The Universal Energy Symbol / Sigil – by Richard Gordon

UniversalEnergySymbolThe Universal symbol / Sigil.
Copyright © all rights reserved, Richard Gordon 2013.
Since before the dawn of recorded history mankind has sought to define, connect, even harness the powers of the universe via the use of symbols or talismans. Many of these symbols have been used as a method of protection whilst others, such as the cross have been seen to be a direct link between themselves and their chosen god.

During the 1990’s I spent an extended period of time doing in depth study in regards to symbols and their meanings or origin. I remember thinking at the time that it was strange that there appeared to be very little out there that could be employed in the representation of the universal whole. Some 18 year or so later I returned to my original research and was surprised to find that there was still was no convincing universal symbol that had come into common use.

After a lengthy discussion with several respected occultists on the subject of whether or not Humanity actually needed something that would represent the universe, it appeared that they were mostly in agreement towards the idea of there being one, and so I decided to take up the challenge of perhaps creating such a symbol. Several days later I realized that it wasn’t going to be anywhere as near straight forward as I had imagined it to be.

If the symbol were ever to have the chance of being universally accepted two major stumbling blocks would need to be addressed.

Firstly it could not be seen to represent or favour any single belief system over another; it would have to be devoid of having any reference or resemblance to traditional religious symbolism such as icons or mandalas.
Secondly it would also have to avoid the pitfalls of appearing to be based on any of the myriad of traditional esoteric seals or symbols.

This being the case I decided to do a little research into some of the symbols that other people have proposed to fill the space over the last few years. What struck me immediately about many of the ones I came across was that they mainly appeared to be either based on traditional symbols such as the infinity figure (like the number 8), or tended to be very over complex designs incorporating well known structures such as the flower of life or in some cases even including the all seeing eye.

After some deliberation I made a start on the work, I decided that whatever I was to come up with would also need to portray a deeper meaning, as matter is said to be a physical manifestation of energy, I concluded that my design should not only represent the universal whole but also in some way imply the energetic nature of the reality that manifests within it.

Further to it being a complete symbol of the universe I thought that my proposed design should also lend itself to becoming a master sigil or talisman of universal energy.

For the benefit of those of us that haven’t heard of sigils, the term sigil is derived from the Latin sigillum, meaning seal, these are often used in magik to represent and call spirits or demons but can alternatively be a stylized magikal symbol that is created as a means of bypassing the minds filters and delivering the information directly into the subconscious where it may help manifest a desired result.

The presented image is my design of “The Universal Energy Symbol” it conveys how that which we often perceive as being the universal whole, is then again contained within a greater whole, and that the living essence/energy that runs throughout its entirety may take many varied and dynamic paths before it condenses into what we refer to as reality.
Energy is seen to move outwards in all direction whilst being rooted to an inverted circle of arrows at its core indicating that, as in mystical tradition, the centre of the universe simultaneously co-exists within all points within the universe and that any sense of separation is no more than an elaborate illusion.

Richard Gordon

I'm a UK based writer and philosopher as well as being a practicing occultist and sometime artist.

My work and ideas are regularly published in underground and pagan magazines such as "Greenmantle" and the "enlightening times"as well as mainstream sites such as "The Sabotage times", I've also been featured in alternative culture magazines such as "Bizarre".

I've studied magik (magick), shamanism alongside many other esoteric belief systems for over 30 years and have a great interest in informational subculture and alternative lifestyles.

12 Comments on "The Universal Energy Symbol / Sigil – by Richard Gordon"

  1. I find it extremely ironic that a proposed “universal” symbol — one in
    which we’re all asked to adopt to describe universal energy (whatever that is) — is itself stamped with the universal symbol for the restriction of information: the (c) & with all
    rights reserved therein. Wouldn’t a creative commons public domain license help the cause for “universal” adoption? Or will the creator be
    asserting his rights to this symbol? I know I’ll never, ever use it if
    it’s copyright protected both on principle (who wants a so-called universal symbol that in reality is someone’s property) & out of fear of litigation.

  2. Sandra Cowdrick | Aug 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm |

    Agree w adpub. Ridiculous to try and portray yourself a proponent of ‘universality’ or ‘universal energy force’ (or universal ANYTHING for that matter!) and then immediately copyright and restrict it’s use!!

    It is infinitely ironic, though, that so many cultures, Hindi, Gnostic, Buddhist, Jaiist, Hermetic, gnostic Christian, ancient Egyptian and on and on believe in a Universal ‘light’ or energy/power, yet we don’t have an easily recognisable symbol for the concept.

