The 5-pointed star can be traced to many ancient cultures. The symbol was used in the 4th century BC in Mesopotamia, both as the seal of Solomon and of Jerusalem for the Jewish people.
It was copied from the star shaped pattern formed by the travels of the planet Venus in the sky.
symbol also appears in Egyptian hieroglyphics, associated with the Goddess Sopdet. Today
the image of the five pointed has been used to promote Rock music and movies,
feed Satanic furor. Additionally, the many neo-pagan movements have adopted the pentagram as
their ensign of "natural religion."
It appears in many flags, in the center of the Islam crescent moon symbol, in the Great Seal of the U.S. (with supposed Freemasonry influence).
The pentagram (lines thru the middle) has been used by many religions to represent the human form , the five senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste).
In the middle ages it was used by Christians to represent the five wounds of Christ (nails thru his hands and feet and piercing of his side).
In Islam it represents the five pillars.
The pentagram in a circle (called a pentacle) also appears in several places. In the Kabbalistic* tradition the five points are associated with the name of God in Hebrew characters YHWH (Yahweh) with the addition of Hebrew letter shin () for the unifying element spirit at the top. A new word is formed - the Pentagrammaton, or "five-lettered name" .
Wicca also uses the pentacle to represent the five elements (Spirit, Water, Fire, Earth, Air).
See Symbols of Wicca and Neopaganism: An introduction
* Kabbalah originated in Judaism and was later adapted by Christian, New Age, and Occultist groups.
The Pythagoreans held the pentacle sacred to Hygeia, the Goddess of healing.
In Freemasonry it is symbolic of the descent of the divinity of Christ into the world of matter. But, many icons in the U.S. have been attributed to Freemasonry.
People point to the street layout in Washington, D.C.
Pierre Charles L'Enfante (a Freemason), laid out the Governmental Center .
There is still controversy over Freemasonry symbolism in our early government (e.g. great seal).
The simple five-point star appears on many flags. It appears on the US flag, the Great Seal, and on our currency. Like any symbol, it means what you want it to mean. It is also in the center of the islam symbol .
The inverted pentagram represents spirit subservient to matter, of man subservient to his carnal desires. It is not necessarily Satanic. It is also used by the Order of the Eastern Star. In the judeo-christian arena, the inverted pentagram is often seen as associated with Baphomet and / or with satan.
What are the meanings behind a five point star? | answers.yahoo.com
The Pentagram at GnosticTeachings.org
Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram 1
The Pagan's Path ~ History Of The Pentagram
last updated 6 Oct 2014