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Is the Inverted Pentagram Evil or Satanic?

This post was written by Donald Michael Kraig
on June 4, 2010 | Comments (25)

The recent Memorial Day weekend got me thinking about the pentagram. Why? Well, read on…

For as long as I can remember, my teachers (and innumerable books) have claimed that the “upright” pentagram is a positive and spiritual image. It’s upright. What could be more positive than upright?

It’s used as a symbol for Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism. It’s used for protection as in the famous Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram as well as in other rituals.

It is said that the five points of the pentagram represent the five elements: Fire at the lower right, Earth at the lower left, Water at the upper right, Air at the upper left, and Spirit at the top. What a great symbol this can be!

It’s not only popular among occultists, but among very patriotic American citizens. It’s on the U.S. flag in 50 places…………………….

It’s part of the symbol for the U.S. Air Force.
Here is an older version of the USAF symbol:

And here is a new USAF symbol:

In some of the earliest forms of Wicca, the Pentagram was taken as a symbol for the first or most basic degree of the Craft. The symbol for the third or most advanced degree included the inverted pentagram:

However, as Wicca spread to the U.S., it was discovered that Americans tended to despise this symbol. It was said to represent evil or Satanism. The two upright points implied the horns of the Satanic goat. Sometimes, this goat was even drawn into the image:

But is it truly a Satanic or evil symbol?

It is certainly true that some Satanists have adopted it.

But does a symbol become evil simply because some group uses it?

The association of a symbol with an evil group,
leading to the assumption
that the symbol is inherently evil is nothing new.

Perhaps the most famous example of a symbol becoming evil is that of the universal symbol of good fortune, the Swastika. The Swastika has been found among native cultures all over the world, It’s most “pre-evil” use was in India where it was usually drawn with a flat side:

Hitler himself chose the symbol to represent the Nazi party, but tilted it on one point. Today, in India, it is still a popular symbol and appears everywhere, including on spiritual items. This surprises many Westerners who today only know the symbol for its Nazi associations.

The truth is that a graphic symbol, such as a pentagram, is nothing more than lines. It’s what we put into it that matters. If you adopt it to represent evil, then for you—and for those who agree with you—it’s evil. If you think it’s positive and put positive values into a symbol, then it’s positive.

Although the U.S. is a secular country, we do have certain places and objects that are so honored they have acquired a quality that can only be called “sacred.” From the Statue of Liberty (the goddess Liberty Enlightening the World) and the Washington Monument (a representation of masculine energy) to the sublime meaningfulness of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, we have our sacred symbols. In the U.S., perhaps no symbol is more sacred and more honored than the (Congressional) Medal of Honor. Although there are three basic versions of the medal, they are all similar in design:

Do you still think the inverted pentagram
is necessarily Satanic or evil?

Reader Comments

Written By Blackbird "BB"
on June 5th, 2010 @ 5:09 pm

Honestly this is why for myself I have always favored a
Labris as a personal symbol; it honors some of the very oldest visions of Goddess, and at the same time does not provoke the anger and misunderstanding of frankly ignorant people; but people who have spent literally centuries pouring their misguided energies into the thought form, and that cannot be without magickal import, no?

Perhaps the case of the Swastika is not again important here, in India, you are not in a thought field where-in the symbol is drenched with feelings of hatred; and so the traditional meaning applies, no?

In the US the Pentagram is a symbol, many Pagans embrace, but many Christians imbue with terribly negative associations, and if reality is interactive, can we really just shut that out and say, no, I create my own reality. I’m not so sure myself.

More questions raised than anwsers, but perhaps thats good I look forward to your thoughts.

Written By Kyle
on June 6th, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

Don’t forget that the upright pentagram is also the Star of Solomon!

And as a side note, I went to a Tibetan restaurant in Beijing and to my suprise, the food they brought out was all shaped like swastikas! Even the garnishes. I knew it was a holy symbol for many (was unaware, though, that the Tibetans considered it as such, too). But I was still initially shocked!

It’s a shame that the Nazis had to pervert it.

