Magick of the Pentagram
During the last week, my lovely pentagram necklace that I got from a witch in Europe caused quite a stir. I got stares, oohs and aahs, told about Jesus and one person even told me that I was wearing the symbol of the devil and it wasn’t a good look. Really?! What those conversations give me is juice to talk about things that are unknown, mistaken, and a myth. It kinda gets me off because it can lead to such stimulating conversations.
Let’s roll up our sleeves, take off our heels and take a good look at the power of the pentagram. It is also known as pentacle when it is not written or drawn. The pentagram is actually a historical symbol with some magickal meanings of love and light.
The Pentagram is a symbol of a five pointed star drawn with five straight strokes. The upward point of the star is representative of the spirit. The other four points all represent an element; earth, air, fire, and water. The symbol has been used since 4000 B.C. which once again proves the fact that it had nothing to do with the devil since the concept of the devil did not even exist at that time.
Besides Neo Pagans, Wiccans, and just good ‘ole witches, many cultures are associated with the pentagram such as the Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, Mayans, Chinese, Jews, etc. Did you know that the Christians used the pentagram before the cross? The pentagram was used to represent the five wounds of Jesus on the cross and banish demons. The Greeks even believed the pentagram was a symbol of perfection. Last but not least the pentagram was used with the Kabbalah for various magickal and mystical rituals.
It was in the 1940’s that the inverted pentagram was used as a symbol for Neo-Pagans and Wiccans. Where the pentagram got associated with the devil and black magick was in 1966 when the Church of Satan was formed and began to use the same symbol.
The upright pentagram is the pentagram associated with different cultures/faiths.
The symbol associated with the Church of Satan is a inverted/downward pentagram. It has two points up, often inscribed in a double circle, with the head of a goat inside the pentagram.