Monday, 27 October 2014

Meet The Pentagram and the Pentacle

Merry meet everybody!

With Samhain coming up, I thought this was the perfect time to introduce some of you to an often misunderstood symbol, the pentagram.

If you've seen any photos of me or watched any of my YouTube videos you may notice I am often wearing a necklace with a five-pointed star inside a circle.  This is a pentacle, or a pentagram within a circle.  But what does it mean?

While some people have accused me of worshiping the devil (oh how I laughed at that...) it is actually a very simple representation of a very beautiful concept.  The five points of the star represent the four elements of water, fire, earth and air, with the fifth element at the top being Spirit or free will.

So that's the simple explanation, but in fact it goes much further than that. On another level, the star represents our sun and therefore the Divine masculine or, for want of a better word, God, while the circle represents the moon and the Divine Feminine, or Goddess.

While it is true that, in an attempt to pervert the pentagram for their own cause, some occultists wore an upside down pentagram, in fact that represents Winter.  During the darker months witches tend to go within themselves spiritually and undergo periods of introspection; in this way the point representing Spirit is signified by being hidden, as the life within the frozen land is hidden.  With the Spirit point upwards, it represents Summer and all the abundance and fertility that that brings to our consciousness.

The pentagram has long been recognised as a protective symbol, and there are ways you can use it in everyday life.  You can protect your home by placing sea salt in a bowl of water and empowering it with the light of a full moon, then using the salt water to draw a pentagram on all your windows and doors.  Because it represents balance, with no one point greater than the other, you can use it to ease differences between yourself and a colleague by making a pentagram out of pencils or pens and pointing one of the points in their direction to help iron out your differences.  Give it a go and let me know the results!

Until next time everyone,

Blessed be )0(

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