(Close friend and confidant, Paula Strasberg’s, statement to Marilyn Monroe who, according to eyewitness Laurence Olivier, “lapped it up.”)
Even though women such as Jennifer Lopez, Pamela Anderson, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Julia Stiles, Jennifer Aniston, Elizabeth Hurley, Penelope Cruz, Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta Jones have attained international status as Hollywood sex symbols, none has been able to dethrone the still reigning queen of them all, Marilyn Monroe. A legend of the silver screen, Monroe’s image is unrelentless and continues in Hollywood to this day. Countless magazines, television shows and motion pictures have capitalized on the staying power of her name. Additionally, there have been more books written about her than any other living superstar-a surplus of more than 700.
While much speculation surrounds her mysterious death, one fact remains: the risqué and licentious sex goddess she portrayed onscreen only revealed a glimpse of the rebellion and looseness that marked her life behind the scenes.
Monroe relied very heavily on her sexuality to maintain her reigning title as the Queen of Hollywood. Her unearthly ability to cause men’s blood to boil with desire was unarguably a major factor of her success. Although she was critically razzed for her lack of facial expression, her films seldom focused on her face. Monroe’s Love Happy producer, Lester Cowan, said, “It doesn’t matter about her face. Every man who wants to see her wants to jump her.” Monroe’s sexual exploits were cutting edge for the 1950’s and succeeded in coaxing millions of fans around the world into her web of sexual seduction.
Yet even as the world’s hottest and most well known movie star of her day, critical aspects to her life reveal a side that most of her adoring public was not privy to. She was married and divorced three times; she moved in with men and moved out; she was so freewheeling, so accommodating to movie producers and their friends that even her drama teacher, Lee Strasberg, her most vociferous booster, said that Hollywood often thought that she was a prostitute. Monroe’s furtherance of the sexual revolution and destruction of taboos in her day was paramount. Lust. Adultery. Fornication. All of these thematic story lines were presented in her films and were realities that she lived out in her personal life as well.
As if on some kind of personal mission, Monroe was determined to sneak sexually risqué shots past the Hollywood censors, a pursuit that was somewhat ahead of its time in the 1950’s. In sneaking these scenes past the censors, she was really sneaking them into the minds and hearts of her audiences. Her liberation of traditional sexual convention and morality appropriately categorizes her with the adulteress woman in the book of Proverbs whose “steps lay hold of hell” and “feet go down to death.” Accordingly, Monroe referred to actions as being those of a “siren.” Sirens were those in Greek mythology who would sing out seductions to passers by in order to lure them to their death.With movies like The Seven Year Itch, it is understandable why she defined herself in such terms. Itch was the story of a married man who was tempted by the girl upstairs, Monroe, while his wife and children were away. Escapading scenes, such as Monroe clad in a slinky nightdress, sneaking down the stairs to see the married man who lived below were all an exercise in titillation and sexual double-entendre. Marilyn gave the impression of being nude in another scene in which she leaned over a balcony in the summer heat to inform a male neighbor that she kept her underwear in the refrigerator. Director Billy Wilder stated that he actually had to disabuse her of the idea that she could perform her love scenes in the nude.
She would need no persuasion however to do her infamous “blowing skirt” scene, which the press would call “the most interesting dramatic display since Lady Godiva.” Even though way after midnight, thousands of people stood ogling as wind machines repeatedly sent her skirt billowing above her shoulders. This kind of behavior, combined with the landmark successes of her films, altogether succeeded in breaking down taboos of propriety that had been adhered to since America’s birth as a nation. This 1950’s “siren” definitely beckoned many a man away from the callings of God and from the freedoms of eternal life to the graves of bondage.
Satan’s plan preceding Christ’s Second Coming is outlined in the book of Revelation. His objective is to deceive the whole world through sin and direct them into worshipping him. This will include a destruction of Judeo Christian principles as the world turns to embrace and celebrate evil. Aleister Crowley was known as the chief Satanist of the twentieth century. Crowley was given a preview of the New Age revolution that was to be the foundation of the antichrists kingdom from a spirit who was identified as Satan himself. Entitled the Book of the Law, principles of free and perverted sex via the destruction of taboo were to earmark this era. In conjunction with this aim, Monroe was used as a tool to break society in for the radical philosophies of free sex that would be ushered in during the turbulent 1960’s.
Monroe’s occult involvement answers a slew of questions surrounding her aggressive assault on the traditional views most American’s held regarding sexual morality. Biographer Anthony Summers of Goddess: Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe, writes, “Marilyn had a lifelong interest in the occult, and she often visited astrologers and psychics.” Case in point: Kenny Kingston, a psychic to Hollywood celebrities, wrote of her as:
“…a dear friend and former client of mine, Marilyn Monroe. I became Marilyn’s psychic when she was Mrs. Joe DiMaggio. She consulted me many times through the years and we stayed in touch until just a few days before her passing.”
