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"Magic comes from what is inside you. It is part of you. You can't weave together a spell you don't believe in." - Jim Butcher

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Magic is Reality, Reality is Magic: The Pentacle

Magic is Reality, Reality is Magic is a series that highlights aspects of religions, particularly Paganism. We pull things from everyday life to use in our fiction. Magic is one of the key attributes of fantasy. Why not explore the realm of magic that many people already have in their lives?


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The pentacle is an upright 5-pointed star surrounded by a circle. This is a symbol used often in ceremonies by Pagans and Wiccans. It can also be worn around the neck as an amulet, much like a cross. As a matter of fact, it's associated with the cross in another aspect--it's a symbol of protection. The points of the star can also represent the 5 elements; earth, air, fire, water, and spirit.

To learn more about the pentacle, as well as some other symbols that are similar, please visit: Symbols of Wicca, other Neopagan traditions, Satanism, etc.

Further Reading Suggestions:

Ravenwolf, Silver. To Ride a Silver Broomstick: New Generation Witchcraft. St. Paul: Llwellyn Publications, 1997.

I hope you found this tidbit interesting! If you would like me to touch on a particular topic that fits in this series, please don't hesitate to contact me with suggestions.

NEXT UP: SFFS Snippet - 6/16/12

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this! I write fantasy and I know that sometimes you need to do a lot of research to understand and create your own type of magic system. And that also means looking at magic as it's practiced currently as well as historically.

    I'm glad this is going to be a series. It'll definitely help me out with my thesis and works in progress!

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  2. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Kristina! The next entry in the series should be up some time in July. =)

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