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The True Spiritual Meaning Of The Pentagram

FREE psychic reading at, Click Here NOW!!!Perhaps no other spiritual or religious icon is as misunderstood as the pentagram, or pentacle. The true symbolism of the pentagram, a five-pointed star often surrounded by a circle, is commonly misrepresented.

Contrary to popular misconceptions that associate it with darkness, evil, or Satanism, the pentagram has multiple meanings within various spiritual and religious traditions, most notably within Paganism and modern Wicca.

The pentagram has been a spiritual symbol of significance for millennia, long before its association with modern religious movements.

Historically, it has been used by cultures around the world, often to represent celestial bodies, principles of harmony, or mystical concepts. Its use first appeared in ancient Greece and Mesopotamia around the 1st millennium BC.

It is not widely known that there are significant historical connections between the pentagram and Christianity. Prior to the widespread use of the cross, the pentagram was a popular symbol to adorn the jewelry and amulets of early Christians, often alongside an “X” or a phoenix. This symbol was associated with the five wounds of Christ and also represented the concept of Alpha and Omega united, as the star could be drawn in one continuous movement of the pen.

In contemporary contexts, particularly within Wicca and related neo-pagan belief systems, the pentacle has positive connotations. It’s seen as a symbol of protection, spirituality, and the interconnectedness of the elements. Each point of the star represents an aspect of balance, holistic existence, conscious living, and the cyclical nature of life.

Despite this troubled history, the symbol has survived and continues to be used by those who uphold the search for divine knowledge ~ Sharynne NicMacha

Symbolism Of The Pentagram

The five points of the pentacle each have symbolic meanings associated with the five classic elements and related spiritual concepts. Each of the points is also aligned with specific elements and directions:

Earth (lower left point): The lower left point of the pentagram symbolizes Earth. This element represents stability, grounding, fertility, and the material world. It is often associated with the physical body and the abundance of nature. Faces down (toward the ground), representing grounding and connection to the physical realm.

Air (lower right point): The lower right point of the pentagram represents Air. Air symbolizes intellect, communication, knowledge and inspiration. It is associated with thoughts, ideas, and the powers of the mind. Faces right, symbolizing the intellectual and communicative aspects.

Fire (upper right point): The upper right point of the pentagram symbolizes fire. Fire represents energy, passion, transformation and creativity. It embodies willpower, courage and the spark of life. It faces upward, signifying the transformative and energetic qualities of fire.

Water (upper left point): The upper left point of the pentagram represents water. Water symbolizes emotion, intuition, healing and cleansing. It is associated with the flow of life and the subconscious. The faces to the left represent the emotional and intuitive aspects.

Spirit (Top point): The top point of the pentagram, which is above the other four points, represents the fifth element, known by various names such as Spirit, Ether, or Quintessence (literally “the fifth element” in Latin). This point represents the divine, unity, higher consciousness and connection to the spiritual realm. It represents the integration of all elements and the divine spark within all living things. Faces upward or outward, symbolizing the connection to the Divine and the all-encompassing nature of Spirit.

Circle: The circle around the five-pointed star symbolizes unity, wholeness, and protection. This encapsulating circle reinforces the idea of containment and protection from negative influences-a common interpretation in practices such as Wicca, where it is often used in rituals and ceremonies.

It’s important to note that interpretations of the pentagram’s symbolism vary among different traditions and practitioners. The directional associations and elemental assignments may have nuanced variations depending on individual beliefs and practices within spiritual communities.

The five points can also have other meanings not limited to the five elements, such as the five visible planets of the ancient world, the five senses, the five virtues of the Middle Ages, the five wounds of Christ, and the orbit of Venus around the sun. The pentagram is traditionally associated with Ishtar, Aphrodite, and similar deities. Pentacles are also one of the four suits of the Tarot, representing the Earth.

Much of the misinformation and prejudice regarding the pentagram symbol stems from the fact that critics are not aware of the difference between the true, original pentacle symbol and the so-called “corrupted” version, which is a more recent invention. In order to separate truth from superstition, it is important to distinguish between the original spiritual symbol and its “evil twin” or “spin-off.

The main difference between a true pentagram and the corrupted or inverted version (known as the Sigil of Baphomet) is primarily the orientation of the pentagram and its associated symbolism.

The Pentagram, a symbol of five points, stands as a reminder of our connection to the earth, the elements, and the spirit within ~  D.L. Lewis

True Pentagram vs. Inverted Pentagram

The true pentagram is always depicted with one of its five points facing upward, representing Spirit or the Divine. Each point of the pentagram is associated with an element (earth, air, fire, water) and spirit, symbolizing harmony and balance.

The upward point represents the ascent to spiritual enlightenment and higher consciousness. It emphasizes spiritual ascension, balance and unity with the divine and natural elements. This symbol is historically found in various spiritual and esoteric traditions, including Wicca, where it symbolizes protection, balance, and the interconnectedness of the elements.

The inverted pentagram, or Sigil of Baphomet, is associated with modern interpretations of satanic or occult practices. It shows a pentagram with two points facing upward (inverted). This symbol gained notoriety in the 19th century and later as a modern representation of Satanic worship or black magic.