Initially introduced through fellow actor Clifton Webb, Kingston and Monroe eventually struck up a deep friendship based on their strong inclinations toward channeling, psychic phenomena and spirit guides. Monroe was accustomed to visiting a host of astrologers and psychics and Kingston recalled that: “Whenever Marilyn needed detailed psychic advice, she would see me in person, and she did this God knows how many times.”
God’s Word warns against consulting demons through any number of possible avenues. In the book of Deuteronomy, God stated:
“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord; and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.” –Deuteronomy 18:10-13
All of these forbidden practices have one thing in common: Satan is behind them all. In the Bible, God says that Satan is a real being who has the desire to trick and deceive men into rejecting God and living for themselves. One way Satan attempts to do this is through sex. God made sex to be a beautiful act within the confines of marriage and Satan wants to twist that truth by inciting mankind to abuse it. Occult societies abroad delight in sexual perversion and twisted forms of sex including, but not limited to, homosexuality, pedophilia and bestiality. The Satanist Lord Egan, who picked up the Satanic mantle after the death of the High Priest of the Church of Satan, Anton LaVey, admits on his First Church of Satan website:“I have always been drawn to radical philosophies and alternative ways of thinking. Before 1990, I took a strong interest in certain issues; pedophilia, was among them.” He also adds, “I subscribed to the NAMBLA Bulletin…”
NAMBLA stands for North American Man Boy Love Association and represents men who want to have the age of sexual consent reduced so that they might legally have sex with boys. The Scripture says that behind wickedness reside evil spirits who seek to exacerbate mankind’s rebellion against God and further Satan’s diabolic agenda. (Ephesians 6:12)
Marilyn Monroe’s collusion with the occult aligned her with these same spirits that seek to demolish any Christian and moral ethic that is in the world. Monroe was successful as an revolutionary icon because she purposely called upon demonic powers and did their bidding in trade for empowerment. In the 1950’s, mainstream America still considered free sex a taboo, but Monroe’s portrayals subsequently helped to change that by making it something beautiful and acceptable.
Monroe’s psychic, Kenny Kingston, helped to solidify the spirit involvement in her life, which she thoroughly and completely embraced. Kingston touched on Monroe’s sorcery:
“We began with a visualization technique used many times by those of us who believe in psychic phenomena. I asked Marilyn to see herself surrounded by what is called the ‘white light of protection’-…light which you can visualize as encompassing your entire body.”
Kingston asked Monroe to repeat after him:
“I, Marilyn, place the white light around the top of my head, my eyes, nose, and mouth, but never touching my body. The white light of protection continues around my neck, my shoulders, and my chest-never touching my body…. The white light totally protects me and keeps me…”
Used by occultists for centuries, this “white light” technique supposedly summons “helpful” demonic spirits to ward off “harmful” demons. There is no such thing as a “helpful” demonic spirit, which is a spiritual oxymoron; demons do little more than win the trust of men for the purpose of trickery. Kingston implemented the “white light of protection” because he knew Monroe was being tormented by demons. Kingston reasoned: “This technique is a powerful tool, since it…keeps the body totally untouched or invaded by any outside forces.” Satanist Anton LaVey spoke of this white light practice in his writings and mocked those who hypocritically summon Satan under some other name to keep them from the evil powers he represents. Acting guru Lee Strasberg said of Monroe’s presence: “She was engulfed in a mystical-like flame, like when you see Jesus at the Last Supper and there’s a halo around him. There was this great white light surrounding Marilyn.” Monroe was willingly calling on the demonic realm for empowerment and placing herself under Satan’s custody.
Monroe was definitely contacting spirits on a regular basis. Kingston wrote of how he taught Monroe “to draw attention from the spirit world, asking for their guidance.” When Clark Gable, Monroe’s costar in the film The Misfits, suffered a heart attack and died, Monroe was left feeling responsible. Kingston opted for a séance to relieve her of her guilt:“‘Marilyn, we’ll contact Gable in spirit and settle this once and for all.’ ‘Oh, could we really do that?’ she squealed with excitement. Then: ‘But won’t he be angry with me? Maybe he won’t speak to me,’ she said. I assured her that I felt Gable was eager to communicate, and during my next visit with Marilyn, instead of a reading we held a brief séance in memory of Clark Gable. As I suspected his spirit came in quickly much to Marilyn’s delight. Gable reassured us… ‘Do you think he really meant it?’ Marilyn asked when the séance had ended. ‘Marilyn, the spirits don’t lie,’ I reprimanded her. ‘You’re right-you’re right!’ She smiled. ‘I feel so much better!’”
