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Pentacle vs Pentagram

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1258212.  Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:57 pm Reply with quote

A pentagram (sometimes known as a pentalpha or pentangle or a star pentagon) is the shape of a five-pointed star drawn with five straight strokes.
A pentacle refers to a pentagram circumscribed by a circle.

The words pentacle and pentagram (a five-point unicursal star) are essentially synonymous, according to the Online Oxford English Dictionary (2007 revision), which traces the etymology through both French and Italian back to Latin, but notes that in Middle French the word "pentacle" was used to refer to any talisman. In an extended use, many magical authors treat them as distinct. In many tarot decks and in some forms of modern witchcraft, pentacles often prominently incorporate a pentagram in their design.
There is a specific differentiation between pentacle and pentagram within Wicca and other neopagan traditions. Namely, a pentacle refers to a pentagram circumscribed by a circle. This form of pentacle is formed upon a disk which may be used either upon an altar or as a sacred space of its own. The pentacle is representative of the Earth in occult usage.

And as for Pentangle... *sigh*

1258224.  Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:49 pm Reply with quote

"Pentangle" Wasn't that King Arthur's last name. *dives for cover*

1258225.  Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:52 pm Reply with quote

And rightly so. Pendragon, please.

1258227.  Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:53 pm Reply with quote

I think it's when your headphone wires get knotted up with your stationery.


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