The Satanic Cult Awareness guide was together by a team researchers and law enforcement officials around 1988. The data in this document was compiled to help investigators better understand crimes motivated by cults and Satanic rituals. At that time, several high profile cases involving Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) made the news and triggered a phenomenon that media now calls “Moral Panic” or “Satanic Panic”. The full document was archived by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service website.
This article extracts some of the document’s most relevant information.
This training manual is the result of compiling information from several years of occult investigations including volumes of written documentations from several investigators across the nation.
We take this opportunity to express our gratitude, and give recognition to the following persons and organizations for the information and documentation they provided.
Dale Griffis, Ph.D. – Tiffin, Ohio P. D.
Detective Sandi Gallant Daly – San Francisco P. D.
Lt. Larry Hones – Boise, Idaho P. D.
Sgt. J. Hill – San Diego P. D.
Kurt Jackson – Beaumont, California P. D.
Gary Bradford and Jim Craig – U.S. Defense Investigative Service
This information may serve as a resource file for any Law Enforcement department, investigating such crimes suspected of having cult/satanic influence. In many instances, “strange” and “unusual” symbols are left at the crime scene, or transmitted through various writings which the investigator does not know or understand, and so often these symbols are disregarded, and or discounted as non-essential and immaterial to the case at hand. These cult symbols, runes, and hieroglyphics will assist the serious investigator to gain ability and to correctly understand and recognize this new and serious crime explosion.
Types of Abuse and Torture
Confinement/isolation in small places, often with sensory deprivation: Blackhole/pit, cage, coffin or grave. Often the container is filled with bone or a body (animal or human), snakes, spiders, etc. Children are told that worms will eat their brains out. Often they are left for days in absolute filth. This abuse is involved in significant rituals or may be utilized as punishment. Being reborn into Satanism (hauled out of live burial) through symbolic death is a standard ritual for children.
Sexual torture: Is continuous and almost always with multiple perpetrators (both male and female); as well as trained animals. Infants and toddlers are physically prepared for later sexual abuse with objects forced into every body opening. The role of the mother figure is crucial in this early sexual abuse preparation. Sexual rituals are common and generally involve the letting of blood (girls are cut vaginally, boys cut on the penis). Sexual orgies among cult members always involve the balance of pleasure with pain to serve Satan. Girls are impregnated as early as possible, and are taught that unanesthetized abortions are an honor.
Physical deprivation: Chronic disruption of sleep, starvation, excessive exposure to heat or cold. This breaks down resistance and increases susceptibility to brainwashing.
Forced participation in abuse/murder: For children this may be real (adult hand guides child’s hand to stab baby) or staged (the victim was already dead, or child’s participation was suggested under hypnosis). Child is then labeled a murderer, unlovable, a criminal who will be locked up by the police, crazy and awaiting psychiatric lock up. Ultimately, many of the children will be programmed to murder for the cult on cue. They are taught by “trainers” how to kill, collect blood and skin victims. Even high level “trainers” still go through continuous torture in order to stay vicious.
Psychiatric abuse: Children are often routinely taken to an actual psychotherapist (cult member) or a person posing as one. Routine “psychotherapeutic behaviors” are associated with pain and fear, thus effectively sabotaging legitimate therapy for the survivor in the future. Some survivors also report being locked up and restrained in psychiatric hospitals or undergoing ECT as children.
Varied emotional abuse: Targeted at destroying child’s self-esteem and self confidence. Standard caring societal messages (I love you, you’re special) are linked with torture and abandonment. A child is ordered to complete a paradoxical or impossible task, then is tortured for not following orders or is blamed for the torture or murder of another child. Children are told they are worthless, dirty, stupid, ugly, evil and are lucky the cult will keep them.
