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Symbols (T-Z)

Author: Kerr Cuhulain
Posted: July 4th. 2004
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Talis/Talisman:

In a list of terms borrowed from Ritualistic Crime Consultants in Lou Sloat's Texas Ritualistic Crime Information Network Occult Crime Manual, "Talis" is defined as: "Made from hair, finger nails or earth that has been walked on by the person. Used to weaken that person."[249] This nonsensical definition is followed by: "Talisman- One who specializes in making talises."[250]

This is so ridiculous that I can only assume that rather than look this one up in a dictionary they just made this definition up. If Mireles and Carrillo were right then presumably a woman could be a "Taliswoman." I'm sure that you've never heard of one of those and neither have I. Perhaps this is another failed attempt on their part to use Latin: "Talis" is the Latin word for "such" or "of such a kind". There is no such thing in anything that may be considered part of the "occult" as a "Talis." "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"). A talisman is not a person, it is an object believed to have magical properties, such as a charm or amulet.

Tarot cards:

Due to the oft quoted scriptures condemning any form of divination, Tarot cards are usually associated with Satanism by fundamentalists. For example, The Madraks include a list of "Objects" which includes Tarot Cards.[251] However, the descriptions of them by such self appointed "experts" often reveal their ignorance of the subject.

For example: In Schemes of Satan, Warnke claims that "The traditional deck of tarot cards consists of twenty two pictorial cards that are used for divination and fortune telling."[252]This is proof positive that Warnke has never laid eyes on a deck of Tarot cards, since there are 78 cards in a Tarot deck, twenty two of them in the major arcana and the rest organized into four suits of the minor arcana. The minor arcana of the Tarot is similar to playing cards, because playing cards were adapted in later years from Tarot cards.

Tau Cross:

Clifford Alford's Occult Crimes Investigations lists the "Tau Cross" as an occult symbol. Thomas Carder's ChildCare Action Project/Christian Analysis of American Culture web site defines the "tau cross" as follows:

"Long ago known as the 'Cross of Egypt.' It is shaped like the letter 'T', often with a circle or ovoid above it symbolizing divinity (divine life, or life itself) -- the ankh. There is a mixture of claims between the ankh and the Tau Cross being the Cross of Egypt since the ankh is a development of the Tau Cross. The Tau Cross is a symbol of end, or death, probably due to its resemblance to one of the forms of crosses used to crucify criminals in ancient Rome. Inductees into the Mysteries of Mithras were branded with this symbol on their forehead. The cult of Mithras was a major competitor of Christianity. Mithras was the bull-god (Bull = Ba'al?) worshipped in the Roman empire about the time of Christ. Mithras was hailed by his believers as the "angel of light" and "heavenly light" and is associated with the sun because of its "heavenly" location. Cue on the use of "light" and "sun" by the Mithrasians. The Word of God is [Ps. 119:105] "...a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Jesus, the Son (phonetically "sun") of God was the fulfiller of the Word (His Law). In John 8:12, "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." Use of the Tau Cross by the dark world is more mockery of the Gospel of Jesus and of His power and authority since Jesus died for you and I on a Tau Cross or a variation of it and because of His position as the bringer of Light and Truth."[253]

Mithras (variations: Meithras) was a Persian God of light and purity, who later became a sun God. He originated in Hindu mythology as Mitra, a Hindu sun God, son of the the Mother Goddess Aditi. Mithras was worshiped by the Zoroastrians and became a very popular deity in the Roman Empire from the second to the fifth centuries CE. The central legend concerning Mithras tells of how he killed a bull as a fertility rite, its blood causing the vegetation to flourish. For this reason animals were sacrificed to Mithras. Note how Carder is trying to draw a connection between Baal and Mithras by pointing out that Baal looks similar to the word bull. This is a load of bull: Baal means "lord" not "bull" and he originated in Phoenician mythology, not Persian.

The Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art tells us that the tau cross was placed upon the doorposts of Israelite homes at the first Passover in Egypt .[254] This may have been copied from the Egyptian practice of placing an Ankh on the doorposts as a charm to bring good fortune. This in turn may have been what gave people like Carder the reverse notion that the Ankh was created from the Tau cross. The Tau cross has shown up in many different cultures. D'Aviella referred to the tau cross as "Saint Anthony's Cross" although the connection to this saint is a myth.[255] Saint Phillip is another saint often associated with the tau cross. In his 1958 book The Evil Eye, Frederick Elsworthy claimed that the Druids made a t-shaped wooden idol called a "Thau" and this also may have influenced people like Carder to consider it an occult symbol.[256]

Tetragrammaton:

At a seminar for police officers that I once attended, Eric Pryor stated that "anyone wearing a tetragrammaton" (which he drew on the black board as a pentacle with "tetragrammaton" written around it clockwise) can be linked to the OTO".

