Originally Posted by STYLE
in terms of magick, i took a step back and looked at the motive of the ritual. "to open a dimension to great power"
symbolically you have 2 diagrams of power the pentacle and the cross.
one representing man and the other representing nature.
by offering sacrifice on the points of these two symbols overlaid on each other, an altar is created.
this is basic magick ritual. powerful.
Also, symbolically, man was put on the cross (Jesus).
There was also Hebrew letters used in the movie. Interesting how the tooth of a lion was used. And it is the letter SHIN in Hebrew. Shin symbolically means fire (fire looks like a tooth when it burns) and fire is the element of the lion (leo).
Aleph in the Hebrew alphabet means ox and an ox was used in the ritual.
Nun is a letter as well and it means seed, and a new generation of life, so it could rep man as well as other things. Symbolically, some have written that the letter Nun even looks like a man.
Earlier in the movie, Lord BLackwood convinces others he has ressurected.
The killing ritual also implies the resurrection of man:
Man (rep air) was killed by Ox (earth). - So man is dead.
Ox (earth) killed by eagle (water).
Eagle (water) killed by Lion (fire).
Lion (fire) killed by man (air). - In order for man to kill lion, he must have been resurrected. - Jesus symbolism again (according to Bible)