symbols. Magick is
a symbolic Path.
Pagan symbols can be found in the most unexpected places, including
churches. When they rebuild Windsor Castle after the fire,
Charles was quite excited that one of his favorite things was restored
in the renovation. It was a Green Man in one of the stairways.
follows is a list of symbols that every
Witch should know.
and most obvious Witchcraft symbol, is the Pentagram. The
pointed star within the circle has been used by various people, for
reasons throughout history. It
found in one form or another as an important symbol of almost every
culture. Forms of
this symbol have been
found in Latin America,
China, Greece, and Egypt.
It has been found scratched on the
walls of Neolithic
caves, in rough diamond shapes. The
Pentagram was used in Sumerian texts to mark directions, and in
where it marks the path the planet Venus makes on its travels. It was a secret Pagan
the Goddess Ishtar.
used as a symbol of all five
visible planets in some cultures, or as just the planet Venus, and a
symbol for the Goddess in others.
Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician
and philosopher held
that the number five was the number of Man because of the five-fold
the body, as well as the ancient Greek division of the soul. He used the Pentagram to
symbolize the five
Elements that made up man, Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and mind or Spirit. Those same five Elements
are still represented
by the Pentagram in Witchcraft today.
Scriptures, especially Hebrew, are
references to Pentagrams. Even
Christians have used the Pentagram as a symbol of Christ, during the
Renaissance. Before the cross, it was the preferred symbol for jewelry
amulets of early Christians. It is still in use today in the Amish
country of Pennsylvania,
where you can see it painted on barns as a Hex Sign, to ward against
The Pentagram is a Witchcraft symbol
Pentagrams and Pentacles
The terms Pentagram, and Pentacle, are
interchangeably, but there is a difference.
A Pentagram is the drawn symbol, a Pentacle,
is an object in the shape
of a pentagram. The
pentagram is not
always the straight forward five pointed star in a circle, sometimes it
disguised within more intricate shapes to hide its significance from
In Witchcraft, the Pentagram
symbolizes the five Elements
of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit.
Those in turn correspond to the colors of
green, yellow, red, blue, and
white, respectively. These
correspondences are significant when working magick.
The Pentacle is also a tool used in
made of wood, or metal,
it is placed on the North side of the Altar, and holds salt. In this form, its only
correspondence is Earth.
The Pentacle is also used as jewelry
by most Witches as a
symbol of their faith, just as Christians wear the cross or crucifix. Typically, the Pentacle is
warn with one
point up, though in the Gardnerian tradition, it is warn with one point
symbolize the person has achieved the Second Degree of knowledge.
The Crescent Moon is a Witchcraft
symbol of the
therefore usually worn only by women.
is shown in its waxing phase, and worn by young women of birthing age. The word Crescent comes
from the Latin creare which means
to create. This is
a symbol of female fertility, and the
ability of women to create life.
Another Lunar symbol is the Triple
Goddess. It shows
the moon in three of its four
phases, waxing, full, and waning.
phases of the moon are linked with the monthly phases of a woman’s
running about 28.5 days in length.
lunar phases are also symbolic of the human lifespan.
The waxing moon equates to growing up, the
full moon is the peak of adulthood, the waning moon is old age, and the
Moon is death.
The Triple Goddess is usually warn as
a circlet on the
brow, and denotes the woman as a Priestess.
Just as women wear the moon symbol,
men wear antlers or
centuries Christians have
incorrectly identified this as a Satanic symbol.
Many Witchcraft symbols were purposely
misidentified as Satanic. It is actually a masculine symbol of the God. The God in Witchcraft
almost always has horns
or antlers. In
nature, most animals that
are used for food, weather hunted or domesticated, the male of the
horns or antlers.
The horns worn by male Witches are
typically goat shaped,
and antlers are shaped like a deer.
is a symbol of masculine virility, since antlers are used during
to battle rival males for mating rights.
In Witchcraft just about everything
has either a
masculine or feminine aspect. Whether
they be herbs, planets, or Elements, all can be defined as either
all Witchcraft symbols
have either a masculine or feminine association.
So too, there are masculine and feminine
colors. Because the
moon is a symbol of
the female, and its glow is a cool silver, that color as well as the
metal are associated with the feminine.
The Sun, with its warm golden radiance is a
male symbol, so Gold is the
color and metal of the masculine. Typically,
jewelry for a man will be made of
gold, and for a woman will be made of silver.
Wheel of The Year
The eight-spoked wheel, symbolizes the
cycle of the
year. Each spoke
represents one of the
eight Sabbats, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lamas, Mabon, Samhain,
and Yule. The
significance of the wheel is that there
is no beginning or end, it is continual.
We may call January 1st
the start of the year, (Though many
Witches think of November 1st as the first of
the year) but the
calendar doesn’t stop, then start up again, it moves from day to day
without end. It’s
this unending cycle that the wheel of
the year signifies.
The wheel is also symbolic of any
cycle. This can be
the cycle of the seasons, or the
moon, a woman’s menstrual cycle, a planetary cycle, or the cycle of
life. In the Tarot,
the Wheel of Fortune card shows
this same Witchcraft symbol, in this case, it represents the person’s
purpose of their life. Even the Pentagram can be seen as a wheel. Any point can be up, and
it looks the same. This
alludes to the fact that cycles while
they may look the same, are not.
Yes, the cross was a Witchcraft symbol
long before the
Christians adopted it. Typically
Witchcraft, the cross has arms of equal length, instead of the crossbar
shorter. This is
because it is a symbol
of balance. The
Wheel of The Year can be
seen as a circle around two crosses, one cross marking the major
other marking the minor. A
wear a cross as a way to gain balance in their lives, or as a reminder
In ritual, anointing oil is used to
mark those who enter the
Circle. Each person
has a Pentagram
drawn on their forehead, and those who have become a Priest or
have crosses marked on their wrists, and feet.
This is a way of showing that they have
learned to work in balance, and
to walk in balance.
There are many forms of writing that
Witches can employ
for symbolism, secrecy, or <A href=”
http://www.cyberwitchcraft.com/runes.html”>divination</a>. These include Ogham, Theban,
Futhark runes. Typically
runes are used in a Book of Shadows to keep spells and rituals secret.
also be used to mark ritual tools, because the runes are more artistic
other scripts, and can be misinterpreted as a simple design.
Theban runes are more than simple
they are also a tool. The
are used as a substitution cipher when a Witch desires to keep
written secret. You
simply exchange the
Theban runes for the letters they represent.
The Spiral is a symbol that has been
found carved in
Neolithic rock formations all over the world.
While it is obvious that it was significant
symbol of spirituality, just
what its meaning was, is unknown. To Witches, the Spiral is a Witchcraft
also symbolic of the
journey of life. This
is a contemplative
Witchcraft symbol. By
spiral line with a finger, or just eyeballing it, this symbol forces
slow down and relax. This
demonstrated in the Spiral Dance.
The Triangle is a purely feminine
symbol. The three
points represent the Triple Goddess
of Maiden, Mother, and Crone. The
bristles of the broom form a triangle.
it is the female pubic area. The
triangle is a symbol of strength.
cannot be crushed as the narrow point is supported by the wide base.
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