This compound “magical-alchemical symbol” replaces
the above triangle with a hexagram
and adds more shapes within the magical circle: a
cross [in this context it become an occult counterfeit) and an additional
circle with the Hindu “Bindu” (dot in the center) at
the bottom of the hexagram.
A magic charm (such as this little Navajo bear earring), worn to bring good
luck and protection against illness, accidents and evil forces. Don’t believe
ANARCHY: Popular among school
aged children today, this symbol for anarchy fits the message that pervades
the most popular video games, role-playing games, movies and television.
The lines of the “A” often extend outside the circle.
To many satanists and other fast-growing
occult groups it represents their slogan, “do what thou wilt.” A former
occultist explained that it represents the
a demonic force driving teenagers toward sexual
perversion and suicide.
An Egyptian cross symbolizing a mythical eternal life, rebirth, and the
life-giving power of the sun.
Symbol of good and evil spirits in religions
around the world. This picture shows a Tibetan guardian angel. For a comparison
between Biblical angels and occult angels read
Chapter 8 in A Twist of Faith.
For a summary, see
Touched by an Angel.
These two pictures shows the astrological sign for the archer (Sagittarius)
— part of the zodiac. But, through history, the arrow has also symbolized
war, power, swiftness, the rays of the sun, knowledge… as well as deities
such as the Greek god Apollo and goddess Artemis (both hunters),
the Hindu weather god, Rudra; and various gods of sexual attraction:
Eros (Greek), Cupid (Roman), Kama (Hindu)…. On ancient
Roman coins, it represented the Zoroastrian god, Mithra. The native
American Cheyenne warriors revered the “sacred medicine arrows” as
symbols of male power. Arrows held by skeletons would point to disease or
death. Today, they usually just point in the preferred direction.
Crystal (Gazing) BALL:
Used for divination (fortunetelling,
scrying, clairvoyance…). When the heavy crystal balls were too expensive,
witches often used glass-ball fishing floats, colored glass balls, or
magic mirrors. One website
that markets these balls beckons: ‘Why not buy one and try your own free
A symbol of good fortune in the East, it represented demons and spirits
in medieval Europe.
A five-pointed compound symbol with a center
triangle pointing down. The
five lines resemble the microcosmic man with arms and legs outstretched
inside a circle (with a pentagram in the background)– a magic symbol or
charm among medieval alchemists and wizards.
God told His
(The Staff of
An ancient symbol dating back to the Greek messenger god Hermes (the Romans
called him Mercury). “In Indian
philosophy and medicine the Caduceus is intimately associated with
the system of energy centers called Chakras….The 2 serpents coiling
around the staff [represent positive and negative forces like] the Yang
and Yin of Chinese Medicine.The crossing over of the 2 serpents creates
5 energy fields in the body.”
Apparently a self-made form of occultism taught through role-playing games
such as Warhammer. According to one WH fan, “Chaos is the opposite of order.
Since everything changes, there is no right or no wrong — only the quest
for pleasure. The 8-pointed star represents the many different directions
of chaos and the many ways you can follow it. We worship deamons and angels…”
Another comment: “They got it from Elric of Melnibone. In it, the force
of Chaos had as its symbol an eight-pointed double-cross (symbols within
symbols) with points representing the noncommittal and omnidirectional behavior
Magic. However, other Warhammer fans disagree with the quote above.
