The Pentagram is the Sacred Symbol of The Witch
Frequently confused symbols:
Pentagram - The Pentacle - Inverted Pentagram - Sigil of Baphomet
There are many symbols for many purposes, healing, protection, curse, luck, life love. We will take a look at many of these symbols including the Eye of Horus and the All-Seeing eye in greater detail
A pentagram is a five pointed star and represent the 5 Elements, Wind, Water, Earth, Fire, and Spirit. It is one of the most powerful and ancient symbols in human history. The earliest images of pentagrams have been found scratched into stone age caves, on the walls of Neolithic caves, in Babylonian drawings, it is found in almost every ancient culture and in all four corners of the world. The Pentagram is believed to be from the star shaped pattern formed by the the planet Venus in its journey through the sky as watched by ancient astronomers.
The Pentagram has a long and complex history as a religious symbol. It is one of the most powerful symbols in human history.
The earliest images of pentagrams have been found scratched into stone age caves. It has appeared in almost every ancient culture including the Mayans and in countries as far apart as India, China, and Egypt. It has been found scratched on the walls of Neolithic caves and in Babylonian drawings. Hebrew scriptures are abundant with references to pentagrams.
The Pentagram appears in many ancient writings including the Hebrew scriptures which are abundant with references to the pentagram. To the Greeks and Babylonians where it was used greatly, the Pentagram stood for magical energies. The Greeks thought it had magical properties and called it the Pentalpha. The five-point star has also been known as the star of Isis
The pentagram was used extensively in Greece and Babylonia. To the Greeks and Babylonians, the pentagram stood for magical energies and associations. Greeks who thought it had magical properties called it the pentalpha. Found scrawled in caves of ancient Babylonia, the five pointed star was believed to be copied from the star shaped pattern formed by the the planet Venus in its journey through the sky.
For a time, a pentagram was the official seal of the city of Jerusalem and it is reputed to be a powerful symbol against evil, and, if worn, shields the wearer. Before Christianity tainted the symbol it was worn or adorned on clothing showing off without fear the wearers practice of witchcraft freely. Those who wore a pentagram or showed a pentagram adorned on their clothing would show off without fear their practice of witchcraft freely.
One point up - Positive / Light: used for granting good luck, health, protection, etc.
A pentagram enclosed within a circle becomes a pentacle, although pentacles do not always contain pentagrams. It has been known under many different names including "The Druid's Root", "The Witches Star" & "The Pentalpha."
The pentacle is sometimes also known as the "Endless Knot" as it should always be always drawn in one continuous line
A pentacle is considered an amulet that is used for magical invocations, rituals, and spells. The pentacle is meant to be a symbol with which the spirit draws upon for added strength and energies for these spells and rituals. It is said a pentacle crafted from silver binds the energy of the Moon and gold it binds the energy of the Sun.
In most Pagan and Witchcraft traditions it symbolizes the element Earth. The five-point star has also been known as the star of Isis. A Pentacle symbol should be your first acquisition being worn at all times for protection.
Inverted Pentagram within a circle becomes an inverted Pentacle
NOTE: This is NOT the Satanist symbol.
The Sigil of Baphomet is actually the official symbol of the Church of Satan.
An inverted pentagram in a circle is an inverted pentacle. As the name describes, inverted depicts single point is aligned down and the two points of the star are aligned up. It has long been associated with evil, but that is where there is a lot of misinformation. It is a different symbol, the Sigil of Baphomet with the half man half goat in the symbol which the "Satanists" adopted and has nothing to do with Witchcraft, especially as Satan is a Christian manifestation and We do not believe in Christ or Satan.
It is not as simple as good vs. evil at all. It signifies a different outlook on life. The upright pentagram is more about becoming, where as the inverted pentagram is more about being. The inverted Pentagram draws on different energies, two points up - Negative / Chaos: used for breaking barriers, dismissing bad luck, a new beginning
Sigil of Baphomet
The inverted pentacle with a goat's head is called the Sigil of Baphomet which is an inverted Pentagram to which a Goat Head with human male features is placed in the middle. This is then encased in circle as in a Pentacle.
The Church of Satan was founded in 1966, and it was this cult that adopted the Sigil Of Baphomet where it came to symbolize Satanism. The Church of Satan designed the symbol as a goats head drawn within an inverted Pentagram, and then enclosed it all in a Pentacle circle. During the Church of Satan rituals this symbol of Baphomet was positioned behind the altar in a focal point, usually on a wall. This symbol went on to be adopted by several other organizations with associations with Satanism.
The origin of the word Baphomet may have come from two Greek words, "baphe" and "metis", meaning "absorption of knowledge. It has also been called the Black Goat, Devil's Goat, Goat Head, Judas Goat and Goat of Mendes. The image of Baphomet is usually portrayed as a half human, half goat figure. It has often wrongly been thought to represent witchcraft as an evil symbol, but it is not used by witches as they do not believe in the devil.
Udjat - Eye of Horus
The Udjat, or Eye of Horus, an ancient Egyptian symbol, is traditionally considered a symbol of power with many meanings on many different levels, is a very powerful symbol. Its deepest meaning concerns the inner level of mans consciousness, or Soul, and the intimate relationship of that consciousness to the world which is observed. It is believed to have a protective aura and healing powers but is also associated with rebirth.
is depicted as a human eye and eyebrow as if looking directly at them. The eye is then decorated with the markings that resemble those on the eyes of hawks. Traditionally it is the right eye that is shown although the left is not uncommon. This is probably because of another myth that say that the eye were from the Sky God, The right eye was the they eye of the sun and the left eye was the eye of the moon, but as the sun was seen as more powerful that was the reason the right eye is usually shown more.
It was a popular funerary amulet to give protection in the next world - one was found on the mummy of Tutankhamun.