Gesture of the horns: all the meanings from antiquity to today

The gesture of the horns is one of the most famous and used hand gestures in the world.

Gesture with various meanings: it can be of approval, good luck and complicity with diffusion in central and northern Europe, or vulgar and offensive with diffusion in Mediterranean Europe, whose origins date back to ancient Greece.

Mythology tells that the Minotaur, conceived by the betrayal of Pasifae queen of Crete with the Bull of Crete, was horned and the people reminded his king, Minos, of the betrayal, showing him the typical hand gesture. Hence the link between the gesture and the idea of ​​infidelity. Andrea de Jorio, an archaeologist and ethnologist from Procida who first studied the similarities of gestures between the ancient classics and the Neapolitans, also identified the different ways of making horns.

Like most gestures, this sign is also as old as man himself. Traces are found almost everywhere, even in the religious sphere , as the horns are an ancient symbol of power. For centuries, both Buddhism and Hinduism have used this sign (see images below) to drive out demons (Karana Mudra).

With the exception of a few rare exceptions, much of today’s occultism is of relatively recent origin, and dates back mostly to the 1960s. One of the sources from which many occultists drew and were inspired is certainly The Satanic Bible (the satanic bible), the manual of the rationalist satanist written in 1969 by Anton Szandor LaVey (1930-1997), which he founded in ’66 in San Francisco, California, the Church of Satan (“Church of Satan”). Well, on the back cover, LaVey makes the famous sign with his left hand.

About this gesture, LaVey writes in the aforementioned work The Satanic Bible:

« In the secret thoughts of every man or woman, still motivated by the sound and openness of the mind, lies the potential of the Satanist, as he always has been. The sign of the horns will appear to many now rather than to a few; and the magician will stand before him who can recognize him. “

Therefore, the horned hand is also one of the signs of recognition of Satanism.

However, occultists were not the only ones who drew inspiration from the Church of Satan and its creator Anton LaVey. The second half of the sixties – the decade of counterculture and youth contestation – saw not only an impetuous reawakening of interest in the occult, but also the definitive consecration of rock music.

In those years, popular groups such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones began to speak in their texts of the devil and to transform album covers enriching them with images and symbols. Towards the end of that decade the gesture of the horned hand made its entrance into the musical universe too …

  • John Lennon 
    In all likelihood, the first rocker to use this gesture – albeit in the role of a cartoon character – was John Lennon (1940-1980) on the cover of the 33 rpm Yellow Submarine (Apple Records 1969).

In 1966, the year the Church of Satan was founded, Lennon unleashed an uproar by declaring: ” Christianity will disappear, completely disappear. There is no need to discuss it. A spaniard in the works – john lennon I am right and it will be demonstrated […]. We are currently more popular than Jesus Christ . “


In his book A Spaniard in the Works , Lennon defined Jesus Christ as ” Jesus El Pifico, a garlic eating, stinking, little, yellow, greasy, fascist, bastard, catholic spaniard ” (“Jesus El Pifico, garlic eater, small , yellow, smelly, fascist, bastard, catholic and spanish “).

In the same work, Lennon cursed the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, renaming them “Fahter, Sock, and Mickey Most” (“Father, Sock, and Mickey Maximus”). 
In an interview with Playboy magazine John Lennon said, ” The whole Beatles thought was summed up in” do what thou wilt “, as long as you don’t hurt someone,” which was exactly – word for word – the magical motto of the black magician Aleister Crowley (1875-1947). The fact that Lennon directly cited Crowley, father of modern Satanism, explains the presence of his face on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Parlophone 1967). 
In 1962, in Hamburg, Lennon confessed to his friend Tony Sheridan: «I know the Beatles will succeed like no other group. I know exactly about this success because I sold my soul to the devil » 
Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono were dedicated to different forms of occult practices such as fortune telling, astrology, numerology, spiritualism and New Age. In addition, the former beatle purchased entire shelves of hidden literature in specialized bookstores. 
Based on these data we can say with certainty that Lennon knew well the satanic meaning of this gesture.

It is also very interesting to note how this gesture is also linked to politics and government … 

According to some theories in fact ( for the most part verified and ascertained TRUE ), most politicians, nobles and gifts, have “divine” descent ( we also remember the pharaohs who even made themselves worshiped as real gods for this very reason ) and for this reason “in law” to govern our planet.

The presidents of the United States, in fact, belong to a sort of royal dynasty, identical to those of Europe. Of these 43 presidents, 34 descend generically from Charlemagne (742-814), a member of the Illuminati lineage, as well as the most famous ruler of present-day France. He was the leader of the Franks, as well as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, an organization headed by the Illuminati who controlled Europe for centuries. Burke’s Peerage, the “bible” of royal and noble genealogy, is one of the many sources that highlighted the membership of noble presidents of American presidents. During the 1996 election campaign featuring Bill Clinton and Bob Dole, Burke’s Peerage revealed that he had always been the candidate with “bluer” blood to win the presidential election in the United States. Clinton’s victory over Dole and George W. Bush’s illegal victory over Al Gore in 2000 only confirmed this trend. In a Reuters report dated October 17, 2000, Burke’s Peerage confirmed that both Bush and Gore had an “unusual” number of real kinships, and that Bush was the one who had the most. That note also revealed that Bush is related to all European rulers, including the ousted ones, and to every member of the British royal family. He is also the thirteenth cousin of the English mother queen, who died in 2002 at the age of 101, and his daughter, Queen Elizabeth. He is also a cousin to the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, and has a direct descent from Henry III and Henry Vili’s sister, Maria Tudor, who was the wife of Louis XI of France.

In his book Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance , Barack Obama claims that one of his mother’s ancestors was a second cousin of Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of America.

Other genealogical studies have shown that he is Dick Cheney’s eighth grade cousin, via Mareen Duvall. The discovery of his wife Lynn Cheney, announced on September 17, 2007, was confirmed by Cheney’s and Obama’s spokesman, Bill Burton.

But what does the gesture of the horns have to do with it, with the bloodlines of those at the top? 

Well, the term “horn” from which horns, derives from the Latin “cornu”, derives from the same root KRN as the term “crown” …

So this gesture could mean their belonging to the royal bloodlines and their “right” to govern.

The book of the evangelist Texe Marrs, Codex Magica , contains dozens of images of elite members showing similar hand gestures on the cover of magazines and newspapers. According to Marrs, “ the use by the elite of the sign of the horns can actually be traced back to Babylon. On the great wall of Babylon, adjacent to the Ishtar Gate, there was a mosaic image of a horned bull, which represented the sun god. The horns symbolized the power of the Babylonian god over men’s hearts. “

Marrs reveals that in Rome the military legions of Julius Caesar and millions of ordinary people worshiped the sun god, Mithras. Mithraic initiates were baptized in the blood of a horned bull, killed and sacrificed by the priests of the temple.

The Knights Templar, predecessors of the Scottish rite masons, worshiped the grotesque god of the horned goat, Baphomet. Reportedly, the so-called Illuminati revel in seeing the masses adopt their ancient symbol of satanic worship on such a large scale. Many Illuminists are believed to continue to sacrifice lives to this deity still today.

In conclusion…

this gesture can mean more things because, in its most common meaning, it has the purpose of exorcising, averting or warding off the evil eye and bad luck or it means betrayals.

Among the occult meanings, used mainly by the elites , we have seen how it can symbolize satan or belonging to real dynasties and therefore the “right” to govern us.

The Neapolitans also use the gesture to define the character of particularly lively, early and clever children.

Such an ancient gesture is at the same time very modern, so much so as to be inherent in the iconography of rock.

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