The Pentacle: A Holy Symbol

Wiccans are a diverse group, drawing from many sources for inspiration, and we use many symbols in our practice and religion. Most of us, however, see the Pentacle as the symbol of our faith, but few wear it. Part of the reason we don’t is because pop-culture has attributed it to Satanic or Devil worship, despite being well known as our religious symbol. It has been recognized by the Department of Veteran Affairs and allowed on the gravestone of Wiccans who have served. Getting to that point took a lot of effort on our part, and we didn’t achieve that right until 2007.

Wicca typically adopts the Pythagorean symbolism of the pentagram: that it represents Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit, the Sacred Elements.

As Wiccans, we do not believe in any ‘Satanic’ figure. The concept of a ‘pure good’ and ‘pure evil’ entity are not a part of our faith. We’ve been trying to make that point for 70 years now. Recently, a well-known gay man who has recently come out has decided to market a product featuring our religious symbol but bearing a title with “Satan” in it. This has generated a great amount of publicity and will undoubtedly do great harm to our faith, once again perpetuating the misconception that we worship any such figure.

This man is a deeply wounded individual, who has lived in a society that has demonized homosexuality and called it ‘sinful’. He has lived with shame his entire life because of who he is, and he is now in a position to act out against the forces that propagated that hate. But he has done it by desecrating the holy symbol of a faith that has welcomed homosexuals long before the general society. This, I am sure, was done out of ignorance, and not willful hate towards us, but it has non-the-less caused damage to us.

In Seax-Wica we have a symbol that represents our tradition, but we still hold the Pentacle sacred. It appears on the back cover of “The Tree” (although technically a five-pointed star) and is used in many of Raymond Buckland’s works. While you could certainly choose to wear the Seax-Wica Symbol (if you wear jewelry at all) and avoid the issue in the first place, I plan on going the opposite route. I will be wearing a Pentacle around my neck for the first time. I want people to ask me about it, so that I can explain what it means to me, to help combat the damage this event has done and will continue to do.

Update: This is the pendant I now wear. It’s a tiger’s eye and hematite strand with a silver pentagram. Blessed be!


  1. When I thought I wanted to practice regular Heathenry / Norse Paganism, I had a Mjolnir necklace made for me. It’s bone, and ironically has a triquetra carved on it, which I love. I am however fully vested in Wicca now. I have been wearing my Mjolnir necklace again, if nothing else to honor my ancestry and my spiritual path. But is this a thing at all in Seax-Wica? Or is it really just the Seax-Wica symbol and the Pentacle?

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    1. Seax-Wica allows for any sort of ritual jewelry to be worn (and consecrated if you wish). Symbolically speaking, the chain or necklace the pendant hangs from represents the Wheel of the Year, and any pendants or symbols worn on the chain are personal preference and should be meaningful, and it very much sounds like a Mjolnir pendant is to you.
      The biggest thing with jewelry within Seax-Wica is that if it is ritual jewelry, then reserve it for wearing exclusively in rituals. The act of putting on the jewelry helps put you into the ritual mindset. However, many of us wear arms rings, necklaces, etc., on a daily basis and in ritual (in addition to our ‘ritual jewelry’).
      I know a few Wiccans (both Seax-Wica and Norse Wiccan) who also consider themselves to be Heathens, and wear the Mjolnir pendant.
      For me specifically, I wear the Pentacle because it was hard-fought as our religious symbol: it is recognized by the federal government and there are five pentacles marking graves in Arlington National Cemetery. As a Wiccan who also served, I feel a strong connection to the symbol and feel like I’m able to honor them when I wear it.


      1. Thank you for the thoughtful reply. I do agree that the pentacle is a beautiful, deep meaning symbol too. It’s definitely important! I have a ‘hidden pentacle’ necklace that I have, I’ve been trying to decide which is most connected to what I want to wear each day. I might not have found the pentacle necklace meant for me yet. Time will tell.

        As always I appreciate your insight!

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