|Obviously not a pentacle.|
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?