Hand signs are one of the oldest means of identifying oneself with a group. To Christians, an integral expression of the faith during their services is making the sign of the cross (or “Spectacles, Testicles, Wallet, & Watch). Modern urban gangs “throw” their intricate and unique hand signs. And then there is the sign that came of age in the 1970’s and 80’s that scarred the ever-loving Jesus out of Christian preachers: the sign of the horns.
Gene Simmons, the lead-singer and bassist for KISS, claims to have invented the sign he can be seen throwing on the cover of their album, Love Gun.
But Ronnie James Dio, the god-like heavy metal vocalist, gave is opinion on the origin of the sign of the horns to Metal-Rules.com,
“I doubt very much if I would be the first one who ever did that. That’s like saying I invented the wheel, I’m sure someone did that at some other point. I think you’d have to say that I made it fashionable. I used it so much and all the time and it had become my trademark until the Britney Spears audience decided to do it as well. So it kind of lost its meaning with that. But it was…. I was in Sabbath at the time. It was a symbol that I thought was reflective of what that band was supposed to be all about. It’s NOT the devil’s sign like we’re here with the devil. It’s an Italian thing I got from my Grandmother called the “Malocchio”. It’s to ward off the Evil Eye or to give the Evil Eye, depending on which way you do it. It’s just a symbol but it had magical incantations and attitudes to it and I felt it worked very well with Sabbath. So I became very noted for it and then everybody else started to pick up on it and away it went. But I would never say I take credit for being the first to do it. I say because I did it so much that it became the symbol of rock and roll of some kind.”
Why has this symbol struck the heavy metal audience as “their” collective hand gesture? Why do Christians fear something as innocuous as the sign of the horns? Just as each gang has a unique and identifiable hand gesture, could there be yet another Satanic one? This is not something one could easily invent. It would have to reveal itself by happenstance. And that is exactly how it happened.
While I was driving to one place or another, I was absent-mindedly twisting my fingers (as I am wont to do), and I looked down at my left hand and saw something strangely recognizable in the twisted and disjointed fingers. I then realized I had made a new hand gesture: the Sign of the Baphomet!
Will the Sign of the Baphomet become as instantly recognizable and reviled as heavy-metal’s Sign of the Horns? Things like this must grow organically and go viral on their own.
Until next time, Satanists (throws the Sign of the Baphomet)!