The Pentagram: Satanic symbol?


#1

I am wondering whether the pentagram is a satanic symbol or a Catholic one. Do the witches, wiccans and satanists use this symbol and wear it around their necks? Does it symbolize the face of Baphomet? Or, quite the contrary, is it a well known Catholic symbol? Did the early church and early christians use this symbol to represent the five wounds of Christ? Please answer!


#2

#3

So it is a symbol for the five wounds of Christ, but Satanists and wiccans have twisted it into something different?


#4

No, it’s an ancient symbol, used by Christians among many others.


#5

Thanks!!!


#6

There is a pentagram like that right next to a star of David at the remains of a synagogue in Capernaum. The ruins date to around 200AD and the ruins of the synagogue that Jesus Christ went to is underneath.

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#7

As you can see, the symbol’s meaning has changed over time, and that’s not uncommon. The symbol has no power in itself.

That said, as a Catholic, I would avoid wearing any pentagram jewelry or having such symbols in the home, not because of any superstition, but because it’s understood in a contemporary context to be associated with wicca or some types of satanism. I wouldn’t want others to see it and think I have some type of association. That could give scandal, or misrepresent, and I wouldn’t want to make that association every time I looked at it, either.


#8

The Swastika is also a religious symbol for Hinduism and Buddhism until the nazis stole it, does anyone know of any other religious symbol that have been stolen?:thinking:


#9

The upside down cross from Peter who was crucified upside down, as he didn’t feel worthy to be crucified upright. Taken by the Satanist and symbol on the antichrist. Look att he pope´s chair.

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#10

Re-purposing of symbols has happened for a very long time.

Something akin to a yin-yang symbol was used by ancient Zoroastrian (Persian, modern day Iran) peoples, too.

The cross itself, is a perfect example of Christians appropriating the saving power of the cross, which, of course, was a horrible method of execution.

We see this same sort of thing in language, too. Words acquire different meanings over time, varying from cultures as well.

Wesrock said it well, a pentagram brings with it connotations of Pagan and neo-Pagan religions. The symbol itself holds no power.

The swastika brings forth strong emotions in people because of its association with Nazi Germany. Best not to have people mistake your support for something that it came to denote.

To be honest, any culture or people or religion can claim a symbol and say “it represents this,” and some people will believe it. And any of them with a computer can write a wikipedia article about it, too. Because if you see it on the Internet . . . :slight_smile:


#11

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That said, as a Catholic, I would avoid wearing any pentagram jewelry or having such symbols in the home, not because of any superstition, but because it’s understood in a contemporary context to be associated with wicca or some types of satanism. I wouldn’t want others to see it and think I have some type of association. That could give scandal, or misrepresent, and I wouldn’t want to make that association every time I looked at it, either.
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I was about to post nearly the same thing.


#12

Pretty sure that the swastika was never a “holy” symbol. The Nazis didn’t pervert it. It never symbolized peace anyway, as far as I’m concerned.


#13

So what are we to make of this?


#16

One church we attended recently had a design on one area of the ceiling that involved swastikas in a pattern. The church building is well over 100 years old in a neo-Gothic style. It was unsettling, to say the least, even though logically I know it has nothing to do with Nazis.


#18

The three dots forming an equilateral triangle, which was used to symbolize the Holy Trinity, were “stolen” by occultist neopagans to use as symbol of their pagan deity.

I’m not sure whether the pentagram has any meaning in Catholicism though, but I do know its occultist meaning.


#19

IIRC, there’s a rather long section in the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight that describes his shield, which has a pentangle (I’m unsure of how this differs from a pentagram or pentacle.)

Ok, here we go: https://www.shmoop.com/sir-gawain-green-knight/symbolism-pentangle-symbol.html


#20

I believe in fact it was, and still is, a holy or spiritual symbol in a number of eastern religions.


#21

#22

The filled in version of the pentagram, forming a five armed star, is used as a symbol of the state or of secular power. Thus it features a lot on flags and things. Most notably the red star of communism. But many western nations also use stars. The USA has a whole array of them.

Christian depictions of stars, for example the star of Bethlehem, traditionally have eight arms. The stars on the Australian flag do as well for example.


#23

You mean “unholy” symbol? Seeing that you admitted that it is used by false eastern religions. The swastika is far from a holy symbol. It is an insult to the Cross because it is basically a crooked cross, with its “arms” and “legs” bent.


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