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The Enchantment of the Olympics and the Earthstars Matrix 
2012 07 26

By Ishtar Babilu Dingir | RedIceCreations.com

Amid concerns about a possible false flag attack on the Olympic stadium, what hasn’t yet been mentioned is that the Olympic Park ~ as well as the whole of the Greater London area ~ is protected by a pair of nine-mile-high giant spirits who are quite visible to the naked eye, if you know where to look.

The Olympics Games are being held on the festival of the god Lugh/Lug/Lud, whose visage can be seen engraved into landscape, guarding the east of London. There is also an enormous unicorn that is plainly visible, guarding London to the west ~ just as the lion and the unicorn appear in the Coat of Arms for Great Britain.

The landscape giants of the lion and the unicorn are part of the Enchantment of London and the Earthstars Matrix, which appears to have been put into place long before even the Templars came into these lands, in the days of the Druids.

The Lion and the Unicorn

The Olympics is always held on the same dates, beginning 27th July, and it coincides with the time that the ancient Celts (and Gauls) would call Lughnasadh ~ the festival at which they honoured their sun god, Lugh/Lug/Lud. Lud is the British equivalent of the Greek Zeus or the Roman Jupiter.

Known as Lugh in Ireland, he was Lud in England of which the main capital city, before the Romans, was known as Caer Lud (Lud’s Town, now London). Around the eighth century BCE, the Britons built a temple to Arianrhod, Lud’s female counterpart, by the western city gate on a hill. They called it Luds Gate, but we now know it as Ludgate Hill.

The spring of his river, the river Lud/Lea, is actually within an earthwork enclosure known as Waulud’s Bank, which is a landmark along the St Michael ley line. It flows into the Lea Valley and then just before Temple Mills (formerly a Templar stronghold) it loops round to surround the whole of the Olympic Park like a moat.

Lud is one of the guardians of the sacred city of London, the other being the unicorn, and both can be seen like huge landscape giants ~ Lud as the male kingly sun god lion (Lleu means ‘lion’ in Welsh) guarding London to the east, and the unicorn as the intuitive female moon goddess guarding the west.

It’s difficult to make out their bodies now that suburban Greater London has become so built up, but their heads and forelegs are quite distinct. On top of that, Lud the solar lion is wearing a crown, just as he appears in the coat of arms for Great Britain.


The unicorn to the west

The lion to the east

The crowned lion’s head

Chris Street has written about these landscape giants in the chapter entitled Guardians of the Sacred City in the book Legendary London and the Spirit of Place, edited by Anthony Thorley.

“The head, back and mane of the Lion is defined by various features, including the A113 road from Passingford Bridge and Chigwell to Woodford. Meandering alongside it, virtually all the way, is the river Roding, adding a curly mane. The lion’s face follows the B175 road from Passingford Bridge through Stapleford Abbots to Romford.

“The eye is in the area of Battles Hall and St Mary’s Stapleford. The lion’s mouth is in the area of Havering at Bower, and its chest is the A112 through Chadwell Heath. The paws rest comfortably in Dagenham, defined by parts of the A125 and A111.

“The kingly stature of the lion is emphasised by the surprising fact that some of the old paths, tracks and boundary lines above its head can actually be linked up in the shape of very regal crown, remarkably similar to the one on the real crest.”

There are lots of Red Lion pubs marking the silhouette of the lion, and the horn of the Unicorn is exactly at a place called Horn Hill.

So is it just coincidence that images of a lion and a unicorn can be made out so clearly in the landscape around the London? According to Chris Street, no, because the images form a meaningful part of a remarkable discovery known as the London Earthstars Matrix.

This London Earthstars Matrix is also emblazoned on the London landscape but in a different way to the lion and the unicorn ~ yet all three are fundamentally connected.

The Earthstars of London refer to a ground-breaking piece of work in which it has been discovered that the sacred sites of London are not distributed at random. They connect in a vast and complex geometric pattern or matrix which includes many old but lesser known parish churches and sacred hills, as well as Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral and the Tower of London.

Says Chris Street:

“Two of the most important ley alignments in the capital pass through the Earthstars’ lion and unicorn ….

“Running through the lion is a royal ley line which combines a solar energy path aligned to midsummer sunrise …

It is also known as the Coronation Leyline, because it is in direct alignment with three sites where the kings of Great Britain have been crowned.

“The Coronation line runs through the King’s Stone at Kingston-upon-Thames (where seven Saxon kings were crowned), and St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey …

“The unicorn has an appropriate alignment of churches linked to the lunar divine feminine aspect. Most of its churches are dedicated to Mary, who is often depicted standing on a crescent moon, as the Christian version of the virgin moon goddess archetype.

“And at the heart of the unicorn is Harrow-on-the-Hill, where the St Mary the Virgin church is at the centre of an extraordinary pentragram of sacred leys and holy hills all radiating at a perfect 72 degrees.”

The five points of the Harrow-on-the-Hill star are Horsendon Hill, Barn Hill in Wembley, Belmont Hill in Stanmore, Dabb’s Hill in Ruislip and St John’s in Pinner.

Christopher Wren 

Anthony Thorley says it’s evident from earlier drafts of his plans that he never got to use that Christopher Wren knew of the Earthstars Matrix when he was given the commission to rebuild the sacred sites of London after the Great Fire.

Anthony has devoted a whole chapter to this subject, Sir Christopher Wren’s Secret London in his book Legendary London and the Spirit of Place.

In all, the Earthstars Matrix comprises nineteen designs ~ mostly pentagrams, hexagrams, circles and triangles.None of them are separate. Each connect to the whole. Chris Street says that it is a recognisable temple ground plan, but on a vast scale and covering more than 400 square miles of Greater London.

And this giant sacred but hidden temple is protected on both sides by the holy protector guardians of Great Britain, the lion and the unicorn, as shown on the royal coat of arms.

© Ishtar Babilu Dingir

Former Sunday Times journalist and now a shaman, healer and writer, Ishtar Babilu Dingir is the creator of ISHTAR’S GATE and the HANGING GARDENS OF BABYLON.
She is also the author of LORD OF THE DANCE, a book about life in India with the late Sri Sathya Sai Baba. 

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If you have been following my other posts you many have found a trend that I believe that the Olympics has a huge powerful hidden agenda and I believe this event will be used as a mind control and possibly a false flag terrorist event. I’m also believe this could be used to channel various types of energies into the human consciousness, energies that has an agenda relating to religion and occult secret societies. Over the last week I’ve been trying to find the significance of the cauldron and the meaning and history of this ritualistic tool used in many religions and literature. I’m interested into why we use this tool for a world wide sporting event called the Olympics. We have had 70 days of taking the torch around the country, this brings forth a enormous about of spiritual energy with it. On one level we can presume that the torch is simply a tool to get the whole nation geared up for the Olympics, however is this was the case then the first use of the torch wouldn’t have been used as a propaganda technique for the Nazi’s in the 1936 Olympic games.
The torch is first brought to the country via virgin women in Greece, it is undoubtedly a symbolic ritual. If you have some knowledge of the meaning and history of the Olympic Cauldron, Flame and any other symbolism please tell me I’ll be more than happy to read through. If this is the first blog of mine you are reading please read my blog titled, The Hidden Meaning of the London Olympics 2012, also many other blogs relating to this subject.

