Called ” Zoso “ because it resembles a word, this glyph is one of four enigmatic symbols appearing on the cover of rock group Led Zeppelin’s album Four. Each member of the band chose a personal emblem for the cover; this symbol was chosen by guitarist Jimmy Page as a personal emblem.
The symbol is probably derived from a sixteenth century treatise by mathematician and occultist Girolamo Cardano, where it is used to represent the planet Saturn for purposes of magic. Page is a Capricorn, a sign ruled by Saturn, and Saturn, of course, is the planetary ruler of lead. The symbol also bears a strong resemblance to characters of the “alphabet of the Magi,” a seventeenth century text used exclusively for fashioning magical talismans. What it means personally to Page is unknown, as he has never publicaly revealed its meaning, but his interest in magick and Crowleyanna is well known. (He even operated an occult bookshop called “Equinox” for a time.) Page’s symbol appears among symbols of the OTO in ephemera related to Kenneth anger’s film “Lucifer Rising.”
An astute reader points out that the emblem is also found among the Saturn talismans pictured in the nineteenth century necromantic fantasy “Le Grand Grimoire,” a sensationalist version of the Grimoire of Honorious. The work would have been easily accessible to Jimmy as a collector of occult oddities.