Alright, today I had a little time to kill. I decided to stop by the local New Age store to see what was New. I was greeted by two lovely ladies & I went about my business. More people flowed into the store.
One lady asked the question, "What is the difference between a pentacle & a pentagram?"
Now, before I continue with this story, I want to hear some of your thoughts.
But I recently read one that said the image is the pentagram but an actual object, such as an altar tile or piece of jewelry, is a pentacle.
This is how I view it. But, I'm always ready for more ideas.
That is two for symbol in a circle.
Make that three. Historically, the pentagram is named for the greek "pentagrammon" meaning "five lines" (intersecting I assume). It'd only make sense that pentacle would be an incorporation of both words "Pentagram" and "Circle" = Pentacle. But that's just how I see it.
Pentagram is a symbol, a pentacle is the thing itself.
I've always considered a pentagram to be a star and by the words definition thats all it is. Pentacle I've considered to be a combined word using pent or pantagram and circle
Make that 3 for symbol in a circle.
The thing being an object, such as a alter tile or piece of jewelry, correct?
Now the rest of the story...
A man answered, "The pentagram is an inverted pentacle. It is like an inverted cross."
He then went on to explain he was former student of so & so. Adding, "the pentagram was used by Aliester Crowley".
One of the lovely ladies at the counter asked, " So the pentagram is in the light?"
He replied, "No, it is the opposite".
She then went on to tell him that she was a current student of the same so & so..
Remarkably, I kept my mouth shut, feigned disinterest & hid my grin.
Has anyone ever heard of this line of thinking before?
No not really...The Pentagram is attributed to Pythagoras, the father of numbers - Its really all about math and balance. He was a philosopher and mathematician, he also dabbled in divination. The five pointed star was adopted by the Illuminati and other occult societies (Golden Dawn comes to mind) enter Aleister Crowley. Its possible the circle around the 5 pointed star began when the practicing magician was casting a protective circle. Basically the star is one of "recognition" that man is standing on earth with open mind to the universe and obtaining knowledge and the circle around it is protection. So the 5 pointed star is the Pentagram, the Pentacle is a symbol of protection...at least thats how I look at it, I certainly could be wrong.
that`s the way I learned it also..it was considered the perfect number uniting the male number 3 and the female 2 ...also called the pentalpha .
As far as I can tell, this has nothing to do with what you said. But, it looks fun: