Celtic Symbols of love and strength, the Ancient Symbols — there is a secret language that most of us recognize, but in which few are fluent — the language of symbols. Symbols surround us in many formats, shapes, sizes, and appearances, forming an inextricable part of our daily lives, yet unlike our spoken languages, a schooling in symbolism is left to the individual initiative. Even in religious teaching, symbols are presented as emblems of belonging and on a deeper level represent much more than mere historical artifacts one wears to identify with one's faith. Celtic Symbols and Meanings of Ancient Irish and Norse based signs, sigils and love symbols, witchcraft symbols, and symbols of love are ancient symbols of magic and the zodiac, often used as symbols of strength, power and family unity.
Animal Symbols, Astrology Symbols, Celtic Symbols, Zodiac and Horoscope, Love Signs, and other Magic Symbols, Emblems, Glyphs, and Tattoo designs we take for granted today as static signs of religious or secular life were created long ago and through modern Iconography have been revealed as representations of our world — our universe — the movements of earth and heaven, symbols of the seasons, and representations of cosmic and earthly deities. Over time, these ancient symbols have acquired layers of increasingly complex meaning, and this evolution of meaning tells us much about how we developed our ideas about the nature of life and the universe. Signs used in modern magick and Western religious traditions such as the Celtic symbols, zodiac symbols, Egyptian symbols, tattoo symbols, dream symbols, kanji symbols, religious symbols, love symbols, ancient symbols, mystic signs and symbols, Greek symbols, Irish symbols and their symbol meanings, share a common ancestry that dates before the creation of writing. These symbols are powerful because they are archetypal — as even cultures that do not share language share an innate understanding of symbols just as the ancient Celts did.
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Ancient Symbols of Magic, Astrology, the Horoscope, Zodiac, and Alchemy are based on a common symbolic 'alphabet,' composites created from smaller symbols. Knowing how to recognize these smaller units will allow you to decipher many of the larger symbols whenever you encounter them. Knowing the secret system behind these symbols can provide an incredible amount of insight into even the most inscrutable signs.
The following magic symbols are the ones most widely used during the European revival of the "Old Religion," witchcraft or Wicca, in the spells of that era. There have been numerous additions to and subtractions from the list over the years, but for the sake of authenticity, the following symbols are a fair representation.
Magic symbols are often referred to as sigils. The word sigil stems from the Latin sigilum meaning seal. Sigils or Siglia or sigla are symbols that have been created for a specific magickal purpose and are used to form a glyph, composed of a variety of symbols or concepts which carry intent and inherent iconic meaning. Through iconography, emblems, symbols, and the symbolism of tattoos, the ankh, glyphs, and the Sigilia common in Jewish mysticism and Kabbalistic magic have been, for the most part, successfully decoded.
First associated erroneously with Satanism in the 1960's, the Goat of Mendes, Mendes Pentacle, or Sabbatic Goat symbol was inaccurately attributed to the 19th century occultist, Elipas Levi. The Goat of Mendes symbol is often confused with Levi's depiction of the Templar icon Baphomet, which was never presented as a symbol of evil, but of harmony, redemption, and union with the divine. Nevertheless, the two are confused so often it is almost impossible to separate them. The name Goat of Mendes comes from a connection Levi made between the Templar Baphomet, the Goat of the witch's Sabbat (as depicted in popular art), and the Egyptian god Ammon of Mendes, Egypt, which Levi believed had been an emblem of fertility and sexual freedom. Later, it was determined that Levi's connection was wrong — Ammon was represented by a ram, not a goat — but the confusion remains to this day.
In 1966, a simplified version of the Goat of Mendes symbol was adopted as the icon of Anton Lavey's Church of Satan and the emblem is now often referred to a the Judas Goat by modern Satanists.
The following symbols are commonly used in the practice of magic. At the end of the images there are additional links to other pages of symbols.
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