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They may also have represented planetary alignments, with Ishtar ‘Goddess of the Heavens’ at the top.In Ancient Greece the pentagram was seen as a way of expressing the ‘golden ratio’, and Pythagoreans considered it to be an emblem of perfection.
This could be one of the reasons for that interpretation amongst many Wiccans.
In Egyptian hieroglyphics the pentagram enclosed in a circle (argued to be labelled as the pentacle in many circles) meant the netherworld – the underworld where the dead roamed.
In ancient Mesopotamia pentagrams have been found, and one dates back to a similar period as the jar in Thebes – 3200BC.
The pentagram has been used to represent religious and spiritual ideas from a wide array of beliefs and religious practices.
So, to better understand this symbol and how it relates to the modern Wiccan or Pagan, let’s take a closer look at it’s origins.