is a fallen angel called the “archon of wings” and is said to connect the adept to other elemental spirits.

Io is the name of a female water spirit worshipped in ancient Rome [2]. It’s no accident that Enya says that she moves with the tides of the sea.

Vela is the name of a constellation. It also means “sails (of a ship)” in Latin. Vela represents the sails of the Argo Navis ship which was constructed by the goddess Athena and consecrated to the Roman sea god, Poseidon. [3]

Zephyrus is the Greek deity of the west wind. He has strong ties to Zepar, another deadly demon that is invoked in Satanism, especially by men who seek to bring women under the slave of lust.

Volturnus is the Roman god of the Tibre and is probably regarded as the god of all rivers. He also belongs to the class of Anemoi and is equivalent to the southeast wind. [4]

Africus is the Greek deity of the southwest wind. Estesiarum is a term describing the north winds of the Aegean Sea and Eurus is the Greek deity of the East wind.

So, in this music alone, Enya invokes several “big guns” to take over the listener.

2. Exile (chorus)

I’ll wait the signs to come.

I will find a way

I will wait the time to come.

I’ll find a way home

My light shall be the moon

And my path – the ocean.

My guide the morning star

As I said home to you

Who then can warm my soul?

Who can quell my passion?

Out of these dreams – a boat

I will sail home to you.

You will notice that Enya keeps singing about being on a “path” or “journey.” Modern Witches believe their religion is the old path; and right from their initiation, each step taken upon this path leads towards a greater understanding of the natural world and the divinity that purportedly lives within them.

In witchcraft, the moon, through its phases and faces, is said to guide witches through the mysteries of life. It regulates nature and magick, and when they draw down the moon at their esbats, they are tapping into the pure white mystical light of the moon.

The “morning star” or “torch bearer” epithet is used for their goddess Hecate, Diana/Artemis, and in the Bible, it refers to Lucifer/Satan (Is. 14:12). So, the message Enya was conveying there is loud and clear.

3. Angeles

Angels answer me, are you near if rain should fall? Am I to believe, you will rise to calm the storm?

For so great a treasure words will never do. Surely, if this is, promises are mine to give you

Mine to give you …

Angeles, all could be

Should you move both earth and sea

Angeles, I could feel all those dark clouds disappearing … Even as I breathe comes an angel to their keep…

This lyrical content appears to be a conversation that is carried on with one seeking a guardian angel and promises (pacts) to cement the relationship.

In Wicca and the New Age, they regularly contact their “guardian angels” using altars, candles, oils, incense, crystals, beautiful fabric and statues. Of course, these are demons pretending to be angels.

A former satanist had this to say:

“These spirits of the air known as sylphs are the higher class of elemental forces that take the form of angels and deceive those that are in spiritual [occult] churches. When properly invoked by occult prayer, they could easily compel the lesser demon to evacuate the victim’s body for them to occupy. But as time goes on the victim continues to develop series of problems.

“These sylphs are in categories; some of them are attracted by white candles while others are attracted by coloured candles … These spirits … easily send visions to the mediums concerning governments, nations and people. They disguise themselves like angels of truth, often quote scriptures from the Bible, when the medium is possessed and using the name of Christ as well. Their mode of communication is by whispering in the medium’s ear or meeting them in their realm.” [5]

Occult meditation is the key to contacting these fallen angels and Enya’s reference to an angel visiting the listener as he/she “breathes” in sync with the calming sensation of her music is quite understandable.

4. Smaointe… (Thoughts…)

Listen to me, so sad forever

I am lost without you and your wife

The great love in your life

She guided me. Both of you, be with me always, day and night.

I cry at the great loneliness, tears so sad, and you sleeping in the quiet, green grave. In deep peace. There was happiness but it went away

You followed your husband, the great love in your life. He guided me. Both of you, be with me always, day and night.

From the lyrics, it’s clear that the song is directed to the “Lord and Lady” of witchcraft.

Many Wiccans are duotheists – believing in an eternal mother Goddess who rules over the earth, moon, sky and the sea and her consort, a Byronic Horned God who presides over the sun, hunting, sexuality and vegetation.

In Pagan myths, the horned god dies and is reborn each year, while the goddess descends to the underworld to mate with the Dark Lord. These themes are observed in Wiccan feasts and sabbaths:

“In mainstream Wicca mythology, the Autumn Equinox marks the time of the descent of the Goddess into the Underworld. With her departure we see the decline of Nature and the coming of winter. This is classic ancient mythos also reflected in the Sumerian myth of Inanna and the ancient Greek and Roman legends of Demeter and Persephone.