The tetragrammaton isn't a figure or an object, as Pryor is suggesting here. Tetragrammaton is a Greek title which literally translates as "four letter word". This refers to the four Hebrew letters Yod He Vau He ("YHVH", "JHVH" or "IHVH"), which are said to be the unpronounceable name of God. Because of the belief that once you know the real name of a thing, you can create it by its sound, the ancient Hebrews had prohibitions about speaking aloud the name of their God. This led them to create the Tetragrammaton and use corruptions of the pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton such as "Yahweh", which later became "Jehovah". As a point of interest, the early Hebrews, like the Phoenicians, didn't usually use vowel characters, which is why there aren't any in the Tetragrammaton. The term appears in many grimoires, such as the Grimorium Verum, The True Book of Black Magic, the Lemegeton, the Grimoire of Honorius, the Grimoire of Armadel, the Grand Grimoire, the Versus Jesuitarum Libellus, the Greater Key of Solomon, Levi's Transcendental Magic, Barrett's The Magus and in the works of Aleister Crowley: In most cases it is simply a name used in conjurations.

Theban:

Theban is a magical alphabet which is often listed in occult crime manuals as a Satanic alphabet. For example, Mary Ann Herold lists Theban in her A Basic Guide to the Occult for Law Enforcement Agencies. The Texas Ritualistic Crime Information Network Occult Crime Manual lists a single page depicting an alphabet labeled "Witch Runes". The alphabet depicted is actually Theban, not a form of runes at all. Detective Don Rimer includes a "Witch's alphabet" on his list of "Symptoms Characterizing Occult Ritual Abuse".[257] He does not explain what he means by this term.

There isn't one official "Witch's alphabet". There are several magickal alphabets which have been used in various traditions of Occidental Ceremonial Magic (a system based on Christian mythology) over the years. They are Theban, Passing the River, Malachim, Enochian and Angelic. Other alphabets used in Neo-Pagan practices include Norse Runes and Angerthas (an alphabet created by fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien). None of these are referred to anywhere as a "Witch's alphabet".

Theban is a magickal alphabet that first appeared in 1518 CE in Johannes Trithemius' Polygraphia. Cornelius Agrippa subsequently borrowed it for his De Occulta Philosophia. This first appeared in English in 1651. Francis Barrett then reproduced it in The Magus in 1801. Theban was adopted by many early British traditions of Wicca as the standard magical alphabet for use in the Book of Shadows.

Toad:

The European folklore about toads has also made it's way into occult crime manuals. For example, Shane Westhoelter claims that toads were "Originally considered to be poisonous, used in many witches spells and brews to do harm".[258] This is nonsense, the kind of things that the Inquisitors tried to get people to confess to under torture. Ancient folk beliefs did hold that toads were poisonous (and some actually are), but their use in "witches spells and brews" is Inquisitional propaganda.

Tree of Life:

The Tree of Life is a symbol of the Qabalah, which I described earlier. It is sometimes listed as evidence of Satanism by ill informed Christian "experts". For example, Mary Ann Herold lists it in A Basic Guide to the Occult for Law Enforcement Agencies.[259]

The Tree of Life is a model of the universe used in the Qabalah. It teaches that the universe was created through a series of emanations from the supreme Godhead or Ain Soph Aur, traveling downward through 10 stages called Sephiroth, arranged in a structure referred to as the OTz ChIIM ("Otz Chaiim" or "Etz Chayim") which translates as "Tree of Life". The Tree of Life is used by the Qabalists to organize everything in existence. Its ten ascending Sephiroth are arranged across three pillars called by some Severity (left pillar), Equilibrium (middle pillar) and Mercy (right pillar) or Judgment (left pillar), Mildness (middle pillar) and Mercy. It comes from a Judaic mythology, not from Satanism.

Triangle:

Like the hexagram, the triangle has become an ubiquitous symbol in Satanic conspiracy myth literature. For example: In Mary Ann Herold's manual, there are two entries. The first is a triangle with the caption "pyramid".[260] The very next entry is a triangle in a circle labeled "Thaumaturgic triangle."[261] Thaumaturgy comes from the Greek word "thaumatourgia" ("thauma" = "a wonder" and "ergon" = "work"). It is simply another word for magic. The San Diego County Sheriff's Association's Gangs, Groups, Cults: An Informational Aid to Understanding, lists the triangle as "A sign of Solomon known as an area of protection and representing the earth, sky and water".[262] In Mystery Mark of the New Age, Texe Marrs tries to convince us that the triangle is Satanic:

"...to the Goddess religion worshippers of Egypt the triangle represented the holy trinity of their three chief deities. This was Satan's mockery of the Holy Trinity of God, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit... According to Walker, the triangle is the universal sign or symbol of the Mother Goddess. 'The triangle', she reports, 'was worshipped in much the same way that modern Christians worship the cross.' Once again we see the importance of the triangle in connection with 'MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS' (Rev. 17)."[263]

I don't believe that there is any convincing evidence that would demonstrate that the triangle was ever a universal sign of the Mother Goddess, any more than we can prove for sure that a Goddess religion was once universal. Marrs goes on to state that "The triangle is very popular among witches and satanists as the above symbols amply demonstrate."[264] Both of the symbols Marrs refers to in his book are elaborate drawings from Inquisitional era texts that demonstrate old church misconceptions of Witchcraft. The triangle symbol isn't used much in Wicca, the only place it occurs being as a symbol to indicate first degree initiation or, when combined with a pentagram, to indicate third degree initiation.

