Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Why I Don't Wear a Pentacle

Obviously not a pentacle.
I'm more witch than Wiccan than I'd probably want to admit; certainly, more Pagan than Gardnerian. My belief system varies greatly from my friends and I'm okay with that. The beauty of paganism and Wicca is the openness. It's what drew me to it as a child and what has kept me with it all these years. As my beliefs have shifted and my views have changed, it changes along with me.

One of the key symbols of pagan, and particularly Wiccan, faith is the pentacle.  I've ended up in an amazing, enlightening discussion in the middle of a store simply by running into someone wearing one.  As an illustrator, there's something special about meeting a client who has one on.  It's a unifying feeling and a relief sometimes to have an easy ice breaker.

Though I have yet to run into someone wearing a pentacle who is not at least a Wiccan, it is true that the pentacle is not exclusive to this belief system.  The pentacle dates back to around 3500BCE (source) and is a symbol of unity and protection.  It has represented the human body in Greek magick and has a presence in Christianity (source).  As an adopted symbol of Neopaganism, it is not necessary to wear one to be a part of Wicca, nor does wearing one automatically denote being a Wiccan.

I don't wear one by choice, and not simply because I still have one foot in the broom closet.  I do own a few pentacles, one of which I purchased when I was 14 and accidentally wore around my parents.  My dad called me a Satan-worshipper and my mom naively defended me saying it was a star and nothing else.  It didn't stop me from wearing it regularly, but it was always in conjunction with my current necklace.  I've since lost that pentacle, but I stopped wearing it probably just a few years after I got it.


The necklace I wear is actually far older than my beliefs or even myself.  You might even recall seeing it on my Samhain altar.  It was something my grandmother owned and wore on a regular basis.  She gave it to me while she was still alive and my first memories of wearing it nearly every day are in 4th grade.  I find it impressive that I've held onto it this long as I tend to lose everything, and I believe I have a special connection with it beyond my family.  The stone is undyed rose quartz, an emotional gemstone that often works with love and friendship.  Primarily, rose quartz is a calming and balancing stone, something my stressed out, worrywart self definitely needs.

It's not for lack of trying.  I often look at pentacles on a chance that I might find one that calls to me, but nothing has ever had a stronger call than my rose quartz necklace.  I don't believe in fighting that.  For me, my rose quartz is a symbol of my lineage, my faith and myself.  It means everything that I am and aspire to be.  No other piece of rose quartz nor any pentacle could do that for me.

Do you wear a pentacle?  If so, what does it mean to you?  If not, what do you wear and why?

14 comments:

  1. I am so pleased I found your blog today. I agree that a good practice doesn't take special jewelry clothes or tools but a strong vision and a love for the world around us.
    Gemmi

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    1. I couldn't have said it better myself. Thank you so much, Gemmi!

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  2. I wear an ankh, and a necklace with a blue mufti-color moonstone, a blue topaz and an aquamarine. The ankh is surrounded by two brooms. The ankh means everlasting life and the brooms are for protection. The blue stone one, I had a very definite vibration from it, when I first put it on, I got the two necklaces from a very good friend, He gave the ankh to me and said that it was for me and he thought I would like it. I gave him a crescent moon pendant with a star cause I knew he would like it. He died of liver cancer eight years ago. I will never forget that he gave these necklaces to me, and I will never forget him either.

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    1. That is such a beautiful and heartfelt story as to why you wear those pendants! I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Best wishes to you.

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  3. i wear a pentacle charm that i got at an earth-day festival the first year i began studying paganism. i get quite a few questions about it and my mom has asked me once i think what it was and seemed distrusting of my "its a good luck charm" response. but similarly, the necklace i actually wear the most is a locket with a fox on it. the fox is my totem and i feel most connected to it. the pentacle is very special to me, however not wearing it doesnt make me feel any less pagan :)

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    1. And it shouldn't. There are so many symbols for paganism and it's large range of denominations. As long as you connect with the symbol you use, you're set! Thank you so much for reading!