This information below was literally copied from these sites:
http://www.ecauldron.net/pentagram.php
http://www.britannia.com/history/arthur/grail.html

King Arthur in Legend: The Holy Grail

The Holy GrailThe Tradition: The Holy Grail was a vessel used by Christ at the Last Supper. Given to his grand-uncle, St. Joseph of Arimathea, it was used by him to collect Christ’s blood and sweat while Joseph tended him on the Cross. After Christ’s death, Joseph was apparently imprisoned in a rock tomb similar to the one he had given for the body of his grand-nephew. Left to starve, he was sustained for several years by the power of the Grail which provided him with fresh food and drink every morning. Later, St. Joseph travelled to Britain with his family and several followers. He settled at Ynys Witrin (Glastonbury), but the Grail was taken to Corbenic where it was housed in a spectacular castle, guarded always by the Grail Kings, descendants of Joseph’s daughter, Anna (Enygeus) and her husband, Brons.

Centuries later, the location of the Great Castle of Corbenic became forgotten. At the Court of King Arthur, however, it was prophesied that the Grail would one day be rediscovered by a descendantof St. Joseph: the best knight in the land, the only man capable of sitting in the mysterious Siege Perilous. When such a man arrived in the form of Galahad, the son of Lancelot, along with a miraculous, though brief, vision of the Grail itself, a quest to find this holiest of relics began. Through many adventures and many years, the Knights of the Round Table crossed Britain from one end to another in their search. Perceval (Peredyr) discovered the castle in a land that was sickly like its spear-wounded King. When entertained by this “Fisher” or “Grail King”, however, he failed to ask of the grail and left empty-hand. Lancelot next reached Corbenic, but was prevented from entering because of he was an adulterer. Finally Galahad arrived. He was permitted entry to the Grail Chapel and allowed to gaze upon the great cup. His life became complete and together grail and man were lifted up to heaven.

The Names: The Holy Grail first appears as simply “a grail” in the works of Chrétien deTroyes. The word is probably derived from the Old French word graal meaning a “broad and capacious dish or salver”. Though usually thought of as being a cup or chalice, the Grail has indeed been variously described as a platter, dish, a cornucopia, horn of plenty or even a book or a stone.

The name of the Castle of Corbenic has competing explanations. Old Welsh Cors, meaning “Horn,” the Horn of Plenty as the Grail is sometimes described may have become confused with the Old French Corps, producing Corps-Benoit meaning “Holy Body,” ie. the Body of Christ. More likely, however, is the suggestion that Corbenic stems from Corbin-Vicus. The ending is almost certainly derived from the Latin for “Settlement,” while Corben is a French translation of the word Crow or Raven: Bran in Welsh. This was also a man’s name and, as Brons, he appears as St. Joseph’s son-in-law, one of the first Grail Kings. Hence Corbenic was “Bran’s Settlement”. It may be identical to the home of Lancelot’s father, Caer-Benwick.

Ancient Origins: The quest for a divine vessel was a popular theme in Arthurian legend long before medieval writers introduced the Holy Grail to British mythology. It appears in the Mabinogion tale of Culhwch and Olwen, but particularly well-known is the story of the Preiddeu Annwfn or “Spoils of the Otherworld” as recounted by Taliesin. Arthur and his warriors sail off to the Celtic Otherworld to capture the pearl-rimmed Cauldron of Annwfn: like the grail it was a giver of plenty, but also of prophecy. It was at last discovered at Caer-Siddi (or Wydyr), an island bound castle of glass, where it was guarded by nine divine maidens; but the ensuing perils were too much for even Arthur’s men. The mission was abandoned and only seven of their number returned home.

Celtic Cauldrons were used in ceremonial feasting as early as the Late Bronze Age. Ritual deposits in Llyn Fawr (Glamorgan) included such vessels, though the best known example is the Gundestrup Cauldron found in the peat bogs of Jutland (Denmark). Highly decorated with portraits of many Celtic deities, this vessel would once have held up to twenty-eight and a half gallons of liquid. These finds clearly point to the religious importance of cauldrons, as found in the Arthurian stories and even older Celtic mythological parallels.

The magic Otherworld vessel was the Cauldron of Ceridwen, the Celtic Goddess of Inspiration. She is remembered today in the archetypal hideous cauldron-stirring witch. She once set about brewing a drink of knowledge and wisdom for her hideous son, but her kitchen-boy, Gwion, accidentally tasted the concoction, preventing anyone else from benefitting from its affects. A great battle of wills ensued, for Gwion now held all the knowledge to escape the Goddess’ wrath. The two changed themselves into various animals in an attempt to outwit each other before Gwion was swallowed whole as a grain of wheat. He was eventually reborn as the great bard, Taliesin!

The cauldron then reappears in the story of Bran Fendigaid (the Blessed), not only as a vessel of knowledge and plenty, but also of rebirth. The great Celtic warrior God, Bran, obtained his life-giving vessel from a giantess (or thinly veiled Ceridwen) who had been expelled from a Lake in Ireland. The Emerald Isle here personifies the Celtic Otherworld. The magic vessel would restore to life the body of any dead warrior placed within it: a scene apparently depicted on the Gundestrup Cauldron. Bran’s sister marries the King of Ireland and they are given the cauldron as a wedding gift. However, when hostilities between the two countries break out, Bran travels across the ocean to regain this dangerous prize. He is eventually successful, but is wounded by a poisoned spear and, like Arthur, only seven of his men return home. The name, the castle (already discussed), the wound, the mystic vessel, the journey: Bran Fendigaid is clearly Brons, the Grail King, son-in-law of Joseph of Arimathea.

Pentagram 
   The pentagram has long been associated with mystery and magic. It is
   the simplest form of star shape that can be drawn unicursally - with a
   single line - hence it is sometimes called the Endless Knot. Other
   names are the Goblin's Cross, the Pentalpha, the Witch's Foot, the
   Devil's Star and the Seal of Solomon (more correctly attributed to the
   hexagram).

   It has long been believed to be a potent protection against evil and
   demons, hence a symbol of safety, and was sometimes worn as an amulet
   for happy homecoming. The old folk-song : "Green Grow the
   Rushes,O!" refers to the use of the pentagram above doors and
   windows in the line: "Five is the symbol at your door."

   The potency and associations of the pentagram have evolved throughout
   history. Today it is an ubiquitous symbol of neo-pagans with much
   depth of magickal and symbolic meaning.   
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The Pentagram through History.

   The pentagram symbol today is ascribed many meanings and deep
   significance, though much of this is very recent. However, it has been
   used throughout history and in many contexts:
     * The earliest known use of the pentagram dates back to around
       3500BC at Ur of the Chaldees in Ancient Mesopotamia where it was
       symbolic of imperial power.
     * Amongst the Hebrews, the symbol was ascribed to Truth and to the
       five books of the Pentateuch. It is sometimes, incorrectly, called
       the Seal of Solomon (see Hexagram).
     * In Ancient Greece, it was called the Pentalpha, being
       geometrically composed of five A's. Unlike earlier civilizations,
       the Greeks did not generally attribute other symbolic meanings to
       the letters of their alphabet, but certain symbols became
       connected with Greek letter shapes or positions (eg Gammadion,
       Alpha-Omega).
     * To the Gnostics, the pentagram was the 'Blazing Star'.
     * For the Druids, it was a symbol of Godhead.
     * In Egypt, it was a symbol of the 'underground womb'.
     * The Pagan Celts ascribed the pentagram to the underground goddess
       Morrigan.
     * Medieval Christians attributed the pentagram to the Five Wounds of
       Christ.
     * The Christian Emperor Constantine I used the pentagram, together
       with the chi-rho symbol in his seal and amulet. 

     * In the legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the pentagram
       was Sir Gawain's glyph, inscribed in gold on his shield,
       symbolizing the five knightly virtues.
     * In Medieval times, the 'Endless Knot' was a symbol of Truth and
       was a protection against demons. It was used as personal
       protection and to guard windows and doors.
     * The pentagram with one point upwards symbolized summer; with two
       points upwards, it was a sign for winter.

