An Artist Embraces the Magic Symbols that Helped Send Him to Death Row
from Allison Meier article for HYPRALLERGIC
At Day for Night festival, Damien Echols invited visitors to engage with the occult symbols that helped lead to his wrongful murder conviction.
HOUSTON — Damien Echols remembers discovering the symbols of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn when he was around 10 or 12 years old. The ritual magic of the 19th-century organization, which counted W. B. Yeats and Tarot card artist Pamela Colman Smith among its members, harmonized with his growing interest in the esoteric….
“I get a piece of every work tattooed on my body,” he said of his art. “Every morning when I look in the mirror, I’m going to be reminded of that piece.” The “Crimson Lotus” sigils included one for the chrysalis of transformation, another for the compassionate archangel Tzaphkiel, and yet another for life after death. It cycled with the rest from darkness into light…..
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