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Article ID: 8650
Age Group: Adult
Posted: August 15th. 2004
Exposing Satanism and Democrats 
by Kerr Cuhulain
"Witch Sign or Moon Sign: "Used to salute the rising moon. Also used by surfers and football teams." It is hard to tell here whether they're suggesting that surfers and football players are Satanic. This isn't a hand sign used by Wiccans.
The second half of the Symbols section of the Exposing Satanism and Witchcraft web site was compiled by Pastor Billy Bissell. Bissell served as a chaplain for the Muskogee (Oklahoma) PD and as such appointed himself "ritualistic crime consultant" for that agency. This list includes:
"Bad Company Tied to the temple of Psychic Youth." I presume that this is some local gang that Bissell is aware of.
"Anti Justice The roman symbol for justice was an axe upright. Being upside-down it represents anti justice or rebellion. Feminists use a double axe upright as a symbol of ancient matriarchy." The Labrys, is a double bladed ax that is a symbol of several Greek and Roman Goddesses, including Artemis, Gaea, Rhea and Demeter. It was used as a ceremonial scepter at the shrine of the Goddess in Delphi. Because of the Amazon qualities of Goddesses like Artemis some modern day lesbians have adopted the labrys as a symbol. The double bladed ax is a symbol found in several other cultures as well. In India it is carried by the God Shiva. In ancient Egypt it was a symbol of the God Ptah. It also appears in Mayan art. The double headed axe is also a symbol of the Orisha Chango. We encountered definitions earlier in the Witch Hunts series by Christians claiming that the double bladed ax was a Roman symbol of justice and that if inverted it becomes a symbol of "anti justice", as these people are here. This is incorrect: Actually the Roman symbol of justice was the Fasces: A single bladed axe or arrow with birch rods bound to it with red thongs. In ancient times these were carried by "lictors" (assistants to the magistrate).
As we've seen throughout my Witch Hunts series, lists of "ritual/coven markers" or "black mass indicators" is an urban legend that has been circulating for years. Bissell's list on the Exposing Satanism and Witchcraft site lists several:
"Black Mass Indicator Indicates a black mass has or will take place. It mocks the catholic mass. Holy Items are defiled and the lords prayer is recited backwards."
"Blood Ritual Symbol Represents animal and human sacrifices."
"Sexual Ritual Symbol Used to indicate the place and purpose."
Bissell's list includes a number of symbols that I have not seen in other "police" lists of supposedly Satanic symbols, including:
"Holy Earth Symbol for mother earth. Also appears as a Hopi medicine wheel and Norse sun symbol." Of course people like the creators of the Exposing Satanism site don't consider the Earth holy or sacred, so it isn't surprising that they'd include this and claim it to be a Satanic symbol.
"Seal of the Left Hand Path Indicates Black magic and the path to Satan." I've never encountered this symbol before, but people presenting themselves as "experts" on "occult crime" often go on about the left hand vs. the right hand path. For example: In the film Dave Roever Presents: Exposing The Satanic Web, there is a discussion on this subject by Ken McBride (who claims to have been a former Satanic priest). This subject showed up at a lecture on Satanic Ritual Abuse conducted by Detective Jerry Simandl in 1992. Retired Captain Dale Griffis gave testimony regarding this subject in a homicide trial in Arkansas in 1994. These people appear to have adapted this concept from an idea that was popularized by the founder of Theosophy, H. P. Blavatsky (1831-1891 CE). Blavatsky borrowed the idea from Tantrism, a form of Yoga from India. In Tantrism the female was positioned to the right of the male for Mantra and Mudra ceremonies. For erotic ceremonies she was positioned to the left of the male. Blavatsky felt ritual sex of any form to be perverse, so she used the term "left hand path" to describe magickal systems that she disapproved of and "right hand path" to describe those that she sanctioned. She may also have been influenced by Inquisitional folklore about left handed people. The demonologists of the Inquisition taught that people who were left handed (in other words, different from the norm) were Witches. Ultimately, through popular usage, the term "left hand path" later came to be a term for evil or black magic.
"Labyrinth A maze design of bronze age Crete that symbolizes the path of initiation." This is indeed a concept from the mythology of Crete. It isn't a Satanic symbol.
"Spiral Ancient Goddess symbol of universal pattern of growth in nature. A variation with three lines was used by some to represent the number of the beast.. 666" While they are correct about this being an ancient symbol often connected to Goddess worship, I've never seen it used in any form to represent the number of the beast.
