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The Metaphysical Connections Between Sugar Minot, Buju Banton & Gregory Isaacs

The events surrounding  Reggae artists Buju Banton,  Sugar Minot and Gregory Isaacs reveal a connection between the three men which can be found in the metaphysical understanding of the month of July.

The month of July appears in the life story of Buju Banton, Sugar Minot and Gregory Isaacs.

The 7th month of the year also serves as a metaphysical alarm clock to Reggae artists in particular and Jamaica as a whole to wake up to the conditions of its soul.

The three men are connected to the month of July in the following manner:

Buju Banton was born on July 15, 1973.

Sugar Minott died on July 10, 2010.

Gregory Isaacs born on July 15, 1951. He shares the same birthday with Buju Banton.

The time period July 10-July 15 which references the death of Sugar Minott as well as the earth-day for both Buju Banton and Gregory Isaacs is governed by the zodiac Cancer sign under the tropical astrology system. The Cancer sign governs the time cycle from June 23 to July 22.  There is a metaphysical link to the zodiac sign of Cancer to the birthplace of  Buju Banton, Sugar Minot and Gregory Isaacs.

All three men were  born in Kingston, Jamaica.  Kingston is one of the 14 parishes which make up Jamaica and its neighboring parish is St. Andrew.  According to Tiara Starr writer on Christian  astrology, the apostle St.Andrew of the Christian Bible corresponds to the zodiac sign of Cancer.

Matter of fact, the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew form an administrative unit named  “the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC). Greater Kingston, or the “Corporate Area” refers to those areas under the KSAC; however, it does not solely refer to Kingston Parish, which only consists of the old downtown and Port Royal. Kingston Parish.”

Sugar Minot passed away on July 10, 2010 at the University Hospital of the West Indies located in St. Andrew, Jamaica. Remember the date of  July 10, 2010 is under the zodiac sign of Cancer which corresponds to the Christian Biblical figure the apostle Saint Andrew.

Andrew is described as a “loner” and “homebody”  who was committed to family. Upon meeting the Messiah as a follower of  John the Baptist, as the story goes,  Andrew went to find his brother Simon called Peter about his encounter with Jesus.

All three men have or come from large families. Buju Banton has 14 siblings and has at least 8 children of his own. Sugar Minot is survived by 7 siblings and 14 childern. While Gregory Isaacs is survived by his mother, Enid Murray; a brother, Sylvester; 12 children; and a grandson.

The theme of family was clearly evident in the career of Sugar Minott who in the 1970s was a member of the African Brotherhood singing with Derrick Howard and Tony Tuff . Minott eschewed the trappings of tailoring his music to follow popular trends and worked to uplift the community of Kingston, Jamaica.

Vivien Goldman, the adjunct professor of reggae at the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at New York University according to the July 14, 2010 New York Times observed:

“One of the outstanding aspects of Sugar Minott was his commitment to poor youth,” Ms. Goldman said, pointing out that he started a label, Black Roots, that featured young artists from the deprived downtown areas of Kingston. Among those who became popular were Garnet Silk, Tony Rebel, Tenor Saw and Johnny Osbourne.”

The sign of Cancer as stated previously is said to be a “loner”. Buju Banton in his songs such as “What Ya Gonna Do?” and “Lonely Night” addressed the sentiment of being alone.  The same theme was addressed Sugar Minott in his songs “Lonely Days” and “Just Don’t Wanna Be Lonely”.

Gregory Issacs had several stage nick names one of which included “The Lonely Lover”.

Another expression of the Cancer energy that all three men share is the trait of  being nurturing or producing sensitive men. Buju Banton was the only male child in his family, having 13 sisters. Sugar Minott, nurtured numerous artists and was known for his humor and caring for others in his community, while Gregory Isaacs was known for the his “lovers rock” Reggae style:

Mr. Isaacs’s nuanced compositions eschewed sentimental cliché and boastful machismo in favor of a sensitive, even vulnerable point of view. But on songs like “Slave Master” and “Hand Cuff,” he revealed a more militant side.”

It is interesting to note that Isaacs who is born under the Cancer zodiac sign and died of Cancer.

Cancer is also represented in the Christian Bible by Zebulon one of the sons of Jacob. 

