To Wear or Not to Wear: an open discussion on pentacles

For those that attended the moot a few days ago, a topic was touched on briefly that’s had me thinking in the days since.  To explain from the beginning, a lot of pagans in Derbyshire (and probably all over the country) will wear a pentacle or pentagram as part of their daily or ritual jewellery and the discussion briefly touched upon why this was the case.  For some, the five-pointed star represented a balance of the elements, and a permanent reminder that they too, were balanced and based in the elements which they saw as sacred, alternatively it represented the four elements ruled by Spirit.  For others it is a symbol of protection, a sign that by wearing the favour of the goddess and god that you are protected and comforted by them in everyday life, and connected to them during ritual.  Others still saw it as a physical representation of faith, that it identified them with a particular group, members of which may be unknown, and by wearing an outward representation that other like-minded folk may identify each other.  Other still chose not to wear one at all.  For me, I wear one whilst I’m at work, as a brooch on my suit jacket, but not whilst I’m at home, nor during ritual.  You might think that’s a tad strange, but for me the pentacle is widely understood as a symbol of paganism in general, and even though I class myself as Asatru, wearing that brooch gives a small silver outward indication that I’m sympathetic to all pagans.  It’s a source of personal pride and confidence (and those who know were I work will understand why), and though I could wear a Mjollnir brooch to signify my precise affiliations, the pentacle to me is a much more widely recognised image.  Also a Mjollnir is usually the very opposite of small and delicate, so pinning a great heavy metal runic hammer to my suit lapel might just raise some eyebrows – and pull my work suits all out of shape… As most of you may have already spotted, I wear a Mjollnir to moots and rituals, because that links me to my gods.  I don’t wear one everyday, but putting one on puts me in a higher spiritual mind and reminds me of the faith and obligations I have to sworn to keep.

So, thinky and question time: do you wear a pentacle / pentagram?  if so, why?  Do you prefer another symbol of faith or protection?  Do you choose to wear them at particular times or events, and what does it symbolise to you?  Comments on a piece of pentacle pudding please…

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6 thoughts on “To Wear or Not to Wear: an open discussion on pentacles

  1. Yes, I wear my pentacle mostly, but not exclusively for moots and events. For me it represents the four elements ruled by spirit. I also wear moon symbols to remind me of the Goddess side of Paganism. sometimes I wear crystals of various kinds. These make me feel more connected to the Earth, and sometimes for their healing value. Also I wear a Star of David to reming me of Spirit descending into matter and matter ascending into Spirit.
    Any thing I wear as an accessory usually has some significance other than just bling, whether it be connected to my faith or an ancestor or a special event. Even my wedding ring has a Pagan significance, it is a Russian style triple gold one which reminds me that I am married in mind, body and spirit.
    Even though I do not hide my Paganism, I have my hospital notes declare it and I fill it in the “other” box of the census forms every ten years. (The next one will be out later this spring) I still get odd looks from strangers sometimes.
    Blessed Be.

  2. I wear or otherwise display a pentagram when I want to express affiliation with ‘paganism’ in general; although, as with Amalasuntha, it’s not strictly a symbol of my religion.

    It has become a well-recognised emblem of paganism as an umbrella and in this respect I associate myself with it. Having said that, for me personally, it doesn’t have a specific symbolism beyond that. It was once quite widely used as a Sun symbol – as many star-like patterns were. I suppose, that being the case, it wouldn’t be too out of line for someone like me to use it in contemplation of, say, Apollo or Sol Invictus, but I’m not aware of any historical foundation for that.

    newbold witch, yes, I keep forgetting the census… That reminds me I never did anything with the Pagan Dash details I got sent… Rats…

  3. Hi,
    Well my husband and I (sounds posh doesn’t it?) both wear a pentacle all the time. For me, it is a link to the Gods and Goddessess that I work with, a constant reminder to try to be a better person. It’s also a comfort and is empowered with protection against negative energies.

    Occasionally, I add to my neckwear with the a different necklace of either silver or crystal, whichever I feel like and according to my wardrobe!

    Many christians wear a crucifix or a simple cross and chain. Why? Well, when I was ‘one of those people’, many moons ago, I wore one. Looking back, I cannot think why!

    It’s just a matter of personal choice. It isn’t right just as it isn’t wrong to wear one.

    Well, that’s my opinion anyway 🙂

  4. Hi Silverwolf,

    You say you don’t know why you wore a cross when you were a Christian, well I’ve always understood (forgive me if I’m wrong) that the cross is a much more ancient symbol than the Christain religion, they adapted it by adding the crucified figure of Jesus, i.e. the Catholics in particular wear a Crucifix not just a plain cross, so perhaps even in your former devotions you were subconciously tapping into your
    Pagan leanings.

    Blessed Be.

  5. I wear a pentagram because externally, it links me with others of my peers who share a similar mind-set. Privately however, it reminds me of my personal journey.

  6. I wear a pentagram both for identity, and also, having blessed it – for protection. There has been a lot of negativity flung towards me, so i feel at ease when i wear it. I usually remove it for when i’m at sea at work for safety reasons, but have it on me all other times. I find it a good icebreaker too, as in my line of work most pagans that may be in the same line of work, will notice it and come out of their shells a bit, and be more open. I have found a few at work this way, and it’s bringing us out with more confidence in what we believe.

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