David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ is about DMT?

Is there a link between David Bowie’s song ‘Blackstar’ and taking DMT, either through smoking or inducing it naturally through breath work? When ‘evolution influencer’ Tracey Ash mentioned the song during the Conscious Life Expo 2019, I took a deeper look into the lyrics.

DMT stands for N,N-Dimethyltryptamine and is a psychedelic substance found in plants, is sometimes referred to as the ‘spirit molecule’, but can also be released into the human body without taking anything. Except air: there are breathing exercises you can do that unlock DMT, which naturally produced by the pineal gland. What does this have to do with ‘Blackstar’? Maybe nothing. Maybe everything.

Cancer or Ascension?

‘Blackstar’ (the single) was released on November 19, 2015, ahead of ‘Blackstar’ (the album) on January 8, 2016. Two days before Bowie would die of liver cancer, on January 10. On his last album he seems to be dealing with his own death, with the title directly referring to his cancer, given that radiologists sometimes use the term ‘black stars’ to describe cancer lesions.

However, I decided to take a closer look when I watched the Ascension Now panel at the Conscious Life Expo 2019. Tracey Ash mentioned something interesting: ‘[David Bowie] left ‘Blackstar’ his legacy. That has all the clues within the contact of our ascension. The black star is, of course, The Void. The Void is where all the sacred magic resides. And it’s powerful enough to support you and it’s the first house of metaphysics which also needs to be initiated and reawakened as ordinary gifts, on a day to day basis.’

A lot of people working in the spiritual field carve out a little niche, if you will, for themselves. The Void is part of Ash’s terminology. It’s the place or state of being where there’s no ego. Just the observer is present. According to her, this is where you ‘unlock gateways to simultaneous dimensions’.

Whether you call it The Void, zen, the big nothing, light, God, source, it all points to the same (no)thing.


The song starts out with In the villa of Ørmen. A small town in Norway, but there doesn’t seem to be a connection with Bowie here. It’s likely he chose the town because of its meaning: ørmen in Norwegian means serpent. People on DMT are known to see a variety of animals. Eagles and snakes are on the top of the list.

The last line of the chorus is I am the Great I Am (I’m a blackstar), which sounds similar to ‘I am that I am’; the response God uses to describe himself to Moses. Spiritual teacher Mooji: ‘I Am is the pulsation, the voice of consciousness. I – consciousness – am. I exist.’

The name Blackstar might be a nod to an occult concept called The Midnight Sun as well. From the book ‘The Secret Teachings of All Ages’ by Manly P. Hall: ‘The midnight sun was part of the mystery of alchemy. It symbolized the spirit in man shining through the darkness of his human organisms.’

Sounds a lot like The Void to me.


I’ve read many articles that are trying to dissect the song, but all of them skip over the next line: I want eagles in my daydreams. Why did Bowie use eagles specifically? They can symbolize freedom, courage, patience, and some Native American cultures believe they can see into the future, but I think we’ve stumbled upon another connection to DMT.

Lewis Howes (host of the School of Greatness podcast) had a session with Wim ‘The Iceman’ Hof. During the intensive breathing exercise, Howes – with his eyes closed – saw a tree branch, which turned into an eye, an eagle eye, which turned into a phoenix. Without a second thought, Hof tells him: ‘That’s DMT! You go into the dream state. Rapid Eye Movement level, the deepest of sleep. You learn to tap in. The functionality is to release all the blockings. Feeling is understanding.’

Amanda Ellis

So what would Bowie have to say about all of this if he were still alive? Well, through Amanda Ellis we got the next best thing. She’s channeled the artist, and coincidence or not (probably not), Bowie mentioned eagles. His message, to all of humanity: ‘Don’t be like little mice. Be the eagle. Be the eagle that soars. Be the eagle with the huge wingspan. Be the eagle with the wisdom. Be the eagle that’s able to see further than anything else. Be the eagle that can see the bird’s eye view, that can see from a higher perspective. Be the eagle that is majestic. Be the eagle that is empirical. Be the eagle.’

So, sure. Bowie could’ve looked at the X-rays, heard the doctor address the black star in his liver, and decided to write a song about it. Or, the more likely explanation, he’d tapped into the egoless state of being before, and through his lyrics tried to give us a peek of the world where he was going back to, this time permanently.