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Occult Symbols Explained

What Every Latter-day Saint Should Know
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Full view of the south side of the Salt Lake City Temple.

The House of the Rising Sun
Each of the following shots will be a closer view to see how the Salt Lake Temple and the Nauvoo Temple, as well as many other Mormon temples not mentioned in this article, are decorated with pagan symbols of the Occult.

Some of the following pictures are used by permission of Dennis and Rauni Higley of
H.I.S. (He Is Savior) Ministries International

Ever since ancient times and throughout the Medieval Ages, these symbols have been used in Satanic worship. What influence caused these symbols to be used to decorate Mormonism's most prominent temple and LDS architecture?

Satan's first lie recorded in the Bible is in Genesis 3:5, "ye shall be as gods." The doctrines of "exaltation" and "celestial glory" (that people can evolve into gods and goddesses) are rooted in ancient witchcraft (see "A History of Witchcraft" by Jeffrey B. Russell, pp. 158-159; "Drawing Down the Moon" by Margot Adler, p. 25, and "Gnosis" by Kurt Rudolf, pp. 92-93) Yet, these doctrines, complete with the same terminology, are being perpetuated through the Mormon Church today. Satan is deceiving innocent, God-loving people into unknowingly following his oldest and most predominate lie, and he has left his mark all over Mormon temples.

Don't you wonder why the cross is nowhere to be found on Mormon temples and LDS Church buildings? The cross is where our victory over death took place, and yet the LDS Church won't have anything to do with it. The apostle Paul tells us that, "the preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God" (1 Cor. 1:18) Satan opposes the cross.

This evidence is being exposed to you, my friend, because of our deep love for the LDS people, and because you have the right to know. Our hope for Mormons throughout the world who deeply love God and who honestly want to worship God in truth, is that they will realize they've become victims of Satan's deception. Since the early 1800's, Satan has been binding the minds of Mormons around the world from the true gospel; "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world (Satan) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not." (2 Cor. 4:3-4).

Sun Symbol of Baal

Notice keystones above each arched window and
symbols on columns between the windows.

Sunstones shown on each column.

Close-up of a sunstone.

The above pictures focus on the sun symbol on the Salt Lake Temple. Throughout the Old Testament God punished the Israelites for the worship of the idol, Baal", portrayed by the image of the sun. See "The Two Babylons" by Alexander Hislop, pp. 162-163; also 1 Kings 22:53; 2 Kings 23:4,5,11; 2 Cron. 34:4 and Jer. 11:13,17.

A more accurate display of the image of Baal was found on the Nauvoo Temple. One of the original stones is incased in a climate controlled glass structure on the site near where the Nauvoo Temple stood.


A facsimile of it is currently displayed across the street to the west of the Salt Lake Temple on a stone mural at the LDS Historical Museum.

Entrance doors and "History Panel Mural" above, at the Church History and Art Museum.
This building was built in 1984.

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Near the top left hand corner in the circle, you can see the pagan sun god Baal
as it appeared on the Nauvoo Temple.

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Close-up View of the Sunstone as it appears in the mural

Reproductions to be placed on the rebuilt Nauvoo Temple


From the LDS Bible Dictionary


Lord, possessor. The Sun-god and the male or generative principle in nature. The principal seat and source of his cult was Phoenicia (1 Kgs. 16:31). He was worshipped with different ideas and rites (cf. plural Baalim) in different places; by Moabites, etc., as Baal-peor (Num. 25:1-3,17-18); at Shechem as Baal-berith (Judg. 8:33; 9:4); at Ekron as Baal-zebub (2 Kgs. 1:2). Baal is by some identified with Bel of Babylon and Zeus of Greece. The word Baal expresses the relation between lord and slave. Becoming utterly abominable from its associations, its use was abjured and Bosheth (shame) was substituted in names compounded with it. (Cf. Ishbosheth, Jerubbesheth = Gideon.) The prophets call Baal The Shame (Jer. 11:13; Hosea 9:10). Ashtoreth was the goddess generally worshipped along with Baal.

Compounds of Baal with a second word denote (1) an attribute of the god, (2) the place or manner of his worship, or 3) something that a place possesses.


Plural of Ashtoreth. Idols worshipped with Baal, by the Israelites (Judg. 2:13; 10:6; 1 Sam. 7:3-4; 12:10; 31:10). Also a city in Bashan (Deut. 1:4).


Symbolism of the Occult is also found in the form of the "Moon Stones" which is represented in phases on the Salt Lake Temple.


Symbols of the witch goddess Dana (Artemis),
and used in black magick.
Please note the actual stones between the windows at the top of each pillar and the different phases of the moon that is represented. It is also interesting how the shadow of the oval shaped windows create a crescent moon effect within the window area.

Different phases of the moon have various meanings in witchcraft, all of which are displayed around the temple.
See the other half of the picture below to the left.

See "A History of Witchcraft" by Jeffrey B. Russel. pp. 46-48, 155; "What Witches Do" by Stewart Farrar, p. 93, and "A Dictionary of Symbols" by J. E. Ciriot, pp. 214-216.