(sun disc, sacred hoop, ring):
An ancient and universal symbol of unity,
goddess, female power, and the sun. To earth-centered
religions throughout history as well as to many contemporary pagans, it
represents the feminine spirit or force, the cosmos or a spiritualized Mother
Earth, and a sacred space. (See next item) Gnostic traditions linked the
unbroken circle to the “world serpent” forming a circle as it eats its own
CIRCUMPUNCT – CIRCLE with DOT (BINDU) in the center:
It represents the
sun and a sun god (called Ra in Egypt), gold (as in alchemy),
an (unbiblical) archangel (Kabbalah),
emotional restraint (Freemasons),
and the creative spark of divine consciousness within people linking
everyone to the creative mind of a universal “god” thus making each persona
“co-creator” (astrology). In the complex symbolic system of Hinduism and
Buddhism, the bindu (dot) represents the male force. Together,
the circle and the bindu symbolize the spiritual merging of male
and female forces. (See Sun Sign
and the above explanation for CIRCLE)
The sacred circle filled with a cross,
four equal lines pointing from the center to the spirits of the
north, east, south, and west — or to the basic element: earth, water,
air (or wind), and fire. In Native American traditions, it forms
the basic pattern of the MEDICINE WHEEL
and plays a vital part in major spiritual rituals. Many contemporary
pagans consider it their main symbol for transmitting the energy of the
goddess. (See sun wheel)
Churches have used variations of the same popular shape, usually calling
The Masonic symbol of the compass and the T-square represents movement toward
perfection and a balance between the spiritual and physical which resembles
Egyptian and oriental mysticism. The compass (used to form circles) represent
spirit. The ruler (part of a square) represent the physical. Some public
schools pass out pencil cases and other gifts decorated with this emblem.
It symbolized the sky goddess Hathor
to Egyptians, enlightenment to Buddhists, one of the highest and holiest
stages of transmigration (reincarnation) to Hindus.
A symbol of the aging goddess (crone) to contemporary
witches and victory over death to many Muslims. In Islamic lands, crescent
can be seen enclosing a lone pentagram.
To grasp the significance of the Cross and
Originally the hammer and sickle represented a hammer and a plough — the
collective unity of Soviet workers and peasant farmers. It’s interesting
to see its resemblance to Islam’s symbol (crescent/star). The two ideologies
have had much in common: hatred for Biblical Christianity and Jews (remember
the Russian pogroms), readiness to kill those who don’t conform, hope of
world conquest, etc.
The Celtic cross also
In medieval heraldry, it symbolized
the “Crusader’s Kingdom of Jerusalem” often displayed on shields and banners
after the initial victory in the battle to recapture Jerusalem during the
Crusades. (See the Maltese Cross). Some have linked
the four corner crosses the “holy” wounds of Jesus or the four gospels.
Similar shapes can be found on Hindu and Buddhist temples or coins — and
in various earth-centered cultures — with entirely different sets of meanings.
(See circle for relevant references to the four directions)
CROSS (or Cross Pattée
or EISERNES KREUZ): Adopted as the
Iron Cross in Prussia. During the First World War, it appeared on German
fighter planes and tanks. Later, it became a fascist symbol in France, Portugal
and other nations. Compare it with
This eight-pointed cross (linking the points of four arrowheads at the center)
dates back to the First Crusade in the 12th century. It was used by the
Knights of Malta, and the
Order of St. John of Jerusalem among others. In 1813, during the War
of Liberation against Napoleon, it was revived by Prussian King Friedrich
Wilhelm III and became an award for acts of heroism, bravery or leadership
A Masonic seal and initiation symbol. The number inside the pyramid over
the eagle’s head is 33. The eagle is a universal symbol representing the
sun, power, authority, victory, the sky gods and the royal head of a nation.
It sometimes accompanies other symbols occasionally representing the world’s
vision of universal peace, such as the rainbow, olive branch, broken cross
(see peace), globe, and
Egyptian ankh. See
Culture of Peace,
which tells us that “‘The CULTURE OF PEACE Initiative’ is a United Nations-designated
‘Peace Messenger Initiative’ – with Participants in all the world’s regions.”
In the Bible, the Holy Spirit is, for a moment, made visible
as a different kind of dove. It tells us that “Jesus
also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the
Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a
voice came from heaven which said, ‘You are My beloved Son; in You I am
vwell pleased.’ Luke 3:21-22
: A mythical
monster made up of many animals: serpent, lizard, bird, lion… It may have
many heads and breath fire. To mediaeval Europe, it was dangerous and evil,
but people in Eastern Asia believe it has power to help them against more
hostile spiritual forces. In the Bible it represents Satan, the devil.
American Indian magic spider-web inside a sacred circle. After making dreamcatchers
in crafts lessons in school, many children hang them on or near their beds.