          + During the long period of the Inquisition, the pentagram was
            seen to symbolize a Goat's Head. In the purge on witches, the
            horned god Pan became equated with the Devil (a Christian
            concept) and the pentagram, for the first time in history
            became a symbol of 'evil' and was called the Witch's Foot.

     * In the emergence of Hermeticism, graphical symbolism became very
       important. The concept of the microcosmic world of Man as
       analogous to the macrocosm, the greater universe of spirit and
       elemental matter is a part of traditional occult teaching in both
       western and eastern philosophies. "As above, so below."
       The pentagram, the 'Star of the Microcosm', symbolized Man within
       the microcosm, representing in analogy the Macrocosmic universe.

           The upright pentagram bears some resemblance to the
       shape of man with his legs and arms outstretched; indeed an
       illustration attributed to Agrippa or to Tycho Brae (1582)
       illustrates the similarity of proportion in this image, showing
       the five planets and the moon at the center point - the genitalia.
       There are other illustrations of the period by Robert Fludd and
       Leonardo da Vinci showing geometrical relationships of man to the
       universe.

          + Later, the pentagram came to be symbolic of the relationship
            of the head to the four limbs and hence of the pure
            concentrated essence of anything (or the spirit) to the four
            traditional elements of matter. - [Quintessence]

     * In Freemasonry, Man as Microprosopus was associated with the
       five-pointed Seal of Solomon. The symbol was used, interlaced and
       upright for the sitting Master of the Lodge. The geometric
       properties and structure of the Endless Knot were appreciated and
       symbolically incorporated into the 72 degree angle of the
       compasses. 
     * The women's branch of freemasonry uses the five pointed 'Eastern
       Star' as its emblem. Each point commemorates a heroine of biblical
       lore.

          + No graphical illustration of any association of the pentagram
            with evil appears until the nineteenth century. Eliphas Levi
            illustrates the upright pentagram of microcosmic man beside
            an inverted pentagram with the goat's head of Baphomet.

       In ritual magick the sign has long been used as a ritual flourish
       of the athame to symbolize invoking or banishing in respect to
       elemental associations.

     * In the 1940's Gerald Gardner adopted the pentagram with two points
       upward as the sigil of second degree initiation in the newly
       emergent, neo-pagan rituals of witchcraft, later to become known
       as Wicca. The one-point upward pentagram together with the upright
       triangle symbolized third degree initiation.
     * The pentagram was also inscribed on the altar pentacle, it's
       points symbolizing the three aspects of the Goddess plus the two
       aspects of the God.
     * It was not until the late 1960's that the pentagram again became
       an amuletic symbol to be worn and has since then become firmly
       established as a common neo-pagan and Wiccan symbol, acquiring
       many aspects of mystique and associations that are today often
       considered to be ancient folk-lore!

   Nevertheless, the potency of a symbol has more to do with its
   associations and its commonality than with its antiquity and the
   pentagram today is ubiquitous amongst neo-pagans.
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Symbolic Meanings of the Pentagram.

     * The number '5' has always been regarded as mystical and magical,
       yet essentially 'human'.
          + We have five fingers/toes on each limb extremity.
          + We commonly note five senses - sight, hearing, smell, touch
            and taste.
          + We perceive five stages or initiations in our lives - e.g..
            birth, adolescence, coitus, parenthood and death. (There are
            other numbers/ initiations/stages/attributions).
     * The number 5 is associated with Mars. It signifies severity,
       conflict and harmony through conflict.
     * In Christianity, five were the wounds of Christ on the cross.
     * There are five pillars of the Muslim faith and five daily times of
       prayer.
     * Five were the virtues of the medieval knight - generosity,
       courtesy, chastity, chivalry and piety as symbolized in the
       pentagram device of Sir Gawain.
     * The Wiccan Kiss is Fivefold - feet, knees, womb, breasts, lips -
       Blessed be.
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   The number 5 is prime. The simplest star - the pentagram- requires
   five lines to draw and it is unicursal; it is a continuous loop.

   Expressing the saying "Every man and every woman is a star",
   we can juxtapose Man on a pentagram with head and four limbs at the
   points and the genitalia exactly central. This is Man in microcosm,
   symbolizing our place in the Macrocosm or universe and the
   Hermetic/Tantric philosophy of associativity - "As above, so below". 
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   The geometric proportions of the regular pentagram are those of the
   Golden Section.
     * The Golden Proportion is one beloved of artists since Renaissance
       times, being those of a rectangle considered most pleasing in
       proportion. Here, the ratio of the lengths of the two sides is
       equal to the ratio of the longer side to the sum of the two sides.
       Or :
       a/b = b/a+b = a+b/a+2b = a+2b/2a+3b = 2a+3b/3a+5b ....etc.
     * If a square is added to the long side of a golden rectangle, a
       larger golden rectangle is formed. Continuing this progression
       forms the basis for a nautilus spiral. 
     * The ratio of the distance between two points of a pentagram to its
       total width is in the golden proportion, as is the ratio of the
       height above the horizontal bar to that below, as is the ratio of
       a central part of a line to the outer part.
     * This ratio forms the foundation of the Fibonacci series of numbers
       1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89,144, etc where each number is formed by
       adding the previous two numbers.
     * The Fibonacci series is much found in nature in the pattern
       arrangement of flower heads and leaves and many flower heads and
       fruits themselves exhibit a fivefold symmetry.   
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     * The pentagram has long been believed to be a potent protection
       against evil, a symbol of conflict that shields the wearer and the
       home.
     * The pentagram has five spiked wards and a womb shaped defensive,
       protective pentagon at the center.
     * There are five elements, four of matter (earth, air, fire and
       water) and THE quintessential - spirit. These may be arrayed
       around the pentagrams points.
          + The word 'quintessential' derives from this fifth element -
            the spirit.
     * Single point upwards signifies the spirit ruling matter (mind
       ruling limbs); is a symbol of rightness. With two points up and
       one (spirit) downwards, subservient, the emphasis is on the carnal
       nature of Man.
     * Tracing a path around the pentagram, the elements are placed in
       order of density - spirit (or aether). fire, air, water, earth.
       Earth and fire are basal, fixed; air and water are free, flowing.
     * These point attributions are used in ritually inscribing, as a
       flourish of the hands or the athame, different forms of pentagram
       for invoking or banishing (grounding) each of the elementals
       according to the nature of the ritual. The line traces as
       illustrated for earth (the last stroke is optional).

   Another way of seeing this path is as Man's spiritual journey through
   evolution. The spark of Life descending from God, the divine source of
   life to the simplest embryonic form (earth), rising to flow (water -
   air) on our plane of existence (compare with the intonation of the AUM
   mantra), then again descending to the fire of purification before
   again rising as a divine spark to find again his spiritual source.
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     * The pentagram may be shown as an interlaced line symbolic of the
       web-weaving power of magick. The descending spirit-earth line may
       pass under (male) or over (female) the water-air line to give two
       slightly differing forms.
     * A pentagram may be open, without a surrounding circle. This is the
       active form symbolizing an outgoing of oneself, prepared for
       conflict, aware, active. (One wearing an open pentagram must be
       physically aware of the danger of sharp points sticking in their
       skin from time to time !)
     * A circle around a pentagram contains and protects. It is the
       passive form implying spiritual containment of the magic circle.
       The circle also represents eternity and infinity.

    Inverted Pentagram
     * The pentagram may be inverted with one point down. The implication
       is of spirit subservient to matter, of man subservient to his
       carnal desires.
     * The inverted pentagram has come to be seen by many pagans as
       representing the dark side and it is abhorred as an evil symbol.
       Fundamental Christians, indeed, see any form of pentagram as such.
     * However, these are recent developments and the inverted pentagram
       is the symbol of Gardnerian second degree initiation, representing
       the need of the witch to learn to face the darkness within so that
       it may not later rise up to take control.

