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Barn Hex Signs

In season 8's episode "Clip Show", Sam and Dean are putting Abaddon back together, Frankenstein style. They get a call from Crowley, take the call outside. The building looks like a Pennsylvania Dutch barn with "hex" signs/decorations:

These signs are usually found in central and eastern Pennsylvania, but I believe they buried Abaddon in Kansas... and they film the show in Canada...so I'm curious as where they found this location to shoot the episode. The location looks beautiful!

Some believe these hex signs are merely folk art. Others believe that both the Pennsylvania German barn design and hex designs originate with the Alpine Germans* and are of pre-Christian Germanic origin.

A misconception of the Pennsylvania Dutch Hex signs is that they originated from the Amish. The Hex signs are prevalent in Amish Country, but they are not Amish, you will not see Hex signs on any Amish barns. The Amish and Mennonites are known as plain folk and their religion prohibits such “fancy” ornamentation.**

Of the two signs we see in the episode (the third is hidden by a post), the first one on the left can symbolize Faith, Fertility, Safeguard from Harm, and Protection.

The sign in the middle has an 8-point star which can mean Perseverance. The circle surrounding the whole design is universal in protecting and enhancing the symbol(s) it contains.

I would love to see this place used again - the Winchesters could always use some safeguards!

Here's an example of some other hex signs:

*Source: wikipedia
**Source: handmadephilly.wordpress.com

Rowena's body symbols

Episode 10x17 "Inside Man" had Rowena trying a spell to get Dean:

Let's take a look at the symbols found on her chest:

The top one is Neptune and/or a trident with lots of meanings. The bottom is simply the alchemy sign for glass. Haven't found any deeper meaning for the glass symbol, but will continue to keep my eye out for something.

I'm pretty sure the symbol you see on the right is for Reiki Energy, used for power and energy flow - which may be just what a witch like Rowena needs to cast a spell.

The mark on the left is a bit harder to track down. One random web site said it was for making dreams come true and attracting success but didn't have a name for it. I did find something similar in a listing for protection sigils. Notice is also has a trident in the middle!

And one bonus Rowena symbol!
And now we know that Rowena (or at least the art department) is a fan of Prince! Pretty good lol SPN!

Sigil of Lucifer

From Season 5, Episode 2: "Good God, Y'All"

Dean has his ribs x-ray'd to see the protection sigils/symbols Castiel etched on him and Sam that were to hide them from angels - including Lucifer. Among the symbols along the sternum is this symbol:

sigil of lucifer

You can see it here on the x-ray:
xray lucifer sigil

Sigil of Lucifer (“Seal of Satan”)
The Sigil of Lucifer is a lesser known historical magical sigil used occasionally as an emblem by modern Satanists. The image originates in the sixteenth century Italian Grimoirium Verum, or “Grimoire of Truth.” Used in conjunction with other symbols, its original purpose of the sigil was to aid in a visual invocation of the angel Lucifer.

The figure is probably derived from an earlier work, most likely drawn from a magic square whose origins are now lost. The emblem is sometimes referred to as the “Seal of satan,” although this is not a historical usage.

Some believe the sigil is an older symbol for Enki, one of the oldest Gods known to mankind, dating back over 12,000 years ago in the first human civilizations. Enki was known to be the leader of a group of Gods who came to aid humanity, offering knowledge and guidance. (more info at the link)

Not too much of a stretch to use a symbol of Lucifer in a spell to hide someone from Lucifer himself. Again, it's fun to see the graphic artists use very real sigils and have them match the scene!

Gar Rune

See those diamonds with x's in the corners of the safe and the door?

curse box safe

You can also see it on the corners of this curse box, both from 7x16 Out With The Old episode:

curse box gar

It's the Norse rune "Gar"

"It is the beginning and end of the Runes and serves to seal magical formulas. Gar which means `spear` in Germanic represents both the spear of Woden, Gungnir and the holy lance of the sacred Aryan blood carried by Parsifal." (x)

"...serves to seal magical formulas" is just what this rune is doing in 7x16, helping to bind the magic that is holding the cursed objects within. Very cool!

"Another description of Gar says it means spear, referring to Odin's spear, but this is actually a "kenning" or wordplay on the World Tree, Yggdrasil, the shaft on which Odin hung, speared and bleeding, until he found the Runes. There is no evidence as to what its glyph means, but those who work with it are convinced that it is a picture of the World Tree, Yggdrasil. To draw Gar is to be told by the Universe that this is not a time to be second-guessing its plans. Instead, one should wait and watch and learn, and let things settle out. The World Tree branches out in many directions, and it is much larger than we are, and we cannot always see what is coming. Instead we must wait, hanging on its branch like Odin, until wisdom chooses to reveal itself to us." (x)

Not sure how this correlates to the cursed objects in particular, but perhaps if we stretched it, we could say that by cursing an object, taking away it's intended purpose, one has "second-guessed" the original intended plans and by binding them with Gar, it may one day return to it's origins. Perhaps it's also a warning to let the magic within the circle, letting wisdom reveal that there is danger inside. It's a stretch but the above description was too cool not to include it!

And of course, you can find Gar in the Lazarus Rising barn, right in the middle of Dean and Bobby!
We are all more than aware of this symbol now that we have been introduced to The Men of Letters:

bunker key box

The unicursal hexagram is a six-pointed star that can be drawn in one continuous movement (This is significant when forming figures in ritual magick, where a continuous line is preferred to an interrupted movement). Its points are not equidistant, and the lines are not of equal length (unlike a more standard hexagram). It can, however, fit inside a circle with all six points touching the circle. (x)

men of letters circle

Like the pentagram, the lines are used to evoke or banish planetary, elemental, etc. forces depending on which way the lines are drawn:
See THIS LINK for a much more in-depth look and explanation of these movements. The article shows not only the elements but each planetary force drawn to invoke and to banish.

