The sign of the Pentagram represents the macrocosm of the number five, and numerical equation of PHI in the union of the AS ABOVE and SO BELOW. The AS ABOVE consists of the air, stars, heavens and spiritual world, with the SO BELOW which is made of the earth, water and fire, to then form the AS WITHIN, SO WITHOUT in the DNA and mind of man. To put it simply, we humans are fallen stars and to earn our place in the heavens, we must shine brightly and upright while living on earth.
Our fall from grace and the light is represented in Isaiah 14:12 – How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!
The upright pentagram (not inverted), such as the one pictured (to the above right and below left), is a symbol of the spiritual man who has dominion over the animal world (SO BELOW) with the five limbs and sensory organs that are represented by the symbolism of the 5 pointed pentagram. This spiritual man would be akin to the allegorical Jesus Christ or Buddha, who are symbolic of highly spiritual people who have complete dominion over the animal world and their animal bodies or passions. They are the fallen stars from the heavens who then become blazing morning stars of the dawn that illuminate the dark waters of the abyss (humanity, earth or society) through their wise teachings. They are living examples of truth, and how we should all live in love, humility and service to others.
The light of these stars can be found in the biblical passage of Peter 1:19 who had said, “We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
“Let us keep the figure of the Five-pointed Star always upright, with the topmost triangle pointing to heaven, for it is the seat of wisdom, and if the figure is reversed, perversion and evil will be the result.” – Hartmann, Franz (1895) . Magic, White and Black (5th ed.).
The word pentagram comes from the Greek word πεντάγραμμον (pentagrammon),a noun form of πεντάγραμμος (pentagrammos) or πεντέγραμμος (pentegrammos), a word meaning roughly “five-lined” or “five lines”, from πέντε (pente), “five”+ γραμμή (grammē), “line”. The pentagram contains ten points (the five points of the star, and the five vertices of the inner pentagon) and fifteen line segments.
The number five represents the union of the first female number (divine feminine or soul) and the first male number (divine masculine or animal body). The magical number that constitutes the marriage of the heavens and earth or heaven and hell.
Master Greek mathematician, Pythagoras was the first adept who had reported that the number five was considered the number of dominion by knowledge of spirit over matter and the macrocosm. The Pythagorean brotherhood called the pentagram ὑγιεία Hugieia (“health”; also the Greek goddess of health, Hygieia) and saw that math and the magic numbers of the pentagram had represented beauty in all things because it is a symbol of both mathematical, and metaphysical perfection. The Pythagoreans had adopted the five-pointed pentagram as their primary symbol. A signet ring bearing the pentagram such as the image to the right was worn by all members. The symbol of the pentagram was later adopted by many Gnostic schools and also secret societies who had used it as their crest. From this point on in history, it has always been a type of astrological magic and good luck charm.
In ancient Roman times and medieval Christian churches, the Pentagram was painted or carved on their doors to ward off evil spirits. This was also done by the Babylonians and many other ancient cultures throughout history. It is also associated with the Druids with the 3 pentalpha, the fairy-cross or “Druid’s-foot”. In the bible the pentagram is the allegorical Star of the Magi, the Star of Bethlehem, and in the Gnostic schools it is known as the Blazing Star.
When the pentagram is represented as an upright pentagram such as the pictures above with two points (feet) on the ground, two points (arms) extended to the side, and the point (head) in the ascendant position to the heavens of the AS ABOVE; this upright pentagram represents that of the spiritual man or Christ who has control over his lower animal self. We then find the pattern of the number 5 that corresponds with the 5 elements in nature in the SO BELOW. It is the sign of the macrocosm or what the Kabalists of the book Sohar call Microprosopoi, and it consists of a continuous line that runs from point to point and can be referred to as the “endless knot.”
The golden ratio is symbolized by the ratios of line segments in a pentagram which is a five-pointed star drawn in one line, or a pentacle that is the same star within a circle, which both equal PHI. The number of man is based on PHI, for the human body in the number 5 and in the pentagram symbolizes the five senses of man, the five elements of nature, the five extremities of the human body. By means of the pentagram within his own soul, man not only may master and govern all creatures inferior to himself, but may demand consideration at the hands of those superior to himself.
From our 5 limbs of the torso consisting of the arms, legs and head. Each of the 5 limbs containing 5 appendages of fingers and toes that then operate in tandem with the 5 sensory organs of your head with your two eyes, ears and one mouth, that in turn activate the 5 senses of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.
We humans operate most effectively when we use the Golden Rule to manage how we sense and learn using the math of 5 ^ .5 * .5 + .5 = Phi or 1.6180339. When we humans live by the Golden Rule, is when the philosopher or adept turns their DNA lead into DNA gold, or when they become officially ‘enlightened’ or what some may call akin to Christ or Buddha like. True Gnostic Adepts are those who are masters of the AS ABOVE in the spiritual realms of the heavens, and the SO BELOW of the animals of the earth , making true masters of THYSELF and THY-UNIVERSE.
These are the Grail Masters who have discovered the Philosopher’s Stone. Truly illuminated beings of light, love and service, who have walked our earth as teachers and prophets.
It is the upright pentagram that is the Morning Star or Christ. The early Christians had referred to it as the five wounds of the Savior. The pentagram is the spirit of Lucifer, who in End Times is also the Morning Star who was once fallen and is now seen represented like Christ by spirit over matter such as the image above and the one below. These show the various elements of the five points represented in spirit, air, fire, water, and earth. The circle around a pentagram is a symbol of “unity, wholeness, infinity, the goddess, and protection. It also represents the power of the true divine spirit, by bringing the four elements of creation into perfect balance and beautiful harmony or ORDO AB CHAO.
33rd degree Freemason and master Rosicrucian, Manly P. Hall wrote this about the pentagram in his book, The Secret Teachings of all Ages;
A good instance of this practice [inversion of symbols] is found in the pentagram, or five-pointed star, made of five connected lines. This figure is the time-honored symbol of the magical arts, and signifies the five properties of the Great Magical Agent, the five senses of man, the five elements of nature, the five extremities of the human body. By means of the pentagram within his own soul, man not only may master and govern all creatures inferior to himself, but may demand consideration at the hands of those superior to himself.
The star of the microcosm, or the magic Pentagram, that star wherein the human figure was sketched by Agrippa, with the head in the ascending point and the four members in the four other points – Eliphas Levi
The pentagram above is used in white magic to give the magician noble powers, and when the pentagram figure is reversed or turned upside down it is a symbol of black magic or Satanic rituals that are primarily used for perverted powers. For example, the image pictured below is the inverted pentagram where the two points (horns or feet) of the star are in the air, with the head or point down or on the ground (descendant position) which signifies that the animal is paramount over the spiritual.
The star that you choose to symbolically represent how you live in this life, whether that be the upright Christ like pentagram or the inverted Satanic pentagram is your choice. But please choose wisely and also remember that this is a very serious occult symbol not be toyed with by those Gnostics, Adepts or magicians who do not fully understand the forces they are dealing with.
In my next article, I will detail the upside down (inverted) or Satanic pentagram that is used primarily by black magicians and or Satanists.
Moe is the founder of GnosticWarrior.com. A website dedicated to both the ancient and modern teachings of Gnosticism.