posted on Jun, 8 2004 @ 10:46 PM
Originally posted by oconnection
The star with a cycle around it, the pentagram.
The Pentagram is a symbol of Pythagorean philosophy, and was also used by the Platonic school. It has nothing to do with satanism in the odious
The symbol is elemental. The four lower points refer to the four material elements known to the ancient Greeks (earth, air, fire, water). The top
upmost point refers to the transcendental element of Spirit, which is the root of the other four.
The inverted Pentagram has in recent times been identified with satan, but most people do not understand why. According to the Ancient Mysteries, of
which Greek philosophy was the Child, the “evil” Pentagram (upside down) is the symbol of non-initiates. It is considered “evil” because it is
materialistic. When the Pentagram is inverted, we see Spirit (the single point) being dominated by matter (the material elements). Furthermore, its
shape resembles a goat, which is Pan, representing the animalistic nature in man.
The purpose of initiation is to perfect morality and virtue. The natural man (symbolized by the inverted Pentagram) must learn to exalt Spirit above
the material. When he has done this, he is entitled to the title of Adept, and is symbolized by the Pentagram of Light (with one point upwards). Just
as the inverted Pentagram represents Pan the Goat of Mendes (our animalistic nature), the upright Pentagram of the Initiate represents Man with his
arms stretched to the heavens, having received enlightenment.
When the Church of Satan was formed in the 1960’s by a group of materialistic atheists led by Anton La Vey, they adopted the inverted Pentagram as
their official symbol to show their disdain for anything “spiritual”. Initiation is thus the exact opposite of satanism.