We have already talked about the Delphic Epsilon so I thought that it would be quite interesting to penetrate in the beginning of other ancient symbols as well .Within the next connections that we will keep through Literatology, I will try to present you a series of ancient symbols and secrets, which have been preserved over the centuries.
To talk about the symbols and understand their contribution during the centuries, we must first understand their natural origin. When we refer to symbols we talk about a code for a condensed image of limitless elements.
One of these symbols, which will be the first of these series, is the star of Venus, or best known to all as “the five-pointed” otherwise pentagram. It is a misunderstood symbol, as by its nature is a symbol of balance, health and protection. In our days though, however, it is connected with the worship of Satan, causing in that way a feeling of abhorrence.
To understand the meaning of the symbols, as we already have said, we must study their origins.
The five-pointed star is rumored to be originated around 4000 BC in the areas near Tiger and Effratis River. It is believed that the symbol refers to astronomical studies of that era. Later on it was found in 2700 BC in some Sumerian civilization, symbolizing the four cardinal points with the sky. Amongst other things, it is associated with the planet Aphrodite. That is because the years of this planet are completed in every five years.
The pentagram is a perfect shaped geometric symbol. It is very complex, as it represents the convergence of several lines. It is harmonious because all angles form a symmetrical whole, and particularly dynamic, as it represents sharp corners that tend outwards.
We say that the pentagram is extremely misunderstood, because as mentioned above, by its nature it symbolizes
health and balance. To be more extensive, therefore, it also represents the full and able-bodied man. That is why the Pythagoreans from 400 BC sealed their letters with a pentagram together with the word Health. Affected by the tactics of the Pythagoreans, Giordano Bruno (1591) places inside the five-pointed star a human body with its legs and arms open.
The history of the Pentagram is found in many cultures, civilizations as well as in many nations’ flags. That can be noticed in the US flag and in Turkey’s flag as well. Also, in Chinese culture, the Pentagram symbolizes the five elements of life: water, metal, earth, fire, wood, while in Latin America it can be found in the form of flowers.
It is said that its protective strength solidifies when it is placed within a circle. In that way, there are combined the individual elements of a human.
The significance of this symbol was not tainted until the 16th century. It wasn’t combined with the negative magic, because it symbolized perfection. In the book of Bruno that is referring the unit, there is a man within an inverted pentagram with his back reversed and able to be seen by the reader. This man seems to be the fallen Adam. Thoughts like the above ones, with the inverted pentacle, led occultists of the 19th century to connect the inverted pentagram with the cult of Evil. They also added a goat inside the Pentagram thus forming the hideous stamp of the devil Leviathan, which was endorsed by the church of Satan by Anton Szandor LaVey in 1969.
The real importance and meaning of the Pentagram is more pure, free from the cult of of the devil. In reality it is the most beautiful flower of unity and protection from witchcraft.
I hope that reading about this symbol was an enjoyable enough. I promise you that continuity of these series of the “Symbols” will be exciting.