The Meaning of Zoso
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Posted by Rosario on May 12, 1999 at 15:36:05:

A little information i dug up for you folks,i hope you find it usefull.

Jimmy Page's Symbol

No one really knows for sure what Jimmy Page's symbol means. The most recent theory that seeks to explain it has it that it that it symbolizes a near-death or Tantric sex experience to unify the worlds of the living and the dead, and thus to reveal the secrets of the universe. 

There are a few points that are worth clarifying. 

It is not a word that can be pronounced "Zoso". 
The symbol was designed by Jimmy, and the only person he has revealed its meaning to was Plant, long ago, and he has since forgotten. Nigel Eaton, hurdy gurdy player on the Page & Plant world tour was reported in "Q" as having asked about it and been greeted with a deathly silence. 
It is unlikely to symbolize Cerebus, the guardian hound at the gates of hell. 
It is not a stylizied "666". 
The closest thing to an explanation from the man himself came on his November 1994 appearance on "Denton" with Plant. At the end of their interview a member of the studio audience yelled "What's your symbol mean Jimmy?" After some confusion as to what was being yelled, understanding dawned on Plant's face and he replied "Frying tonight". Page did not elaborate further. 
It most likely has absoluely nothing to do with Curious George The Monkey, known as Zoso, a character in English children's books. It has nothing to do with the pyramid of Zoser in Egypt. 

Page's symbol, while _not_ standing for "ZOSO" or any combination of letters, is a mystery. It resembles the alchemical symbol for mercury, but no more is known. Plant reports being once told what it meant, but he has since forgotten. Jones' symbol (the circle with the trisecting ovals) came from a book of runes and is said to represent confidence and competence. It also appears on the cover of a book about the Rosicrucians, for reasons unknown. Bonham's (the three intersecting circles) came from the same book, and represents the man-wife-child trilogy. Some have remarked that it i s the symbol for Ballantine Beer. Plant, like Page, designed his own symbol, and the feather in the circle is based on a sign of the ancient Mu civilization.



Posted by N99 on September 10, 19101 at 17:25:57:

In Reply to: ZoSo posted by Rosario on May 12, 1999 at 15:36:05:

Well here's what one pagan news article had to say about it:

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By Kerr Cuhulain
Taken from the WIN Intelligence Summary, June 1990.

ZOSO Logo as Seen on Album 

Recently one of our area coordinators was called upon to be an expert witness for the defense in a trial. The prosecutor, in trying to undermine this witness's credibility, asked her if she knew what the name ZOSO meant. When she said that she did not, he seized upon this and claimed that it was, in fact, a Satanic symbol. 

This is not true! 

This symbol has been popping up in various anti-Pagan manuals on "occult-related crime". It is usually defined as "ZOSO: the three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hell." NOT ONE Of these manuals, many of which were written by law enforcement officers. lists the source of this information.