Marrs takes these assumptions about triangles and uses it to make some rather strange deductions. For example, Marrs states that "It is no accident that... the Marxist-Communist dictators of Nicaragua- the 'Sandinistas'- have adopted the triangle, the horn, and the sun for their national flag. John Barela, Christian evangelist and author of the outstanding book Antichrist Associates and Cosmic Christianity, has exposed the occultic nature of the Nicaraguan flag: 'Central America's biggest troublemaker is the terror-exporting military state of Nicaragua... Examine this vicious government's national banner. In the middle of it for all to see is a pyramid- with rays shooting out of the occultic triangle. Notice, too, the little horn. Familiar? Did it get there by chance? By coincidence? Hardly!"[265]

Rev. John Barela, a lecturer for the Southwest Radio Church, is the founder and president of the radio and television ministry program Today, the Bible and You. The pyramid with the triangle over it is similar to that symbol from the reverse Great Seal that I describe elsewhere in this chapter. That single horn concept is probably influenced by Daniel 7:8 ("I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn...").

The first chapter of Michaelson's Your Kids and the Occult is "The War for Your Child's Mind", in which she claims that "...The triangle (a representation of the Trinity), when placed within the circle, becomes a Thaumaturgic (magic) Triangle, one of the most powerful occult symbols in ritual magic for the conjuration of demons."[266] This definition should be familiar to you: It is almost the same definition for a "thaumaturgic triangle" that we saw in Herold's awful A Basic Guide to the Occult for Law Enforcement Agencies. The only difference is that Michaelsen has added a reference to the Trinity.

Triangles are included on Pat Pulling's "Profiling, Symptoms and Investigative Clues For Juveniles Involved in Fantasy Role Playing Games." Pulling's list is subsequently reproduced in Lou Sloat's Texas Ritualistic Crime Information Network Occult Crime Manual. The TRCIN Occult Crime Manual also lists triangles in an untitled list of symbols attributed to Satanism.[267] Don Rimer's Ritual Crime and the Occult: The New Youth Subculture, includes the triangle on its list of "Satanic Symbols".

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.

Utchat:

This ancient Egyptian symbol appears in Doc Marquis's book Secrets of the Illuminati, where he refers to it as the "eye of Horus". This is typical of the interpretations that you'll find of this symbol. Mike Warnke describes it as "The Eye of Lucifer: In non-occult use, the eye within a triangle symbolizes 'enlightenment'. Within the occult, the emphasis is on Lucifer as the one who brings enlightenment. The 'eye's' connection with the Illuminati... is possible but not proven."[268]Mary Ann Herold calls it the "Eye of Horus: All seeing eye of Freemasonry, symbolic of the third eye."[269] The diagram accompanying Herold's listing is of a stylized Egyptian eye called an "utchat" in a triangle, similar to the eye at the top of the pyramid on the reverse side of the Great Seal of the US, which one can find on the reverse side of a US dollar bill. This is nowhere referred to as "the eye of Lucifer". Note how Herold has now worked Freemasonry into her definition. This symbol was never used by the Illuminati. On the Demonbusters web site one finds a page with the title "Demons and Characteristics". This has a section, "Forbidden Practices of the Occult." Under a subtitle, "Occult in General", the Madraks lists "God's Eye".[270]

In Mystery Mark of the New Age, Texe Marrs claims that "The [symbol of the] all seeing eye does, indeed, represent unity- a unity that is inclusive of witchcraft, satanism, Hinduism, Shintoism, Buddhism, and every weird and strange cult that has ever existed, but a unity that excludes Jesus Christ. The origins of this symbol are in the Egyptian Mother Goddess religion. Hathor, the Sun Eye Goddess, was thought to come out of the dark night with her piercing eye that emanated from the very interior of the sun. Hathor was the Mistress of the Vulva, the goddess of drunkenness and partying, dance, music and song, and sexuality and fertility. In The Egyptian Book of the Dead, the dead are pictured as sitting with Hathor under a tree, to keep her company and seek renewal for themselves. She was the Cow Goddess (mistress of the Bull God) and as the Sun's eye, she, it was taught, uncovered the rebellious and punished them... New Age 'bibles' and leaders also teach that the all-seeing eye of Horus is the same as the eye of Shiva. Shiva is the Hindu equivalent of Horus the Egyptian Sun God."[271]