Religious/spiritual abuse: Often in real or staged Christian churches, always targeted against any future acceptance of Christianity (even though many cult families masquerade as active Christians), always emphasizing control of child by Satan and his demons. Children are raped with symbolic Christian objects and are told that Jesus approved and believes they are bad. Rituals involving the insertion of eyeballs into the vagina or rectum symbolize that demons are inside the child always watching. Children are “placed under numerous curses” during rituals. Especially important to uncover is the “curse of silence” (if they tell of the cult, they and the non-cult listener will die). Although special children are taught they can develop great powers by serving satan, fear of the diety’s rage seems to predominate the belief system. Most of the cult abuse is intertwined with religious dogma. Male and female children and adults are “married to Satan” (who is considered bisexual) at various ages.
General physical torture: Mutilation/marking the body for satan, drawing blood, banging by arms or feet, tubal insertion in body opening to allow for fluids to be introduced. Electric shock to spine/knees, dragging with rope or leash around neck, generally being treated like an animal, immersion in feces/blood buckets/urine, pulling/drilling teeth, being burned (trial by fire), blood transfusions and skin grafts from sacrificial victims.
Drug abuse: Begins in infancy, is routinely a part of general brainwashing and rituals. Drugs are very sophisticated and often administered by medical professionals (IV, IM, gas masks, orally). Most survivors report that drugs are administered through cranial burr holes as well. The effects of drug are complex, such as resulting in paralysis from the neck down, and are very carefully induced. Some ritual torture need not be fully experienced by the child, and simply serves symbolic or spiritual purposes. The cult also uses sodium amytal to gain information.
Brainwashing: Often in conjunction with drugs, is sophisticated hypnosis which involves the associative pairing of induced pain/terror + the cult message + the trigger cue(s). Trigger cues are planted in the subconscious and are too numerous to list. They are later utilized by the cult to control the survivor without his or her conscious awareness (visual symbols on greeting cards, flower colors and arrangements, common hand gestures, verbal phrases, body postures, facial movements). Brainwashing is an integral part of ritual abuse and cult indoctrination, and also serves to create amnesia for cult information such as names, places, etc., thus protecting cult secrecy. Hypnotic introduction of visual images during abuse can hamper later therapeutic efforts to uncover accurate memories.
Near death experiences: Particularly common via suffocation torture, near drownings (head is held under water). These are utilized for punishment, to promote “out of body experiences”, and are a common part of certain rituals. Victims may be resuscitated with oxygen.
Forced eating of flesh, excrement, and other fetid material: This is routine and is generally force-fed or given to child as a trick, concealed as something else after the child has been starved for days. “Ritual meals” of blood, flesh, semen, urine, etc., are consumed by all cult members during sacrifices to Satan. (These are commonly accompanied by nausea and vomiting). It is quite common for survivors to be very suspicious of food in general and to avoid many food types due to color or texture. Some survivors seem anorexic and others compulsively eat to combat “taste memories”.
Staged birthing of “bad babies”: Dead snakes, rats, objects are seemingly pulled from between the legs of small girls who are told they are giving birth to bad, rotten things. This serves to practice birthing and also is more “evidence” of how bad they are inside and need to be purified (by more abuse).
Teaching cognitive contusion: Opposites are constantly reconciled in cult behavior and training (be obedient/rebel, sex without pain is not pleasure, love and hate are the same, black is white, ugly is pretty, left is right). Children learn that none of society’s concepts are stable and often represent their opposite. The child must split inside to function within this cult confusion vs. the non-cult world. cult families frequently evidence different rules at home vs. at cult gatherings.
Sabbat and Festivals Dates in Witchcraft & Satanism
Pagans, witches and satanists share eight common sabbats during the year . Each one holds special significance to them. In addition, satanists hold member’s birth date in reverence. On these dates there should be a significant amount of activity amongst traditional worshippers.
In the Celtic (Druid) belief, night proceeds the day, therefore, festivals are held on the eve of the event.
The Celtic year began with winter and was broken down into halves. The winter half runs from November thru January and February thru April. The summer half runs from May thru July and August thru October. Both Equinoxes and Solstices are also celebrated.
Pagans hold fertility rites on Holy Days to promote fertility both in the home and agriculturally.
