Does the “peace” sign really have ANYTHING to do with peace?
In the 60s, the “peace” sign was adopted as a sign of peace and freedom but in actuality, it was something that Nero (a Christian hater thought to have crucified St. Peter) used to mock the crucifixion of Christ.
Please note that the information quoted below is that which I found searching on google and I don’t claim it to be 100% factual. If you do further research I’m sure you can prove every claim listed here but I just felt the need to say that the below is quoted information from the web so there may be some speculation mixed in with the truths given.
So …. what is this “peace sign” all about, anyway?
Some might call it a “Witches’ Foot” or “Nero’s Cross” and attribute all kinds of occult significance to it, making the mere display of it a sign of allegiance to satanic powers, black witchcraft and human sacrifice.
The name “Witches’ Foot” seems to originate from Koch (Koch, Rudolf: The Book of Signs Dover 1955 and first published in 1930), who also assigned this name to the Pentagram. He also shows an inverted Cross and calls it a “sword…” This is a good introductory book towards graphic symbols, though Mr. Koch seems to indulge in his own interpetations of many of the sigils much too often. Thus, as a reference, it is suspect.
I have yet to find any reliable references for the so-called “Nero’s Cross” other than in the more radical fundamentalist Christian literature. These usually allege that the symbol represents an inverted cross like the type that Peter was crucified on by Nero. All representations of such that I have seen show a standard cross (arms at a 90 degree angle to the shaft) turned upside down.
The similarity between the Germanic rune for “r” and the peace symbol has been remarked upon by many polemicists. Given the simplicity of the symbol, I can only attribute this to coincidence. (note that this rune can mean “g,” “m,” “z,” or “r” depending on the time period and the culture, and the Norse “r” can be either as shown or inverted.)
In the “r” form, it is taken by -all- writers about the runes to mean “protection,” while in its inverted form it is called “calc,” or “chalice.”
Nowhere that I have found is it called a “death rune,” as alleged by many anti-peace-symbol writers.
Others call it a clever Marxist symbol, or one of those clever plots of the Universal Conspiracy Against Everything.
In the 1960’s, some considered it sure evidence that the wearer was a Communist, though the sight of it on the helmets of soldiers in Vietnam probably gave them serious fits.
Well ….. the truth seems to be a bit more prosaic.
It was developed by the British “Committee for Nuclear Disarmament” (CND), apparently about 1958. It is comprised of the two semaphore flag positions for “N” and “D,” standing for “nuclear disarmament.”
Some say that Bertrand Russell designed the symbol, but that seems to be more of an “urban legend” than anything else.
The symbol caught on, and has become a pretty much universal anti-war symbol, with much more meaning than simply nuclear disarmament.
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Also known as: Peace Symbol, Druid’s Foot, Druxtenfuss, Nero Cross, Neroic Cross, Raven’s Foot, Sign of the “Broken Jew”, Symbol of the “Anti-Christ”, Teutonic Cross, Todersrune, Witch’s Foot.
“Conspiracy theorists believe that the symbol is one symbol among many that has a different meaning to the inscrutable elite than it has to the general public. Some believe it is an ancient symbol designating hatred toward Christians, from Emperor Nero, who crucified the Apostle Peter upside-down, hence it is a symbol of an inverted cross. The Nero’s cross has also been recognized as a “mockery” of christianity, as it is thought to represent a broken, upside down cross, within a circle representing “Nero’s vision”. It is thought that Nero believed that the destruction of Christianity and all Christians would bring peace. It has even been rumored that the proliferation of the sign was on-part due to a Soviet conspiracy to encourage the sign which had a hidden anti-christian design (an objective part of the Soviet goals).
It has also been called a relative of the Nazi Swastika – or the rune algiz inverted, said to mean “hidden danger”. It resembles the rune calc.”
“Known as the ‘peace sign’ throughout the 1960’s and into the present day, this symbol is the Teutonic rune of death. 1950’s peace advocate Gerald Holtom may have been commissioned by communist sympathizer Bertrand Russell to design a symbol to unite leftist peace marchers in 1958. It is clear that either Holtom or Russell deemed the Teutonic (Neronic) cross as the appropriate symbol for their cause.”
Throughout the last 2000 years this symbol has designated hatred of Christians. Nero, who despised Christians, crucified the Apostle Peter on a cross head downward. The hideous event resembled the Teutonic cross and became a popular pagan insignia of the day. Thereafter, this sign became known as the ‘Neronic cross’.”
“The symbol’s origin in history proves it to be the visual mystic character for ‘Aum’ (the split ‘Y’). This is the sacred word to Hindu. Chanting ‘Aum’ is supposed to help awaken ‘the serpent power of Brahma’ at the base of the human spine. Occultist Albert Pike also identifies this symbol as mythical in his book on Freemasonry, Morals and Dogma. The peace symbol is actually a cross with the arms broken. It also signifies the ‘gesture of despair’ and the ‘death of man’.”
“The Germatic tribes who used it attributed strange and mystical properties to the sign. such a ‘rune’ is said to have been used by ‘black magicians’ in pagan incantations and condemnations. To this very day the inverted broken cross - identical to the socialists ‘peace symbol’ - is known in Germany as a ‘todersrune’, or death rune. Not only was it ordered by Hitler’s National Socialists that it must appear on German death notices, but it was part of the official inscription prescribed for the gravestones of Nazi officers of the dread SS. The symbol suited Nazi emphasis on pagan mysticism.”
“With the arms of the cross raised in an upright position, it is ‘a Pythagorean emblem of the course of life, in the form of a rising path with fork roads to Good and Evil. It also signifies fertility but with the arms pointing downward, it denotes evil and death.”
“In fact, the inverted ‘Man-rune’ - the figure encircled in the common sign which the Communists tell us means ‘peace’ - has for centuries been a favourite sign of Satanists.”
“Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan, used the peace symbol as the backdrop for his altar.”
“One former witch makes the following comment about the peace symbol : “It is an ancient and powerful symbol of the Antichrist. During the dark ages it was used in Druid witchcraft and by Satanists of all sorts during the initiation of a new member to their order. They would draw the magic circle and give the initiate a cross. The initiate would then lift the cross and turn it upside down. He would then renounce Christianity in all three dimensions of time (past, present and future) and break the horizontal pieces downward forming the design of the raven’s foot. This ugly symbol is nothing short of blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. For one to wear or display this symbol is to announce either knowingly or unknowingly that you have rejected Christ. Remember, symbolism is a picture language, and a picture is worth a thousand words.”
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