The Pentagram

Like 666 and the Baphomet, the Pentagram has no doubt been strangled into a commercialized symbol over time, as the masses utilize the image for mere shock value, exemplifying the utter state of spiritual deprivation. Those who partake in this sort of trend place an overemphasis on the mere illustration of the Pentagram (typically the inverted form) rather than its actual essence and meaning. Thus, they haven't a spiritual clue, engulfing themselves in a senseless abyss of merchandise.

Firstly, note the word itself; the Greek terms πέντε (five) and γραμμή (line) certainly play their part in depicting the often displayed structure of the Pentagram, as shown in The Key of Solomon via the astrological pentacles of Venus and Mercury (magical symbols). Yet, at its core, the natural elements of air, fire, water, earth and spirit are central in understanding the traditional notion of the Pentagram. As Agrippa illustrates in his second Book Of Occult Philosophy, the microcosm (i.e. man), given the anatomy (the head, arms, and legs), is itself the Pentagram. Eliphas Levi put it this way:
"The Pentagram is the figure of the human body, having the four limbs and the single point representing the head." (Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine and Ritual, Ch. V)
This is the actual meaning. The frequent image put to use is simply a portrayal of this very concept—the figure of the human body. And as far as the geometry goes, the human body can be placed at different angles, and Agrippa does well at illustrating this (ibid.). But regardless of the angles, the microcosm remains five nonetheless (arms, legs, and head), that is, a pentagram. In other words, it does not have to be the exact shape many expect it to be. The essence is in the elements and anatomy.

This is emphatically demonstrated by Levi, as he not only identifies the Pentagram as the "Star of the Magi" (Matthew 2:2),1 but also as "wormwood" from Revelation 8:11.2 Notice, the Biblical text gives no specific description of shape in regards to these stars. Levi is concerned with the essence here, not merely a drawing. He goes on to describe it as Mary or Lilith, victory or death, day or night, all depending on whether or not it is inverted that is. Thus, the opposites no doubt have their part in the Pentagram. 

As far as the elements go, it is a matter of transmutation, since one may be changed into the other (e.g. Of Occult Philosophy, Book I, Ch. III). So it is with mankind, for they "return to dust" (Ecclesiastes 3:20; Genesis 3:19) and are part of the earth therefore, as Ovid writes: "shapeless clay put on the form of man" (Metamorphoses, 76). The five elements⁠—manifested through the figure of the body⁠—may be illustrated in a number of different ways actually; one of them being the crucifixion, which certainly places focus upon the body itself. See, contrary to the ideas of Christendom, the crucifixion of Jesus is explicitly based in the occultit is the "Morning Star" crucified (Revelation 22:16). Or as the Latin Vulgate puts it: lucifer (2 Peter 1:19; "day star" KJV).In other words, it is the Pentagram.

Furthermore, John 19:34 mentions the soldiers piercing Christ's side with a spear, resulting in "blood and water" coming out, his spirit likewise noted in Luke 23:46.4 Indeed, he breaths his last, placing his breath into the heavens (the air). You also have fire thrown in (Elijah, Matthew 27:47-49; 2 Kings 1:10-14; 2:11) as well as earth (bones, John 19:36; Genesis 3:19; Job 20:11; Psalm 103:14). These five elements are promptly highlighted in the text at the crucifixion, but those who lack the esoteric eye will not be able to discern such occult matters. In fact, this hanging on the tree (Galatians 3:13) is the same paganism as Odin in Norse (The Poetic EddaHávamál, 139). 

Moreover, what about the inverted Pentagram? Levi describes the inversion as Satan himself, asserting that a "human figure head downwards naturally represents a demon" (i.e. "intellectual subversion").5 Notice, the apostle Peter is both identified as Satan (see Matthew 16:23) and crucified upside down in the Gnostic Acts of Peter; inverted crucifixion being one and the same as the inverted Pentagram.

Additionally, similar to this martyrdom of Peter, the apostle Paul undergoes quite a specific  execution in the Acts of Paul.There, the form is a beheading, and the text notes that "milk spurted" as the executioner "struck off his head." When you understand Levi's description of "the domination of the mind over the elements,"7 you can understand how this beheading is likewise an inverted pentagram. In fact, the element of "spirit" (the head) is the same as "breath", as is seen via the Greek term itself (πνεῦμα).8 Upon death, the departing breath becoming one with the air only furthers this constant point of fusion. Nevertheless, this decapitation in view displays the opposite notion (removing the spirit from its place), an inversion if you will, again signifying the reversed concept of the Pentagram.

