David Bowie’s final music video could indicate an “exploration” of the late British pop star’s apparent interest in Kabbalah from the mid-1970s.
Sources told Britain’s Daily Mirror that the 2016 music video for “Lazarus” was a tribute to Bowie’s 1976 song “Station to Station,” in which he sang, “Here are we, one magical movement from kether to malkuth,” a reference to two of the 10 kabbalistic sephirot, or divine emanations.
The “Station to Station” album cover features Bowie drawing a schematic of the sephirot in chalk in a distinctive blue and silver striped shirt.
The lyrics “refer to the divine emanations of the infinite: Kether, or ‘the crown,’ said to be the divine will or pure light, and Malkhuth, or ‘kingship,’ the nurturing receptacle of that light,” according to a 2013 The Forward article by Seth Rogovoy, “The Secret Jewish History of David Bowie.”
In “Lazarus,” a video made for his final album, “Blackstar,” Bowie turns to the New Testament character by the same name. It is a moving song from the point of view of a newly deceased man who is talking about what’s going on “down below.”
Bowie is filmed in the “Lazarus” video wearing a shroud while lying on a wooden bed with — a la Greek mythology — coins on his eyes. He was, at least artistically, ready to cross over to the underworld.
In the video, Bowie can also be seen wearing a similar outfit to what he wore in the “Station to Station” album cover, in what insider sources say is a tribute to his interest in Jewish mysticism.
“David may have been looking into and exploring certain aspects of Kabbalah towards the end,” a source told the Mirror.
“The fact this is the last image of him on video – and this is the outfit he was wearing – is surely significant,” the source said.