Egyptian hieroglyph signifying "life," a cross surmounted by a loop and
known in Latin as a crux ansata (ansate, or handle-shaped, cross). It is
found in ancient tomb inscriptions, including those of the king
Tutankhamen, and gods and pharaohs are often depicted holding it. The
ankh forms part of hieroglyphs for such concepts as health and
happiness. The form of the symbol suggests perhaps a sandal strap as its
original meaning, though it has been seen as representing a magical
knot. As a cross, it has been extensively used in the symbolism of the
Coptic Christian church -- Copyright 1994-1998 Encyclopaedia Britannica.
The idea of wings is very important in mythology. In
A Dictionary of Symbols we find:
"Wings In the more general sense, wings symbolise
spirituality, imagination, thought. The Greeks portrayed love and
victory as winged figures, and some deities, such as Athena, Artemis
and Aphrodite were at first—though not later—also depicted with
wings... .In alchemy, wings are always associated with the higher,
active, male principle; animals without wings are related to the
passive female principle."
is one god who has a number of wings on his being. He has the caduceus
(with winged snakes) and his hat and sandals also have wings. The winged
hat (called a petasus) and winged sandals symbolise Hermes' swiftness.
In fact, he is called the "flying man."
In Roman mythology Mercury:
"was the god of commerce and travel, and the patron
of thieves, gamblers, and ambassadors. The Greeks called him Hermes or
Cyllenius, because he was born on Mount Cyllene, in Arcadia. He was
the son of Jupiter (Zeus) and Maia, a daughter of Atlas. Pan, the god
of shepherds, was the son of Mercury."
Apollo gave him:
"a magic wand called the caduceus. Mercury used
this to guide the souls of the dead to the Lower World. He also could
control the living and the dead with it, or turn anything to gold."
one book on mythology, you will find Mercury "seated naked on a rock...
." A book on witchcraft informs us that Mercury was the "inventor of
incantations [and] was wont to be invoked the rites of magicians...."
Mercury was also one of the names of gods invoked in Roman Necromancy.
Necromancy is sorcery communication with the dead. Other books mention
that Mercury "the conductor of the dead to Hades [hell] ." Masonic
author, Albert Pike, of course, claims that Mercury is the "Guardian and
guide of Souls." Do you want a god that is conjured up by magicians and
is the conductor of the dead to hell to be the guardian and Guide" of
This god is portrayed in Masonry and the Eastern
Star—but a different guise. In the Eastern Star, the "Star in the East,"
the inverted/Satanic pentagram, is a depiction of Mercury. In Masonry,
Orator is a representation of Mercury. Albert Pike states:
"Of Hermes, the Mercury of the Greeks, the Thoth of
the Egyptians, and the Taaut of the Phoenicians, we have therefore
spoken sufficiently at length. He was the inventor of letters and of
Oratory, the winged messenger of the Gods, bearing the Caduceus
wreathed with serpents; and in our council he is represented by the
Are you beginning to get a picture of the god that is
being portrayed in Masonry and the Eastern Star? Their god has magical
powers. He is the god of the underworld (hell) and the patron of thieves
and gamblers. Note also that Mercury's son is Pan.
The caduceus (or magic wand) that Mercury carries
"consists of three elements: a rod, a pair of wings and two intertwined
serpents. The rod is emblematic of power and authority. In the hands of
primitive man, the largest club and the power to wield it were mighty
persuaders as to just who was the leader of the tribe." The caduceus
"was reported to have the power of producing sleep. Milton refers to it
as the opiate rod."
A Dictionary of Symbols we find:
"For the Romans, the caduceus served as a symbol of moral
equilibrium and of good conduct. The wand represents power; the two
snakes wisdom; the wings diligence; and the helmet is the emblem of
lofty thoughts... According to esoteric Buddhism, the wand of the
caduceus corresponds to the axis of the world and the serpents refer
to the force called Kundalini, which, in Tantrist teaching, sleeps
coiled up at the base of the backbone—a symbol of the evolutive power
of pure energy. Schneider maintains that the two S-shapes of the
serpents correspond to illness and convalescence. In reality, what
defines the essence of the caduceus is the nature and meaning not so
much of its individual elements as of the composite whole. The
precisely symmetrical and bilateral arrangement, as in the balance of
Libra, or in the tri-unity of heraldry (a shield between two
supporters), is always expressive of the same idea of active
equilibrium, of opposing forces balancing one another in such a way as
to create a higher, static form. In the caduceus, this balanced
duality is twice stated: in the serpents and in the wings, thereby
emphasising that supreme state of strength and self-control (and
consequently of health) which can be achieved both on the lower plane
of the instincts (symbolised by the serpents) and on the higher level
of the spirit (represented by the wings)."
explains the caduceus like this:
"It was originally a simple Cross, symbolising the
equator and equincoctial Colure, and the four elements proceeding from
a common centre. This Cross, surmounted by a circle, and that by a
crescent, became an emblem of the Supreme Deity—or of the active power
of generation and the passive power of production conjoined,—and was
appropriated to Thoth or Mercury. It then assumed an improved form,
the arms of the Cross being changed into wings, and the circle and
crescent being formed by two snakes, springing from the wand, forming
a circle by crossing each other, and their heads making the horns of
the crescent; in which form it is seen in the hands of Anubis."
The caduceus, says Pike, additionally symbolises the
four elements. Of course, the four elements figure prominently in
witchcraft. One witch writes:
"In casting a magic circle we first purify the
space we will use with the four elements of earth, air, fire, and
water. We walk around the area that will become the magic circle
carrying a bowl of salt and water (for earth and water) and an incense
burner (for fire and air). As we walk the path of the circle we say,
‘By water and earth, by fire and air, by Spirit, be this circle bound
and purified as we desire. So mote it be."
you notice that the caduceus "became an emblem of the Supreme Deity" and
that it represented "the active power of generation and the passive
power of production conjoined"? In other words, this emblem is a veiled
symbol for the sex act and it is this symbol that represents the Supreme
Deity of the Masons (and, by extension, the Eastern Stars as well)!
Eliphas Levi, the occultist whom Albert Pike plagiarised in Morals and
Dogma (which we are told by Masonic author Lucien V. Rule "is the
greatest single work on Masonic philosophy ever given to the world"),
also mentions that the god Mercury was assigned "to the parts of
"That the Serpents were ever the emblems of wisdom and prudence is
again shown by the caduceus of Mercury... The two serpents, entwined
around the rod, are phallic symbols of Jupiter and other gods who
transformed themselves into snakes for purposes of seducing goddesses.
. . .The serpent has ever been the symbol of the adept, and of his
powers of immortality and divine knowledge....It shows the dual power
of the Secret Wisdom: the black and the white magic."