They have been told that these occult symbols will block bad dreams but
allow good dreams to pass through the center. Don’t believe that myth! [See
The four basic elements to many pagans are earth,
water, air (wind or spirit) and fire. Many consider the first two passive
and feminine – and the last two active and masculine. In Wiccan or Native
American rituals, the “quartered circle”
(also the Medicine Wheel) represents a “sacred space” or the sacred earth.
The four lines may represent the spirits of the four primary directions
or the spirits of the earth, water, wind and fire.
(This set of elements
See Infinity and
The symbol of a dreadful,
fabled curse (believed to bring sickness, death, bad luck loss…). This
“evil eye” has frightened people in many parts of the world through the
centuries. Here it looks like a female eye on the “Hand
of Fatima,” but its shape varies with the culture.
Notice that the picture shows a compound
Also called Lily of France, it was first an adaptation of the Gaulish lily
representing the Virgin Juno. Among goddess worshippers, it apparently had
several meanings, including the Triple Goddess. It appeared in Arthurian
legends as well as on the French (and other national) “coat-of-arms” and
royal or military emblems. It has also been an emblem for the Boy Scouts.
A symbol of fertility to many cultures.
The Romans linked it to Aphrodite, the Egyptian to the shape-shifting goddess
Heket who would take the form of a frog. To the Chinese, it symbolized the
moon — “the lunar, yin principle” bringing healing and
frogs need watery places, their image was often used in occult rain charms.
HAND OF FATIMA (daughter of Muhammad)or KHAMSA
(five): Many Muslims
believe that the image of the hand with an eye in the center will protect
them from the “evil eye.” While this symbol
often appears on magical charms, amulets, and jewelry, it is seen
in many other places. See a similar image painted next to the main door
to a home here. This Khamsa seems
to be the same as the Jewish Hasma (below). Many serious Muslims
view this as folklore or superstition. See comments, corrections and explanations
it with the next symbol:
HAND OF FATIMA or
Jewish versions of the supposed “hand” of protection (above) from
“evil eye” (Some expect protection from demons
and sorcerers as well). During the Israelites’ exile in Babylonian, some
began to blend Old Testament beliefs with Babylonian myths and mysticism.
Such syncretism continued through the centuries. One of its manifestations
was the mystical Kabbalah —
the heart of many streams of modern occultism (including the
Order of the Golden Dawn
and other secret societies,
and divination, etc.)
HAND OF… what?
Native American version of two above
symbols. Found on a flat, round sandstone disk during the excavation of
an old Indian mound in Alabama, its original meaning is lost. Perhaps it
was used in rituals preparing for tribal wars.
When surrounded by a circle, it represents the “divine mind” (a counterfeit
of God’s wisdom) to numerous occult groups through the centuries. Many still
use it in occult rituals. But to Jewish people — without the
surrounding circle — it is their Star of David.
“President Bush’s ‘Hook ’em,
INFINITY (also eternity):
In ancient India and Tibet, it represented perfection, dualism, and unity
between male and female. In the occult tarot it’s linked to magic and represents
equilibrium or the balance of various forces. The uroborus
(a circular serpent biting its tail — a UN symbol for “Human
Settlements“) has been found in this shape. In modern times, it became
a secular mathematical symbol for infinity in numbers, time or space.
(Cornu, Cornicello, Wiggly Horn, Unicorn horn,
Lucifier’s horn or Leprechaun staff). The ancient magical charm or amulet
worn in Italy as protection against “evil eye” has also been linked to Celtic
and Druid myths and beliefs. Other superstitions link it to sexual power
and good luck. It is often worn with a cross (for double protection or luck?).
In pre-Christian Europe, animal horns pointed to the moon goddess and were
(Kabbala, Cabala, Qabala, etc….):
…predate Christianity by over a millennium.
The most famous labyrinth from ancient times was in Crete… the supposed
lair of the mythological Minotaur…. Turf labyrinths still exist in England,
Germany and Scandinavia, and are thought to be linked with local feminine
deities and fertility rituals…. The patterns of the labyrinth are similar
in design and conception to the mandalas of South Asian Buddhism, which
are physical representations of the spiritual realm designed to aid in meditation.
