The Pentacle


The pentacle is often mistaken for a satanic symbol by those who do not understand its true meaning. The information that follows was found on a website I found years ago. Unfortunately I don’t have its original source, but I didn’t wish to present the information as my own.

The pentacle signifies the rulership of Higher Mind over the lower elements of Human Nature. The use of this Divine Symbol signals the awakening of Cosmic Consciousness and Initiation of Human Consciousness manipulating its environment by reaching beyond the realms of physical form and perception limited to the five physical senses. The origins of the Pentagram go far back to remotest historical antiquity, as far back as the Pre-Babylonian Sumer. It has been venerated by many civilizations. To the Jews, it symbolically designated the Pentateauch, The Five Books of Moses. Early Christians recognized it as pointing out the five Stigmata – the wounds Christ suffered on the Cross. It has survived under a variety of titles, including "The Druid’s Foot" and "The Witch’s Star."

To the followers of Pythagoras, it was called "The Pentalpha," being composed of five interlaced A’s or Alphas. With Alpha being the first letter of the Greek alphabet, we can view the Pentacle as symbolically portraying the Unity of All things in the midst of multiplicity.

Ceremonial Magicians throughout the Middle Ages considered the Pentagram to be among the most potent, holy, and protective of symbols – being stronger in this way, than even the Cross. Those involved in Occult Practices could be certain that wherever the Pentacle was displayed, there, evil had no power.

Traditionally, each of the five angles has been attributed to the Five Metaphysical Elements of the Ancients.

Earth: (Lower left corner) – Fire: (Lower right corner) – Water: (Upper right corner) –

Air: (Upper left corner) – Surmounted by SPIRIT (at the topmost part)

This becomes a graphic portrayal of Spirit ruling over the four elements and when the Pentagram is placed within the Circle (a symbol of eternity and totality or unity) its energy is focused and directed.

The adverse Pentagram, with the single point buried in the depths of matter, has for many centuries been misrepresented by the ignorant and those of ill intent as emblematic of the powers of evil and darkness. However, to the true student of symbolic philosophy, it represents Spirit submerged and bonded into the material elements. While the inverted Pentagram is representative of Spirit’s descent into matter, the Pentagram aright, to those of Spiritual Perception, represents the redemption of Spirit from matter ruling over it.

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