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Pentagram Pendant

Pentagram Pendant

Celtic knot creating the enigmatic Pentagram symbol. Pewter with an 18" chain, in a satin-lined presentation box.

The five-pointed star or pentagram symbol is thousands of years old, and has been used by Pagans and Christians at different times (see below).

Height: 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)

Ref: PN13

 

Our Price: $35.95

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The Pentagram

The much misunderstood and maligned five-pointed star or pentagram is thousands of years old. Today, it has become associated with Neo-Pagans, Wicca and Ceremonial Magic. Modern Pagans use the pentagram to symbolize the five elements - Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit. (Please note that the word 'Pagan' comes from the Latin 'paganus', meaning country folk. In Roman times it described people following the old ways; those not living in the cities that had converted to the 'new' religion of Christianity). Originally an ancient symbol of the Goddess, the 'star of life' reflects living things in the natural world such as flowers, plants, starfish, the cores of apples, and the human hand).

In fact, the number five was sacred and appeared throughout the ancient world. In Celtic legend the fairy folk counted by fives, and mythological figures wore five fold cloaks. Ireland had five provinces, five great roads, and five paths of the law. In Irish legend, the hero Cormac found a spring, the 'Well of Knowledge', in which lived five salmon. From this well five streams ran, representing the five senses through which knowledge is gathered. To be skilled in many arts you had to drink from both the well and the streams.

The pentagram has always been associated with the goddess Venus, as the planet Venus plots a perfect pentagram around the Sun every eight years. Pythagoras, the Greek scholar lived the 500s B.C.E. He was renowned for his knowledge of arithmetic, sacred geometry and music. His school was suppressed for political reasons, and his knowledge and followers were forced underground, adopting the five-pointed star as a symbol of life and of the divine human, becoming their secret sign. The Masonic Order trace their origins back to the Pythagoreans, and are also associated with the symbol.

The pentagram has been used by Christians in older times to represent 'The five wounds of Christ', the Star of Bethlehem, and as a protective amulet. The Knights of the Crusades had the star on their shields as a protective talisman. However, during the 'burning times' of witch hunting hysteria by the Christian church, the meaning of the pentagram, the symbol of life, was sadly and erroneously changed to symbolize evil and the Devil.


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