Imagine you are lost (in this world or another) and you come across ‘sacred ground’ denoted by a symbol of those who have claimed the land. Should you proceed or retreat? I would say some signs lead to obvious conclusions; like a display of skeletal bodies would lead one to retreat, whilst Care Bears with heart symbols on their stomachs would lead you to proceed (unless its like that episode of South Park where the cute forest creatures are secretly demonic).
It helps to know your sinister symbols so that you can avoid encounters with villainous groups:
1. The White Hand of Saruman:
The hand represents one ‘all powerful’ ruler. The hand is white because Saruman is the white wizard (until Gandalf gets a promotion). “Orcs roam freely across our lands, killing at will. Orcs bearing the White Hand of Saruman.” – Eomer.
2. Death’s Head Hawkmoth:
These moths are easily distinguishable by the vaguely human skull-shaped pattern of markings on the thorax. In The Silence of the Lambs the serial killer Buffalo Bill leaves his mark by inserting the pupa of these moths into the throat of his victims.
3. The Galactic Empire:
The Empire was the Galactic government established by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to replace the Galactic Republic in 19 BBY and bring Sith rule to the galaxy. If you get in their way; they’ll vaporize your home planet with the Death Star.
4. The Stark House – Wolf:
Whilst we consider the Starks to be good guys; their motto still has a portentous message that we can all hear echo in our lives. ‘Winter is Coming’ is a warning of constant vigilance. There are always dark periods in each of our lives, and even if things are good now, we must always be ready for a dark period when events turn against us.
5. Aquila (Eagle) – Roman Standard:
The Eagle standard was used to identify a Roman legion. The Standard was important as a rallying point, symbol of pride and, more practically, as a means of communication in battle. The eagle with its keen eyes symbolized perspicacity, courage, strength and immortality, but is also considered “king of the skies” and messenger of the highest Gods. With these attributed qualities the eagle became a symbol of power and strength in Ancient Rome.
The Eagle was also used as a symbol in Germany during WWII.
What other sinister symbols would you like to add to the list?
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