Illuminati symbolism in HBO ‘True Detective’ show


Hi everyone, this is Isaac Weishaupt; your host for I created this post about HBO’s True Detective right after I watched the first episode due to its occult symbolism. I was the only one freaking out about the occult basis of the show from the beginning, but as the show’s plot unfolded it became abundantly clear what this tale was all about.

Eventually the masses picked up the message of this “Illuminati”-occult group behind the doings of the characters on the show, and at this point the first season is well over and you can all read how the story played out. However, I thought it would tell the tale best if I left this post intact with its updates that I was making in real time as the episodes aired. You’ll notice the updates are marked throughout as we learned more about the story.


I’ve also added a video from the IlluminatiWatcher YouTube channel at the end of the post that has even more images in it.

Needless to say this post will have PLOT SPOILERS.

Thanks for reading. -Isaac



HBO aired the series premiere of True Detective and the show has a plot involving the occult, so obviously we’re going to see some occult and Illuminati symbolism. I just thought I’d point it out since it pops up so often in music videos and other films.

One of the main mysteries of the show involves the murder of a woman who is found with a crown of thorns and horns affixed to her head:


Yes, these images were taken with my cell phone and my television; sorry, there was no other way to obtain them. But you get the point.


The horns are an occult reference to the stag god, or Moloch (aka Ba’al). They are all references to devil horns as well, and I discuss this symbolism which shows up in the Occult & Illuminati holiday traditions post, which is featured in my beginner’s guide to conspiracies; A GRAND UNIFIED CONSPIRACY THEORY: THE ILLUMINATI, ANCIENT ALIENS AND POP CULTURE:

Samhain, (aka All Hallows Eve, aka Halloween), is a three day fire festival in which sacrifices were given to fires for the sun god. Samhain is a festival for the dead, as Beltaine is a festival for the living. There are a slew of traditions that occur during this festival of Samhain from Oct 29-31st, with the culmination on Halloween night. Samhain is the Celtic lord of the dead and is considered a stag god. A stag god in the occult is always a reference to the ancient male god Nimrod. He was depicted with one horn, or multiple horns appearing as antlers like Moloch:

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This horned symbolism is seen with the rock ‘n’ roll imagery of Mano Cornuto hand sign, and explained in much further detail in Decoding Illuminati Symbolism: Moloch, Owls, and the Horns of Satan Part 2:

The oldest mention of a horned deity starts with Nimrod, El, and Moloch. These somewhat-interchangeable deities were thought to be depicted as either a single or double horned-god who was worshipped in the Bronze Ages of Mesopotamian culture. He was one of multiple gods in these ancient Pagan cultures that we see the Canaanites, Sumerians, Phoenicians, Assyrians, and Babylonians devoting much energy and bloodshed. 

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…which are all just different representations of the horns of the evil force of the “Illuminati,” depicted here as occultist magician Eliphas Levi’s Baphomet with the horns that represent the inverted bottom points of the pentagram (you’ll also see the ears as the sides of the pentagram and the goatee as the point):


…not to mention that Matthew McConaughey is familiar with the Illuminati horned-hand gesture, primarily because he attended the University of Texas:



…and he was also a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity (notice the All Seeing Eye):

Delta Tau Delta Illuminati


At the University of Texas, they do these “hook ’em horns” as part of a ritual called “The Hex Rally.” This originated in 1941 when a witch named Madame Hipple cast her spell on the Aggies and had the students all light red candles in preparation for the rivalry football match between Texas A&M Aggies and University of Texas Longhorns.

Hipple said: “Light a candle, have everyone light a candle, a red candle. Put a hex on them.” Here’s a video about the Hex Rally:

There are also traditions of U of T to burn bonfires (aka Ba’alfires) which has symbolism in the Occult & Illuminati holiday traditions post:

The bonfires were previously called “bailfires” referencing fires for the god Moloch, aka Ba’al. So, in essence we could call them “Ba’alfires.” Again, we see the sacrifice of children to this occult god Ba’al being played out in different forms.

Of course, it’s arguable that McConaughey has anything to do with the Illuminati at all, considering he was one of the small 14% club (30 years of data supposedly; from DailyCaller) that thanked God at the Oscars in 2014.

Here’s the video if you haven’t seen/heard it (might not be up long; Youtube will take it down):

To get back to True Detective; one more thing worth noting is the black spiral seen on the victim’s back, which is an unidentified part of the mystery at the end of the first episode:


The spiral is occult symbolism for the Black Sun, as seen on the Nazi castle called Wewelsburg (I have a post of this Nazi Temple of Doom as well). The Black Sun and spiral are occult symbols with various meanings; one of which is the evolution of the soul from the three dimensional, material world; to the ethereal spirit world, which supports the Saturn Worship stuff that David Icke talks about.

