Before you doodle mystic symbols in your notebook or get meta-spiritual tattoos inked on your body, consider what types of spirits those strange sigils may invoke. Some symbols might seem familiar, and even safe enough to appear on everyday items like Oreo cookies. However, they shouldn't necessarily be displayed by ordinary folks unless you're trying to get yourself into some seriously dark stuff.
Just like how some forbidden words act as incantations (and invitations) for sinister energy, some satanic symbols are too dastardly or ominous to be advertised by just anyone. These symbols are powerful runes that can invite dark spirits into your vicinity. Whenever you see these symbols, keep your head on a swivel. Otherwise, you're just asking to hang out with whatever diabolical being has been summoned as a result of someone else playing fast and loose with symbols intrinsically connected to mystic forces.
The Leviathan Cross is also known as Satan's Cross. The symbol is a combination of two images that each has a specific meaning. The bottom loop represents infinity; the double cross on top is the Cross of Lorraine, which serves as the balance between Earth and higher spiritual realms. In alchemy, this symbol also represents the chemical sulfur (or brimstone) and is believed to be an analogy for the human soul itself.
Created by the Knights of Templar and co-opted by the founder of the Church of Satan, Anton LaVey, this symbol is used to invite Satan into the soul.
The Oreo cookie brand uses the Cross of Lorraine portion of the symbol on its cookies.
Conspiracy theorists can debate for hours about the true meaning of the Eye of Providence. Rightfully so, as it's a pretty ominous symbol for an image seen on everything from dollar bills to Catholic cathedrals. This floating, glowing eye is commonly used as a sacred symbol to represent some of the most powerful (and secretive) groups in the world, including the Freemasons, Illuminati, and the Vatican.
Ancient and sacred, Freemasons hail the Eye of Providence as the all-seeing eye of God, who is considered the "Architect of the Universe." The Freemasons have used it publicly since the late 1700s. Drawing this symbol is said to bring forth the wisdom, omniscience, and magnanimity of the eye of the sacred, universal architect.
According to Ancient Pages, the Rose Cross existed well before a cross was ever used as the defining symbol of Christianity. The Rose Cross has been used by many groups but was most notably adopted by the Rosicrucians.
Also known as "The Order of the Rose Cross," the Rosicrucians were a mystical and heretic group who ascribed to a manifesto that described the reformation of mankind through esoteric and occult knowledge.
Freemasons and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn have also used the Rose Cross symbol, embracing it as a powerful way to evoke concepts of divinity.
The Celtic Knot is a triple knotted symbol also known as the Triquetra. With its endless loops, this knot is typically seen as a representation of the never-ending nature of the human soul. It is often used in Christianity to represent the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; however, it also has esoteric meanings.
The Triquetra has ties to Paganism and is used to invoke the powers of one of the specific Triple Goddess deities. While it might seem like a fun and innocent symbol to draw to represent the infinite soul, it is also a summoning tool. Someone's Celtic Knot tattoo could casually summon a brutal battle goddess like the Morrigan.