Monday, April 5, 2010

Six new occult Tattoos (plus others)

Last Tuesday, while taking my wife to the tattoo parlour for her birthday to receive a much anticipated rose tattoo sleeve, I took the opportunity to add to my collection of occult tattoos. So without further ado here are the pictures (picture headings are clickable for more info):

From left elbow to wrist:

1. Unicursal Hexagram: Used in the Thelema tradition among others, this symbol denotes TRUE WILL.

2. Monad: The symbol stands for Azoth, and used by Dr John Dee to symbolise the goal of Alchemy, the Philosopher's stone. This symbol is a mix of symbols including Aries, the Cross, the Sun and The Moon.

3. Sulphur/Brimstone: The Leviathan Cross, A symbol for the alchemical element Sulfur, (Brimstone) which is spiritually analogous to the human soul.

4. The Seal of Babalon: (Left inside forearm) The Scarlet Woman, The Great Mother, or the Mother of Abominations—is a goddess found in the mystical system of Thelema. In her most abstract form, she represents the female sexual impulse and the liberated woman; although she can also be identified with Mother Earth, in her most fertile sense. At the same time, Crowley believed that Babalon had an earthly aspect in the form of a spiritual office, which could be filled by actual women—usually as a counterpart to his own identification as "To Mega Therion" (The Great Beast)—whose duty was then to help manifest the energies of the current Aeon of Horus. Besides my right forearm sleeve this is my favourite tattoo, I was so happy with how it turned out



5. The Seal of Astaroth: Aka Astarte, In demonology Astaroth (also Ashtaroth, Astarot, and Asteroth) is a Prince of Hell. He is a male figure named after the female Canaanite goddess Ashtoreth. He is referred to in The Lesser Key of Solomon as a very powerful demon. In art, in the Dictionnaire Infernal, Astaroth is depicted as a nude man with feathered wings, wearing a crown, holding a serpent in one hand, and riding a beast with dragon-like wings and a sepent-like tail.

This tattoo is on the inside of my left bicep, and I love its lines and how it turned out. Astaroth was an important figure in my early occult years, hence the tattoo in his honour.


6. Witch's Knot: Finally found a symbol to go in the middle of my right bicep to complete the Celtic armband I got over 10 years ago.

The Witch’s knot is a common symbol in folk magic. The witch’s knot is a symbolic representation of the knot magic practiced by witches in the middle ages, and was used as a sympathetic charm against witchcraft, and usually scratched over doorways of homes and stables. One aspect of its efficacy as a protective charm lay in the ability to draw the complicated symbol in one continuous motion.


While the symbol appears to be made up of intertwined vesica pisces, it does not represent “feminine powers” as is sometimes claimed, but the inversion of those powers- the four radiating half circles symbolically reflect malefic winds. Ironically, this is a popular emblem of choice for modern witches.


This is my Ode to Lovecraft (right forearm sleeve) which also includes the earlier tattoo of The Eye of Horus. I designed this tattoo myself with EIGHT tentacles bursting out of my body with three Cthuloid eyes growing out as well, symbolising a Deep One/Innsmouth Look feel. One day I plan to finish it, perhaps my tattooing sinew to fill in the flesh for a more alien look.

I was so happy with the way this turned out and I get complimented on it often, especially by most of the populace who don't know who Lovecraft is. I'm hoping someday to get some of Lovecraft's Gods on my body somewhere, either the Great Cthulhu himself, or perhaps Nyarlathotep whom I am fond of, and works in with the eye of Horus I have tattoed on the same arm.




Inverted Pentagram: (Upper back) This is my Ode to my favourite movie, The Ninth Gate. This symbol appears on the front of the demonic text coveted in the movie The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows, a book reputed to summon The Prince of Darkness in person. Those who have read the book it's based on The Dumas Club or seen and understand the movie realise that in this Lucifer appears as a female who aid's Johnny Depp's character Dean Corso on his quest through the Nine Gates represented by tarot-like engravings in the book. I own a replica of this book and it's one of my favourite possessions.




Here is a copy of The Nine Gates. The Ninth engraving is a picture of a woman riding a hydra, which represents Babalon (The Scarlet Woman) riding The Beast (Therion), which links to my Seal of Babalon tattoo. The Ninth Engraving is also something I am to tattoo on myself in the near future, I just have to decide where.

18 comments:

  1. I absolutely love them all! Great art!

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  2. Awesome! All so perfect and beautiful!

