ONE HELL OF A CONTROVERSY
In case you weren’t aware, rapper Lil Nas X recently triggered controversy over a raunchy video, Montero, and sale of a batch of 666 Satan’s Shoes. These had suitable symbols on the outside and a drop of human blood encased in the soles and they sold within a minute at $1000 a pop. The video includes embracing a huge Edenic snake and lap dancing with a suitably sinister and unpretty Satan in hell descended into via a stripper pole.
Theoretically the song is about self-acceptance, “Montero, call me by my name” is the rapper speaking to himself as his birth name, Montero. This person identifies with the Edenic snake as simply a form of himself, basically accepting the shadow in the Jungian sense, But more can be involved when one ventures down this particular path. Indeed it’s fundamental in psychology that the shadow cannot be fully integrated or we could end up criminals. So should anyone, especially gays, affirm the self as demonic simply because some regard that nature as demonic, or agree to hell because some believe that’s one’s destination. Is the self to be chiefly anchored in a bravado and rebellion akin to surrender?
It’s interesting that like France’s notable and for much of his life satanic poet, Charles Baudelaire, Lil was born on the 9th April. Like Baudelaire, who desired revenge on his unreasonable step-father, Lil is happy to be revenged on Christians who reportedly made his life miserable with self and body hating feelings because of his gay orientation which he couldn’t pray away. Of that point presently. As to Baudelaire, he was not gay but he did sometimes let it be thought he was paedophile to lend himself a greater aura of evil. Satanism gay or straight can be quite theatrical.
There is an expression “speak of the devil and he appears” and events like the Paris Bataclan massacre and the deadly Ariana Grande Manchester concert could be said to lend weight to the idea. What may be launched for financial gain, as revenge or even just a joke, can still touch real powers. Victim though Lil may have been to a degree (but aren’t many people victims?) that doesn’t automatically justify what can now be almost counted upon to increase morbidity in young fans (he has even till now cultivated a child audience) and augment the ever growing number of persons seeking exorcisms or delivery ministries. There are other ways to register protest, sound complaint and claim liberation.
That Lil, whether for himself or others could be touching some negative energies is suggested by a few points in his birth pattern. In the oddest of coincidences. Lil’s Venus (his art, what he likes) at 26 Taurus is closely conjunct fixed star Algol, traditionally called “Head of Satan”, itself in easy/positive trine to the Hell asteroid (Hella) at 26 of Capricorn, traditional sign of the goat devil. This isn’t all.
Lil’s Uranus (the planet of anything gay and ruler of things Aquarian) is minutes of a degree off conjunct the natal sun of “The Child from the East”, the Anti Messiah according to the vision of that person’s birth and career by the late seeress, Jeane Dixon. (It’s subject matter beyond present scope, but if Dixon saw right, a real case could be made for the idea this person will finally emerge this year; ….in which case Lil becomes like a herald or silly synchronicity for this person whom Dixon saw as promoted through especially America). The rapper’s chart also shows a triple conjunction of the asteroids, Malus (bad), Lucifer and Achristou (which last over time I have become convinced has various dark side and Antichrist associations) at 22, 24 and 26 Aries respectively. Lil’s sun like Baudelaire’s is at 19 Aries.
BAD NEWS FOR GAYS
Be all that as it may, practically, Lil is bad news for gays unless the more insistently exhibitionist. Lil is bringing back all the radical conservative Christian prejudices against gays and gives the false impression to the young and impressionable that there is no way to be gay and liberated short of selling the soul and pursuing addictive extremes. (it has been said by the straight founder of America’s new Temple of Satan, that 50% or more of its devotees are LGBT people who have felt religiously disenfranchised).
It’s disagreeable to hear yet again the tired, in essence untrue, claim that gays (“homosexuals” in evangelical parlance) do not truly exist but represent nothing but a sinful “lifestyle”. It IS however a sin the way and extent to which so many people have been taught by especially the more cultish evangelical churches, self-hatred and body hatred. In words which plainly don’t represent twenty first century conditions with society suffering a veritable plague of body hatred and abuse, St Paul suggested “no one ever hates his own body but nourishes and tenderly cares for it (Eph 5:29). But beyond the apostle’s rhetorical exaggeration lies the more important implied principle that as a matter of course people should love and care for the body. And that includes gays…..
A SERIOUS NEED FOR CHANGE
…….It also very much includes blacks whose experience, especially outside America, is a horror tale that almost summarizes the problem. Notoriously, in blind refusal or serious ignorance of anthropological fact and keen not to antagonize some Muslim groups hostile to Christians, leaders of some African churches like Uganda’s have made for complete erasure of identity and meaning They have claimed homosexuality never existed in Africa save as a colonial import, and have favoured the severest social treatment of gays if need be including the death penalty.
A small minority of gay persons may change or appear to change orientation for reasons I believe can be explained. The vast majority of gays remain as they are in a state at least somewhat intuited by them since early youth when they felt in more than just sexual ways, “different”. Some churches still desperately need to be educated to accept this (troisieme sexe, third sex) reality and work with it. Even the most spiritually inclined and devoted gays like Wesley Hill, have never been able to pray the gay away, but neither have they been given any real help to integrate their orientation. https://gaythoughtsblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/fresh-towels-for-washed-and-waiting-wesley-hill/ (The relevant website for this article contains a variety of perspectives on gay theology, psychology and spirituality)
I don’t care to say a lot about the Lil controversy. Sometimes silence is better than generating what only makes for more argument and publicity. I simply believe it’s wrong to trendily praise Lil, or to unduly excuse him out of misplaced pity (recall he’s commercial and making a pile out of controversy), or for churches to use him to re-ignite old issues (and falsehoods) around gays, or to ignore the sign of our troubled times this rapper represents. Now is more a time to learn and understand. In Lil’s case wisdom might be to realize the last laugh may yet be on him, as he can be engaging more than his theatrics suppose.