Blue Oyster Cult (“Cross of Questioning”)

This symbol, sometimes referred to as the “Cross of questioning,” is in truth little more than a logo for the rock band Blue Oyster Cult. Created by artist Bill Gawlick for the band’s first album, the symbol is patterned after the astrological symbol of Saturn/Cronus, in the shape of a sickle. (it is the image of the God of time with his sickle that gives us the modern concept of the Grim reaper) It is not a question mark, an upside down cross, or a Satanic symbol, although for a brief time in the eighties, the symbol became popular as a “secret satanic symbol” among evangelical anti-rock crusaders. Contrary to Urban Legend and tract writers, there is no corresponding “anti-Christian” symbol.
Blue Oyster Cult Album Cover with cross at the center
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John allen Jester jr November 15, 2018 at 10:00 pm

The questioning cross I drew when I was small I guess seeing it some Were

D October 30, 2018 at 4:09 pm

I’d like to know more about the artist himself, I think if one was to acually find the truth it would be threw him. I am really intrested in if he just is that smart to use, and or understands the power of mass conspiracys in the symbolism word? Idk what to believe. But I think all you have open minds that’s awesome, it’s an interesting thought right? Symbolism is interesting

Rune Tjelland August 10, 2018 at 9:55 am

this is a symbol for the planet saturn nothing else

Anthony April 12, 2018 at 8:01 am

According to Wiki, it’s an upside down astro symbol for Ceres, goddess of harvest…. looks nothing like Saturn’s sickle…. just sayin’ :)

Annabelle March 12, 2018 at 9:09 am

I have been wondering what this symbol meant since I saw it in Supernatural over ten freakin’ years ago! I also remember Seeing it in an episode of Constantine on a door that opened into a dark void.

Peter Fenrirsson April 11, 2017 at 10:03 am
nedkelly January 21, 2017 at 6:52 pm

I read somewhere that it is the symbol of chaos (Greek mythology ?!). You’ve got to dig Eric Bloom and Co.

Anonymous October 27, 2016 at 2:47 am

Wooo I used to watch supernatural series…and came though this website..pretty cooool

Mandraw August 22, 2016 at 10:47 am

On the TV show “Supernatural” it appears on episode 17 of season 1. It is used as a prank.

Superunknown January 30, 2016 at 7:24 pm

Always thought the symbol meant questioning Christ and doubting the existence of God. Never even knew it was the BOC logo til much later. Love the band though!

Freed July 30, 2015 at 7:09 am

It’s funny how every cross symbol connects with Christianity. The cross was around long before of course. And the golden arches well they too will live into infinity.

Seraph November 27, 2014 at 3:08 am

This symbol appears on the Nighthawk attack aircraft.

Probably an inside joke.

Fredtheguy March 15, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Lol I always saw it on their album cover and just thought it was like three exclamation points and a question mark sharing the same dot.

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