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Occult & Other Symbols

This page has been included to show some of the more well-known occult, alchemical, astrological, planetary and Wiccan & Neopagan symbols.  Those representing certain occult societies and organisations have also been reproduced.

It could well be worth your while (we would be so bold as to say it is an absolute MUST for anyone who is even remotely interested in magick) to obtain a copy of Aleister Crowley's Liber DCCLXXVII (Liber 777) which, thanks to his research into, knowledge of and dedication to this fascinating subject, provides us with the correspondences between all magical elements.  It is certainly one of the most comprehensive books of reference ever published - probably the most comprehensive.

Crowley, despite anything that may have been written or said about him, either during or since his existence on this earth, was a true genius with an incredible memory, even towards the end of his life (despite his drug addiction). He claimed to have written Liber 777 in a week, without reference to any other books, manuscripts or notes.  He published it privately through The Walter Scott Publishing Company Ltd in 1909. Some excellent revised versions are now available - should you experience any difficulties in obtaining a copy we can point you in the right direction should you contact us.

Symbols you can see below are:






Occult Symbols

In the world of the occultist, symbols, some of them used for thousands of years, play an important role in ceremonies or rituals, as do amulets and talismans which are imbued with their particular individual powers by the magician whilst working in conjunction with the 'spirit world'.  This page has been designed to provide illustrations of some of the symbols in common usage within occult circles or societies in the modern world.  An explanation of their symbolism has also been provided.

Please note that this list does not show ALL occult symbols - should you consider something else should be included please let us know via our 'Contact' page, accessible from the link at the top of the page.


All-seeing Eye

(See also Udjat below).

All-seeing Eye The All-seeing Eye or Eye of Providence is a symbol depicting an eye surrounded by rays of light or a glory, usually enclosed in a triangle, and commonly interpreted as representing the eye of God keeping an eternal watch on his creation, mankind.  It is used in divination, in magick to cast spells and curses, and is also a symbol of the Illuminati (a conspiratorial organisation).

All-seeing Eye It is now also used as a Masonic symbol for the all-seeing eye of God, basically a mystical distortion of the all-knowing, all-seeing Biblical God, and is believed to be the eye of Lucifer.

The Obverse of the US 1 dollar bill.  Click on the Image to Enlarge it. Anyone who claims control of it reputedly has control of world finances (a good analogy is the currency used in the United States - check it out for yourself - click on the image to the right.)

So, having seen that image it must make you wonder how and why it came to be associated with US currency .  If that is the case, to see so many more incredible 'facts' about the US dollar bill click HERE to be amazed!



Baphomet

Baphomet The Baphomet is in the form of a man with horns and goat's legs.  Eliphas Lévi is reputed to be the first person to have drawn the Baphomet, which he claimed was a depiction of the absolute in symbolic form.  According to the author Michael Howard, Lévi based this image on a gargoyle he noticed on a building supposedly owned by the Knights Templar, the Commandry of Saint Bris le Vineux.  During our own extensive research, we have found no reference to this building having been owned by the Knights Templar.  Lévi used the gargoyle as a frontispiece to Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie.  In Howard's The Occult Conspiracy, we read:

"The Gargoyle is in the form of a bearded horned figure with pendulous female breasts, wings and cloven feet.  It sits in a crossed-legged position which resembles statues of the Celtic stag god, Cernunnus or the Horned One, found in Gaul (France) before the Roman occupation."

Baphomet The symbol pictured to the left, often referred to (incorrectly) as the Baphomet, is used by the Church of Satan.  Featuring a demonic deity with the head of a goat (originally a ram) enclosed within an inverted pentagram, it is supposed to be symbolic of Satan himself.  It is known as The Mendes Pentacle, and often called 'The Goat of Mendes', 'The Goat Head', 'The Great God Pan', 'Thanateros', Abraxas, and the 'Horned God'.  Nowadays, it is sometimes referred to as the 'Judas Goat' by modern Satanists.  It can often be seen worn as a fashion item, particularly as a piece of jewellery normally in the form of a pendant, or even as a tattoo.