Note how Marrs has classified major world religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism and Wicca as "weird and strange cults". Marrs goes on to claim that "Christians with the discernment of the Holy Spirit can easily decipher and see through this absurd gibberish. Clearly, the New Age populace is being prepared by Satan to receive his Mark. They are being seduced into believing that with this Mark, their all-seeing eye will be activated and they will have acquired a direct link with their 'Divine Father'- the Universal Mind- and his wise, all-knowing Hierarchy. They will be One with the Force. But in truth, they will have come under a spirit of deception and be under total bondage to Satan."[272] It is ironic that Marrs should be calling these things "absurd gibberish" when that phrase so aptly describes the material in his own book.

Thomas Carder's ChildCare Action Project/Christian Analysis of American Culture web site has this to say about the "evil eye or mal occhio":

"Found on US currency, this symbol portrays those who claim to be chosen by Satan to control world finances. We might see this symbol used more frequently as the New World Order and the one-world currency mature. This icon is to say to the observer that the 'eye of Satan' is watching, especially in finances. It is also connected by some with the spiritual burdens of envy and greed. 'This symbol is one of the most potent in the power of divination (the King James version of the Holy Bible calls 'divination' witchcraft).' Hexes, curses, psychic control and every corruption conceivable are worked through this emblem.' According to some folk tales, a menstruant's gaze - the Evil Eye - was able to to cause harm: failing crops, rotting of food, and sickness in babies. The Evil Eye is also associated with the gaze of a witch to control a victim: a gaze that would appear blank and expressionless but could do harm or kill nonetheless. Whichever meaning, they are all evil and indicate subservience to or solicitation of an unholy authority."[273]

There is that "eye" from the Great Seal on the back of the US $1 bill again. Carder has combined this with Inquisitional folklore about the evil eye. Note the specific reference to "menstruants" indicating that women are an unclean occult influence. Later on Carder's site one finds a definition of "udjat or all-seeing eye":

"As an amulet, variations of the udjat are used for wisdom, protection, good health, prosperity, clairvoyant powers, and protection from the evil eye. It is often used as a funerary amulet to guard against evil forces, and for rebirth in the underworld. There are other mythological and cultural uses of this symbol. One is the Eye of Horus (the falcon god) or the wadjet, symbolizing the loss of an eye of a god's son in battle. Another is as the Eye of Ra (Egyptian sun god) or Heru, adorned with the markings of the ever-watching eye of a hawk. But in satanism, it is as evil as evil can be. It is the right eye of satan in the role of Big Brother, always watching, always examining and judging, half-closed to make the subject think he is not watching. While Drs. Haynes and Carlin believe the object below the eye is a tear to symbolize that he mourns for those outside his influence, I believe it would better fit as a tear in recognition of his future."[274]

Ultimately the Utchat turns up in Anderson's Law Enforcement Guide to Occult Related Crime: "Triangle: Representative of earth, sky and water; a sign of Solomon known as the area of protection."[275] The diagram accompanying this is of a triangle with an eye in it. The "all seeing eye" is listed as an occult symbol of concern in Alford's Occult Crimes Investigations.[276]

The Utchat (Variations: Udjat, Udjatti or Wedjat) is a common symbol from Egyptian mythology which at various times represented the eye of the Goddess Ma'at or of the Gods HarWer (Haroeris or Horus the Elder), Thoth or Ra. It appears to have first been used for Ma'at, since her name is based on a verb "to see" and since she was considered the Mother of Truth, indicating that she saw all. Two eyes, called Udjatti, were often painted or carved into sarcophagi in the Dynastic period, and are thought to represent the eyes of Ra and Thoth, placed there to avert evil influences. The Sun and Moon were thought to be the right and left eyes of HarWer. It would be more accurate to say that this popular Egyptian symbol was supposed to give the wearer the ability to see the truth, rather than experience enlightenment. It has no connection with Lucifer, who does not appear in Egyptian mythology at all.

Hathor, whose name means "house of the face" or "house of Horus," wasn't a "Sun Eye Goddess," as Marrs suggests, though she was a sky Goddess. She was a Goddess of pleasure and nurturing and protectress of the dead. Hathor wasn't the "sun's eye." The sun was one of the eyes of Horus, a falcon headed sky God, his other eye being the moon. Shiva wasn't a sun god, but he does have an all seeing eye like Horus.

