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Occult Witchcraft Symbols Hidden In Modern Society And Culture

(Gabrielle Pickard)  Throughout history, symbols have been used to convey hidden spiritual messages, which often have double or multiple meanings.  The pentagram, for example, has been used to transmit occult power for centuries, but to Christians, the pentagram shape represents a star – a special part of God’s creation. Likewise the symbol of the fish, for Christians, represents a following of Jesus, but for other non-Christians, an image of the fish is a zodiac star sign.


In witchcraft, a ‘Wicca’ symbol is traditionally associated with witchcraft. The most meaningful and widely recognised of the ‘Wicca’ symbols is the Pentacle, a five-pointed star that is contained within a circle and is drawn in a continuous line.

This predominant witchcraft symbol, also occasionally confused as a satanic icon, cannot be mistaken as belonging to any other religion or deity. (2)

In her book The Woman’s Encyclopaedia of Myths and Secrets, Barbara Walker describes the Pentacle as being based on the symbol of the Goddess Kore that is hidden in the heart of an apple.

“The Pentacle or Pentagram was worshipped by Pythagorean mystics who called it Pentalpha: the birth-letter interlaced five times. Its meaning was given as ‘life’ or ‘health’. Some called it the star of Ishtar or of Isis, or the Isis’s underworld twin, Nephthys. In Ehypt the five-pointed star represented the underground womb.” (3)

Other primary witchcraft or ‘Wicca’ symbols are the ‘Chalice’, the ‘Cauldron’, the ‘Athame’ and the ‘Wand’, which of course are all of the so-called tools that belong to a witch.

In modern society, occult symbols are everywhere and are even used in corporate logos. Whether or not people notice, the exposure to those symbols is very real and prevalent. Numerous studies have shown that “an average person is exposed to about a thousand logos a day.” (4)

Occult Symbols Hidden in Plain Sight

Because we have become so accustomed to these logos, which are used by corporations as marketing tools, we rarely muse over the symbolic meaning of those images, many of which convey occult witchcraft symbolism.

Take, for example, the winged sun-disk symbol, which has become a recognisable logo in the automotive industry, used in the Bentley, Mini, Harley Davidson, Chrysler, Aston Martin and Chevrolet logos, as well as being used by such seemingly unrelated groups such as the Freemasons and the Rosicrucians.

According to The Vigilant Citizen, the winged sun-disk symbol is an ancient Egyptian symbol, which traditionally depicted two serpents on the wings, representing the goddesses that protected Upper and Lower Egypt. The same winged sun-disk sign was also used by Persians as well as by remote cultures in South America and Australia. (5)

In his book Symbolism of the Gods of the Egyptians and the Light They Throw on Freemasonry, Thomas Milton Stewart spoke of the ancient mystic symbolism behind the winged sun-disc symbol:

“The symbolic points in the foregoing legend are very old, for they belong to the earliest period. The winged disk, which as a hieroglyphic means ‘to become – to be – to create,’ is a part of symbolical ornamentation of every temple, displayed over every gate and doorway, and a symbol of the earliest expression of life after death that has reached our day.” (6)

Another prominent modern corporate logo that has ancient mystical and magical meanings is the Vesica Piscis, an ancient symbol that is the shape of two interlocking circles and is part, according to the Vigilant Citizen, of sacred geometry.
‘Piscis’ refers to the middle section of the symbol which represents a fish (Pisces). Whilst the mystical meaning of this ‘sacred geometry’ symbol has always been shrouded in mystery, it is widely agreed that it represent the female principle, “the vulva of the Goddess”. (7)

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The Modern Use of Occult Symbols

In modern culture, this ancient symbol that has ‘sexual’ associations is used as the basis of the logos for several leading fashion brands, namely Channel, Gucci and DC Shoes. The symbol is even the logo for Mastercard.

Why major modern corporations choose to incorporate these ancient logos from occult societies has been associated with the fact that such symbols are, as the Vigilant Citizen states, “magically charged to focus the subconscious to perform particular tasks.”

In other words, these logos are much more powerful than we may think. Setting the question of magic (or magick) aside, these logos offer a great deal of insight into the belief systems – both superstitious and spiritual – of the individuals that created them.

One example of this is the Alpha Romeo badge that includes the image of a giant crowned snake. It is only one example of the many prominent modern-day logos that we don’t even question and just take for granted as representing a certain brand, that actually has sinister occult ancient meaning.

The story goes that in 1910, Romano Cattaneo was asked to come up with a new badge for Alfa Romeo. While waiting for a train at a Milan train station, Cattaneo took inspiration from the Visconti family’s coat of arms displayed on the door.
The coat of arms featured a serpent eating a child, which is known as a “biscione”, an image that reportedly terrified the citizens of Milan in the 5th century A.D. (8) If you look closely at the Alfa Romeo badge you will notice that the crowned snake on the logo is eating a terrified human.

It isn’t just car manufacturers and designer fashion labels that are implementing occult magick and witchcraft into brand logos for reasons that remain relatively ambiguous. There are movies that employ the same tactics as well

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Occult Symbols in Movies

The disaster movie titled, “2012”, about a near destruction of Earth based on predictions made by Ancient Mayans thousands of years ago, is reported to have hidden symbolic meanings.

“2012” was released in 2009 and played on the fears that the world was going to end in 2012. The movie contains many mythological, historical and Biblical references that give the story a much deeper underlying meaning than simply the plot of the planet being destroyed in the year that the Ancient Mayans had predicted.

One interesting article at the Vigilant citizen describes how disaster movies educate the masses, by creating a fictional political response to the mega-cataclysm threatening planet Earth that the writer describes as “rather unsettling”.

The occult hidden message in the movie ‘2012’ that the Vigilant Citizen finds rather unsettling is how the world’s elite, by secretly planning its own rescue mission a few years in advance of 2012, keeps the “masses in the dark”, leaving most of the population to die, whilst creating a new world that is only populated by the elite. (9)

From the symbol of the demonic deity ‘Baphomet’ or the symbol of Satan being used in modern jewellery, on buildings and on the emblems of vehicls, to movies that provide occult messages portraying the sinister activities of the world’s elite, modern society is certainly brimming with occult symbols everywhere you look.

It is only when we stop to look more closely that we can reveal more sinister and hidden ancient meanings behind those symbols.