Aleister Crowley's alternative Baphomet with his signature as suchAleister Crowley's Alternative Baphomet There is another lesser known symbol relating to Baphomet (pictured right) used by the renowned occultist Aleister Crowley, and of which we see very little except when he signed his name as 'Baphomet'.  Interestingly, this same symbol was worn by the (in)famous Freemason Albert Pike, founder of the 33rd degree of the Masons.  Do not confuse it with the similar looking Cross of Lorraine (pictured below left), which is a heraldic cross consisting of a vertical line, crossed by two smaller horizontal bars.  The lower bar is equidistant from the bottom of the vertical as the upper bar is to the top.

Cross of LorraineModern Cross of Lorraine In the ancient version of this cross, both bars were of the same length, but since the middle of the 20th century the lower bar has been longer than the upper, thus resembling a patriarchal cross, the crossbars of which, however, are both near the top.  The Cross of Lorraine is part of the heraldic arms of Lorraine, a region of Eastern France, and originally the symbol of Joan of Arc, renowned for her doggedness against foreign invaders of France.  The flag of Free France featured a red Cross of Lorraine on a standard flag of France.  During WWII, the cross was adopted as the official symbol of the Free French Forces under Charles de Gaulle.

First statue of George Washington.  Click on the Image to Enlarge it.The citizens of the United States of America were shocked when the first statue of George Washington was unveiled.  Click on the image to the right to see why.  It would seem their first president was to set the trend for a deep interest in the occult, an interest which all future presidents and their governments would pursue.



Celtic Cross

Celtic Cross The Celtic cross originates from a pre-Christian variation of the Solar Cross, examples dating back as far as 5000 BC.  Its actual origins are uncertain, but it was known to be an early symbol of the 'sun god' Taranis, whose attributes were a lightning bolt and a solar wheel.  The name Taranis derives from the Celtic, or possibly Indo-European root 'taran', meaning 'thunderer' or 'thunder'.  The association of Taranis with the sun is known only from Caesar who describes him as 'the fire of the skies', (the sun), and the 'fire of the air', (lightning) and his voice 'thunder'.

After the Celtic people had been converted to Christianity, the Celtic Cross became an emblem of the Celtic Christian Church.  Irish legend tells us that the cross was introduced to Ireland by St. Columba, which explains why it is sometimes referred to as Columba's Cross, or the Ionic Cross, after his monastery on the Isle of Iona.  See also Circle immediately below.



Circle

Unbroken Circle The circle is an ancient and universal symbol representing completeness, female power, the goddess, infinity and unity, as well as the Circle of Life.  Gnostic traditions link the unbroken circle to the world serpent which forms itself into a circle as it devours its own tail (see Ouroboros).

To earth-centred religions as well as to many contemporary pagans, it represents the feminine spirit or force, the cosmos, and a sacred space.



Cross of Nero

Peace The Cross of Nero is now more commonly known as the Peace Sign, although many who see it are completely unaware of its origin or even how it came to symbolise 'peace'.  The Cross of Nero is an inverted cross, broken at the anchor of the cross and enclosed in a circle, representing Nero's vision.  Nero believed there would be world peace without Christianity, as a consequence of which thousands of Christians were martyred under his rule.  This symbol is also known as 'The Dead Man's Rune', and can be seen on the tombstones of some of Adolf Hitler's SS troops.

Hippie Van The Cross of Nero did not come to symbolise peace until the late 1960s / early 1970s during The Cold War (a period of tension and competition between the United States and the Soviet Union and their allies from the end of WWII until approximately 1990) when 'flower-power', created by the 'hippie movement', was at its height.  It was often worn as a necklace and could be found as graffiti on walls throughout the country.  The ‘hippies’ also painted their individual forms of transport, old Volkswagen Dormobiles in particular, in bright colours and flowers, but more significantly with the peace symbol.



Goat of Mendes

See Baphomet.



Hexagram

Hexagram The Hexagram (pictured right), a six pointed star composed of two overlapping triangles, is used by a number of faiths and cultures.  Apart from the cross and the swastika, the hexagram is one of the oldest and most universal spiritual symbols.  It is also known as 'Solomon's Seal' and the 'Star of David'.  It has been an important and universal mystical sign over the ages, representing the union of Fire and Water, and of Male and Female, the Star of the Macrocosm (the universe) - see also Yin-Yang).  The Sri-Yantra in India symbolises the complete interpenetration of the sexes, while in Tantric belief the triangles represent the Shiva (male) and Shakti (female) energies combining with form and matter.  Basically, the hexagram points at the whole mystery surrounding the creation.