Of course, one Masonic symbol after another has this sexual
connotation, but in spite of the sexual innuendoes, Past Master Albert
L. Woody, Grand Lecturer in Illinois, tells us:
"As late as 1812, in Pennsylvania, the Deacons in procession
carried columns—the same columns which now rest on the Wardens'
pedestals. Deacons first carried blue rods tipped with gold,
symbolising friendship and benevolence; later these were tipped with a
pine cone in imitation of the caduceus of Mercury, the messenger of
One Masonic book, after explaining about the caduceus, brags: "The
rod of the Master of Ceremonies is an analogue [equivalent or
parallel]." Another Masonic book claims that "Mercurius Caducifer
[Mercury], the bearer of the herald's staff, finds his analogue in a
Mason's Lodge, in the Senior Deacon, who accompanies the initiate
throughout the ceremonies, and assists at restoration, although himself
unable to restore life."
The caduceus is also a symbol for immortality. Of course, Mercury is
not the only god who carries a caduceus. Pike indicates that it was also
borne "by Cybele, Minerva, Anubis, Hercules Ogmius the God of the Celts,
and the personified Constellation Virgo, was a winged wand, entwined by
The Migration of Symbols reveals that the caduceus
"has alternately been considered to be an equivalent of the Thunderbolt,
a form of the Sacred Tree, a contraction of the Scarab, a combination of
the solar Globe and the Crescent of the moon, and so forth -- Masonic
and Occult Symbols Illustrated, pp. 148-152.
The Cross: Latin
The Cross: Latin
form of cross is that shown above - a symbol of Christianity; we really
need to take a detailed look at the cross and at crucifixion to fully
understand its significance, the various types of cross, and their
meanings. It is a well-established fact that the cross, symbolic of
humankind as a whole. Formerly considered to be a of the death of Jesus,
was used as a symbol many thousands of years before the setting up of
the Christian Church, and many Bible students feel that the symbol of
the cross, being pagan in origin, should not be associated with Jesus
Christ or true forms of Christianity.
The crucifix which many wear as a symbol of their belief is carried
by more people than any other religious talisman, and is considered by
many to be sacred: people sometimes go far as to make the cross an
object of adoration or an icon in its own right. Indeed since the time
of Jesus' death, the object on which he died has been depicted in many
ways. People seeking to trace the actual form of the cross or torture
stake have looked back at the original Greek scriptures where the word
stauros is used, and concluded that this means any upright
wooden stake firmly fixed in the ground. This could mean any implement
at all, such as a pole in a fence, but further investigations have
revealed that the word 'stauros' also indicates something used for
impalement of human beings. In many cases, especially during the time of
the Roman Empire, the execution stake became a vertical pole with a
horizontal crossbar placed at some point, and although the period of
time at which this happened is uncertain, what is known is that simple
impalement became known as crucifixion -- Interpreting Signs and
Symbols: A Beginner's Guide, pp. 48, 49.
A symbol of Christianity, the cross had symbolic meaning before it
assumed its religious connotation. It has been found in China and
Africa. It appears on Bronze Age stones in Scandinavia. It was regarded
as a magical symbol. It brought good luck and diverted evil. (Think of
its use in staving off vampires.) It is thought, in some quarters, that
the Cross, found in rock carvings, is a solar symbol. Others say it's
the symbol of earth. Its points represent the four directions: North,
south, east, and west. Assyrian belief says it's the symbol of universal
gods. People wore cross charms to keep away evil in ancient times.
After Christ was crucified, Christians didn't use the sign of the
cross as their religious symbol for several hundred years. It was
connected with executioners. Christians used the cross, finally, about
200 A.D. in the catacombs. In 312 A.D., Constantine had a dream in which
a cross, denoted as a Christian symbol, meant he would prevail in war.
Constantine won a battle, and the cross was then carried on banners by
the Roman Army. Constantine introduced religious freedom in the Roman
Empire during the next year. After the cross was outlawed as a means of
execution, it became fully embraced by the Christians as their symbol of
Christ. It stood for his death and suffering. And, most important, it
symbolised the Resurrection, becoming a symbol of faith to Christians
everywhere -- The Modern Witch's Book of Symbols, p. 32.
The sign of signs
The cross has been described as the sign of signs. It is, however, by
no means, specifically Christian. Formed by the intersection of two
lines, this most basic of shapes, has since prehistoric times been
employed as a sacred, protective, or decorative emblem in almost every
culture throughout the world. The early Scandinavians, for instance,
depicted the hammer of Thor, their god of thunder and war, as a T-shaped
cross; it symbolised thunder, lightning, storm and rain. It has also
been an attribute of the deities of Assyria, Persia and India. For
American Indians the cross represented both the human form, and the four
cardinal points and the four winds. According to J. C. Cooper's
Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols, the north arm
represents the north wind, the most powerful, the all-conquering giant,
the head and intelligence; the south arm is the south wind, the seat of
fire and passion, and of melting and burning; the east arm is the east
wind, the heart and the source of life and love, and the west the gentle
wind from the spirit land, the dying breath and the subsequent journey
into the unknown. To the alchemists, the cross was a symbol of the four
elements: air, earth, fire, water. Elsewhere, the cross variously
symbolised health, fertility, life, immortality, the union of heaven and
earth, spirit and matter, the sun, and the stars. But it is as the prime
symbol of Christ, of his crucifixion and glory, and thus of the
Christian faith and Church, that the cross has achieved the most
widespread and enduring significance. Wherever Christianity has been
established, the sign has been adopted not only as an integral part of
the ritual of worship, but also as a principal device in art,
architecture, and many other areas including flags, and heraldry (where
nearly 400 separate and sometimes bizarre forms have been recorded) --
Guinness Encyclopaedia of Signs and Symbols, p. 90.
Contrary to current popular belief, the Latin or "Passion" cross, was
not a Christian emblem from the beginning. It was not assimilated into
the Christian religion, until the seventh century A.D., and was not
fully authorised until the ninth century (1). Primitive churches
preferred to represent Christ by the figure of a lamb, or else a "Good
Shepherd" carrying a lamb, in the conventional manner, of Hermes and
Osiris (2). In several places the New Testament says that Jesus was
hanged on a tree, not a cross (Acts 5:30; 1 Peter 2:24), and some sects
believe to be literal, not metaphorical. This envisioned Jesus rather
closer, to such tree-slain saviour figures as Krishna, Marsyas, Odin,
and Dodonian Zeus.