Labyrinths blend their visual symbolism with the process of walking, which
is similar to the Japanese Zen practice of kinhin, literally ‘walking meditation…
In the early 90s, when Jean Houston, one of the leading New Age teachers,
introduced the Christian world again to the use of this practice for seeking
spiritual enlightenment through walking the labyrinth.” Steve Muse,
While pagan nations used it to represent their mythical views of reality,
Its “sun-seeking habit symbolizes the soul’s
search for awareness.” To the Romans, who believed it hibernated, the lizard
meant death and resurrection.
The Hindu term for
circle. In Hindu and
Buddhist meditations, it is used to raise consciousness. In meditation,
the person fixes his or her mind on the center of the “sacred circle.” Geometric
designs are common. The center of some mandalas show a triangle with a bindu
(dot) inside a circle. It represents the merging of male and female forces.
(Freemasons): The Masonic symbol
of the compass and the T-square represents movement toward perfection and
a balance between the spiritual and physical which resembles Egyptian and
oriental mysticism. The compass (used to form circles) represent spirit.
The ruler (part of a square) represent the physical. Some public schools
pass out pencil cases and other gifts decorated with this emblem. See
All-Seeing Eye, Eye of Horus, and Dreamcatcher.
Centers are dream catchers,”
Masonic Lodge, then
of Darkness” by Dr. Stan Monteith.
Used by pagans around the world to represent animal powers, nature spirits,
or ancestral spirits. In pagan rituals, the wearer may chant, dance and
enter a trance in order to contact the spirit world and be possessed by
the spirit represented by the mask. The mask pictured represents the mythical
Hindu elephant god, Ganesha.
SHIELD: A round shield decorated
with personal symbols or pictures of the animal spirit(s) contacted on a
Spirit Quest or through a classroom visualization simulating an American
Indian ceremony. Its basic image is often the form of the “medicine wheel”
or quartered circle.
The Earth Charter’s
MERMAID: Based on ancient myths
in India, Greece, Syria, Africa and other parts of the world. Seen by some
cultures as sea goddesses, these seductive beings guarded treasures, frightened
travelers, and were eventually featured in alchemy and other occult practices
as well as in fairy tales. By medieval times, the alluring Sirens of Homer’s
days had apparently evolved into a promiscuous split-tailed versions that
symbolized mystical sex to alchemists and secret societies. German legends
describe a mystical Nixie — a fish-tailed female water spirits, daughter
of “Mother Night.” In our times, the more benign fairy tales of Hans Christian
Andersen and Disney Studios have generally erased any cultural memory of
those occult roots.
BROTHERHOOD (MB): Featuring the Koran
at the top, it reminds us that MB stands ready to use their swords to
defend their militant beliefs against anyone who refuses to bow to their
Islamic ideology. Their agenda is Jihad, and their goal is a global
Caliphate. That means constant readiness to fight the enemies of God —
until a world-wide victory is theirs. Please read the history of the MB
plots to exterminate Jews
OIC: Organization of Islamic Cooperation:
The new OIC logo with a green instead
of red crescent. The old name was
Organization of the Islamic
Conference. The new green crescent enfolds the planet. In the center is
a tiny image of the Kaaba, Islam’s most sacred site in Mecca. According
to the OIC, this is a
a drastic positive change
in the performance of the organization to uplift its effectiveness as an
international system dealing with political, economic, cultural and
social development issues.
Nursultan Nazarbayev described the OIC as
U.N. of the Islamic world.
Sanskrit letters or symbol for the “sacred”
Hindu sound om (ohm or aum) called “the mother of all mantras. Apparently,
the four parts symbolize four stages of consciousness: Awake, sleeping,
dreaming, and a trance or transcendental state.
Heresy in high places]
Revived in the sixties
(FIVE-POINTED STAR pointing up):
A standard symbol for witches, freemasons,
and many other pagan or occult groups. To witches, it represent the four
basic elements (wind, water, earth and fire) plus a pantheistic spiritual
being such as Gaia or Mother Earth. The pentagram is also “used
for protection. to banish energy, or to bring it to you, depending on how
it’s drawn,” wrote a Wiccan visitor. Compare with the next link.