In Ritual Magick, the hexagram is called the 'Seal of Solomon', and represents 'Divine Union'.  The inverted triangle symbolises the feminine aspect, water, while the upright triangle is representative of the male aspect, fire.  The traditional elemental triangles of earth, air, water, and fire are derived from the seal.  Additionally, the hexagram is the symbol of the resurrected God, representing the number six (the Sephirah Tiphareth) on the Kabbalistic 'Tree of Life

Unicursal Hexagram The Unicursal Hexagram (pictured left) should not be confused with the 'Hexagram'.  This is a 'gateless' version of the hexagram, i.e. it can be drawn without removing the drawing/etching implement from the surface, and was designed by Aleister Crowley as the symbol of his Order of the Silver Star, Astrum Argentum or AA.  No evil spirit or unwanted energy is thought to be able to penetrate the etched pattern where there is no 'lifting' of the knife or pencil.



Horned God Sign

Horned GodGeorge W. Bush with his wife LauraPresident George W. Bush The Horned God sign is deemed to represent the horned god of witchcraft, Pan, and other mythological nature gods such as Cernunnos.  It has been used prolifically in public by Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush Jnr. (and his wife Laura), as well as many other notable figures.  Note that in this sign the thumb is placed under the middle two fingers, and should always be given by the right hand.

The Horned God is typically associated with woods, wild animals, and hunting, as well as sexuality, especially male virility.



Horned Hand Sign

President Bill Clinton The Horned Hand (similar to the Horned God above) is a sign of recognition between those versed in the Occult.  When pointed at someone it is intended to place a curse upon him/her.  Note that in this instance the thumb is placed over the middle two fingers and the sign is given by the left hand.

In other circles, whether given as a hand gesture or worn as an amulet, it is supposed to ward off evil, in particular, the evil eye.



Inverted Cross

Inverted Crucifix The Inverted Cross or Crucifix was historically a symbol of humility depicting St Peter's refusal to be crucified in the same manner as his Master, feeling himself unfit to die in that way, preferring to be hung upside down instead.  It was therefore a symbol of unworthiness showing great respect for one's superiors, representing failure and reverence of Christ.

Nowadays, the symbol has come to represent an opposition to Christian dogma, this concept having been borrowed from Christian writers who originally mistook the emblem of St Peter to be an anti-Christian symbol!  Although the Goat of Mendes is the official symbol of the Church Of Satan, the Inverted Cross is now worn by many Satanists, or people who call themselves Satanists.



Inverted Pentagram

See Pentagram.



Mark of the Beast

Mark of the Beast This symbol (near right) is the creation of the Ritual Magician Aleister Crowley, and seems to have functioned in many ways as his personal seal.  It was named as a play on words relating to one of his magical names, To Mega Therion, (The Great Beast).  The central theme, a clear resemblance of the male genitalia (see far right) is typical of Crowley, and completely intentional on his part.  The uppermost circle is the alchemical sigil (a seal, sign or other drawing) of the sun, while the half circle immediately below it represents the crescent of the moon.

Seal of Babalon Most probably, in its very simplest terms, the Mark of the Beast is a symbol denoting the masculine principal, which is usually paired with its feminine counterpart, the seven pointed Seal of Babalon (shown left), and is formed from three overlapping circles plus a half circle, the number of revolutions in the mark's associated ritual, and the number of coils in the Kundalini (She who is coiled - the female energy lying coiled at the base of the yogic body).



Ouroborus

The Ouroboros Ouroboros is a Greek word meaning tail swallower.  It is usually depicted in the form of a snake or serpent swallowing its own tail, and circular in shape.  It originated in Egypt as a symbol of the sun, representing the travels of the sun disk, while in Gnosticism it was related to the solar God Abraxas, and signified eternity and the soul of the world.

In Alchemy, it represents the spirit of Mercury - the substance that permeates all matter - and symbolises continuous renewal and rebirth, the cycle of life and death, and the harmony of all opposites.  The snake often depicts a symbol of resurrection as it appears to be continually reborn when shedding its skin.