The apostle Paul is also found in this work speaking after his death, resurrected, with his grave in view.9 This story is quite a motif actually (beheaded, martyrdom, resurrection, tomb), for the same kind of thing is witnessed with John the Baptist (e.g. Matthew 14:1-12), as Herod says: "John I have beheaded" (Luke 9:9). Notice also, Paul, in the context of his death says: "I am already being poured out as a drink offering" (2 Timothy 4:6). John the Baptist is associated with water (Luke 3:16; John 1:26; 3:23) and experiences the same death as Paul. In ancient lore, to be associated with a part of nature is to be the embodiment itself. For instance, Leviathan is associated with the sea (Psalm 104:25-26), yet identified as the sea itself (Psalm 74:14-15). In fact, in light of the beheading of John (water), note the following:
You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces, [And] gave him [as] food to the people inhabiting the wilderness. (Psalm 74:14, bold added)
That is, he broke the heads of the waters,10 Leviathan being the water itself, that which he fed to the people (see Exodus 17:6).11 Furthermore, as far as John the Baptist goes, you can see the element of fire tie into this since he is also identified as Elijah, "the chariot of fire" (Matthew 11:11-14; 2 Kings 2:11). These notions of water and fire indeed come together in unity (e.g. "the Atett Boat" which is the solar barge of Ra mentioned in the Book of the Dead).

In summary, those who confuse the mere symbol of "the Pentagram" as the Pentagram itself are missing the bus on spirituality. As shown above, Levi uses the concept quite expansively. The symbol is an illustration of the essence; apart from the essence, it has no solidity at all.

[Also see the accompanying video: The Pentagram]

Robert Anthony

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Endnotes:

1. The "wise men" (Matthew 2:1) are actually magicians. The Greek term μάγοι (a nominative plural form of μάγος) is what is used in the text (same Greek used in Acts 13:6, 8 for the magician). Thus, "magicians from the East came to Jerusalem." Magic? Pentagram? Welcome to the Bible, it is a compilation of occultism (contrary to Christian lies).

2. Chapter V (The Blazing Pentagram). 

3. See my article on Satan & Lucifer.

4. John's Gospel? Luke's Gospel? Indeed, these are Gnostic writings, as is the theme throughout the entire New Testament (i.e. Gnosticism). Many may categorize Gnosticism in an odd and limiting sort of manner (e.g. faulty dating methods, ignoring of parallelism); the literature itself (e.g. the Nag Hammadi) sets its own standard as to what Gnosticism even means. The frequent idea presented by Christianity is that the Gnostics were heretics; yet Christians hypocritically repudiate what the Bible teaches constantlyand their sense of direction is undoubtedly debased therefore.

As should be obvious, the "rejection of the Old Testament" Gnostic theme (commonly understood) is the central core of the New Covenant. Thus, the NT is explicitly covered in Gnostic doctrine (e.g. Leviticus 11; 2 Timothy 4:4; Mark 7:18-19; Romans 10:4; 2 Corinthians 3:6-7; Colossians 2:14-16). The OT and NT are indeed against one another (Luke 11:17), yet at given times also share a common ground (e.g. Hosea 6:6; Matthew 9:13). For more, see my article: The Gnostic Testament

5. ibid.

6. There is also The Acts of Peter and Paul, which likewise contains an inverted crucifixion of Peter, but gives a different explanation as to why he should be crucified in this manner (namely, being unworthy to die like the Lord).

7. ibid., The Pentagram, Ch. V

8. For instance, "breath [πνεύματι] of his mouth" (2 Thessalonians 2:8; also see Luke 23:46; James 2:26a).

9. An obvious case of necromancy. Of course, many reading this sort of thing, being unstudied in the ancient view of the dead will fail to recognize what is going on. The dead were understood as inanimate corpses (e.g. Ecclesiastes 9:5-6; James 2:26); Paul is decapitated here. His conversation with Caesar is clearly an esoteric depiction—the "haunting" of Paul's death communicating the notion of "great punishment" soon to arrive upon his life due to the shedding of righteous blood. As Genesis 4:10 says, "blood cries" from the ground. The transmutation of death ("return to dust" Ecclesiastes 3:20; Genesis 3:19) joining the individual with the mystical living earth (Job 12:8), resurrection. This is classic Alchemy.

10. Notice in Genesis 2:10, the river "divides itself into four heads" (LXX).

11. Leviathan is a serpent (Isaiah 27:1). Jesus associates "the serpent" with his crucifixion in John 3:14.


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