PENTAGRAM (FIVE-POINTED STAR pointing down):
Used in occult rituals to direct
forces or energies. Often represents satanism, the horned god or various
expressions of contemporary occultism, especially when a goat-head is superimposed
on the inverted pentagram within a “sacred”
Pentagrams and Pentacles
The symbol for the Alchemist quest for transformation and spiritual illumination,
it was also the British title of the first Harry Potter book (the U.S. publisher
changed it to Sorcerer’s Stone). The double-headed eagle in the center is
a Masonic seal. See also the Phoenix.
A universal symbol of the sun, mystical
rebirth, resurrection and immortality, this legendary red “fire bird” was
believed to die in its self-made flames periodically (each hundred years,
according to some sources) then rise again out of its own ashes. Linked
to the worship of the fiery sun and sun gods such as Mexico’s Quetzalcoatl,
it was named “a god of Phoenecia” by the Phoenician. To alchemists, it symbolized
the the destruction and creation of new forms of matter along the way to
the ultimate transformation: physical (turn lead into gold) and spiritual
(immortality – an occult alternative to the Christian salvation). The
philosopher’s stone was considered the key to this
Symbol of the rising sun, the Egyptian
sun god Chepri (or Khepera), and protection from evil. To ancient
Egyptians, the dung beetle rolled its dung balls like Chepri rolled the
sun across the sky. The “sacred” symbol adorned popular seals, amulets and
magic charms (worn as protection against evil spirits or to overcome barreness)
first in Egypt, then in Phoenicia, Greece and other Mediterranean lands.
Medieval alchemists used its pattern in their magical diagrams.
SIKH symbol called the KHANDRA:
In the middle is a single double-edged
sword pointing to a single God. (The truth about this God is revealed through
Ten Gurus.) The circle — the Chakra — refers to the unity of this God
and people. Two single-edged swords frame the Chakra. They represent spiritual
and temporal powers.
Linked to treachery and death in
many cultures, it was seen as a “trickster” in ancient Africa, a “spinner
of fate” in ancient goddess cultures and — in ancient Greek myths — the
goddess Arachne turned into a spider by her jealous rival Athena. “Christian”
cultures have linked it both to an evil force that sucked blood from its
victims and to “good luck” because of the cross on the back of some species.
The Chinese have welcomed the spider descending on its thread as a bringer
of joys from heaven.
The revolutionary clenched fist within
a black domain represents the
Socialist Organization (ISO). The second fist, usually black, could
be a collective call to fight for socialism or communism in any group, state
Ancient Egyptian and Babylonian guardian of sacred places –an idol
with human head and a lion’s body. The Greek sphinx would devour travelers
who failed to answer her riddle. According to A New Encyclopedia
of Freemasonry (by Arthur Waite,
xii) the masonic sphinx “is the guardian
of the Mysteries and is the Mysteries summarized in a symbol. Their
secret is the answer to her question. The initiate must know it or lose
the life of the Mysteries. If he can and does answer, the Sphinx dies for
him, because in his respect the Mysteries have given up their meaning.”
(An occult, counterfeit view of redemption)
Linked to the circle.
Ancient symbol of the goddess, the womb, fertility, feminine serpent force,
continual change, and the evolution of the universe. (Illustrated at this
A common shape in nature (snail, shells, fingerprint…)
In contrast to the circle which often
symbolizes the sacred and spiritual (including the “sacred” earth), the
square represents the physical world. Like the quartered circle, it points
pagans to the four compass directions: north, east, south and west. While
the circle and
symbolize female sexuality in many earth-centered
cultures, the square represents male qualities.
The pictured image is part of an 18th century Masonic ritual painting,
but it illustrates a symbol that has been central to most major spiritual
systems of history. Since the sun god usually reigned over a pantheon of
lesser gods. his symbol played a vital part in pagan worship (and in the
rituals of occult secret societies) around the world. In Inca myths, the
sun was worshipped as the divine ancestor of the nation. For links to more
Sun face in our Q&A section.
and SUN SIGN:
The sun was worshipped as a personified, life-giving deity in Babylonian,
Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and other major civilizations of history. Today’s
more common symbol is the familiar face in the center of the sun’s rays.
