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A pentagram is a five pointed star. Traditionally, the five points of the star represent the four elements (Earth, Water, Fire, and Air) and Spirit. An upright pentagram represents the triumph of spirit over matter, while an inverted pentagram represents the descent of spirit into matter. Pentagrams are often used in magick, usually to invoke or banish elemental energies when casting a circle. Not to be confused with a pentacle, which is simply a pentagram with a circle around it.

Historical associations of the pentagram include the five senses, the five fingers, the five wounds of Christ, and astrological representation of the five planets: Jupiter, Mercury, Mars and Saturn, and Venus. Modern day associations include: the upright pentagram (or pentacle) as a symbol of adherents to Wicca/Paganism/Witchcraft (much as a Christian would wear a cross as a symbol of their faith). An inverted pentagram with a goat's head, called the Sigil Baphomet, is the official symbol for the Church of Satan.
Earthsong called upon the elemental energies, describing an invoking pentagram at each quarter of the circle.

Unfortunately, the pentagram and pentacle have been mass marketed along with "punk-rock" in stores such as Hot Topic and Spencers as a form of teenage rebellion (remember the movie "The Craft"? Ugh!).

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A five pointed star witha circle around it. These can either be pointing up or down, depending on religion. An upright star is used mainly by wicca, but it was also used as a christian symbol, in christianity its meaning is of the five scars of Jesus. One on each arm and leg and one on his side.The only band to my knowledge that uses this symbol is the hard rock band Godsmack. An inverted star is used in Satanism. It represents either pointing toward Hell or a goats head (depending on how you look at it.) Some heavy metal bands such as Slayer and the newer Drowning pool use this symbol.
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a religious symbol that is usually mistaken for a sign of satan but is only a symbol of pagan or wiccan meaning protection and other more religions meanings
let me make you a pentagram before your trip to protect you
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Most commonly confused with satanism.
Please notice that it is NOT unless it is inverted.
It is used in warding evil spirits, religious (the five points of Christ), and the elements (spirit, fire, water, air, earth {Spirit ALWAYS on top unless inverted to show spirit ruling over elements})
Pentagrams are NOT satanic
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a mathematical symbol invented by Pythagoras back in the day that was mistaken as a pagan/satanist icon by christians. As a (rather ironic) result, pagans and satanists now use it as a religious symbol
in a perfect pentagram all angles are equal, and the ratio of a pair of long-short lines always equals the ratio of the sides of a "golden rectangle" (3x2). This same ratio is now used on string instruments to produce either a perfect fourth (violin, viola, cello) or fifth (guitar, bass) from an open string.
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Despite the common mistake that a pentagram is a five-pointed star with a circle around it, such is not the case. A pentagram is literally a plain, five-pointed star. No circle.
A pentagram is just a freaking star!
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A five pointed star that symbolizes the Wicca religion. Often confused wit a Satanic symbol. The pentagram is NOT Satanic. If the top point is pointing down, it is a Satanic symbol. However if the top point is pointing up, it is a sign of Wicca. The top point is always Spirit, because the Spirit rules over the Element. The other four points are the for basic Elements: Earth, Fire, Water, and Air.
An knowledgeable religious hater: "Ooh a Pentagram!! You Worship the Devil!! You're evil!!!"

Wicca Practitioner: "Dude, I worship the Earth. Back off."
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