Pentacles In Modern Paganism

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Pentacle The word pentacle is derived from the Italian word pentacolo, meaning something that has five corners or points. A pentacle is most commonly seen as a pentagram or 5 sided star within a circle; however, a pentacle can be a five sided star within anything. In the tarot, a pentacle appears as a card suit that symbolizes richness and abundance of the Earth. A pentacle can be made of varied materials, most commonly a disc of wood, metal, clay, or wax that has the symbol of the pentagram or five-sided star inscribed on or within. The pentacle is considered an important working tool or weapon of ceremonial magick since it can be a stand-alone tool used in a ritual that functions to shield and protect. It represents the element of earth, so a pentacle can be used to command and evoke the forces of the Earth. This is helpful when consecrating talismans, charms, amulets or other items during a ceremonial ritual. In Modern Paganism, the five points of the pentacles represent the four elements of earth, air, fire and water. The fifth point represents the element of spirit, within and without. The circle wraps around the star enclosing it and unifying the elements. The symbol is used to lay out a ritual area or a place of magical workings. The pentacle is used for shielding and protection. A…show more content…
For example, The Order of the Eastern Star, which is an affiliate of Freemasonry, uses an inverted pentacle within a circle as a symbol of their organization. Their symbol also places several pentagrams on top of the five-pointed star obscuring the view of being drawn by a single line. An inverted pentacle with a goat’s head is called the Sigil of Baphomet and has been reworked and adopted by the Church of Satan to represent their membership and is regarded as the sign of “infernal evocations”. This information can be helpful to understand the working of

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