Cult Symbols and Their Significance

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Cult symbols are also know as symbols of the occult. They include many symbols from various backgrounds of black magic, paganism, secret societies, and ancient history. Some examples of cult symbols include the All-seeing Eye, the Ankh, the Cross of St. Peter, the Pentagram, and Baphomet. 

What is the Occult?

The occult is derived from the Latin word occultus. Occultus means secret, hidden, concealed, or something which is not known.

People believing in Satanic powers or Satanism use these occult symbols and believe these signs have supernatural or magical powers.

Pagans or Celtic people practicing occultism have been using these signs for centuries. And these cult symbols are an integral part of their ceremonies.

Popular Cult Symbols

All-seeing Eye

The All-Seeing Eye, also known as the Eye of Providence, is a sign of God’s omnipresence. The All-Seeing eye is seen as the guidance provided or the path shown by the divine power.

The Eye of Providence is sometimes portrayed in a triangular shape. The triangle represents the Holy Trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

But, freemasons or masonic people consider it as the eye of Satan. Secret societies or people practicing witchcraft use the All-Seeing Eye to cast spells on others.

The All-seeing is sometimes confused with the Eye of Horus, also a symbol of protection. But the Eye of Providence and the Eye of Horus are not the same.

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The All seeing Eye actually appears on the back of the United States’ one dollar bill.


The Ankh, the key of the Nile, is an Ancient Egyptian symbol. This pagan symbol represented eternal life. This is an essential neopagan, Kemetist, or magic symbol used for fertility rituals.

Christians also adopted the Ankh in the 4th and 5th century AD during the Christianization of Egypt.

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Originating in Ancient Egypt, the Ankh can often be found among Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Cross of St. Peter

The Cross of St. Peter is another famous alchemical symbol. It’s an inverted cross, and even though it was an ancient Christian symbol, it’s also associated with Satanism. The followers of Satan showed their protest using contrasting symbols, which is why they used the inverted cross.

The Cross of St. Peter speaks to Peter’s humility. Upon his own crucifixion, Peter asked to be crucified upside-down because he didn’t consider himself worthy enough to be crucified the same way as Jesus Christ.

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The Cross of St. Peter originated as a Christian symbol, but it is now primarily associated with Satanism.


The Pentagram is the main symbol of Wiccans, which is a modern Pagan religion. The Pentagram looks like a five-pointed star drawn with a single line. The five corners or points of the star represent water, earth, fire, air, and spirit.

The Pentagram is a representation of spirits winning over reason. The Pentagram represents Satanic powers or Satanism when it’s pointed down.

The Pentagram is considered a magic symbol, and earlier, people used it for black magic as well.

The Pentagram is often confused with the Pentacle. But both are different symbols. The Pentacle is a round-shaped or disc-like sign that people used to draw other magic symbols like the Pentagram.

Ironically, long ago, the Pentacle was used both as a Satanic symbol and also as a sign representing Christianity. Now, its main use is among pagans.

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Since it represents Satantic powers, the Pentagram is often used in pagan rituals.


Baphomet, or the Sigil of Baphomet, is another famous cult symbol. The Baphomet symbol is drawn with an inverted Pentagram with the head of Baphomet on it alongside the Hebrew letters saying Leviathan.

Baphomet was a goat-headed pagan deity/demon closely associated with Satan. The Baphomet is the official symbol of the Church of Satan, founded by Anton Lavey.

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Statues of Baphomet, like this one, often depict the deity with the head of a goat and the body of a human.

The Sigil of Lucifer

The Sigil of Lucifer, also known as the seal of Satan, is another cult symbol. It’s believed that pagans used the symbol to communicate with him and for the invocation of Satan during any ritual.

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This sigil is used in rituals to call forth the Devil.

Tarot Cards

Occultists use tarot cards to gain knowledge about the past, present, or future. A traditional Tarot deck contains 78 cards. Practitioners of Occultism can gain insight and knowledge from these tarot cards and use them for their benefit.

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Tarot Cards are often used in the occult practice of fortune telling.

Seal of King Solomon

The Seal of King Solomon is a six-pointed star or a hexagram dedicated to King Solomon in Esoteric Symbols. The Hexagram is placed within a circle with dots around it.

It was believed that the Seal of Solomon was a magical ring owned by King Solomon, and he used it to control spirits and he used them to build temples.

Some also believe that the ring gives Solomon the power to talk to animals. This ring is one of the oldest symbols of occultism used during ceremonial practices. The Seal of King Solomon was also used as a talisman.

The Hexagram is drawn with two overlapping triangles, one of which is inverted. It’s believed that the triangles represent the union of the male and female.

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Since Solomon is a prominent figure in many religion traditions, the Seal of Solomon borrows imagery used in a variety of religions.

Triquetra or The Trinity Knot

The Triquetra is another popular Celtic or Wiccan symbol. According to the Neo-Pagans or Wiccans, the Trinity Knot is attributed to honoring the Triple Goddess: Mother, Maiden, and Crone.

In Christianity, the Trinity Knot represents the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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The Triquetra is mostly commonly associated with the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, which appears here on a coin from the 11th century.

Neronic Cross Or The Cross Of Nero

This is a variation of the St. Peter’s Cross. It was first used by the Roman emperor, Nero, who lived in the 1st century AD. This occult symbol represents anti-Christian sentiments, and it mainly reflected Nero’s belief that peace could be achieved without the presence of Christianity as well.

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The Cross of Nero bears resemblance to St. Peter’s cross, but with the arms of the cross angled downward.


Viking Runes are a set of 24 alphabets first used during the 5th century AD.

People from Scandinavia or ancient Nordic countries believed that the Runes or these Latin alphabets had magical powers. This is why they were very careful about using them.

Each of these letters has a special meaning. Due to the extraordinary power of these letters, people carved them on wood or stones instead of writing them on parchment paper.

Apart from these, so many other cult symbols have been used by freemasonry people from ancient times. These signs hold special powers and people use them during their secret ceremonies.

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Runes were originally used in Nordic divination practices.


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