Monroe’s hope of spirits not lying is incredibly false. Why can’t spirits lie? Demonic spirits have the free will to participate in evil should they deem it advantageous to do so. Jesus said Satan is “The father of lies, and that there is no truth in him” (John 8:44). Satan is the prince of demons and he and his minions have been known through the ages as lying tricksters. As a result, there are lying spirits who definitely prevail in the world today. John the apostle further clarified:
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world…. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”
The Bible commands to test the spirits to see if they are from God. This is especially applicable in our day and age when the Bible specifically warns about an end time false religious system that will infiltrate the world’s consciousness. The breakdown of moral convention and the Judeo Christian ethic is necessary before the wicked antichrist can be introduced onto the world’s stage as a hero. Monroe was instrumental in this deterioration as evidenced by the image she presented, the messages in her movies, and multiple other exploits such as her nude pictures in the shocking first issue of Playboy magazine.
Monroe’s rejection of God and of His moral protective barriers left her wide open to the deceptions from the lying spirits of antichrist that the apostle John warned against. Kingston recalls that these spirits, in all matters of decisions and interest urged Monroe “to listen to [their] advice.” Demonic possession is a reality that is not limited only to the pages of the New Testament. Satan and his cohorts are still in the business of possession if and when they have the opportunity and if it contributes to their ultimate goals. As we shall see, this was especially applicable in regards to Monroe’s acting abilities.
Marilyn’s preparation before each acting scene was profoundly metaphysical: “Before each take,” wrote Lloyd Shearer, “Marilyn would close her eyes and enter a deep trance.” Marilyn had a personal dependence on a host of spirit guides for her successfully enticing depictions of seductive characters. Internationally acclaimed director, Billy Wilder, directed Monroe on two occasions. He recalls a scene where she was reading a certain block of speech too languidly. Already behind schedule, he wanted her to hurry it up. Wilder recalls, “She said she couldn’t. She was a disciple of Stanislavsky. She had to (she explained) ‘make contact with Sugar Kane.’” Already aware of Monroe’s spirit reliance, he responded with, “Go ahead and make contact with Sugar Kane, but for God’s sake, could you contact her a little faster.”
Perhaps the most striking are her satanic connections with Anton LaVey, who is the founder and High Priest of the Church of Satan. LaVey’s goal is the overthrow of Christianity through overt and covert methods to establish the antichrist’s kingdom that is prophesied in Scripture. LaVey states that he and Monroe were longtime friends and believes that their ability to get along so well was due to their mutual disdain for religion. Marilyn was fascinated with Anton’s stories of his life and study of Satanism. “She always wanted to hear more about occultism and death-to explore the provinces of the strange and bizarre,” writes Blanche Barton, LaVey’s personal biographer. Monroe’s initiation into the occult sparked an ever growing interest-LaVey says that she loved to hear him “talk about magic and the darker aspects of human nature.”
Having corresponded for over a decade, LaVey’s teachings and influence played a definitive hand in Monroe’s occult guided successes. LaVey has long lauded rock star Marilyn Manson, a Reverend within the Church of Satan who also took his first name from Monroe, as one who is properly promoting Satan’s philosophy through his music. Manson has admitted that he “wants to be known as the one who brought an end to Christianity.” Manson and LaVey enjoyed a mutual friendship that sought to bring about this agreed objective.
Keeping in mind the immense power Monroe held over society, the demonic realm incontrovertibly contributed to her successes in order to sway public opinion and consensus for evil. In Manson’s autobiography he recalls a conversation that took place between him and LaVey in which LaVey asserted exactly that. Manson writes:
“[LaVey] went on to talk about a sexual relationship he had with Monroe that began when he was an organist in a club where she was a stripper. In our conversation, he planted the seed that his association with her made her career flower.” –Marilyn Manson, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell (ReganBooks/HarperCollins, 1998)
LaVey taught Monroe the ins and outs of Satanism and in her resulting pact with Satan traded her soul in return for a “flowering” Hollywood career. Billy Wilder’s wife, Audrey, reports of one particular occasion when Monroe lost her cool and “it was as if a demon took over, and Marilyn’s voice got shrill and nasty and she was screaming.” Completely aware of her demonic possession, Monroe told a reporter that there were others who resided and lived inside of her. She described it as, “Jekyll and Hyde. Two in one. More than two. I’m so many people. They shock me sometimes. I wish it was just me.”
Yet the world was fascinated with this Hollywood starlet. LaVey stated that the aim of the Church of Satan is to subvert society through persons of stealth: “The idea is to free people’s minds and send them out among others…who are working advanced Black Magic and influencing the outside world.” This was successfully accomplished via Monroe.
