Hell, Tuesday already – where does it go? I meant to post this before her concert but things just got away. No matter, she’s still in concert at this moment.
Interesting that she opened with Lily, as it features below.
The question, of course, is whether she is a witch or just play-acting as one. Well worth exploring. I’ve done posts on her before, positive ones, which indicates that I like her, find her pretty and like her voice, as many do.
However, some days ago, I read some things about her out of the blue and began wondering.
Kate Bush would almost certainly have been burned as a witch three centuries ago but then again, she’d not have been so open about it all back then. The most intriguing thing, to me, is how she is certainly claimed by various occult groups as one of them.
Let’s start with a detractor. There’s a form of “Christianity” which is “burn the witch, burn her”, as Python parodied and this makes it impossbile for the milder Christians to get to any sort of truth or hearing.
Though I decry the tone in this quote below, it doesn’t necessarily disqualify everything claimed. So, to the question – is she a witch?
You have to ask? She’s one of the most blasphemous artists of all time. Every album, every song, every sentiment is a testimony to her beliefs. You could make a lifetime study of her occult offerings. It’s easy to look around the internet and see how actual covens adore and make lengthy studies of Kate’s work. There are numerous witches online who make no bones about how Kate’s songs often include snippets of actual occult rituals. You won’t see this on Wikipedia though. It’s not mentioned whatsoever. Typical for Wikipedia, a gate with powerful gatekeepers.
So I gulped, bit the bullet and went to a few covens, from satanist to pagan to see what they felt on the subject. The feeling towards her was very much that she was “one of us”.
One lady described her as a “spiritual empath” and she was clearly trying to defend Kate from any charge of things untoward.
More open was this below, from a witch on a site dedicated to all these pentagrams and things, plus various Artemis types etc.:
This gem of the vastly neglected genre of ‘occult rock opera’ is from Kate’s short film The Line, the Cross, and the Curve and features a song from her album Red Shoes. We came across it recently while describing the underlying structure of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram to a couple members of our working group that were only passingly familiar with it.
She neither confirms or denies it, herself, of course, our Kate.
Her online history goes back to about age 7, up to her coming out via Dave Gilmour at 17 and then her career took off and she went weird.
Again, from a few occult sites, rather than either the “burn her” “Christians” who know at least something or mainstream pundits who know nothing, they all give her at least an indirect connection with the Golden Dawn. A look at her life with Gilmour, himself certainly Golden Dawn and Mason, Gabriel and others in that circle leads to the obvious question – can a person inhabit a space, look up to her idols in it, then develop themes and lyrics along the lines of Golden Dawn and yet not have anything whatsoever to do with it?
The closest straight reviewers get is to express incredulity that she could do Wuthering Heights and then the Dreaming and later Running up the Hill and confess themselves bamboozled by what she’s getting at. Well, no need to wonder – Lily is explained above.
The impression I get is that while she plays the image up for all it’s worth and at the same time is secretive about her life, she knows a bit too much about it all to not have some connection.
[By the way, as I’m typing this, both my nostrils have started bleeding and small stabs of pain are going through the body. Interesting, huh? So, with nostrils stuffed with tissue, I’ll finish this.]
One interesting thing I’ve noticed is that attacking sacred cows gets the most extraordinary reactions from straight people. I could write anything about Miley Cyrus and it’s obvious that that’s a girl gone bad. Hardly a murmur from anyone. I could write anything about Paris Hilton and people wouldn’t bat an eyelid. Marilyn Manson – ditto.
But Kate’s the darling of quite a few people, therefore a prime target to explore, and sure enough, there’s quite a bit about her. We couldn’t be coming up to Hallowe’en could we? When’s Kate’s last concert in the series?