This handmade pentacle is made on an 8” diameter grape vine base, with a hammered aluminum pentacle, and peacock feathers.
A pentacle wreath is sacred art that can be hung wherever you want to be reminded of its qualities. This will arrive safely boxed, and ready to hang with an attached hanging cord.
What does the pentagram represent? Many things, a protective sigil, an emblem for witchcraft, and a representation of the element of Earth (thus is grounding). It is body, stability, matter, manifestation, results, practicalities, endurance, and life. It is associated with crystals and stones such as smoky quartz, obsidian, onyx, tourmaline, moss agate, jade, green aventurine. The points stand for the elements. They also stand for the senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell; and the phases of life: birth, initiation, consummation, repose, and death. The points are the witches’ maxim to see, know, will, dare, and be silent.
What is the difference between a pentacle and a pentagram? First, a pentagram is two-dimensional drawing of a five pointed star. A pentacle is a three-dimensional object with a five pointed star in a circle, and you can touch it, like a wreath.
What’s the history of the pentagram or pentacle? It has long been associated as a sacred symbol, particularly of protection. The first depiction comes from 3500 BCE in Mesopotamia. Babylonians assigned a god to each point of the star. Ancient Chinese and Japanese used the pentagram to represent the five elements (fire, earth, metal, water, wood). Pythagoras (c. 570-495 BCE), a Greek philosopher, attributed four elements (earth, air, water, fire) plus spirit to the pentagram. Ancient Hebrews used the pentagram as a symbol for the first five books. Christians once believed the points represented Christ’s five wounds on the cross. During the Inquisition, when a million witches were murdered in Europe, the pentagram became correlated with witchcraft. In modern times, the pentagram/pentacle continues to be a sacred symbol for witches. It reminds us to not forget the witches who came before, and to not be afraid of persecution.