The Eight Sabbats
|February 2nd||Candlemas||In Catholicism this is the festival of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In other Christian religions it is the celebration of the presentation of Jesus in the Temple.|
|March 21st||Vernal Equinox|
|April 30th||Beltane||Also known as May eve. This is a major. Celtic festival marked by bonfires and fertility rites. In Christianity May 1st is Apostles Day.|
|June 22nd||Summer Solstice||Third highest satanic holiday.|
|July 31 to August 1st||Lammas||Feast of the Sun God. The beginning of autumn and the harvest season. The English festival of wheat harvest.|
|September 21st||Autumnal Equinox||Or Fall Day.|
|October 31st||Halloween||Or Samhain: First Highest Satanic holiday – Celebration of the beginning of the Celtic Year (Nov. 1st). In Catholicism, Nov. 1st is All Saints Day.|
|December 22nd||Yule or Winter Solstice||Fourth Highest satanic Holiday.|
NOTE: According to the Satanic Bible a coven members birthday should be treated as a holiday also. These dates may change according to the lunar cycle.
(Dates based on 1988 calendar)
|Jan 1||New Years Day (Druid Feast)||Occult|
|Jan 7||St. Winebald Day||Blood||Animal or Human Sacrifice (Dismemberment)||15-33 (Male, if human)||Satanic|
|Jan 17||Satanic Revels||Sexual Activity||7-17 (Female)||Occult/Satanic|
|Jan 20-27||Sacrifice Preparation||Kidnapping, holding and ceremonial prep. of person for human sacrifice.||Any Age M/F||Satanic|
|Jan 26||Grand Climax. Five weeks and one day after Winter Solar Solstice.||Da Muer Ritual||Sacrifice Female/Child, Sex||7-17 (Female)||Satanic|
|Feb 1||Candleman’s Eve||Welcoming Spring||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|Feb 2||Candlemans, Oimele, Lady Day, Imbok (SABBAT FESTIVAL) Welcoming Spring||Marks the transformation of the Goddess from mother to young virgin||Mass initiations
|Feb 2||Satanic Revels||Sexual Activity||7-17 (Female)||Occult/Satanic|
|Feb 14||Shrovetide. Three days before Ash
Wednesday, Feb 17
|Any Age M/F||Occult|
|March 1||St. Eichatadt||Blood||Drinking of human blood for strength and homage to the demons||Any Age M/F||Satanic|
|March 20||Spring (Vernal) Equinox (SABBAT FESTIVAL) Major Fertility SABBAT||Feast Day||Sexual Orgies
|Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|March 24||Feast of the Beast||Bride of Satan in marriage ceremony||Sexual activities||16 yr old Female||Satanic|
|March 31||Maunday Thursday,
|Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|April 1||**Good Friday,
Day of Passion
|Mocks death of Christ||Animal/Human
|Any Age Female||Satanic|
|April 2||Easter Eve Day||Blood||Human Sacrifice
|Any Age M/F||Satanic|
|April 3||**Easter Day, Unholy Sunday (Falls between March 22 – April 25). Followed by three days of fasting and chanting.||Blood||Human Sacrifice
|Any Age M/F||Satanic|
|April 19-26||Sacrifice Prep.||Kidnapping, holding and ceremonial prep. of person for human sacrifice||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|April 24||St. Mark’s Eve||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|April 25||Grand Climax. Five weeks and one day after Spring Equinox. Da Muer Ritual.||Sexual Activity||Female Human Sacrifice. The sacrifice can be a child.||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|April 30||Walpurgisnacht, Roodmas Day, May Eve (SABBAT FESTIVAL) Welcoming Summer. One of the two most important SABBATS.||Blood||Animal/Human Sacrifice||1-25 Female||Occult/Satanic|
|May 1||Beltane, Walpurgis Day, May Day||Druid Fire Festival||Coven Initiation||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|May 12||**Ascension Day, Always the 40th day after Easter marking Ascension of Christ||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|May 13||Friday the 13th||Blood/Sexual||Orgies & Animal Sacrifice||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|May 13||Samhain. Old celebration date until 8th century.||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|May 22||**Whitsun, Whitsunday Pentacost||M/F||Satanic|