You can learn all about the purpose of the black sun and this alchemical transformation in my Decoding Illuminati Symbolism: Triangles, Pyramids and the Sun:


The Nazis might have used it because Adolf was a follower of Helena Blavatsky, who was also in the movement of Theosophy; which L. Frank Baum was a follower as well. Baum created The Wizard of Oz and VigilantCitizen tied these up and provided the Theosophical definition of the spiral:

“Spiral: The path of a point (generally plane) which moves round an axis while continually approaching it or receding from it; also often used for a helix, which is generated by compounding a circular motion with one in a straight line. The spiral form is an apt illustration of the course of evolution, which brings motion round towards the same point, yet without repetition.The serpent, and the figures 8 and , denoting the ogdoad and infinity, stand for spiral cyclic motion. The course of fohat in space is spiral, and spirit descends into matter in spiral courses. Repeating the process by which a helix is derived form a circle produces a vortex. The complicated spirals of cosmic evolution bring the motion back to the point from which it started at the birth of a great cosmic age.”

We’ve also seen this spiral in the cult classic Dark City (which is an awesome film). The film is all about the manipulation of the physical realm; tying right into this occult belief:


We’ll see what explanation the show provides; perhaps they have an Illuminati affiliated angle to reveal before the show’s end?…

UPDATE 22FEB2014: I’m getting some great comments on some insight for this show, so read down through them. I just watched Episode 5 and it appears that the storyline is following Robert Chambers The King in Yellow set of short stories, as pointed out on io9:

Two episodes into the series, True Detective dropped a reference to one of the strangest, most compelling tales in the canon of weird fiction: Robert W. Chambers’ The King in Yellow, a collection of short stories published in 1895. Knowing this book is key to understanding the dark mystery at the heart of this series.

This collection of stories has influenced writers from H.P. Lovecraft and Raymond Chandler, to Robert Heinlein, Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman and George R. R. Martin. The King in Yellowand his legendary city of Carcosa may be the most famous character and setting you’ve never heard of.   In fact, the more of the show you watch, and the more carefully you pay attention, you’ll find a number of Easter eggs aimed squarely at hardcore fans of the weird fiction genre. I’ll touch on a few of the more prominent ones, but I have a feeling the rest of the series will be a bonanza for true detectives of strange fiction.

 That article goes further into works by H.P. Lovecraft and others, which ties us into some of the Mark of the Beast symbols I’ve explained in the past as well:

Lovecraft apparently based Nodens on one of his favorite author’s work: Arthur Machen’sThe Great God Pan, which describes Nodens as Pan. Surely you’ll recognize the satanic links of Pan; if not review my post on Decoding Illuminati Symbolism: Moloch, Owls, and the Horns of Satan.

02MAR2014:  I’m watching the second to last episode right now and there appears to be some talk about Eddie Tuttle running some pre-schools that were linked to the murders/crimes/rituals and Rust interviews one of the kids who grew up and attended one of the pre-schools. The man says that he witnessed the men involved with the rituals all were animal masks.

We’ve seen this stuff in pagan rituals from James Franco:

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This was allegedly something that Charles Manson and his “Family” dabbled in when they were running around with occult groups like the Solar Lodge of the OTO and the Process Church in the late 60s. As you should know if you clicked that link to the James Franco article above; he was conducting rituals with Crowley acolyte Kenneth Anger; who was working with Manson Family member Bobby Beausoleil for the soundtrack to Lucifer Rising (before Mick Jagger’s girlfriend took over).

10MAR2014: The first season is over, but we didn’t get to see how far down the rabbit hole this creepy ring of satan worshipping-occult types goes. The show seemed to cut it short of revealing too much, but rather begged the audience to research the issue. Perhaps this is why McConaughey was eager to thank God during the Academy Awards; he was forced to research this underground world that is all too real.

Here’s an interview from 2013 of David Icke from Alex Jones where they talk about this very subject:

Alex Jones welcomes English writer and lecturer David Icke on the historic non-stop 48 hour Infowars Money Bomb broadcast about Jimmy Saville and the establishment’s grand scale coverup of industrialised pedophilia. And also how the parasitic, demonic global elite practise wide scale child abuse and satanic rituals as they continue to move forwards in implementing their nefarious “New World Order”.

15MAR2014: I don’t know how I could’ve forgot to mention this; but Woody Harrelson is a known anti-Illuminati spokesperson. He was on the documentary Ethos that is on Netflix.  So perhaps him and Matthew are anti-Illuminati types and teamed up to get the message out.

