It is being flashed everywhere—on TV, in newspapers and magazines, at sporting events, and even at presidential inaugurations. I'm referring, of course, to the sign of El Diablo, the horned devil, also known as the sign of Il Cornuto and as Diabolicus. It began in the modern era with the followers of satanic cults, the members of the official Church of Satan, and heavy metal rock music bands and fans flourishing the sign of two separated fingers upward sign. The rock bands made it popular and trendy, and now it seems almost everyone is doing it.
Three versions of the "El Diablo," the sign of Satan, the horned God. The hand sign at right is also the deaf's gesture, or signing, for "I love you," a fact which has many people confused.
This photograph of President George W. Bush in Time magazine (June 4, 2001) is curious. It shows Bush presenting the horned devil sign. Also, the simultaneous joint use of the circle is evident. Nowhere in the article does the author explain why Bush is making this sign or even explain why he is dressed in what appears to be college robes.
Just as curious, the article, including the caption, mentions the word charm, charmed, or charming a grand total of exactly six times. A charm, of course, is a magical talisman. The text also includes the eyebrow-raising phrases:
Yes, indeed, there is something funny and strange at work here.
This article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper followed the international controversy of Bush and family giving what appeared to be the devil's hand sign.
Yet another article, this one in Fort Worth's Star-Telegram newspaper. The editors insisted that the Bushes were only displaying the "Hook 'em Horns" sign common to University of Texas Longhorns fans. The article points out that in Africa and Europe, the sign is clearly the devil's own. Doesn't it seem odd to you that even Mother Barbara Bush is giving the sign?
And, after all, neither George nor Laura were ever students at the University of Texas! George was a bonesman at New England's preppie school, Yale.
Article in Newsweek (September 18, 2000). Do you think these two young men were knowledgeable of what the hand sign means?
The top two executives of the McDonald's fast food chain jointly display interesting hand signs in this photograph in Newsweek dated February 2004. At left CEO Charlie Bell with his predecessor, Jim Cantalupo.
Note that Bell (left) extends the thumb, Cantalupo does not, once again demonstrating the confusion—or is it simply the blurring of distinctions— between the two types of signs. Are both men giving a diabolical sign—or is neither?
Those who claim that if the thumb is diplayed, it is not the "El Diablo" Satan hand sign may just want to take a gander at the cover of a recently published (2005) book by Sondra London entitled True Vampires—Blood-Sucking Killers Past and Present. Published by Feral House, a book company originally founded by Anton LaVey, High Priest of the Church of Satan, the cover clearly demonstrates that, for hard-core Satanists, there is no real difference in meaning whether the sign includes the thumb or does not.
Manuela Ruda, 2 i, (shown at left in sun glasses giving the "El Diablo" hand sign), and her husband, Daniel, 26, a pair of self-proclaimed vampire satanists from Germany, sacrificed a victim to Satan. The pair ceremoniously stabbed the man exactly 66 times with a dagger. Then they drank his blood.
Some might say that Manuela's hand sign is merely the deaf "love you," but the couples' grim conduct indicated otherwise. Also shown: Manuela's head, shaved to reveal an inverted Christian cross. Manuela also had a rough-edged, blood red circle tatooed on her scalp. The two were trained to be Satan worshippers while visiting Scotland. (From news report and article in Strange Times magazine, Great Britain)
An American member of the Aghora sect of Hinduism drinks from the top of a human skull. Some members of the sect practice cannibalism to gain magical powers (The Tampa Tribune, June 2, 2003, p. 1).
The illustration from the book Witches, by Una Woodruff and Colin Wilson (Crescent Books, New York, 1988), shows a satanic witch signaling the "El Diablo."
High priest of the Church of Satan, Anton LaVey, was honored upon his death in this article in the San Francisco Chronicle. In the picture, LaVey is giving the "El Diablo" hand sign while, on the wall, is the "Baphomet" version of the satanic pentagram star.
Was it mere coincidence that on the very day that this wicked satanist died in California, across the sea, in England, Illuminati chief Lord Edmond de Rothschild also passed away?
In a video exposing charismatic "prosperity preacher" televangelists, these four men were among many apparently giving what some people claim is the universally recognized "El Diablo"—horns of the devil sign.
Christian Rock?—Is there such a thing as Christian rock'n'roll? This book , authored by a mother of a young man who was a member of a rock band, was intended to defend Christian rock music. But perhaps tellingly, the cover seems to show one person giving the horned devil sign and a couple more displaying the F...k You! sign (finger in middle of hand upraised)—all at a Christian rock concert!
Also, lights displayed in three triangles are in the background. The triangle has three sides. Three plus three equals nine. The number nine in occult numerology conceals the number 666, the number of the beast, since adding the digits 6+6+6=18=9. Whether the cover artist and the author were aware of these oddities is unknown.