Some early Christian fathers, specifically repudiated the Latin cross
on the ground that it was a pagan symbol. 0n a coin of Gallienus, it
appeared as the sceptre of Apollo. On the Damietta stone, it set off the
words "Ptolemy the Saviour. (3)" According to the Greeks, this cross
signified "the life to come" in the Egyptian religion of Sarapis. (4)
Once the Latin cross was accepted by Christianity, all kinds of pious
nonsense began to accrete around the symbol. It was claimed, for
example, that the very wood of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden
had been preserved by Adam and all the patriarchs after him, in order to
be fashioned into Jesus' cross- for Jesus was declared the second or
reincarnated Adam designed to correct the fault of the first one. (5)
This Tee of Life legend contributed to the enormous proliferation of
tons of wood splinters of the True Cross that brought huge revenue into
the medieval church when touted as healing charms. To explain the
presence of all those splinters, the legend called Invention of the
Cross was devised, claiming that the empress, Helena had found Jesus'
cross in a crypt under Jerusalem's temple of Aphrodite and had carried
it back to Europe. Of course there was no genuine record of any such
event, but the credulous do not demand proof.
The Latin cross is not inappropriate for a church that composed
itself entirely of men, for in several early societies the Latin cross
was a primary phallic symbol. Its mythological alter ego, the Tree of
Life, is still a metaphor for male genitals among the Arabs.
Phallic-masculine meanings of the cross are broadly hinted at in the
fifth-century Gospel of Nicodemus, which says Jesus descended into hell
and redeemed Adam, together with Old Testament patriarchs, prophets, and
fore- fathers, by making the sign of the cross on their foreheads. "He
took them and leaped up out of hell." (6) No mention was made of Eve,
matriarchs, or foremothers.
It was also claimed that Golgotha, the "Place of the Skull," was the
burial place where Adam's skull lay directly under the cross so the
blood of Jesus could drip on it, thus washing away the original sin
(again, there was no mention of Eve). Official theology was always vague
about whether Jesus' death had really washed away original sin or not.
If not, then there seemed to have been little point in the sacrifice;
but if so, then there would have been no need for a church.
- Whittick, 226.
- Abelard, 54.
- d'Alviella, 14-15.
- Baring-Gould, 355.
- Male, 153.
- Hall, 100.
Source: The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects, pp. 54,
to Magical Arts evil spirits were thought to be able to enter the body
through any of its openings and take control. "The first earrings were
probably worn to bar the way to these spirits and so was the first
"Earrings are rings that are worn in the ears.
Piercing the lobes to allow the wearing of earrings is an ancient
"Most parts of the body have been pierced for
various magical and religious reasons throughout the ages. Ears may
have been among the first, along with the nose which is still pierced
in India for protective, as well as cosmetic reasons.
"Folklore still surrounds this practice. Pierced
earrings m general are often recommended to strengthen weak eyes— if
set with emeralds, they are particularly effective. Gold earrings are
often worn by those wishing to cure headaches, though some say to wear
one gold earring and one silver for this purpose."
In Genesis, when God told Jacob to go the Bethel,
"said unto his household, and to all that were with
him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and
change your garments: And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I
will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my
distress, and was with me in the way which I went. And they gave
unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their
hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and
Jacob hid them under the oak which was by
Shechem" (Genesis 3 5:2-4).
When Jacob’s household was ready to seek God, they
got rid of all their earrings and idols. What some people don’t realise
is that Satan is a liar and a deceiver. Instead of these items
protecting an individual from the evil spirits,
they are actually attracting
Hosea 2:13 says that Israel "decked herself with her
earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat Me,
saith the Lord."
I Timothy 2:9-10 advises: "In like manner also, that
women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and
sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works."
Concerning pierced ears, a former witch, David Meyer,
"I think it is interesting to note at this point that
Hillary Clinton said that she did not allow Chelsea to have her ears
pierced until she was 13. There is, of course, a very good reason for
that. It is a known fact among occultists that
when a girl is 13, she is taken into what is called the ‘outer court’ of
a coven, and the token of this child becoming a neophyte
witch is the piercing of the ears."
Earrings were also a symbol of slavery. -- Masonic
and Occult Symbols Illustrated, pp. 305-307.
The Fish Symbol
The Fish Symbol
An excellent starting place to find the "origin", or
earliest records, of “GOD”, is an examination of the “FISH” symbol. It
is said to have been used by the early followers of Jesus and is used
today to represent Christianity, however it will be found to be more
ancient than you think.
you drive on the highway you can see the symbol of a: “FISH”, on the
rear of numerous cars, and trucks. It is now so popular it is used on
everything from business cards to the yellow pages.
The Christian church teaches that this symbol has existed for
centuries- representing the concept:
“Jesus, was the Fisher of men”.
Today, it’s origin and meaning are clouded by a vague
tradition. But the antiquity associated with this symbol was enough to
make it accepted without question by modern Christians who are striving
for a closer identity with their roots.
Unknown to moderns, however, the “FISH”
symbol is not unique to Christianity, but was in use long before that
Differing types of, "FISH", symbols have appeared in
modern society that have come into popular use, like;
However, there is one, "FISH", symbol
version which makes it possible to discover it's entire background,
because the Greek letters:,
have been placed within its body, as follows:
These Greek letters indicate what is
known as an ACROSTIC, or the first letters of the words in a phrase
that represents a mystical meaning.
ACROSTICS were used by
ancient religious cults to identify themselves to one another in
secret. This particular acrostic: ,
said to have been used by early Christians, was developed out of
earlier beliefs. When the acrostic was joined to the "FISH" symbol it
is then possible to uncover its real meaning in ancient religious
worship, through historical research.
* * * * *
The first step to uncovering the ancient
historical background of the "FISH" symbol, is to translate the
Greek letters of the acrostic graphically.
The direct English translation of the
Greek: is: Ichthys. The
definition of this word as taken from: Webster New International
| (Ik 'thys), n.
an early Christian mystical symbol for Christ, being a
fish, or the Greek word for fish, which combined the
initials of the Greek words:
If the acrostic is the Greek word for "
FISH", then how can it also have the meaning of Christ
(Jesus)? We are not left in the dark, for
historical records present a startling revelation. A detailed
examination of the various translations of each Greek letter will
gradually reveal the origin of the elements in the acrostic and symbol,
to be north of India, thousands of years ago.
