Pentagrams

PaganGreen Paganism and Witchcraft

The pentagram,  is one of the most sacred geometric forms in magick.
Some witches wear a gold pentacle, a pentagram in a circle , on a chain as a sign of their
craft.
Each of the five points of the pentagram represents one of the five elemental powers, so that the
uppermost single point is symbolic of Spirit, or Akasha or Ether. It is dedicated to the Goddess in her
triple aspects. It is the realm of spirituality and the divine spark within all life.
The top left point of the pentagram symbolises Air and the fixed sign of Aquarius, representing logic,
intelligence and the conscious awareness that enables us to reach beyond the material and follow steps
to knowledge of what is hidden.
The top right point is the element Water and the fixed sign of Scorpio. It represents the feelings that
endow magick with purpose, desire whether for love or spiritual development and the compassion and
empathy that make us care about ourselves, others and the world we live in. It forms the
interconnectedness of all life.
The bottom left point of the pentagram symbolises the element Earth and the fixed sign of Taurus. It
connects with the Earth Mother, ecology and the basis from which we explore spirit and also the
material plane in which ideas are manifest.
The bottom right point in the pentagram symbolises Fire and the fixed sign of Leo, flaming ever
upwards, the impetus and illumination that transforms thought into action and enables us to see
potential, not least our spiritual potential.
These positions correspond with the zodiacal positions on an astrological wheel.
On another level, the pentagram is seen as representing the human body with the four limbs
outstretched and the head touching the clouds.
Drawing A Pentagram
Pentagrams are remarkably easy to draw. They are created in one continuous line, moving from point
to point, and ending where you began. In ritual magick, pentagrams are drawn in the air at each of the
four compass directions of the circle, either with an athame, a wand or the index finger of your power
hand. It is best to draw really big, strong pentagrams.
Pentagrams can be drawn either to attract the elemental guardians (invoking, or attracting pentagrams)
or to close their energies (banishing pentagrams).
There are various rather complicated ways of drawing pentagrams, but I suggest you use the basic
methods given on the previous page for attracting when opening your four quarters and banishing
when closing. If you wish to find out more, I recommend you read Dion Fortune’s Applied Magick. If
you do not wish to draw pentagrams at all in your circle work, you can instead call the Guardians in
the candle flame.

 

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