This upside-down use of the pentagram is meant to symbolize a reversal or subversion of traditional spiritual values, with the lower points pointing upward to represent earthly or material forces dominating over spiritual or divine influence.

In the context of occult or satanic imagery, the Sigil of Baphomet is therefore associated with rebellion against conventional religious norms and spiritual values, embracing instead individualism, pure rationality, freedom to offend, self-determination, self-indulgence, hedonism, nihilism, and so on.

The modern misconception associating the pentacle with evil or Satanism probably stems largely from its misappropriation and misrepresentation in certain cultural contexts, particularly during periods when non-Christian symbols were denigrated. During the Christianization of Europe, symbols such as the pentagram were sometimes demonized in order to undermine pre-Christian spiritual practices.

In reality, the pentagram, like many symbols, has different meanings depending on context and cultural interpretation. It serves as a reminder that symbols are multifaceted and subjective, shaped by different cultural and historical perspectives. To interpret the pentacle solely through the lens of darkness or evil is to oversimplify and overlook its rich tapestry of meanings across time and belief systems.

The sacred pentagram retains its many wonderful and magical ancient attributes and is still the symbol of life it has always been ~ Sharynne NicMacha

Spiritual History Of The Pentagram

The origins of the pentagram are ancient, and the symbol has been imbued with many meanings throughout history. Here’s an exploration of the historical, cultural, and spiritual origins of the pentagram and its use in various traditions:

Ancient Mesopotamia: The pentagram appears in Mesopotamian art dating back to around 3000 BC. It was associated with the goddess Ishtar and represented divine protection and the power of the goddess.

Ancient Egypt: In ancient Egypt, the pentagram was associated with the concept of magical protection and was often inscribed on amulets and other protective objects. It symbolized health and prosperity.

Ancient Greece: The pentagram had significant symbolism in ancient Greece, where it was associated with the five elements (earth, air, fire, water, and spirit) and various gods and goddesses. In particular, the Pythagoreans, followers of Pythagoras, considered the pentagram a symbol of mystical significance related to the golden section and mathematical harmony.

Christianity: During the Middle Ages, the pentagram was incorporated into Christian symbolism. It was sometimes used to represent the five wounds of Christ or as a symbol of protection from evil forces.

Medieval Occultism: In medieval European magic and occult practices, the pentacle was incorporated into rituals and spells as a symbol of power and protection.

Renaissance: The pentacle was embraced by Renaissance scholars and practitioners of hermeticism and alchemy as a symbol of spiritual transformation and enlightenment.

Occult Revival: During the occult revival of the 19th century, the pentacle regained popularity among esoteric groups and secret societies interested in mystical and magical symbolism.

Wicca and Neopaganism: In modern Wicca and Neopaganism, the pentacle is widely used as a sacred symbol representing the five elements (earth, air, fire, water, and spirit) and the interconnectedness of nature. Wiccans often use the pentacle in rituals for protection, blessing, and consecration of sacred space. It is considered a symbol of balance and harmony. Many Wiccans wear the pentacle as a symbol of their spiritual path.

Contemporary Occultism: The pentacle remains relevant in contemporary occultism, witchcraft, and New Age spirituality. It is associated with personal empowerment, spiritual growth, and magical practice. Different traditions and individuals interpret the symbolism of the pentacle in different ways, adapting it to their spiritual beliefs and practices.

Pentagrams are still all around us today, but most people are unaware of their true symbolism. They are found, for example, on the flags of Morocco, Ethiopia and the Solomon Islands, and as the familiar shape of a lawman’s badge. Its association with Freemasonry is also well-documented.

Many science fiction stories and movies feature the pentagram, such as The Exorcist (1973) and Constantine (2005), as well as the more recent Elysium (2013). The pentagram is even found in the architecture of Christian church buildings, such as the Church of St. Francis (Igreja de São Francisco) in Porto, Portugal, where the pentagram is carved into the keystone of the central arch of the church’s main entrance portal.

The pentagram continues to be embraced by individuals and groups seeking spiritual meaning, magical power, and a deeper connection to the mysteries of existence. If you are new to Wicca or Neo-Paganism, the pentacle is one of the first symbols you may encounter. Don’t be afraid of it! Despite what you may have heard, it is not an evil symbol, quite the opposite. Do your own research and educate yourself instead of trusting unfounded superstitions, rumors, and fear-mongering.

About The Author: Mystic Shelley

Mystic Shelley is a five-star psychic, Reiki healer, clairvoyant and empathic reader. She offers her clients honest answers about past, present and future events with the help of her trusted guides. She reads in the area of love, relationships, career, money and all matters of life. Mystic Shelley was born with talents that would later mark her as a gifted psychic, but she chose not to embrace them early on. In her 30’s, a not-so-chance meeting with a celebrated psychic set her on a course that awakened her gifts. Born with the gifts of clairvoyance and empathy, her psychic mentor helped her to expand those abilities, taking her talents to the next level. With experience came proficiency and today she has a growing list of devoted clients who sing her praises. In addition, she’s also actively assisted other psychics to open up to their abilities. If you are looking for direct and honest answers get a reading with Mystic Shelley now at

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