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Occult & Other Symbols

This page has been designed specifically to provide illustrations of some of the more well-known occult, alchemical, astrological, planetary, Wiccan, Pagan/Neopagan and other symbols in common usage within occult circles or societies in the modern world, along with an explanation of their symbolism where appropriate.  For example, when you scroll down the lists of symbols, wherever the name underneath the image of the symbol is displayed in gold-coloured font, holding your cursor over that name will display an explanation of its use(s).  Those symbols/logos representing several occult societies and organisations have also been included at the end of the lists.

Since starting this page quite a few years ago, it has been suggested by several visitors we produce a pdf eBook (similar to our well received The Life, Times and Magick of Aleister Crowley).  We considered this proposal, but realised we did not have sufficient material to make it a viable proposition.  However, after considerable research we have eventually compiled a collection of almost 400 symbols/logos relating to ancient cultures, mysticism, mythological deities and creatures, occultism/occult societies, religion, astrology and much more, along with explanations of their symbolism -- all in all, a truly magnificent reference book.

You can download a sample of this eBook titled An Illustrated Guide to Symbols by clicking HERE.

Should you then be interested in seeing the rest and buying the complete version of this terrific eBook for just Ł1.99, go to our Shopping page.  If you do purchase this book, we will give you a complete update after 12 months for just Ł1 providing you quote your PayPal transcation reference when applying for it.

It could well be worth your while (at tomegatherion.co.uk. we would be so bold as to say it is an absolute MUST for anyone who is even remotely interested in magick and the occult) 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 long drug addiction.  He claimed to have written Liber 777 in a week while convalescing in Bournemouth, 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 if you Contact Us.

The groups of symbols you can currently see below are:

Please note that these lists do not and do not claim to show ALL occult symbols -- should you consider something else should be included please let us know via our Contact page.






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'.


All-seeing
Eye
Baphomet
Celtic Cross
Circle
Cross of
Nero
Goat of
Mendes
Hexagram
Horned God
Horned Hand
Inverted
Cross
Inverted
Pentagram
Mark of the
Beast
Ouroborus
Pentacle
Pentagram
Satanic
Cross
Satanic "S"
Scarab
Beetle
Seal of
Babalon
Solar Cross
Star and
Crescent
Swastika
Triangle of Art
Udjat
Unicursal
Hexagram
Witch Sign
Yin Yang



Notes relating to the Above Occult Symbols


1.   All-seeing Eye

This symbol 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.

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!



2.   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.

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.

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.

3.   Cross of Nero

The Cross of Nero did not come to symbolise peace until the late 1960s or 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.  The Peace Sign (Cross of Nero) 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.



4.   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 and head of the Church of Satan) 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'.


5.   Satanic "S"

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.


6.   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)
Potash (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.  The symbols for the planets, dwarf planet Pluto, Moon and Sun (along with the symbols for the zodiac constellations) were developed for use in both astronomy and astrology, so it is important to get to know these symbols.

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.


Sun
Mercury
Venus
Earth
Moon
Mars
Jupiter
Saturn
Uranus
Neptune
Pluto


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

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
(Cernunnus)
Pentacle
Theban
Alphabet
Triple
Crescent
Triple
Goddess
Triquetra
(Triqueta)
Witches'
Knot

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

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Bilderberg Group
Bohemian Grove
Illuminati
Skull & Bones

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