What are the Symbols of Satanism?
Name: Inverted Pentagram
The pentagram may be the most common symbol associated with Satanism. To the casual observer, the symbol may just look like a star within a circle, but there is much more to its meaning than that.
When used by satanic groups, the three downward points often signify rejection of the Christian Trinity. While not all satanic symbols are associated with opposition to religion or Christianity, the pentagram has often been used in that way.
This is a 19th century image by Eliphas Levi called the "Sabbatic Goat." The name "Baphomet," which eventually became associated with this illustration, has been around since the 13th century and at some point became linked with pagan worship.
Whatever the origin of the connection, the Baphomet is certainly used as a Satanic symbol today. For example, it is depicted "the devil" in some Tarot images. Also, Aleister Crowley associated the image with sex magic.
Name: Sigil of Baphomet
First, the Baphomet head can be seen inside the inverted pentagram Second, the Hebrew characters situated in the outer ring spell out "Leviathan," a mysterious creature from the Hebrew Bible, whose identity is shrouded in mystery.
This symbol has been used from the days of the Spanish Inquisition to the present as it is the cover art for Anton LaVey's The Satanic Bible.
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Name: Cross of St. Peter
In Christian tradition, the Apostle Peter, who most believe was the leader of the 12 apostles, was martyred in Rome sometime between 64-68 A.D. He was reportedly crucified upside-down, so as not to die in the same manner as his Savior, Jesus, because he was unworthy to die in the way.
The upside-down cross was later adopted by some satanic organizations to convey the idea of Christianity in reverse.
Name: Satanic Cross
This six-pointed star is usually associated with Judaism, but has been used as an occult symbol going by the name "The Seal of Solomon."
Anton LaVey. The Satanic Bible. Avon Press. 1969.
Lyle Stewart. The History and Practice of Magic. Vol. II. University Books. 1979.