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Occult Symbol Glossary

These symbols are an assortment of symbols that have been called Satanic by some individuals at some point in time. Some truly are Satanic; others have been used by some Satanists but are not actually Satanic, and others have never been Satanic, or used by real Satanists.
The point of this "glossary" of symbols is not to tell non-Satanists what symbols are, or are not, Satanic. The point of this "glossary" is to point out the true meanings of these symbols.
Some will claim I made these definitions up. For this reason, I have posted the source of the definition after the definition. After the definition, for some of the symbols, I will make notes and mention other background facts that I have found in sources I do not post here. It is up to you whether or not to believe the points I mention under the true definitions of these symbols.

If anyone has any other symbols that they believe is "Satanic" please email it to me (in GIF or JPEG format) and I will add it to this list. Thank you.

 

 

The ancient Egyptian staff sign or god staff ankh, which is also believed to be the hieroglyph used to symbolize reproduction and sexual union. According to other sources the ankh means life and zest for life. The best summary of its meaning is future life, life after death.

This hieroglyph is sometimes called the key of the Nile. The symbol is associated with Imkotep (living around 3000 B.C.E.), physician for the pharaoh's family. Long after his death Imkotep was made the god of medicine or healing in Egypt.
(source: Dictionary of symbols, published 1991)

 

 
The symbol of Baphomet was used by the Knights of Templar to represent Satan. Through the ages this symbol has been called by many different names. Among these are: The Goat of Mendes, The Goat of a Thousand Young, The Black Goat, The Judas Goat, and perhaps most appropriately, The Scapegoat.

Baphomet represents the Powers of Darkness combined with the generative ferility of the goat. In Satanism, the pentagram is inverted, representing a denial of man's spirituality, to perfectly accomodate the head of a Goat--its horns representing duality, thrust upward in defiance; the other three points inverted, or the trinity denied. The Hebraic figures around the outer circle of the symbol (removed from the example at left due to the Church of Satan's claimed trademark) which stem from the magical teachings of the Kabala, spell out "L V Y Th N" (or "Leviathan"), the serpent of the watery abyss, and identified with Satan. These figures correspond to the five points of the inverted star.

For ritualistic use, the Baphomet is hung on the West wall above the altar.
(source: The Satanic Bible, published 1969)

 

This is a sign from alchemy representing sulphur, black sulphur, brimestone, black mercury, or black mercuric sulphide.
(source: Dictionary of symbols, published 1991)

 

 
The hexagram is based on the gestalt triangle. The earliest examples found are dated back to around 800-600 B.C.E. Present historical facts state that the hexagram appeared at least 3000 years later than the pentagram.

During antiquity the hexagram was a symbol of the Jewish kingdom. When this kingdom was conqured in 70 c.e., and, in fact, already some 100 years before before that, the Jewish people began to spread throught the world, as did the hexagram symbol.

The hexagram is sometimes known as the shield of David or the Magen David. According to some, the Muslims refer to the hexagram as Solomon's seal, whereas others point out that the sign on Solomon's seal was a pentagram. The hexagram is frequently used in the magic formulas in the ancient book of witchcraft, The Key of Solomon.

The hexagram was first and foremost used by alchemists in the Middles Ages as a general symbol representing the art of alchemy and secondly as a sign for water (inverted triangle), and fire (regular triangle). Together, these two signs formed the symbol for fire water or the essence, or spiritus, in wine: alcohol. It was also the sign for the quintessence, the fifth element. However, in some alchemical contexts the hexagram was used to mean drink!

The Jews in Europe used the hexagram during the Middle Ages on their banners and prayer shawls.

The hexagram became more popular during the nine teenth century and was used to decorate newly built synagogues. The founders of the Zionist movement adopted the hexagram as a rallying symbol in their attempt to create a Jewish national state in Palestine.
(source: Dictionary of symbols, published 1991)

 

                
The "Cross of Confussion" (as many call this symbol) represents the Roman god Saturn.