Before the MoL, we did see the symbol in the barn during Lazarus Rising:
unicursal hexagram

and on Mary's charm bracelet:
unicursal hexagram charm

This is also the main symbols for Thelema, a religion based on a philosophical law developed by Aleister Crowley. I would like to do some separate reading on that and a separate posting to see if anything connects with Supernatural or specifically, The Men of Letters.


The five spot, sometimes called a Quinonce.

Two weird accidents lead Sam and Dean to the Pierpont Inn. For the first part of the episode their working theory is a hoodoo curse after spotting a five-spot on an urn.


The best information I found was a conversation with someone who practices hoodoo and was answering a question from a Supernatural fan. Quite simply he described it as such:

The Qincunx has FIVE points, corners and then the center. Five is an uneven number and therefore has great power. ...The reason why we use the Quincunx is because it sets up what you might call a sacred space, it helps contain, draw and focus energies into a single point.

The practitioner then describes how you could put a Quincunx on vases and put them in four corners of a room or house. You can then set up your fifth vase, set it aside, but bring it back to the center when needed.


Non-perminant Quincunx's are created by placing oil, sachet powders, washes, perfumes, cologne, waters into the corner or center. The powders are sucked away in vaccumns or are slowly wafted away as time goes by and the oils and such are often evaporated. Spellcasting Quincunx's are a bit different, they are usually formed on the altar or on a petition paper. (or perhaps as a necklace like below?)

Hoodoo deals with a lot of crossroads and sometimes access to a crossroad isn't always easy (meaning there might be people watching) so that is the point of the Quincunx, as a portable crossroads where ever you go to help divide the bridges between the world and commune with the spirit realm and work your magic.



In season 8's As Time Goes By, Henry Winchester goes to a shop in hopes to get the ingredients for a spell to get back home.

store 8.12

As he walks by the store window you get a peek of this symbol called a Trishula.
From Wikipedia: The trishula is wielded by the Hindu God Shiva and is said to have been used to sever the original head of Ganesha (wouldn't the Winchesters and Crowley love to do that to Abadon!). Durga (Hindu) also holds trishula, as one of her many weapons. There are many other gods and deities, who hold the weapon trishula.

trident in window

The three points have various meanings and significance, and, common to Hindu religion, have many stories behind them. They are commonly said to represent various trinities—creation, maintenance and destruction, past, present and future, the three guna. When looked upon as a weapon of Shiva, the trishula is said to destroy the three worlds: the physical world, the world of the forefathers (representing culture drawn from the past) and the world of the mind (representing the processes of sensing and acting). The three worlds are supposed to be destroyed by Shiva into a single non-dual plane of existence, that is bliss alone.

In the human body, the trishula also represents the place where the three main nadis, or energy channels (ida, pingala and shushmana) meet at the brow. Shushmana, the central one, continues upward to the 7th chakra, or energy center, while the other two end at the brow, there the 6th chakra is located. The trisula's central point represents Shushmana, and that is why it is longer than the other two, representing ida and pingala.

Cat's Eye Shells

I think the only time Cat's eye shells are mentioned was in the pilot episode. Sam and Dean just discovered their father's hotel room and begin to look around when Sam says: Salt, Cat's Eye shells... He was worried.


The shells are used for protection, just like salt, but more specifically for the evil eye. The evil eye is usually given by someone who is envious, jealous, or covetous which could very well fit the pilot's Woman In White. Constance Welch's husband had been unfaithful to her and as a Woman In White she went after men and accused them of doing the same.

The Cat's Eye is a sea-snail called a Turban Shell or Turbo (I know, I instantly thought of the movie too!). They became very popular in the Victorian era and where often made into jewelry. The shells can also be part of mojo and gris-gris protection bags as well as hoodoo.


The other side of the shell is known as "the eye of Shiva" and represents the 3rd eye of Shiva.
The spiral of the Eye of Shiva represents development and positive energy, again protecting and guarding. The talisman is also known in other cultures as "the Eye of Buddha" in Buddhist Asia, as Mermaid's Money" in southern Africa and as "Eye of Santa Lucia" in Italy. (X)

cats eye

The Devil's Pitchfork II

The origin of the Devil's pitchfork is uncertain. There are similarities with the trident, in that the fork is usually seen with three tines. But rather than a fishing implement or fighting weapon, the Devil's pitchfork is more likely to be an oversized toasting iron - too big for a slice of bread but big enough to roast a sinner over the flames of Hell.(X)


A less subtle approach to the pitchfork symbol but it makes sense. My first Google search of "roasting in the pits of hell" brought half theology questions and half are recipes for pig roast.... hopefull not long-pig. Eeps!

Even the Quaran mentions sinners roasting in Hell: "...Enough is Hell for a burning fire. Those who reject Our Signs, We shall soon cast into the Fire. As often as their skins are roasted through, We shall change them for fresh skins, that they may taste the penalty. For Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise" (4:55-56). (X)


Sun Connections II

Continuing to explore the the many meanings of the sun as a symbol...

Of course there is the anti-possession tattoo, but the sun also has a prominent place on Sam and Dean's ribs when it was part of the Enochian protection writing:
sun xray

The symbol of the sun appears in every civilization and mythology since man drew on cave walls. At the cut, see just a small example from our diverse world.

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