The idea for each member of Led Zeppelin to choose a personal emblem for the cover of their 4th album was Page’s

 

Page stated that he designed his own symbol and has never publicly disclosed any reasoning behind it. However, it has been argued that his symbol appeared as early as 1557 to represent Saturn.

 

Bassist John Paul Jones’ symbol, which he chose from Rudolf Koch’s Book of Signs, is a single circle intersecting three vesica pisces. It is intended to symbolize a person who possesses both confidence and competence.

 

Drummer John Bonham’s symbol, the three interlocking rings, was picked by the drummer from the same book. It represents the triad of mother, father and child.

 

Singer Robert Plant’s symbol of a feather within a circle was his own design, being based on the sign of the supposed Mu civilization.

 

There is also a fifth, smaller symbol chosen by guest vocalist Sandy Denny representing her contribution to the track “The Battle of Evermore”; it appears in the credits list on the inner sleeve of the LP, serving as an asterisk and is shaped like three triangles touching at their points.

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