     * The center of a pentagram implies a sixth formative element -
       love/will which controls from within, ruling matter and spirit by
       Will and the controlled magickal direction of sexual energies.
       This is another lesson of initiation.   
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   In physical form, the pentagram may be worn as an amulet - as
   jewelry - pendant, ring, earrings, buckle, etc....

ringmaker@tcp.co.uk (lionel pepper)
 http://www.tcp.co.uk/~amulet/ 
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 - The earliest recorded use of the pentagram as a mystical symbol was by
   the Gnostics, who called it the Blazing Star.  It was also considered by
   Christians during the middle ages to be a symbol of the Five Wounds of
   Christ, and used as a protective glyph, generally as a variation on the
   Seal of Solomon (a Star of David within a circle).

 - The association of the pentagram with non-Christian belief, and its
   modern "elemental" analysis, were evidently introduced during the
   revival of occultism in the 17th and 18th centuries.  The Masons and
   similar groups such as the OTO took it up--for example, A.E. Waite is
   the person who introduced the symbol into the Tarot deck, replacing
   the traditional suit of Coins.

 - The use of the "inverted" pentagram to denote evil is a quite recent
   usage, and first appears in the works of Eliphas Levi.  He is also the
   source of the "goat's head" glyph.  Before this, neither orientation
   had evil connotations per se.

 - The modern pagan movement picked up the pentagram as part of a general
   borrowing from earlier "occult" usage, and Wicca in particular has
   taken it up as an explicit denotational symbol, similar to the
   cross, the Thor's hammer, and so on.

Amanda Walker
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According to my own research so far:

The categorization of the "inverted" (one-point-down) pentagram as
"evil" vs.  the "upright" (one-point-up) pentagram as "good"
originates in the writings of Eliphas Levi in the 19th Century, most
notably the works "The History of Magic" and "Doctrine and Ritual of
Transcendental Magic."  He is also the originator of the now-infamous
goat's head glyph.  Eliphas Levi (actually the pen name of Alphonse
Louis Constant, a French Catholic deacon) was one of a number of
writers who constituted a reaction against 18th century rationalism.
His works have had a lasting effect on French magical traditions, and
were instrumental in the development of the Tarot as a serious tool of
Hermetic magic, despite its humble beginnings in Gypsy fortune-telling.

Levi was the first Hermetic writer to assign an elemental (or perhaps
more accurately, alchemical) meaning to the pentagram, which before
him had been used principally as a protective glyph denoting the five
wounds of Christ (and as such, occurs in both orientations in Gothic
cathedrals and cloisters all across Europe)).

Now, I would be more than interested to hear about evidence that
contradicts the derivation I give above; however, I have yet to come
across any "evil" connotations of the pentagram, or the orientation
thereof, that predate Eliphas Levi (who lived from 1810-1875).

This is not to say that his analysis is nonsense--far otherwise, in
fact.  If you apply his elemental attributions to the points of the
figure, the orientation does indeed profoundly affect the resulting
connotations.  However, it is a mistake to believe that this
interpretation is any more "traditional" than 150 or so years, or for
that matter particularly pagan.  It has, however, been picked up by
modern paganism, and has been (comparatively speaking) neglected by
modern hermeticism, which has focused primarily on the Tarot and the
Kabbalah.

Amanda Walker
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Amanda Walker (amanda@intercon.com) writes:

|Eliphas Levi is the earliest source I have yet found in European
|esotericism which gives the points of the star an elemental attribution

This was probably derived from Tycho Brahe's _Calendarium Naturale
Magicum Perpetuum..._, the ancestor of _Liber 777_ and many other works
of that sort.  Although the Calendarium does not show a pentagram
marked with the elements, the row "Quinarius denari ..." shows all
the details: a pentagram with human body imposed, Hebrew for YHSVH,
and the elements associated.  That's 1582 e.v.  Other, later sources
also have the material.  Looking to either the _Picatrix_ or the
writings of Petro de Abano might turn up earlier European usage.

heidrick@well.sf.ca.us (Bill Heidrick)
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In the book Symbols of t Prehistoric Mesopotamia by Beatrice Laura Goff , the
pentagram is shown and related to the Uruk (Biblical)Eriech)period of
Mesopotamian civilization (3500 B.C>.E.).  This sign is located on potsherds
in the location of Uruk (near the mouth of the Gulf), and is in the company of
signs relating to the beginning of written language.  In the book Symbols of
the Gods o in Mesopotamian Art by E.Douglas Van Buren, we find the Pentagram
belonging to the archaic period UrukIV, and more frequently on Jemdet
Nasr(3100-2900B.C>.E.) and Proto-Elamite tablets (3000-2500B.C.E.).  The title
suggested for the sign is revealing, UB , 'explained as "the very sign used in
the royal inscriptions to designate, in a somewhat obscuretitle, a power
extending to the 'four corners of the world''.  These points are the four
corners of the compass.  

v306zj7w@ubvms.cc.buffalo.edu (Frater ABZU)
-------------------------------------------

To say "the pentagram was considered an evil symbol by the Christians" is
a little ... well, general.

I haven't searched the whole corpus of Christian literature, and tallied
up all the mentions of pentagrams-good and pentagrams-bad, but I would
like to point out that (a) the pentagram occurs in "Sir Gawain and the Green
Knight," and not as an evil symbol; (b) the pentagram was often regarded
as emblematic of the Five Wounds of Christ; and (c) the pentagram was
not an evil symbol for Pythagoreans, and there was a strong current
of admiration, in Christian tradition (though not a unanimous one), for
"noble pagans" -- Pythagoras, Plato, various Stoics, Plotinus, and so
on.  A good example of the ambivalence in Christian tradition toward
writers and thinkers is Dante's treatment of Virgil.

Can anyone come up with a specific text originating from the first
thousand years of Christianity denouncing the pentagram as an innately
evil symbol?  I wouldn't be surprised, myself, if the first occurrence
of such texts was some time within the past two centuries.  Or five
centuries.

--LeGrand
---------

The pentagram was used early on by the Xian church (particularly in the 
East).  Their use was, of course, point-up.

The inverted cross was also used by the Xians.  It is known in 
traditional mythology as St. Peter's cross.  Peter did not believe he was 
worthy enough to die in the same way that Jesus had, so he begged to 
crucified upside-down.  (Or so the legend goes.)

vondraco@telerama.lm.com (VonDraco)
-----------------------------------

There is, of course, the "standard" pagan reply:  the five points 
represent the five elements.  It is "positive" if it is point-up because 
it represents the mastery of mind/spirit over mere matter.  It is 
"negative" if worn point down because spirit is immersed in or ruled by 
the physical rather than mental plane.  (CUE: End of standard reply.)

Now for some other possibilities that are somewhat less standard.  The 
five stages of humanity (or the five stages of life, if you prefer) are 
represented.  Speaking purely in terms of age, there are: Babyhood, 
Adolescence, Adulthood, Middle Age, and Old Age.  In terms of life 
occurrences, there are: Birth, Initiation, Love, Repose, and Death.

In Egypt the five-pointed star represented the underground womb.  To the 
pagan Celts, the pentagram was particularly associated with Morrigan, the 
underground goddess.

To Hermetic magicians (and many others now), the five-pointed star 
represented Man in the Microcosm, with his head at the top, hands out to 
the sides, and legs below.  His genitalia were in the center of the 
pentagram.

To Christians (yes, they managed to get a hold of this symbol, too) the 
pentagram represented the five wounds of Christ at the crucifixion.