The eye in the pyramid on the Great Seal was originally suggested by Pierre Du SimitiŹre, one of the consultants and artist on the first Great Seal committee in 1776. He intended for it to represent the eye of providence. William Barton, a member of the second committee in 1782 included this eye in his design. It was intended as the symbol of an "omniscient and ubiquitous deity". In his official Remarks and Explanation, Charles Thomson said that they eye and the motto, "Annuit Ceoptis", "allude to the many signal interpositions of providence in favor of the American cause."[277] Warnke and many other Satanic Conspiracy myth supporters are oblivious to these facts and you'll see many other examples of evangelists who are paranoid about the eye on the US dollar bill. For example, the Madraks have a page on their Demonbusters web site with the title "Demons and Characteristics". This has a section, "Forbidden Practices of the Occult." Under a subtitle, "Occult in General", the Madraks list the "Great Seal".[278]

One of the reasons that people like this go after the Great Seal of the US is that they are misinterpreting the symbols and mottos depicted upon it, particularly those on the reverse side, which depicts an unfinished pyramid surmounted by an eye in a triangle, and surrounded by the Latin expressions Annuit Coeptis and Novus Ordo Seclorum.

The first Latin phrase was inspired by the Roman poet Virgil, who lived in the first century BCE. In the Aeneid, book IX, line 625, is the phrase: "Jupiter omnipotens, audacibus annue coeptis." (All-powerful Jupiter, favor [my] daring undertakings.) Also, in Virgil's Georgics (book I, line 40) are the words: "Da facilem cursum, atque audacibus annue coeptis." (Give [me] an easy course, and favor [my] daring undertakings.) Charles Thomson changed the first person imperative "annue" to the third person "annuit." In the motto Annuit Coeptis, the subject of the verb must be supplied, and the translator must also choose the tense. We know that Thomson said: "The pyramid signifies Strength and Duration: the Eye over it & the Motto allude to the many signal interpositions of providence in favour of the American cause." The eye is therefore the missing subject, and the translation of Annuit Coeptis would be: "The Eye of Providence is favorable to our undertakings."

The second Latin phrase, Novus Ordo Seclorum, was also chosen by Charles Thomson. In the fifth line of Eclogue IV, Virgil also wrote the phrase "Magnus ab integro seclorum nascitur ordo." This has been translated in several ways, including, "A mighty order of ages is born anew", "The great series of ages begins anew", "the ages' mighty march begins anew" and "the majestic roll of circling centuries begins anew." Thomson coined the phrase "Novus ordo seclorum", which means "a new order of the ages". As you will see, people like the ones I describe in this series chose to mistranslate this phrase as "a new secular world order."

Venefica:

This is an Inquisitional term which surfaces in books by Satanic Conspiracy myth supporters. An example from Westhoelter's NIN manual reads: "Venfica (sic): A witch who uses poisons and philters (potions)".[279] Retired cop turned "occult crime consultant" Dale Griffis handed out a list of terms "used by occultic groups" at one of his lectures in 1989 which defined "Veneficia" as "A witch who uses poisons in magic spells." Lou Sloat's Texas Ritualistic Crime Information Network Occult Crime Manual includes Venefica in its list of occult terms.[280]

This is straight out of Exodus 22:18 in the King James translation of the Bible: "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live". The King James version was translated from Greek texts, and the original Greek line read: "Thou shalt not suffer a venefica to live". The Latin word "venefica" means "female poisoner". Thus, the correct translation should be: "Thou shalt not suffer a female poisoner to live". King James's translator decided that the term "witch" was synonymous with "poisoner". King James I was well known for his persecution of "witches" in England. In other translations of the Bible, this passage is translated differently. For example, in the Revised Standard Version of the Bible this verse is translated as: "You shall not permit a sorceress to live," which isn't any more accurate than the King James version. This is a good example of scripture being deliberately misinterpreted to support Satanic hysteria. As you can see, this is not a new idea.

Witches Pyramid:

This is a relatively modern term borrowed from Wiccan practices by Satanic Conspiracy Myth supporters. Warnke mentions it in Schemes of Satan: "Secrecy is one of the foundational principles of a system known as the 'Witch's Pyramid'. According to this philosophy, 'power shared is power lost'."[281]In video news segments later assembled in Jubilee Christian Center's video From Pagan to Pentecost, Eric Pryor appears in his apartment temple, referring to the temple as the "covendom" and to the Cone of Power as a "Witch's Pyramid

The concept of the Witch's Pyramid was first stated in The Ritual Book of Magic by Clifford Bias: "The Magus, the Theurgist, the True Witch stand on a pyramid of power whose foundation is a profound knowledge of the occult, whose four sides are creative imagination, a will of steel, a living faith and the ability to keep silent." This concept was expanded upon in Amber K's book True Magic. In my books Wiccan Warrior and Full Contact Magick, I describe the Witch's Pyramid as a five-sided model that helps us understand the interaction of five important magical principles: "To Know, To Keep Silent, To Dare, To Imagine, To Will."

