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History of the Skull and Crossbones
The skull and the crossbones has a very long history. Let's take a look at it.
In the Stregheria Tradition of Witchcraft, the skull represent our
sacrificial God. The crossbones represent the guardianship over the
gateway to the Otherworld.
The skull also represents ancestral knowledge and wisdom. It is also believed that the skull has oracular powers when a lit candle is placed upon it's head, and also it is believed that when a candle is placed upon the skulls head it is a symbol of communication "between the worlds".
The symbol of the skull and crossbones can be found thousands of years ago, in Ancient Sumaria, where Inanna, who is always depicted with Skulls, made Her descent into the Underworld to where She laid down Her jewels and all that She had to go to the Father of the Underworld to receive knowledge, and gain enlightenment for Her people.
Then later on in history as Christ went to the cross, He was hung at
"the mountain of Golgotha", Golgotha meaning, "The Place of the Skull".
It is a metaphor and a symbol of higher attainment by sacrificial death,
either by putting your body down in some way to receive enlightenment,
such as Woden hung upside down from the Life Tree for three days to
receive the runes.
The Skull and the Crossbones were the insignia for The Knights
Templars. To the Knights Templars, the Skull and Crossbones also meant
"Higher Attainment, and enlightenment", and the crossbones are asymbol
of "balance". The Knights Templars seeking the Holy Grail, were actually
seeking the Holy Grail because they believed they would receive "higher
enlightenment" and "transformation" from the grail that they sought.
The Skull and crossbones were sacred to the Knights Templars as was the
grail. The Knights Templars were soldiers for the cross of Jesus Christ.
They fought many wars for the sake of the cross, and the Catholic
Church, owed much money to the Knights Templars. A bishop decided that
they owed too much money to the Knights Templars and decided instead of
paying them for all of their faithfulness, they would disassimble them.
The Church accused the Knights Templars of Witchcraft, and burned many
of them. They were tortured and burned on a Friday the thirteenth.
Before the Knights Templars were burned, Friday the thirteenth use to be
a very lucky and fortunate day to people. That is how Friday the
thirteenth became to become an unlucky day, was when the Knights
Templars were burned. Some of the Knights Templars ran. After the
knights Templars were disassimilated they moved to a place called Malta.
The knights Templers worshipped the Goddess Athena while there and had
taken themselves to piracy for lack of money to look honestly for the
Holy Grail. The Knights Templars had one of the largest fleets of ships
in the world, and since the skull and crossbones were their insignia,
they hung the isignia of the skull and crossbones on their flags. So, we
now see how we have our first pirates. It was the Knight's Templars
searching for the Holy Grail.
The skull was so worshipped by Christians in early Christianity that
priests and commoners would keep a skull next to them or on their laps
as they prayed. It used to be that many crucifixes were adorned with the
In Gerina Dunwich's book, "The Wicca Spellbook", she says that the
skull is an amulet of power, protecting the wearer from bad magick, and
send hexes and curses back to the sender. She also adds that the skull
brings good luck. I love Gerina Dunwich's books. You will learn lots of
spells and so much of of everything from that woman.
So now you have the history and symbolism of the skull and the
crossbones! Blessed be! helela