The Pentacle Versus the Pentagram and Why You Should Never Use Both
"Remember that the whole point of the Pentacle is to have a balance."
I've been giving this particular topic a lot of thought. After all I'm not involved with the Pagan community, so I asked myself several times, "Is there something new I can bring to the table?" But in fact, there is.
I study many religions and I've found myself flabbergasted by the number of contradictions I've ran into within the Pagan belief systems. And this isn't like mixing Wicca up with modern Druidism. We're talking about something that can actually affect somebody's spirit within their practice. I'm talking about the wrong use of spiritual symbols, more specifically, the Pentacle and Pentagram.
The Pentacle itself is most commonly associated with Wicca's founder Gerard Gardner. However, the five pointed star itself goes back much further, and may even have ties with the six pointed Star of David. There's debate on the star ever belonging to David at all, but rather the symbol could have actually been created by his son, Solomon. This makes Witchcraft in general even more interesting because it's the one root that bridges the gap between the Judeo-Christian God and the Pagan universe. Being that I myself am a Christian, there's a very unique perspective I have brought into this topic.
Solomon himself used Exorcism Rites involving a seven pointed star commonly referred to as a Devil's Trap. It's not difficult to imagine the evolution of these types of symbols and how they carried over into today's belief systems. Druidism played its part as well, but it is perhaps one of the most mysterious of backgrounds, and predates every single Pagan ideology you can think of. Because of this and my lack of knowledge on its history other than its Celtic origins, I'm going to steer towards what I know the most of.
The pentacle has five points, and each point represents an element. The elements are: Air, Earth, Fire, Water, and Spirit. It is meant to have a circle around the star, symbolizing protection. I'm not going to go into detail on every element, but know that Spirit is the point at the very top of the star. It's meant to be at the center of attention, the most vital.
Wicca is interesting because everyone outside of Wicca sees Wiccans as white witches, but everyone inside of Wicca doesn't see a difference in light and dark at all. All they see is a balance. This is where there's debate. It's hard to believe in evil spirits if you don't believe a spirit is capable of being evil.
Anton LaVey was the founder of the Church of Satan, and he used Satan as the representation of free will. Some even call Satan the first feminist. Others see Satan as a real cosmic being that exists today. Whatever the case may be, Mr. LaVey chose to take the Pentacle, and flip it upside down, making it his own symbol: The Pentagram. Some refer to this as the Inverted Pentagram, explaining that a Pentagram is the five pointed star simply without the circle. However, removing the circle from the Pentacle does not make it a Pentagram. It simply makes it a star, symbolizing little to nothing. Was it done in mockery? We may never know the real reason Anton even messed with the pentacle. But we do know this: The result is creepy. Flipping the pentacle upside down would leave room for the image of Baphomet, a goat headed deity that symbolizes Satanism.
Remember when I said Spirit is at the top of the Pentacle? Well, when you turn the Pentacle upside down, you put Spirit at the bottom. This causes the bottom to become the top, revealing two points as the center of attention. These two points would then be Earth and Fire. Earth symbolizes all material things on our planet. Whether it's money or prized possessions, it belongs with the symbol of Earth. Fire symbolizes passion and desire, or motivation. It is to have a set goal in mind and to deliver that goal. Remember that the whole point of the Pentacle is to have a balance. Spirit is meant to give that balance. When placing Earth and Fire on top, you're spelling out a big message: The passion and motivation to obtain earthly things. Not only does it go against the entire basis of the intent that Neo-Pagans have for the Pentacle, but it's literally the opposite of what I as a Christian am supposed to do with my life.
In conclusion, you don't have to believe in demons or angels. And you certainly don't have to believe in anything Anton preached on. But this can be said about the Pentagram too. Everything it stands for is everything the Pagan community should be against... So why use it at all?
Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I want to give a shout out to my wife Samantha for assisting me in the study of this topic. If you have any questions about this or anything I have written, please don't hesitate to contact me. You can follow and/or contact me here:
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