In ancient Greece, the Pythagoreans called this symbol the Pentalpha, 
since it is five capital 'A' figures interlaced.

As for the point-down pentagram being "evil", there are a couple of 
different answers to that.  Yes, modern culture has led to the popular 
notion that this is an evil symbol.  However, It is also a representative 
of the Horned God.  Yes, it looks like a goat's head.  The Horned God's 
most common five forms are represented by the points: human, goat, ram, 
stag and bull.

Given the Christian propensity to turn the Horned God into the Devil, is 
it any wonder that this seems to be associated with the Christian 
Devil?

I understand that this symbol also has some Qabalistic significance, but 
I am pitifully ignorant of the ways of the Qabala.  Perhaps someone 
else could enlighten you about that part of it.

Another important thing to remember is that the pentagram is a 
unicursal figure.  That is, it can be drawn without lifting pen/cil from 
paper.  It also means that each of the five (or more) things that are 
represented are *irrevocably* connected to one another, unless the line 
is broken.  No one thing is any stronger or better than the other - they 
are all dependent upon one another.

Jencina May Butler <jencina@gladstone>
--------------------------------------

Here are two books you might enjoy reading, or just looking through:
Rudolf Koch's THE BOOK OF SIGNS, 1930, reprinted by Dover since 1955;
Clarence P. Hornung, HANDBOOK OF DESIGNS AND DEVICES, 1932, reprinted
by Dover since 1946.  (Dover Books has many beautiful books on design.)

Koch, re PENTAGRAM:  "The pentagram, a five-pointed star drawn with one
stroke of the pen:  this sign belongs, as do many others depicted here,
to the most primitive of mankind, and is certainly much older than
written characters.  Signs of this kind are quite the most ancient
human documents we possess.  The pentagram has had several different
significations at different times in the history of man.  The
Pythagoreans called it the pentalpha, and the Celtic priests the
witch's foot.  It is also Solomon's seal, known in the Middle Ages
as the goblin's cross.  It also represents the five senses; the male
and female principles are also conveyed by the arrangement of the
five points.  Amongst the druids it was the sign of Godhead, and to
the Jews it signified the five Mosaic Books.  This sign was also
popularly believed to be a protection against demons, and, by analogy,
a symbol of safety.  It is believed too to be the emblem of happy
homecoming, whence its employment as an amulet.  In ancient times
it was a magic charm amongst the people of Babylon."

Hornung, re PENTAGRAM:  "The five-pointed star...  As a continuous
interlacement,... it is called the pentacle, or pentagram, and becomes
an important element in the history of magic and witchcraft, with many
mystic interpretations.  It is an ingenious development used in ancient
times by the Pythagoreans and others as the pentalpha, an emblem of
perfection.  This sign was also regarded as a protective fetish, and
was frequently worn as an amulet."

Raven <jsingle@music.lib.matc.edu>
________________________________________________________________________

The pentagram has meant many things to many different people/groups thoughout
history, including strangely enough within the Catholic church itself,
during various parts of the middle ages it was seen as a symbol of truth,
you can find indications of this in some Arthurian legends (i don't recall
the details, however one of the knights in one of the accounts was supposed
to have a shield with the symbol).

ranger@twain.ucs.umass.edu (ranger) 
-----------------------------------

Gawain, in the medieval verse-tale SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT.

I strongly recommend J.R.R. Tolkien's wonderful translation,
which retains much of the Old English alliterative form.

Stanzas 27-28:

     Then they brought him his blazon that was of brilliant gules
     with the pentangle depicted in pure hue of gold.
     By the baldric he caught it and about his neck cast it:
     right well and worthily it went with that knight.
     And why the pentangle is proper to that prince so noble
     I intend now to tell you, though it may tarry my story.
     It is a sign that Solomon once set on a time
     to betoken Troth, as it is entitled to do;
     for it is a figure that in it five points holdeth,
     and each line overlaps and is linked with another,
     and every way it is endless; and the English, I hear,
     everywhere name it the Endless Knot.
     So it suits well this knight and his unsullied arms;
     for ever faithful in five points, and five times under each,
     Gawain as good was acknowledged and as gold refine'd,
     devoid of every vice and with virtues adorned.
                   So there
              the pentangle painted new
              he on shield and coat did wear
              as one of word most true
              and knight of bearing fair.

     First faultless was he found in his five senses,
     and next in his five fingers he failed at no time,
     and firmly on the Five Wounds all his faith was set
     that Christ received on the cross, as the Creed tells us;
     and wherever the brave man into battle was come,
     on this beyond all things was his earnest thought:
     that ever from the Five Joys all his valour he gained
     that to Heaven's courteous Queen once came from her Child.
     For which cause the knight had in comely wise
     on the inner side of his shield her image depainted,
     that when he cast his eyes thither his courage never failed.
     The fifth five that was used, as I find, by this knight
     was free-giving and friendliness first before all,
     and chastity and chivalry ever changeless and straight,
     and piety surpassing all points:  these perfect five
     were hasped upon him harder than on any man else.
     Now these five series, in sooth, were fastened on this knight,
     and each was knit with another and had no ending,
     but were fixed at five points that failed not at all,
     coincided in no line nor sundered either,
     not ending in any angle anywhere, as I discover,
     wherever the process was put in play or passed to an end.
     Therefore on his shining shield was shaped now this knot,
     royally with red gules upon red gold set:
     this is the pure pentangle as people of learning
                   have taught.
              Now Gawain in brave array
              his lance at last hath caught.
              He gave them all good day
              for evermore as he thought.

-- Raven (JSingle@Music.Lib.MATC.Edu).  [All standard disclaimers apply]
-------------------------------------

...in Great Britain, the inverted pentagram is the sign of a second level 
Wiccan Student in the Gardnerian Tradition. Because of the fear frenzy of 
the Fundamentalists, in  this country another symbol is used. And the 
symbols may be very different in different parts of the world as to how 
to identify either a Satanist or a second level Gardnerian Student. 

...the symbol is a reminder to face the evil/dark and nastiness within or 
it will rise up and control you. 

tinne@eskimo.com (Susan Profit)
--------------------------------

Well, according to my tradition, four of the points represent the 
elements of Earth, Air, Fire & Water.  The fifth point represents the 
spiritual.  Now, reference to up or down...Up is representative of the 
higher spiritual plane, down is representative of inner spirituality.

...the pentagram as a symbol for Satanism was a figment of some 
fundies' collective imaginations then adopted by Satanists.  To lend 
further credence, it was pointed out that a point-down pentagram looked 
a little like a goat's head, said to be a Satanic creature.  Actually, 
this reference first showed up centuries ago when the Roman Catholic 
Church attempted to slander Pan and His followers.

dream_weaver@cybercircl.win.net (DREAM WEAVER)
----------------------------------------------

Joseph of Aramathia came to the Isle of angels after the crucifixion of
Christ. There are those who believe that Jesus himself came to Britain and
was taught by the Druids during his early adulthood.

Regardless the people of Britain saw remarkable religious similarities 
between their own beliefs and those of the EARLY Christians. There is proof 
that the British practiced both religions side by side.

Later when the Roman church was in ascendancy they started to subvert other
religious practices. For some reason, whether to show displeasure of Rome,
or whether the Church itself initiated the practice, those who where against
the church inverted their crosses and since the Pentagram was worn with it it 
also was inverted.

906205re@cent.gla.ac.uk (Allan M Rennie)
----------------------------------------

There are a lot of pagans out here that use an inverted pentagram as a 
banishing/grounding pentagram that aren't involved in Satanism at all.