With the sidereal astrological system, the time period of  July 10-July 15 is governed by the zodiac sign of Gemini. Gemini under the Christian esoteric astrology corresponds to apostle St. James. St. James is described as a “great speaker”  and “being very eloquent”.  As a powerful speaker he supposedly  became the preacher of the church in Jerusalem.

The trait of eloquence is one that all three men have in common.

Another aspect of the month of July and its relationship to the three men is found in the Rastafarian philosophy.  All three men demonstrated a connection with the Rastafarian faith . The 12 Tribes of Israel founded by Prophet Gad a.k.a. Vernon Carrington ascribe to the month of July to the tribe of Judah.  The function of the tribe of  Judah is to “praise” and governs the heart and the mouth of the human body.

The three men had negative experiences with parts of the body governed by Judah which are the mouth and the heart.

Sugar Minott died at hospital complaining of chest pains, the chest is where the heart is located. Minott was also known for his famous “Gap toothed” smile.  Gregory Isaacs died from lung cancer; the function of the lungs are closely related to the heart. The heart supplies blood that has moved through the body to the lungs. Furthermore, Isaacs’ cocaine addiction led to his loss of teeth. Teeth are located in the mouth, which is governed by Judah.

Buju Banton has endured hardships in his life due to the “words that proceedeth from his mouth”.  This includes the taped conversations with a government informant and the song he made when he was 15 years old, Boom Bye Bye.

Other correspondences include:

Both Buju Banton and Gregory Isaacs not only share the same birthday/earth-day of July 15 but they also share the same middle name of “Anthony”. The name “Anthony”  means:

Latin Male Highly praiseworthy. Famous bearer: Mark Antony, Roman triumvir and general who shared a throne with Queen Cleopatra of Egypt.

Greek Male Priceless.

English Male Highly praiseworthy. From a Roman clan name. In the 17th century, the spelling Anthony was associated with the Greek anthos meaning flower.

Basque Male He adds or priceless.

The name “Anthony” has 7 letters and value of numerology equals 7: A=1+N=5+T=2+H=8+O=6+N=5+Y=7=34=3+4=7.

Hence we have two well-known Reggae artists born on the same month and day as well as possess the same middle name with each commonality expressing the number 7. 

There are  7 expressions of the number we can readily identify:

The month of July signifying the birth and the death of the three men.

Two of the three having the middle name “Anthony” which is a 7 letter word whose numerology equals 7 .

All three men are icons of  Reggae. Reggae under numerology equals 7: R=9+E=5+G=7+G=7+A=1+E=5=34=3+4=7.

It was mentioned earlier that the examination of the events surrounding the lives of Buju Banton, Sugar Minot and Gregory Isaacs “revealed” metaphysical concepts regarding the three men.

An aspect of  understanding the frequent expression of the number 7 associated with the three men can be discerned through examining the Book of Revelation.

In the Book of Revelation there are three angels which bring forth the messages of  the Creator’s purpose for those on earth.

The first angel’s message is a prophecy that states that the gospel will be preached to every nation on earth.

Buju Banton’s 9th studio album “Rasta Got Soul” was released on April  21,  2009  to commemorate the arrival of Haile Selassie to Jamaica on April 21, 1966, forty-three years to the date of the album’s release.  43 provides us with another reference to the number 7 for43=4+3=7.

Selassie’s visit to Jamaica energized a nascent Rastafarian movement. The development of Reggae is inextricably linked to the Rastafarian movement for many Reggae artists used their music to spread the message of  the Rastafarian philosophy all over the world. “Rasta Got Soul” was Buju Banton’s  last album which was in the public domain before his arrest  on Dec 10, 2009 for cocaine trafficking by U.S. authorities.

The arrest comes just weeks after Banton received his first Grammy Award nomination for his album Rasta Got Soul.

The second angel’s message is a call to repentance. Broadly taken, it is a call to everyone everywhere to leave their sins (“Babylon”) behind them and give them up.

The second angel’s function corresponds to Gregory Isaacs who expressed remorse for the toll that his years addicted to cocaine took on him professionally and personally. Isaac when discussing his cocaine abuse commented that he’d gone to “Cocaine High School . . . the greatest college ever, but the most expensive school fee ever paid.