The examination of the material to be
presented reveals that the Greek words:
do not translate
into the English:
"Jesus Christ God Son Saviour",
as we have been taught. The evidence would rather
show that these Greek words, when translated - actually are:
"Iesous Chrestos Theos Yios
which are directly related to:
A hidden knowledge or wisdom
The astrological sign of Aries or
The astronomical star: Sothis or Sirius
or the dog star
Several deities: Apollo, Jupiter, Isis,
"Periods" or "cycles of time", called:
Avatars or Neros, developed north of
India by a mystical ancient culture, known as:
"the people of the cycles". *
* * *
We will withhold the involved linguistic investigation
for the present. It will become clear later why ! It involves many
historical sources, such as:
- The Bible
- Greek history
- The life of Constantine I ( the Great)
- Middle Eastern beliefs
- Symbolism and etymology
- Early Christianity
- Astronomy and astrology
- Quotes from ancient historians
- Quotes from books
All of these sources are necessary in
order to clearly understand the "origin" of "GOD" or the Christian
"Creator", as revealed to the millions of people before Jesus.
* * * *
In summary this non- exhaustive,
but amply sufficient data will show:
- The "FISH" symbol and ACROSTIC
both predate the Christian era by a few thousand years!
- The new testament Christian creator written as
"GOD" in English has the identical meaning as the old testament Hebrew
creator names of: Jehovah, Yahweh, Jah, El, etc...
- The various names applied to the Hebrew creator
were the same or similar to earlier deities in other cultures,
but under a different dialect.
- The Christian creator "GOD"
was known to millions of people
before Jesus time, only under different names, and
surprisingly identical beliefs!
Only brief information has been presented here about
the acrostic and fish symbol which is one small element of religious
belief. This is but the prelude to a vast spectrum of religious
history which is at hand! This knowledge is virtually unknown to
western people at this time. There is no one source today to
learn this information and it has never been presented anywhere.
You will know things that none of your friends
have any idea exist.
The Halo The
also called NIMBUS, in art, radiant circle or disk surrounding the
head of a holy person, a representation of spiritual character through
the symbolism of light. In Hellenistic and Roman art the sun-god Helios
and Roman emperors often appear with a crown of rays. Because of its
pagan origin, the form was avoided in Early Christian art, but a simple
circular nimbus was adopted by Christian emperors for their official
portraits. From the middle of the 4th century, Christ was also shown
with this imperial attribute, as was his symbol, the Lamb of God, from
the end of the 4th century. In the 5th century it was sometimes given to
angels, but it was not until the 6th century that the
halo became customary for the Virgin Mary and
other saints. For a period during the 5th century, living persons of
eminence were depicted with a square nimbus.
The halo was used regularly in representations of Christ, the angels,
and the saints throughout the Middle Ages. Often Christ's halo is
quartered by the lines of a cross or inscribed with three bands,
interpreted to signify his position in the Trinity. From the 15th
century, however, with the growth of naturalism in
Renaissance art, the nimbus created problems in representation. At
first it was treated by some Florentine artists as a solid object seen
in perspective, a disk fixed to the back of a saint's head. The
inadequacy of this solution led to its decline in Italian art in the
16th century and to its abandonment by Michelangelo and Titian. In
Flemish painting of the 15th century, it began to be represented as rays
of light; under the influence of the
Counter-Reformation, which sought to restore a glorious conception
to religious art, this form was adopted by Italian artists of the late
16th century, notably Tintoretto, as a realistically rendered light
emanating from the holy person's head. This new interpretation was the
standard one in the Baroque period and in most subsequent religious
The halo is also found in
Buddhist art of India, appearing from the late 3rd century AD. It is
believed that the motif was brought to the East by Greek invaders --
Copyright 1994-1998 Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Body painting is also a magical practice.
Both men and women use some type of
makeup as a form of magic in
Witchcraft....Native Americans, Polynesians, the ancient Egyptians,
the Chinese and Japanese, and African tribal peoples have also used
makeup and body paint for magical purposes. The
use of colour affects our behaviour and emotional dispositions."
"Outlining the eye emulates the Goddess, who
is often portrayed with large, distinctive eyes, capable of seeing
through space and time as well as into our innermost hearts. Ishtarte,
the Goddess of Light, was known in the ancient Middle East as the Eye
Goddess because the light she brings from heaven to earth illuminates
the world. The Egyptian Goddess Maat originally possessed the
All-Seeing Eye, which later was transferred to Horns. In Syria the
Goddess Man had large, strong eyes that could see deep into the human
soul. The Goddess’s ability to see and know all things became a
terrifying concept in patriarchal times, and her mystical eye was
turned into the ‘evil eye,’ associated during the time of the
Inquisition with Witches....
the tradition of outlining the eye to honour the Goddess
of Love and to make one’s own eyes more radiant and mysterious is
a time-honoured custom. Green, rose, or copper eyeshadow or eyeliner
draw in energy from Venus, the planet of love and romance. Pink
eyeshadow, blush, or lipstick will strengthen self-esteem. Glitter
refracts and reflects light and will send out light to others.
Affixing jewellery to your body or
face is also powerful. Remember to charge your makeup and
jewellery and body paint before you use them, catalysing them with the
specific intention of your spell."
"The use of makeup is also said to stem from
witchcraft where the painting of one’s face was believed to ward
off evil. Makeup was used extensively by American Indian
witch doctors and European witches. Mascara was particularly a charm
inasmuch as it is made of antimony, an old witch metal."
On three occasions the Bible refers to face painting.
Jeremiah 4:30 and Ezekiel 23:40-44 refer to wicked women who tried to
lure men into the sins of immorality. II Kings 9:30 mentions that
Jezebel painted her face. Of course, Jezebel was a pagan woman who
practised witchcraft (II Kings 9:22) and worshipped Baal. King Ahab
married her and he also started to worship Baal (I King 16:31-32). Since
the pagans painted their face, it is no surprise to see Jezebel doing
the same thing. In fact, wicked and immoral women today are often called
this connection, I should like to share an incident. About 25 years ago,
a returned missionary from China spoke at our church and related the
following. He had been in China for seven years, and upon return to this
country for furlough he immediately noticed something different about
the American women. In the seven years that he had been gone, many of
the women had adopted the popular fad of painting their faces [makeup].
In China, the prostitutes were the only women who painted
their faces, wore ear rings, and had long painted fingernails.
This was their means of identifying themselves to their men-partners in
sin. The shocking thing to the missionary was that the
American women had taken on the custom of the heathen harlot."
The Bible says: "Abstain from all appearance of evil"
(I Thessalonians 5:22) and "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works
of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Ephesians 5:11) -- Masonic and
Occult Symbols Illustrated, pp. 308-310.
Symbols of—Mistletoe, a Sacred Plant in the Pagan Religion of the Druids
Source: Francis X. Weiser, Handbook of Christian
Feasts and Customs (New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc.,
1958), pp. 103, 104. Copyright 1952 by Francis X. Weiser. Used by
permission of the publishers.