Peace Sign

See Cross of Nero.



Pentacle

See Pentagram.



Pentagram

The Pentagram The Pentagram (pictured left), or five-pointed star, with a single point uppermost, represents the human being.  When drawn, it should be done in one continuous line, i.e. without beginning or end.  The pentagram was and still remains one of the most potent, powerful, and persistent symbols in human history, and has been important to most ancient cultures.  Wiccans and other Western Pagans/Neopagans are the main groups using a pentagram as a religious symbol.  The points of the star are normally interpreted to refer to earth, air, water, fire and spirit.

There appears to be a fascination with this figure's geometry and proportions.  In many symbolisations, the top point represents either the human head or a non-human Spirit.  Some say that the pentagram is mystical because the number 5 is mystical, 5 being a prime number, the sum of 1 and 4, as well as of 2 and 3.  According to the Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras, 5 was the number of man, because of the fivefold division of the body, and the ancient Greek division of the soul.  The pentagram was held as sacred to Hygeia by the Pythagoreans (Hygeia was the Goddess of healing).  Her name (HGIEiA) is actually an anagram in Greek for the elements water, earth, spirit, fire, and air.

When crucified, Jesus Christ reputedly had 5 wounds, not counting those inflicted by the crown of thorns, and he is alleged to have distributed 5 loaves of bread to 5 thousand people.  We all have 5 fingers on each hand, 5 toes on each foot, and 5 senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste).  Admittedly, some 'blessed' individuals do have a sixth sense, while others more unfortunate are born with six or more fingers or toes on each hand or foot).

Wiccans usually enclose the pentagram within a circle (eternity), when it becomes a pentacle.  This encompassing circle is considered to keep out any unwanted energy, and also serves to keep the energy of the participants inside when performing a Magical Rite working within its border.

The Pentagram Reversed The Inverted Pentagram (pictured left) now symbolises the Horned God.  Satanists also use it to represent the 'Satan' of the Bible, who, believe it or not, had never actually been depicted as horned until the Christian Church used that symbolism to 'demonise' the ancient Pagan Horned God by equating Him with the Devil of The Bible.

However, the inverted pentagram did not originally represent evil, as anyone who has read Dan Brown's book or seen the film The Da Vinci Code will be aware.  The ancient Pythagorean pentagram was drawn with two points up, symbolising the doctrine of ‘pentemychos’ meaning ‘five recesses’ or ‘five chambers’, another meaning being the ‘pentagonas’ (the five-angles).  This was where the first pre-cosmic offspring were placed prior to the appearance of the ordered cosmos.

The pentemychos is found in Tartaros (Hades).  This is the primordial or boundless darkness from which the cosmos was born according to early Greek thought; it was from here that the world got its soul!  Subsequent to the emergence and ordering of the cosmos, it was ‘locked away’, but nevertheless it still continued to have a strong influence, and became known as ‘the subduer of gods and men’.  The boundless darkness maintained its influence, so besides being the gateway from ‘there to ‘here’, it naturally became a way from ‘here’ to ‘there’.  Thus the corruption arose, according to Dan Brown.

The inverted pentagram is regarded as a symbol of 'Matter over Spirit', and is thus a representation of all of the 'dark' forces opposed to the 'Will of God'.  Others take its inversion to be of a Satanic nature, and on a par with other mockeries such as inverting the cross or reciting the Mass backwards.  Still others find nothing particularly diabolical about its inversion and use it in this form without fear of invoking the forces of darkness.



Satanic Cross

Satanic Cross The Satanic Cross is the Holy Cross with an upside-down question mark attached to its base.  The question mark is there to question the actual Deity of God.  Within the occult it represents the three crown princes, Satan, Belial and Leviathan, and, as such, symbolises complete power under Lucifer.

Satanic Cross Another possible later version of the 'Satanic Cross', certainly not in common usage, is one which was associated with alchemy long before Anton LaVey (author of The Satanic Bible) portrayed it above his 'Nine Satanic Statements'.  It depicts the modern version of the Cross of Lorraine standing above the figure eight lying on its side (representing infinity).  Alchemists used this symbol for the element 'Sulphur', and it was supposedly used by LaVey in this manner to represent 'Brimstone'.



