Devil's trap (symbol)

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The devil’s trap is a mystical symbol used to imbolise and control demons, and also to prevent them entering a place, or gaining access to something. The devil’s traps seen in Supernatural all originate from The Lesser Key of Solomon, which is grimoire or magical text written in the 17th century. It contains rituals and spells for invoking and controlling both demons and angels.

There are two major variations of devil's traps in Supernatural:

1. The Heptagram.

An example of the Heptagram devil's trap can be seen painted on the ceiling at Bobby's house. It is composed of two pentacles from the Lesser Key of Solomon which form a Heptagram.

The Grand Pentacle:"It serves to convene all spirits; when shown to them they will bow and obey you"
The Fifth Pentacle of Mars:"it is terrible unto the demons, and at its sight and aspect they will obey thee, for they cannot resist its presence"

2. The Pentagram. Devil's Trap.jpg Drawn from several shots and scenes. The pentagram devil's trap is seen drawn on the trunk on the Impala as well in Bobby's Panic Room.

1.22 Devil's Trap

Sam studies the devil's trap in Bobby's copy of the Key of Solomon
At Bobby's house Meg (who is possessed by a demon)is trapped under the devil's trap where the boys interrogate her before exorcising the demon

Sam later draws a version of the devil's trap on the trunk of the Impala to protect the colt from demons

2.14 Crossroad Blues

  • Dean paints a devil's trap under the Impala in order to trap the Crossroads Demon. When that fails he lures her under a water tower where he has painted another devil's trap.

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The devil's trap under the water tower which traps the Crossroads Demon

2.14 Born Under a Bad Sign

  • When Sam is possessed by the same demon who had possessed Meg, he is trapped by Bobby under the same symbol that trapped her. However the demon has gained new powers and breaks the symbol, freeing itself.
Possessed Sam under the devil's trap

2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two

  • Samuel Colt built a huge devil's trap 100 miles across in southern Wyoming. There is a church at each point and the sides of the pentacle are made of iron railroad lines. At the center, in an old cowboy cemetery, is a gate to hell.
The giant devil's trap
The gate to hell is locked with a devil's trap opened by the Colt

3.01 The Magnificent Seven

  • The opening Title Card includes a devil's trap that dissolves into "Supernatural"
  • Dean traps Walter Rosen who is possessed by Envy, in the trunk of Bobby's car, which has a devil's trap drawn inside it.
  • In Isaac and Tamara's house, Bobby traps Gluttony under a devil's trap, and Sam tries to trap Pride.
Devil's trap from opening title
Devil's trap in the trunk of Bobby's car
Bobby traps Sloth under a devil's trap

3.03 Bad Day at Black Rock

There is a devil's trap drawn inside the entrance to John's secret lock-up.

Devil's trap on floor of John's lock-up

3.04 Sin City

Dean draws a devil's trap under a rug in Casey's basement in order to trap her. She is released from it when Father Gil, uses his demonic power to break it.

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Casey and Father Gil lie dead on the devil's trap after Sam shoots them with the Colt

3.16 No Rest For The Wicked

When Sam summons Ruby to help with Dean's deal, Dean steals her knife and traps her under a devil's trap.

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Dean traps Ruby after stealing her knife

4.02 Are You There God? It's Me, Dean Winchester

Bobby, Dean and Sam take refuge in Bobby's Panic Room. It is protected with a devil's trap outside the door, inside on the floor, and in iron under the ventilation fan.