|June 2||**Corpus Christi||Mocker of the feast of the body and blood of Christ||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|June 20||Summer Solar Solstice (SABBAT FESTIVAL) First day of summer (sun farthest from equator). Feast day.||Orgies||Animal/Human Sacrifice||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|June 23||Midsummer’s Eve, St. John’s (the Baptist) Eve. Invokes the sun at the height of its strenght.||Fire||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|July 1||Demon Revels||Blood/Sexual association with demons.||Sexual Activity||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|July 10||Unholy Day of the Paladium. Reading of old Satanism ritual books.||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|July 20-27||Sacrifice prep||Blood||Kidnapping, holding and ceremonial preparation of person for human sacrifice||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|July 25||St. James’ Day||Blood||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|July 26||Grand Climax. Five weeks and one day after solstice.||Sexual Activity||Female Human sacrifice, it can be a child.||Any Age M/F||Satanic|
|July 31||August Eve||Any Age M/F||Occult|
|August 1||Lammas Day, Lugnasadh (SABBATH FESTIVAL)||Heralding Harvest Blood||Animal/Human Sacrifice||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|August 3||Satanic Revels
|Sexual Activity||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|August 24||St. Bartholomew’s Day||Fire||Ceremonial animal sacrifice||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|Sept 7||Marriage to the Beast Sexual Satan||Sexual/Blood||Sacrifice
|Sept 20||Midnight Host||Blood||Dismember & hand removed for Hands of Glory. Flesh eating usually occursù||0-21 Female||Occult/Satanic|
|Sept 22||Autumn Equinox
Sun crosses equator and days and nights are equal length. First day of fall. Feast Day.
|Blood and orgies.||Animal/human sacrifice||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|Oct 22-29||Sacrifice prep.||Kidnapping/Holding||Ceremonial prep. of person for human sacrifice||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|Oct 28||Grand Climax. Five weeks and one day after Autumn Equinox.||Sexual Activity||Female human sacrifice, it can be a child.||0-21 Female||Satanic|
|Oct 30||Satanist High Unholy Day, Related to Halloween||Blood||Human Sacrifice||Any Age M/F||Satanic|
|Oct 31||All Hallow’s Eve. Samhain (Halloween) (SABBATH FESTIVAL). Announcing onset of two most important SABBATS. Attempts are made to break the bonds holding closed doors to the Underworld.||Blood/Sexual association with demons||Animal/Human sacrifices (M or F)||Any Age M/F, if M he should be blonde & blue eyes.||Satanic|
|Nov 1||All Saints Day||Celtic-Druid Fire Festival||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|Nov 1-2||Day of the Dead||Celtic-Druid Holiday||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|Nov 4||Satanic Revels||Sexual||7-17 Female||Satanic|
|Dec 21||Winter Solar Solstice (SABBAT FESTIVAL)
Shortest day of the year (sun farthest from equator). First day of winter. Witches’ year begins.
|Blood/Sexual||Animal/Human Sacrifice||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|Dec 22||Feast Day||Orgies||Any Age M/F||Satanic|
|Dec 24||Yuletide||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|Dec 24||Demon Revels. Da Muer Ritual. High Grand Climax.||Blood||M/F Sacrifice||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|Dec 25||**Yuletide, Christmas
Celebrates the rebirth of the sun as a young babe to the great Goddess.
|Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
|Dec 29||St. Thomas’ Day||Fire||Ritual of Choice||Any Age M/F||Occult/Satanic|
**Celebration held on Christian holiday would be done to mock the Christian holiday.
Masses and Rituals
Masses are services held at different times during the week, month or year. Rituals are conducted at most of these masses and are used as a tool to bring about a change in the state of consciousness among the participants. Drugs, colors, music, chants, words and meditative practices are used to enhance or mesmerize the participants.
