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The Pentagram The Pentagram

The pentagram is a powerful symbol of protection and balance, and each of its five points represents one of the five elements (the four manifest elements together with the unifying element of Spirit). The above illustration shows each element in its characteristic color: red for Fireyellow for Airblue for Waterblack for Earth and white for Spirit.

The upright pentagram represents order, with everything in its proper place. In particular, the element of Spirit is shown above the other elements - the flesh is subservient to the Spirit. The inverted pentagram can be a symbol of evil (in much the same way as an inverted cross), as Spirit is then ruled by the material elements. In certain nature-based pagan religions, the inverted pentagram is a beneficent symbol representing the male deity, the Horned God, who is a positive force. In this case the two upright points of the pentagram are a stylization of the god's appearance.

Because an upright pentagram shows the forces and building blocks of nature in correct manifestation, it has a very grounding, harmonizing influence, and this is further emphasized in the pentagram above by the central placement of possibly the ultimate symbol of dynamic balance, yin-yang.

The physical world is the final crystallization of higher forces, and so the manifest world (such as Malkuth of the Kabbalists) and the element Earth itself are considered to be composed of the other elements. Hence the pentagram, as a representation of the blending of all elements into one, is sometimes used to represent the composite element Earth. Examples of this include the elemental tools of Ceremonial Magic, where a pentacle (a disk inscribed with a pentagram) corresponds to Earth, and the Tarot, where the suit of pentaclesis the Earth suit.

Vitruvian PentamanThe pentagram represents the microcosm and internal energies, while the hexagram symbolizes the macrocosm and external energies. Pentagrams are often found in nature, in flowers and crystalline forms, for example, and their shape can be used to draw a human figure with torso and limbs in correct proportion, as suggested by Leonardo Da Vinci's (1452-1519) famous drawing of"Vitruvian Man" (made around 1492 and named after a treatise on the proportions of the male human form by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius).

As an expression of the number five and in its dynamic aspect, the pentagram is linked to the sefira Geburah on the Tree of Life. It is also a representation of the five Hindu elements or Tattvas (Prithivi - EarthApas - WaterVayu - AirTejas - Fire and Akasha - Spirit), and of the five elemental activities of Chinese philosophy (Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire).

A pentagram is unicursal (i.e. it can be drawn in one go without removing the pen from the page) so it is easily drawn in the air with a magical tool, starting at any one of the five points and moving in either of two directions. It is no surprise then that the pentagram is an important symbol in Magic, and it can be drawn in invoking and banishing forms. An important cleansing and protecting ritual, the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, is built around creating banishing earth pentagrams in each of the four directions. A banishing earth pentagram is one drawn from the point of Earth sunwise, i.e. moving to the point of Spirit first. An invoking earth pentagram is drawn from the point of Spirit, moving to the point of Earth first.

The pentagram can also embody the Pentagrammaton, the "five-lettered name," as explained in The Pentagram as Pentagrammaton.

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it also relates to the five wounds if christ, which kn thrn relate to the five petalled hermetic rose as used by Rosicrucianism, related to mattin luther, rose cross amen etc. people also have 5 orafices. mouth, ears, and the lower two.

I'd question body being subservient to spirit...

hey,

can u may be explain why u would question it? i have been tryin to understand if it is or isnt so. but i find  answers in both ways. like half say it is, others say it isnt. 

so what do u think? 

Zen emptiness is not the emptiness of nothingness, but the emptiness of fullness in which this equation takes place: zero=infinity. The Godhead is no other than this equation. In other words when God as Creator came out of the Godhead he did not leave the Godhead behind. He has the Godhead with him all along while engaging in the work of creation. Creation is continuous, going on till the end of time, which really has no ending and therefore no beginning. For creation is out of inexhaustible nothingness.

 

–Thomas Merton

I think one has to question whether you view spirit as part or sepearte from the elements and whether we view it from macro or microcosmic perspectives. If we examine the micro. This is the self. At a micro level we see a perspective and we see perhaps the idea of a certain level of being and consciousness. Perhaps you could call it mundane. The wheel of fortune, goinng this way and that...revolving. Animal, Mineral, Vegetable consciousness. From this level of being perhaps yes indeed, body is largely subserviant, it is conrtrolled largely or perhaps created by the hidden. This ice berg like nature gives us the macrocosmos.

The macrocosm or the divine perspective shows us nothng is seperate. "Nothing exists in isolation"" (Dion Fortune, mystical qabbalah.) From this level we can see that spirit is not controller, but a part of a whole.Harmonious, beautiful, inseperable. The hexagram. The rosicrucian symbol "Man cupped in God" places a pentagram, microcosm, within a hexagram, macrocosm.

We see in esoteric Christianity, where the higher self is the spirit, the dweller on the threshold. This is the microcosmic view. At a macrocosmic view we see that spirit is the divine. That the master is Christ, the higher self no longer the self becomes macrocosmic and the monadic divine. As the Hermetic Axiom states All is Mind. From a macro level we get the idea that we can create, manipulate, think our reality. At a divine macrocosmic level we understand that Mind is the divine Mind; much like in deeper understanding in Islam, that the universe was created in the mind of God.

“The world was created with ten utterances.

But could God not have created her with a single utterance?

Rather, it is to teach you how precious the earth is,

and how much reward for those who cherish her and how great the consequences for those who abuse her”

 

– Babylonian Talmud, Avot 5:1

(An axiom, or postulate, is a premise or starting point of reasoning. As classically conceived, an axiom is a premise so evident as to be accepted as true without controversy) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axiom

#rose cross lamen.

This also relates to the perfected man or divine anthropos, deping on tradition. For example: Adam Kadmon, Seth son of Adam who reincarnates as Christ (Sethian Gnosticism), the pprophet Mohammed pbuh....etc

man cupped in god

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