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Satanic Symbols That Would Actually Make Pretty Cool Tattoos

Updated September 23, 2021 1.2k votes 235 voters 12.8k views11 items

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Signs and symbols always make for great tattoos - but which should you choose? If you're looking for something on the sinister side, there are plenty of cool symbols for tattoos that can be traced back to black magic.

Satanic tattoo designs are currently all the rage, whether they're from ancient texts or more recent history. There are plenty of subcultures, from metal to goth and everything in between, that are inked with some of these devilishly decadent designs. Check out their histories and meanings, and make sure to vote for your favorite satanic tattoo ideas below.

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    The Chaos Star Symbolizes Infinite Possibility 

    Photo: Kotone Breitbarth / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

    This symbol has eight arrows facing out from a central point. Created by fantasy author Michael Moorcock, it is now used to symbolize chaos magick, the concept of using whatever tools are available in the moment to change your circumstances.

    Chaos magician Peter Carroll further developed the symbol to its current round shape. 

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    The Leviathan Cross Dates Back To The Crusades

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    The Leviathan Cross is an alchemical representative of sulfur (one of many), which in itself is representative of the the soul. Sulfur has an association with the devil, but this symbol is not necessarily satanic.

    Created by the Knights Templar, the Leviathan Cross wasn't adopted by satanists until the 1960s when Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan, began using it. It is said to be a combination of the Cross of Lorraine (‡) and the infinity symbol (∞), and the Templars are believed to have placed it on banners for riding into battle.  

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    The Grand Seal Of Lilith Represents The Darker Aspects Of The Feminine

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    Lilith appears in Jewish mythology and is believed to be from a class of demons known as Līlīṯu, according to Mesopotamian texts.

    The first wife of Adam, Lilith was cast out of Eden and wandered the world before becoming the wife of Samael (a demon in the Talmudic tradition). She is often seen as the mother of dark spells and witchcraft.

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    The Solid Unicursal Hexagram Is Drawn From One Line 

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    This magical symbol is meant to be drawn in one continuous movement, reflecting the belief that figures and symbols in ritual spells should not be broken. Occultist Aleister ​​​​​​Crowley adapted the symbol from a magical society known as the Golden Dawn, and it was used to identify Thelemites, the followers of his philosophies.

    Also known as the Aquarian Star, the hexagram's meaning can refer to the joining of opposites or the invocation of elemental forces. 

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