Pentacle Sigil

First Pentacle

First Pentacle of Jupiter

I've had this Inverted Pentagram Pentacle 316L Stainless Steel for about 8 months and it still looks perfectly shiny and brand new like the day I got it. It's a good size, not too big or too small. The edges and back is slightly rounded so it doesn't poke you while wearing. Much like the pentacle to the right. Covens often use this as the sigil of initiants into the group or gathering. In formalized covens this initiation is segregated to second degree witches. When written or drawn, the pentacle becomes a Pentagram. When used in magik the pentacle is made of clay, wax, or earthenware.

This serveth to invoke the Spirits of Jupiter, and especially those whose Names are written around the Pentacle, among whom Parasiel is the Lord and Master of Treasures, and teacheth how to become possessor of places wherein they are.

Editor's Note.--This Pentacle is composed of Mystical Characters of Jupiter. Around it are the Names of the Angels:--Netoniel, Devachiah, Tzedeqiah, and Parasiel, written in Hebrew.

Second Pentacle

Second Pentacle of Jupiter

This is proper for acquiring glory, honours, dignities, riches, and all kinds of good, together with great tranquillity of mind; also to discover Treasures and chase away the Spirits who preside over them. It should be written upon virgin paper or parchment, with the pen of the swallow and the blood of the screech-owl.

Editor's Note.--In the centre of the Hexagram are the letters of the Name AHIH, Eheieh; in the upper and lower angles of the same, those of the Name AB, the Father; in the remaining angles those of the Name IHVH. I believe the letters outside the Hexagram in the re-entering angles to be intended for those of the first two words of the versicle, which is taken from Psalm cxii. 3:--'Wealth and Riches are in his house, and his righteousness endureth for ever.'

Third Pentacle

Third Pentacle of Jupiter

This defendeth and protecteth those who invoke and cause the Spirits to come. When they appear show unto them this Pentacle, and immediately they will obey.

Pentacle Sigil Ring

Editor's Note.--In the upper left corner is the Magical Seal of Jupiter with the letters of the Name IHVH. In the others are the Seal of the Intelligence of Jupiter, and the Names Adonai and IHVH.--Around it is the versicle from Psalm cxxv. 1:--'A Song of degrees. They that trust in IHVH shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.'

Fourth Pentacle

Fourth Pentacle of Jupiter
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It serveth to acquire riches and honour, and to possess much wealth. Its Angel is Bariel. It should be engraved upon silver in the day and hour of Jupiter when he is in the Sign Cancer.

Pinnacle Signworks

Editor's Note.--Above the Magical Sigil is the Name IH, Iah. Below it are the Names of the Angels Adoniel and Bariel, the letters of the latter being arranged about a square of four compartments. Around is the versicle from Psalm cxii. 3:--'Wealth and Riches are in his house, and his righteousness endureth for ever.'

Fifth Pentacle

Fifth Pentacle of Jupiter

This hath great power. It serveth for assured visions. Jacob being armed with this Pentacle beheld the ladder which reached unto heaven.

Editor's Note.--The Hebrew letters within the Pentacle are taken from the five last words of the versicle which surrounds it, each of which contains five letters. These are, then, recombined so as to form certain Mystical Names. The versicle is taken from Ezekiel i. 1:--' As I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of Elohim.' In my opinion the versicle should only consist of the five last words thereof, when the anachronism of Jacob using a Pentacle with a sentence from Ezekiel will no longer exist.

Sixth Pentacle

Sixth Pentacle of Jupiter

Pentacle Sigil Symbols

Pendant

It serveth for protection against all earthly dangers, by regarding it each day devoutedly, and repeating the versicle which surroundeth it. Thus shalt thou never perish.

Editor's Note.--The four Names in the Arms of the Cross are Seraph, Kerub, Ariel, and Tharsis; the four Rulers of the Elements. The versicle is from Psalm xxii. 16, 17:-' They pierced my hands and my feet, I may tell all my bones.'

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Seventh Pentacle

Seventh Pentacle of Jupiter

It hath great power against poverty, if thou considerest it with devotion, repeating the versicle. It serveth furthermore to drive away those Spirits who guard treasures, and to discover the same.

Editor's Note.--Mystical Characters of Jupiter with the verse:--'Lifting up the poor out of the mire, and raising the needy from the dunghill, that he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.'--Psalm cxiii, 7.

Pentacle Sigil Symbol

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Symbols of Wicca, other Neopagan traditions, Satanism, etc.