Written By Terrence Trumbo
on June 6th, 2010 @ 5:55 pm

Of course, it could be interpreted as a symbol for spirit descending into matter. Although I’ve often wondered what deeper meaning would suggest that it was a wholly evil symbol (besides the satanic goat, which isn’t even described in the bible). I thought perhaps it had something to do with the higher gifts of the spirit being used to satisfy selfish and materialistic needs and desires. Even then you wouldn’t necessarily think that it specifically implies misusing the four elements for murder, torture, or whatever other black magick one might want to conjure up.
It once again seems to be a matter of personal preference. Just like Hitler was looking for a symbol of ultimate power and force in the Swastika, a satanist will find a powerful symbol for working evil in the inverted pentagram. It’s all relative to the people interpreting it. It’s also interesting to note that the Nazi Swastika was not considered by many Germans during the war to be an “evil” symbol at all, and Hitler and his cronies thought themselves to be righteous and good people. I guess it just shows how twisted and egotistical human beings can be, and how they can redefine things in their own image.

Written By Terri
on June 6th, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

Think about the north star?the representation is not that of the pentagram

Written By Joe
on June 8th, 2010 @ 4:55 am

The inverted pentagram is not necessarily evil. IT is symbolic of the subconscious mind that allows us to function in this world. It is the body and the ego mind or lower self. It is not necessarily under the control of the higher self or god and that’s where trouble can start. We need to turn it around to draw on the inner light of the God force to bring about positive change in this world. It’s a matter of being single minded, simple like a child of god you are and to love others as your true brothers and sisters. Rather than allowing the egos negative instinctive and habitual reactions free rein we need to respond from our higher natures. Eventually we will be our higher selves and have true mastery over the self.

Written By Laura
on November 15th, 2010 @ 11:31 am

I find the moon or star to be my symbol,I love the crescent moon with a star.I have a tat of that very thing near my inner ankle.

Written By chris
on January 6th, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

ok now that read this i know more about the pentagram i never thought it was satanic just as this guy just because somone adopts does mean anything also this is my symbol.(slipknot forever)stay sic

Written By p
on May 29th, 2011 @ 11:50 am

The Hopi Indian and the Tibetan have a legend about the origins of all people, that they spread out from one location to the corners of the earth following a specific pattern… and the pattern just happens to be the traditional swastika symbol. Theres a little more substance to that coincidence. If you drilled straight through the earth from sacred Hopi lands, to come out to the other side of the world, you’d find Tibet. Also, the words for SUN and MOON are flipped around between the two cultures… but they are the same words. Just for Tibetans what means sun means moon to Hopi, and what means moon in Tibet means sun to Hopi. There really IS SOMETHING to this legend and that symbol… and thats why Hitler, with his extreme fascination with ancient history and occult mysticism, flipped it around.

Written By Don Loren Hughes
on July 1st, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

I know this post is rather old but I just wanted to make a serious comment;

After 30 years of studying the occult and experiencing both LHP and RHP I would say that the inverted pentagram is not evil. What makes a symbol (or ritual) either so called good or bad is the intention behind it.

Didn’t the whole rather superstitious notion of the inverted pentagram being ‘bad’ come from Levi? He was an old school odd ball and often said things that seemed some what contradictory.

Written By Hailey Hess
on November 5th, 2011 @ 11:05 am

Agreeing with Don, this post is old, but in my opinion the inverted pentagram means nothing more than a symbol of power. What type of power is up to the user. This is where it can be seen as so evil, because people can use it to their advantage. I myself just bought an inverted pentagram pendant from a Wiccan shop last night. Upon paying for it, the cashier did a double take and had to warn me that the pentagram was upside-down. I told him I wouldn’t be buying it if I didn’t know what some people assumed it stood for. I bought my pentagram as a means to help give me power to overcome my mortal weaknesses. To me, it is a very positive symbol.

Written By Derik Green
on June 14th, 2012 @ 11:42 am

the inverted pentegram is evil if you believe it is because it is evil to you i dont necisarily believe that it is evil unless you use it to summon somethig because the thing you try to summon will most likely be evil

Written By Anon
on March 15th, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

The inverted pentagram is neither evil or satanic by its nature. I think EA Koetting explains it best in his book Works of Darkness in the chapter “Sinister Symbols”:

The inverted pentagram is more than a simple turning upside down the things of righteousness, but is the embracing of that which is forbidden, dark, and truly dangerous. It represents becoming one’s own master, bowing before none and destroying all that does not lend to Ascent. LaVey had inscribed around the Sigil of Baphomet the Hebrew name Leviathan, the serpent of the watery deep. Perhaps it would have been more appropriate to write instead the name of another Crown Prince of Hell, Belial: “Without a Master.” The Black Magician lives by the statement, “Nothing is greater than what I can become.” All demons, angels, spirits, humans, animals, minerals, even the Gods themselves exist to serve the Master of Black Magick. It is this forbidden autonomy that is implied within the angles of the inverted pentagram. Rousing hell to overthrow heaven. In the vibrant and living inverted pentagram is seen the true form of Baphomet, once the eyes have ceased searching and the mind has been conquered by that which cannot be understood. Once the Works of Darkness have begun and the black powers flood from the Sorcerer into the sigil and back again, the symbol of the inverted pentagram will speak its own truth.

Written By destiny
on October 28th, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

My ex had the upside down star i didnt no wat it meant until now its evil and im so glad im not wit him anymore i just cnt belive i let somone in m like that!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Written By clina
on December 1st, 2013 @ 11:26 pm

I believe a symbol is a symbol. Different people have differnt mranings.wher one could see it as negative another sees it as positive. A aymbol can be cherished in many ways….it is the how a pwrson uses the symbol that matters most…intriguing facys of someone elses past can be interpretated in more than one way..where one finds an evil power the next can find a positive.

Written By Josh S
on January 30th, 2014 @ 8:02 am

Just a symbol – doesn’t mean anything but everything is open to interpretation

Written By alex
on March 23rd, 2014 @ 7:45 pm

Love this post I may link back to it.

Written By Noctu
on June 14th, 2014 @ 11:41 am

To me the inverted pentagram stands for the five elements BUT with the human spirit at its lowest point showing that the human spirit does not stand above the other elements. For me it stands for being modest and respectfull to others and nature. Even though we are at the top of the food chain this doesn’t mean it will always stay like that. So for me it also stands for being happy with what you have and enjoying your time as a human being without being disrespectful towards nature.

Written By tracey
on July 10th, 2014 @ 7:03 pm

To me an inverted pentegram is the symbol of the horned god . All about intention when ur using it

Written By Amit Sawant
on September 8th, 2014 @ 12:52 am

For me, the pentagram is and shall always be the symbol of the Pythagorean school. They praised it as a symbol with mathematic symmetry. So, inverted or upright, the pentagram stands for study of mathematics, completely devoid of religion and spirituality.

on October 12th, 2014 @ 4:38 pm

the pentagram can be good or evil it dose depend on who u r and how u use

Written By Concerned
on November 1st, 2014 @ 6:03 am

I clicked on this site because I am concerned about an art student who has confessed to being a student of Wicca. She has produced the most marvelous graphic novel mural of that has three teens embossed with iconography and symbolism. The teen girl is wearing a pentagram and the two boy’s garb is everything from curled ram horns to grasping a human heart in one hand with just a hint of blood around his mouth. I spoke with my student about her mural and told her about my concerns but she told me that she was not a Satanist and wanted no part of that culture. She is however a naturalist, a witch and is a student of Mother Earth! This did not make me feel any better because I am a Christian and am in opposition to mysticism in any form, however I have allowed her to continue with artwork. Although I am worried that my employment may be in jeopardy because we are in the bible belt, I refuse to allow my personal views to dampen her enthusiasm for her Art regardless of its subject matter! After all, we are all Americans and have freedoms endowed unto us by the founding fathers of this great nation through the constitution which governs us.

Written By Frederick
on November 28th, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

Okay in response to: concerned. You are well natured, in your honest attempt at researching. I believe that because you are a” Christian” does not mean you can’t be an individual. I mean really broken down there are ritual magic and spells performed in all religious ceremonies. Just because you believe in something doesn’t mean you can’t think for yourself. If you are an educator, which I salute you on, you should look at the knowledge and the beauty in this opportunity the both of you can share and learn from each other. If you’re true to the love God has shown you, which maybe a test to see if you will treat this young beautiful child with love and respect as the golden rule. Or will allow hate and impatience to shine through being the way this young girl will perceive Christians and the religion for the rest of her life. What she creates may not even be true to what she believes exactly. But instead is combining her imagination with what she has been taught by her guardians. She might just be creating new ideas but pulling from what’s she’s been taught combined with today’s popular entertainment. I would be slow to judge and more apt to learn where she’s coming from. While sharing what I know with her over time. With no end goal other than to show her who you are and that she can share who she is with you.

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