This is explained in Teletubbies.
(See sun symbol below the picture of the
Eye of Horus) A dot or point in the center
of a circle symbolizes the blending of male and female forces. (See air,
which also represents spirit, among the symbols for
Elements) Hindus call the midpoint in a
circle the bindu – the spark of (masculine) life within the cosmic womb.
Found in Turkey and believed to represent the sun and the four directions.
(See Swastika 1 and 2).
Compare the curving lines with the primary lines of Swastika 3, the iron
cross. Notice also that without the horizontal line, the symbol resembles
the outline of the Yin-Yang.
SUN WHEEL or
A universal symbol found on ancient slabs
in Nordic countries, in pre-Columbian America and in Mediterranean countries.
“Today, it is used as a log by some new fascist organizations,” according
to the Dictionary of Symbols.
 Like the swastika
and other sun symbols, it represents power and supremacy. See
(Quartered) It serves as a logo for the Swedish national
socialist party, Nordiska Rikspartiets
(scroll to drawing of the sun wheel on a banner), and for the French
Revived by Hitler,
An ancient swastika which symbolized
the four winds or directions and their corresponding spirits. It was also
a “fire and sun symbol occurring initially in Asia and later among the Germanic
tribes,” according to The Herder Symbol Dictionary.
“The cross inscribed in a circle mediates between the square and the circle,”
emphasizing the “joining of heaven and earth…. and “the perfected human
A contemporary variation of the many
swastikas with labyrinth patterns. Like the two swastikas above, its arms
point counterclockwise indicating a mystical, lunar and female orientation.
Compare its two intersecting lines with
Sun Sign 2, its curved arms (following
the shape of the circle) with Swastika 2, and its dark areas with the
TAO: An ancient Chinese symbol used
originally to represent a widespread belief in unity, polarity, holism,
and magic. See the Yin-Yang
and read a longer definition in the
of Man by C.S. Lewis, who suggested the Tao as an
ethical system for our times.
Linked to witchcraft and other occult
Linked to flame, fire, fertility, sexual power
and spiritual power. In nations around the world, images of deities or masks
with protruding tongues have indicated active and occupying spiritual forces
— often a union of masculine and feminine spirits. Such images were vital
to pagan rituals invoking [demonic] spirits. The sexual/spiritual forces
represented by gargoyles with protruding tongues which adorned Gothic cathedrals
were believed to protect the buildings from other spiritual powers.
Carved, painted representation of power
animals or animal-human ancestors. To American Indians in the Northwest,
who believe that all of nature has spiritual life, the animals in their
totems poles represent the spiritual powers of animal protectors or ancestors.
The WORLD TREE.
This image is the top of a spoon I found in a collection my parents brought
from Norway in the fifties.
the five-pointed crown and the Rolex label is the bare rooted tree, which
is common to myths in many parts of the world. Its branches supposedly reach
up to mythical heavens and its roots encircle the earth. It symbolizes humanity
reaching for the heights of occult spiritual experience. In ancient pagan
Scandinavia it was called Yggdrasil, a “Cosmic Tree.” Its also linked to
the worship of Canaanite, Greek, Roman, Celtic and other mythological deities
through the ages.
The bowl of the spoon shows a Lion pierced with
a sword or arrow through the heart. The image includes a shield, cross,
battle ax and a flower between the lion’s front paws. (More will be posted
on this later)
(Seen in the center of an
Associated with the number three. Pointing
upwards, it symbolizes fire, male power and counterfeit view of God. (See
pyramid) To Christians,
it often represents the Trinity. Pointing down, it symbolizes water, female
sexuality, goddess religions and homosexuality. See chart of symbols in
See large picture of
Called “the devil’s pitchfork,” it has symbolized
major gods in various pagan cultures. In India, it is linked to
the Hindu “trident-bearer” Shiva, spouse of the skull-bearing goddess Kali.