Notation:

The terms pentagram and pentacle are sometimes used interchangeably.However, we believe that the most common precise meanings are:

The word pentagram comes from the Greek: 'pente means 5(as in Pentagon). 'Gram' comes from the Greek verb graphein, 'to write'. The same ending is found in such words as telegram. Thus, pentagram refers to a five pointed star,or 'any figure of five lines.' 1It ismost often used to refer to a symmetrical, five pointed star, with equalsides, drawn either with a single line or with two closely spaced parallellines. Their overall shape is like the decoration on the top of many Christmastrees, and the stars on the American flag.
An upright pentagram is a 5 pointed star with one point aligned upwards.
An inverted pentagram is a 5 pointed star with two points aligned upwards.
An upright pentacle is generally defined as an upright pentagram surrounded by a circle, as is shown in thefollowing icon. It often takes the form of a pentagram printed, engraved, or cutinto a flat disk.

Upright Pentacle/Pentagram

Upright pentacles and pentagrams are among the most widely used religious symbols. They have been used in many eras andby many cultures and religions of the world: by ancient Pagans, ancient Israelites,Christians, magicians, Wiccans and others. The following pentagram-usinggroups are listed in chronological order:

This symbol apparently originated as the symbol of a Goddess who was worshiped over anarea which extends from present-day England to Egypt and beyond. Her name was Kore(a.k.a. Car, Cara, Carnac, Ceres, Core, Kar, Karnak, Kaur, Kauri, Ker, Kerma,Kher, Kore, Q're, etc.). As Carmenta she was said to have invented the Romanalphabet. From her alternative Roman name Ceres have evolved many English words: cardiac,carnal, cereal, core, corn, and kernel. The port of Caraalis, (now Cagliari,the capital of Sardinia), was named after her.

Kore's sacred fruit is the apple. When an apple is cut through its equator,both halves will reveal a near-perfect pentagram shape at the core, with eachpoint on the star containing a seed. Many Wiccans,other Neopagans and Roma(a.k.a. Gypsies) continue to cut apples in this way. The Roma refer to the core as the Star ofKnowledge.

In ancient Greece, Pythagoras (586 - 506 BCE)established a school which pursued knowledge in mathematics, music, religion,and other specialties. Driven underground, his followers used the pentagram as asecret sign to identify themselves to each other. The Masonic Order hastraditionally traced its origins back 2,500 years to the Pythagoreans.
Kore was worshiped within the Coptic Gnostic Christianreligion in Alexandria, Egypt, during the4th century CE. Her festival, the Koreion, was held yearly on JAN-6. This wasadopted by the Christian church as Feast of Epiphany (a.k.a. TwelfthNight). 2 This date is still celebrated as Jesus'birthday in Armenian churches, and is observed with more pomp than is Christmasby the Greek Orthodox church. 3
In England, the Koreion becamethe Kirn - the Feast of Ingathering. The Christian church later adoptedit to the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy. 2
During the times of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), the pentacle wasthe first and most important of the Seven Seals - an amulet whose sealsrepresented the seven secret names of God. It was inscribed on King Solomon'sring, which is often called Solomon's Seal in error. 4 Eachpoint of the pentagram was also interpreted as referring to the five books ofthe Pentateuch - the first five books in the Hebrew Scriptures; a.k.a. the Torah.
The Celts believed that the pentacle was the sign of the Goddess of the Underground, who they calledMorgan (a.k.a. Morrigan). The concept of five points seems to havepermeated at least one of the Celtic lands. 'Ireland had five greatroads, five provinces and five paths of the law. The fairy folk counted byfives, and the mythological figures wore five-fold cloaks.' 5

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In Christian times:
The five points of the pentagram have been interpreted as representing the five wounds of Christ (2 wrist, 2 ankle and 1 side).
The Roman Emperor Constantine used the pentagram in his seal and amulet. 6
It has been referred to as the Star of Bethlehem.
It was used to symbolize the star which allegedly led three Zoroastrian astrologers (a.k.a. the three wise men) to the baby Jesus; it was called the Three Kings' star.
The English warrior Sir Gawain, a nephew of King Arthur, adopted the pentagram as his personal symbol and placed it on his shield. 7 It appeared in gold on a red background. The five points symbolized 'the five knightly virtues - generosity, courtesy, chastity, chivalry and piety.' 6
Tarot cards originally had a suit of coins or discs. These were changed in the 19th century to pentacles when the Tarot became associated with the Kabbalah. They eventually became the suit of diamonds in modern playing cards.
It has been widely used by past Christians as a protective amulet.
During the three centuries long burning times, the Christian church burned alive or hung tens of thousands of innocent people accused of Witchcraft, Satan worship or other heresy. The meaning of the pentagram changed. It began to symbolize a goat's head or the devil in the form of Baphomet. 'The folk-symbol of security - for the first time in history - was equated with evil and was called the Witch's Foot.' 6
Modern times:
The pentacle and pentagram are the main symbols used by Wiccans and many other neo-Pagans. The religion of Wicca is based in part on ancient Celtic deities, symbols, days of celebration, etc. They are an Earth-centered religion whose days of celebration follow the phases of the moon and the seasons.Their total membership in the U.S. is on the order of 750,000. That would make Wicca about the 5th largest organized religion in the United States, behind Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism.
Many religious and spiritual groups use the pentacle or pentagram today in a secondary role.
The National flag of Morocco consists of a green interwoven star on a red background. It was adopted in 1915. The color red has 'considerable historic significance in Morocco. ... during the reign of Mulay Yusuf, the green Seal of Solomon was added to the national flag.' 8
The National flag of Ethiopia was adopted in 1996. It shows a yellow Seal of Solomon with five additional line rays in a blue circle. 12
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Inverted Pentacle/Pentagram

