What Is A Battle Sign?
A battle sign is a symbol used to represent an enemy or danger. It may be displayed at night when no one else will see it, but it could also be seen from afar. There are many different types of battle signs and they vary depending on the culture and time period. Some examples include:
The cross (a Christian symbol)
(a Christian symbol) The pentagram (an occult symbol)
(an occult symbol) The crescent moon (a lunar symbol)
(a lunar symbol) A skull with horns and a cross through it (another pagan/occult symbol)
with horns and a through it (another pagan/occult symbol) A wolf’s head with two heads and three tails (a Chinese symbol)
With all these symbols, there are variations in meaning. For example, the cross is commonly associated with Christianity while the pentagram is associated with Satanism.
The crescent moon represents the moon; however, it also represents fertility. And so forth…there are countless combinations of various symbols to create battle signs!
Why Create Battle Signs?
There are many reasons why military groups or even terrorists would create battle signs. In fact, it is very common for such groups to create battle signs. It is basically a secret language spoken only by the group members.
Battle signs also create an element of fear and intimidation among people. If people see a pentagram drawn on a wall, they will know that a satanic cult is active in the area.
This knowledge will, perhaps, make people behave and follow orders…lest they become a sacrifice or Satan’s bride!
How to Make a Battle Sign
Making battle signs is very easy. All you need are some basic drawing skills and knowledge about various symbols.
After you have your symbol, all you need to do is reproduce it and place it somewhere that it can easily be seen.
Battle signs are mainly used during the night when no one can see it except for your own group members. In such cases, you may use glow-in-the-dark paint or otherwise illuminate the symbol using a flashlight or other light source.
The reason why battle signs are used at night is to maintain stealth. During the day, the symbol can easily be taken down or not seen by anyone else.
This way, no one except your group members will know that you were even there!
However, this does not mean that you should limit yourself to only creating night time symbols. Some people like to be extra scary and create their symbols during the day.
You could also use graffiti or regular drawings as battle signs. Wherever the symbol is placed, it should be easy to see but out of the way enough to avoid people accidentally seeing it.
Learning More About Battle Signs
If you want to learn more about battle signs and their various uses, you can do a search online or check out books at your local library. You can also speak with military personnel and/or people who have served in a military branch.
In fact, you could even create your own symbols and use them as battle signs!
The important thing to remember is that battle signs are only “secret” if they remain unknown. If people are aware of what they mean, then the signs lose their effectiveness completely.
Perhaps, you can create your own set of battle signs and use them to communicate!
Battle sign image courtesy of U.S.
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