“In modern Celtic Wicca/Witchcraft, the Autumn Equinox also bids farewell to the Harvest Lord who in the mythos of some traditions was slain at the time of Lughnasadh (a festival marking the beginning of the Celtic harvest season).” [6]

Thus, non-initiates might not grasp the full meaning of what Enya was singing (and it’s not even in English language). Her lyrics also sound a lot like a chant seen on a popular Wiccan website:

“Goddess my shield, my encircler,

Each day, each night, each dark, each light … In my lying, in my standing, in my watching, in my sleeping. Goddess be my strength everlasting.”

5. China Roses

Who can tell me if we have heaven,

Who can say the way it should be;

Moonlight holly, the Sappho Comet,

Angel’s tears below a tree.

You talk of the break of morning

As you view the new aurora,

Cloud in crimson, the key of heaven,

One love carved in acajou.

One told me of China Roses,

One a thousand nights and one night,

Earth’s last picture, the end of evening

Hue of indigo and blue.

A new moon leads me to

Woods of dreams and I follow.

A new world waits for me;

My dream, my way.

This appears to be poetic, but even at that, she brings in some codes which her Pagan or Wiccan listeners can fully decipher.

The two archetypal forms of the horned god of witchcraft is: the Holly king and king Oak. In some traditions, the Holly king represents the bright form of the horned god.

“A thousand nights and one night” is an expression based on a Tarot emblem which typifies death.

Witches believe colour blue stands for devotion, harmony or love while indigo stands for wisdom, insight or spirituality.

Also, they believe the new moon signals new openings or beginnings. So, when Wiccans sight the new (crescent) moon, they begin their spells geared towards new pursuits.

6. May it Be

May it be an evening star

Shines down upon you

May it be when darkness falls

Your heart will be true

You walk a lonely road

Oh, how far you are from home

The evening star is a code for their goddess. She is also symbolized by the five pointed star or pentagram. A New Age and occult researcher, Deanna Conway, wrote:

“Pentacle, pentagram: five pointed star with one point up; symbol of the Goddess in all Her forms. In ancient Egypt, it was the star of Isis and Nephthys; in the Middle East, that of Ishtar. To the Celts it was the sign of the Morrigan. A sign of the Earth Element in Tarot … Repulsion of evil; protection.” [7]

7. La Sonadora

I; the autumn

I; the evening star

I have been an echo

I shall be a wave

I shall be the moon

I have been everything, I am myself

I; the summer

I; the ebony

I am the dreamer

Even though this was sung in Spanish, when you compare its English translation to a track titled “Deity” sung by Wendy Rule – who openly admits to being a witch – you can see the similarities.

It’s here

I’ve followed

A voice

To follow

I am the maiden

I am the mother

I’m the crone

I am the sea

I am the sky

I am the blood

I am the moon

This is not a coincidence. Both women drink from the same poisonous fountain of witchcraft.

8. Epona

Though this music is entirely instrumental, its title indicates who it was dedicated to.

Epona is the name of one of the dark forms of their goddess. Witches praise her as “the white mare, spirit of the wild” whose “hoofs beat on the sand.” A Wiccan scholar notes that:

“Among the Irish, a red horse signified death. Horse deities such as Epona, Medb (the goddess mare) of Tara, and Macha of Ulster (protector of horses) are chthonic divinities of the dead.” [8]

Many Christian fans of Enya – I expect – would argue that since they do not subscribe to pagan beliefs and their use of New Age music is only for the benign purpose of relaxation, these occultic influences can’t affect them. After all, Enya also has a song in which she made references to “God the Father”.

This line of argument may sound fine in theory, but practically, it is false and misplaced. Even in the light of the above evidence, such thinking is muddled and in denial.

The Bible expressly forbids the practice of enchantments (keshaphim) and trafficking in spirits in Deuteronomy 18:10-13.

The rendering of the Hebrew keshaphim is “muttered spells” or “incantations,” rendered “sorceries” in Isaiah 47:9 Isaiah 47:12 , i.e., the using of certain formulae under the belief that men could thus be bound.

God’s Word also forbids sorcery (Greek: pharmakeia) which includes physical objects or magick that impacts the human senses. Enya’s music (and the others like hers) are geared towards controlling people’s minds and bringing them in touch with the demonic.

Notes

[1] “New Age Music” https://www.encyclopedia.com/media/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/new-age-music

[2] Rachel Alexander, Myths, Symbols and Legends of Solar System Bodies, Springer: 2014, p. 190.

