The Symbolism of the Pentacle

The True Meaning of the Pentacle

Many people today misunderstand the true meaning attached to the pentacle. This ancient symbol has been used by Christians, Jews and Wiccans as a positive symbol of light.  It wasn’t until the 1800’s that the inverted pentagram (the upside down star) began to be associated with darkness.

The pentacle is a pentagram, the symbol of a star, encased in a circle. Always with 5 points (one pointing upward), each has its own meaning. The upward point of the star is representative of the spirit. The other four points all represent an element; earth, air, fire, and water. All these things contibutite to life and are a part of each of us. To wear a pentagram necklace or other form of jewelry, is to say you feel the connection with the elements and respect the earth.

The pentacle is one of oldest symbols dating back to the time of Uruk of 3500 BC of the Chaldees in Ancient Mesopotamia, and has been found in many ancient cultures, like India, China, Greece, Egypt, Babylon and the Mayans of Central America. Each culture has its own symbolism attached to the five points of the pentagram.

To Wiccans and other Neo-Pagans, the pentagram represents the spiritual aspects of life. The five points of the pentacle represent the four directions of north, south, east and west with the fifth point, spirit. They attach an element to each of the points. The element of earth, which represents physical endurance and stability, is the element of the lower left point. The lower right point is associated with fire, which represents courage. The element of water represents intuition and emotion and is associated with the upper right point. The upper left point symbolizes air and represents intelligence. The fifth point is symbolic of the element of spirit, and represents the divine. The meaning is basically similar to the old saying “mind over matter,” which means the ability of one’s spirit to control the lower aspects of our being.

In antiquity Christians viewed the pentagram as representing the five wounds of Christ. Early Christians used the pentagram to symbolize the Trinity with the two other points representing the two natures of Christ, the work of the Creator, the five joys of the Virgin Mary, the five virtues of generosity, fellowship, purity, courtesy and mercy. To knights it represented the five knightly virtues of generosity, courtesy, chastity, chivalry and piety.

The Hebrews viewed the pentagram as a symbol of divine truth and ascribed the five points to the five books of the Pentateuch. In the Kabalistic tradition, the points represent the archetypal forces of justice, mercy, wisdom, understanding and transcendent splendor.

Satanism is a parody on Christianity and they mock the Christians’ beliefs by turning the symbols upside down. They use the inverted pentagram to represent the physical elements of earth, fire, air and water to dominate the spiritual aspects of life. The inverted pentagram as a symbol for Satan or the devil did not appear until the 19th century.

The pentacle appears on the covers of both my books.On the cover of Dark Moon, it is in the form of a pendant, to represent the Light of Love. It rests on a bed of black satin, which is of course representative of the darkness in Trevor. Trevor isn’t a ‘satanist’, he is just a nasty piece of work who taught himself a few tricks.

In the Moragh, Holly’s Ghost cover, the pentacle is more subtly placed. Here too it represents the Light of Love.

Both books are paranormal romance in which some actions by the characters are hidden – my favorite theme of nothing is what it seems.

For more information, see the individual book pages for Dark Moon and Moragh, Holly’s Ghost here on my blog.

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