Zoso (Jimmy Page’s Emblem)

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 Gerolamo 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 publicly revealed its meaning, but his interest in magic 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.



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DrNewcenstein March 31, 2015 at 2:50 am

So no one noticed the oSo is Segno, a musical symbol, similar to a CODA? Nor that the bottom line of the Z is a Half Note? That leaves the top portion of the Z, which resembles an enlarged Breath mark ( “For bowed instruments, it indicates to lift the bow and play the next note with a downward (or upward, if marked) bow.”)



Nooo, it can’t be something musical, it’s gotta be something completely Anti-Christian becuz that’s wut all the kewl d00dz are into, right?

Page read a few books on the occult. So what. Big deal. Yay for him. Doesn’t mean he’s stomping kittens and sacrificing children to Baal or burning churches in the name of some dark lord, or to tear down some mythical “establishment”.

In case you weren’t paying attention, said “establishment” has been tearing itself down from the inside for centuries; it has no need of external forces to achieve that goal.

And yes, Page and Jones were classically-trained. Page had been performing since he was a child, and worked with Jones on a number of studio sessions. Yes, he was gifted, but he still required training to focus that gift to a coherent point, rather than simply bashing out whatever popped into his testosterone-fueled brain.


Jennifer April 1, 2015 at 3:10 am

That would be a semi-reasonable guess if Page had some special connection to bowed instruments, or if it were even drawn in the same fashion (classically trained, but can’t draw it correctly for some reason?)

Further, nothing about the emblem he did choose was “anti-Christian.” This speaks to your own prejudices, as Cardano was a renowned mathematician, scholar, & Christian. And for the record I don’t believe anyone has ever claimed Page was “stomping kittens” or suchlike. :P


Dominic October 7, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Well he was pretty famous for using a bow with his guitar, so there’s that.
I don’t think you’ve chosen the closest musical notation to the forms in the symbol though. I’m seeing a lot more of a segno or fermatta kind of vibe. They covered coda with the album of the same name.


The truth November 4, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Just the notions you give in your description of what an occult person would do; “stomping kittens, sacrifices to baal and burning churches” shows you are probably a very ignorant person who has been brain washed by religion from a young age. The occult believe it or not is simply the study of things that are hidden or not common knowledge, if you simply look at the word itself you can see the Latin root for eyes. I wish people would educate themselves rather than absorbing retarded skewed details and regurgitating them as though they are indisputable fact.


David Hicklin January 4, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Those were the days of Hippie Thinking,and the rejection of the Establisment.A lot of rebellion against the Straight Laced society.A bit of the foolish escapades of the very rich and very famous Led Zeppelin.They were the epitome of a hard rock Band.First and foremost,the were all extremely accomplished and trained Musicians.they knew music theory,composition,read & wrote their own Music.They also flew to their next gig in their own jet airliner.Besides having and getting anything imaginable.They were so taken with their own persona,that the the thing with the symbols was a PR move.I know Mr Page read on Magik,But this ZOSO symbol was not a proclamation of devil worship,merely a PR move that was taken out of context entirely.


Eeklair January 12, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Bullshit if Led Zeppelin were all trained musicians. The only training they received was when they went on tour to discover and train in the ways of the world. Don’t get me wrong idiots, Zeppelin are my favorite band. But they weren’t trained musicians. They were gifted geniuses, something very few on this earth can really understand – but how did they get that way? They were born with the gift.

Those who boast they can play like them and pretend to be like them are all under delusion. There are people who take lessons forever to learn to play an instrument. Then there are those who simply pick up their instrument and start playing it like they’ve always known how. That’s Led Zeppelin, That’s Rush, Pink Floyd, Yes (with the exception of Rick Wakeman), Genesis (with the exception of Tony Banks), That’s most bands that are really amazing compositionally.


SimpleGuitarist June 15, 2015 at 3:32 am

I am 52 years old as of this writing. I went to see Zep when I was 13 with my older cousin during the 75 tour. It may have been that it was my first rock concert, but I became a fan for life at that moment. I caught them again in 77 and went to England to see them in 79 before the death of John. Jimmy Page was the reason I picked up the guitar in earnest. As a result I wanted to find out everything I could about the man and the legend. I can tell you this for a fact. Jimmy Page is a highly trained musician. He attended Art School in London after completing his Sixth Form and A Levels (similar to US high school graduation. There are some old BBC clips of jimmy as a teenager playing in a Skiffle band where he is just playing straight and simple cords, (and only playing like an average teenage boy) It is true he couldn’t read music when he started playing studio music in London. But he was still attending school and learning his craft. By his own admission it took him about 18 months to get to where he was confident reading music. The thing about him and the other members of the band was they worked very hard at their craft for years before coming together as Led Zeppelin. No matter how you slice it, That makes you a trained musician. Every band you mentioned are favorites of mine and massive influence on the music I play today ( In fact Gilmour & Clapton are bigger influence on my style then Page… I even play strats to get that awesome quack) But all of them are highly trained as well. The thousands of hours of practice and learning that they did before they ever stepped foot on a stage is training. The talent these men have is in the music that lives within them and their ability to present it to us all. The musical chops they have come from particular style, inflection and they way they turn a phrase of music. Not a one of the musicians you have mentioned was the type of savant you peak that could simply just play. Most of those kind of musicians lack something that all of these guys have. These guitarist are who they as a result of a lifetime of hard work and dedication. None of us should take that away from them. Thank God they did. Can you imagine a world without them. That would truly suck


