On The Sigils of Led Zeppelins “Four Symbols”

As we celebrate the birthday of John Henry Bonham (May 31, 1948 – September 25, 1980),  I’m taking some time to mediate on John Bonham’s Sigil of three interlocking circles representing the trinity.

Bonham is by many regarded as the greatest and most influential rock drummer of all time.  Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 1 in their list of the “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time.”    The power of his influence is not only heard in the sampled music of Led Zeppelin, his influence is also seen via tattoos of his Sigil on drummers across the globe.  Jason Bonham & Dave Grohl being just two examples.

“We decided the album couldn’t be called Led Zeppelin IV. Each of us decided to choose a metaphysical symbol which represented us individually.”  ~ Robert Plant

[Continued] “Each of us decided to go away and choose a metaphysical type of symbol which somehow represented each of us individually–be it a state of mind, an opinion, or something we felt strongly about, or whatever. Then we were to come back together and present our symbols.”

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page did not find their Sigils in Rudolf Koch’s The Book of Signs, a rather limited reference book if you will, but everyone else John Paul Jones, John Bonham & Sandy Denny all did.     One could assume that Sandy Denny’s Sigil was chosen for her.   And when one looks at these three Sigils they all have something in common, three identical objects visually working together symbolically.    John Bonham’s three overlapping circles, John Paul Jones’s [See my post on the Triquetta here] three vesicae piscis, with a circle interconnecting them, and Sandy Denny’s three triangles connected at a corner, symbolizing the Godhead.   

The commonality of these THREE Sigils is that they all feature THREE Objects.   John Bonham’s Sigil representing the Trinity, John Paul Jones Sigil, Tri-quetra literally meaning “THREE Cornered” and Denny’s 

[FROM WIKI] In Trinitarian doctrine, God exists as three persons or hypostases, but is one being, having a single divine nature. The members of the Trinity are co-equal and co-eternal, one in essence, nature, power, action, and will.  As stated in the Athanasian Creed, the Father is uncreated, the Son is uncreated, and the Holy Spirit is uncreated, and all three are eternal without beginning. “The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” are not names for different parts of God, but one name for God because three persons exist in God as one entity. They cannot be separate from one another. Each person is understood as having the identical essence or nature, not merely similar natures.

Other Trinities Prior to the Christian Doctrine include 

Baal, Ishtar, Tammuz  – Babylonian

Osiris, Isis, Horus – Egypt 

The earliest mentions of the Osiris myth are in the Pyramid Texts, the first Egyptian funerary texts, which appeared on the walls of burial chambers in pyramids at the end of the Fifth Dynasty, during the 24th century BCE.

The myth of Osiris was deeply influential in ancient Egyptian religion and was popular among ordinary people. One reason for this popularity is the myth’s primary religious meaning, which implies that any dead person can reach a pleasant afterlife.  Another reason is that the characters and their emotions are more reminiscent of the lives of real people than those in most Egyptian myths, making the story more appealing to the general populace. In particular, the myth conveys a “strong sense of family loyalty and devotion”, as the Egyptologist J. Gwyn Griffiths put it, in the relationships between Osiris, Isis, and Horus.

With this widespread appeal, the myth appears in more ancient texts than any other myth and in an exceptionally broad range of Egyptian literary styles.These sources also provide an unusual amount of detail.  Ancient Egyptian myths are fragmentary and vague; the religious metaphors contained within the myths were more important than coherent narration. Each text that contains a myth, or a fragment of one, may adapt the myth to suit its particular purposes, so different texts can contain contradictory versions of events.Because the Osiris myth was used in such a variety of ways, different versions often conflict with each other. Nevertheless, the fragmentary versions, taken together, give it a greater resemblance to a cohesive story than most Egyptian myths. 



The Symbol of the Three interlocking circles on Crowley’s Thoth Card is said to represent Themelas Three Aeons & Egyptian Deities.

  1. The Aeon of Isis (10,996B.C.-8830B.C.)
  2. The Aeon of Osiris (166B.C. – 2000A.D.)
  3. The Aeon of Horus (2000 A.D+)

The Aeon of Isis  – Known as the Aeon of the Great Goddess and associated with the astrological age of Leo.  She represented a time of the divine feminine and was the human embodiment of the earth giving forth life. Life was seen to be given birth from the earth and from woman,  with the woman having the cycles of birth.

The Aeon of Osiris – Known as the Aeon of the dying God and associated with the astrological age of Pisces. Osiris is on the Stele of Revealing. 

Osiris is usually distinguished as the god of the afterlife, the underworld & the dead, but more appropriately as the god of transition, resurrection, and regeneration.  In this Aeon people were more advanced in  agriculture and the role of the  Sun in growing crops. Also the role of men was more widespread in the birth process. So from this, just as the sun (masculine) was important for life on earth (feminine), so man was important in the birth of a child.

The Aeon of Horus –

Horus is the son of Isis and Osiris & is associated with the age of Aquarius. The Aeon of Horus is also known  as the crowned and conquering child and the ever-living Sun and continuous life. In this Aeon death is an illusion. The modern Aeon of Horus is portrayed as a time of self-realization as well as a growing interest in all things spiritual matters and the evolution of the soul.  Alternative medicines have also evolved coupled with a growth in meditation groups and spiritual practises. Crowley emphasised the need to follow ones ‘true will’ or soul direction in life. 

The Sigil’s of Zeppelin’s rhythm section formed the foundation of Led Zepplin’s music.  As musicians they were bedrock on which the magick was created.   It is no surprise to me that these two Sigil’s each representing the magickal concept of The Trinity, come together and found a third Sigil in Sandy Denny’s, on Led Zeppelin’s “FOUR SYMBOLS”.   In a strange way with the additional 5th symbol they completed their own TRINITY in BONHAM JONES & DENNY.

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