Mano Cornuto (Horned Hand)

Mano Cornuto means “horned hand” in Italian; the gesture is commonly depicted on charms against the evil eye. It is unclear whether the gesture originated as an image of horns or as a “poking out the eyes” gesture (against the malocchio or “evil eye”), but ancient lunar goddess charms depicting animal horns were used for similar protective purposes and are probably related to the gesture.

The use of the horns as a symbol of satanic belief is recent, and is evolved from its use by heavy metal musicians and fans. (A good discussion of the use of the horned hand gesture in rock can be found here.) The horned Hand gesture is also used occasionally by Wiccans as a symbol of the “horned God” or as the horns of the Moon Goddess, depending on tradition.


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Shadow Lord April 5, 2017 at 2:04 am

I really wish there was a truth Church of Satan . Many people who claim their Satanist are just you know Worshipping themselves or whatever or actually embodying Satan but they refused to give them credit it’s going to be awfully awkward when you meet him face-to-face in Hell :)

Shadow Lord April 5, 2017 at 2:00 am

I love symbols my favorite is the Viking rune for invincibility I believe it’s like 8 or so lines forming a star with arrow tips on every end. You gotta love the Vikings even their writing is Kick-Ass “Spears out !!!”

Shadow Lord April 5, 2017 at 1:56 am

I don’t know what I hate more Christians and other fundamental religions or this new modern Satanism which is basically atheism with party favors in stupid hand gestures all of it is f***** hogwash bullcrap I practice real f****** magic that I was taught by a demon after I resisted his possession atempt. To put it simply Spiritual Beings are real you can call them Angels you can call them demons but they pretty much look the same that’s from the original Bible and the Torah angels are actually terrifying we call them Angels or demons based on how they treat us they are real and their currency is blood. And on a completely unrelated topic Hitler was a vegetarian enjoy your tofu

Joey August 23, 2016 at 12:15 pm

Yes you are correct, also Dio use it as well. It took off in the 80′s with Dio. Dio stated ” His Italian grandmother used it to wort off the evil eye “, so Dio adopted it for that same purpose, while doing his shows!

Joey August 23, 2016 at 12:06 pm

Lets not forget it’s an Illuminati symbol as well. Many US presidents use this symbol . They bring in the thumb with it, the devils horns with the thumb extracted as well.

Jennifer September 17, 2016 at 10:48 am

Well no, it really isn’t, sorry.

race andros November 25, 2017 at 1:27 am

Prove it, at least to yourself. If you are wrong you are really showing honor to lucy, satan, santa, all the same, which maybe OK for you, millennials are opting more now for witchcraft rather than knowing the manufacturer. The middle finger also, in palmistry, showing reverence for saturn , same evil cat, all devour children, see pizzagate, feed your head, or don’t.

Viktoria April 27, 2015 at 6:04 pm

Why is this symbol being seen as Satanic such a bad thing? Satanism is not the same as devil worship. Most Satanists are atheistic; Satan is a symbol of the earthly and carnal. Satanists do not sacrifice to the devil, abuse children, or advocate lawless behavior. In fact, doing such things causes you to be expelled from Church of Satan.

Anonymous May 21, 2015 at 9:46 pm

Satanist still use this gesture/hand symbol, and the author never labeled it ‘bad’. Quit trying to argue something that’s not there, as if you even really know.

The One August 19, 2015 at 4:02 pm

Actually not all satanists are devil worshippers. Such as LaVeyan satanists they recognize themselves as their own gods, therefore they’r atheists

Anonymous June 22, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Are you for real.? Viktoria (Satan)-ism. Is worshipping the dark lord. What you wrote is the stupidest thing I’ve heard in a long time. Sit down because you are clueless as to wtf your talking about do some research.

Heaven November 21, 2016 at 4:52 pm

the word “Satan” means of oneself. Satanism is the belief in oneself and has no correlation to the devil. Why don’t you do some research into different religions of the world and see things from a different perspective than your own. You’d be surprised by what you’d learn.

Phil June 12, 2016 at 1:47 am

When those same Satanists ask you to sacrifice to to Satan, then you better say no.

Anonymous March 24, 2017 at 7:03 pm

Keep telling yourself that.

race andros November 25, 2017 at 1:30 am

A little more research would surprise you. Satanist are the most decieved people in the realm. Do you know about Anton Laveys death bed rant, shame.

