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What does the pentagram mean?

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From the Greek, "pente", meaning five and "gramma", a letter; the pentagram is a five pointed figure formed by producing the sides of a pentagon both ways to their point of intersection, so as to form a five-pointed star. It has no specifically satanic origin or meaning and no connection to the Bavarian Illuminati. The pentagram (also called pentacle, pentalpha, pentacle, pentagle, or pentangle) is thought by some occultists to trace its esoteric significance to an astronomical observance of the pattern of Venus' conjunctions with the Sun and has had many meanings in many cultures through the ages. Éliphas Lévi claimed, with no justification or historical precedent, that one point upward represents the positive principle and one downward, the negative, or evil. This has become a common if unfounded belief. The pentalpha seems to have been widely used in Christianity, and may even be found in certain Gnostic sects. more
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The Pentagram, or five-pointed star, is a general symbol of Witchcraft. It symbolizes Humankind reaching outward and inward from our environment (the circle). The five points may symbolize the head (intellect or Air) arms (activity or Fire) legs (Physical Form or Earth) and emotions (Water). The central enclosed area is the Divine or Spirit. This is only one of a variety of spiritual and magickal meanings associated with this ancient symbol. The Pentagram is worn as magickal amulet for protection and luck, and as a symbol of our faith. Modern day Witches also wear jewelry containing many other mystic symbols such as the Egyptian Ankh; the Equal-Armed Cross (Solar or Brigit's Cross); stars containing a variety of points from five to nine, depending on personal symbolism and tradition; astrological and planetary symbols; symbols representing personal animal totems; and folk-lore symbolism associated with the Craft such as four-leaf clovers, frogs, dragons, brooms, cauldrons, crystals ... more
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From the Greek, "pente", meaning five and "gramma", a letter; the pentagram is a five pointed figure formed by producing the sides of a pentagon both ways to their point of intersection, so as to form a five-pointed star. It has no specifically satanic origin or meaning and no connection to the Bavarian Illuminati. The pentagram (also called pentacle, pentalpha, pentacle, pentagle, or pentangle) is thought by some occultists to trace its esoteric significance to an astronomical observance of the pattern of Venus' conjunctions with the Sun and has had many meanings in many cultures through the ages. Éliphas Lévi claimed, with no justification or historical precedent, that one point upward represents the positive principle and one downward, the negative, or evil. This has become a common if unfounded belief. The pentalpha seems to have been widely used in Christianity, and may even be found in certain Gnostic sects. It is commonly known as the "Star of Bethlehem," the "Star of the East, ... more
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