"Ritual Circle Has different meanings to different groups. Protection from evil, symbolic of life cycles or completeness. Nine feet across with a smaller one inside and perhaps a pentagram drawn inside." This definition is so vague as to be virtually useless. Many non-Satanic groups worship in ritual circles. Many ceremonial magicians practice their rituals in circles, and they aren't Satanic either.
"Sword of Power May be seen upright or upside down with a drop of blood. Used by some Satanists to represent light and darkness." Another dangerously vague definition, and one that I haven't previously encountered. Many other religious paths use swords in their worship, and none of these are Satanic.
"Talisman or Amulet Believed to have magical powers. Usually has a drawing or writing with the name or image of a deity." "Talisman," originally a French word, is derived from the Arabic term "tilsam," which was a magic figure or horoscope. It may also be related to the Greek word "telesma" ("incantation"). It is an object believed to have magical properties, such as a charm or amulet, and many people besides Satanists use them.
"Thaumaturgic Triangle Used for magical purposes in casting of spells and the summoning of demons. Found near ritual sites. Believed to be the door through which the demon will be called." Like the hexagram, the triangle has become an ubiquitous symbol in Satanic conspiracy myth literature. Triangles are a very common symbol in the various spiritual paths of the world. A red triangle is the Tattwic symbol of Tejas or Fire. A metal triangle is one of the instruments played in Vodoun ritual. In the magickal system of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the triangle is a symbol associated with Saturn. In Occidental Ceremonial Magick a triangle is often traced on the ground outside of the magick circle into which the magician will call the entities conjured in his ritual. An example of this is the Triangle of Solomon in the Lemegeton. This is a triangular symbol drawn upon the ground outside of the magickal circle in the quarter appropriate to the spirit called. Of course the triangle has had many different meanings in many different cultures. For example: Australian aboriginies worshipped the Goddess Kunapipi ("Old Mother") in a triangular dancing area. In some cultures triangular cakes are baked for religious festivals, examples being triangular hamantaschem for Purim. You'd never guess any of this from the minimalist captions and definitions that most fundamentalist authors supply us with.
"Trident Symbol of enforcement among occult groups. there are many variations." In the two decades that I've been doing anti defamation research I've yet to encounter any occult group that used the trident as a "symbol of enforcement". If there are so many variations as Bissell suggests here, why haven't I ever seen even one?
"Unincursive Hexagram: Designed by Aleister Crowley as the symbol of his Order of the Silver Star, Astrum Argentum or AA." There's that hexagram again. Crowley didn't design this symbol: He and others such as Israel Regardie adopted its use as it was easier to draw or trace in one motion. Crowley wasn't a Satanist and the AA wasn't a Satanic organization.
"Veve Designs used in Voudoun to summon the various Loa or spirit deities. Symbol for Baron Samadi [sic], Lord of the graveyard and death." Its Baron Samedi (Samedi is the French word for Saturday), not "Samadi". Baron Samedi is the Guede of graveyards in Vodou and probably the most well known Vodou Guede (q.v.) outside of Vodou. I'm guessing that since this is the only symbol or information on Vodou in the entire site, that this is the extent of their knowledge concerning Vodou. Vodou is an Afro-Caribbean religion which has nothing to do with Satanism.
Another section in this Exposing Satanism and Witchcraft web site is "Occult Involvement". This is basically a check list of things to look for in order to identify "POSSIBLE involvement in the Occult." Watkins indicates that he believes that "the Occult" is one big religious group, as they describe the objective of people involved in what they call the occult as "to hide the true meaning of their religion, which is Satan worship." Watkins' 25 point list includes:
"1 An unusual interest in the bible. (learning of Satan)" This is an interesting twist. Most lists of this sort indicate the opposite. Isn't a fanatic interest in the Bible exactly what these people are promoting here?
"2 Mocking Christianity.
"3 Interest in Occult movies and books.
"4 "Into" heavy metal music---
"5 Speaking in Rhyme and backwards talking.
"6 Reading Poems or other writings with themes of blood, death, murder, satan, suicide or anything evil.
"7 Unusually long finger nails (painted black)
"8 Eating raw meat in front of peers.
"9 Violent rebellion (Jeckyl and Hyde personality)
"10 Occult drawings on books or Tattoos--