Markus Micallef August 21, 2015 at 12:22 pm

All very true Simpleguitarist


Ayrteerus Huuman November 27, 2014 at 5:13 pm

I find the world is way more full of people that are ignorant of, that their “idols” are arrogant jackoffs. Perpetuates into a dream, dream of being materialistic vulgar jackoffs, and if that is the dream, their perception of reality will only leave an impression of “materialistic vulgar swine” that would sell their grandmothers for a toothpick. If that is the only way offered to them by “law of men”, they will never find the truth about the nature of their status as a “human resource”, the gods with a small g are bound by your perception of how powerful you are.
How to break free? Stop letting them steal your power, the “one” never intended it to be an existance of all suffering, stop empowering them, and free you will be, I say this to you verily ;)


drake November 20, 2014 at 11:11 pm

the saturnian reference goes along with, among other things, Stairway to Heaven in both it’s normal esoteric meaning and in the song itself. saturn is a piece of the karmic trap that some call the saturn moon matrix. saturn is kronos, time, entropy. saturn eats its children. the question is – who are its children? ignorance is peril.


Mark September 22, 2014 at 6:22 pm

You won’t find the answer in the King James version of the bible. Look instead to the Rick James version…


Sergio April 22, 2014 at 2:35 pm

C’mon! This is not a secret anymore…it’s just the Saturn’s sigil that Page took from an old grimoire called ” Le dragon rouge” . Saturn rules Capricorn, Page’s astrological sign. There is a lot about that if you Google this and there’s nothing related with the Devil or demoniac. Page would not be a fool to wear demoniac symbols instead of his worship with Crowley.


Anonymous guitarist April 5, 2014 at 11:49 am

* Satanist


Anonymous guitarist April 5, 2014 at 11:48 am

Well some rock bands were obviously satanists for some stupid reason. Even some modern progressive heavy metal bands as well. But for Gods sake not all of them were like that. Was Eddie Van Halen a sataist? Hendrix? Clapton ? Lenny Kravits? Poison Stevie Ray Vaughn? Etc.


Keith March 29, 2014 at 11:55 am

We should all be very careful of what we hear or lisen to. Our brain picks upon things without u knowing it. Put things in our heads that are evil. Out to destroy and devour our mind body and souls. We fight a battle not of flesh and blood but of spiritual principalities. Put on the armor of God. Because there is a war going on.


Laura Anne November 15, 2014 at 10:30 am

keith, you do know that stairway to heaven is one, the most special one, of “god’s” BRANCH? The lyrics describe precisely what was, what has always been and that which shall always be. Alchemy is the only true tool in understanding the quintessence that is the creator and it’s ability to dwell on earth with one. (and all). And as far as that war that’s going on, you may be at war, but god is not, god doesn’t “do war”, but ildaboth does. You do know keith, that god “wrote” (music AND lyric) every note to every song that is known as “rock and roll” (get it keith….rock?…..and roll?.. (an analogy of the dark/light dichotomy within us. ) And not just rock and roll, but every masterpiece of music ever heard. As all as literary masterpiece’s (ie; William Shakespeare), Art in all mediums is created by god through us. Not for us. through us, for MIRTH, GLADNESS and PLEASURE. And Alistair Crowley may well be one of the most “spiritually” in a “religious/Christian” supposed intent way connected (to “god/goddess) individual to have ever been graced with awareness of truth. Damn, you fuckers took ALL the fun out of god, dintcha ya?


Anonymous March 29, 2014 at 11:54 am

We should all be very careful of what we hear or lisen to. Our brain picks upon things without u knowing it. Put things in our heads that are evil. Out to destroy and devour our mind body and souls. We fight a battle not of flesh and blood but of spiritual principalities. Put on the armor of God. Because there is a war going on.


Amadeus Rock January 6, 2014 at 6:13 am

so apparently just about everyone who was made famous in rock n’ roll were a bunch of devil worshippers. wow! they were right (the people who warned us)


Dawnatilla the Hun December 16, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Jimmy Page as disciple of Crowley. Yeah. right. To me the whole band is a bunch of arrogant jack offs. despite their contribution to music.


Mark A. O'Blazney May 10, 2015 at 7:41 am

Really? GFA !!!!


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