Satanic 'S'

Satanic S The symbol known as the Satanic 'S' represents a lightning bolt, implying 'Destroyer'.  In Greek mythology, it was the weapon of Zeus, the supreme ruler of Mount Olympus and thus the Pantheon of the gods who resided there.  His attributes include thunder, the sceptre, the eagle, and the lightning bolt.  As the son of Cronus (who was the son of Uranus and Gaia and the youngest of the twelve Titans) and Rhea (the mother of the gods and sister of her husband), he was the youngest of his other siblings Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon.

The Satanic 'S' is worn to command power over others.  The symbol was worn prolifically during WWII, and could clearly be seen on the uniforms of the much feared SS troops of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.



Scarab Beetle

Scarab It is now a well-known fact that a Scarab beetle rolls dung into balls and pushes the balls into a burrow where the female lays her eggs in them.  Upon hatching, the larvae use the balls of dung for food, eventually emerging from the burrow in the prime of life.  It apparently appeared to the ancient Egyptians that the young scarab beetles emerged spontaneously from the burrow in which they were born, for they were worshipped as Khepera, the god representing regeneration, new life, virility and resurrection.  This creative aspect of the scarab beetle was associated with the creator god Atum.  In the creation myths, Atum is the primal creator, and is even considered to have created himself.  From his spittle he subsequently created the first gods, Shu and Tefnut.

Scarab Beetle Nowadays however, the scarab beetle is also used as a symbol representing Beelzebub or Beelzebul and known as the 'prince of demons' (the Devil).  The original source for the name Ba‘al Zebûb / Beelzebub can be found in the second Book of Kings chapter 1, verses 2 – 3, 6 and 16.  It can also be found in the Gospels during the accusations against Jesus by the Pharisees.  In Mark chapter 3, verse 22 - The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "By the prince of demons he drives out demons."  Similar references can be found in Matthew chapter 12, verse 24 and Luke chapter 11, verse 15.

As an amulet, it is worn by occultists to show they have power, and is considered to be a source of protection.



Seal of Babalon

See Mark of the Beast.



Solar Cross

Solar Cross The Solar Cross is one of the most ancient spiritual symbols in the world, appearing in American, Asian, European and Indian religious art from earliest recorded history.  In Native American traditions it forms the basic pattern of the medicine wheel playing a vital part in major spiritual rituals, while many contemporary pagans consider it their main symbol for transmitting the energy of the goddess.  It consists of the sacred circle filled with a cross, i.e., four equal lines pointing from the center to the spirits of the north, south, east, and west, or to the basic elements earth, water, air (or wind), and fire.  It also represents the solar calendar (the movements of the sun), marked by the solstices.

Churches have used variations of the same popular shape, usually calling it the Celtic Cross.  The Swastika is also a form of the Solar Cross, emphasising movement.  The image to the right shows the cross in its most simplified form and is known in Northern Europe as Odin's cross.  Odin was considered to be the Chief God in Norse mythology.



Star and Crescent

Crescent Moon & Star The Star and Crescent is representative of the moon goddess Diana and the 'son of the morning', the name of Lucifer found in Isaiah, chapter 14, verse 12.  With God placed as the moon (the goddess of love, Diana), Satan assumes the role of the star, a mockery of Jesus as the 'bright and morning star' - Revelation, chapter 22, verse 16: "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches.  I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star."

Witchcraft uses the symbol as shown, whereas Satanism turns it in the opposite direction.



Swastika

Swastika The word 'Swastika' comes from the Sanskrit svastika - 'sv' meaning 'good', 'asti' which means 'to be', and the suffix 'ka'.  The 'Swastika' or 'Sun Wheel' is an ancient religious symbol, a version of the Solar Cross, which had been used for several millennia before it was adopted officially by Adolf Hitler (on 7 August 1920) at the Salzburg Congress, when it became the emblem of the National Socialist German Workers' Party.

