The Pentacle has been used and worn as a powerful symbol for thousands of years. Its meaning has roots in philosophy, religion, alchemy, magic, and mysticism. The five points of the pentacle can represent the four elements— fire, water, earth, and air. The fifth point of the pentacle represents the “fifth element”—spirit.
In Hindu philosophy, this element of “spirit” is called Akasha—the substance upon which reality is impressed. In ancient Chinese philosophy, the flow of yin and yang are responsible for the creation of the five elements. The five points of the pentacle symbolize the element of fire (which creates earth), earth (which creates metal), metal (which creates water), water (which creates wood), and wood (which creates fire).
The pentacle has had different meanings throughout history. Celtic priests called it “the Witch’s Foot.” The Druids considered it a sign of the “God-head.” The Greek philosopher, Pythagoras, thought the symbol represented the harmony of mind and body and considered it a symbol of Good Health. In Gnosticism, it referred to the five elements of fire, water, air, wind, and light. In Christian iconography, the pentacle is associated with the five stigmata of Christ. It has been called the Symbol of Man. In rituals of magic, the pentacle is used in ritual oaths— point down denotes “Black Magic” and the point up denotes “White Magic”. Understanding the history and philosophical importance of the Pentacle will help dispel the fear and negativity sometimes associated with this symbol.
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