The planet Saturn was known to exist some 6000 years ago and, up until the end of the 18th century, represented the outermost boundry of the planetary system and the measure when calculating long periods of time. Saturn takes 29 earth years to orbit the sun and therefore a human lifespan can be measured approximately as two, or at most three, of this planet's orbits. For this reason it is associated with the Reaper, the skeleton with the scythe who reaps men and women when there time is up.

Saturn has also become a symbol of impacable powers, restrictions, and the relentless structures of the world of matter.

In astrology, Saturn is known as the greater malefic, the bringer of sorrow to those areas of a person's life that are based on illusions and unrealistic expectations. Saturn represents the unrelenting aspect of reality that forces the individual to abandon all ideas that are not based on a realistic perception of the material of life.
(source: Dictionary of symbols, published 1991)

 

 

                 

 
The "Inverted Cross", also known as St. Peter's Cross after the deciple of Jesus who is believed to have been executed by crucifixion on an upside down cross.
(source: Dictionary of symbols, published 1991)

It is interesting to note the fact that this symbol is actually a Christian symbol, and NOT a Satanic symbol. It has, however, been used by a number of Satanists since the Christians decided to declare this symbol a "sacrelidge." The exact date of the Christian consensus in handing this symbol to the devil is not really clear.

 

 
In India, according to some, the swastika was given its name from su = good, and asti = to be, with the suffix ka. Its arms were angled in a clockwise direction (from the center). The reversed swastika, known as the sauvastika, was associated with misfortune and bad luck.

The swastika is a very old ideogram. The first examples are found in Sumeria and earlier cultures that existed in what is now Pakistan about 3000 B.C.E. Yet it was not until around the year 1000 B.C.E. that the swastika became a commonly used sign.

Most cultures in Eurasia, except Egypt and Assyrian-Babylonian, have used the swastika at some point in their history.

The swastika was used before the birth of Christ in China, India, Japan, and Southern Europe. It appeared a couple hundred years ago among many of the indian tribes and was probably brought over by the Spanish and Portugese colonists.

The Swasika was often associated with Buddha in India, China, and Japan. In the earliest Chinese symbolism the swastika (shown on left-top) was known as wan and was a superlative of the highest degree. In Japan it was said to be a sign for the magnificent number 10,000. In Japan of the Middle Ages the swastika (or the sauvastika, shown in left-middle) was manji, a sign for enormous luck and protection against evil powers. The sign was common among the Hitties and in Greece around 1000 B.C.E. However, it did not appear in the Nordic countries until after the birth of Christ and then only on a few runic stones. The swastika was used in Northern Europe well before that, for instance in pre-Christian Ireland.

Until the nineteenth century, the swastika seemed to have lost its populartity. Although it was not common in Europe during that time, it was not totally unknown. It had many names: Hakenkreuz un Germanic princedoms, fylfot in England, Crux gammata in Rome, and tetraskelion or gammadion in Greece.

The swastika's spectrum of meaning is centered around power, energy and migrations.

 

 

The form of the swastika, shown right above, was the emblem used by the German Socialist (or "Nazi") party which was led by Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s and early 1940s. It was in 1920 that this emblem was first used in the parties official banner.

It had already appeared earlier in the twentieth century as an anti-Semitic and uniting symbol in Germany and Austria.

The swastika form (shown at bottom-left) is associated with the sun and power. The swastika moving in a clockwise direction is related to the form and also its meaning, reincarnation, return, etc. The swastika (shown at bottom left) symbolizes, therefore, national reincarnation.
(source: Dictionary of Symbols, published 1991)

A note that this definition does not state, which is a fact that should be mentioned, is that the swastika was once concidered, by Christians, to be the symbol of Christ. The swastika was renounced as the symbol of Christ when it was discovered that the Buddhists were using the swastika as a symbol of Buddha.

Further, it is important to mention the fact that the swastika, in its standard forms (see the top and middle examples at left) are NOT related to Nazism and should never be mistaken as "the Nazi symbol"!


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