Pentacle Earrings

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Pentacle is a pentagram in a circle.

The pentagram had a long, ancient history of uses as a pagan symbol and Judeo-Christian symbol. It had no single meaning. It represented perfection in mathematics, the human body, words, and was also used in religious ritual and magic.

 

 

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Pentacle Earrings, sterling silver

Pentacle is a pentagram in a circle.

The earliest use of the pentagram we know of is from ancient Sumeria—but it wasn’t a religious pagan symbol. It was a word in their language that meant a corner or angle (due to the 5 sharp angles in the figure).

In the 6th century BCE, Pherecydes of Syros used it to illustrate the five recesses of the cosmology. Pentagram figures occasionally turned up in the far East as well, due to the five Chinese elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.

Pythagoras went on to use the pentagram as the symbol of man. This was partly because the shape represented a human standing with his arms spread wide (the top point being the head, the two outer points the arms, and the bottom two points the legs). It was also considered to represent the five elements that the Greeks believed made up the physical body: earth (matter), air (breath), fire (energy), water (fluids) and aether (the psyche or soul). When Pythagoras’ school was driven underground, students used the pentagram as a secret symbol to identify each other.

Early Christians into the middle ages used the pentagram heavily as a symbol for Christ’s five wounds. The star of Bethlehem that led the wise men to baby Jesus was believed to be the pentagram. In Authorial legends, you’ll often see the symbol of the pentagram inscribed on knights’ shields and other things—these were actually Christian, not pagan, references. Christians thought of the pentagram as a protective amulet, and it was the primary symbol of Christianity back then, even more common than the cross.

So the pentagram had a long, ancient history of uses as a pagan symbol and Judeo-Christian symbol. It had no single meaning. It represented perfection in mathematics, the human body, words, and was also used in religious ritual and magic.

As far as Wiccan symbols go, the pentagram isn’t a representation of good vs. evil. It’s a symbol of our faith, a symbol of the 5 Elements (one for each point), and the circle (the universe) contains and connects them all.

Full length approx. 3cm