The pentacle has been revered and feared for centuries. Like signs like the eye of Horus and the triple moon, it has held a unique place in pagan symbols. Over the years, many pagan symbols have been created that hold unique meanings within the pagan community. To discover their meanings and interpretations, read on.
While there are hundreds of pagan symbols, it would be difficult to cover all of them comprehensively in one article. To give you a better overview, we have covered just the most common pagan symbols and their meanings.
1. Triple Moon
The triple moon was developed as an artistic representation of the three different phases of the moon. These phases are a waxing moon, full moon and waning moon. Depending on the tradition, the triple moon is also called the triple goddess. This is because it is said to represent the three phases of being a woman: maiden, mother and crone.
The first part of this symbol is the waxing moon or crescent. This crescent symbolizes new beginnings, fresh starts, rejuvenation or new life. Meanwhile, the middle circle illustrates the full moon. This is the time when magic is at its peak and the most powerful. The last part of the symbol is the second crescent moon. This crescent happens as the moon begins its waning period. This is a symbol of finishing something, removing things from your life or sending things away.
2. The Eye of Ra
This eye is an ancient magical symbol. Long ago, it was used by ancient Egyptians for protection. It was once carved or painted on the boats that Egyptian fishermen used. This was to protect them from harm while they were on the water and to prevent evil curses. After someone died, the eye of Ra was put on the coffin so that the individual would be protected as they moved into the afterlife.
Today, many people use the eye of Ra as a talisman. They wear it on their necklace or use it as an amulet to protect themselves. They may also put it around their home to protect the occupants and the building from any harm.
3. Hecate’s Wheel
This symbol is made out of the three different natures of the goddess; maiden, mother and crone. Long ago, Hecate was a major goddess in Greek mythology. She was said to be connected to the moon, sorcery, witchcraft, magic and necromancy. She was also lined to the crossroads, herbs and entrances. The wheel in the symbol is considered a symbol of the power of life and knowledge. Often, this pagan symbol is used in feminist traditions.
This is one of the most common pagan symbols. The pentacle is a star within a circle. The points of the star represent the four elements of earth, water, air and fire. The fifth point represents the spirit. Meanwhile, the circle around the five points shows how they are all connected and have a reciprocal, symbiotic relationship to each other. In some pagan traditions, the pentacle is placed on the alter. It may be used in magical work as a symbol of the earth element.
This is a hieroglyph that comes from ancient Egypt. Long ago, it mean living or life. Over the ensuing centuries, the ankh has become a symbol of immortality and eternal life. Some people use this to show that they have spiritual beliefs, but their beliefs are not necessarily religious. It is known as the Egyptian cross. In Latin, the ankh is called crux ansata. This roughly translates to cross with a handle.
Water is one of the four elements of the world. It is thought to be connected to the goddess and all things feminine. When it is used by a symbol, it looks like an inverted triangle. To some people, this looks like a womb or a cup that can be filled with water.
This symbol is connected to the west. It is considered a purifying, healing force that is often used in rituals involving love. Flowing water in natural settings like the ocean or sea is often used in magical workings to help remove unwanted things or negativity from your life.
7. Eye of Horus
The eye of Horus is another pagan symbol that comes from ancient Egypt. In Egypt, it was considered a symbol of protection. Known as the Wadjet, the eye of Horus was thought to embody protective and healing powers. It was said to ward away evil spirits. Because of this, it is often used as an amulet that is worn on the person or placed in the house to protect the bearer.
Fire is said to represent masculine energies. It is a strong force capable of destroying everything in its path. At the same time, fire can provide warmth, helps us cook food and provide life. It is connected to the south. Fire is connected to strong willpower, transformation, strong energy and change.
This symbol represents the Holy Trinity today, but its usage actually started before Christianity was born. Long ago, it was found on Germanic coins, Nordic inscriptions, Swedish ruins and Celtic inscriptions as long ago as the 11th century. In modern traditions, the triquetra is said to represent the connection between the mind, soul and body. Pagans who focus on Celtic traditions often use it as a symbol of the three realms of the world: earth, sky and sea. There were also rumors that it was a Celtic symbol of the triple goddess or feminine spirituality, but there have been no academic works to support these rumors.
Air is a symbol of the soul and the breath of life. This element is invoked in pagan rituals and magical workings. It is represented by the colors white and yellow. For objects, it may be represented by a fan, feathers or incense. Air is connected to communication, the mind and wisdom.
Air is one of the elements that are found within most pagan traditions. It is considered as the element of the east and is connected to the soul and the breath of life.
This symbol was originally discovered in Buddhist writings, but it was also used in Celtic designs. It features one shape that is repeated three times with every shape interlocking with the others. It can be found on Neolithic stones in Western Europe and Ireland. Look for it on the bank notes of the Isle of Man. It is also used as a symbol of Sicily. In Celtic traditions, it was said to represent the realms of the sky, sea and earth.
Earth is one of the four elements. It is connected to the colors green and brown. It is often used to represent mother earth. This symbol is considered a sign of prosperity, abundance and fertility.
13. Spiral Goddess
The spiral goddess is typically used in the Wiccan religion to represent life. The spiral itself shows the ongoing cycle of life, death and rebirth. It can be viewed as a connection to the constant path of life. In Paleolithic times, the spiral was carved onto tombs. In nature, the spiral can be found within sea shells and in the galaxy.
Also known as the faery star, the septogram is called the elven star as well. It is often used in faerie traditions. Seven is typically considered a sacred number in pagan traditions. The star symbol can be used to represent seven things in your belief system, depending on what you want it to represent. It can represent the seven Hindu chakra, classical planets, tenants, elements, days of the week, Pleiades or notes in a diatonic music scale.
This sign is interesting because of its relation to the number three and four. The number three is typically connected to the higher realms and the heavens. Meanwhile, the number 4 s connected to the earth. By adding three and four together, you get seven as earth and heaven come together to create one whole.
The labyrinth has played a role in mythology for thousands of years. While you might find your way out of a maze, you could get lost in a labyrinth forever. It has many twists and turns that try to distract you from the one entrance and one exit that exist within the labyrinth. This symbol represents how someone traverses life. No matter who they are, they are born and die. They have one way to enter and leave the world, just as a person in the labyrinth has just one way to get in and out of the maze. Because of this, the labyrinth is typically considered a symbol of life and death.
16. Horned God
The horned god is connected to virility and the wilderness. It is often considered a symbol of the male aspects of life and spirituality. The symbol may be used to invoke the god during magical work. In some pagan belief systems, the horned god is the one who carries the souls of people after they die to the underworld.