[p. 103] The mistletoe was a sacred plant in the pagan
religion of the Druids in Britain. It was believed to have all sorts of
miraculous qualities: the power of healing diseases, making poisons
harmless, giving fertility to humans and animals, protecting from
witchcraft, banning evil spirits, bringing good luck and great
blessings. In fact, it was considered so sacred that even enemies who
happened to meet beneath a mistletoe in the forest would lay down their
arms, exchange a friendly greeting, and keep a truce until the following
day. From this old custom grew [p. 104] the practice of suspending
mistletoe over a doorway or in a room as a token of good will and peace
to all comers…
After Britain was converted from paganism to
Christianity, the bishops did not allow the mistletoe to be used in
churches because it had been the main symbol of a pagan religion. Even
to this day mistletoe is rarely used as a decoration for altars. There
was, however, one exception. At the Cathedral of York at one period
before the Reformation a large bundle of mistletoe was brought into the
sanctuary each year at Christmas and solemnly placed on the altar by a
priest. In this rite the plant that the Druids had called "All-heal" was
used as a symbol of Christ, the Divine Healer of nations.
The people of England then adopted the mistletoe as a decoration for
their homes at Christmas. Its old, pagan religious meaning was soon
forgotten, but some of the other meanings and customs have survived: the
kiss under the mistletoe; the token of good will and friendship; the
omen of happiness and good luck and the new religious significance.
The signal "actually began as a symbol of Satanic
benediction during the rituals.'' This sign has been used by Yasser
Arafat, Richard Nixon, Winston Churchill, and Stewart Meacham,
Co-Chairman of Reds' New Mobilisation Committee." Churchill said that
the sign stood for victory but remember that Churchill was one of the
insider "elite" and a Mason. He most likely knew the evil significance
of this symbol but tried to give it a facelift.
"v sign" has a colourful history. "V" is the Roman sign for the number
five and Adam Weishaupt used it in the Illuminati to symbolise the "Law
of Fives,'' but there's more. In the Cabala:
"the meaning for the Hebrew letter for V (Van) is
'Nail.' Now, 'The Nail' is one of the secret titles of Satan within
the Brotherhood of Satanism. Satan is letting us know that this is one
of his favourite signs. Why else does he like the PENTA-gram (Penta =
five!) and the FIVE-fold salute used in Masonry and Witchcraft?''
"The Leftists, radicals, and Satanists who have
popularised that sign...know its ancient significance very well. In
fact, that 'V' sign is now used extensively by such Communist
organisations as the Young Socialist Alliance, Vets for Peace in
Vietnam, and the Students for a Democratic Society."
Although not a hand sign, the peace symbol itself
needs to be examined.
"Known as the 'peace sign' throughout the 1960's
and into the present day, this symbol is the Teutonic rune of death.
1950's peace advocate Gerald Holtom may have been commissioned by
communist sympathiser Bertrand Russell to design a symbol to unite
leftist peace marchers in 1958. It is clear that either Holtom or
Russell deemed the Teutonic (Neronic) cross as the appropriate symbol
for their cause.
the last 2,000 years this symbol has designated hatred of Christians.
Nero, who despised Christians, crucified the Apostle Peter on a cross
head downward. This hideous event resembled the Teutonic cross and
became a popular pagan insignia of the day. Thereafter, this sign became
known as the 'Neronic cross.'
"The symbol's origin in history proves it to be the
visual mystic character for 'Aum' (the split 'Y'). This is the sacred
word to the Hindu. Chanting 'Aum' is supposed to help awaken 'the
serpent power of Brahma' at the base of the human spine. Occultist
Albert Pike also identifies this symbol as mystical in his book on
Freemasonry Morals and Dogma.
peace symbol (also called the "broken cross," "crow's foot," "witch's
foot," "Nero Cross," "sign of the 'broken Jew,'" and the "symbol of the
'anti-Christ''') is actually a cross with the arms broken. It also
signifies the "gesture of despair," and the "death of man.''
"The Germanic tribes who used it attributed strange
and mystical properties to the sign. Such a 'rune' is said to have
been used by 'black magicians' in pagan incantations and
condemnations....To this very day the inverted broken cross--identical
to the socialists' 'peace' symbol--is known in Germany as a 'todersrune,'
or death rune. Not only was it ordered by Hitler's National Socialists
that it must appear on German death notices, but it was part of the
official inscription prescribed for the gravestones of Nazi officers
of the dread SS. The symbol suited Nazi emphasis on pagan mysticism.''
With the arms of the cross raised in an upright
position, it is "a Pythagorean emblem of the course of life, in the form
of a rising path with fork roads to Good and Evil.'' It also signifies
fertility, but with the arms pointing downward, it denotes evil and
fact, the inverted 'Man-rune'--the figure encircled in the common sign
which the Communists tell us means 'peace'--has for centuries been a
favourite sign of Satanists.''
Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan, used
the peace symbol as the backdrop for his altar.
One former witch makes the following comment about
the peace symbol:
"It is an ancient and powerful symbol of
Antichrist. During the dark ages it was used in Druid Witchcraft and
by Satanists of all sorts during the initiation of a new member to
their order. They would draw the magic circle and give the initiate
a cross. The initiate would then lift the cross and turn it upside
down. He would then renounce Christianity in all three dimensions
(sic) of time (past, present and future) and break the horizontal
pieces downward forming the design of the 'Raven's Foot.' This ugly
symbol is nothing short of blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. For one
to wear or display this symbol is to announce either knowingly or
unknowingly that you have rejected Christ. Remember, symbolism is a
picture language, and a picture is worth a thousand words.''
Below are a few examples of how the peace symbol is
Another hand signal is the Vulcan peace sign. It is
supposed to mean "Live Long and Prosper," and can be seen in Star Trek.
Vulcan was a
sun deity who was associated with fire, thunderbolts, and light. The
festival in honour of him was called the Vulcania in which human
sacrifices were offered. "According to Diel, he bears a family
relationship to the Christian devil.' It is fascinating to know that he
married Venus, another name for Lucifer or the devil. What is even more
interesting is that Vulcan is adored in Masonry under the name of Tubal
Cain. In the Masonic Quiz Book the question is asked: "Who was Tubal
Cain?" The answer is: "He is the Vulcan of the pagans.''
In Masonry, Tubal Cain is the name of the password
for the Master Mason (or third) degree.
Listen to what occultist and Mason, Manly Palmer
Hall, has to say:
"When the Mason learns that the key to the warrior
on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power,
he has learned the mastery of his craft. The seething energies of
Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onward and upward, he
must prove his ability to properly apply energy. He must follow in the
footsteps of his forefather, Tubal-Cain, who with the mighty strength
of the war god hammered his sword into a ploughshare.''
