Meaning behind symbolism used on “Led Zeppelin IV” album.
The four symbols that appear in the site header was also the name of the fourth Led Zeppelin album, being one symbol for each band member.
1. Jimmy Page’s symbol = Saturn (ruler of Capricorn astrology sign)
‘Z’ is the astronomical symbol for Capricorn, the goat. The Zoso symbol is for the planet Saturn, and at the front or head we have the symbol Capricorn. Saturn is the ruling planet for Capricorn. For the ‘oso’ part, the circle with a dot in the center could be the sun (also an alchemical symbol for gold), and the axis and “S” representing the rotation of Saturn round the sun and Saturn’s role in resolving karma (the grim reaper). In astrology, Saturn alternately brings fortune and pain – a cycle, perhaps linked to the rotation of Saturn round the sun (which it does once every 29.45 years).
2. John Paul Jones’ symbol = confidence and competence
This symbol is used to exercise evil spirits, with the note that a clumsy person would be unable to draw them. This infers that such a person is confident and competent in their abilities.
3. John Bonham’s symbol = the Trinity, or Father-Mother-Child
This symbol also appears on The Hierophant Tarot card symbolising Osiris- Isis-Horus (Father-Son-Holy Ghost trinity).
4. Robert Plant’s symbol = Truth or Courage
Robert Plant’s symbol is the feather of Ma’at, the Egyptian goddess of justice and fairness, and is the emblem of a writer (as in one who composes song lyrics). Symbol was drawn from the ancient Mu civilization, which exist about 15,000 years ago as part of a lost continent in the Pacific Ocean, somewhere between China and Mexico. All sorts of things can be tied in with the Mu civilization, even the Easter Island effigies. It can be found in “The Sacred Symbols of Mu” by Colonel James Churchward.
When Jimmy Page was asked what his symbol meant he said that the band members selected them from a “standard reference book” of sigils. The most accessible text to find these symbols is “Grimoires et Rituels Magiques”, by Francois Ribadeau Dumas (1972), and “The Book of Signs” by Rudolf Koch (1930).