And it should also be mentioned that many believe Woody’s father was JFK’s assassin. He was a hitman with alleged ties to organized crime and claimed he was the man who helped shoot him at Daly Plaza in Dallas (another link to Texas?…).  Here’s Wiki explaining his connection to JFK:

According to Jim Marrs in 1989’s Crossfire, Harrelson is believed to be the youngest and tallest of the “three tramps” by many assassination researchers.[13] Marrs stated that Harrelson was involved “with criminals connected to intelligence agencies and the military” and suggested that he was connected to Jack Ruby through Russell Douglas Matthews, a third party with links to organized crime who was known to both Harrelson and Ruby.

Here are a mug shot of Charles and then the infamous ‘Three Tramps’ shot (he’s the tall guy pulling up the rear). See what you think…

Charles Harrelson mug shot



18MAR2014: I just read that this show (or perhaps just the first season) was inspired by a real-life case. Here’s DailyMail’s take on it:

This week writer Nic Pizzolatto, hinted that this case was his inspiration for HBO’s massive hit ‘True Detective,’ in which detectives Marty Hart and Rust Cohle, played by Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, uncover a string of ritualistic satanic murders committed under the cover of a powerful evangelical establishment in South Louisiana. Now, for the first time, MailOnline has seen the full shocking confession that fired the starting pistol on the most notorious scandal in recent Church history, reviewed hundreds of pages of Lamonica’s own writing and spoken to the officer who took the pastor’s confession that day. Major Carpenter, 62, recalled: ‘Lamonica walked into my office and sat down, just as calm as you and me talking now.  ‘I was Detective Supervisor at the time. When he came in he basically thought that after he told us what he did he was just going to go on about his business of the day. ‘Listening to him, here where we’re all Christian, it kind of floored me. You’re talking about a man who professes to be a preacher, a pastor and a church leader abusing children and worshiping Satan. In his confession, seen by MailOnline, Lamonica sat down and announced: ‘I want to talk about the dedication (to Satan) of a baby. It was held at the church, upstairs, in what was called the Youth Room.’

He went onto describe a room where all the windows were covered in black, ‘like black paper, keep it dark.’  There was a pentagram in the middle of the floor, he said and a book of ‘Spells and Temptations.’ On this occasion, he claimed, there were five others present: Austin ‘Trey’ Bernard III, then 36, Lamonica’s wife Robin, 45, church member Paul Fontenot, 21, sheriff’s deputy Chris Labat, 24 and Patricia ‘Trish’ Pierson, 56. All but LeBat later pleaded guilty to charges ranging from aggravated rape to sexual battery to obstruction of justice.Labat was charged with child pornography but subsequently the charges were dismissed.

  Lamonica stated: ‘They would start off like a church service but it was Satanic music. There were candles burning, dark, red candleholders. And the dedication of baby A into Satan with this Pentagram, she was put in the middle, in a black dress.’ He described chanting around the child – Trey Bernard’s daughter, barely one year old at the time – before killing a cat, draining its blood and each drinking it. He claimed they did not make the child drink because she was too young and instead took off her dress and sprinkled the blood over her. These meetings, according to Lamonica, took place once every two to three months. On other occasions ‘certain girls would be picked and have sexual relationships with. The guys would line up, one by one, they would come and they would have sex with that girl. And the same if there was a woman…they would have [a] homosex (sic) relationship and oral sex, acting like one was a man and one was a woman.’ He claimed that there was ‘feces laid around. There was urine.’ And he claimed that during these satanic rituals he would become ‘distorted’ by the Devil and that demons would change him into an animal – ‘a snake, a fox, wolf, spiders.’ His words are reminiscent of the notion of Courir de Mardi Gras, central to True Detective’s version of Satanism and the occult and explained by Cohle as ‘a very rural sense of Mardi Gras,  you know, the men on horses, animal masks and such.’


Creepy… But it is absolutely reminiscent of Aleister Crowley and all of the sex magick stuff we see going on in the entertainment industry. It also supports the theory that the Illuminati and occult are underground doing rituals with children and drinking blood. The whole deal with the feces and urine are signs of magick because they are used to entice and draw in the evil spirits as well.

19AUG2014: Looks like The Yellow King rears its head again, this time tying into Hunger Games and the Necronomicon in this post:

Take it to one more level and you can see there is a Malaysian government-owned luxury hotel called Carcosa Seri Negara (note that True Detective used the same exact word in the storyline; “Carcosa”). This was built by Sir Frank Swettenham, who named it after The King in Yellow. Could this be connected to the missing Malaysian flights?… Seems strange but damn, we just connected Hunger Games, True Detective, Aleister Crowley, and HP Lovecraft, so anything is possible.