There is also a sexual connotation associated with
Vulcan and Tubal Cain. Former Mason, Bill Schnoebelen, explains:
"For Masons who wish to conceal their membership
from non-Masons, but still advertise it to their Lodge brothers, there
is a special pin (or tie tack) they can wear. It looks like an upside
down golf club with two balls near the top....Many people assume the
person is a golfing enthusiast, but it is actually a visual Masonic
"This is called the 'Two Ball Cane,' and is a pun
on the secret password of a Master Mason, 'Tubalcain (sic).'...It is
also an all-too-obvious pun on the 'god' of Masonry, the male
reproductive organ. Nice, eh?...especially when many men wear these
wretched things to church on Sunday!"
-- Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, pp. 233-238.
Let's look at the ring for a few minutes.
"The ring is a circle, symbolic of eternity, unity, reincarnation and
the universe. In earlier times the ring was associated with the Sun and
Moon. It was an object of protection, a magical guard that warded off
negativity through its continuity....
"All rings were once magical or sacred. Even goddesses and gods wore
rings; Babylonian mythology is replete with stories of the rings of
Shamash and Marduk. Rings have also been linked to the zodiac, the
yin/yang and the 'magic circle' of magicians and Wiccaus. Their magical
history is complex and fascinating.
"In a magical sense, wearing a ring 'binds' you with power, with
energy. The materials of which the ring is constructed, plus your
visualisation, determine the nature of this energy ....
"The appearance or attractiveness of a ring, and certainly its
material value, are of little importance in magic. The ring's design,
the metals and stones used are the only factors involved in selecting
rings for magic ....
"The finger on which a ring is worn has magical significance. The
index or 'ring' finger was once thought to be especially powerful.
Herbal medicines were applied to the body with the ring finger to
strengthen the effectiveness of the cure. Thus, rings containing stones
which speed the body's healing are best worn on this finger....
"Once, rings were usually worn on the third finger, because it was
thought to contain a nerve that went directly to the heart. Betrothal
rings are still traditionally worn on this finger."
Another book reiterates:
"In astrology, the thumb is correlated with Venus, the index finger
with Jupiter, the middle finger with Saturn, the ring finger with the
sun, and the small finger with Mercury.--In popular parlance, the ring
finger used to be called the 'heart finger' because people believed that
it was directly connected to the heart by a special vein or nerve; the
symbolism of love and fidelity of the ring finger, particularly of the
left hand (the side of the heart), also has to do with this.''
Our Phallic Heritage says this about the ring:
"The Wedding Ring, customarily put on during the marriage ceremony
and worn continuously thereafter, had a phallic origin. In the
Buddhistic hand sign of blessing, the thumb and index fingers are joined
at the tips, forming a circle, symbolising the yoni, while the other
three fingers (the middle, ring, and little fingers) are extended,
symbolising...the male [genital] triad. When the ring is placed on the
ring finger (the penis symbolised), it symbolises the union of the male
and female; hence, through this symbolism, the wedding ring means
marriage or union.''
and Mason, Manly Palmer Hall, asserts:
"The wedding ring originally was intended to imply that in the nature
of the one who wore it the state of equilibrium and completion had been
attained. This plain band of gold therefore bore witness of the union of
the Higher Self (God) with the lower self (Nature) and the ceremony
consummating this indissoluble blending of Divinity and humanity in the
one nature of the initiated mystic constituted the hermetic marriage of
More about the wedding ring can be found in The Occult Sciences.
There we find:
"It may be pointed out that wedding rings are a remnant of the magic
rings. They are worn on the ring finger, because in chiromancy that
finger corresponds to the heart. The husband will be master in the home,
if, on placing it on his wife's finger, he is careful to push it right
to A Pictorial History of Magic and the Supernatural "Chiromancy is
based on the cabbala ....
Also, chiromancy is another name for palmistry? This is a form of
divination. For instance, Dictionary of Mysticism states: "Chiromancy:
The art of divination from the shape, of the hand and fingers and the
lines and other markings which appear on them.'' The World Book
Encyclopaedia indicates under "palmistry": "It is sometimes called
chiromancy. It is a combination of astrology and handreading See also
Of course, divination and astrology are strictly forbidden by the
Scriptures in Deuteronomy 18:10-12. See also II Kings 17:17 and Acts
16:16 -- Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, pp. 300-303.
Christmas, Symbols of—Santa Claus
Source: Francis X. Weiser, Handbook of Christian
Feasts and Customs (New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc.,
1958), pp. 113, 114. Copyright 1952 by Francis X. Weiser. Used by
permission of the publishers.
[p. 113] When the Dutch came to America and established
the colony of New Amsterdam, their children enjoyed the traditional
"visit of Saint Nicholas" on December 5, for the Dutch had kept this
ancient Catholic custom even after the Reformation. Later, when England
took over the colony and it became New York, the kindly figure of Sinter
Klaas (pronounced like Santa Claus) soon aroused among the English
children the desire of having such a heavenly visitor come to their
The English settlers were glad and willing to comply
with the anxious wish of their children. However, the figure of a
Catholic saint and bishop was not acceptable in their eyes, especially
since many of them were Presbyterians, to whom a bishop was repugnant.
In addition, they did not celebrate the feasts of saints according to
the ancient Catholic calendar.
The dilemma was solved by transferring the visit of the
mysterious man whom the Dutch called Santa Claus from December 5 to
Christmas, and by introducing a radical change in the figure itself. It
was not merely a "disguise," but the ancient saint was completely
replaced by an entirely different character. Behind the name Santa Claus
actually stands the figure of the pagan Germanic god Thor (after whom
Thursday is named). Some details about Thor from ancient German
mythology will show the origin of the modern Santa Claus tale:
Thor was the god of the peasants and the common
people. He was represented as an elderly man, jovial and friendly, of
heavy build, with a long white beard. His element was the fire, his
colour red. The rumble and roar of thunder were said to be caused by
the rolling of his chariot, for he alone among the gods never rode on
horseback but drove in a chariot drawn by two white goats (called
Cracker and Gnasher). He was fighting the giants of ice and snow, and
thus became the Yule-god. He was said to live in the "Northland" where
he had his palace among icebergs. By our pagan forefathers he was
considered as the cheerful and friendly god, never harming the humans
but rather helping and protecting them. The fireplace in every home
was especially sacred to him, and he was said to come down through the
chimney into his element, the fire. 70 [Note 70: H. A.
Grueber, Myths of Northern Lands, Vol. I, New York, 1895,
[p. 114] Here, then, is the true origin of our "Santa Claus." It
certainly was a stroke of genius that produced such a charming and
attractive figure for our children from the withered pages of pagan
mythology. With the Christian saint whose name he still bears, however,
this Santa Claus has really nothing to do.
Star of David/Hexagram
Star of David/Hexagram
MAGEN DAVID ("Shield of David"), Magen also spelled MOGEN, Jewish symbol
composed of two overlaid equilateral triangles that form a six-pointed
star. It appears on synagogues, Jewish tombstones, and the flag of the
State of Israel. The symbol--which historically was not limited to use
by Jews--originated in antiquity, when, side by side with the
five-pointed star, it served as a magical sign or as a decoration. In
the Middle Ages the Star of David appeared with greater frequency among
Jews but did not assume any special religious significance; it is found
as well on some medieval cathedrals. The term Magen David, which
in Jewish liturgy signifies God as the protector (shield) of David,
gained currency among medieval Jewish mystics, who attached magical
powers to King David's shield just as earlier (non-Jewish) magical
traditions had referred to the five-pointed star as the "seal of
Solomon." Kabbalists popularised the use of the symbol as a protection
against evil spirits. The Jewish community of Prague was the first to
use the Star of David as its official symbol, and from the 17th century
on the six-pointed star became the official seal of many Jewish
communities and a general sign of Judaism, though it has no biblical or
Talmudic authority. The star was almost universally adopted by Jews in
the 19th-century as a striking and simple emblem of Judaism in imitation
of the cross of Christianity. The yellow badge that Jews were forced to
wear in Nazi-occupied Europe invested the Star of David with a symbolism
indicating martyrdom and heroism -- Copyright 1994-1998 Encyclopaedia
The six-pointed Star of David, or hexagram, symbolising Judaism is
familiar to most of us. The menorah or seven-branched candlestick is
also heavily featured in the study of the Qabalah. This star shape is
actually made up of two opposed interlaced triangles, and Jews have
actually been using this symbol for only a relatively short time,
although it appears to have no actual religious meaning. This symbol has
been in existence for many thousands of years, and is thought to be
useful as a protector. To those who study paganism or witchcraft, it
symbolises the speadeagled male body, and being made of two equilateral
interlaced triangles, it also shows a balance between masculinity and
femininity, the upward pointing triangle being symbolic of man and the
downward pointing triangle being symbolic of woman. For the Jews, this
star has an emotional impact. During the Second World War, Jews in
countries controlled by the Nazis were forced to wear this sign on their
clothing as a method of identification. To many, especially those of
Polish origin, this gave them the opportunity to turn a negative
situation into something more positive - they used costly materials to
make their Star of David, thus making it a symbol of pride in being
Jewish. Thought to be representative of Fire and Water, active and
passive, positive and negative, heaven and Earth, this symbol became
connected with thoughts of peace, perfect balance and the union of the
higher and lower selves which everybody strives to attain. To students
of yoga, this shape represents the heart centre in the chakras, and the
powers of the air. The number 6, linking with Venus and with love,
linking with the colour indigo, is considered to be a very spiritual
number. This double triangle is connected to the desire to share and
desire to receive, and Qabalists will link it to Tiph-Ereth.
Tarot and Playing Cards
With the resurgence of the occult and the New Age
movement has come a new interest in the Tarot card deck. The New Age
"The tarot, however, began to take on occult
associations and to be used
predominantly for cartomancy, divination, or fortune-telling
with cards. The person primarily responsible for the new developments
in the tarot was a French Huguenot pastor, Antoine Court de Gebelin
(1719-1784). In the 1 770s, de Gebelin became active in Parisian
freemasonry circles and joined the Philalethes, a French Masonic
occult order order derived from the teachings of Martines de Pasqually
(d. 1774). He became an accomplished occult scholar. This French
occult perspective came to be an essential building block in the
revolutionary thought that would bring down the French government in a
"Through his social connections, de Gebelin
discovered the tarot. He immediately saw in them occult symbology, and
tied them to ancient Egypt. As ancient Egypt disintegrated, the
priests developed playing cards to hide their wisdom from the profane
and at the same time ensure their survival. He concluded that they had
travelled to Rome, kept in the possession of the popes who took them
to Avignon. From Avignon they were disseminated throughout Europe. De
Gebelin published his speculations in 1781 in the eighth volume of his
multi-volume study of the ancient world, Le Monde primitif in which he
begins to designate the occult symbology of the deck. De Gebelin is,
for example, the one who originated the idea that the 22 Major cards
were to be equated with the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In an
essay by an unknown associate appended to his own account of the
tarot, de Gebelin suggested that the tarot be used as a method of
divination. The idea was adopted by a fortune-teller known only as
Etteilla, who in 1783 published a book detailing a methodology for
tarot cartomancy, and over the next decade authored a host of books
and pamphlets on fortune-telling using the tarot and other means.
Cartomancy with the tarot grew increasingly prevalent during the
decades of post-revolutionary France.
"Etteilla’s students passed the practice of
fortune-telling with cards to Alphonse-Louis Constant (better known
under his penname, Eliphas Levi). Levi, the
fountainhead of modern ritual
magic, integrated the tarot into his magical teachings and aligned it
with the massive body of occult symbolism. Through Levi’s very
popular writings, the use of the tarot flowed into the occult groups
which flourished in Europe at the end of the nineteenth century, and the
mastery of the symbolism of the tarot became a standard part of the
training of a magician. The most famous of the accomplished masters of
the tarot in France was Dr. Gerard Encausse (1865-1916), who wrote
several influential books on the tarot and who was most responsible for
lifting up an idea first proposed by de Gebelin, but given some expanded
treatment by J. F. Vaillant, of tying The Tarot to the Bohemians (1889),
written under the pseudonym Papus.
"In England, the tarot was integrated into the
symbolism of that most famous of magical orders, the Hermetic Order of
the Golden Dawn. One degree of the order’s program of advancement
included the member’s construction of a complete tarot deck. Two of the
order’s members would create the two most popular decks used in the
twentieth century. Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942) was the most
scholarly member of the Golden Dawn. He was responsible for the English
translations of several of Levi’s works and he revised the first English
translation of Papus’ text. More importantly, with the help of an
artist, Pamela Coleman Smith, he devised a new tarot deck complete with
all 78 cards (i.e., both the major and minor cards), the first such
comprehensive revision in more than one hundred years. He also authored
an instruction book, The Pictorial Guide to the Tarot (1910), with which
anyone could take a deck of cards and master their use as a basic
fortune-telling instrument. It was the combination of the deck and the
instruction book which gave the Waite deck its dominance in the field
through most of the twentieth century.
"The second accomplished student of the tarot was
Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), the order’s nemesis. In 1909 Crowley began
publishing the order’s secrets, including their teaching on the tarot,
through an independent journal, The Equinox. Crowley worked with Freida
Harris in the design of a new tarot deck to which he composed a
commentary much like Waite’s The Book of Thoth. It was published in a
limited edition in 1944, but the cards were not published until about
1960. Only after a new edition of The Book of Thoth appeared in 1969 did
the Crowley deck begin to grow in popularity to rival Waite’s deck. In
choosing to name his deck after the Egyptian deity Thoth, Crowley
asserted both his own preference for Egyptian magical symbolism and his
belief in de Gebelin’s claims as to the deck’s Egyptian origin.
A Dictionary of Mysticism states:
"Tarot: A deck of playing cards, based on a system of
occult symbols arranged in a pattern of 78 cards; 22 of these are tarot
cards (‘major arcana’), the other 56 are suit cards (‘minor arcana’).
These cards can be used for divination. The term tarot is applied also
to designate such divination."
We are further informed by an occult organisation
that the "Tarot has often been interpreted as a fortune telling device,
but, as Gareth Knight reveals, it is also a profound and powerful system
of High Renaissance magic!"
Since we’ve already covered the yin/yang symbol and
the I Ching, I think it is interesting to note that The occult Explosion
states: "The occidental counterpart to the I Ching is the tarot card
deck. The most widely-spread occult tradition about the origin of the
Tarot is that it was invented by a great international assemblage of
esoteric scholars in Egypt...."" It adds: "Tarot and I Ching really have
a lot in common...."
What is even more intriguing is that the Tarot is
really the ancestor of the standard playing card deck that is used
today. For instance one book on the Tarot reveals: "Even the common
playing cards we know today are derived from the ancient tarot and vary
widely due to their centuries of use as instruments of gambling."
Stewart Farrar, a witch, indicates:
"The Tarot consists of seventy-eight cards, and is
clearly the ancestor of the bridge-player’s pack. Fifty-six of them
are divided into four suits—Cups (corresponding to Heart), Swords
(Spades), Wands (Clubs), and Pentacles (Diamonds). Each suit has the
Ace to Ten and the Knave— in between the Page and the Queen. (The
Knight is sometimes called the Prince, and the Page the Princess.) The
four suits represent the four occult elements—their usual allocation
being Cups for Water, Swords for Air, Wands for Fire, and Pentacles
The Occult: A History we are told:
"Apart from the Greater Arcana [in the Tarot deck],
there are also the fifty-six cards of the Lesser Arcana, the four
suits that have become the ordinary playing cards of today, with its
rods, (or wands), cups, swords and shekels (or pentacles) changing
into clubs, hearts, spades and diamonds. It is worth observing in
passing, that we have here two rod-shaped objects—wands and swords—and
two circular objects—cups and money—and since one of the commentators
mentions that wands and money were used in mediaeval methods of
divination, it would not be inaccurate to see them as related to the
yarrow stalks and coins of the I Ching. Each suit has a king, queen,
knight and knave, as well as cards numbered from one to ten."
In Our Phallic Heritage we find that the symbols used
on the playing cards are actually sexual connotations. This book
"The symbols used on playing cards are the diamond,
heart, club, and the spade, which was often the acorn. In sex
symbolism the diamond and heart were female symbols, and the spade and
club were male symbols. The two colours represented the sexes; red
symbolised the male, and black the female. In the Orient are found the
yang-yin (male and female symbols), similar to the Northern Pacific
Railroad trademark with these colours. Possibly coincidentally,
remember that in certain sections of the cities there were the
red-light districts, and they operated in the darkness.
"Both sexes are symbolised on each card by having a
symbol of one sex and a colour of the opposite sex. The trinity or
complete family is seen in the three highest cards, which are the
king, queen, and jack or knave. ‘Knave,’ like knabe in German, means
‘boy.’ Therefore, in cards, we have the father, mother and child, the
natural trinity or perfect family. There are four suits to symbolise
the male triad and female unit, forming the Arba-el, or the four gods.
The thirteen cards in each suit represent the lunar months or
menstruations in a year. They also represent the weeks in a season,
and have been compared to the calendar, the colours red and black
representing day and night; the four suits, the four weeks in a month,
and four seasons in a year, or the four cardinal points of the
compass; the twelve picture cards, the twelve months in a year; the
fifty-two cards, the weeks in a year; and counting the jack as eleven,
the queen as twelve, and the king as thirteen, the number of spots in
the deck equals 364 and, with the joker, 365, the number of days in a
think it would be informative to give the history and the real meaning
of ordinary playing cards. The following is taken from The Gospel
"The first deck of cards was made for Charles of
France in the year 1392. King Charles was an insane man. It is not
generally known by card players that cards have a secret meaning, but
after the following statements were made public, the members of the
gambling fraternity of professional gamblers declared that they are
"The King card represents the enemy of God, the
devil. The Ten spot represents the spirit of lawlessness and is in
direct opposition to the Ten Commandments of the Bible. Closely
associated with the ten spot is the Club card. When cards were
invented the club was the weapon of the murderer. In those days there
were no revolvers or machine guns. The Club card stands for murder.
The Jack represents the lustful libertine who lives on the gains of
the prostitutes. It represents the moral leper. There is a game of
cards called ‘the brothel game’ in which the players use the secret
obscene language of the cards and converse with each other merely by
dropping a card.
"Now we come to the part that is even more shockingly
wicked. The Queen card represents the Virgin Mary, the mother of our
Lord. In the secrets of cards she is called the mother of harlots. The
Joker in card language represents our Lord Jesus Christ. Joker means
fool! Jesus Christ is held up by the card players as a fool. And if this
is not bad enough yet, the secret language of a deck of cards goes
further and declares that Jesus (the Joker card) is the offspring of a
lustful Jack, and the Queen mother, Mary.
"And there you have the true meaning of a deck of
so-called innocent playing cards!"
As a little extra note, I thought it was interesting
to find out that the President of the U.S. Playing Card Company (from
1929-1930) and the President of Standard Playing Card Company (in 1898)
was Benjamin C. Hawkes—a Mason.
Many people play or gamble with the regular card deck
but is any of this pleasing to Christ—especially in light of the
blasphemy that is represented by these cards? Not only do the regular
playing cards come from the occultic Tarot card background, but the
meaning of the cards are an insult and offence to Christ and the
Christian teaching of the Virgin Birth. Jesus did not have an
illegitimate birth. Matthew states: "Behold, a virgin shall be with
child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name
Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us" (Matthew 1:23). He
was also named Jesus "for He shall save His people from their sins"
(Matthew 1:21). He came to give His life as a sacrifice on our behalf so
that we may have the privilege of receiving eternal life and having our
I realise that many people had no idea what the cards
which they were using meant, but now that you know, can you still use
them? -- Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, pp. 79-86.