A Close-up View
of one of the many moon stones on the Salt Lake Temple.


The Moonstone was also very prominent on the Nauvoo Illinois Temple

"By the side of the male head is the Sun, and by that of the female head, the Moon. And the hand on the male side holds the Compass, and that on the female side, a Square." (Morals and Dogmas, pp. 850-851.)

Representation of a moonstone from the Nauvoo Temple

"The moon in phases are symbols of the witch goddess Diana (Artemis), and used in black magic. Different phases of the moon have various meanings in witchcraft. All of which are displayed around the temple." (Why is the Salt Lake Temple Decorated with Satanic Symbols? p.1; A History of Witchcraft, pp. 46-48, 158; What Witches Do, p. 93; A Dictionary of Symbols pp. 214-216.)

New Moonstones in place pictured here on the reconstruction of the Nauvoo Temple.

"As ...Osiris represented the sun... in Egyptian lore, Isis...represented... the Moon. But the truth is, that Osiris represented the male, active or generative, powers of nature; while Isis represented its female, passive or prolific, powers." (Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, pp. 678, 746.)

"The Druids of Britain and Gaul had a deep knowledge concerning the mysteries of Isis and worshiped her under the symbol of the moon. The moon was chosen for Isis because of its domination over water. The Druids consider the sun to be the father and the moon the mother of all things."
(Secret Teachings of All Ages, p. LXVIII.)


Cteis. Symbolized as the moon. "The female personification of the productive principle. It generally accompanied the Phallus...and as a symbol of the prolific powers of nature, and was extensively venerated by the nations of antiquity."
(Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, p.257.)

"The Cteis was a circular and concave pedestal, or receptacle, on which the Phallus, or column [obelisk] rested. The union of these two, as the generative and producing principles of nature, in one compound figure, was the most usual mode of representation. Here we find the origin of the point within a circle, a symbol which was first adopted by the old sun worshipers." 
(Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, p. 769.)

Representation of the pillars of the Nauvoo Temple

And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;
Deuteronomy 17:3

And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, [even] two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.
2 Kings 17:16

For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.
2 Kings 21:3

And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven. And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entering in of the house of the LORD, by the chamber of Nathanmelech the chamberlain, which [was] in the suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire.
2 Kings 23:5,11

Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; [it is] iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear [them].
Isaiah 1:13-14

And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they have sought, and whom they have worshipped: they shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung upon the face of the earth.
Jeremiah 8:2


Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen [this], O son of man? turn thee yet again, [and] thou shalt see greater abominations than these. And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, [were] about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.
Ezekiel 8:16-15

It may be important here to note that most all of the temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints point to the east, including the "Angel Moroni" that stands at the top of most temples.

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Romans 1:25

This is the universal sign of Satan,
and symbol of opposition to Christ.

See "Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God" by Kenneth Grant, p. 12; "A Dictionary of Symbols" by J. E. Ciriot, p.310, and "Magic White and Black" by Franz Hartmann, M.D., pp. 290-291. Also displayed on the cover of the Santanic Bible by Anton LaVey.

This pentagram is all over the Salt Lake Temple above the doors and most of the side windows. It is also found very prominent in its more evil form (bottom part elongated) on the Eagle Gate at Temple Square and on the Logan Temple. Several large inverted pentagrams decorated the Nauvoo Temple.


Here we come back to those arched window keystones. Let's take a closer look at them.

Here you can see very clearly the inverted pentagrams that appear above each arched window around the Salt Lake temple.

Let's take a walk over to the North Visitors Center and go up the spiral walk that takes you to a room with a statue of Christ. Seating benches are usually pushed up against the planter boxes so they can't be seen.

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 There are 18 of the inverted stars on the planter boxes. These inverted stars have an elongated point that is pointing down. This is said to be the more evil form of the pentagram.

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A closer look at the planter box and one of the individual inverted stars.

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Eagle gate at State Street and South Temple Street.
The original was a 22 foot gate to Brigham Young's property in 1859.
Church President's $4.5 million apartment is the glassed in floor above the eagle's wings and to the right.

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Close-up of the eagle on top of beehive atop center piece with large pentagram.
There is one on the other side also.

"In the architectural plans [of the Salt Lake Temple] it is clear that the upside-down stars that we now see were originally meant to look exactly like those on the Nauvoo Temple, with an elongated point on the bottom." (Symbols in Stone, p. 155.)

"The Freemasons of the United States have, by tacit consent, referred to it (the pentagram) as a symbol of the Five Points of Fellowship. The outlines of the five pointed star are the same as those of the pentalpha or Pythagoras." (Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, p. 358.)

"The pentagrams and sunstones which adorned the Nauvoo Temple were a clear indication of what transpired in side. The occultic face of ancient Baal or Amon-Ra shone forth, interspersed with inverted five pointed stars or ‘Goatshead star’ (below) associated for eons of time with all pagan and Satanic worship." (What’s Going On In There? p. 61.)

