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Term: pentagram

DEFINITIONS

Pentagram: A star drawn with five points. This image can be drawn without lifting the drawing tool from the paper. Also known as the Star or Seal of Solomon, it was a symbol for Judaism (as was a seven-branched candelabra) until replaced by the hexagram starting around 1800 C.E.

The five points are said to represent the five elements: earth, fire, water, and spirit, and because the image can be drawn without lifting the drawing tool, it indicates their interconnection. Today, the pentagram is symbolic of occultism in general and Wicca or Witchcraft in particular.

When drawn or worn with one point (spirit) up, it is said to represent positive concepts. This is also an image of a human standing upright, with the head at the top point, the hands at the next two highest points, and the feet at the lower points. If the pentagram is drawn or worn with two points up (frequently called “inverted”), it is said to represent negativity with the feet above the head. It is also used in this mode to represent Satanism, as the two upper points are like the horns in the popular image of Satan.


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Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram
This ritual, called the LBRP for short, is designed to clear your area (and yourself) of negative energies. It is composed of four sections. The LBRP has become a standard part of the Western Mystical Tradition, and has been adapted and altered by ...
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The Qabalistic Cross and Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram
Take a steel dagger in the right hand. Face East. Touch thy forehead and say ATEH (thou art) Touch thy breast and say MALKUTH (the Kingdom) Touch thy right shoulder and say VE-GEBURAH (and the Power) Touch thy left shoulder and say VE-GEDULAH (and ...
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Developing and Working with the Body of Light
After you have learned basic astral projection, the next step is for you to produce a Body of Light that can be used as your vehicle of consciousness on the inner planes. Unlike the basic training we adapted from Ophiel’s “Little ...
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Middle Pillar Exercise
A very powerful and effective daily ritual/exercise for activating the five psychic centers of the Middle Pillar in the body. In ways, it resembles the arousing of chakras, but follows the Kabbalistic pattern, and the concept of Light descending and ...
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Enochian Magick Rituals
The two main rituals in Enochian Magick are the Pentagram and the Hexagram Rituals below. These rituals are given as examples only and are not intended for use without proper preparation. Please study Enochian Magic: A Practical Manual or An ...
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The Sensual Wicca TarotReview
Summary: A brilliant attempt to present the Tarot, Wicca, and the Wiccan aspects of sexuality that doesn’t quite succeed due to limitations of format and skill. Still, at times this deck soars above the limitations and is filled with brilliance and ...
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Review of the Favole Tarot
Summary  Much sought after in the US because of its beauty, the Favole Tarot is a unique Marseilles-style deck. Adding to its gothic aesthetic are the creative suits: butterflies, masks, flowers, and crosses. Vampires, clowns, Witches, and ...
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Review of Shining Angels Tarot
Summary: Let the comforting presence of the angels surround you. As you shuffle and deal out these round cards, you will find power and wisdom and guidance from loving beings who have existed from before the beginning of time, freed from the pages ...
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Magical Tattwa Cards
Summary: A unique deck of cards that unites the Eastern Tattwa symbols and the Western flashing colors. Great for broad, general divinations and for a wide variety of magical work. Especially good for Golden Dawn practitioners or for people ...
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Pagan Tarot (mini) Review
Summary: A brilliantly drawn deck using images of contemporary Pagans in ritual and everyday situations. Although the meanings are the same as the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the new images may be jarring to those not involved in Paganism. However, for ...
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