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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Symbolism of the Sacred - The Pentagram Star

Exploring the sacred meaning of symbols and imagery with beautiful and inspiring examples from members of the EarthPath Artisans Street Team.

The Pentagram Star:
The pentagram or pentacle is a five pointed star which fits perfectly into a pentagon and often appears within a circle. It is associated with the number five and all expressions of fiveness including five fingers, five senses, five Platonic volumes and five elements: earth, air, fire, water and spirit. This fifth element of spirit is also known as quintessence, the source of the word quintessential which speaks to us of heart and soul. Slice open an apple or a pear and see the five pointed star in the arrangement of the seeds. The flower of almost every edible fruit has five petals.
Over a period of 8 years the planet Venus traces a pentacle in the sky. This was known by many early civilizations including the Mayans, Egyptians and Greeks. It is no wonder that this five pointed star is associated with the Goddess, mystery and magic.
Through it's mathematical connection to the Fibonacci spiral and the Golden ratio it has qualities of regeneration, harmony and beauty. From ancient times this star has been used to ward off evil and can be used in the home, in rituals or worn as protection.

This beautiful print by magickmermaid titled 'Goddess Heart in Circle" perfectly expresses the relationship between the five pointed star, the Goddess, the circle of life and the essence of the heart. The yellow trefoil knot is a symbol of unity and harmony. This would be perfect as a meditation or altar piece, or simply as a decoration in your home.

I love the subtle quality of this knotted pentacle pendant by knottysheep. Based on a Chinese knot called wufu, which literally means "five fortunes, this pendant is a beautiful and profound weaving of East and West. It could be worn as protection or for good luck and prosperity.

For more beautiful pentagram inspired creations search using the words' east team' and then 'star', 'pentacle' or' pentagram' on Etsy.com.

This feature has been prepared for you by Morgen of Inkyspider Textile Designs and Kootsac re-usable bulk food bags.


BrighidsForge said...

Great discourse on the symbolism of the pentacle/pentagram! I particularly love the elemental symbolism combining with that of Spirit!

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