Eminem’s Shady XV album is intended to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his record label; Shady Records. While most believe there is nothing of occult nature involved here, I beg to differ due to various symbols and numbers that have been purposefully used in promoting this thing. Let’s take a look…
It’s the 15th album, and the title is “XV” which is the number 15 as well. I already mentioned that this album is meant to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Shady Records. If you look at all of this from the perspective of gematria or numerology you could see that 1+5=6; and if you take a look at the three sets of aforementioned 15s you’d see 666.
Now, I know I can already see you rolling your eyes, but take a look at all of the All Seeing Eye/666 symbols Eminem has given us in the past and tell me it’s a coincidence:
The All Seeing Eye of Horus
Not to mention all of his All Seeing Eye symbols:
And Moloch horns (aka Mano Cornuto) sitting by the Eye:
66 Fallen Angels of Kabbalah’s Dark Side
To segue into more numerology aspects; the number 66 also plays a part because he is releasing a 66-track mixtape around the same date of the Shady XV album drop. This number is of importance because theorist and occult expert Freeman Fly asserted that it is part of the Kabbalistic cipher and represents the 66 Fallen Angels of the Qlipoth in his Weird Stuff: Operation Culture Creation books.
I explored this concept more in the Kabbalah conspiracy theories & Illuminati symbolism in pop culture article:
When broaching the concept of evil, some of the Kabbalah teachings display it through a shadow Sephirot and call it the “Other Side.” It is also referred to as the “evil twin,” and this “Other Side” is represented by evil spirits known as the Qliphoth. The Hermetic Qabalah actually tries to make contact with the Qliphoth spirits as part of the self-realization process (unlike the Jewish Kabbalah). Some of these evil demons are eerily similar to the Illuminati symbolism we see from the entertainment industry on a regular basis, leading me to believe that the Illuminati are part of this magic ritual trying to contact the dark forces of the Qliphoth.
For example, the demon Nehemoth (a.k.a. Naamah) means ‘whisperer’ and is responsible for frightening sounds and exciting the mind with strange desires. This demon was characterized as pleasing and had a proclivity for idolatry and singing songs to pagan deities (does ‘American Idol’ seem fitting?…). The symbolism for the Illuminati vow of silence that we see from young men and women in the entertainment industry couldn’t convey this point any clearer:
This is a recurring theme in the entertainment industry to try and contact these demons, or even traverse this Abyss if you want to go really deep into it. Practitioners of Kabbalah believe they can rise above these lower levels of Hell and attain a god-like status. You can listen to Freeman explain a lot of the demon contact and mind transfer concepts (including the prevalance of ’66’ around 13:30):
Not to get off subject too much, but DJ Avicii chose his stage name to reference this hellish chasm (with the original term being “avitchi”):
XV- The Mark of the Beast & Typhonian Magick
You can see on the album cover the “XV” which is covert symbolism because it is a combination of an “X” and a “V”:
The “X” is an occult symbol of the Mark of the Beast (again; see that Freeman video above and listen). But you don’t have to listen to theorists explain this; just go to the source. Michael Staley of the Typhonian Ordo Templi Orientis (a branch of the OTO magical order that attempts to contact extraterrestrials) described it as such:
We lilace the arrow, symbol of our will (AIWASS) and its ultimate fulfilment, upon the string; and, dissolving ourselves in samadhi upon a sevenfold doubt, we loose the arrow in a moment of pure folly. The feathers of the arrow are plucked from the headdress of MAAT; these feathers form a cross pattern as they resolve themselves in a circle which becomes the Mark of the Beast. One of these feathers of MAAT is used to weigh the heart of the Initiate in the 17th Aethyr TAN, the Aethyr of the Balance.
These “X” symbols are all over the place; not just on Eminem’s album cover. And don’t tell me I’m just hunting for “X”s when we see them on darker works of “art” that show these “X”s over an eye:
The “V” represents the sixth letter in Hebrew, or ‘Vav’ which is another magick symbol. We explored this idea in the Hidden Illuminati symbolism of Monster & Peace Tea drinks article:
Texe Marrs details what he theorizes as the true origins of this sign, and calls it Nero’s Cross, or the broken cross in Chapter 25: Victory for the Devil. He covers different aspects of the hand held peace symbol, including the claim that the thumb holding the pinky and ring finger represent the vulva and the two upright fingers represent the horns of the devil; effectively making a symbol for intercourse with Satan.
The sign is also described by Dr. Cathy Burns as a symbol for the esoteric concept of duality and opposites in Freemasonry, with order out of chaos and Satan reigning over heaven and hell with the androgynous Bapohmet.
Texe also goes in on Winston Churchill’s use of the ‘V’ sign and how he has all sorts of ties with being a Freemason and even a Druid. Here’s a shot of a page that shows some of what I’m talking about:
Tarot Card XV- The Devil
Big shout out to Watcher “Killuminati” for commenting and letting me know the XV card of the Tarot deck is the Devil. The interpretation of this card is rather telling (from BiddyTarot.com):
The card of the Devil represents the hidden forces of negativity that constrain you and that trick you into thinking you are imprisoned by external forces ultimately out of your control. The Devil is an inner force within each of us. He represents our fears, addictions, and other harmful impulses.
He is a master of deception and creates the illusion that you are involuntarily bound to him.
You’ll recall that Eminem suffered from prescription drug abuse, which is why you see him wearing the necklace of the upright triangle inside of a circle, representing the 12 steps of recovery from addiction:
Even if you receive this XV trump card in its reversed format it is saying similar things:
The Devil appears when you are feeling trapped by things such as unhealthy or co-dependent relationships, financial debt, unproductive careers, unhealthy lifestyles or addictions, or consumerism and materialism.
Tying us back into my talk of Kabbalah and the Qlipoth; you’ll see that the Carl Jung interpretation of the Devil is that of the shadowy Abyss that lays below (talking about the shadow Tree of Life Sephirot- where the 66 fallen angels of the Qlipoth reside). From Wiki:
In Jungian terms, he is The Shadow: all the repressed, unmentioned or unmentionable desires that lurk beneath.
If you want to understand all about this Illuminati and occult agenda and why you find it in hip hop music, check out my book that addresses all of these ideas in SACRIFICE: MAGIC BEHIND THE MIC: