Damien Echols Pentagram from “Paradise Lost”

This pentagram can be seen in the documentary “Paradise Lost.” The pentagram may be a harmless white magic Wiccan pentagram, but the inverted cross is a well-known Satanic symbol in the USA. Pentagram and inverted crosses:

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Source: Damien Echols – West Memphis Three (WM3): The man, his friends, his art and his inspirations.
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/100240834@N04/sets/72157635077814968/

Plenty of pentagrams, hexagrams, and other magical symbols here. Slightly slanted, but I don’t think too much, considering the material. More about Echols than you want to know.

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My comments on the murder case:

-  As is admitted now, they never had a shred of evidence on the teen age boys. The entire justice, legal, police (whatever) community of Memphis and of Crittendon County had to know this the whole time.

- The well-educated liberals at the Memphis Commercial Appeal and other media types had more to do with the so-called “Satanic Panic” than any Bible-thumpers  could have had. Once it was in the paper and on the TV news that Satanism was allegedly involved in the murder of the little boys, you can’t blame the locals for believing it.

- The adult Wiccan community in Memphis went completely underground and didn’t want to know when Echols got arrested. There were educated and well-off people in this community, even lawyers.

- The “Stonehenge” site reeked of puke (very like Beale Street across the river) and the ground was covered with broken glass when I saw it (after the trials, around the time the West Memphis police opened the files to the public.) It did not strike me as a very likely ritual ground, but such cheery messages as “I hate Jesus, I love Satan” were spray-painted on the “stones.”

Hittite Two-Headed Eagle Symbol

This is not Satanic, but in America I have seen it presented as if it were evil.  (The first person to whom I showed this symbol mis-identified it as “Hitler’s double-headed vulture.”)

 

Source: old encyclopedia.

Two-headed eagle symbol

Hittite two-headed eagle

(Holy Roman Empire symbol from wikipedia: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/39/Otto_IV%2C_Holy_Roman_Emperor.jpg)

Egyptian Pentagrams

pentacle hieroglyphs

From Budge, through AMORC

 

Egyptian pentagram symbols as given by Ralph M. Lewis in Behold the Sign, Ancient Symbolism,  1944.

pentagram hieroglyphs

five-pointed stars

All of Them Witches

Two memorable moments from the 1968 film, Rosemary’s Baby. Message from a dead man, or trying to get one, anyway. “One thing is for sure, they have a coven and they want my baby!” —————– Real men may find this movie tiresome as it becomes a “sick lady” movie as soon as Rosemary gets pregnant […]

The Ultimate American Icon: Baphomet Statue

Update – interview with Brian Werner,  one of the Satanic High Priests behind the statue of Baphomet. (Ha, call it Baphometal!)

http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/at-war-with-sooners-behind-the-okie-baphomet-lawsuit/

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The Satanic Temple is serious about placing this statue. The group “seeks to separate Religion from Superstition by acknowledging religious belief as a metaphorical framework with which we construct a narrative context for our goals and works.

“Satan stands as the ultimate icon for the selfless revolt against tyranny, free & rational inquiry, and the responsible pursuit of happiness,” the website says.

Satan Statue for Oklahoma Capitol

http://cbsnewyork.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/satan_statue.jpg?w=620&h=349&crop=1

Abraxas in Demian – Fumblings of the Subconscious

One doesn’t hear about Abraxas by accident …

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“The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world. The bird flies to God. That God’s name is Abraxas.”

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“This name occurs in connection with Greek magical formulas and is frequently considered the name of some magician’s helper such as certain uncivilized tribes believe in even at present. But it appears that Abraxas has a much deeper significance. We may conceive of the name as that of a godhead whose symbolic task is the uniting of godly and devilish elements.”

The learned little man spoke with intelligence and eagerness, but no one paid much attention…

“Uniting of godly and devilish elements” resounded within me. Here was something for my thoughts to cling to. This idea was familiar to me from conversations with Demian. During the last period of our friendship he had said that we had been given a god to worship who represented only one arbitrarily separated half of the world (it was the official, sanctioned, luminous world), but that we ought to worship the whole world; this meant that we would either have to have a god who was also a devil or institute a cult of the devil alongside the cult of god. And now Abraxas was the god who was both god and devil.