These five principles or axioms are the cornerstones of magic. Each of these axioms interact together to form a functioning whole. Imagine that each of these five principles forms a side of a pyramid. If any one of them is missing or flawed, the magical energy enclosed within this pyramid will escape and the resulting magic will be ineffective. A Wiccan hones her Witch's Pyramid to seal up these flaws. At the same time, she seals up the flaws in her own character. Contrary to what Warnke is suggesting, "To Keep Silent" does not mean "to keep your rituals secret". "To keep silent" means to become still within and without. To clear your mind of distractions in meditation. To become aware of subtle currents, instincts, and emotions. It represents knowing and awareness, not secrecy.

Wizard:

This term shows up in Westhoelter's General Information Manual With Respect to Satanism and the Occult, where he defines wizards as the "Male equivalent of a witch, wise man".[282] Lou Sloat's Texas Ritualistic Crime Information Network Occult Crime Manual includes Wizard in its list of occult terms.[283]

The term "wizard" comes from the Middle English word "wisard", which in turn was derived from the Old French word "guischart", which came from the Icelandic term "viskr" ("clever, knowing"). Originally the word "wizard" was used to describe a philosopher or sage, not a magician: The use of the word to describe a magician emerged in the 16th century when the distinctions between philosophy and magic became blurred.[284] Didn't Westhoelter just finish telling us that the term to use was "Warlock?" Wiccans do not use the term "wizard". A male Witch is referred to as a Witch.

Yin/Yang Symbol:

Herold has a drawing of the Yin/Yang symbol in A Basic Guide to the Occult for Law Enforcement Agencies with the caption: "Holistic Man Yin and Yang."[285] The "Tai Chi (Yin/Yang)" symbol is listed twice as a "Demonic Symbol" on the Madrak's Demonbusters web site.[286] Eventually it turns up in manuals for police officers. In Anderson's Law Enforcement Guide to Occult Related Crime the "Yin-Yang" is described as "Symbolic representation of yes/no, black/white, evil/good, ie: Opposites in coexistence."[287] Colorado Bureau of Investigations Questioned Documents Examiner's Occult Guide lists the yin/yang symbol as a "Satanic Symbol". San Diego County Sheriff's Association's Gangs, Groups, Cults: An Informational Aid to Understanding, has this to say: "Yin-Yang--Its meanings include all opposites. Male/Female, Night/Day, Black/White and Good/Evil."[288] Lou Sloat's Texas Ritualistic Crime Information Network Occult Crime Manual lists Yin Yang in an untitled list of symbols attributed to Satanism.[289]

Thomas Carder's ChildCare Action Project/Christian Analysis of American Culture web site has this to say about "yin/yang": "This doo-hickey is representative of all opposing forces, most notably between good and evil, male and female, and light and dark. The light portion is male. The dark portion is female. Also the light portion is good and the dark is evil. Soooo, you would expect the occult groups to latch onto this emblem to represent their opposition to God's Truth and especially His Law. This emblem is used heavily by students and practitioners of the martial "arts" such as karate and other "self-defense" disciplines from the far east. It's origin is Chinese. The symbol is also used by some to make a sexual statement of '69' which I will not discuss any further."[290] Note how Carder tries to connect it to sexual activity: He becomes squeamish about stating "oral sex" and instead uses the euphemism "69".

Five thousand years ago the I Ching first proposed the concept of Yin and Yang, forms of energy that combine to form everything in the universe. The I Ching said that out of Wuji (nothing) came Taiji, which was composed of Yin and Yang. This, in turn, broke down into eight basic situations or trigrams that represented the elements. Yin is the female, negative, dark, passive principle in the universe. The concepts associated to it are: cold, water, soft, dark, wood, mother and near. Its complement is Yang, the male, positive, light, active principle of the universe. The concepts associated to it are hot, fire, hard, light, metal, father and far. It has nothing to do with "holistic man".

Zodiac:

Quite a few of the people that I write about talk about Astrology and the Zodiac without having the least notion of what they are talking about. We saw a good example of this at the beginning of this chapter in Anderson's manual. "Zodiac Signs" are listed as occult symbols of concern in Alford's Occult Crimes Investigations.[291] Mary Ann Herold lists all twelve signs of the zodiac and ten planetary symbols used in astrology as evidence of Satanic activity. The glossary of Watch Network's Be Aware! handbook states that the signs of the zodiac "Are used in the satanic or the occult worship of the gods and goddesses that seek after the lust of Ishtar. Conjuring the spirits of fertility to produce every type of immoral lust after and for the gods of procreation is done through these emblems. The practitioners of the zodiac are acknowledging their god as Baal, or Lucifer [sic]".[292]

Note how WATCH is obviously not even aware of what a person who uses the zodiac is called. "Practitioners of the Zodiac?" Try astrologer. Astrologers would be most surprised to learn that they supposedly worship Baal or Lucifer, since many of them aren't practicing any particular religion. Astrology is certainly not a fertility religion as WATCH suggests here: It is an art of divination using mathematics and the positions of stars and planetary bodies.