More recently, this three-sponged
spear has been used by Hindu militants
intimidate Christians. See article:
Local Government OK’s ‘Anti-Christian’ Weapons Distribution“
TRINITY [Our Triune
God]: An early Christian symbol for
the Trinity. It is related to the symbol of the fish (vesica piscis)
used by the early — and often persecuted Christians — to identify themselves
as belonging to Jesus Christ. Apparently, the word “fish” in Greek is a
combination of the first letters of His name: Jesus Christ, Son of God,
Savior. Like many Christian symbols, the same shape has also been used by
various pagan religions throughout history. See the next symbol:
The triquetra — with or without the circle
— has been found on runestones in Scandinavia, in ancient
goddess-oriented pagan groups, in
Celtic manuscripts, and on early Germanic coins. It is associated with numerous
and goddesses and has been used as a protective charm by Wiccans. Sometimes
the symbol is reversed — pointing down rather than up. The three points
may also be round rather than pointed.
To many New Agers, it means power, purification,
healing, wisdom, self-knowledge, renewal and eternal life. Origin: In the
4th century BC, Greek historian Ctesias told about a wild animal with healing
powers and a spiral horn on its forehead. Medieval myths suggested it could
only be caught with help from a virgin who would befriend it.
circular serpent (yes, the circle represents
a serpent with head in upper left corner) seen here) biting its own
tail represents eternity and the cycles or “circle of life.” Medieval alchemists
linked it to the cyclical processes in nature. The uroborus pictured
here (encircling the UN symbol for humanity seen inside a
triangle) was the official
symbol on for the 1996 United Nations Conference on Human Settlements pictured
on all its literature. See (Habitat
See other versions of the Uroborus
This SUN WHEEL became a magical amulet to the Celtic Gauls or Gaels in Europe.
WHEEL OF DHARMA:
Buddhist wheel of life and reincarnation. Sometimes it is shown with a small
yin yang symbol in the center.
A Chinese Tao picture of universal harmony
and the unity between complimentary opposites: light/dark, male/female,
etc. Yin is the dark, passive, negative female principle. Yang is the light,
active, positive principle. Since the holistic balance between Yin and Yang
is dynamic and constantly changing, it illustrates the
consensus process, the vision
of global unity, and the blending of opposing energies at the heart of
Since it represent monism (all is one) and pantheism
(all is God), it opposes Christianity, which shows us that there is only
one God (monotheism), and only in Christ can we be one. See
used by medieval alchemists in divination. Notice
the symbol of the intellect and of the planet (and Roman god)
Mercury inside the center
triangle. This triangle is surrounded by
a hexagram and two smaller triangles positioned as male and female energy
– and seven more concentric circles.
Compound symbols within magical codes and names inside multiple circles
have been used by occultists and sorcerers in many parts of the world. It
is still used in African witchcraft.
All-seeing EYE in the PYRAMID:
The official symbol for
DARPA Total Information
Masonic COMPASS (also
The GREAT SEAL
of the United States of America:
The design for this national emblem was completed in 1782. Some consider
its occult and masonic images an American mission statement. The inscribed
E Pluribus Unum means “Out of many, one.”
Novus Ordo Seclorum mean “a new order of
the ages,” according to this website:
The two sides show the symbol
of the eagle (first a phoenix) and the eye in the pyramid.
All-Seeing Eye &
Eye of Horus &
The GREAT SEAL
The SEAL of the SENATE
RELIGIONS: Fourteen religious symbols
form a circle around
planet Earth. But you can no longer read about each religious symbol by
clicking on them. Apparently, not all the religions represented in that
ring are currently supporting UR’s plan for global unity. Those that are
working with UR include Bah’i, Buddhism, “First Peoples” (Native
Americans), Islam, Jewish Unitarian Universalists, and “Rational Faith”
– which rejects Biblical faith.
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In the world of the occult, many symbols are imbued with power by the magician
working in conjunction with the demonic spirit world. The Wiccan leader Starhawk,
founder of the Covenant of the Goddess, knows that well. “To cast a spell is
to project energy through a symbol,” she wrote in The Spiral Dance, her
popular manual for witchcraft.
Since the occult use of symbols have
spread like epidemic across the Western world, we want to exercise caution.