Metalhead October 14, 2014 at 12:46 am

I find it really disappointing that people in society confuse this with the hand gesture for metal. Unfortunately, its unjustly connection to satanism caused people to think that the metal gesture is also a satanic sign. These people are sadly misinformed, because the metal gesture was created because heavy metal bands wanted some sort of hand gesture, but did not want to use the peace sign. The sign was conceived during a concert, so they had no idea there was already a similar sign in use.

Hopefully, people will come to recognize that these are two different symbols. I also hope that people will come to realize that The Horned Hand is not a satanist symbol, and is actually a pagan symbol, because if people don’t differentiate the metal gesture and The Horned Hand, I would at least want them to think the metal gesture is pagan instead of satanic.

MagizZziaN September 6, 2014 at 3:03 am

I find it disturbing how a lot of people are so ignorant of their own history. I’m dutch, and raised with a christian background. That doesn’t mean I just follow the herd. I thoroughly investigated many religions and believes including (wich is sacrilidge among a lot of christians in the first place) satanism, atheism and the islam. And those are just the current religions and believes. I also try to find as much information at for example the religions of my own country wich would be germanic. Wich has a lot of similarity’s to the Norish mythology. But not just my own, I find it deeply intresting learning about other parts of the world aswel. Now that you know that I am an open minded person even though a christian (yes, I stil am.) let’s discus the subject at hand more.

First of all, every (intelligent) living thing has an inborn believe in something. Being it ghosts, or ancestors, gods, evil spirits or whatever. Wich isn’t totaly but allready a start of paganism. Practicing these believes and cultivating them into religions makes it paganism. Personly I believe the word pagan is relative. Since the people who were “pagans” were sincerely convinced they were doing the right thing or worshipping the right gods.

Throwing satanism in the same leauge as wicca and paganism is being totaly ignorant. Satanism is stil christianity. As Satan is a fallen angel who turned on God. What a lot of people don’t even know is that his name (wich was stripped from him and given to Jesus). Lucifer means Morningstar or lightbringer in ancient roman. The romans actually called Jesus at some point Lucifer aswel. Denying satan is denying your own faith.

I think I ranted on long enough now xD

Anonymous January 18, 2015 at 4:43 pm

Lucifer’s name was not given to Y’Shua. Read Isaiah 14:12 it says son of the job 38:.4-6-morning stars are angels. Y’Shua is The Bright MorningStar, clearly a distinction above other Morning Stars.

Joey August 23, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Well said MagizZzian! people are Ignorant.

curiouser November 19, 2013 at 7:09 pm

I noticed a lot of your symbol links don’t work and some go through to the wrong symbols as listed but in time I hope this site flourishes, as for the above discussion…I’m always surprised at the level of ignorance surrounding esoteric matters, especially Baphomet and the ridiculous so called Satanists, who have adopted this symbol as part of their ‘church’and forever changed the meaning of the word occult which actually just means ‘hidden’…

GoodyDemon November 3, 2013 at 7:46 pm

To “fuck you mellisa”. Paganism and sa*anism are very different! sa*anism doesn’t exist without ch*istianity (thank you ch*istians for sa*anists). Mellisa and Treebeard are absolutely correct.
Humans, don’t confuse similar but very different things: Paganism with sa*anism, upside Pentagram with upside-down pentagram, wise Demons (Anc.Greek) with cruel devils (ch*istianity), Darkness with unholy, Philosophy with demagogy.
Be wise and you will be happy. Good luck.

A Friend October 29, 2013 at 12:14 pm

All of these post were really informative… i appreciate everything that was posted. To my fellow brothers and sisters that have faith in the Lord Jesus i wish to persuade that we don’t engaged in argumentative debates with those who haven’t yet found faith in Jesus. That will not show the love of our God nor cause the hearts of any to want to know Him in truth and His love. Show love my Friends for our God is love. (1 John 4:8)

I love you all, even those who are of a different faith for my Lord has commanded that I am to love my neighbor as he has loved me. He loved me so much that yet while I was a man that only cared for myself and me and my own, He came and down as a man payed the price I should have payed by dying for me on the cross.