Thomas Carder's ChildCare Action Project/Christian Analysis of American Culture web site has this to say about the signs of the zodiac: "This is the logo of astrology, bears is a very complex history. Astrologists believe astrology to be a science and that the soul of an individual is the center of its universe: his/her own god. Astrologers tend empirically correlate celestial phenomena with human experiences, thus the "science" of using the stars and planets to predict the future and matters of lust, love, and reincarnation... This icon of the twelve signs of the zodiac is also the icon of certain satanists and occultists in worship of the false god, Ishtar, the goddess of love/lust. Spirits of fertility are subject to the power of the zodiac to produce every manner of immoral lust after and for the false gods of procreation. Practitioners of the zodiac acknowledge their (false) god is Satan. There is so much more that could be told about astrology and the practice of the zodiac, but any way you cut it there is worship and subservience to a false god and the workings of evil."[293]

The symbol that accompanies Carder's definition is of a twelve pointed star in a circle. While one can see how this might be considered a symbol of the zodiac, as the zodiac has twelve signs, I've never seen it used as such. Ishtar is a Babylonian name meaning "she who endowed the king with prestige". Ishtar was an Assyro-Babylonian mother Goddess, patroness of fertility, love, battle, marriage, the Moon and divination. Assyrians believed Ishtar to be personified in the planet Venus. Anton LaVey listed Ishtar as one of the "Infernal names" in his Satanic Bible, which may have been what influenced Carder to include a reference to Ishtar here. Carder is the second person that we have encountered that refers to astrologers as "practitioners of the zodiac" and has added another awkward and non-existent term: Astrologists. I've yet to meet an astrologer who "acknowledges their false god is Satan" since astrology isn't a religion and therefore doesn't need Gods.

ZOSO:

"ZOSO" has been popping up in various so-called manuals on "occult related crime" for years. Not one of these manuals, many of which were written by law enforcement officers, lists the source of this information. I first found this nonsensical definition in Anderson's Law Enforcement Guide to Occult Related Crime : "Zoso: A mythological three-headed dog who guards the gateway to hell."[294] Further on in the manual is a crude drawing of the word "zoso", accompanied by this definition: "Zoso: The name of a three headed dog; the protector of the gateway to hell; a nickname of Jimmy Page." A similar definition appears in Alford's Occult Crimes Investigations manual. The Colorado Bureau of Investigations Questioned Documents Examiner's Occult Guide defines "ZOSO" as: "Symbol for three headed dog- protector of gateway to hell, nickname of Jimmy Page". The last page of the Pennsylvania State Police Missing Persons Bulletin, "Satanism: The Law Enforcement Response", is a list of symbols labeled "Signs of Satan" which includes "Zoso: The three headed dog that guarded Hell".[295] Lou Sloat's Texas Ritualistic Crime Information Network Occult Crime Manual lists Zoso in an untitled list of symbols attributed to Satanism.[296]

If any of these people had looked in a dictionary of Greek mythology they would have discovered that the three-headed dog that guarded Hades was Cerberus, not Zoso. If any of them had checked out the grimoires that they are so quick to comment on, they might have figured this "Zoso" sigil out too. They didn't and they haven't.

Medieval magicians believed that each spirit had a seal or sigil which identified it or which was related to it. This was probably because it was customary for people to use seals of distinctive designs to seal letters as a form of signature in those days. The argument seems to have been that if people had them, spirits must have them too. "Zoso" is a sigil which is related to the planet Saturn. In modern times you will find it on the album covers and record labels of the British rock group "Led Zeppelin." A good example, can be found on the dust cover of the album "Led Zeppelin IV".

Jimmy Page was the lead guitarist of the rock group Led Zepplin. Page is a serious student of occult subjects and bought Aleister Crowley's old house in London, which he turned into a metaphysical book store. Page chose this sigil because Saturn is related to the metal lead, relating in turn to the name of this group. He chose several other symbols for the Led Zepplin IV album, an example being the inside cover, which is a reproduction of "The Hermit" card of the Major Arcana of a Tarot deck. "Zoso" later became the name of the Led Zepplin Fan Club, based in San Francisco.

The three headed Cerberus also appears in Dante's Inferno as the guardian of the third of the first seven circles of Hell. Dante incorporated several attributes of Hades into his description of Hell, though even a cursory study of Greek mythology will show that Hades is not equivalent to the Christian Hell. Dante's book may have been the inspiration for naming Cerberus the guardian of Hell, but I have never been able to figure out whose idea it was to connect the sigil "Zoso" with Cerberus. I speculate that some promoter of the "listening to rock music causes Satanism" theory saw this symbol on the Led Zepplin albums and let their imagination run wild. Maybe it was the same person that thought pit bulls were the official dog of Satanism?

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Footnotes...

