The Inverted Cross

The notion of the inverted cross⁠ has undoubtedly been "flipped on its head" over time. What is often displayed today in a setting of merchandise and satanic band imagery, really has very little to do with the actual dark arts of antiquity. 

Textually speaking, the concept of inverted crucifixion actually links back to Gnosticism—specifically The Acts of Peter, a Gnostic1 text which people may confuse with The Acts of Peter and Paul (a completely separate work). The latter has the Apostle Peter being crucified upside down in a context of him not being worthy to die in the same way as Jesus. The Acts of Peter on the other hand gives an entirely different explanation.
And the Lord said unto him: I go into Rome to be crucified. And Peter said unto him: Lord, art thou (being) crucified again? He said unto him: Yea, Peter, I am (being) crucified again. And Peter came to himself: and having beheld the Lord ascending up into heaven, he returned to Rome, rejoicing, and glorifying the Lord, for that he said: I am being crucified: the which was about to befall Peter. (The Acts of Peter, XXXV)
Now of course, when many people hear concepts like "Jesus" or "the Apostle Peter" brought up, they immediately think Christianity. Why? Because they do not understand the occult nature of the Bible. This is Gnosticism, ancient occultism in its traditional form. Jesus and Peter are solar characters;  these texts are mystery writings, covered in enigmas and motifs. This is not "Christianity" as many have been deceived into thinking. In fact, notice here in the text that there is an equation made between Peter and Christ. Jesus being crucified again, is in fact, Peter being crucified. As he says: "I am (being) crucified again" referring to Peter's upcoming death. This of course cuts back to the ancient belief of unified manifestation⁠—a plurality of being; the same concept can likewise be seen in the Gospel of Thomas where James the Just is spoken of as Christ himselfby means of description (1:12), and thus, the equation.3

Moreover, notice how Jesus ascends into heaven (above) while Peter remains on earth (beneath) in this story, the "As above, so below" apothegm being displayed in such an equation of opposites. In fact, Peter goes on to describe this very concept after:
Concerning which the Lord saith in a mystery: Unless ye make the things of the right hand as those of the left, and those of the left as those of the right, and those that are above as those below, and those that are behind as those that are before, ye shall not have knowledge of the kingdom. (The Acts of PeterXXXVIII, bold added)
This is all said while he is hanging upon the upside down cross, as he previously describes saying: "I beseech you the executioners, crucify me thus, with the head downward and not otherwise." Plus, in essence, the text subsequently leads into traditional Necromancy, his death signifying the idea of "man that first came unto birth" (as Peter adds). In other words, this inverted death on the cross is teaching somethingsomething of mystery and secret knowledge. This can be learned from the death (i.e. necromancy). 

Additionally, the symbol of the inverted cross is often associated with Satan today. However, as misinformation hailstorms upon individuals within the acquisitive "satanic culture," the ancient concept of satan shows itself to be quite the adversarial mythological archetype. Satan is simply a motif (e.g. Samael, Azazel, Demiurge), not a specific single being or character (as the Christian church evidently has confused many people into thinking). And, Satan is not lucifer either; lucifer is a latin term astrologically referring to the king of Babylon in Isaiah 14:12 (parallel to the Hebrew word הֵילֵל), as well as referring to Jesus himself in the Latin Vulgate (2 Peter 1:19 "morning star"). And, of course, the Apostle Peter is identified as satan, as Jesus says:
Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”  But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” (Matthew 16:22-23)
This is the same exact Greek construction used in Matthew 4:10 when Jesus says to the devil: "Get behind me Satan!" (ύπαγε οπίσω μου σατανά). The term satan simply means adversary, specifically in a solar ecliptic context. In other words, it is a concept that takes the opposite position of light (e.g. Zechariah 3:1), and consistent with the Trismegistus aphorism, there is a correspondence put forth. This is emphatically seen in the Book of Job where satan is seen in opposition to Yahweh, yet nevertheless "by his side" (so to speak) in the heavens; thus, the equivalence.4 It is the same with Matthew 4, as Jesus and Satan are in contrast to one another, the devil nonetheless is in the position of power as he is ("All these things I will give You if . . ." Matthew 4:9). And so, this same pattern is seen with Peter and Jesus—Peter is an offense to Christ, satanic, and yet on his side as an Apostle simultaneously.

Lastly, some may argue for a difference between the Gnostic Peter and the Peter of the Biblical Gospels; yet such people fail to discern that the Gospels are indeed Gnostic (see The Gnostic New Testament). Further, compare the reversed crucifixion in the Acts of Peter to Jesus' words to him at the end of the Gospel of John:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry [you] where you do not wish.” This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.” (John 21:18-19, bold added)

Robert Anthony



1. Gnosticism being quite the occult practice, as Richard Cavendish was even able to grasp (The Black Arts, p. 131), but apparently many others fail to see.

2. Compare "for whose sake heaven and earth came into being" to Colossians 1:16.

3. Also see John 14:7-10; 17:20-21 [10:30-31]; Matthew 25:34-45; Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 15:28 for more on a "oneness" concept.

4. Actually, the entire Book of Job seems to just be one big solar eclipse. Notice, it starts off good, sudden darkness arises, but towards the end, light comes into Job's life as things are restored. What is relevant here is the coinciding notion of Yahweh and Satan as opposites. Basically, once the "lunar darkeness" (Satan, the eclipse) comes into the picture, the anguish begins. Later on when God steps in for the restoration, all is well again.

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