Mark of the Beast (Crowley)

The “Mark of the Beast” as shown at right is a creation of Ritual Magician Aleister Crowley. The name of the symbol, which functioned in some ways as Crowley’s personal seal, was a play on his magical moniker “To mega Therion,” (The Great Beast).

In the simplest terms, the image is a symbol of the masculine principal, and is usually paired with its feminine counterpart, the seven pointed Seal of Babalon:

The mark is constructed of three overlaping circles plus one half circle, echoing the number of revolutions in the mark’s associated ritual, and the number of coils in the kundalini. The uppermost circle is the alchemical sigil of the sun; the half circle below is the lunar crescent. The resemblance to male genitalia is, of course, intentional.

Related Symbols:

Star of BabalonUnicursal hexagram

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Austin October 14, 2015 at 11:14 pm

This arguing about dick worship is really irritating. Kate hit it right on the nose. It’s not literal dick worship, in thelema nothing is that cut and dry. The symbolism of the Phallus is not meant literally, it’s representative of the masculine side of the creative principle, the will, and other esoteric stuff I don’t feel like getting into. The sun and crescent moon there are similar, in that the sun is representative of the masculine, active force, and the moon of the feminine, passive force.

The 7 pointed star of babalon is the feminine compliment of the phallic shape in the center. The union of the masculine and feminine is symbolic of creation and the great Work, and the union of opposites. Sex and sexual symbolism is used a lot in occult circles, not because they worship sex, but because it makes a good metaphor.


Clint January 21, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Wow. What a douche bag attitude, mister Captchaos. Just because you may have read more on the subject than some tobi guy doesn’t give you any right to act like that. Well, except for this being the internet and freedom of speech or whatever. Still a dick move. Some of us are new to these things, it would serve a much better purpose if you would guide our wits towards proper literature on the subject. You seem to be claiming to have read an extensive amount on things concerning the occult.

Just to be clear I’m not trying to defend anyone or anything, I’m just being an asshole and pointing out that you’re being a douche-bag with that attitude.


CAPTCHAOS December 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm

tobi, its almost like you know what you are talking about, almost. Sensative is almost sensitive. Aint is almost a proper word. I almost understand comers in relation to how you used it, instead of comes. You almost think you understand what a demon is, or is not. Jonn Dee and Edward Kelly (sometimes spelled Kelley) Im sure understood the difference in Divine Force and mind force with the work that they practiced alot more times than you have read random information on, about these subjects. To almost use proper punctuation. To put energy in quotations in the manner you attempt to use it, have respect enough to captilize E, or all upper case letters. It did play a highly significant role in everything you perceive with your 2-D eyes in your 3-D reality. And hate? Im Positive your very gullible and naive, because that one (demon) we wont spell out its letters, has been deceiving your ass! Study long, Study long. Then you can play with the big boys and girls. And last, Ill ALMOST give you props for at least, not sure how, finding this site. First I would practice captilizing your name! Oh yea, heres one of these for ya! (LMAO) and one more for good luck (LOL) Props to you Kate, Joe, EAT A DICK and Cody, Im with Lynn, go back to church, plain idiot or while your sub-conscious, Crowley liable to put that dick in you. (RODGER?)


Perlin August 11, 2016 at 6:25 pm

You started as a gentleman and ended as a ”beast”.


Joe August 24, 2012 at 8:29 pm


It’s dick worship.

Millions of sex-magick pagans


tobi July 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Why get upset? Thts what it is.dick worship. Throughout time sex orgies around these stupid things have been done to generate “energy”. I hate sensative occultist cause they sure aint sensative to the millions sacraficed for the sake of these sigil or the millions of kids abused! I know the occult has power. But tht power comers from spiritual beings who deceive as john dee and ed kelly both wrote n were concerned about. There demons ppl n sry demons are not monsters but very highly intelligent men who broke away from the father of lights and hillel is leading this coordinated assualt!


Lynn May 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Ummm to be right to the point to you, do you know how to read Cody??? It’s says right there “male genitalia” “intentional” read before you speak and go back to your church you don’t belong in esoteric studies untill you lose that childish additude


Kate November 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm

The “Beast” is a reference to yes, the book of Revalations, but more so to Chokmah on the Tree of Life from Hermetic Qabala. I highly doubt Crowley intended this to be a “satanic” symbol, since even in a biblical sense, the mark of the beast was never really satanic. I understand this more as a representation of the union of masculine and feminine into a phallic force. This isn’t “dick worship,” Thelema acknowledges that the phallus is a term that refers to both generative organs, not just one.

666 is also the number of light and life. 6 being a reference to Tiphareth in Qabala.


cody March 22, 2011 at 11:46 pm

that looks more like a phallus to me.
as you can see without the heptagram, it just looks like an ancient “Dick worship” symbol to cut to the chase and be plain with you….


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