Did Monroe’s spiritual contacts in the occult and successes they afforded her provide what she truly needed? No. In fact they only haunted her to such an extent that she was left to grovel in psychiatric institutions and hospitals on a number of occasions. Monroe described her state as an intense fear of the unknown that “can happen any time.” Kingston says, “She’d say she hadn’t bathed, washed her hair, or gotten dressed. She simply locked herself in her own private, safe room, fearing the outside world-fearing the responsibility of being ‘Marilyn Monroe.’” The demonic realm that gave her the image of “Monroe” and who catapulted her name to stardom continuously bullied and terrified her. Due to the spirit interventions that energized Monroe, she stated: “you sometimes feel you’re on the verge of some kind of craziness.”
She described her state of affairs saying, “sometimes I’m almost paralyzed with fear… I’m afraid to go out.” Known for her inconsiderate unpunctual delays, Monroe admitted, “They think I want to make an entrance or be dramatic but it’s just so frightening.” A tormented human being, Monroe was nothing like the confident portrayal of her onscreen characters. With the knowledge that all of her fame and glory were really not of her own doing, but Satan’s through her, it was all she could do to have any semblance at all. In fact, she needed pills and alcohol to escape the suffering torments inflicted upon her. Deadening her conscience to her sinful lifestyle and the horrific reality of her satanically assisted career was all she could do to seek peace.
Even with all the confusing conspiracies of a possible murder/suicide surrounding Monroe’s death, her loss of life becomes quite easy to understand if viewed from a Scriptural perspective. God’s Word warns against seeking out the counsel of a medium, AKA psychic, channeler, diviner etc. His prohibitions are for our own protection as He knows that we can be mislead and deceived through the lying spirits that are contacted through such sessions. Further, the very powers that psychics and mediums tap into are the same powers that are diametrically opposed to Him; they are therefore detestable evil to Him. Monroe’s entrenchment in the occult and propagation of rebellion toward God and His commandments, which left her dead at a youthful 36 years of age, have explanation in the Scriptures.
The Old Testament tells of a similar situation regarding a man named King Saul who rebelled against God and sought to undermine His purposes by pursuing his own wicked desires. In a fit of defiance, Saul sought out occult powers to guide him. He knew not to have any dealings with these spirits (Deuteronomy 18:9-12) and that the penalty for such a sin was death (Leviticus 20:27). As a result of his disobedience, God put him to death. The book of 1 Chronicles says that:
“So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the Lord, because of the word of the Lord which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it, 14 and did not inquire of the Lord. Therefore He killed him and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse.” –1 Chronicles 10:13-14
This may seem harsh, but sin is detestable to the Living and Holy God. Moreover, He is serious about what He speaks in the Bible. The Scripture also says: “And he who pursues evil will bring about his own death. The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD” (Proverbs 11:19a-20b). Sadly, Monroe rejected Him and found this out too late at the expense of her own life. Of women who lure and seduce, God says, “The woman of folly is boisterous. She is naïve and knows nothing” (Proverbs 9:13). Monroe and women like her offer sweet words, “But in the end she is bitter as wormwood. Sharp as a two edged sword. Her feet go down to death. Her steps lay hold of [hell]. She does not ponder the path of life; Her ways are unstable she does not know it” (Proverbs 5:4-6). Satan is using Hollywood starlets, self-proclaimed sirens, to lead multitudes onto the broad path of destruction Jesus warned against. Men, your job, as Paul instructed Timothy, is to “flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22). Entertaining visions of scantily clad women clearly transgresses the above commandment.
Satan longs to conform society to his wicked standards and his means to do so is through the pawns that he uses to capture the public’s fascination. As one of his chief conformers, Monroe has led the sexual revolution as the premier sex icon for nearly five decades. In 1973 Anton LaVey wrote in an article that Monroe would become the Satanic “Madonna” of the 21st century. To a great extent this has already occurred. Since the time of her death, she has been constructed into a sex goddess and deified. In quoting the Church of Satan: “We hold her now almost like an icon, a talisman, reminding us constantly of a mystifying past. Marilyn Monroe is not a goddess pure and sexless, but Satanically just the opposite-a fleshly goddess: passionate, flawed, enticing, beautiful.” Who are you following?
Do not be conformed to the cleverly devised deceptions Satan peddles to the world at large. Open your eyes to the truth of the Scripture and to Jesus Christ. He is the ultimate non-conformist who triumphed over this world and death through His own resurrection from the dead. The statistics on death are still 1 in 1. Every person, including you, will die and face their Creator. He is a holy and awesome God and the Scripture says it is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31). Make sure you know Jesus right now and take the time to place the righteous Script-ure of God before your eyes and not the deceptive script of Hollywood through the tube. Hebrews chapter 3 states:
“See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. As has just been said, ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts…’” (Hebrews 3:12-14)
Let us treasure this Word in our hearts so that we might not sin against Him.