Isn't it strange that we look at and use symbols and words every day, yet most of us never question the origins of these symbols or words? The English language is quite deceptive and contradictory in nature. To say the word 'peace' in hopes of unifying something is an oxymoron. If you think about what the word means in its other form, how can we be unified using a word that represents separation? Like with many of the symbols that we see today, many have been inverted to represent something dark in nature, like the pentagram. The peace symbol itself (not the hand gesture) when placed upright could be seen as a person with their arms up in joy. Instead like most symbols that we see today, it is inverted, and can be seen as man placed upside down.
While it appears reasonable that the modern day peace symbol comes from Gerald Holtom, this logic fails to address the fact that the symbol has been used for evil both in modern times and for thousands of years.
This same symbol was used by Hitler's 3rd Panzer Division from 1941 to 1945. The regimental 3rd Panzer Division symbol. Soviet, Polish, and Hungarian citizens, having suffered from the Nazi massacres, undoubtedly struggled with Holtom’s use of the symbol as a thoughtful way to communicate peace. The symbol can also be found on some of Hitler's SS soldiers' tombstones. Another flaw in the Holtom creation story is the use of the symbol as an anti-Christian symbol by the Saracens as early as 711 A.D.9 For the Saracens, the image placed on their shields symbolized the breaking of the Christian cross.
The confusion about what the modern day peace symbol means is further clouded by the founder of the Church of Satan, Anton LaVey. LaVey used the symbol as the backdrop for his altar. Rudolf Koch's Book of Signs explains the downward pointed fork represents the death of man. Placed in the circle the symbol means the total death of all people which is the exact opposite of what Holtom worked to prevent with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
Today many people display this symbol without understanding the history behind it. #Consciousvibrancy