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  3. niceness:)) 'great work' ;-)

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  4. Do you have a good picture of Lucifers seal

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  5. I also have a tattoo of the brimstone cross on my left shoulder. I found this information about it.... This is the Alchemy symbol for Brimstone / Sulfur made popular as a
    Satanic symbol because of its use in The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor
    LaVey as the seal placed above the 9 Satanic statements. Symbolically
    it can also be related to the tree of life with the figure eight (the
    twisted Ouroborous forever swallowing its tail or Leviathan) symbolizing
    infinity and the eternal motion of creation evolution and destruction
    and as well the strong deep roots of the Ygdrassil tree. The 5 branches
    symbolize the 5 senses of course (seeing, hearing, touching, tasting ,
    smelling) with the center shaft representing the trunk of the tree or if
    you will the human spine connecting all. In essence, one must know where
    one comes from and must have firm roots planted deep in earthy darkness
    before one “should” sprout the branches ascending to what is undefiled
    wisdom. Without strong roots there can be no lasting branches for when
    they reach too high the foundation collapses and the tree dies.

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  6. Are these tattoos real or some temporary henna type? If real, then may I ask to what end? Are you an alchemist or do you just like the designs?

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  7. THE GATES OF HADES

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  8. The gates of Hades await all of you, and your incredible intelligence doesn't realize that you talk about Jesus Christ more than your lie leader whom is to be destroyed, whom Michael GOT UPSET AND TOOK IT PERSONALLY, overcame HIM never mind the Christ WHEN HE COMES UPON YOU,he lies to you and tells you if you leave you will die and you believe it because you were born in a spiritually dead society, Christ witnessed against you, imagine what will happen when he comes upon you never mind his angels.

    Keep the party going and keep calling me the looser that doesn't want cash and A FUN ACTUAL FUN life, I SUBMIT AND GIVE MY CONTROL AND DESIRES TO THE LIVING GOD TO DECIDE MY FATE,THAT IS THE GOD OF ALL SPIRITS AND THE HEAD OF THE COUNSELS IN HEAVEN, THE TRUE ONE THAT SUMMONED THE CHRIST FORTH, THE COUNSELS OF OLD TIME THAT ABIDE BY THE LIVING GOD OF SPIRITS, not lucufer with pride and ego, simple test that a mare human i can pass. i recent thee thy works and thy followers. LIFE, I MEAN BEYOND VEGAS JACKPOT LIKE SOME OF YOU AND THE SO CALLED STAR/UN experience where there is no control and i am that that is controlled,refused any fun and power. Behold the sword of the lamb, tell me more from that your ingenious skull brain tissue, there has been a trillion more that died just like you and i am not the first to testify against the devil and you, i give my life for JESUS CHRIST. test me

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    1. What if we call you the tighter?

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  9. in the name of the living God, you who may have said fuck it because its too late and i am caught up, that is more of the devils lies, believe on the lord Jesus Christ and the father whom is the creator and hasn't told you everything, believe on him who begets all that is, prepare to die for him and he will save you.

    the devil is a lie, he exists in lies, The Prince of lies is not a leader i want. i don't have to tell you that, this is a message of hope to those that want back into the light, God saves and loves you and your wishes wants you back if you could, take a chance its not too late, he lies left and right remember trying to make the china man and black man evil hate each other is the devils work, you hate me but it bothers me like the same way the temperature of a day.i mean it really.

    Yale university the devil equals death in their ceremony, either you want to ice that which will melt with a hot stove,or an actual rock.

    remember you don't die melting on and, you don't have that control; everything goes black,that is a lie,i don't want money, i don't want beautiful kids, i don't want wealth nor do i wanna spend my time on this earth for too long, in the name of the living God.

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    1. you are a silly billy.

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    2. EL OH EL. Most amusing ravings.

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    3. Fuck your god. He does not love or save anyone's soul. I was raised Christian and where did it get me? No where. I was miserable until I found my father in hell,now I am leading a successful happy life as a satanist!! Hail Satan and all the demons of hell!! Shemhemforash!!

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    4. hey you stupid cock sucker the reason you haven´t found God in the church is because satan controls the church, he wants you in hell, satan controls the church, politics, religions, the economy, and the whole fucking world, he is the prince of this world, you are just deceive by the demons

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    5. Bitch I am a fucking demon. I don't want to go to a fucking place where they strum harps for eternity,that's just no fun. I am a
      sinner,and I'm fucking proud of it!! I'm going to join my father in hell
      and torture all those poor
      Christians who couldn't repent.

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  10. Pentagrams cross to the right. Nice pentacle tattoo. Dumbass.

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    1. Well, pentagrams in Thelema 'cross' depending on which element is being dealt with, and whether the practitioner is banishing or invoking... so regardless of what this person is doing in their works, it is still a pentagram. A pentacle is specifically a physical pentagram, like an amulet or a plate.
      Also, you are a silly billy as well.

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  11. Very nice work my friend. As far as the Sulfur/Brimstone symbol, isn't it usually inverted? Does that make a difference to it's meaning?

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