[3] https://www.constellation-guide.com/constellation-list/vela-constellation/

[4] Brian Campbell, Rivers and the Power of Ancient Rome, University of North Carolina Press 2012, p. 141.

[5] “I Refused Hell” transcript of Monday Romanus Ekeocha’s testimony. Christian Alive vol. 2 no. 14, (2006), p. 2.

[6] Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft, Raven Grimassi, Llewellyn, 2000, p. 37.

[7] Deena J. Conway, Maiden, Mother and Crone, St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn, 2003, p. 179.

[8] Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft, p. 225

The Tentacles of the Occult (I)

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The word “occult” is from the Latin word, “occultus” which means “secret, hidden or clandestine.” It refers to a wide range of practices, concepts or organizations whose true nature are disguised with discrete and deceptive phenomena.

The Bible describes an “immoral woman” saying “her ways are unstable; you do not know them” (Prov. 5:6). This also fits the occult. It’s so multifaceted, unstable and adaptive that no limit can be set to the form it takes to seduce and trap people.

There are however 6 general characteristics that distinguish the occult:

Secrecy – It’s always shrouded in secrecy and cover up both in teaching and practice. It binds adherents under oaths and covenants and attaches terrible consequences to its secrets being exposed.

Esotericism – it claims to possess mysteries, symbolism and mysticism unknown to the people outside or veiled to the mundane world.

Gnosticism – it claims to offer the most ancient wisdom or secret knowledge that allegedly places the initiate on a higher footing than the outsiders. Thus, it’s very fascinating to the fallen man.

Supernaturalism – it offers experiences beyond the natural. Experiences that transcend reason, science and the physical plane. It promises great insights through interactions with the spirit realm.

Control – it creates a system where man can manipulate or control others, events (past, present or future), spiritual forces and alter reality to suit his own purposes.

Opposition – it rejects or replaces the existing social and political order. It counterfeits healthy relationships, family structures or organizations with its own authority or order.

The occult typifies an “alternative” lifestyle or system that defies and opposes the supremacy of God. Its sound bites are:

“Is God not showing you your future? Come, we’ll show it to you.”

“Is God not offering you material wealth? Come we will give it to you;”

“Is God not healing your loved one? We’ll do it – and instantly!”

The occult gathers under its banner those seeking things outside God, and are willing to do anything to get them. Some of the things that entangle people in it are:

I. Pride: it not only leads people into the occult but also keeps them in it. Pride is translated from a Greek word, huperephania (Strong #5243) which means “excessive shining i.e (self-exaltation, self-absorption).”

It also means a person who “has a swollen estimate of his own powers or merits, looks down on others” (Thayer’s Greek Lexicon).

A person who sees himself as a “shining one” and is “swollen” about his life achievements would want to live above reality, so would seek occult power to bend things to his own will.

Pride also makes people desire a sort of wisdom or knowledge that would place them on a “higher plane” than others. A proud person will find it difficult to leave the occult because it constantly feeds his ego.

II. Unhealthy curiosity: an untamed desire for knowledge or power can be dangerous. A Christian can be so obsessed about “the other side” and end up experimenting with the occult. At times, this happens under the guise of feasting on “Illuminati-exposing” materials which quickly introduce the occult to the unwary.

III. Entertainment: the marketing of the occult through computer games, movies and music works well, because what people can’t accept through doctrine, they can accept through entertainment.

Like a columnist wrote, “If a 60-second commercial can move mountains in the marketplace, don’t tell me that a 2-hour mega million movie doesn’t modify attitudes.”

When a flurry of movies or games presents the occult in a positive light – especially to children – their sense of adventure gets stimulated and they become desensitized to fear or evil. If that root is not dealt with, as they grow, they will likely follow the course of what they were exposed to.

IV. Unresolved rejection and hurts: the occult attracts people who have been rejected by friends, family or who feel rejected by God or a church, and are seeking acceptance – or revenge.

Even Psychologists agree that rejection hurts the brain. Unresolved hurts or bitterness caused by negative life experiences (e.g loss of a loved one, failures, physical sickness etc) can result in rebellion which is Biblically associated with occultism (1 Sam. 15:23).

V. Anxiety: in a world of unforeseen tragedies, people seek for answers anywhere. A lack of purpose or uncertainty can also suck people into divination. Even a Christian who doesn’t have a real relationship with God can easily fall into this snare.

VI. Inordinate desire for wealth: the occult seduces people with promises of great wealth. This lie appeals to many because, in most cases, people join the occult so as to gain a lot of wealth without having to work.

