The power of the Pentagram
Pentagram or Pentacle - What is the difference between a pentagram and a pentacle?
The Pentagram, the 5-pointed star, is a very old esoteric symbol. The Pentagram is a pentagram inscribed in a circle.
In the collective mind, it can be associated with magic (white or black) but in fact this symbol, like all other symbols, has been used since the dawn of time.
Wikipedia tells us that traces of this symbol can be found as early as prehistoric times, but I honestly haven't found any photos of places dating back to that time!
On the other hand, the Pentagram can be found on various architectural buildings, and I can show you some photos.
Top left: This part of the baptistery in Split (Croatia) dates from the first centuries of the Christian era and features a pentacle or pentagram.
Top right: On the ancient ruins of the Capernaum Synagogue (2nd-5th century) in Galilee, Israel.
Bottom left: on the rose window of the Cathedral of Amiens (13th century) - inverted pentagram
Bottom right: pentagram on the Jaffa Gate (built in 1538) in Jerusalem. - Inverted pentagram.
The inverted pentagram
What really surprised me was to find the Pentagram inverted on some buildings. In my mind, the beneficial Pentagram is used with the point up, and we'll see why a little later.
What I didn't know is that the pentagram represented with the point down was once seen as a feminine symbol that expressed the fertilization of the world of dense matter by the spirit through the matrix.
It was also associated with the satanic or diabolical world, but it could also be a will to manifest, to flourish. It would be interesting to know what intentions the builders of the time had when they chose to incorporate the inverted pentagram into their buildings!
This inverted symbol is so associated with dark or black magic, that I strongly advise against using it in this way.
Now, let's focus on the esoteric aspect of the symbol and see how it refers to ourselves. Because basically, all symbols are representations of the cosmos, of the universe, and therefore of ourselves.
The Pentagram represents the universe
It symbolizes the universe based on the four elements (fire, air, water, earth), and the fifth, the spirit. It has always been a symbol of protection. Since the highest antiquity, this star is found in the main feminine cults linked to the Great Mother Goddess and in all the religions of Europe, Asia and Africa.
The Pentagram and the Vitruvian Man
The perfect man
The Pentagram, the five-pointed star, is the symbol of the perfect man. Schematically, it represents a man standing on his two feet, with his arms spread out and his head held high.
Who does not have in mind the famous Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci?
The Vitruvian man is inscribed in:
● a square, symbol of the earth, its four vertices referring to the four terrestrial elements (water, air, fire and earth) and the four cardinal points
● a circle, symbol of the sky: it is the representation of the unity, of the celestial vault.
Thus, Leonardo da Vinci would seek to represent man as a creature (earthly) of god (celestial) and to show by the use of divine proportion that Man, creature of god, is perfect.
The extremities of the human body form a pentacle with five branches.
The pentacle was considered in antiquity as a symbol of perfection and harmony. It transcends the golden ratio of divine origin and was studied at length by the Pythagoreans, which made it famous in geometry and as a symbol of beauty.
Moreover Vitruvius said: " For a building to be beautiful, it must possess symmetry and perfect proportions like those found in nature ".
Somewhere Leonardo da Vinci tried to show us that Nature and Man were governed by sacred geometry and were therefore in direct relationship with the divine.
He wrote in 1505 that " proportions are found not only in numbers and measures, but also in sounds, weights, time, positions and in all forms of force that can exist ".
What is the golden ratio?
The golden number, Phi, is a sacred number, a mathematical proportion that is equal to 1.6180339887....
Since ancient times until our era, the golden number is used in architecture. It is called the number of harmony, the number of creation, the divine number.
The golden ratio is omnipresent everywhere in the nature that surrounds us and in all kingdoms. The living has always used this law of proportion to be born and to develop, to the point that our eye is able to appreciate immediately the presence or absence of this proportion.
If we were to summarize this golden number, it is more than a simple arithmetic concept, it is the root of beauty.
Thus, the pentagram is built according to this sacred number. If you look at this symbol, you will see that it consists of 5 triangles and an inverted regular pentagon. If we divide the sides of the triangle by its base we obtain the number phi, the golden number. The pentagram consists of 5 golden triangles (5 isosceles triangles whose base angles are both 72 degrees and the third 36 degrees) joined around a pentagon.
The shapes of the sacred symbols build a path that induces a flow of energy special to the shape and volume. The energy thus created allows to raise its frequency and to reach a certain vibratory level that opens the consciousness and the understanding.
