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Esoteric symbolism is propagated in media all the time and movies are the primary medium that such symbolism is dispersed to wide audiences. Unless very overt, such symbolism generally goes under the radar of most people watching movies. In this article, I’ll explore some of the most popular symbolism in TV shows and movies, such as the 8-pointed star, pentagram, and Freemason symbolism, and explain what they may represent.

1) THE CIRCLE AROUND THE HEAD

The iconography of the circular light or a “halo” behind the head in pop-culture is characteristic of the Sun-symbol that often appears behind Jesus’, Horus’, Buddha and Isis’ heads. The iconography is evident in ancient Egypt, Greece, India, and Rome, and was initially intended to show a sacred person, such as a god or hero. The light around the head symbolism appears to be associated with spiritual enlightenment and an elevation of somebody’s consciousness to progressively higher levels. According to Wikipedia, a halo represents the light of divine grace suffusing the soul through the abandonment of ego and transition towards a more heart-centred mentality. All this taps into what mystics refer to as “opening your Third Eye” which in turn gives you a powerful sense of understanding and awareness. Some examples of this halo symbol appearing in TV and movies are John Wick 3, American Gods and Maradona.

TV EXAMPLES:

KIN

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DOCTOR STRANGE

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A WRINKLE IN TIME

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2) THE CHINESE YIN-YANG

This ancient symbol is said to represent the fundamental characteristics of the Spirit of the Universe and encapsulates the principles of complementarity. The philosophers of ancient China made studies on the nature of complementarity, because they’d seen it everywhere in the natural world in things that are whole and they encapsulated their understanding of this in the Yin-Yang symbol. The Yin-Yang symbolizes how “opposite or contrary forces can be complementary, interconnected and interdependent in the natural world and how they may give rise to each other, as they interrelate to one another”. For example, physicists have discovered that light behaves in an inherently complementary way; as single photon-particles and wave-patterns at the same time. These contradictory and mutually-exclusive properties are simultaneously interrelated. Yin-Yang can be applied to all things that can be differentiated as opposite, contraries, or poles, while at the same time being interrelated to one another.

TV EXAMPLES:

PCSCH

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THE IRON GIANT

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BAD BOYS II

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3) THE FLOWER AND SEED OF LIFE

Another important symbol is the Flower of Life. This is an elaborate geometric pattern consisting of multiple overlaid circles. Called the Flower of Life since it looks like a flower, this symbol had profound importance to ancient cultures. Some say that it contains the blueprint for the universe — from light, to atoms, to DNA, to the connections of life that runs through all sentient beings — to the fundamental complexities of space and time. The oldest known appearance of the Flower of Life can be seen in the Egyptian Temple of Osiris; inside you can find 6,000 year-old carvings. The Flower of Life is considered to be the source of all language and the primeval language of the universe; source. Leonardo Da Vinci supposedly studied the Flower of Life hoping to unlock the secrets of the universe. The image below (from Doctor Strange) depicts the Seed of Life which comes out the Flower of Life. Within the centre of the Flower of Life are seven interconnected circles that create the Seed of Life.

TV EXAMPLES:

DOCTOR STRANGE (Seed of Life)

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (close enough)

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4) THE 8-POINTED STAR

The 8-pointed star (with a circle in the centre) is a recurring symbol throughout ancient cultures. It was known as the “Star of Inanna” (the Sumerian goddess), the Ghassulian Star, Sonnenrad, Kalachakra, and can be seen in ancient art-work; including the Tablet of Shamash and Akkadian Cylinder Seals. So, why is the 8-pointed star so important? Based on the work of Immanuel Velikovsky, various researchers, such as David Talbott and Ev Cochrane, have suggested that our world was once a very different place. They say that there was once a celestial alignment of planets (as recorded by ancient accounts throughout the world) and this brought about great upheaval to our world. These planets were Saturn, Venus, and Mars. The celestial alignment of these planets created an 8-pointed star, triangle, and pentagram, during their different configurations (see the documentary-series ‘Discourses on an Alien Sky’). This 8-pointed star is different from your generic 8-pointed star because of the circumpunct.

TV EXAMPLES: 

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 6 

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UNKNOWN 2011

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INKHEART

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5) INANNA

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Inanna is among the most important deities in the Mesopotamian-pantheo and was worshipped thousands of years ago. One would assume that people don’t worship her anymore — but you’d be wrong. The upper-echelons that control the music and movie industry still worship her. Inanna goes by various names, such as Ishtar (who evolved into Artemis or Diana), Isis, and Aphrodite. Inanna was known as the “Queen of Heaven” and her symbol was the 8-pointed star. The fictional superhero Wonder Woman is probably based on Inanna. Wonder Women has a tiara with an 8-pointed star and her name is Diana. Inanna and Isis are assumed to be interchangeable as a single goddess. Isis is known as the goddess of “10,000 names” and is sometimes portrayed with wings and a horned headdress. Isis was referred to as “As-Set” to Egyptians and her core-name Set may have indicated that she was originally the deity Set (associated with Satan). Isis was depicted as a snake in Greco-Roman times and she was associated with the colour red (see the book ‘Isis: Eternal Goddess of Egypt’).

TV EXAMPLES: (also see Rihanna’s music video “What’s my name?”)

HUNGER GAMES: MOCKING JAY

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HANDMAID’S TALE

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LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO

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6) BAPHOMET

Baphomet was a deity that the Knights Templers were accused of worshipping in blasphemous ceremonies in the 14th-century and were imprisoned en masse by King Philip IV. In 1856, Éliphas Lévi drew the first image of Baphomet that took the form of a semi-human-semi-goat hermaphrodite. According to Tracy Twyman, in her book ‘Temple Mystery Unveiled’, Éliphas said Baphomet was “a symbol of transcendental power beyond good and evil, man and beast, or male and female energies, capable of performing any transformation of matter that the human mind could conceive” and represented the “synthesis of all energy, both on Earth and in Heaven”. This was echoed by Albert Pike, who described Baphomet as the magical power of our universe. In mystical, occult, and religious traditions, Baphomet represents the “sum of our entire universe and its opposing forces” and rather than being a symbol of evil, represents enlightenment and wisdom. According to Joseph Von Hammer-Purgstall, Baphomet is the goddess Cybele or Sophia (Osiris-Isis) which is supported by the ATBASH cipher.

TV EXAMPLES:

MALEFICENT MISTRESS OF EVIL

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THE MATRIX (Morpheus does the Baphomet ‘As Above So Below’ gesture)

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UMBRELLA RIHANNA (a subtle example of Baphomet imagery)

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7) THE MASONIC PILLARS

According to whom you speak, the esoteric Masonic pillars (Jachin and Boaz) are associated with various things, such as a duality of consciousness, spiritualty and alchemy. The Masonic pillars are associated with the pillars on the Kabbalistic Tree that symbolize “Severity” and “Mercy” and were part of a symbolic use of Solomon’s Temple, but can be traced back further. The Saturn-crescent (as seen in ‘The Saturn Myth’ and ‘Discourses on an Alien Sky’) was morphed into two pillars and was represented by the Egyptian hieroglyph “Akhet” as shown here. Going beyond the two Masonic pillars can mean leaving behind Earth to reach a higher realm of enlightenment and transform the body both physically and spiritually into an everlasting existence. This is why David Bowman enters the mysterious Monolith between pillars at the end of 2001: Space Odyssey before ascending and being reborn as the Übermensch. The two pillars can be seen in various movies, such as Ghostbusters, Thor and The Matrix.

TV EXAMPLES:

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

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DOCTOR STRANGE (character stands between two pillars on a Kalachakra)

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THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS 

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8) THE A (OR TRIANGLE) AND O

You may not understand this explanation I’ve given for this symbol unless you watch ‘Discourses on an Alien Sky’. There are various media references to the O and A (or ) symbol. The O and A symbols are often overlaid 𓇵; with the A (or ) appearing within the O symbol. Some of these references are shown below. These symbols are probably derived from the celestial alignment of the Cosmic Mountain to Saturn, which during its various configurations, made a △ shape, accompanied by a circle (as Saturn and Venus) with the  appearing below the circle, as can be seen here, taken from David Talbot’s ‘Discourses on an Alien Sky’. This 𓇵 symbol is seen throughout ancient civilizations, such as the Phoenician Tanit symbol and Egyptian Menat symbol; here. In Talbott’s book ‘The Saturn Myth’ he describes the symbol here. The symbol is keyhole-shaped and I believe is an actual stargate. For this symbol, you can find it on the Avengers movie logo and (surprisingly) it’s also the logo of the Illuminati website; see here.

TV EXAMPLES:

PARAMOUNT PICTURES

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STARGATE COMMAND TV LOGO

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THE OA (in this TV show the protagonist travels between dimensions)

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9) THE PENTAGRAM

The regular pentagram is in the shape of a five-pointed star. The oldest known appearance of the pentagram was on a jar from Egypt from around 3,100 BCE and the first known usage of the pentagram were from Mesopotamian writings dating back to approximately 3,000 BCE. According to Dan Brown, in the book ‘The Da Vinci Code’, the pentagram belongs to ancient Sun worship and is associated with Venus, partly because when observed from Earth, Venus traces a perfect pentagram across the sky every eight years. This is known as the “Pentagram of Venus”. The pentagram also represents the Five Elements (4 of Matter and 1 of Spirit): Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and ‘quintessential Spirit’. In Freemasonry, a pentagram can stand for the “Five Points of Fellowship”. In ‘Discourses on an Alien Sky’, David Talbott associates the pentagram with the celestial alignment of Saturn, Venus, and Mars. Some examples of the symbol appearing in TV and movies are Black Widow and Sabrina.

