Lately, I have been researching the pagan practice of Wicca. (A pagan is a person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions). One of the most notable things I came across was the Pentagram. The pentagram is still used by Wiccans and other pagan religions. (Wicca is a Neopagan religion characterised by rituals and reverence for Mother nature, and worship of the Goddess).
A Pentagram is a 5-pointed star, these days usually depicted within a circle. This symbol is at the root of human history, making it one of the oldest markings known to mankind. The pentagram has been an important symbol to almost every ancient culture and religion, including Christianity; the Mayans, Indians, and Egyptians to name a few.
The symbol has been carved on walls in ancient Babylon and mentioned extensively within the Hebrew scriptures of the Bible. Also featuring in Judaism; the five books of Torah.
I bet you didn’t know that before the ‘cross’ of Christianity, the pentagram was the chosen symbol.
What is the meaning of a pentagram?
The five points of the pentagram have five different meanings; they represent earth, air, fire, water, and Spirit. Spirit occupies the top and most important point.
In ancient Chinese and Japanese religions it symbolised the five elements of life. The theory of Wu-hsing; the five transformative moments. They are described as wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. The transformative moments awaken each other in a cycle.
In most of these cultures and religions, however, the pentagram evokes magical powers. So, an uneducated person today would view the pentagram as inextricably linked with Satanic worship. (After all, its human nature to be negative about something you don’t or won’t learn about. Right?).
Does this explain why people judge without a second thought upon seeing someone wearing pentagram jewelry?
Absolutely, but let’s do some homework! Halloween, celebrated on the 31st October every year, has commanded a massive following of horror movies fans. These movies are more popular than ever and it’s not uncommon to see quite a few pentagrams in these movies.
The pentagram has become heavily associated with the devil and evil practices thanks largely to Hollywood, but if we time travel back in history we see during the 14th and 15th centuries, the Christian church, accused practicers of astrology and alchemy of heresy (having a belief found to be at odds with common opinion).
Even though the pentagram was a very common Christian symbol, the witch hunt craze in the Victorian times caused the symbol to be associated with paganism, witchcraft, and Satan.
The pentagram had no previous historical ties to evil or Satanic worship. It was simply given a bad name due to the Church seeing a rise in so-called ‘occult practice’. Not to mention the lack of knowledge and the close-mindedness of influential people.
In the mid-1800s, the inverted pentagram became a symbol of evil because it reassigned the natural elements into an inverted state. In effect, placing the order of matter upside down, with the spirit world underneath. Since then, the inverted pentagram has associations with demon and satanic worship and practices. Superstition? Perhaps, I believe people back then were very superstitious, quickly claiming such rot on unfounded ideals.
The Church of Satan uses the inverted pentagram as part of its copyright logo. Interestingly though, if you didn’t look into it, you wouldn’t know that the Church does not worship Satan, they are merely atheists.
There is nothing wrong with a star, and the pentagram itself contains no inherent power unless through intent. It has been used in many ways by many different cultures, including Christianity. It should not be feared, although we should be aware of what other people are relaying through it.
My point is, instead of judging people because their views and/or beliefs are different to yours, take the time to find the answers. Going off on a teenage tangent makes you look the fool.