Damon Albarn “Seal of God” Star Logo Meaning

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A lot of people keep asking me about it, so I did a little research:

The star is known as the Sigillum Die or Seal of God, symbol of the living God (as called by John Dee the Sigillum Dei Aemaeth) was a late Middle Ages magical diagram, composed of two circles, a pentagram, and three heptagons, and is labeled with the name of God and his angels.

It was an amulet with the magical function that, according to one of the oldest sources, allowed the initiated magician to have power over all creatures except Archangels, but usually only reserved for those who can achieve the blessed vision of God and angels.

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While the sigil does appear in older texts of which John Dee was probably familiar, he was not happy with them and ultimately gained guidance from angels to construct his version. Dee inscribed the sigil on circular wax tablets.

He would commune via a medium and a “shew-stone” with the angels, and the tablets were used in preparing the ritual space for such communication. One tablet was placed upon a table, and the shew-stone upon the tablet. Four other tablets were placed beneath the legs of the table. (more info)

According to Damon, he became a bit obsessed with Dr. Dee after he took part in the creation of ‘Dr Dee: An English Opera’ that explores Dee’s life and work. He’s been wearing a necklace with the symbol, and he used it on stage for his solo tour.

The sigil is also use in Thelema. It is known as the star of Babylon. In Murdoc’s room there is a portrait of Aleister Crowley himself (he was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He founded the religion of Thelema). Also, there is an issue of the equinox with hand written notes and The Book of Lies on the coffee table.

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Here’s an interview where Damon talks about it:

Is that a pentagram you’re wearing around your neck?

No, it’s not a pentagram, it’s not a Star of David. It’s a Seven (holds up a metal heptagram). It’s a very unusual, beautiful bit of geometry. I got really into it when I was studying Doctor Dee. He used it as a means of communicating with extra-terrestrials. He constructed it. Actually, I’ll show you…

(Albarn rises from the table and leaves the room, calling back from the stairs, “I’ll show you exactly what I’m talking about.” He returns a couple of minutes later carrying a silver metal case. He unlocks it and carefully removes an ancient book wrapped in a colourful African cotton throw).

What’s this?

This is actually one of Dr Dee’s books, so it’s very, very, very old – about 400 years. It’s a magic book (starts delicately turning pages of intricately drawn diagrams). This is just a diary of all his angelic communications that he made with Edward Kelley (a self-declared spirit medium who worked with Dr John Dee in his magical investigations – OT). It’s pretty fucking mental stuff. But he used this as a way… (turns pages)… where the fuck is it?… He used to set the geometric seven as a way of communicating with angels, but it’s a meditational thing. It’s in here somewhere (gives up and closes book). I don’t need this to explain it, you’ve seen the book, but he used it as a way… You basically create it and then you have different stations where you repeat different kinds of mantras and then slowly, if you do it properly, a portal opens.

Have you tried it yourself?

I’ve tried to do it, but I just didn’t have the concentration really. I think you need to do it with people as well. It starts to construct a 3D model which you then enter into, and it’s a 17th century kind of portal that you go into and then you start communicating. But he didn’t invent that. The number seven has been used from the Egyptians to the Greeks to the Romans. Everywhere. It’s just a really powerful number and you don’t see it as a shape very often. It’s very beautiful.

Did you have that pendant especially made?

Yeah. I’m gonna have a big one of these as a backdrop, white on black. It’s quite mesmerising.

Speaking of portals, do you ever feel that songs come through you?

I tend to sing and just let whatever comes out my mouth come out. When I do a first take of something, I listen back to it and I say a lot of weird stuff, really quite strange. But it’s allowing yourself to exist on that periphery of sense and sub-sense. I don’t think it’s particularly spooky once you just accept that we don’t really know everything. It’s a difficult area to talk about because it’s been consigned to horror movies. And in this country it seems bizarre how we all trot off to yoga centres – a lot of that stuff is very esoteric, but because it comes from a different culture it’s become high street, it’s got functionality. Whereas our western esoteric tradition is perceived as being satanic and evil, which is really odd. But that’s the fucking Christian church for you, isn’t it? God bless it (laughs).

Hot Press, April 2014

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