- Aug 29, 2000
- Basic Beliefs
- Probably in a simulation
Prior to its modern association with the occult, the pentagram was used as a symbol for the Holy Wounds
I got to this topic because I was looking into "LineNum" shapes:Connections between the pentagram and Christianity are many. It adorned jewelry, amulets, and battle attire of early Christians, especially before the cross was introduced. This was not only because the pentagram was associated with the five wounds of Christ, but also because it could be drawn in a single stroke, through one continuous movement of a pen, representing beginning and end (Alpha and Omega) as one.
Some also theorize that the pentagram was an expression of an early, secret Gnostic heresy, found hidden here and there throughout Christianity's history, a symbol of Isis/Venus as the "secret goddess," or female principle. This symbolism commonly shows up in the Arthurian Grail romances, which many see as Gnostic and in kabbalistic teachings disguised as knightly quests and their tales. For example, a pentagram appears on the shield of Sir Gawain in the fourteenth century poem, "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight."
The pentagram was embodied as a symbol of this feminine principle by the five petaled rose, found in many gothic cathedral ornamentations—they are truly subtle, not quite secret pentagrams.
Possibly due to this, and to misinterpretation of symbols used by ceremonial magicians, the pentagram later became associated with Satanism and subsequently rejected by most of Christianity sometime in the twentieth century.
edit: the title is incorrect - it is only about line-based 2D graphical symbols... Hi I was wondering if anyone has heard of this before.... (not from me) I think just about any line-based 2D graphical symbol can have the "line number" determined... e.g. The following symbols involve the...
Maybe there is another possible shape with 5 lines/strokes that isn't problematic....
I thought it was interesting that this issue seems to have been a relatively modern problem....
The pentagram is quite mathematically significant in regard to "sacred geometry"