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  4. I do wear one each and every day.. I never take it off.. however in addition to it I wear a stone or crystal .. depending on what I may need balancing in my life.. I am not Wiccan.. that was a name in my opinion that was made up to give us Witches a religious name... and I was a Witch way before that name even existed.. and although I get that label and wont throw any fuss.. I am a Witch.. that lives her life in perfect balance.. as the world calls it Witch Craft.. and yes more so Pagan...

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    1. While I identified as Wiccan when I wrote this article, I did so because most of my friends identified as Wiccan. I now view my path as non-theistic and semi-naturalistic pagan witch. Nothing about my beliefs have changed - just what I call myself. But I still don't wear a pentacle!

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  5. Great blog, I'm enjoying reading your posts. :)

    I've been interested in Wicca and magic for years, since about my late teens. (I'm 31 now). I mainly celebrate the Sabbats but have occasionally done spells. Recently I've felt like learning more about magic so have been finding new resources.

    I actually wear both a pentacle and a rose quartz crystal. :) I've worn them for a few years now, the pentacle was a gift and the crystal I got to help me with self love. It's lovely that your crystal belonged to your grandmother. :)

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    1. P.S. I love your name! I don't know why but I really like the name Marietta and I've used it as an email address and for usernames before. :)

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  6. I wear a pentacle surrounded by the Norse Pagan rune alphabet. I was looking through Amazon and stumbled across it and something clicked. I had, HAD, to have it. I wear it everyday. I am new to being pagan, which is what I connect to so far in my journey. My pentacle is a source of protection when I'm doing rituals. I love that there is no two pagan, wiccans, neopagans, etc that are the same. I love your rose quartz necklace and your story with it.

    Your blog is definitely a source of information on this spiritual journey of mine. I admit I've been an off an on pagan but something about turning 30 has drawn me towards it again. I'm definitely dedicating myself to learning, practicing and better understanding my Celtic heritage. Thank you so much for a great blog!

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  7. I have recently found your blog, and by recent I really mean today, and so far I absolutely adore it! Since I was little, I've always known I was pagan. And while I will admit I've been struggling in my faith lately, I will forever and always be pagan.

    To answer your question, for years I wore a pentacle and it helped me through the most trying times of my life. When I was with my ex girlfriend, our relationship could not be defined by anything else but abusive. I wore my pentacle religiously until one day she took it from me. I can not say for sure if that's what helped me to get out of a toxic relationship, but I know it played a key role. From that moment I knew that this couldn't be the end for me and I had to get out. I left her, and upon returning my necklace to me, the feeling/bond between myself and the pentacle changed drastically. I no longer felt like I needed to wear it, like I needed it's protection because ultimately I could protect myself. It challenged me to stand tall and not to depend on it. The last time I saw my pentacle, I was tossing it into a river and saying goodbye to an old friend.

    Nowadays, I wear a triquetra that my fiancee gifted me. It was made out of bullets as a symbol of turning something made from war and pain into that of love and peace and has since been a symbol for my life and myself now. I no longer label myself a victim, but a survivor and I found my strength in love and peace. It symbolizes who I was, who I am now, and who I may become in the future.

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  8. hmmm, i wouldnt ever wear anything like that until im an adult and especially not around my family. my grandma mostly is the big religious one in my family and she doesnt care at all what people say, she thinks that witchcraft is evil and that it is satanism which in my opinion it is not at all. I hate that she thinks of it that way....i do good with my magick, i help people, i protect people. But, she doesnt see that side of it...

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  9. I discovered your blog about a week ago and can't stop myself from reading it! I love your tone and how you tell your experiences, how you share your knowledge and the fact that you share others' opinions too!

    To answer your question, I don't wear a pentacle either, but a small bottle with green kunzite and clear quartz in it and copper string around it. I made it myself and the stones help to relieve my everyday stress and represent what I believe. So it takes a lot off my shoulders, means a lot to me and doesn't draw too much attention on my beliefs, since I'm still in the broom closet and not eager to talk about that with just anyone. My significant other is the only one who knows about it.

    Can't wait to read the rest of your blog!

    Laurie

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