The producers behind Chilling Adventures of Sabrina capitalized on the success of Riverdale by creating a moody, self-aware series that leans into the kitschy nature of teen witches and visual symbolism. The trailers for the Netflix series showcase the stellar art direction, which blends mid-20th-century iconography with occult symbols. Viewers will have to be focused while binging Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, as there are plenty of hidden symbols strewn throughout the episodes, some of which - like the statue of Baphomet - real-life Satanists have claimed the show is misrepresenting.
Since Sabrina Spellman is a witch, the show naturally features pentagrams of all shapes and sizes, but you might be baffled by the existence of a book filled with names written in blood. Also, what's the deal with the ravens hidden throughout the teasers? Read on to see all the symbols hidden in the background of the show and discover their hidden meanings. Once you've done that, make sure to check out these other shows like Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!
Throughout the initial teaser trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, visuals of Baphomet got intercut with the rest of the footage. The goat-headed demon Baphomet stands above everyone in the scenes and appears awfully portentous.
Baphomet is a somewhat new addition to the world of Satanism. In 1897, French occultist Stanislas de Guaita created the goat-head pentagram for his book, La Clef de la Magie Noire, which roughly translates to "the key of black magic." Thelema pioneer Aleister Crowley used the symbol in his work, but Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey truly brought the symbol to the forefront of the occult by adopting it as the logo for his organization, emblazoning it on the cover of The Satanic Bible.
According to The Cut, real-life Satanists are displeased with the show's interpretation of their copyrighted symbol and reportedly will take legal action. On October 30, 2018, The Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves tweeted that the show is "appropriating our copyrighted monument design to promote their asinine Satanic Panic fiction."
The Inverted Cross
When Sabrina walks into the cemetery, there's an upside-down cross hanging in the trees. This symbol has taken on a negative connotation over time, but it derives from ancient Christian lore. The upside-down cross is known as St. Peter's Cross, which came about when St. Peter, one of Jesus's 12 disciples, became a martyr.
Peter had requested that the cross be inverted, as he didn't deem himself worthy of passing the same way Jesus did.
In the first trailer for the series, Sabrina apparently conducts a seance around a pentagram. The pentagram is a major part of ritual magic, believed to be a parallel of the human body and used as the foundation for most rituals in both left-hand and right-hand magic (black or white magic, respectively).
In the trailer, there's a lifeless person in the middle of the pentagram, which suggests there's some intensely dark magic happening in the series. Some view the inverted pentagram as a representation of evil.
For the ancient Celts, the pentagram served as a symbol of the "five-ness" of things, specifically the elements: fire, air, water, and earth - with the spirit being the superlative element.
The Blood Moon
The image of the Blood Moon acts as a transition through at least two of the trailers for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The Blood Moon represents both Satanism and sacrifice, and it's reportedly used in the spiritual community to make a ritual more powerful.
A full Blood Moon supposedly helps increase astral energies, which the "Basic Guidelines for Satanic Covens" claim are "more favorable for success."