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Only gradually and unconsciously did this [incestuous and sexually confused dream] image become linked with the hint about the God I was to search for, the hint that had come to me from the outside. The link grew closer and more intimate and I began to sense that I was calling on Abraxas particularly in this dreamed presentiment. Delight and horror, man and woman commingled, the holiest and most shockiing were intertwined, deep guilt flashing through most delicate innocence: that was the appearance of my love-dream image and Abraxas, too… It [love] was the image of an angel and Satan, man and woman in one flesh, man and beast, the highest good and the worst evil.

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I called it [the dream image] my beloved and had a premonition of a ripe all-fulfilling kiss. I called it devil and and whore, vampire and murderer. It enticed me to the gentlest love-dreams and to devastating shameless-wickedness, nothing was too good and precious, nothing was too wicked and low for it.

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“I can feel the approaching conflict. It’s coming, believe me, and soon. Of course it will not ‘improve’ the world. Whether the workers kill the manufacturers or whether Germany makes war on Russia will merely mean a change of ownership. But it won’t have been entirely in vain. It will reveal the bankruptcy of present-day ideals, there will be a sweeping away of Stone Age gods. The world, as it is now, wants to die, wants to perish – and it will.”

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We who wore the sign might justly be considered “odd” by the world; yes, even crazy, and dangerous…. we, who were marked, believed that we represented the will of Nature to something new, to the individualism of the future, the others sought to perpetuate the status quo.

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Our circle also included believers, adherents of certain hopes and healing faiths…We, who bore the mark, felt no anxiety about the shape the future was to take. All of these faiths and teachings seemed to us already dead and useless.

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“Our god’s name is Abraxas and he is God and Satan and he contains both the luminous and the dark world.”

- All quotes from Demian by Hermann Hesse, 1925

More Abraxas/Abrasax at:

http://niqnaq.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/abraxas-a-much-more-sensible-god/

(Sensible my ass! He’s got the head of a chicken!)

Anton La Vey Pentagram

The Satanic Pentagram of Baphomet

The Satanic Pentagram of Baphomet

Anton Sandor La Vey called himself a Doctor of “Satanic Theology.” He was also styled “The Black Pope of America” and “High Priest of the ineffable Kingdom of Hell.” He dressed in a black suit with a Roman collar and wore a silver Pentagram of Baphomet, the Black Goat, on a silver chain around his neck.

According to Peter Haining in The Anatomy of Witchcraft, 1972, La Vey’s followers “acknowledge Satan as a symbolic personal saviour who advocates sexual freedom. They make a great point, too, of informing everyone that the word traditionally associated with their master, EVIL, is actually LIVE spelt backwards.”

Satanic Ritual from The Devil’s Own, 1966 film

The very lovely young Ingrid Brett played the role of Linda Rigby (“Ethel” in the novel) in The Devil’s Own. Linda is developmentally slow and still playing with dolls at age fifteen. She’s the perfect victim for the vampire-like head witch’s Satanic sacrifice.

Priestess: “Give me a skin for dancing in!”

Some shots from the climatic ritual:

Norah Lofts’ Novel of Modern Witchcraft

This novel was made into a movie called The Devil’s Own starring Joan Fontaine as a plucky little school teacher, Miss Mayfield, who discovers dark secrets in a small English village.

The image shows one of Miss Mayfield’s students, Ethel Rigby, being presented as the Bride to “the Master” in a Halloween ritual.

Norah Lofts witchcraft novel

The Devil’s Own aka The Little Wax Doll front cover, paperback

Stonehenge in Night of the Demon Film, 1957

Night of the demons film stonehenge

Devil Worship in modern England. Also know as Curse of the Demon. Stonehenge makes a cameo appearance as itself.

Film Review
Curse of the Demon. (Great Britain, 1958)
Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins. One of the finest horror films ever made. Misty, ominous English locations and a fine cast make this suspenseful and involving. Andrews is a dedicated skeptic investigating a deadly supernatural cult, with unexpected results. (Dir: Jacques Tourneur. 95 mins.) Source: Movies on TV, Eleventh Edition, 1986-87 by Steven H. Scheuer.