Some religious and spiritual groups have used the inverted pentacle.

During the 20th century, Satanists inverted the upright pentacle and adoptedit as their own symbol. However, the symbol is most commonly shown with the headof a goat within the pentagram as shown below.

The Medal of Honor is also a pentacle.It is the nation's highest medal for valor in combat that can be awarded to members of the armed forces. It sometimes is referred to as the 'Congressional Medal of Honor' because the president awards it on behalf of Congress.

Sigil of Baphomet

The inverted pentacle with a goat's head is called the Sigil (or Sigl) of Baphomet. Thesecond word may have come from two Greek words, baphe and metis,meaning 'absorption of knowledge.' It has also beencalled the Black Goat, Devil's Goat, Goat Head, Goat of Mendes, and Judas Goat.Its first appearance appears to have been during the vicious interrogation of members of the KnightsTemplar by the Roman Catholic Church during the Inquisition. There was little consensusamong different victims' descriptions of the Baphomet. It can probably be safelyassumed that their description of the Baphomet is more a product of the Inquisition's torture methodsthan of any actual statue that was in use by the Knights.

According to the Mystica web site:

'In the 20th. century Karl Kellner and other German occultists formedthe secret order of the O.T.O. (Ordo Templi Orientis or Order of Templars in theEast). They installed the English occultist Aleister Crowley to head theirBritish section. Crowley took Baphomet as his magical name.' 9

Today, the Baphomet is widely used by religious Satanists. The Church ofSatan also uses a second symbol which is an infinity sign (a figure 8 on itsside). A Roman cross is placed on top with a second, longer cross piece addedbeneath the top cross piece.

Order of the Eastern Star (O.E.S.) emblem: 10

TheOrder of the Eastern Star is a Freemasonry-related fraternal organization for adults, both men and women. The group admits persons of all religions. The symbol may be encircled by a circle. The points of the star may be linked by straight lines. Recent versions lack the straight lines linking the points and the circle(s) surrounding the pentagram. We have shown this emblem larger than the others above because of its internal detail.

The five colored points refer to five women from the Bible: Adah from Judges, Ruth from the book of Ruth, Esther from the book of Esther, Martha from the Gospel of John and Electa from the anonymous second Epistle of John. A Google search shows many hundreds of variations. 11

See also an essay on what pentacle and pentagram symbols mean to various
people, including school officials who sometimes confuse them with gang symbols.

References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. 'Webster's New World Dictionary: 3rd college edition'
  2. Barbara G Walker, 'The woman's encyclopedia of myths and secrets,'Harper & Row, (1983), Page 514-515.
  3. Barbara G Walker, op. cit., Page 166-167.
  4. Barbara G Walker, op. cit., Page 782 to 783.
  5. 'Pentagram History' at: http://www.concentric.net/
  6. Sharynne NicMacha, 'The star of life,' at The Witches'Voice web site. See: http://www.witchvox.com/
  7. J.C. Cooper, 'An illustrated encyclopaedia of traditional symbols,' Thames and Hudson (1992), Page 128.
  8. 'Flag of Morocco,' Wikipedia, at: http://en.wikipedia.org/
  9. 'Baphomet,' at the Mystica web site at: http://www.themystica.com/
  10. 'Örder of the Eastern Star,' at the Wikipedia web site, as on 2015-FEB-18, at: http://en.wikipedia.org/
  11. Google search string: emblem 'order of the eastern star'
  12. 'Pentagram,' Wikipedia, as on 2015-FEB-21, at: http://en.wikipedia.org/

Copyright © 1999 to 2015 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Written: 1999-SEP-22
Latest update and review: 2015-FEB-24
Author: B.A. Robinson


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