Both the upright and inverted pentagram are tools and nothing more.  They
are symbols of a way that ritual and magick and energy are moved.  How 
each person or group of people chooses to *use* such symbols is the key
issue.  If you use an inverted pentagram for "Black Magic"  (Ghod how I
hate that term.  Especially since Black Magick for me designates only
those workings done in the dark phase of the moon.) then it is the energy
that you focus and the direction that *you* choose that makes them "evil"
in symbology.  

Hawke
windstrm@elf.com (NightStalker)
-------------------------------

The pentagram itself is an extremely ancient symbol, with various forms
and significances in different cultures -- much like the cross.

The magical pentagram as used in a ritual which projects it to the four
quarters is a relatively recent innovation, apparently no older than
the Golden Dawn (or possibly Eliphas Levi.)  The ritual authors derived
the symbol from older sources, probably including the Pythagoreans, and
built the ritual from it and other materials, such as a Jewish night
prayer.  This is the form in which the pentagram is used by modern
paganism, which employs numerous variations on the Golden Dawn
pentagram ritual as the basic framework for circle work.

tyagi@houseofkaos.abyss.com
nagasiva
--------

I heard this symbol is used in a "spiritual communications" in certain 
forms of Satan worship.  The person sits in the middle of the circle 
while "praying" to the spirits who can then "sit" on each of the five 
points of the "star".  

Todd Strickland (sysop@pschools.st-albert.ab.ca) 
------------------------------------------------

...The inverted pentagram has always represented a variety of things,
as do the upright and skew pentagrams.  Aside from prudery in symbolism
apparently originating in the 19th century, the abuse of this symbol
by associating it with evil or "Devil Worship", in the Christian sense,
is an act of religious intolerance on a level with racism in Nazi
Germany.  Use of the inverted pentagram by non-Christian Satanists is
harmless, no different from use of the swastika by the Theosophical
Society.  Hate groups have attempted to use the inverted and other
orientations of the pentagram to engage authorities in the suppression
of non-Christian religious organizations, much as the Proctor and Gamble
logo has been associated with irrelevant interpretations by certain
Christian groups selling competitive products door-to door.
   Accordingly, the pentagram in its various orientations is an appropriate
symbol of solidarity with victims of bigotry.  Wear it proudly and
display it in your windows.  If that had been done with the Hexagram
in 1930's Germany, 9 million Jews, Gypsies and Masons might have been
saved from untimely and horrible death.  Avoidance of this symbol may
result in: A. tacit endorsement of abuse of minorities for financial and
other gain.  B. encouragement of children to adopt this symbol as a
justification for destructive behavior.

93 93/93
heidrick@well.com (Bill Heidrick)
---------------------------------

1) Many Satanists don't wear an inverted cross. They have no use for
that symbol, which has nothing whatsoever to do with our religion or
philosophy.

2) The Pentagram has no "right side up" or down orientation. It's an
almost circular symbol, which can be used one-point-up, one-point-
down, one-point-right, one-point-left, or askew. There are some Pagan
and Wiccan folk who use what you call the "inverted" pentagram as a
symbol of their initiation. There are some Satanists who use the
pentagram in other ways than what you call "inverted." 

My personal use is one-point-down, for reasons based in the discussion
of symbolism in the Temple of Set's _Crystal Tablet. It has nothing to
do with any Pagan, Wicca, or Christian use of a similar symbol.

Balanone@tefnut.gigo.com (Balanone)
-----------------------------------

Supposedly, a "good" pentagram has only one point up, and the "inverted"
pentagram, which is associated with "evil" devils and demons (!) is
hated. "White" witches are quick to point out that the pentagrams they
wear around their necks are not "evil" etc, and even Anton LaVey
(founder, Church of Satan) says that he uses the two point up pentagram
to represent man's carnal (vs "spiritual" nature), which is basically
correct. What he does not mention is that the two point up pentagram is
older and much more common. The one point up pentagram was basically
something that came along with the "Wicca" movement via Gerald Gardner et
al; in other words, it is recent and invented by people born and raised
Christian. Fact. Well, looking back through historical stuff, the theme
of 5 things is extremely common and is associated with the Goddess (ref.
_The White Goddess_ by Robert Graves: well known book). Looking through
certain art, you can also find a pentagram, which is always 2 points up.
You can go to your library and get any book of Tantrik art to see this.
Freemasons use it to mean "man", which is also easily verifiable. The
point is, the pentagram goes way back and is common, perhaps because the
image and general shape is common in nature: many animal faces have
this shape and plants do as well, but only if it has 2 points up. Both of
the referenced mystical groups are older than the "white witches" and the
movement in general. This is something you should be able to research and
see for yourself pretty easily.

...as I said, the two easiest groups that use this and are known to 
be old, etc, are the Freemasons and Tantriks, which are groups not 
historically related and have different origins and traditions, but both 
use a two-point up pentagram. The Freemasons call it the Eastern Star, 
and you can probably get a graphic file of this off of the internet (so 
you don't even have to go to the library). Check "Alt.Freemasonry" (I 
think it is) and maybe someone can give you pointers; you can also see on 
that group Freemasons being accused of using the "devil's sign", which 
is funny, since Freemasons have been along much longer than the Church of 
Satan! For the Tantrik stuff, most any art history book about it will 
have at least one pentagram in there: I have seen them either in "symbols 
relating cosmos" pictures or chakra diagrams. Since most books draw on 
basically the same materials, I cannot recommend a specific one. Just 
look in the computer under "Tantrik art" or "art Tantrik".

Brendan <whitedev@bigdipper.umd.edu>
------------------------------------

The Pentagram business is a *convention*, not an absolute. But it's been
intentionally built up and reinforced over the last 20-30 years as the
American Wiccan/NeoPagan movement has evolved. Most people are taught that
the upright star represents the human "Spirit": an individual person in
charge of their own destiny, and unifying the other Four Elements within
him/herself. So far, so good, right? 

In the late 1960's, a whole bunch of books on Witchcraft, Magick, and
Occultism came out. There was a big "fad" thing happening there for
awhile, probably due to the influence of the Counterculture. Enquiring
minds wanted to know: Is there magic(k)? Does it work? How can I do it?
Will I go to Hell for doing it? And suddenly there were all these books. 

In this era, Anton LaVey started the Church of Satan and published "The
Satanic Bible". Obviously his Church needed a logo, and so he turned to
the works of Eliphas Levi, the 19th-century French Occultist. Levi lived
in a repressive time and place (he was actually a Catholic priest) and got
his writings past the censors by making a big, bold distinction between
Good and Evil. It is Levi's famous engraving of "Baphomet" which became
the Official Satanist Logo: modified and somewhat updated to include the
Inverted Pentagram emphasizing the Horns of Satan. 

But in Wica, as founded by Gerald Gardner, the Inverted Pentagram was used
as a symbol of the Second Degree, which treats of the Horned One and his
powers of Transformation: Death, Love, and Rebirth. So to Witches (at
least from 1949 on) it had a different, more "neutral" meaning. In English
practice it is still used as the Second-Degree symbol. (Perhaps in certain
ways the Brits tend to be more sensible and less superstitious than we,
yes?)

But not here in the USA, oh no! As soon as the inverted-Pentagram Satanic
Logo got identified in the public mind with Evil Black Magic(k), those
anxious to distinguish Wicca from Satanism made it quite plain that "we" 
only use the Upright Star. I can't blame the American Craft for this: it 
was an expedient demanded by the time. (If you think we got "clueless 
newbies" now, you should have seen what was out there then!)

