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Why is the pentigram used in occult symbols?

It looks simular to the Star of David is there any connection?

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  1. The most popular of occult symbols is the Endless knot. Although many versions of endless knot exist, the most popular one is the pentagram. This five pointed star was used by almost all the ancient cultures including China, Greece, Europe, Latin America, India as well as Egypt. References to this occult symbol has been found in the Neolithic cave walls, Babylonian paintings and in even in Scriptures.
    According to the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, five was the number of man and each of the five points of the pentagram represents the five elements water, earth, spirit, fire and air. The top corner represents the crown of the human head and the remaining four points represent the tips of the limbs. In the Kabbalistic tradition, the pentagram is also believed to represent justice, mercy, wisdom, understanding and awe-inspiring beauty.
    The pentagram is considered so powerful that it is used in magickal purposes to forge a connection to the creative universal energies. It is also used in magickal tools, rituals and sacred jewelry.
    Today, the hexagram is known as the “Star of David” and is seen as the definitive symbol of Judaism the term is even used in Islamic countries. There is a degree of confusion about its origins, name and associations. In Europe, the pentagram is usually known as King Solomon’s Seal, while the hexagram is known as the Star of David; and it is often assumed that this was always the case. However, the evidence points to the gradual evolution of the hexagram from a Roman cosmological symbol to a religious and magical symbol which was not specifically connected to one religion or people. Research suggests that both motifs were used by different religions and that the clearest meaning of the hexagram is associated with magical techniques to ward off evil forces. Professor Gershom Scholem, the noted scholar of the Kabbalah (Jewish mystic writings) studied the protective function of the hexagram and its entry into Judaism from Islamic traditions. In a series of articles on the Star of David and its history, Scholem made the following claims: First: The hexagram is a universal symbol, whose Jewish associations developed gradually. It began as the symbol of the Jewish community in Prague, probably in the 14th century, though it might have been only in the 17th century. It was recognized as the symbol of the Jews as a whole in the 19th century. Second: Several Jewish and Christian examples of the hexagram and other decorative motif, exist from the ancient period and later on in Islamic art. In the 13th century, the motif passed from copies of the Bible, which had been transcribed in Islamic countries, to Hebrew manuscripts in Germany and Spain. In Spain, until the 13th century, the hexagram was known as King Solomon’s Seal by the Jews; from the 13th until the 15th century, both names were used simultaneously. It was only later that the term Star of David gradually became dominant in Ashkenazi communities, while King Solomon’s Seal became identified with the pentagram. Third: The hexagram or the pentagram, appear first on “magic” mezuzot (doorpost scrolls) and later on various talismans in literature. The magic drawings of the hexagram and the pentagram were known as seals, in keeping with the idea that a person “stamps himself” with these signs in order to protect himself from harmful spirits. This term is connected to the legend of King Solomon who controlled the demons by means of a special signet ring on which was engraved the Tettragrammaton. The seal only had power for one thing to provide protection from malevolent forces. It is possible that the hexagram served as a symbol of the Temple at an early stage in its development. A Jewish drawing from the tenth century is the earliest example of the connection between the two symbols; we do not know whether its origins in Jewish tradition were earlier, or whether it reflected a connection with Islamic art. In Spain, starting in the 13th century, Jewish religious books were decorated with Stars of David, sometimes as the colophon in books written in micrography. The hexagram had appeared earlier as a decoration used to fill spaces or to show the divisions within chapters in both Hebrew and Arabic manuscripts. In some Hebrew manuscripts from Spain, several Stars of David have been drawn next to verses which speak of the longing to return to Zion.

  2. The pentagram is most popularly now a protective symbol for witches and wiccans alike. Depending on whether or not you’re dealing with a witch or a wiccan (there are differences) it will mean subtly different things.
    Basically add to the wiki advice – which is all good – it’s a symbol of power and protection. The five points represent the four elements used in witchcraft – Earth, Air, Fire and Water, plus Spirit which is personal will and intent – ourselves if you like.
    In Wicca the symbol is on the altar and is used as the ‘seat of power’ for the altar, things are placed on the pentacle to charge them. As the ‘seat of power’ it is the most important item on the altar.
    Also in Wicca the symbol is used for each level of Initiation, a basic pentacle for first (pentacle is the five point star within a circle) pentacle pointing downwards for second – and this is where all the hoohah and misunderstanding comes from. Satanists use this symbol to represent a ‘goat head god’ (ie the top part are the horns, the lower points the ears and the bottom point the chin) but in Wicca it is used to mean going ‘within’ the psyche of the initiate. Working on yourself, facing your fears and dealing with any issues you have. At Third degree the symbol is reversed with the point at the top again.
    It’s been used for years in the Pop Wicca culture to just mean ‘Hey I’m a witch’ and is the most recognisable symbol of that. Hence it’s popularity.
    Many of gothic persuasion like to use it inverted (point down) for it’s associated ‘spooky’ ‘danger’ and ‘badness’ implied but when all’s said and done it IS only a symbol and only has as much power as you give it 🙂
    Regarding the Six pointed star, that is two triangles one over the other and is meant to represent balance above and below (one points up – above, one points down – below) it is a symbol of Judaism and well known within that religeon. Both have been used for many many hundreds of years and there is all kinds of info attached to them for those who wish to look, but these are the basics.

  3. First, the star of david has six points, not five; second, when in the inverted position, a true pentagram has a much longer point facing downward.

