Some Gestures used in Religious and Occult Practices:

Compiled by Marc Carlson
It was last edited 9 June 2004

(Note: those marked with a (*) are considered obscene in some cultures).

Fig (Manus Obscaena) Fist, Thumb between 1st & 2nd finger* A sign of Good Luck, used to ward off Evil.
An insult based on the female genitalia.
Symbol of the Goddess. Used specificially to invoke the Goddess.
Fig (Manus Obscaena) Fist, Thumb between 2nd & 3rd fingers  
  Fist, Palm Up  
  Fist, Palm Down  
  Fist, Thumb Extended Used for annointing from Ancient days.
  Fist, 1st finger Extended  
  Fist, 1st& 2nd fingers Extended* "Victory","Peace"
An insulting suggestion that the object
should engage in sexual intercourse as the
receiver.
  Fist, 2d finger Extended* An insulting suggestion that the object
should engage in sexual intercourse as the
receiver.
Argueably a defence from the Evil Eye
  Fist, 4th finger Extended  
Mano Panthea, Pantea, "Hand of Power" Fist, Palm forward, 1st & 2d fingers extended, 3rd & 4th curled under 
thumb
"Benediction", Protection from Evil and Magic
  Fist, Palm forward, Thumb and 2d fingers extended Used to invoke the reproductive presence 
of the God
  Fingers Crossed Ceremonial blockage of evil influences.
Horned (Manu Cornuta) 1st & 4th fingers extended* Horned God. Used to invoke the presence of
The God.
An insulting suggestion that the object
should engage in sexual intercourse as the
receiver.
Horned (Manu Cornuta) 1st & 4th fingers extended and crooked
Texas A&M Longhorns
 
Horned (Manu Cornuta) 1st & 4th fingers extended, Palm Down Protection from the Evil Eye.
Horned (Manu Cornuta) Thumb & 4th fingers extended Moon Goddess. Used specificially to
invoke the Lunar Goddess or the female
reproductive Cycle.
Horned (Manu Cornuta) Thumb, 1st & 4th fingers extended* Satanic or "I'm just to cool for words..."
Hamsa Handm Hamesh Hand, Hand of Fatima, Hand of Miriam Open Hand, Palm Forward Protection from Evil, Charm against Enchantment
  Open Hand, Palm Forward, Thumb curled in, 1-4 fingers extended,  
Taal Open Hand, Palm Forward, Thumb curled in, 1-4 fingers extended, Parted
in a V shape.
Prayer
or "Live Long and Prosper"
  Open Hand, Palm Forward, Thumb curled in touching #4 finger, 2-3 fingers
extended
 
  Open Hand, Palm Rearward  
  Open Hand, Palm to Side  Blessing
  Open Hand, Palm Up Supplication?
  Open Hand, Palm Down  
  Ring, thumb and 1st finger touching, 2nd - 4th fingers extended "O.K.". Blessing.
"God Position", "Making a Pentagram", "Skull and crossed bones" Arms crossed in front of chest   
"Orant" Arms held up at shoulder level  Prayer.
"Goddess Position" Arms over head in a deep U shape.   
  Arms stretched out at sides, shoulder level.  
  Arms stretched out downwards at sides  
  Arms stretched out in front, shoulder level.