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« Topic Start: June 27, 2008, 02:56:31 pm »

OK so have you ever seen a symbol somewhere and REALLY wanted to know what it was but couldn't find it?
The symbol I am using as my avatar is my example:
A lot of years ago I had seen this symbol on an episode of Scooby-Doo (yes the cartoon show) In this show the symbol was on the grave of a witch that was sentanced during the Salem witch trials. The "gang" said that the symbol was placed on the graves of witches to keep them from rising from the dead.

Now I thought the symbol was neat looking so I go and try to look it up (This was prolly 7 years ago or more by the way) and I can't find ANYTHING on it NOTHING. I have been kind of looking for the symbol for years to see if that is what it really meant or not. I did not see this symbol again until LAST night when I signed up for this forum and happened to be searching through the avatars I got SOOOOOOOOOO excited.

So I googled my little heart out trying to find out everything I could, and yupp you guessed it STILL limited info. HOWEVER, I do know now that it is actually the alchemy symbol for black sulfur commonly known as brimstone.

Also this symbol is referred to as the "Pontifical Cross of Satan" (the symbol can be found in the "satanic bible" apparently) which interested me b/c the word 'Pontifical' is deeply seeded in catholicism.
Pontificals are specifically: The vestments and insignia of a pontiff bishop. Pontiff meaning the pope. However Pontifical also has another meaning: pompous,dogmatic,self important.

Anyway these were my findings for the symbol of Black Sulfur.

So now the real question is....where did the people from Scooby-Doo find this symbol, and I wonder which definition it was used under either brimstone or the pontifical cross of satan........... Something to ponder anyway

Does anyone else have a favorite symbol that has a neat background or maybe have a strange story to go along with a symbol? Please share!!!
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« Reply #1: June 27, 2008, 03:03:19 pm »


Just a quick note:  I've altered the subject line so that it reflects what you're asking about more accurately.  The more specific you are with your subject lines, the more likely it is that you'll catch the eye of people who are interested in the topic you want to talk about.  Smiley
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« Reply #2: June 27, 2008, 03:04:13 pm »

So now the real question is....where did the people from Scooby-Doo find this symbol, and I wonder which definition it was used under either brimstone or the pontifical cross of satan........... Something to ponder anyway

Your guess is as good as mine but I think it more likely that they used the brimstone meaning because brimstone is associated with hell and that's what the Puritains believed "witches" were sent to when they died.  It wasn't used historically because in Salem the people executed for witchcraft were not given proper burial (the bodies were just thrown into pits without any ceremony) so there wouldn't be a tombstone.
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« Reply #3: June 27, 2008, 03:07:02 pm »

Just a quick note:  I've altered the subject line so that it reflects what you're asking about more accurately.  The more specific you are with your subject lines, the more likely it is that you'll catch the eye of people who are interested in the topic you want to talk about.  Smiley
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« Reply #4: June 27, 2008, 03:14:56 pm »

  It wasn't used historically because in Salem the people executed for witchcraft were not given proper burial (the bodies were just thrown into pits without any ceremony) so there wouldn't be a tombstone.
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I checked historically out first and NOTHING lol go figure. The brimstone= hell did cross my mind though. I wish I could ask them. For some reason I can't get the image of Don Messick flipping through the satanic bible out of my head. Very funny metal picture though  Wink
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« Reply #5: June 27, 2008, 04:28:38 pm »

OK so have you ever seen a symbol somewhere and REALLY wanted to know what it was but couldn't find it?

Symbols are frustrating to research... they are hard to describe to google (LOL), and if you find a "dictionary" of symbols, you have to weed through them to find the one you are looking for, or something similar to the one you are looking for.

How do the rest of you find/research symbols?

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« Reply #6: June 27, 2008, 04:58:39 pm »

How do the rest of you find/research symbols?

http://symbols.com/ helps with the graphic search thing - you describe some basic qualities of the symbol (type of axis, open/closed, line shape, whether the lines cross or not) and then look at the results. It at least narrows things down a bit.

The symbol in the original post is at http://www.symbols.com/encyclopedia/41a/41a33.html

In terms of the search, this is:
- single line axis
- straight and curved
- crossing
- open and closed
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« Reply #7: June 27, 2008, 05:10:15 pm »

A lot of years ago I had seen this symbol on an episode of Scooby-Doo (yes the cartoon show)
Is anyone else weirded out that an obscure symbol in a Scooby Do episode turned out to have an actual occult meaning?   Cheesy
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« Reply #8: June 27, 2008, 05:21:06 pm »

Is anyone else weirded out that an obscure symbol in a Scooby Do episode turned out to have an actual occult meaning?   Cheesy
Lol I used to think everything in the Scooby-Doo shows were real LOL I think it is weird that this symbol that got all of 10 seconds of airtime in one out of the 243095723497 episodes of scooby doo I have watched stayed with me. I mean it has been YEARS and I only ever saw the episode one time.
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« Reply #9: June 27, 2008, 05:23:02 pm »



The symbol in the original post is at http://www.symbols.com/encyclopedia/41a/41a33.html

Great website thank you Smiley
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« Reply #10: June 27, 2008, 05:24:49 pm »


The symbol in the original post is at http://www.symbols.com/encyclopedia/41a/41a33.html

Great website thank you Smiley

Sorry Jennett I deleted the html in the above message when i was trying to quote you!
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« Reply #11: June 27, 2008, 10:16:00 pm »

Is anyone else weirded out that an obscure symbol in a Scooby Do episode turned out to have an actual occult meaning?   Cheesy

**sniff** Don't malign Scooby.

Randall and Lyric have a large collection of episodes to watch while eating dinner.

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Go figure. Here we are in our mid-forties and early fifties and we watch old Saturday morning cartoons.
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« Reply #12: June 28, 2008, 07:03:32 am »

Is anyone else weirded out that an obscure symbol in a Scooby Do episode turned out to have an actual occult meaning?   Cheesy
I wonder if that symbol on the BOS in Charmed has any actual occult meaning. Is it a real symbol or did they just invent it? Looks pretty though and like it could be celtic.  Huh

BTW, funny story, Ligeia!
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« Reply #13: June 28, 2008, 08:28:53 am »

http://symbols.com/ helps with the graphic search thing

What a fantastic site, Jenett! Thanks for the link--it's bookmarked.
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« Reply #14: June 28, 2008, 02:03:31 pm »

I wonder if that symbol on the BOS in Charmed has any actual occult meaning. Is it a real symbol or did they just invent it? Looks pretty though and like it could be celtic.  Huh

According to this it's a Christian symbol.
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