Below are some symbols familiar to my site as well as some new. I've put them all in the one place so that we can familiarise ourselves with them & thus recognise them for what they really are next time they cross our path, instead of misappropriating their origin, which is the modern day intention with these (for the most part) Alchemical devices.
The idea is to connect them linearly as we go, however I may wander a wee bit but it doesn't really matter, we'll give it a whirl anyhow. Speaking of which, lets start with the dreaded SWASTIKA…….
'The pentagram & hexagram were both used for protection in ancient Greece (V cent. BCE). In Babylon, five-, six- & seven-rayed stars were all used. The pentagram appears in the earliest writing of Mesopotamia (precuneiform pictographic writing), c. 3000 BCE, as the Sumerian sign UB. Its meaning in the cuneiform period (by 2600 BCE) seems to be a Heavenly Quarter & also the four directions (forward, backward, left, right); the fifth direction was "above." The four directions corresponded to the planets Jupiter, Mercury, Mars & Saturn, with Venus the Queen of Heaven (Schekina) above. These are the "Smaller Planets" (omitting Sun & Moon). Ishtar (Venus) was represented by the Eight-rayed Star (Elam).'
'Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image' - God
'& they [French Merovingian Monarchs] all supposedly bore a distinctive birthmark, which distinguished them from all other men, which rendered them immediately identifiable & which attested to their semidivine or sacred blood. This birthmark reputedly took the form of a
red cross, either over the heart a curious anticipation of the Templar blazon or between the shoulder blades.' - Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln 'Holy Blood Holy Grail'.
'Templar Knights had escaped from France, crossed the border into Switzerland & granted sanctuary, bringing with them their military expertise & Templar treasure… buying their way into this new country. The Templar’s were Europe’s bankers from the 11th – 14th century, now the largest banking & financial institutions of Europe are located in Switzerland.'
Above; from Mackey's Encyclopaedia Of Freemasonry
The above are taken from the French Magus Eliphas Levi's 'Transcendental Magic' (1854-6) &
is corroboration for Albert Mackey's claim that the Pentagram is the symbol for both
Lucifer & Satan. The 'Temple' Levi refers to here is the Knights Templar, who brought the symbol of Baphomet back from the Middle East. Much of Levi's book was the basis for the handbook of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Albert Pike's 'Morals & Dogma'.
'WHEEL & -WHOA!
The Great Wheel of Samsara.
The Wheel of the Law. (Dhamma.)
The Wheel of the Taro.
The Wheel of the Heavens.
The Wheel of Life.
All these Wheels be one; yet of all these the Wheel of the TARO alone avails thee consciously. Meditate long & broad & deep, 0 man, upon this Wheel, revolvmg it in thy mind!
Be this thy task, to see how each card springs necessarily from each other card, even in due order from The Fool unto The Ten of Coins. Then, when thou know'st the Wheel of Destiny complete, may'st thou perceive THAT Will which moved it first.
- Aleister Crowley 'The Book Of Thoth' (1943)
'The Eagle is the universal emblem of the gods of the sky. The cosmic eagle is a symbol of the highest aspirations of the spirit, & its triumph over the carnal nature. This is why the eagle is so often depicted in combat with serpents or bulls, creatures who symbolize earthly desire (bull) or evil (serpents). It is most often a solar symbol….A double-headed eagle represents the union of opposites & is an important emblem of Freemasonry.' - symbol dictionary.net
'The pyramid form may be explained by an examination of the familiar obelisk form. The obelisk, as is commonly known, is a symbol sacred to the Sun-god. So far as I am aware, however, little significance has heretofore been attached to the fact that the especially sacred portion of the obelisk is the pyramidal apex with which it is surmounted. An obelisk is simply a pyramid upon a lofty base which has indeed become the shaft.'
Below - more stylised pentagrams (skull & bones)
Below; The 22 Tarot Trumps (or 'Keys')
I've come to believe that these Trump Tarot Card consciousness-altering images/archetypes are the most potent device the Mysteries use against us in their Quest for the Holy Grail. Songs/music may be archetypal, & you may have heard how they're sometimes involved as triggers in the build up to gun rampages or in the Manson Family massacre for instance.
To learn what symbols mean & do to our minds is to protect oneself from their influence when used against or upon us, as they are on a daily basis. Shape has property, as in the pentagram or hexagram, to visualise these instruments alters ones thought-process, be it in a positive or negative manner depending on how it's conceived, these are the weapons of the Magi, who's name is incorporated in the term;
Does it ring a Bel, so to speak?
The Greek god Kronos or Saturn in Roman is the archetype for our 'Father Time'.
'Satan is Saturn, Set, Abrasax, Adad, Adonis, Attis, Adam, Adonai, etc…...The card itself ['Death'- Tump card of the Tarot] represents the dance of death; the figure is a skeleton bearing a scythe, & both the skeleton & the scythe are importantly Saturnian symbols.'
- Aleister Crowley 'Magick In Theory & Practice' (1929)'.