Like a Christian cross, the pentagram tends to be THE
religious symbol of the Pagan religions. It encompasses our elemental beliefs
and is one of the strongest protective amulets ever "designed".
The Pentagram dates back thousands of years to pre-Babylonian
Summer ... roughly about 3500 BC. Many religions have once used this symbol ...
the Jewish people saw it as a symbol of the Five Books of Moses, and Christians
once used it as a protective amulet. It has been called such things as the
Druid's Foot and the Witches' Star.
Each point of the Pentagram traditionally represents one of the five
metaphysical elements of the ancients. The topmost point represents Spirit, The
upper left point represents Air, the upper right point represents Water, the
lower left point represents Earth, and the lower right point represents Fire. In
this fashion, the pentagram represents Spirit ruling over the four elements.
The Pentacle is simply a pentagram with a circle around it.
This symbolizes eternity, totality, and unity. It emphasizes the
interconnectivity of all of the elements. The direct and indirect relation of
one element to the other.
It would seem as though the Pentacle is gaining a new meaning
in Modern-day Paganism ... in that it is seen as a unifying symbol of the Pagan
community. In modern day Witch Craft, the Pentacle tends to be used more than
Air (East): Intellect, Imagination, Knowledge
Earth (North): The Body, Foundation, Strength
Fire (South): Will,
Water (West): Emotion, Intuition, Compassion