Symbols are oracular forms –
mysterious patterns creating vortices in the substances of the
invisible world. They are centers of a mighty force, figures
pregnant with an awful power, which, when properly fashioned, loose
fiery whirlwinds upon the earth. — Manly P. Hall, Lectures on
Ancient Philosophy, p.356.
According to the Concise Oxford
Dictionary, "symbol" can be defined as "a mark or
character taken as the conventional sign of some object, idea,
function, or process." The New Age movement and the
occult–which, in many ways, are one and the same–have greatly
employed the use of symbolism. I find it disturbing that while the
historical and contemporary "marks" of occultism can be
found throughout our modern culture, we no longer recognize their
spiritual significance. However, just because the average person no
longer knows the meaning of occult symbols, it in no way negates
their significance. The fact remains that these symbols have never
lost their meaning, and occultists today still recognize their power
and influence–and use it.
This article is Part 4 in a multipart
series on occult symbols.
Goat of Mendes: See
"Baphomet" in the first article of this series.
Grail (aka, Holy Grail):
Legend has it that the Holy Grail was the cup Jesus Christ used
during the last supper. Within the world of western esoteric
teachings, the Grail, variously symbolized by an elaborately
decorated cup, represents perfection or purity. It is also
emblematic of discovering one’s deeper level of existence – the
quest for the deification of man. The Holy Grail is symbolically
linked to the mystical history of the Knights Templar and other
Halo: In the Christian
world, halos are depicted as adorning circles of light resting on
God’s saints. Halos are also found in the New Age movement, the
occult, and eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. In one
occult dictionary, halos are described as "a radiant, luminous,
glowing circle of light surrounding the head of a deity, or highly
evolved soul-mind." To New Agers, this "circle of
light" denotes cosmic understanding and enlightenment.
Hand of Fatima: This
Persian symbol represents healing and strength. It is considered a
portal to mystical visions.
Hexagram (Star of David):
The six-pointed star is found throughout the world. It adorns books,
clothing, jewelry, and a variety of religious articles. For the past
number of decades, this symbol has appeared on Christian churches
and is worn by believers around the world. Years ago it was referred
to as the "Seal of Solomon," today it’s called the
"Star of David." Strangely, however, there is no Biblical
support for this symbol belonging to David. Instead, there is
scriptural evidence showing that a religiously affiliated
"star" symbol was brought out of Egypt by the Israelites,
and was viewed by God as idolatry (see Amos 5:25-26 and Acts 7:43).
Although there is no Christian basis
for this symbol, there is a controversial Jewish connection. It’s
based, not on the Old Testament, but on an occult Hebrew text called
the Kabbalah (also spelled Qabalah and Cabala). The Kabbalah and its
religious system is a mystical division of Judaism. Some have
referred to as an occult parallel to the Old Testament. The hexagram
has often been used in conjunction with its teachings on the
"Tree of Life."
In the mid-1990s, I had a chance to
discuss this issue with two rabbis during a synagogue open house.
These two gentlemen admitted the hexagram’s mystical significance
and its association with the Kabbalah. In fact, they had placed an
explanation of this symbol inside the synagogue for the benefit of
visitors–referring directly to its esoteric meaning.
Beyond the Kabbalistic
interpretation, the hexagram has had a long history of occult usage
going back to Chinese and Egyptian mystery religions. Throughout
this time the meaning of the Star of David has always remained the
same–it represents the cosmic union of good and evil, of light and
darkness, of destruction and creativity. Freemasonry uses it to
portray the male and female generative powers of the universe, and
Rosicrucians embrace the symbol for its esoteric properties. Other
western occult societies claim that rituals which incorporate the
Star of David are extremely potent. And within witchcraft the
hexagram is viewed as having a high degree of magic and of being one
of its most important emblems.
We may think of certain patterns and
designs as being ornamentally attractive, but keep in mind that many
symbols portray more than what is initially perceived. Some symbols,
such as the hexagram, have been incorporated into Christianity
without believers really knowing what is represented. In this day of
grand deceptions, we need to be wise as serpents and harmless as
doves. We need to put on the full armor of God, and stand firmly
against the works of Satan.
Carl Teichrib is a Canadian based
researcher on the occult and globalization. During the years 2000 and
2001, he was Director of Research for Hope For The World, the ministry
of Gary Kah, and continues to work closely with this organization.
Carl’s material has been published in a variety of newspapers,
magazines, and newsletters. You can contact Carl by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.