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The pentagram is a rather infamous symbol. Due to its use by Satanists (although they use an adapted version with a goat’s head and the five pointed star turned upside down), it has accrued a horrendous reputation as a symbol for black magic and evil. This is grossly misattributed as the pentagram is not intrinsically linked to the darker kind of magic, but is in fact simply a powerful structure for those who practice magic in general, regardless of whether they use black magic or white magic.
The Meaning of the Pentagram
In the usual position that it is used (one point upwards) it is a symbol that was used to protect homes from evil in ancient times. The four points that are not facing upwards are a representation of the four major elements: Earth, Air, Water and Fire with the upwards point being a representation of the Spirit. As you can see, the pentagram signifies power as opposed to signifying evil.
Each of the elements signifies a different property
- Earth (Right Top Point) is symbolic of stability and physical endurance. Its color is green.
- Air (Right Bottom Point) relates to intelligence, divination, imagination, and art. Its color is yellow.
- Water (Left Top Point) is a symbol for emotion, purification, peace, love, psychic awareness. Its color is blue.
- Fire (Left Bottom Point) relates to courage, energy, force, rebirth, passion and daring. Its color is red.
- Spirit (Top Point) – Refers to deities and the divine, as well as the source of power. Its color is purple.
Using the Pentagram in Spells
Due to the amount of power the points of the pentagram symbolize, it is present in many magical rituals. It can accompany the magic circles that were mentioned in a previous article and can also stand alone. Often, it is connected to group magic as to the concept of a practitioner taking their place at each point of the pentagram. It is also often etched onto a small circle of wood known as a pentacle.
Making Your Own Pentagrams
Also, many practitioners of magick and witchcraft choose to craft their own pentacles and also customise them with various carvings and decorative features. This is entirely up to personal preference and it doesn’t matter what someone else does to their pentacle as yours should just be whatever you feel comfortable with. As with so many aspects of magic, only you can decide what the best thing for you is.
Wearing the Pentagram
Often, people choose to wear these pentagrams around their necks as a symbol of their interest in the occult, however this practice has been somewhat sullied by the idea of mainstream youth wearing them as they believe it makes them seem cool to be in touch with what they see as the occult.
The Purpose of the Pentagram
The reason for using a pentagram is to unite all of the elements together in order to provide enough energy to produce the spell and also to ward off any negative energies and evil spirits which could be problematic for your magic.
A pentagram is drawn with five flowing strokes of your magical implement. This technique shows how intrinsically linked the elements within the pentagram are. When finished with the pentagram, it is good to complete a meditation exercise as this means that when you next take out your pentacle, you may find that the energies within it have become more concentrated on what you are trying to do and focused towards your magic. This gradual honing of your pentacle is greatly beneficial to your magic.
So the pentagram is clearly not an evil symbol and is in fact a wonderful symbol that can be a great way to beef up the power of your magic and make your spells more potent. The more you use it, the more powerful your spells can become over time, which means that eventually you will become a very powerful sorcerer.
Although, as with many magic-based ideas, the use of pentagrams also relates to personal preference for the most part and no-one can necessarily tell you the best way to use one.