Indeed, the devil enriches his slaves, but the sorrow, torment and destruction attached to it should make it abhorrent to any sane person.

The Occult Tree

There are different “branches” and sub-branches of the occult. All cannot be covered here, but they can be classified into:

1. The Knowledge branch of the Occult: This operates by disseminating supernatural knowledge to people. It is sub-divided into:

(a) Knowledge by divination: an occult art that attempts to see into the future or discover hidden knowledge. e.g palmistry, applied kinesiology, astrology, biofeedback, I Ching, Ifa corpus, water witching, crystal balls/mirror divining, extra sensory perception (ESP), telepathy and other methods I listed in What Lies Behind Divination?

(b) Knowledge by spirit-communication: when a person directly receives teachings from spirits (pagan deities, spirit teachers, ascended masters or “guardian angels“) by invoking them or random visitation. e.g use of Ouija board, “channelling” ascended masters or spirit guides, cultural or regular Spiritism, apparitions of the “Virgin Mary” and messages from “aliens.”

(c) Knowledge via occult books: materials written by a person under direct inspiration of the entities listed in (b) above or by occult groups disseminating occult philosophies to people. e.g The Grail Message, Theosophy, OAHSPE, the Aquarian Gospel of Jesus, The Lost Teachings of Jesus, Liber Al Legis (The Book of the Law), A Course in Miracles, The Secret (and other “dictated” New Age books), The Satanic bible (and other books of satanic rituals), Masonic books and ritual monitors, Witchcraft and Neopaganism books, books on Yoga, TM and other forms of Eastern occultism, books by Rosicrucians and motivational cults (Napoleon Hill, Pacific Institute etc).

2. The power branch of the occult: the use of spiritual powers to control, intimidate or oppress. It’s divided into:

(a) “Religious” occult groups: various forms of Witchcraft, Hermetic orders like the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), New Age groups, Voodoo, Santeria, Ogboni Fraternity, Palo Mayombe, Candomblé, various Satanic covens (e.g Church of Satan, Order of the Black Ram, Order of the Infernal light, Cathedral of the fallen angels, Temple of Set, Temple of Lylyth, Shrine of the Little Mother, Cathedral of the Black Goat etc).

(b) Eclectic practices: the practitioner may/may not belong to a specific occult group, but combines different occult principles and pathways to wield supernatural power e.g Psychic surgery, “internal styles” martial arts, practical Kabbala, Santa Muerte rites, African or Eastern pagan rites, and Western Ceremonial Magick (it’s spelled “magick” in the occult).

Ceremonial magick are a complex, elaborate ritual magic rites involving different working tools – chalice, sword, altar, and candles.

These rites are based on medieval occult textbooks called Grimoires containing instructions on how to create talismans and amulets (or charms); perform magical spells and divination; invoke fallen angels, spirits, and demons.

Popular grimoires are: Transcendental Magic, the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses, the Greater Key of Solomon, the Necronomicon, Dragon Rogue, The Book of St. Cyprian, The Magus, The Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy, Secrets of the Golden Dawn and the Book of Shadows (Wiccan ritual guides).

3. The branch operating through physical objects: These are objects which exert occult power for (or on) the user. They are:

a) Objects in occult or pagan worship – rosaries, crucifixes, pictures or statues of pagan deities, or “saints” (including those of ‘Jesus’ and ‘Mary’), occult regalia, religious altars, relics and others listed in 2 (b) above.

b) Materials with occult symbols or occult connotations – occult jewelries (ankhs, pentagrams, eyes, moon, horns etc), demonic sigils, Native American emblems (e.g totem poles, Kachina dolls), New Age music items, occult toys and role-playing games.

c) Objects “charged” with occult powers – charms, occult rings, “energy” swords or athames, hex signs, talisman, occult crystals, voodoo dolls, herbs and oils etc.

There are only two sources of supernatural knowledge and power in the universe: either God or Satan. There is no middle ground.

Since “God is light and in him there is no darkness,” the dark system of the occult is of Satan (1Jn. 1:9).

God has set a boundary between His kingdom and that of Satan, so, when a Christian crosses that boundary by dabbling in the occult, he steps into a zone where he is taken captive by Satan to do his will.

This captivity can be likened to “tentacles.” It binds to a person and gradually saps away his/her life.

God has clearly revealed His truth to man in His Word. There are no “secret teachings of Christ” or “inner room rites” in Christianity.

Jesus Himself said “I have spoken openly to the world … I said nothing in secret” (Jn. 18:20). He told His disciples: “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs” (Mt. 10:27).

Continued in Part II