Friday, July 02, 2010

Satanists -- you need a better symbol

Yes. Thank you, I am a Catholic, and for many years I have been trying to tell any Satanists I encounter that they have been spinning their wheels with the whole upside-down-cross thing. They need a better symbol for themselves, but they just don't seem to understand that when I mention it to them.

Maybe they will listen to you.

One of the most popular Satanist symbols is the upside down cross, the reasoning behind which seems obvious enough. With the possible exception of that pentagram thing with the goat's head inside it, the inverted cross is the most immediately recognizable symbol of defiance against Christianity. It's certainly the easiest to tattoo onto your own face.

That's pretty hardcore. But there's only one man on Earth who is death metal enough to have an inverted cross carved into his own throne.

Whoa, wait a second...

If those Satanists had paid attention in Sunday school, they would probably realize that the inverted cross is actually the personal trademark of Saint Peter, the first Pope, and one of the most revered figures in Catholic lore. When Peter was martyred by crucifixion he was said to have requested to be crucified upside down because he didn't feel worthy of dying the same way as Jesus. As a result, many dyed-in-the-wool Catholics actually consider the inverted cross to be a more acceptable thing to attach to your tacky jewelry than a regular right-way-up one.

Also not-really-evil: the pentagram. At least that's what Sir Gawain thought. To him, the five-pointed star was downright holy.

C'mon, Satan worshippers. Come up with your own symbol. The goat head thing is a good start, but you're going to have to work hard to separate it from the whole tradition of cabrito. At least here in South Texas.

1 comment:

AlanDP said...

Anton Lavey used the inverted pentagram. That way the two points that point up represent the horns, or something.

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