Types of Masses
Initiation: Where new members are accepted into the group. They will usually participate in the service acting as an acolyte. Once initiation is complete the neophyte is sworn to secrecy regarding all activities of the group.
Gnostic: A worship service sometimes open to outsiders who show a desire to join the group. Evil spirits are called upon and a desire of the group is expressed in hopes of it becoming a realization.
Mass of Angels: On the eve of the Mass a black rooster is killed and the heart, eyes and tongue are cut out. This mass is practiced to give the priest protection from demonic powers becoming too unruly.
Mass For the Dead: Used to call on God to free the celebrant from the fear of Hell and to make the demons obey. A lamb will be sacrificed, his throat cut and heart, eyes and tongue removed and ground into powder and then buried with the lamb.
Black Mass: The most bizarre of all rituals done only for evil purposes. Magicians can use powers, forces, spirits and demons. Evil medicine can be herbs or parts of animals or human beings. A mockery of the Catholic Mass is held. Blasphemy of the name of God and the trampling on or urination upon Christian artifacts is part of the service.
The steps taken before and during a ritual are described below. Keep in mind that each group may do things differently so this is merely an example of how one group conducts itself.
1. Preparation of the ritual area
2. Dress in garb and jewelry (if clothing is to be worn)
3. Ring bell to begin ritual
4. Light flame on the altar
5. Hold invocation
6. Celebrant drinks from chalice
7. Conjuring of demons begins
8. Execute desire
9. Extinguish flame
10. Ring bell to end ritual. utter closing, “So it is done.”
In most cases, rituals will be conducted within the circle to protect the celebrants from unruly demons. There are groups, however, who believe this to be unnecessary, feeling that they alone are in control of what happens during the rituals.
Investigative Suggestions For Law Enforcement
1. Terrorist cults and cults which specialize in hate generally use many different names and have various front organizations. Develop as much information as you can, i.e. identity of leaders, their beliefs, recruitment techniques, etc. before taking any action. Many of these groups have automatic weapons stockpiled–know what to
2. Some cults are using quasi-legitimate businesses as fronts for narcotics traffic. Determine whether such fronts are registered as a business or as a charity to solicit funds. Check local and federal courts for prior civil lawsuits and complaints … also, the Better Business Bureau, State Attorney General’s Office, etc.
3. Many non-traditional satanic cults are using drugs, child abuse, human sacrifice and forms of mind control to keep their members from defecting. Many of their criminal acts center around the personality of the coven leader. Determine what form of his/her teachings the group is following. Study their symbols, dates activities are performed, instruments used in the ceremonies, etc. Note the holidays honored by the cult; particularly–birthdates of leaders, the solstices of June 22nd, December 22nd, April 30, etc. In missing children cases, determine whether dates of disappearance occur on or near these holidays. Ensure your inquiries are kept confidential as any public awareness will drive the cult into even greater secrecy.
4. Note that many traditional “white” witchcraft and satanic cults are legitimate, sometimes even helpful, to police in occult criminal investigations. Many are eager to give information on those cults engaged in criminal activity because they are giving them a “bad name”. Be able to differentiate between such groups in your area.
5. Since the Mariel Boatlifts of 1980, many voodoo cults are now operating in this country. Understand the various signs and symbols connected with these groups; particularly–drawings of fowl, dolls, saints, painted rocks, coins, etc. Some of these groups are involved in narcotics, murder, extortion, and occasional human sacrifice.
6. One indication of satanic cult activity is the appearance of mutilated animals, i.e. dogs, cats, cattle, etc. Have qualified medical examiners examine the cadavers for missing blood, sex or other organs, and possible blanched skin on the back from electric shock. In some cases the epiglottis on these animals will be frozen open just prior to death. Check with local humane societies on complaints against individuals torturing animals.