TV EXAMPLES:

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

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RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

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10) THE ALL-SEEING-EYE

Probably the most recognizable symbol here is the All-Seeing-Eye, included in the architecture of The Great Seal of the U.S. Dollar Bill. Fixed within a triangle, the disembodied eye is surrounded by rays of light and rests upon an unfinished pyramid. This All-Seeing-Eye represents an ethereal and amorphous higher power, watching over humanity, which gives it somewhat of a sinister feeling. The All-Seeing-Eye was supposedly adopted by Freemasonry in 1797 and 5 years later was adopted on the reverse-side of The Great Seal. The All-Seeing-Eye finds its roots in ancient Egypt as the Eye of Ra and can be traced back to the celestial configuration of Saturn, Venus, and Mars, as shown in the drawing here. According to David Talbott, this celestial configuration in the sky created a mountain that he associates with the Tower of Babel. So, tentatively, we have a connection between the All-Seeing-Eye and the unfinished pyramid on the U.S. Dollar Bill and the Biblical Tower of Babel.

TV EXAMPLES:

MASTER OF DISGUISE

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AEON FLUX

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GRETEL AND HANSEL (2020)

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11) THE MASONIC NUMBER 33

What’s with the number 33? No number holds more esoteric importance than “33”. Some interesting facts about the number 33 are: There are 33 degrees in Freemasonry, the Masonic Great Seal — with the Latin “New World Order” was added to the U.S. Dollar Bill on 1933, many events surrounding Jesus’ life are associated with 33, and author Wayne Herschel shows that Orion’s Belt aligns with Aldearan and the Pleiades at approximately 33 degrees of arc which are very important stars and constellations for ancient civilizations and also the occult. Esoterically, 33 is the “overarching number to describe all ways — means and paths that lead to conscious union with the Divinity — in whatever way or form that may be conceived, whether as God, or a pantheon of gods, or Heaven, or as an impersonal ultimate reality, or as an indescribable Absolute”. 33 often appears in TV and movies. Below are some examples.

TV EXAMPLES:

BAD BOYS II  (the Masonic Square and Compass is also seen on a van)

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THE 33 (see the pyramid shape that leads up to 33)

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (more subtle)

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12) THE MASONIC CHECKERBOARD FLOOR

The chess-checkerboard is a staple on Masonic Tracing Boards and there are various interpretations about what it may represent. The common explanation is that the duality of colours is simply another way of expressing a law of unity of opposites, symbolized by the Taoist Yin-Yang. In TV and movies, the symbol is often associated with accessing another world or dimension. For example, in The Matrix, we see a checkerboard pattern on the staircase before Neo meets with Morpheus and enters into the ‘real-world’ dimension. In Tron Legacy, we see a checkerboard pattern on the floor before the protagonist enters (and exits) the virtual dreamworld. In Alice In Wonderland, we see a checkerboard pattern on the floor as Alice enters into another world, and in the movie The Imaginarium of Poctor Parnassus, a tri-dimensional checkerboard pattern leads the way to a magic mirror and a gateway to a mind-bending spiritual plane.

TV EXAMPLES:

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010) 

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THE MATRIX

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TRON: LEGACY

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13) THE HEXAGRAM (SOLOMON SEAL)

The hexagram (Solomon Seal) is made up of equilateral triangles, with one pointing up, symbolizing Male, and the other pointing down, symbolizing Female. It was worshipped in India as the symbol of the Union between Shiva and Kali and it’s found in the cosmological diagrams within Buddhism. The hexagram is also used in Freemasonry. According to Albert Mackey, in the book ‘Encyclopedia of Freemasonry’: “The interlacing triangles of the hexagram symbolize a union of two principles or forces, the active and passive, male and female, pervading the universe”. The oldest known appearance of the hexagram can be seen in the Sumerian Cylinder Seal here dating back 4,500 years. The hexagram is also a hermaphroditic symbol, with the Female symbol and Male symbol intertwined, symbolizing Divine Union. Some have also associated the hexagram with the Orion constellation, which in its basic form is composed of two interconnected triangles, as shown here. The symbol is also concealed in the U.S. Dollar Bill and so it clearly has great importance.

TV EXAMPLES:

AS ABOVE SO BELOW

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14) THE OWL

What’s the deal with Owl symbolism in TV and movies? Surprisingly, one even appears as an eye-excruciatingly small mark in the corner of the U.S. Dollar Bill alongside the pyramid and All-Seeing-Eye. Owls are viewed as symbols of wisdom in the West, and Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, war, art, and commerce (who may have been Inanna) had one as her sidekick. Owls became symbols of wisdom because they can see what others cannot. According to the book ‘Creatures In The Mist’: “Sumerian goddess Inanna took the form of an Owl. She was known as “Divine Lady Owl” by her worshippers and “goddess of the Great Above and Great Below”. In the Egyptian and Hindu cultures, the Owl was associated with guardianship of the underworld and protector of the dead. In Bohemian Grove, they have a huge 40-foot statue of an Owl that members supposedly worship. Some members have included George Bush, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. TV and movies with Owl symbolism include Snow White and Vivarium.

TV EXAMPLES:

WESTWORLD TV SERIES (appears to be subtle Owl symbolism)

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