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still cut an apple so as to show the shape of a pentacle
or star within, the “Kore” or virgin.
pentacle or pentagram is a very ancient symbol whose
meanings have been given as “Life” and/or “Health”.
Use of the pentacle as an amulet for protection and healing
was common in Babylon, where it was often drawn on pots
to preserve their contents, or over the doors of houses
to protect the owner‘s possessions. A pentacle
with one point pointing straight down (reversed from
the common usage) represented the Horned God of pagan
Europe, called in some records a “Pent morph“……“he
with five shapes”, which included human form, as
well as horned animals, the goat, stag, bull, and ram.
In later days, the symbol became dialogize, with the
upright pentacle identified with “witches“,
and the old good luck charm representing the Horned God,
a male fertility symbol, becoming a symbol of Satanism.
magicians and alchemists used the pentagram as a symbol
for the cosmos, with the figure of a man placed within
a circle, a “five pointed star”. Like other
symbols made of an unbroken line, the pentacle could
be associated with eternity, and protection from the
unseen order, as spirits need a “gate”, a
broken line, to “enter in”. Hence pentacles
were drawn to mark off magical enclosures, circles, and
to some people the Pentagram can still be found in the
older churches of Europe, used as decorations, signifying
the joining of the pagan ways with those of the Christian
churches of the times.
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