Elder Sign Hunger Games Illuminati occult symbol


25NOV2014: Looks like even more real-life evidence backs up some of the disturbing ideas about New Orleans and child abuse cover-ups. CNN posted about it this time:

The NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau identified 1,290 sex crime-related calls assigned to the five detectives and determined that in only 179 instances — 13.9% — did the detectives file “supplemental reports documenting any additional investigative efforts beyond the initial report; these 179 supplemental reports were the total written investigative product of the five detectives for sex crime-related calls for service for three years.”

Yikes. It looks like the show’s creators hit a little too close to reality with that first season.

Let’s see what season two has in store; apparently Rachel McAdams signed on to star in this one. Here she is in Entertainment magazine with the All Seeing Eye:



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  1. In the, I think 3rd episode (titled I believe “Seeing Things”) where they first find the half burned down church & Mathew McConougheh’s (forgive the spelling) character sees the birds fly up into the spiral, there is the symbol of the eye of provenance or the pyramid with the all seeing eye on the back of our US dollar bills; When they walk into the door of the church, the back half is burned & the frame of the roof is collapsed to the ground in front of them, in the camera frame, the collapsed roof forms the triangle shape of the pyramid with the cross beams forming the bricks & at the apex of the roof frame is (naturally 😉 a smaller triangle at the top of the larger one just like the pyramid on the dollar bill, but instead of the all seeing eye, there is an owl perched right there at the apex of the triangle where the eye would be. Most of us know the “Illuminati” or magical connotation of the owl, which also appears on the front side of the dollar bill in the top right corner & on tattoos all over some of the celebrities that are currently duped into being puppets for the brothers of the nephilim, being made to think they are “illuminated” into godhood while they are plied with copious amounts of pharmaceuticals, but of coarse that’s a whole other story. I love “True Dectective” & there is a definite esoteric/pagan/Illuminati connection & my opinion is that the show is implying that what the detectives are uncovering is a much broader group of ceremonial murders that are committed by some sort of pagan murder/sacrificial cult, not unlike the one David Berkowitz was said to be a member of (or more likely a drug & hypnosis fed puppet of)

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    • This is so stupid. True Detective is cribbing off of Lovecraft. HP Lovecraft was certainly NOT a part of the Illuminati, seeing how he died in poverty, eating cabbage soup. A shameful way for one of the greatest sic fi authors to end. It still upsets me. The Horned God is Wiccan, and they have no similarity to the Illuminati. The horns hand symbol we all used to make at rock concerts is also neither rare nor, meaningful. Lastly, WHY WOULD THE ILLUMINATI BOTHER THROWING THESE SYMBOLS ON STUFF????FOR WHAT POSSIBLE GAIN? JUST SOME SAORT OF ILLUMINATI GRAFFITI???? If they are secret you would think they would try to NOT put their symbols on all sorts of stuff.

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  2. I don’t know if anyone has read about the guy in Texas that went missing recently. He had no history of drugs but was found a few days later, dead with his front two teeth smashed out, throat slit, and a body pumped full of meth. His body was cleaned and laid out on a table. Scary stuff

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  3. I don’t think this has anything to do with Illuminati. There was a goddess cult in Scotland/Ireland (prehistoric pagan) where a horned deer woman was worshiped. Antlers are known to be a symbol of change and renewal as they are shed every year and regrown. The spiral symbol is also a symbol of pagan worship, as they did not believe in linear time as we do, but in time as a repeating cycle in eternity. The character Rust in the series speaks of this exact thing in the episode “The Secret Fate of All Life. ” The murdered woman is bound to a tree, another Celtic symbol of renewal, and she has a crown of thorns, a Christian symbol of death/rebirth. Later, Rust goes back to the tree, and sees a large round ball of twigs, which to me, may symbolize a womb, the classic symbol of birth. The “Yellow King” and “Cardosa” are mentioned a number of times, and both of those characters are right of H.P. Lovecraft novels. Also, before the victim died, she was talking to ex in prison and told him she was “going to be a nun.” The horned goddess, Cailleach, was supposed to be the original version of the nun…. but look that up, I’m tired of typing.

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    • Just one thing: Lovecraft got “Yellow King” and “Carcosa” from Robert W. Chambers’s book The King in Yellow.

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  4. true detective reminded me of frankiln cover-up a little bit

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  5. so what are u getting at here man?
    be conclusive dont just leave without the bottom line

    u said that woody and mattew are anti illuminati but u also said matthew attended the texas uni. are u saying that the show is an effort to expose the hidden satanic cult that is everywhere in the world or rather the opposite?

    are they against the cult or for the cult ?

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