This is always a point of confusion for many people across the world and is the reason why Wiccans get confused with Satanists who use the inverted five-pointed star forming a goat’s head. Which symbolizes the physical elements of the Earth dominating the Spiritual aspects of life.
If you have seen The Da Vinci Code, then you should already know that the five-pointed star, the Pentagram, is a religious symbol used by the Pagans. The Pentacle on the other hand, simply means a Pentagram enclosed in a circle. That’s so far as the difference between the two go. Both the Pentagram and the Pentacle are two of the most powerful symbols in the world of Wicca and Witchcraft.
The Pentagram is actually a symbol of spiritual shielding and ethereal world intelligences. It is also a symbol of the mind dominating over the elements. The bad spirits and other negative elements are powerless when faced with this symbol and the good spirits are drawn to it. Those who have this symbol have infinite possibilities at their disposal.
The upside down pentagram is not exclusively Satanic. In fact, there are some Wiccan covens that use the inverted pentagram as a way to denote ranking. It’s just the Satanists have adopted it and it is rarely used by Wiccan covens at present.
Due to this link between the inverted pentagram and Satanists, Wiccans are more keen on using the Pentacle. It is more approachable and less prone to misunderstandings.
The Pentacle represents good and pure and white magick, a symbol of light and love. Firstly, it symbolizes the North, South, East, West and the Spirit. Second, it symbolizes the Earth, Water, Air, the Spirit and the divine. Third, it symbolizes the God and the Goddess. If encased within a circle, it means wholeness and unity of all quadrants and the elements and our ultimate love for Nature.
It is used as a talisman in the form of a pendant or engraved and used as a disc placed on the altar to protect the person while banishing negative energies and auras.
Now that we have that down pat, let’s explore how the Wiccans use the pentacle in their practice and everyday lives.
How Wiccans Use the Pentacle
From talismans and carved out discs or engraved in objects, you will see the pentacle in many Wiccan products like shirts, mugs, bracelets, leggings, and whatnot. It is safe to say that it is the most recognizable, most powerful and most revered symbol in Wicca.
If carved from wood, the pentacle is linked to nature and the natural world. If made from gold, it enhances mental clarity, boosts energy and invokes wisdom. If made from silver, it links you to the Moon and heightens your psychic senses and abilities.
The pentacle is used to focus and direct energies in magick and also to protect you. Nothing can compete with the absolute protection that a pentacle gives you. Use it to keep negative energies, evil spirits, and demons out during your rituals and spell casting, while you at your most vulnerable. It even gives you the power to command and control the forces who are seeking to harm you.
If placed outside your residence, the pentacle will protect the house and everyone who lives in it.