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What is this symbol?

  1. jirel profile image82
    jirelposted 4 years ago

    This symbol is used in religions where people practice witchcraft.It represents the five elements of earth,right?But why do they it is the sign of devil?I want to know more about it.

    1. Hokey profile image59
      Hokeyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      It was a symbol used by pagans representing the 5 elements and how they are interconnected.

    2. Druid Dude profile image59
      Druid Dudeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      If one point is straight down, it resembles the head of the Ram. (two horns at the top, two ears on the side, and the bearded chin)

    3. ausis profile image80
      ausisposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      In chinese this is the life cycle & chinese medicine it represents from the top clockwise fire earth metal water wood. Fire feeds earth earth makes metal metal makes water water feeds wood which feeds fire. The opposites control such as water controls fire, earth controls water, metal controls wood, wood controls earth so on and so forth.

      You see this in nature just light a match & pour water on it or plant aome grass in the earth it holds the earth together check out a dam the earth controls the water from spilling out nails are metal which hold or control wood.

      You also have the destructive cycle.

      As for the interpretation of the symbolism it is only a perception. just like colour is red really red?

    4. Dale Hyde profile image87
      Dale Hydeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      The pentacle that you show represents Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit to myself and to my coven members.

      Inverted, it is known to represent Satanism, which focuses on the worship of Satan and has no relation to what we practice, as we don't believe in Satan.

      1. aka-dj profile image78
        aka-djposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Satan doesn't want to be believed in, just BELIEVED!

        He will force worshippers to worship him soon enough. sad

    5. aka-dj profile image78
      aka-djposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Just invert it and insert the image of the goat's head, and the symbol becomes;

      1. kittythedreamer profile image95
        kittythedreamerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        The image of the goat's head actually comes from ancient Pagan beliefs in the horned god...the image was twisted and mutated to become that of Satan...a plan put into place by the Church in order to convert the remaining Pagans in Europe before the spread of Christianity.

        1. Daughter Of Maat profile image99
          Daughter Of Maatposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Right on Kitty!

          The inverted version of the pentacle has actually been manipulated into something "evil" (which is odd since pagans don't believe in the so-called devil). Originally, an inverted pentacle was the sign of a second degree witch.

          1. Lionrhod profile image93
            Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            To all those Christians afraid of the pentagram, it might be interesting for them to know that early Christians also used the pentagram as a sacred symbol.

    6. mischeviousme profile image61
      mischeviousmeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      One man's God became another man's devil... That mindset came about shortly before the cruisades...

    7. EinderDarkwolf profile image59
      EinderDarkwolfposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      This symbol, as for where it comes from, is the apple. Cut it in half sideways and you get:


      This "symbol" has been to known to us for as long as we have been able to cut apples sideways. How old is it? I know it stretches back beyond 3,500 B.C. where it represented royalty. Before that? I have no clue. Most famous though is the Man in the Microcosm. Which is simply:


      Which first appeared in The Three Books of Occult Philosophy. (that I know of)

      1. Disappearinghead profile image87
        Disappearingheadposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Proof again that the apple is satan's fruit with which he deceived Adam and Eve. Haha.... Followed by more hysterical ranting about Satan and lucifer ad nausium.

        1. EinderDarkwolf profile image59
          EinderDarkwolfposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Proof again that Christians don't know their own holy book.

          1. Disappearinghead profile image87
            Disappearingheadposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I was jesting you know. smile

            1. EinderDarkwolf profile image59
              EinderDarkwolfposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              I know, but what's the fun if it can't be done back wink

              1. Disappearinghead profile image87
                Disappearingheadposted 4 years ago in reply to this


    8. Mmargie1966 profile image92
      Mmargie1966posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      It looks like a star inside a circle to me...lol

      I know there are certain symbols with historical meanings, but I am unaware of what is true and what is not.

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    erickcbposted 4 years ago

    Ahh... Must we do this again?


    My interpretation. Its a man upright. A goat head pointed down. Representing the good and bad side of man. But this is my own interpretation. This is a long lived simple though. Very curious. There may be no real "correct" interpretation. Heres an example.

    The letter "i"
    This is where I think it came from. See photo. Reverse it and you get "!"
    whoa. mysterious.

  3. ashelladyhawke profile image72
    ashelladyhawkeposted 2 years ago

    I am a Pagan and know this symbol well. Yes, it is used to discern the FOUR elements of the earth, being Air, Earth, Fire, and Water, as well as other meanings. The top point of this symbol is ALWAYS for Spirit as Spirit rules over all things. Other meanings of the remaining four points are: North, South, East, & West; or Mind, Body, Heart, & Soul. It is also true that early Christians used this symbol even before it was called Christianity. Look for the book The Key of Solomon. In it, there are many magical  (or designs) for different magical workings. This book can be found on the site www.sacred-texts.com. Romans who converted many pagan holidays and symbols over to Christianity proclaimed the upside down version to be the symbol for Satan. In fact, when the symbol is turned upside-down, it only means that the wearer needs spiritual guidance. The circle means that all is continuous with no beginning or ending. There are so many things to be said about this symbol that cannot be covered here. You might want to do a hub on this as you now have a starting point. While all views are different, you will "know" what is true and right in your heart. Blessings and Love

  4. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 2 years ago

    Inside a circle it's a pentagram

  5. 4elements profile image78
    4elementsposted 2 years ago

    yes it has been connected to the devil, which by the way wiccans, witches, don't believe in. It is snot evil in any way, it is the intent of the person or group that makes it evil or good. but honestly it stands for Earth, Air , Fire, Water , and spirit. Often used in banishing rituals or protection symbol or talisman.. I actually have an article that talks about it. I think it was a great question and double great your using your own mind. Blessings, peace, love, and light!

  6. Sed-me profile image84
    Sed-meposted 2 years ago

    It's weird when ppl don't google.