This is a pentacle
This is a pentagram
This five pointed star has such a long history that I’m not going to try to get into it, and it has many meanings for many people, and yes, people identifying themselves as Satanists or followers of Satan have taken this star and turned it upside down to symbolize their beliefs.
This post is not about them. This post is about Wiccans and what this symbol, the pentagram, means to them.
This is what a pentagram means to a Wiccan
To a Wiccan (and okay, I’m not speaking for all Wiccans–disagree? Email me or comment) the pentagram is a symbol of the five sacred things (to paraphrase from Starhawk) Water, Fire, Earth, Air and Spirit. The four elements are pretty self-explanatory I feel, Wiccans honour the Mother Earth and every part of it, but Spirit might not be as easy to understand. When one hears Spirit, one may think of the Christian Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) but that’s not what it refers to for Wiccans. Spirit refers to the energy, or “spirit”, of the God and the Goddess that is in all of us and stays with us. We wear the pentagram, hang it on our walls, to remind us of the core Wiccan beliefs, the fundamental elements of our faith.
The pentagram is also protective, it is a symbol that brings comfort to us on our worst days. Last year I got a pentagram, in the form of a Goddess symbol, tattooed above my heart so that I will never be without it. When I need strength, I often put my hand over it and ground myself to find my inner balance.
So to all my readers, Wiccans and Non-Pagans alike, please remember that the pentagram is a positive symbol of the foundation of the Wiccan faith and a symbol of protection. Do not let anyone tell you it is the symbol of the Devil because, ultimately, Wiccans and Pagans do not believe in the Christian notion of the Devil and, therefore, the pentagram cannot be a symbol of him.
Also, bear in mind that, there will always be negative portrayals of the pentagram in the media and no matter how hard we try to spread positivity about the Path, there will always be someone who fears that we are evil and who will want to save our souls. When you go to a haunted house you will probably see a pentagram on the wall of a devil’s church so please don’t be angry, please don’t be offended. Just realize that it is how we are portrayed in the media and may be the only information that some individuals have of us. Remember to keep your words in good order, according to the 13 Goals.
So, that’s the Wiccan Pentagram in a nutshell.