    I personally believe, through years of research into religion/theology/theosophy/esoterism/ancient history, etc that there is one power/energy/light/God that we all seek. It seems, according to my research, that before written history, the main ‘connected’ part of early peoples all worshiped the same belief system, but as the centuries passed and people dispersed the stories/beliefs gradually changed until each ‘community’ had a version which seemed distinct from the others, that they came to believe was their own religion, even though they were all based on the same original idea. The similarities between ancient beliefs are vast, and difference increases with time and geographical distance/isolation.

    After all, what kind of God only comes to one group of people and abandons the rest??

    Even if you’re not a theist it’s simple reason that early peoples, before being dispersed throughout the world had a shared belief system.

    Anyway. we should have a symbol, even a word, for the universal’/’Univ. energy’ concept ONE THAT IS UNIVERSAL AND NOT OWNED BY ANYONE, but by all.

  3. trompe l'oiel | Aug 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm |

    I thought the universal symbol is the dot with the circle?

    “The dot, the line, and the circle are the supreme and primary symbols.
    The dot is spirit and its symbol in the Chaldaic Hebrew – the Yod – is
    actually a seed or spermatozoon, a little comma with a twisting tail
    representing the germ of the not-self. In its first manifestation the
    dot elongates to form the line. The line is a string of dots made up of
    germ lives – the monadic lives of Leibnitz. From the seed growing in the
    earth comes the sprig – the line. The line, therefore, is the symbol of
    the dot in growth or motion. The sun is a great dot, a monad of life,
    and each of its rays a line – its own active principle in manifestation.
    The key thought is: The line is the motion of the dot.”

    Manly P. Hall

    he has more from essays on philosophy and the Secret Teachings in regards to the universal symbol.

    I do like the direction this symbol takes these fundamental elements of universality. But let’s be honest, as our gaze broadens, our understanding deepens, our unification hits critical mass, then the symbols will evolve with the consciousness. Eventually consciousness itself will replace all images that fail to adequately describe it’s own transcendent nature.

    but yours is a very accurate symbol from what my intuition tells me.

    • David Stevens | Sep 6, 2013 at 3:51 am |

      Hi all, I’ve read several articles by the author discussing this, evidently this is a free to use on a personal level symbol, the copyright is only intended to stop any major corporation from hijacking it, love it or hate it (and by the way I rather like it!) it now shows in the top couple of universal energy images searches on Google.

  4. BuzzCoastin | Aug 16, 2013 at 9:50 pm |

    The Universal Energy Symbol
    in the public domain

  5. The Well Dressed Man | Aug 16, 2013 at 10:20 pm |


  6. That’s a interesting symbol, no doubt. But what is the point of creating an Universal Symbol ? Symbols represent certain things for a reason, as you surely understand. To resonate very certain energies, that are good for the purpose of where that symbol is being used. Still, thanks for making me think about this esoteric subject and showing your symbol, it has a nice resonance going outwards in it 🙂

  7. Richard Frith | Aug 18, 2013 at 7:38 pm |

    I think that the unifying attitude is more important than the exoteric representation of it in symbol.

  8. David Stevens | Sep 6, 2013 at 4:12 am |

    Evidently this is a free to use symbol (according to the Facebook page), either just as a energy symbol, sigil or talisman, and the copyright issue was intended to stop international companies from hijacking its for commercial use,

  9. Jordan733 | Sep 6, 2013 at 9:33 am |

    Since I was unfamiliar with Creative Commons Licenses, I went to their site and looked to see what they say.

    “What is Creative Commons? Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization
    that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through

    Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized
    way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work —
    on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your
    copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some
    rights reserved.” Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to
    copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your
    copyright terms to best suit your needs.”

    They say that copyrighting is encouraged and many projects are covered
    under both of these license. It is not an either/or way to license work.
    Any creative work distributed on the Internet is subject to being
    hijacked and later claimed to belong to someone else. If you put
    anything out on the net without protection, you are not only giving it
    away, you are potentially breaking the tie to it’s developer. This is
    not helpful for people that WANT to know where something originated.
    This is clearly posted as free to share, but that rights remain with the
    developer. You can’t sell it. You can’t call it your own. And most
    importantly, it cannot be hijacked by multinational companies. This information is posted here:

    To have an issue with this is somewhat ridiculous when so many people are furiously fighting to get their own images back that have been used without permission from unscrupulous marketers.

    By the way, as a practitioner, I would say just try applying it to the
    work you are involved with. If it does not seem to work for you, move
    on. If it does…well then, finding new ways to move energy is a very
    powerful tool. Do what I did and thank the developer for allowing the
    share and feel free to use it.

  10. disqus_rd7lNmq0Xv | Sep 13, 2013 at 5:22 pm |

    Good job man.

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