Helen Keller (1880-1968), shown here at her desk, creator of the deaf signing system. The brilliant Keller was a pitiful character in some ways. Stricken blind and deaf at an early age, she nevertheless went on to considerable achievements in life.
But Helen Keller also got involved in occultic sects like Swedenborgianism and Theosophy. Did her membership in these groups inspire Keller to choose a hand sign for the deaf, translated as "I love you", which is today often used interchangeably with the universal "I love (and/or worship) Satan" hand sign?
Helen Keller with Alexander Graham Bell. Keller wrote a book, My Religion, in which she explained her occult religious views and her enthusiasm for the teachings of mystic Emmanuel Swedenborg.
Was the architecture of the deaf signs based on Keller's aberrant religious views?
These U.S. postal stamps depicting the deaf's "I love you" sign are shocking, to say the least. The inventor of the deaf signing system was herself an occultist and devotee of Theosophy, the Hindu/occult group founded by Russian mystic Helena Blavatsky, author of The Secret Doctrine.
Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey, who is acknowledged as a homosexual. The mysterious painting on the wall directly behind Spacey is of Lucifer, with horns, amidst the flames of hell.
The revealing but quite subtle message below reads: "You've got to send the elevator back down."
Actress Salma Hayek giving either the deaf's "I love you" or the horns of the devil sign.
Handsome actor Pierce Brosnan of Great Britain, to left of actor Greg Kinnear, has a rather odd look on his face as he gesticulates with his left hand. (People magazine February 7, 2005)
The comedian duo, Penn & Teller, are vulgar, foul-mouthed and satanic. The two once performed a revolting skit in Las Vegas in which Teller, dressed as "Christ Jesus" on a full-size cross, entered the room on a cart.
A midget dressed as an angel performed a simulated sex act on the near-naked Teller who was pretending to be Jesus. Shocked and offended, many in the audience abruptly got out of their seats and walked out of the room.
"This was beyond bad taste," said Rick Neiswanger, who attended the exhibition but had no idea that Penn & Teller would pull such a blasphemous stunt.
In the Globe tabloid (February 7, 2005), actor Chad Michael Murry (movie—A Cinderella Story), lets readers know what kind of star he is.
This scotch whiskey ad in Rolling Stone magazine shows a bizarre image of a Scottish highlander rock'n'roller giving a satanic sign. The circle was placed there by the person who clipped and sent this ad to me.
Rock band Metallica
Big in the 80s, the band Night Ranger is now heard on Sirius satellite radio. (Newsweek, November 29, 2004)
According to the article (USA Today, February 24, 2003, p. 3A) that accompanied this photograph, it depicts a near-capacity crowd of almost 500 people at the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan, New York City.
Fittingly, the enthusiastic crowd came to hear the band called Satanicide.
Popular singing group Nickelback gives thanks to their hidden deity for their great success. Two are giving the "El Diablo" sign, a third (the one with the hat on) has a skull emblazoned on his T-shirt. (USA Today, June 5, 2002, p. 2A)
Full page ad in USA Today, July 22, 2003 p. 5D
The Beatles singing group shown at left in a cartoon drawing from their Yellow Submarine album. John Lennon flashed the "El Diablo" sign. At right, Paul McCartney gives the "OK," or "666," sign while Lennon again displays the horned devil signal with his left hand.
Lennon, who once bragged the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, was assassinated just outside the Dakota House condominiums in New York City, where he and wife Yoko Ono lived. It was at the gothic Dakota House condominium complex that the deeply satanic movie, Rosemary's Baby, was filmed.
The crowd at a boxing match at Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas. (Photo: page 1 of Austin American Statesman newspaper, August 16, 2003)
Canadian Ross Rebagliati celebrates his gold medal, won in the giant slalom event at the '98 Winter Olympics. (USA Today, February 9, 1998, p. E1)
Tour de France champion bicyclist Lance Armstrong gestures heavenward with the index finger of his left hand while, with his right hand, Armstrong seems to be beckoning to a strange God known in the Bible as the "Prince of the power of the air."
Lance Armstrong is a resident of Austin, Texas, and it is possible the famous athlete's sign could just be in honor of the University of Texas at Austin. But if so, why give it in France?
Actress Meryl Streep gives the sign of the Devil just over the head of "Angels in America" director, Mike Nichols. In 2004, the HBO series "Angels in America" was aired. It was possibly the most evil TV program ever broadcast. The director and actress were given "Golden Globe" awards, indicating how hateful Hollywood and the TV networks have become.
The series depicted angels having sex with homosexuals and blasphemously mocked God. It praised communist spies like Ethel Rosenberg. (Photo: Newsweek, November 17, 2003)