And so the Upright Pentagram has gone down, over time (but not that much
time, really) as the symbol for those whose magic(k) is "Positive" (Good)
not "Negative" (Baaaad). As for the Inverse Pentagram -- just try wearing
one to a party, especially if you're fifteen years old -- and see how much
attention you get! "Eeevil" still equals "Sexy and Dangerous" in our
culture; add the "I *am* a Master Warlock" spin and you may *actually get
laid*! So you can understand why the Inverse Pentagram is a big boon to
lonely, horny people still in the "Workin' the Bar 101" phase of
development. (Anton LaVey certainly did!)

Witches are supposed to be, IMHO, more subtle than that. If you appreciate
the distinction between raw fish and sushi you probably giggle at people
who wear Inverse Pentagrams. But don't get in their face with it -- for
most of them it's legitimate self-assertion, given a culture in which they
must wrestle with the Xtian notion that it's "evil" to Just Be Themselves.
Sooner or later they may discover more subtle aspects of Magic(k) -- or
maybe not, if it really works for them. Meanwhile a strongly-projected (if
unspoken) "that's *tacky!*" will usually take care of the "problem". 

B*B,
netwitch@panix.com (Balachandra)
--------------------------------

...You're confused. It's the *upright* 
Pentacle that is the "Sign of Man", and it's alchemical symbology, not 
Masonic. Leonardo de Vinci uses it in his very famous drawing of a Man 
with his arms and legs outstretched, with the upright Pentacle behind him 
& framing him. Just my $.02.

walter5@brewich.com (Walter Five)
---------------------------------

Leonardo's famous sketch does *not* contain a pentagram of any description. 
Check an art history book, or if you have Web access, the upper half of 
the picture may be found at http://leonardo.net/ as an inline gif.

The figure is drawn on a superimposed square and circle, *not* a pentagram.

"A beautiful theory, callously murdered by cold, unfeeling facts."

ptrei@acm.org (Peter Trei)
--------------------------

Be it one or two points up, the position is really irrelevant.  In both 
Pagan/Wiccan and Satanist traditions it depends on which way that the 
Pentagram is drawn.  If being used for the positive or "gathering" means, 
it is traditionally drawn clockwise.  If being used to negate or 
"diminish", it is drawn counterclockwise.   However, the fact that one 
way is "evil" while the other is not is up to one's own perception.  
Throughout the ages, many religious symbols have been used to serve 
one's own means and by that they tend to have been corrupted.

Blessed Be!!
relo@cybernetics.net (Melusine)
-------------------------------

More Star Stuff &c. (Long Post):

1. Freemasonry

In Masonic tradition, the upright interlaced Pentagram is sometimes used
to symbolize the sitting Master of the Lodge. This is an old tradition,
very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, especially in English Lodges.
It has fallen into disuse here here in the US, possibly because of the
association of the Pentagram with Occultism. (Masons have enough trouble
with gratuitous prejudice without using a symbol popularly thought to be
a "negative" one.)

However, I have seen several antique Past Master's Jewels (presented by
the Lodge to the outgoing Master on his retirement from the East) in which
the Interlaced Pentagram is superimposed upon the Compasses, with the
traditional carved moonstone at its center. It may also be noted that a 
"hidden" aspect of the symbolic Pentagram exists in the 72o angle of the 
open Compasses as seen in Freemasonry's standard logo. This is intentional.

As for "Eastern Star": I am a member of the Order of Eastern Star, a
Masonic Women's Organization, (founded in the 1860's) whose symbol is the
five-pointed Star (*not* the Interlaced Pentagram).  Each Star Point
represents a heroine of Biblical lore (three from the Old Testament and
two from the New) who exemplifies a Feminine Mystery. For example, I sit
at the Point of Esther (aka Ishtar, Isis, Astarte) and represent Her 
-- quite a treat for a Goddess-worshipper like me.

In most State Jurisdictions, the "Eastern Star" is seen with two points
up, something the National organization refuses to change despite what I
imagine can be rather nasty pressure from local Fundamentalist groups. In
New York State (where the O.E.S. was founded) however, our Star has
*always* been seen with one point upright. I don't know why the others
originally chose the reversed Star, but I'll ask someone from out-of-state
sometime and perhaps then be able to report on it. 

netwitch@panix.com (Balachandra)
--------------------------------

The version I know of the logic behind this goes:

Pentagram points=		Head(Spirit)

		L.ARM (Air)			R.ARM (Fire)

			L.Leg (Earth)	R.Leg (Water)

And is symbolic of the triumph of Mind over man/the elements. (good)

The Inverse pentagram being symbolic of the domination of the 
spirit/will/mind by the earthly forces, Lust,Greed,etc. (bad)

Therefore 'Whites' seeking to control their bodily urges wear the 'good' 
type. 'Blacks' glorifying and magnifying their bodily urges wear the 'bad' 
type.

Crowley's view was that neither version was intrinsically good or bad but was 
merely a classic magical instance of an Aspect. Each should be used 
according to the object of the ritual/talisman or the forces being invoked.
Example: When invoking Elementals to actually DO work a base up point down 
should be used and when invoking Intelligences to answer questions, offer 
guidance etc. then a point up pentagram should be used.  

Malcolm@celtic.demon.co.uk (Malcolm Grandis) 
--------------------------------------------

The single-point-up pentagram in fact appears in the ancient verse about
Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight. Sir Gawaine carries a shield with a
pentagram emblazoned on it like a coat of arms. The poem states that 
the pentagram symbolizes, among other things, the five senses, the five
fingers, and the five Knightly Virtues (Courtesy, Chastity, Generosity,
Brotherly Love, and Pity -- interestingly, courage is not included). 

rosanna@ibm.net (Rosanna E. Tufts)
----------------------------------

A weird thing about the five-pointed star: every ten years (I think?  Uh
oh, maybe that's wrong... anyway, every [insert time period here]) the
planet Venus traces a perfect pentagram across the sky when viewed from
earth.

The Pythagoreans used to wear it on their robes--none of them every really
told my *why*.

cc158019@mail.idt.net (little o)
--------------------------------

In article <e1rgfo.976@mv.mv.com>,
jacrutu@mv.mv.com (Captain Horatio Pugwash) wrote:

>    To the best of my knowledge, the pentagram was a shape
>discovered by Greek mathematicians.  It was significant
>because if a pentagram is drawn in a perfectly equiangular
>pentagon, two of the line segments it describes are in 
>the exact proportion of the Golden Rectangle, the Greek 
>shape of perfect aesthetic harmony.  It was revered by the
>Platonist cults that believed in the power of certain 
>shapes and numbers.  I would presume that superstitions 
>about it were disseminated by pagan Rome and became part
>of European folk tradition...

The Greeks may have (and probably did) derive the mathematical
formulae for inscribing a perfect pentagram, but the symbol itself
probably predates them.  I believe I've seen pictures of pentagrams
in African petroglyphs, for instance.  

It seems more likely to me that the Pythagorean rather than the
Platonic schools revered the symbol.  I recall no discussion of
mathematical formulae in Platonic literature - which doesn't mean it
doesn't exist, merely that it is overwhelmed in my memory by other,
mostly political philosophies. I believe that the Pythagoreans were
more apt to be regarded by other Greeks as cultists than were
students of Plato, but I'll admit that the impression is gleaned
more from Mary Renault than from contemporary sources.

And, for what it is worth, the early fathers of the Xian church
selected the pentagram to represent the Star of Bethlehem for a
reason:  it symbolizes the Pentagrammaton, YHVShH, Yehoveshah, which
was translated into Greek as Jesus.  Both the Tetragrammaton and the
Pentagrammaton appear to predate Kabalah, the earliest sources for
which are found, I believe, in twelfth or thirteenth century France
and Germany - but they do not predate the sources from which the
Kabalah was drawn.  That symbolizm *may* have been the reason
medieval Satanists are presumed to have inverted the pentagram,
though my reading suggests they preferred to invert the cross.