  4. I thought that the pentagram was used for the extremities of the human body in the symbol that was sent off by spacecraft to explore the universe, and that it came from Leonardo’s drawings.
    But, as a symbolic movement, it is used for invoking, or saying good bye to the four elements. It is also used in jewellery and just happens to look like the six pointed star of David, a jewish symbol, just as the pentacle shape is a symbol of wicca. Connections are that both can be surrounded by a circle as can the four armed cross, which is another symbol of four elements of directions.Also those interested in making up different versions of ritual magic collated various signs and symbols from many religons and traditions and put them together, so this may be what happened with the pentagram, which is often used for a star in drawings.

  5. No, actually their is no connection between them. a Pentagram is a star shaped object used in the religion of Wicca. Wicca is a nature based faith and it ties in with Witchcraft. Wiccans or Witches believe that the pentagram symbolizes the 5 elements of nature. Water, Fire, Earth, Air, Aether(quintessence a life giving element, or it could be symbolized as lightning. That is what a pentagram is.

  6. its not the devil’s sign theres is ‘up side down’
    it represets the 5 elements , earth,air,fire,water ans spirit
    pagans worship it
    wiccans like i use it as protection

  7. Okay, the pentagram as a symbol has gone through many uses over time. It was only used as an occult symbol relatively late.
    Its earliest known use dates back to Uruk IV (c.3500BCE) in ancient Mesopotamia where the general sense seems to be “heavenly body.” By the cuneiform period (post 2600 BCE) the pentagram or symbol UB means “region,” “heavenly quarter” or “direction”. It has been found on potsherds in the location of Uruk (near the mouth of the Gulf), and more frequently on Jemdet Nasr (3100-2900 BCE) and Proto-Elamite tablets (3000-2500 BCE).
    It was also used in Mespotamian art in royal inscriptions and was symbolic of imperial power extending to the four corners of the world.
    Among the Jews, Truth and the five books of the Pentateuch were ascribed to the Pentagram.
    In Ancient Greece, the pentagram was called the Pentalpha as it is geometrically composed of five letter alphas (A). The Greeks did not generally attribute symbolic meanings to the letters of their alphabet but certain symbols became connected with Greek letter shapes or positions. The geometry of the pentagram and its metaphysical associations were explored by the Pythagoreans who considered it to be an emblem of perfection or the symbol of the human being. The pentagram was also associated with the golden ratio (which it includes), and the dodecahedron, the fifth Platonic solid, which has twelve pentagonal faces and was considered by Plato to be a symbol of the heavens.
    It then passed down into post-Hellenic art where the golden proportion can be seen in the designs of some temples.
    As a talisman, the pentagram has been found on Egyptian statues and Gaulish coins.
    Early Christians connected the pentagram to the Five Wounds of Christ and from then until medieval times, it was a lesser-used Christian symbol. Its form implied Truth, Religious Mysticism and the work of the Creator. The Roman Emperor Constantine I used the pentagram, together with the chirho symbol (a symbolic form of cross) in his seal and amulet.
    The annual Christian feast of the Epiphany, celebrating the visit of the three Magi to the infant Jesus had the pentagram as its symbol – although in present times this has changed to the star seen on Christmas cards and the like.
    The first English mention of the pentagram appears in the Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Gawain, traditionally the Celtic sun-hero, carries a shield ” shining gules. With the Pentangle in pure gold depicted thereon”. This could be said to symbolise the five knightly virtues of generosity, courtesy, chastity, chivalry and piety.
    In Medieval times, the Endless Knot was a symbol of Truth and used as protection against demons. It was used as an amulet of personal protection and to guard windows and doors. The pentagram with one point upwards symbolised summer and with two points upwards was a symbol of winter.
    With the foundation of Hermeticism, away from the eyes of the Church, alchemy developed along with its occult philosophy and symbolism. Graphical and geometric symbolism became very important and the period of the Renaissance emerged. During this time, the concept of the microcosm as analogous to the macrocosm became widespread – “As above so below, as below so above”. The greater universe of the spirit and elemental matter became a part of traditional western occult teaching, as it had long been in eastern philosophies. So the pentagram came to symbolise Man as the microcosm, representing the Macrocosmic universe.
    Closer to today, in the 1940’s Gerald Gardner (who came from a background of Ceremonial Magick) brought the pentagram into association with Witchcraft (later known as Wicca), where it is used both upright and inverted as a symbol for the three degress of initiation (see below)
    In the 1960’s, Anton LaVey founded the Church of Satan and adopted the inverted pentagram as its symbol. LaVey borrowed almost entirely from the illustrations of Francis Bacon and the Baphomet image by Eliphas Levi and lumped them together to create the modern association between the inverted pentagram and the goat head. In using the inverted pentagram, Satanists proclaim an alignment with negative (or self-satisfying) powers. Or, to put it another way, the domination of the world of matter over Spirit. The reaction of the Christian church was again to condemn as evil all who took the pentagram as a symbol and even to condemn the symbol itself. This distinction between the upward and downward pointing pentagram also became accentuated within some areas of Paganism and resulted in the concepts of white and black Witchcraft.
    Today, the pentagram has become firmly established as a common Neo-Pagan symbol. Its antiquity is certain; its meanings and associations have evolved and been enriched throughout its history. Its use within modern Neo-Paganism as a group symbol is as important as the cross has been in the history of Christianity.

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