The third angel’s message is a warning to the people of the earth, not to worship the beast or his image. (The “beast” and his “image” were introduced in chapter 13 of Revelation.) Those previous verses are the source of the famous mark of the beast.

The legacy of Sugar Minot corresponds directly to the 3rd angel of Revelation. Minott’s dedication to his community was exemplary.

The number 7 is featured prominently in the Book of Revelation:

The seven seals (Revelation 6:1-17, 8:1-5), seven trumpets (Revelation 8:6-21, 11:15-19), and seven bowls (Revelation 16:1-21) are three succeeding series of end-times judgments from God. The judgments get progressively worse and more devastating as the end times progress. The seven seals, trumpets, and bowls are connected to one another. The seventh seal introduces the seven trumpets (Revelation 8:1-5), and the seventh trumpet introduces the seven bowls (Revelation 11:15-19, 15:1-8).
The characteristics of  number 7 are: Analysis, understanding, knowledge, awareness, studious, meditating.

The expression or destiny for the number 7:

  1. Thought, analysis, introspection, and seclusion are all characteristics of the expression number 7.
  2. The hallmark of the number 7 is a good mind, and especially good at searching out and finding the truth.
  3. Very capable of analyzing, judging and discriminating, that very little ever escapes observation and deep understanding. 
  4.  Can really get involved in a search for wisdom or hidden truths, often becoming an authority on whatever it is the  focus is on.
  5. This can easily be of a technical or scientific nature, or it may be religious or occult, it matters very little, whatever the subject knowledge will be pursued with the same sort of vigor.
  6. Can make a very fine teacher, or because of a natural inclination toward the spiritual, may become deeply emerged in religious affairs or even psychic explorations. Tend to operate on a rather different wavelength, and many of your friends may not really know you very well.
  7. The positive aspects of the 7 expression are can be a true perfectionist in a very positive sense of the word.  very logical, and usually employ a quite rational approach to most things you do.
  8. Can be so rational at times that you almost seem to lack emotion, and when faced with an emotional situation, may have a bit of a problem coping with it.
  9. Have excellent capabilities to study and learn really deep and difficult subjects, and to search for hidden fundamentals. At full maturity  likely to be a very peaceful and poised individual.
  10. The chief negative of 7 relates to the limited degree of trust that one may have in people.
  11. A tendency to be highly introverted can make one a bit on the self-centered side, certainly very much self-contained .
  12. Because of this,  not very adaptable, and may tend to be overly critical and intolerant. Really likes to work alone, at own pace and in own way. Neither show or understand emotions very well.

The month of July serves as a metaphysical link between Buju Banton, Sugar Minott and Gregory Isaacs. The reference to the month of July to Judah, its function and body parts literally speaks to the “heart” of  the matter when it comes to the state of Reggae Music. Reggae artists must live up to the “Judah Protocol” and embody the richness associated with the Judah symbology and metaphysical meanings.

Buju Banton is facing charges in the United States for cocaine trafficking, while  Gregory Isaacs battled with cocaine addiction throughout his life. Sugar Minott as mentioned earlier complained of chest pains and died in the hospital.  Added to this are the host of  Reggae artists experiencing legal troubles and problems securing visas to travel overseas.

The sequence of these  events  surrounding these three men and Reggae music in general, indicates on a metaphysical level the challenges facing Reggae music and Jamaica as a whole. 

Reggae music must attach itself once again the metaphysical aspect of Judah, purify its heart and mouth through praising the Creator.

The three men personified the attributes of the Cancer zodiac which governs the time period they have in common which is from July 10-July 15. Cancers are said to be more sensitive than the other signs and are committed to family.  The three Reggae artists examined in this article were committed to not just their individual families but to the global Pan-African family. Any perusal of the lyrical content will demonstrate this fact.

Embedded with their connection to July is a reference to the Book of Revelation and the number 7. The frequent appearance of the number 7 with these three men on a spiritual level indicates the potential of Reggae music to reclaim the zeal it had when Hailie Selassie visited Jamaica on April 21, 1966, forty-four years ago.

The references to the Book of Revelation apply on the literal and the metaphysical levels. Reggae has grown into a musical genre with a tremendous international following and influence.

If Reggae music doesn’t change its course, the world would lose an important platform for the promotion of higher consciousness. If that was to occur then it will truly be the coming of the apocalypse.

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