Operating Thetan Symbol (Scientology)

An emblem used as an insignia designating an “Operating Thetan” in Scientology. The shape is reminiscent of an Egyptian scarab (perhaps intentionally), but is a combined “O” and “T.”

In Scientology dogma, a thetan is analogous to the human soul. According to Scientology, body thetans” are misplaced thetans that leech off the body of another, and cause a variety of ailments and personality/emotional problems.

An “Operating Thetan” is a person who has “cleared” away body thetans through Scientology auditing.

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Monster March 5, 2016 at 2:12 pm

Deff Boba Fett

edwin September 21, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I have studied a lot of Scientology materials and never heard of “body thetans.” This looks like deliberate misinformation to me. It also amazes me that people who don’t seem to have any familiarity with Hubbard’s actual written and spoken works feel qualified to make assertions about Hubbard’s mental processes. Something Hubbard did say is, “What is true for you is what you have observed for youself.” We’d all be better off if we started with that.

Jennifer October 13, 2013 at 10:44 am

Actually, Edwin, I am very well acquainted with Hubbard’s “written and spoken works.” I am also acquainted with a number of former Scientologists, who have all affirmed the belief in body thetans. These are revelations that are not present in basic or public works or available to lower-level Scientologists, but are very much present in the higher level teachings, and this ‘knowledge’ requires the investment of a significant amount of money.

As you can read here, Wikipedia is in agreement on the existence and persistence of this doctrine:


Alex Sleight July 13, 2018 at 3:44 pm

Nice try, Edwin, but most of us aren’t idiots, and we won’t be confused or convinced by your obvious falsehoods. “What is true for you is what you have observed for youself.” sounds like the creed of a bird-brained science denier, and an asshole to boot. You must not believe in gravity, oxygen, or germs, either?

scott January 22, 2012 at 10:45 pm

This is not a very good description. The comment on “Body thetans” is irrelevant and confusing.

The symbol is made from “O” and “T”. Or “Operating Thetan”. “Operating” here refers to something working as intended or you could say without unneeded limitations. “Thetan” refers to the soul or spirit. Together, the words “Operating Thetan” mean, a being (spirit) that functions on his own natural abilities without unneeded handicaps.

The symbol is used in Scientology to refer to exact levels that are said to remove these “handicaps” and restore a being back to his native state of being.

Jennifer March 21, 2012 at 7:27 am

The design of the symbol deriving from the “O” and “T” is noted in the article. The scarab shape is obvious and very likely intentional, as the scarab was a symbol of resurrection and new life, an idea which would have likely inspired Hubbard in his design.

Body Thetans are not only relevant, they are necessary to describe the state of “OT” in Scientology.

Scott June 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Am I the only one that thinks this looks like Boba Fett?

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