Egyptian AnkhSwastika The swastika has been found in Buddhist inscriptions, on Celtic monuments as well as on Greek coins.  It is an ancient symbol which has certainly been in existence for more than 3,000 years, for artefacts such as pottery and coins from ancient Troy show it to have been a commonly used symbol as far back as 1000 BC.  As such, it pre-dates the ancient Egyptian symbol, the Ankh (pictured right), which appears frequently in paintings found in Egyptian tombs and other art, often appearing at the fingertips of a god or goddess in images depicting the deities of the afterlife conferring the gift of life on the dead person's mummy.  In sun-god worship, the swastika represents the sun's course in the heavens.

There is currently a great debate as to what the swastika now stands for.  For 3,000 years it represented the Circle of Life and good luck, but because of the adoption of the symbol by the Nazis, it has assumed a new meaning of hatred, death and destruction.



Triangle of Art

Solomonic Triangle of Art Although not technically a symbol, it is worth mentioning that the triangle of art is the protected space outside the magick circle, into which spirits are compelled (evoked) to appear in Solomonic Ritual Magick - see Thelema.  The purpose of the triangle is to contain the manifested entity.  In some cases, the triangle is created as a physical object, and occasionally the central circle will be replaced with a scrying mirror.

Typically, the central circle is inscribed with the sigil (seal) of the spirit to be evoked.  The usual form is of a triangle, circumscribed with various words of power, containing an inner, blackened circle.



Udjat

(See also All-seeing Eye).

Udjat or All-seeing Eye The Udjat or 'all seeing eye' originally represented the eye of the Egyptian god Horus, which he lost while battling Set.  It is now a universal symbol representing higher knowledge, inner vision and insight into occult mysteries.  It is also one of the few symbols referring directly to Lucifer, whom it is thought will pass judgement.  Below the eye we can clearly discern a tear, which is because he 'mourns' for all those still outside his influence.

Unicursal Hexagram

See Hexagram.



Witch Sign

Witch Sign The Witch Sign or Moon Sign is used to salute the rising moon.


Yin-Yang

Yin-Yang In Chinese philosophy, this symbol represents 'how everything works', and depicts two great opposite forces unable to exist without each other, and upon whose continual interaction everything depends.  Yin (black) is the female aspect.  Being dark and negative, she represents the moon, water and the earth, while Yang (white) is male.  He is the opposite, being light and positive, and represents the sun, fire and the heavens.

The outer circle represents everything, i.e. the universe and everything within it, while the black and white shapes within the circle symbolise the interaction of the two energies, 'yin' and 'yang', which cause all things to happen in the universe.  However, bear in mind that the conception of black and white is not quite true, just as things in life are not completely black or white - there are always some elements of grey.  While 'yin' (female) is dark and passive, downward and cold, contracting and weak, 'yang' (male) is bright and active, upward and hot, expanding and strong.  See also Hexagram.

Yin-Yang From the shape of the two sections of the symbol, continually revolving like a wheel spinning on its axle, one can gain a sense of the perpetual movement of these two energies.  Yin changes to yang while yang changes to yin, then back again, causing everything to happen during the process, such as waters freezing and melting, plants growing to produce their seeds before dying, metals expanding and contracting, night turning to day, winter turning to spring, then summer, then autumn and eventually back to winter.

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Alchemical Symbols

Alchemy has always had close connections to Hermeticism, a philosophical and spiritual/religious system which traces its roots to Hermes Trismegistus, the purported author of the Hermetic Corpus, a series of sacred texts that are the basis of Hermeticism.  These two particular disciplines had a strong influence on the origin of Rosicrucianism in the seventeenth century, before Alchemy eventually evolved into modern chemistry.

Alchemy is now only of interest for its mystic and esoteric aspects, and to historians of science and philosophy.  Even so, it was probably the main precursor of modern sciences, many substances and processes of ancient alchemy remaining the 'backbone' of modern chemical and metallurgical industries.

There have been various symbols used in Alchemy over the years which relate to the same chemical element.  We have shown only one of the better known ones in each case for genuine elements where they are depicted.  Five of the 'elements' shown (Air, Earth, Fire, Water and Salt) are not elements per se, although they were considered to be such in ancient times.  You can see these other symbols on most sites devoted specifically to Alchemy, one such being The Alchemy Web Site.