Therefore, when we began to add pictures to the original list of symbols, we
decided to leave out certain images particularly satanic symbols that obviously
represent evil. Though many were already familiar to children in public schools,
we didnt want to risk implanting those images on a childs mind. (We will explain
why in another note.) We also left out the theosophical symbol, some of the
more complex masonic symbols, and other symbols typically used for magic and
alchemy. To explain, let me share an important lesson I learned about five years
I was speaking at a Bay Area Sunday
School Convention (BASS) in California on the topic, “The Unholy Power of Charms
and Symbols.” Parents and teachers were still crowding into the small auditorium,
when I began showing transparencies of simple symbols such as the
yin-yang, the peace symbol, and the ankh. We discussed why
these symbols were important to people long ago and why their popularity has
Then we looked at more universal symbols
such as the pentagram, the lightening bolt, the sun, and the circle — including
the Wiccan quartered circle, the Native American medicine wheel, and the Buddhist
wheel of life. “Why are they considered universal?” I asked. “What mythical
themes do they echo from around the world? Why are they so important to multicultural
education?” (We will post a chapter from A Twist of Faith which answers
Finally, we looked at compound symbols.
(You can see an example at the end of the current list of symbols.) The day
before the conference, I had been searching for a particular combination of
symbols found in a Theosophical emblem. By the time I did find it, it was too
late to put it on a transparency. Then I had made a foolish decision: I prepared
to draw the occult image onto the transparency in front of the class.
Putting the clear transparency on the
projector, I drew a large circle, then added two overlapping triangles (one
pointing up, one pointing down), forming a hexagram. I began to fill in various
single symbols: the pentagram, swastika . Suddenly, something dark and heavy
hit me in the chest. For a moment I lost both my balance and my breath, then,
in a flash, I knew what was happening. I had unwittingly performed an occult
ritual common to Buddhist and Native Americans traditions as well as to medieval
alchemy. By the very act of drawing the symbols, I had invoked a spiritual entity.
Still in front of the crowd and the
microphone, I cried out, ” “Forgive me, Lord! Cover me with your blood. In the
name of Jesus Christ, I declare Your victory over the evil one. In You, we are
‘more than conquerors!’ Thank you, Jesus, my Lord and my King!”
I apologized to the audience, asking
their forgiveness for imposing on them a ritual that brought forth this evil.
Then we all thanked God for His lesson and protection.
As fast as the demonic entity came,
it was gone. Among the people gathered around me afterwards was a woman who
said, “I think I know what happened to you. While you were drawing that symbol,
the man sitting next to me was moving his hands in strange ways and murmuring
something as if he was casting a spell. He may have come to bring occult interference.”
It didnt surprise me. I have often
encountered challenges when I address these topics in public places. But God
has always used it for good, giving me answers on the spot as well as ongoing
opportunities to share with them Gods truth and wisdom.
Only God knows exactly what happened.
But His Word is full of warnings concerning any participation in the works of
darkness. If I opened the door to evil interference through my foolish demonstration,
a servant of Satan could surely work with the evil one to enhance his work.
God, who promises never to give Satan more reigns than His love allows, will
still allow the painful consequences needed for our training in obedience.
Though we fellowship at a small, non-charismatic,
non-denominational Bible church, God has often put me in places where I have
had to help those who were trapped in occult bondage. Through these lessons,
I have learned to look with sober caution at the power of evil. Yet, all the
more, I praise my Lord for His continual protection and faithfulness
As our nation
toward paganism, Gods people need to understand the increasing influence, trickery,
and cruelty of the evil one while always
thanking and following our God, whose power is far greater. Therefore, I plead
with all of you to exercise great caution when confronted with any sign of Satans
work. Please read the section on
God’s armor, and remember that we leave the
“breastplate of righteousness” behind when we go where He tells us not to go.
For the armor that covers us is the very life of Jesus, our Lord. Walking with
Him in His ways, we are always safe.
You may want to read
and study the following Scriptures:
10:18-22; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Deuteronomy 4:15-24; Deuteronomy 32:16-19; 2 Thessalonians
4. The Herder Symbol Dictionary
(Wilmette IL: Chiron Publications, 1978), page 51. The quote that follows is
a general comment about crosses within a circle and does not refer specifically
to this stylized swastika.