posted on Mar, 17 2005 @ 09:55 AM
This is from my web site...
THE MEANING OF THE PENTACLE
The Pentacle, the symbol of Witchcraft, represents an ancient concept that can be found in philosophical thought in both Eastern and Western culture.
Although over 8,000 years old, the image of the pentagram is applicable in our modern world. The pentagram tells us that we have the ability to bring
Spirit to earth; this applies to every area of practical day-to-day living, as well as spiritual thought. The ability of bringing Spirit to Earth is
what makes us whole.
The origins of the pentagram go far back, to remotest historical antiquity. It has been venerated by many other civilizations. To the Jewish peoples,
it symbolically designated the Pentateauch, the Five Books of Moses. It has survived under a variety of titles, such as "The Druid's Root" and
"The Witches Star".To the followers of Pythagoras, it was called "The Pentalpha" being composed of five interlaced A's or Alphas. The Alpha being
the first word of the alphabet, we can perhaps view it as showing forth unity in the midst of multiplicity. The individual is part of the Whole. It is
the ruling of the higher mind over the lower elements of our being. It signals the awakening of cosmic consciousness and the beginnings of our own
human psyche moving beyond the realms of physical form and the perceptions limited to the five senses. It allows the infinite possibilities that exist
within the Universe and frees us to explore and to grow.
Traditionally, each of the five angles has been attributed to the five metaphysical elements of the ancients:
EARTH: (lower left hand corner) represents stability and physical endurance.
FIRE: (lower right hand corner) represents courage and daring.
WATER: (upper right hand corner) represents emotions and intuition.
AIR: (upper left hand corner) represents intelligence and the arts.
SPIRIT: (at the topmost point) represents the All and the Divine. The circle around the star represents the God-Goddess; it refracts and reflects all
light, bringing to the wearer total intelligence, universal wisdom and protection. This becomes a graphic portrayal of Spirit ruling over the five
elements. When the pentagram is placed within a circle, it's energy is focused and directed. The pentagram upright, to those of spiritual perception,
represents the redemption of Spirit from matter by ruling over it.]