These symbols promote the circulation of certain energies, serve as harmonizers and emit their form vibrations by resonance, as with a crystal bowl for example.
Star symbol: or the symbolism of the number 5
- It is the number of harmony and balance. It is also the number of divine grace.
- The number 5 is characteristic of man. According to the Kabbalah, it is the number of the perfect man - rid of the animal side. According to the Bible, it is the symbol of the God-Man through the five wounds of Christ on the cross - as such, it is also considered the number of grace. The number 5 is also found in the human body: the five fingers of the hand and feet, the five senses - touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight -, the five limbs - the two arms, the two legs and the head, with the bust as the center -, the five bones forming the metacarpus, the metatarsus and the skull, etc.
- Considered as the mediator between God and the universe, the number five is considered as a symbol of the universe.
- For Hildegard of Bingen, the number 5 is the symbol of Man, this one being divided, in the direction of the length as much as in that of the width (spread arms), in five equal parts, and thus being able to be inscribed in a perfect square.
- Symbol of the divine will.
- Symbol of the perfection at the Maya.
- Symbol of the incarnated consciousness - 4, Matter, + 1, Spirit.
- Symbolizes the strength and limits of man in his mastery over the Universe.
- In China, it is the number of the Center in addition to being considered a lucky male number.
- Number of life and nature, according to Ernst Aeppli, psychoanalyst (1892-1954).
The five-pointed star - What is the symbolism of the star?
Man is a living pentagram
The pentagram has always been part of the symbols of the Light tradition. It can be found in the teachings of Pythagoras, the Freemasons, Eliphas Levi, Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov, Peter Deunov, etc. Inspired by this magical symbol that represents man, he integrated it into the sacred dance of Paneuryhmia in a series of movements that place man, the microcosm, in harmony with the macrocosm that is the universe.
The pentagram is the symbol of man with the two arms, the two legs and the head. It is the symbol of good and evil because the 5-pointed star can be drawn with the point of the head upwards or downwards.
The pentagram with the point of the head upwards represents the consciousness, the intelligence that governs the world and the 4 elements. This star is the man standing with his head above water, who can act in his own ray, his true being, and thus balance, heal, ennoble all the disordered, anarchic forces, who can put order by a superior power that he captures with his thought.
On the other hand, the inverted pentagram is the symbol of the unleashed forces, which can no longer be controlled and which fight each other. It is the principle of evil. In the Book of Revelation there is talk of a horned beast that comes out of the sea to destroy. The Rose Crosses of the Middle Ages wrote 666 in the middle of the inverted pentagram. This was the seal of the beast, of stupidity, which was placed on the forehead of men, for intelligence, and on the hand of men, for action.
Today it is very difficult to keep our heads up because we are unfortunately caught up in the forces of matter that go down, instincts, unconsciousness and passivity. There is a world around us that wants us to be passive, unconscious, and to act in an instinctive way.
This period of Coronavirus is very instructive because it reveals these forces that pull us down.
The pentagram reminds us that we must fix and master what belongs to the fall. It reminds us that we must free ourselves from it in order to live with our soul and in full accord with our inner self. Straightening the pentagram means taking back control of your life.
Many people have problems in their lives that they cannot see the source of. It is as if they have an invisible enemy hitting them and they are struggling in the void without ever catching anything. Yet it is possible to catch these invisible enemies. How can they be grasped? By thinking, by making them appear through numbers, through geometry, through structured thoughts.
This teaching comes from an ancient wisdom. In the past, men drew animals in caves, on stones, when they wanted to materialize abundance.
Today, we offer you articles and symbols of sacred geometry so that you can use them in your daily life. Beyond a standard use (see next point), you surround yourself with beneficial forces and you have in your hands tools of awakening to keep your head above water in this outside world which becomes more and more hostile.
It is a true blessing.
How to use the Pentagram?
There are different ways to use the pentagram.
- Either on the ground for work on a place (or a person),
- Either in your daily life to energize your water, or clean and recharge your stones,
- Or to harmonize a place, an office etc.
- Or hung on the wall to emit its energy in your home or workplace.
Where to buy a Pentagram ?
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The reason for your choice may be one of the above mentioned reasons, or it may be your own intuition. That's why I always insist that you follow your intuition, rather than fashion or other effects.
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