Air
Antimony (Sb)
Arsenic (As)
Bismuth Bi)
Copper (Cu)
Earth
Fire
Gold (Au)
Iron (Fe)
Lead (Pb)
Magnesium (Mg)
Mercury (Hg)
Phosphorus (P)
Platinum (Pt)
Potassium (K)
Salt
Silver (Ag)
Sulphur (S)
Tin (Sn)
Water
Zinc (Zn)

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Astrological Symbols

Astrological symbols are images used in various astrological systems, such as the Zodiac, to denote relevant objects.  These images are shown below.


Aries
Taurus
Gemini
Cancer
Leo
Virgo
Libra
Scorpio
Sagittarius
Capricorn
Aquarius
Pisces

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Planetary Symbols

Although we can learn something about the astrological meaning of the planets from their positions in the solar system, the planetary symbols themselves are also extremely revealing.  It is important to get to know these symbols, since they are part of the language of astrology.

The planetary symbols, or glyphs, are derived from a combination of the symbols for Spirit, Soul and Matter, from which all life is said to derive in varying proportions.  Their essential meanings can be found by analysing their individual components.


Earth
Jupiter
Mars
Mercury
Moon
Neptune
Pluto
Saturn
Sun
Uranus
Venus


In Liber 777 Revised, Aleister Crowley provides us with the Genethliac Values of the planets along with their Essential Dignitaries.

Genethliac Values

Neptune The True Self (Zeitgeist).  Spiritual environment.
Herschel (Uranus) The True Will.  Spiritual energy.
Saturn The Ego (ahamkara).  Skeleton.
Jupiter The Higher Love.  Wesenschaund of Krause.
Mars The Bodily Will.  Muscular system.
Sun The Human Will.  Vital Force.  Spiritual conscious Self.
Venus The Lower Love.
Mercury The Mind.  Cerebral tissues and nerves.
Moon The Senses.  Bodily consciousness.

Essential Dignitaries

And here's what you could have won .... The image to the right is based on that in The Book of Thoth, and represents the zodiacal:

Planetary Rulerships (Outer circle)
Exaltations (Centre circle)
Superior Planetary Governors (Inner circle)












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Wiccan, Pagan/Neo-pagan & Witchcraft Symbols

Wiccans, Pagans/Neo-pagans and Witches of all traditions use symbols for many things such as rituals, spells and ceremonies, as well as in everyday life.  They utilise many different symbols, several of which may have different interpretations, for although each symbol has its own basic meaning, it can mean different things and represent different feelings and/or actions to different people or covens.

The symbols shown below do not represent a full list, but one of some of the more common symbols:


Athame
(Dagger)
Besom
(Broom)
Blessing
Cauldron
Gardnerian
Pentagram
Green Man
Hecates
Wheel
Horned God
(Cernunnos)
Pentacle
Theban
(Alphabet)
Triple
Crescent
Triple
Goddess
Triquetra
(Triqueta)

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World Pagan / Neo-pagan Symbols

Pagans and Neo-pagans throughout the world use symbols to identify their origin.  Here are some samples of such:


Armenian
Celtic
Circassian
Estonian
Finnish
Germanic
Goddess Worship
Hellenic
Hungarian
Italo-Roman
Kemetic
Latvian
Lithuanian
Semitic
Slavic
Wicca / Witchcraft

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Religions' Symbols

These symbols are the images used to denote various religious beliefs.


Buddhism
Christianity
Goddess
Religions
Hinduism
Independent
Spiritual Paths
Islam
Judaism
Native Peoples
Shintoism
Taoism
Zoroastrianism
Unknown &
All Others

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Occult Societies & Organisations

Occult societies and organisations have their own unique symbol/insignia to represent their society.  Although far from complete, the list below shows the insignia/symbols of several of the better known societies and organisations involved in the occult:


Astrum Argentum
AMORC
Builders of
The Adytum
Church of Satan
Confraternity of
the Rose Cross
Dragon Rouge
Freemasons
Hermetic Order of
the Golden Dawn
Illuminati
Illuminates of
Thanateros
Knights Hospitaller
Knights Templar
Martinist Order
Order of the
Nine Angles
Ordo Templi
Orientis
Rosicrucians
Servants of
the Light
SRIA
Theosophical
Society
Temple of Set
Thule Society

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