[249] Sloat, Lou: Texas Ritualistic Crime Information Network Occult Crime Manual, pg 76.
[250] Ibid.
[251] "Demons and Characteristics" http://www.demonbuster.com/zpart2‑w11.html
[252] Warnke, Mike. (1991). Schemes of Satan, pg 152.
[253] Carder, Thomas. Back To School Special, ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture, http://www.capalert.com/backtoschool/backtoschool.htm, emphasis in original
[254] Hall, James. (1974). Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art, Harper & Row, NY, pg 78.
[255] D'Aviella, Count Goblet. (1956). The Migration of Symbols, University Books, NY, pg 16.
[256] Elworthy, Frederick. (1958). The Evil Eye, Julian Press, NY, pg 103.
[257] Rimer, Don. "Symptoms Characterizing Occult Ritual Abuse'" http://www.ogia.net/oklahoma%20gang%20investigators'%20association/occult/htm
[258] Westhoelter, Shane. (1989). General Information Manual With Respect to Satanism and the Occult, National Information Network, pg 71.
[259] Herold, Mary Ann. (1984). A Basic Guide to the Occult for Law Enforcement Agencies, pg 16.
[260] Ibid, pg 44.
[261] Ibid.
[262] San Diego County Sheriff's Association, Gangs, Groups, Cults: An Informational Aid to Understanding, pg 114.
[263] Marrs, Texe: Mystery Mark of the New Age, pg 78/79, emphasis in original.
[264] Marrs, Texe: Mystery Mark of the New Age, pg 82.
[265] Ibid, pg 81.
[266] Ibid, pg 11.
[267] Sloat, Lou. (Date unknown). Texas Ritualistic Crime Information Network Occult Crime Manual, pg 28.
[268] Warnke, Mike. (1991). Schemes of Satan, pg 167.
[269] Herold, Mary Ann. (1984). A Basic Guide to the Occult for Law Enforcement Agencies, pg 8.
[270] "Demons and Characteristics" http://www.demonbuster.com/zpart2‑w11.html
[271] Marrs, Texe. Mystery Mark of the New Age, pg 103.
[272] Ibid, pg 107.
[273] Carder, Thomas. Back To School Special, ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture, http://www.capalert.com/backtoschool/backtoschool.htm
[274] Carder, Thomas. Back To School Special, ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture, http://www.capalert.com/backtoschool/backtoschool.htm
[275] Anderson, Sgt Edwin C, Jr.: Law Enforcement Guide to Occult Related Crime, California State University Police, pg 43.
[276] Alford, Clifford. Occult Crimes Investigations, pg 51.
[277] Http://www.greatseal.com/symbols/eye.html
[278] "Demons and Characteristics" http://www.demonbuster.com/zpart2‑w11.html
[279] Westhoelter, Shane. (1989). General Information Manual With Respect to Satanism and the Occult, National Information Network, pg 71.
[280] Sloat, Lou. (Date unknown). Texas Ritualistic Crime Information Network Occult Crime Manual, pg 14.
[281] Warnke, Mike. (1991). Schemes of Satan, pg 106.
[282] Westhoelter, Shane. (1989). General Information Manual With Respect to Satanism and the Occult, National Information Network, pg 72.
[283] Sloat, Lou. (Date unknown). Texas Ritualistic Crime Information Network Occult Crime Manual, pg 14.
[284] Ayto, John. (1990). Dictionary of Word Origins, pg 576.
[285] Ibid, pg 47.
[286] WICCA - SATAN'S LITTLE WHITE LIE", http://www.demonbuster.com/zpart2‑w9.html, "Forbidden Practices of the Occult" http://www.demonbuster.com/z6fpoto.html
[287] Anderson, Sgt Edwin C, Jr.: Law Enforcement Guide to Occult Related Crime, California State University Police, pg 43.
[288] San Diego County Sheriff's Association's Gangs, Groups, Cults: An Informational Aid to Understanding, pg 114.
[289] Sloat, Lou. (Date unknown). Texas Ritualistic Crime Information Network Occult Crime Manual, pg 28.
[290] Carder, Thomas. Back To School Special, ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture, http://www.capalert.com/backtoschool/backtoschool.htm
[291] Alford, Clifford. Occult Crimes Investigations, pg 51.
[292] Be Aware!: A Handbook for the Purpose of Exposing Occultic Activity, WATCH Network, pg 8.
[293] Carder, Thomas. Back To School Special, ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture, http://www.capalert.com/backtoschool/backtoschool.htm
[294] Anderson, Sgt Edwin C, Jr.: Law Enforcement Guide to Occult Related Crime, California State University Police, pg 30.
[295] Pennsylvania State Police Missing Persons Bulletin, Bureau of Criminal Investigation- Missing Persons Unit, Volume 3, Number 3 "Satanism: The Law Enforcement Response"
[296] Sloat, Lou. (Date unknown). Texas Ritualistic Crime Information Network Occult Crime Manual, pg 28.








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