The pentagram represents many different things.
The Pythagoreans (from Ancient Greece) saw in the pentagram a mathematical perfection.
For Neo-pythagoreans it represented the five classical elements.
Medieval Christians believed it to symbolize the five wounds of Christ. The pentagram was believed to protect against witches and demons. Probably due to misinterpretation of symbols used by ceremonial magicians, it later became associated with Satanism and subsequently rejected by most of Christianity sometime in the twentieth century.
Satanists use a pentagram with two points up, often inscribed in a double circle, with the head of a goat inside the pentagram.
Many Neopagans, especially Wiccans, use the pentagram as a symbol of faith similar to the Christian cross or the Jewish Star of David.
The pentagram can symbolize man in harmony with his universe.
It usually means either a Texas Ranger or a pagan/Wiccan – LOL. The pentagram is not a symbol of evil, despite the propaganda. Reversed pentagrams don’t always represent Satanists either – in England it’s a 2nd degree witch (in the traditions that are Gardnerian or Alexandrian). In the States you don’t see it as often in this context.
No, it’s rarely connected with Xtianity. A reversed pentagram can represent Satanism or devil worshippers (which aren’t the same thing). A reversed pentagram with a goat’s head almost always represents Satanism and devil worshippers.
That said, there’s two types of Satanists – those that don’t believe in ANY deity, including Satan. The use the archetype of Satan for shock value, ritual and pageantry. Animals and children are to be protected (no sacrifices of children or animals, thank you).
Theists believe in a deity but NOT the one that Xtians pulled and twisted in their religion.
Devil worshippers are usually mucked up teens and young adults rebelling against church, state, parents and school and are sorry f*cks and rare. They’re reverse Christians.The pentagram started out as a Jewish symbol, said to be handed down to Solomon by the Archangel Raphael (or Uriel, can’t remember which). It was the symbol of the Kabbalah, the Tree of Life and basis for Jewish mysticism.
Later on it got adopted by some sects of early Christianity who said that it represented the five wounds of Christ. But it was also still connected to the Jewish mystics. Around the Middle Ages, when the church began to denounce Witches and magic as evil, the pentagram as Christian symbol was trashed in the church’s efforts to distance themselves from magic. The pentagram continued to be used by Jewish mystics for centuries though, by orders such as the Golden Dawn and others.
When Wicca came around, the pentagram was adopted as it’s symbol, being said to symbolize the five elements…Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and Spirit. Later on when Anton LaVey created the church of Satan he made their symbol an inverted pentagram with a goat’s head superimposed on it, and other branches of Satanism have followed suit using the inverted pentagram for their symbol. In Kabbalism, the inverted pentagram is also used….while the upright pentagram is symbolic of the five physical elements coming from spirt, the inverted pentagram is symbolic of the five higher elements combining to create spirit.
So really the pentagram has many meanings, depending on what religion you are and what perspective you view it from. The sites you read that say it worships Christ while others say Satan are both right. However if you want to really look at it, the Christians had it first. Actually, the Jews did.