Treebeard September 2, 2013 at 8:50 pm

to this guy “fuck you mellisa June 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm”. How can you possibly group satanism with the others as having the same roots, it is a Christian beleif, satanist who beleive otherwise are not satanists, satanist try to group themselves with pagans and wicca because there is nothing actually different about your religion from christianity, it is like a Hindu worshipping a darker god of their religion. If you are a Satanist, check the history of you sect of christianity before posting BS

coty June 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Let’s get one thing straight, pagans and satanists do not. Have the same roots satan did not exist untill christians upserped baphomete satan and baphomete are two totally different ideas but the same visualization. Sata was the appifany of early christians that felt left out because of monotheism because they were duotheistic or pagan. Baphomet was made popular by an old book called the dark magicians universe currently out of print, he represented all ideals foriegn not evil neccisarliy. Satan was used to scare people and was used as a tool to convert people, because if you did not believe in the abrahamiv god then you were in league with satan. Satan s/lucifers importance as well as jesus s were decided at the counsil of nicea in rome about 550 a.d. pagans were already established in many different traditions for thousands of years all around the world. Satanism is a means of control in our society where the initiates serve one purpous, wich is to perpetuate the oto s agenda, wich is world domination and a new world order. The people in the high enchleons are the only ones to know this as true. Yes satanists do use magic, but its to control people and make them do evil things in order to have more control over the individual. Now solitary satanists have no idea this is even happening because they are following the herd, only lodges and temples are in league together and they include some of the most wealthiest families and high posing gonverment officials in the world, they are usually illuminaty as well. The fact of the matter is pagan with out dispute have been around a lot longer than satan and baphomet, and we take our lineage through egypt, babalonia, and sumaria the OLDEST civilaizations and as pagans we walk the twilight path, experiencing the dark ideals with in ourselves to fully understand and embrace the light. I’m sorry to inform you but you are under educated in the occult and misinformed. We have never and will never condon the belief of satan because that only perpetuates your own agenda s along with other abrahamic faiths and belief system. and please do not bring up crowely he had nothing to do with satanism he was thalemic and therefore pagan just a darker tradition.

Denise September 22, 2014 at 10:41 am

Coty…time spent learning to write properly, as in correct spelling and thoroughly clear syntax, would serve you well; I could barely decipher what you wrote, it is so poorly written. “Appifany”?? It is epiphany, dude. All computer devices have spell check capabilities; perhaps utilizing that instead of ranting on a topic you know even less about than writing, would lend you credibility in the future and in posts. & comments…

Interesting November 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Learned in the 4th grade that this was a sign used to communicate “hail” in meteorology…always figured when you did this at a show, it just meant “Hail _____!”

ILLyJE July 16, 2011 at 4:44 am

I notice that all horned hand gestures are jumbled together here. even though the placement of the other fingers and thumb changes the energy and outcome of its use. middle ring straight down thumb next to middle straight up is this symbol. thumb across the middle & ring is different as well is the middle ring tips touching thumb. (the later used by rockers mostly) also middle ring over the thumb. secondly why are people coming here to argue about insignificant details? satanist and christians are the same, to give power to one fake idea is to give power to the other. christians muslims jews and satanists are just jealous because they have no true power so they attempt to steal power, ideas, symbols and the like from others. as far as the illusion of good and evil goes, that’s up to the individual to decide for themselves exactly what is good or evil. people are fickle, stubborn and easily fooled. believe what you see or what is real, and still pray to beings they have never experienced seen met heard or likewise. especially when the true power is within…

fuck you mellisa June 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm

first of all, paganism, satanism, neopaganism, wicca, all share the same roots and by default have simmilar symbols. second, the pentagram was originaly an astrology map of the movements of venus, and your atempt to lay claim to its origin displays arogance on a near christian scale. lastly the fact that you reference satanism, one of the least violent or malevolent religions in existence as ‘evil’ is both an insult and further proof of your inability to extricate yourself from the delusion of good and evil.

St. Jimmy April 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I love site. I love how it’s not run by religious fanaticswho try to find satan in everything, for one, and I love how informative it actually is.

Mike March 9, 2011 at 3:55 am

I first learned this gesture in the 1970s. But then it meant “bullshit”.

Sorority Luchesit November 10, 2010 at 3:22 am

I like this site, it is informative. I am a graphic arts major and taking art history right now so naturally I would be interested in symbology. I always knew that there was a much more older meaning behind the horned hand and that the satanic interpretation is a recent addition.

Mellisa August 25, 2010 at 8:09 am

I just love how you satanists decide to add a new meaning to everything that was initially started by the pagans e.g. the horns concept, the pentagram ect. thanks to you guys, us pagans are associated with you in society’s eyes and are seen as evil :)

VIGUY May 12, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Hey SatansGift, thanks for that tidbit, always thought it was Ronny James Dio that started it, but after reading you entry looked a few places online and they all point to Jinx Dawson who started and finished the show with the Horns…

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admin December 27, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Well, gripe to them about it.

SatansGift December 23, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Your link fails to point out that the first band to openly use the symbol and be pictured using it was Coven. Primarily Jinx Dawson.

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