What does this Symbol mean to You? Part One

Silver Pentagram - The Pentagram is used as a religious symbol by several ancient pagan societies in the world.
United States
January 26, 2010 6:04am CST
This is the first of several discussions I have planned, it is for my own curiosity how people of modern faiths react strictly to the symbols of other religions, so please be honest. Look at the symbol and tell me what you think of when you see it. If it has meaning to you because of your chosen religious background, please feel free to tell me what meanings it has. And if you don't mind it would be helpful to know what faith you practice. Thanx for your help...
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14 responses
• India
26 Jan 10
i am not geting what are you talking about please if you dont mind you tell me what that star indicates because i am not a astrolloger who know abouts sun and moon and stars. please i hope that you will clear my doubt and i also want to ask you one questio thet do you believe in god and religion? please i think you will not get hurted i am asking you this question because this will help me in identifying you in what catogery you are? please try to reply soon. i am waiting for your comment so try too reply soon. your friend khan.
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• United States
26 Jan 10
I am asking for people to tell me what they feel this type of symbol means to them when they see it. And what does it matter what my spiritual beliefs are...but since you asked, no I do not believe in God. But I am asking for your opinion , not to put me in some kind of category.
@murderistic (2280)
• United States
27 Jan 10
At first I recognized it as the pagan star. But it is also the symbol on the Moroccan flag, which is in no way a pagan country.
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@jb78000 (15173)
26 Jan 10
to be honest this just reminds me of how i draw stars when i am writing or marking something i want to watch in the tv guide. sorry, this is probably not the kind of respond i think you are looking for. i am really responding because i am interested in the responses this discussion gets and i want to keep track of it.
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• United States
26 Jan 10
Thank you, my first responder... That is almost the most perfect answer to start off with. I actually didn't expect anyone to have a basic down to earth response to the pic. I appreciate your interest and hope you get something out of it. I am going to try to post at least one new symbol a day with the same basic request. Kind of a survey of symbols and peoples reactions or knowledge of what they are. Keep in touch.
@jb78000 (15173)
26 Jan 10
well that was a nice reaction to a bit of burble i posted because of curiosity
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@jb78000 (15173)
29 Jan 10
and thanks for the br too
@Ladyslipper (1330)
• Philippines
27 Jan 10
This Silver Pentagram does not mean anything to me. However, I know a little background about it. I am fascinated with pagan symbols and I love reading including novels and books that people find taboo. I love history and learning everything about other people and their beliefs. As far as I know, this Silver Pentagram is a pagan symbol of the five elements and the eternal circle. I don't know why but it reminds me also of the Vitruvius Man by Leonardo Da Vinci.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
27 Jan 10
it reminds me also of the Vitruvius Man by Leonardo Da Vinci if you trace the mans outline you'll see that his head, each hand and each foot are the five points of the star and note he is in a circle and there you have it..which is pretty interesting really though many wouldnt choose to note certain things like that..Thats a topic all in itself though LOL
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• Philippines
28 Jan 10
That is exactly the reason it reminds me of the Vitruvius Man by Leonardo Da Vinci. :)
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@Galena (9123)
26 Jan 10
it's a pentacle it's a symbol that's been used by pretty much every religion to mean something. the closest meaning for me is that it has five points, each representing one of the five elements. Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit. sometimes it is used to represent the male form. you have it there in a circle, which makes it a pentacle rather than a pentagram. which to me represents a more ritualised form of my path than I follow myself. the pentagram I wear is uncircled. much as my practice doesn't take place within a circle. to me the Pentacle is more of a ritual magic connection than the pentagram, which feels like it represents something less formalised and constrained. there's a cathedral near where I live that has one as the centre of it's main glass window. I believe they use it to represent the five wounds of their saviour.
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@Galena (9123)
26 Jan 10
eta. FEMALE form. the six pointed star is the male form. typo
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Well its one of the symbols of my Pagan practice and for me it represents Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit and the circle surrounding the star represents the Everything and our connection to it..
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• United States
26 Jan 10
Thanx for your reply, yes that is where the symbol comes from...you would know that from your your Pagan background. Congrats.
• India
28 Jan 10
A human being surrounded by all religion.
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@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
28 Jan 10
It comes closer to reminding me of a policeman's badge than a religious symbol.
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• Pamplona, Spain
27 Jan 10
Hiya shutupandbuyit, Silver pentagram is supposed to give love and protection. However I have just read so many meanings that I don´t really think fit in with this lovely pentagram. It reminds me of the Star of David but I don´t think that´s the right one either. It´s just that someone gave me one once something similar to that and said it was the Star of David. Faith I practice is neither one or the Other I just believe in God and that´s it. I´m not in the Anglican or Catholic really because I got married Catholic Church but I have´nt completed all what you are supposed to complete you know baptism, communion and all that. Anyway that´s what they told me so I keep my Anglican Baptism because I don´t feel like getting baptised anywhere else anyway. My Catholic marriage stays that way and that´s it. I please myself in other words what I want to believe, I believe in love, kindness, being thoughtful what more do I need?
@faimei (128)
• Philippines
27 Jan 10
Actually this symbols reminds me of my favorite show. The Charmed. The story is about three chosen witches who happened to be sisters, who fight for the good and rescues man kind. And I find the symbol cute, no offense for those people who uses this symbol and for those who treat is as sacred.
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@EvanHunter (4028)
• United States
27 Jan 10
Hello shutupandbuyit, Its a pentagram. As for the meanings it has in different religions there inst one religion that doesn't have it included in some abstract or formal way. It has meaning in astronomical sense that its used as a symbol for the planet Venus. Its use is older than most known religions you can find it in Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism. Not to be confused with a hexagram which represents Saturn and is also found in the same religions. Today its found everywhere inside masonic lodges and buildings, the medal of honor, ancient hieroglyphics, Mayan artifacts, street layout of Washington D.C. As for what it means to me personally I don't see it as anything important. Objects only have the power you give them. As for what it means for others that's another story all together. Some see geometric shapes as the divine order and think it gives them power to do the things they want. But that just could be because I been doing some research on Masonic/Illuminati practices lately. By the way I am of the Christian faith.
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@urbandekay (18312)
16 Mar 10
Horror B films all the best urban
@blummus (452)
• United States
4 Feb 10
While I do think Pagan and the practice of magic(k), I spent several months in Texas, where the circled star is everywhere you turn. A great source of amusement to me at the time, the experience still added a fresh layer of meaning to this ancient symbol for me.
• United States
30 Jan 10
If it was flipped upside down it would remind me of the video game Doom, or the official Church of Satan's sigil... not that I'm predisposed to a negative reaction to it, as I'm aware of many things this represents, but it's just something that crosses my mind. Other than that, the looping, Celtic design of the star reminds me of symbols for infinity, such as the Orobouros of Leviathan... a God and symbol that is perceived differently by many cultures, historically, as well.