Now on to the most scary site you will see. Remember the picture of the Church History Museum from above, and the mural that is above the glass doors as you go in? In this more close-up picture we want to pay particular attention to the circled area to the top far left. The circle on the right is the sun stone as shown above previously.


SaltLakeLet's take a closer look into the far top left hand corner and see what it is we find. We have two inverted pentagrams both a little different from the other. But none the less they are still inverted pentagrams and Satanic symbols. The one on the left of the two is the most important.


Pentagram found on the cover of the Santanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey

Now let's take a look at the symbol that is on the front cover of the Satanic Bible.
I scanned it myself!!!

Here is a picture of one of the window frames to be installed in the NEW REBUILT Nauvoo Illinois Temple.

"In the science of magic the pentalpha is called the holy and Mysterious pentagram. ...the pentagram in the star of Magians; virtue of the number five, it has great command over evil spirits because of its five double triangles and its five acute angles within and its five obtuse angles without, so that this interior pentangle contains in it many great mysteries." (Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, pp.762-763.)

"Egypt, a great center of learning and the birthplace of many arts and sciences, furnished an ideal environment for transcendental experimentation. False interpretations were given to the emblems and figures of the Mysteries, and elaborate theologies were created to confuse the minds of their devotees. The masses, deprived of their birthright of understanding and groveling in ignorance, eventually became the abject slaves of the spiritual impostors. Superstition universally prevailed and the black magicians completely dominated national affairs, with the result that humanity still suffers from the sophistries of the priestcrafts of Egypt." (Secret Teachings of All Ages, p. CI. Emphasis added.)

"In symbolism, an inverted figure always signifies a perverted power. The average person does not even suspect the occult properties of emblematic pentacles. On this subject the great Paracelsus has written: ‘No doubt many will scoff at the seals, their characters and their uses, which are described in these books. because is seems incredible to them that metals and characters which are dead should have any power and effect.’

A good instance of this practice is found in the pentagram, or five-pointed star, made of five connected lines. This figure is the time-honored symbol of the magical arts.... The pentagram is used extensively in black magic....The star may be broken at one point by not permitting the converging lines to touch; it may be inverted by having one point down and two up; or it may be distorted by having the points of varying lengths. When used in black magic, the pentagram is called the "sign of the cloven hoof," or the footprint of the Devil. The star with two points upward is also called the "Goat of Mendes*," because the inverted star is the same shape as a goat’s head. When the upright star turns and upper point falls to the bottom, it signifies the fall of the Morning Star." (Secret Teachings of All Ages, p. CIV. Emphasis added.)

*Baphomet, The Goat of Mendes.

"Baphomet was indeed a common medieval form of the word Mahomet and that not only meant a false prophet but a demon." (Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, p. 124.)

We'll let you make up your own mind. But please ask yourself, how do these compare? Why are symbols that are recognized worldwide to be related to witchcraft and Satanic worship all over the Salt Lake Temple and other sites near the temple? Why isn't the cross, a symbol that is recognized worldwide to be related with Christianity and the price Jesus paid for us anywhere near ANY Mormon building?

And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, [even] all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.
Deuteronomy 4:19

And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
Luke 14:27

The LDS Church has duped it's people into believing that these symbols are all Godly and they can give you an reasonable excuse as to what they mean. For example the symbol of the sun, moon and stars has often been explained away in this manner. That they represent the three degrees of glory and are described in the Bible;

1 Corinthians 15:41-42
[There is] one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for [one] star differeth from [another] star in glory.
42 So also [is] the resurrection of the dead......

Besides the fact that this verse is being taken completely out of context, the subject being spoken about is only referring to two types of resurrections, that of the spiritual body and that of the natural body. Notice how the LDS church has had to come up with another name for a heaven that doesn't exist? They actually made up a word to fit their doctrine of this so called three degrees of glory. Where in the Bible can you find any reference to heaven as "Telestial" or for that matter Terrestrial? When you look at this entire chapter in context you will see that there is reference given to only two places which Mormonism has equated to heaven. Terrestrial and Celestial. Terrestrial is strictly in reference to the earth or our earthly bodies. Celestial is in reference to one heaven or our heavenly bodies after they are resurrected. 

When you use the analogy given in the Bible and then derive graven images from it and then put them on our places of worship they become idolistic and an abomination to God. Putting our focus on things that are Pagan in origin and tearing our focus away from the cross where our Savior paid the price for our sins. Did he or did he not say, "It is finished"?

Almost all of the new smaller temples (McTemples) have the symbol of the sun (Baal) on them in one form or another. Yet nowhere to be found is the universal symbol of Jesus Christ, the cross.

Matthew 16:24
¶ Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Luke 14:27
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

It is our hope and prayer that you will be able to see the true origin of the Mormon Temple and all of it's signs and symbols inside and out. For me, it took a 15 years to begin to realize that the god of the Mormon Church is not the Holy God of the Bible.

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