7. Crime scene searches of suspected occult crimes should be as detailed and thorough as possible. Photographs of the scene should be taken with the magnetic positions of the compass noted as satanic cults believe the “evil one” comes from the North and will lay small branches or sticks pointing south.
8. To understand the amount of occult activity in your area, check with local libraries and bookstores which cater to the occult. Research occult symbols in graffiti and tattoos on suspects.
9. Investigators should take a county map and overlay a drawing of an inverted star on the map. Information and past experience has shown this is used as an occult center of activity in the area. A good place to start looking.
Colors Significant to Satanism/Witchcraft
Black: Darkness, night, sorrow, evil, devil
Blue: Vigilance, tears, water, sadness
Green: Vegetation, nature, soothing, restful
Red: Blood, physical life, energy
White: Cleanliness, purity, innocence
Yellow: Perfection, wealth, glory, power
|“The Mark of the Beast”||Four different. ways which refer to the “mark of the beast” or Satan. Note that the letter “F” is the sixth letter of the alphabet.|
|Horned Hand||The “horned hand” is the sign of recognition between those who are in the Occult. It may also innocently be used by those who identify with Heavy Metal music.|
|Swastika||The “swastika” or “broken cross” is of ancient origin. Originally, it represented the four winds, four seasons, and four points of the compass. At that time, its arms were at 90 angles showing harmony with nature. The “swastika” depict here shows the element or forces turning against nature and out of harmony. The Nazi’s SWP groups, and Occult groups use it in this manner.|
|Anti-Christ||The “upside down” cross is a blaspheme of the Christian
|Ankh||The “ankh” is an ancient Egyptian symbol for life. The top portion represents the female and ‘the lower portion, the male. This symbol had magical significance.|
|Cross of Confusion||The “cross of confusion” is an ancient Roman symbol questioning the existence or validity of Christianity.|
|Here, the moon goddess “Dianna” and the morning of “Lucifer” are represented. This symbol may be found in both White Witchcraft and Satanism. When the moon is turned to face the opposite direction it is primarily Satanic.|
|Pentagram||The “pentagram” or without the circle, the “pentagram” may be used in both Black and White Magic. Generally, the top point represents the spirit, and the other points represent wind, fire, earth, and water.|
|Baphomet||The upside down pentagram, often called the “baphomet” is strictly Satanic in nature and represents the goat’s head.|
|Hexagram||The “hexagram” also referred to as the “Seal of Solomon” is said to be one of the most powerful symbols in the Occult.|
|Triangle||A “triangle” may vary in size, but is generally inscribed or drawn on the ground and is the place
where a demon would appear in conjuration ritual.
|Circle||The “circle” has different meanings. One of which is to symbolize eternity. Another is that of protection from evil without and to contain power within. When used for ritual, it is nine (9) feet in diameter.|
|Talisman||A “talisman” or “amulet” is an object with drawing or writing inscribed in it of a God name or image of a supernatural power. The majority of these are listed in the “Lesser Key of Solomon”.|
|Goat’s Head||The “Goat’s Head” represents Satan and the Power of Darkness.|
|Lightning Bolt||The “Lightning Bolt” represents S for Satan.|
|Lightning Bolts||The “Lightning Bolts” are a symbol of Hitler’s Secret Order – Thule Society.|
|Church of Satan||Symbol for the “Church of Satan”, found in the Satanic Bible above the 9 Satanic Statements.|
|The Inverted cross of Satanic Justice||Often found carved into victim s chest. When used in such a case, victim is usually a traitor. It is also used as a backdrop near a “baphomet” for curse and compassion rituals. The center vertical line indicates man’s present. The horizontal line indicates eternity, past and future. The arch indicates the world. The inverted cross appearance symbolizes the epitome of anti-christian theology.|
|The Sexual Ritual Symbol||This is used to indicate the place and purpose. It is often carved into stone or painted on the side of the road to show present use of the location.|
|The Blood Ritual Symbol||This symbol represents human and animal sacrifices.|
|Black Mass Indicator|
|Black Mass Indicator|