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


Ihwh September 10, 2018 at 11:48 pm

Asking for power is stupid. Like making a wish from a genie straight from the movies but just the letters can be more deceiving. Everything comes at a price power corrupts the poor human, doing rituals is both good and bad you ask for a gift and it goes rotten you ask for a curse and you find pleasure in the darkest times.

Anonymous May 31, 2018 at 2:03 pm

Some people just try to see bad in everything A.C so they will, look with unbiased eyes and your see the brilliance in this mans work

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?)

gymsock March 25, 2014 at 2:50 am


Your response is riddled with punctuation errors, abbreviations, and words similar to “ain’t”. You are a fucking dick worshiper.

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!

no, tobi February 9, 2018 at 1:13 am

There have definitely been sexual rituals involved in the occult, and some of it has been done through the same principals this represents. However, as with all things in the occult, there’s an esoteric layer you’re not quite understanding. Sexual rituals are just an extension of the union of male and female principals, a sort of dualistic understanding of the worldview. Occultists have not sacrificed millions for the sake of this symbol, although many religions have certainly done that for their symbols, mostly Christianity. This symbol specifically is used for action and rationality, to be paired with the feminine principles of contemplation and emotion.
Thelema, specifically, is not about abusing kids, and whatever anecdotal evidence you may find on it will not justify such a high number. Saying that is akin to religious intolerance, but I’ll forgive you because you seem to be giving into the remnants of the Satanic Mass Panic hoaxes that circulated in the 80′s. There is little to no ritual use for child abuse within the tenets of Thelema, and if you went looking for them it would not involve this symbol.
As a polytheistic Satanist and demonologist, I have to sort of chuckle at your claims that occult power only comes from spiritual beings that deceive people. Kelly and Dee certainly received what they were looking for, and they had ways for ensuring they weren’t deceived to greatly. Their works, if a belief in the occult is supposed, are almost certainly dealing with Yahweh-serving angels, which show up as more faerie-like; incapable of the complexities and free will required to lie and without any incentive to. It was spiritual forces outside of them that sought to jeopardize what was seen as a very large spiritual revelation.
I’m not sure what the last bit you’re talking about means. There are demons and they aren’t monsters? I would agree with that. I don’t think all of them are highly intelligent or even male, and I have reason to suspect any coordinated assault going on by demons specifically. From what I can gather, they’re waiting for Yahweh to attack first, and most of the demonic possessions have been by angels wanting to keep Yahweh’s followers in line. Any coordinated attack would risk putting Revelation into motion. There is certainly a battle between worshipers, however, as there are quite a few naturally conflicting ideologies. Maybe this is what you mean by intelligent men?

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.

Rudra December 4, 2014 at 3:17 pm

It is actually the mark of the beast and the whore of Babylon. 666 being a representation of man. Seven pointed star being the Whore and the phallus should be fairly obvious. Though most don’t get the connection with the pole star etc. It is a symbol of humanity’s Origin and material nature aka Shiva and Parivarti. Shiva is the closest thing to the devil you will find in Vedic studies. Don’t believe everything Thelema says. Crowley would call most of them fools. His students stole the sacred sex magic ceremonies from him and took them to Hollywood and started agape and scientology etc. Crowley was furious to say the least. Sex magic is not meant for everyone. Crowley is a trickster most of his writings are layer upon layer of code. If you do not have a deep understanding of Kabbalah, Daoism, and Vedic studies etc. you will only be conceiving of you own personal egotistical perception of said work.

Ashley November 2, 2018 at 1:48 pm

Kate can you direct me to more information on the esoteric meaning of the beast and 666?

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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