I always find it odd that xians sometimes claim that a symbol which
from the earliest years of their religion has represented their God
is really the symbol of His enemy.

baird@gate.net (Baird Stafford)
-------------------------------------------------

The points of the pentagram are viewed by many as follows:
top: Spirit, right top: Water, right bottom: Fire, left top: Air, 
Left bottom: Earth.
Most wear them to remind them to always have Spirit over the elements in
life.   Also Life, health, protection (especially against hostile
spirits.) 
 Also a human being as a microcosm of the universe.
The points can represent the five senses, stages of life or states of
consciousness..
Hope this is of some help!  There is a lot of symbolism in a pentagram it
has had many names through the ages: Pentalpha, the Endless Knot, the
Pentacle of the Virgin, The Seal of the Microcosm, the Star of Knowledge,
the Pentacle of the Templars, and according to some, the Seal Of Solomon, 
Medieval churchman however, called it witch's funk or wizard's star.  It
has been used by Sumerians, Kabbalists, Celts, Egyptians, Christians and
Gypsies.

dalexan466@aol.com (DAlexan466)
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"Izabela Wysoka" <sachmet@friko.onet.pl>:
> What is the EXACT meaning of the inverse pentagram? I know it is to
> symbolize a goat's head, but I guess, this is not all.

The so-called "inverse" pentagram (which can also be derived by rotating
it eighteen degrees) may have gotten its nasty reputation from its
Islamic application as a simple decoration.  One can find an example of
this on the cover of S.H. Nasr's _Islamic Ideals and Realities_, which
features a very ornate "inverse" pentagram with the Arabic script for
"Allah" in the center pentagon.  There was a time when Christians thought
Muhammad was the Antichrist, and anything with any Islamic connection was
considered "evil."

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The ‘STARS’ of the Olympics

First and foremost my discipline is Astrology so of course I drew up the charts for the upcoming Olympic events out of curiosity as well as to aid my ongoing studies. Well, I wasn’t disappointed – the symbolism is both astonishing and a bit disconcerting.

The connections between recent events, the numerology and the astrology, were so numerous it was impossible to include them all in one article. Hence, I decided to write enough of what I discovered to hopefully inspire others to do their own research and tune into these developmental times in their own way.

Officially, the opening ceremony is at 9pm, on the 27th of July.

Here is the chart for this time.

To keep things simple for those of you who are not familiar with Astrology, the thing to keep in mind is that the most important factors in an…

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O2 Olympic venue in row over security against legal photography

Arena hosting Games events in Greenwich defends security guards’ attempt to stop filming from public land

O2 security guards at the London Olympics venue stop the Guardian from taking legal photographs from public land Link to this videoMedia and civil liberties groups have expressed alarm after the managers of an Olympic venue pledged to intercept and question anyone seen photographing or filming the site, even from public land, and defended security guards who wrongly tried to invoke terrorist laws to prevent footage being shot of the arena.

The stance taken by the O2 in Greenwich, south-east London, which will host this summer’s basketball, wheelchair basketball, artistic gymnastic and trampoline events, highlights wider concerns that Olympic securityoperations could see photographers, film crews and even members of the public harassed for entirely legal activities.

John Toner from the National Union of Journalists said he would seek an urgent meeting with managers of the O2, saying their tactics had no basis in law. “I’m stunned, and what they say is utterly outrageous,” he said.

While there are strict photography rules inside Olympic venues and on many other private spaces, when standing on public land the press and public have a clear right to shoot still or moving images.

Ahead of the Games, police and the security industry have sought to train staff about this aspect of the law. There have nonetheless been a series of incidents in recent months in which photographers have been challenged while working on public land, especially in London.

As an experiment, the Guardian attempted to shoot video footage of the O2 arena from a public road on its southern edge, only a few minutes’ walk from the main entrance.

Very quickly the reporter was challenged by O2 security guards, who made a series of demands with no basis in law. They ordered that the filming stop – “We’ve requested you to not do it because we don’t like it” – and that they be shown any existing footage. Asked on what basis they could demand this, one replied: “It’s under the terrorist law. We are an Olympic venue.” Another added: “You have, for want of a better word, breached our security by videoing it [the O2].”

At one point they refused to allow the reporter to leave. One said: “It’s gone too far for that.”

Guards are entitled to challenge suspicious behaviour and call the police. However, they have no additional legal powers on public land. While such overreach is not uncommon it is often followed by a management apology.

An O2 spokesman defended the guards’ approach. He said: “On the basis that [the reporter was] filming areas of the O2 that are not usually of interest to the public, our security staff’s approach and handling of the situation was entirely appropriate.”

It was routine policy to intercept anyone filming the arena from public land, he added: “We work with the media and others to accommodate requests to film in and around the O2, which is situated on private property, but when we observe filming of the O2’s infrastructure and access points it is our policy to approach individuals so we can take the appropriate course of action.” The same policy was in force with people taking still photographs from public vantage points, he said.

The civil rights campaign group Liberty said it was alarmed. Its legal officer Corinna Ferguson, said: “There’s no power stopping a person taking photographs on public land, let alone to arrest them or seize property, without reasonable suspicion they’ve committed an offence. Police officers or  security guards who get this wrong could well find themselves in trouble with the law.

“With all eyes on London during the Olympics what a terrible message it would send if Londoners and tourists face harassment from the authorities merely for snapping the capital’s landmarks.”

Toner, who set up a meeting last week between journalists and senior Scotland Yard officers leading the Olympic security operation, in part to address such concerns, said: “The level of ignorance displayed by their employees is quite incredible. But for the management to display the same level of ignorance is beyond belief.

“What worries me is that there must be lots of people who will just come along and take pictures of the O2. It’s an unusual building. Some will be tourists – are they going to clamp down on tourists? Are they going to alienate visitors with their ridiculous behaviour?”

The O2’s policy is all the more surprising given recent guidance issued by the British Security Industry Association. It has drawn up a leaflet for members which spells out the law very plainly. “If an individual is in a public place photographing or filming a private building, security guards have no right to prevent the individual from taking photographs,” it reads, adding that filming or taking a photograph “does not in itself indicate hostile reconnaissance or other suspicious behaviour”.

Similar incidents with police were relatively common until 2010, when terrorism stop-and-search laws were tightened following a challenge at the European court of human rights. Since then, according to experts, it has mainly been private guards causing such problems.

“Our main worry is the lack of training for some security guards. It seems to be one of the big issues now,” said Chris Cheeseman from Amateur Photographer magazine, which has campaigned over photographers’ freedoms.

The incident at the O2 was eventually resolved after guards called police, who also asked to see the video footage, citing the Terrorism Act. The reporter was allowed to leave after neither he nor the police could properly operate the camera to replay the footage.

The photographer’s experience

As a photographer in the heightened security atmosphere of pre-Olympics east London, Vickie Flores is used to being challenged. But this seemed particularly anomalous: being told she couldn’t take pictures of a 60m-high structure clearly visible for miles around.

“Not a week goes by without me being stopped by someone or other. But this one was bizarre,” Flores said of her recent encounter with a security guard near the almost-completed Thames cable car system, which will whisk tourists between Olympic venues on opposite sides of the river using gondolas suspended between soaring white pillars.

Flores ignored the direction – she was taking the picture from a public pavement. But she has found such attitudes hardening as the Olympics approach, especially among over-officious security guards.

“I’ve never been stopped as much as I have in the past six months,” she said. “It’s happened more than in the rest of my life before. Sometimes I even think, ‘Can I be bothered with all the hassle of taking a particular picture, is it worth it?’ It’s got to that stage.”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/apr/16/02-olympic-venues-row-security-photography

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