LiPaPo 16: Wearing the Pentagram

Hello all~ this is the LiPaPo series, standing for Little Pagan Post. (almost) Every day I will post a short little post, exploring an aspect of my beliefs and practices. I hope you enjoy them ~ kitty hugs to all~ Joouna

For many witches, deciding to wear a pentagram/pentacle on a regular basis (on a necklace/ring/whatever) is sort of a rite of passage. Before, the only people who know about your witchcraft are the ones you tell. Afterwards, any keen spotter may notice it. In both witch-positive and also non-welcoming areas, this is an action of taking on responsibility. Wearing the pentagram says “I am a witch!” not just to yourself but potentially anyone else too.

With “non-welcoming areas” I mean areas where a large number of people do not tolerate witches, or Pagans in general, due to religious convictions of their own. As unfortunate as this is, it happens, and I hear about it very often. In this case it is be a good decision to keep it discrete, and/or prepare a strategy to deal with people who feel it is their duty to preach to you or even harrass you. In extreme cases where witches are indeed persecuted physically, even violently (yes even today), of course extreme caution is advised, and the best idea would be to move away if possible.

In “witch-positive” areas it can be a wonderful experience, but it also comes with responsibility. People, once they confirm you are a witch, may come to you asking you to help them with your abilities, knowledge and gifts. You may be asked to give readings, help them work spells, or guide someone on their path. In this case it is crucial to kniw your own limits. Help whenever you can, but if something is beyond you, say so. Attempting to muddle through something you know nothing of will just inflict lots of damage. Also, do not assume that you must accomodate everybody. If you have important priorities, or feel like someone is just using you, then you have all the right to say no.

In neutral areas there will still be people who spot the pentagram and respond in a variety of ways. They may ask in a polite, interested way, or they may go “OMG ARE YOU A WITCH???” (it happened).

The simple fact is that we witches are a minority, with myths and rumours created  about us over time, and while nobody around here will give a second glance at someone’s cross necklace, a pentagram may draw attention and questions. However, the moment we decide to wear the symbol that declares “I am a witch!” is deeply powerful and magical. If you feel ready for it, go ahead and claim it.

6 thoughts on “LiPaPo 16: Wearing the Pentagram

  1. …love the post. I will add, though, that I’d like to see more “witches” know their place in the greater pagan community as well. I am a practicing witch of 50 years. I come from a long line of folk tradition pagan women (truth! Not made up). Just because you have seen the “The Craft” a dozen times, have read a lame “pop culture witch” book or two, and sport a pentacle roughly the size of a BMW hood ornament…….doesn’t make you a witch. I work in a store where a lot of pagans, wiccans, and whatever, come frequently…and at least once or twice w week I get someone who 1. thinks they know it all; 2. has no respect for elders; 3. will most likely come to me in 6 months because they’ve brought in some “dark entity” and don’t know what to do about it because they’re doing stupid stuff; and then… 4. get mad when I give you the steps to remove it because you think the ritual “is too hard”.

    So…yeah….claim that pentacle and wear it proudly. Claim you’re a witch. But, please, don’t look like an absolute moron and embarrass the rest of the pagan community when you do it.

    Cordelia
    (who wears her pentacle and other folk accoutrements with pride and doesn’t care LOL)

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  2. Any Pagan who looks at me will automatically recognize me as such – enough of the more sensitive Pagans I’ve met have told me that they sensed my presence before they actually saw me. The symbols I’ve worn over the years, typically in the form of tattoos and a pair of joined necklace pendants, aren’t obvious to the unobservant. These symbols, however, have never been worn by me as a form of proclamation to the general public: they are symbols that have deep personal meaning for me, and it is to honor this meaning alone that I have chosen to wear them. Honestly, I don’t care much for the idea of religious advertising; and that is exactly how much of the religious symbol wearing seems to be used. If someone wants to wear a cross (which was a Pagan symbol long before it was a Christian symbol, along with the Ichthys), a hammer, or a pentacle, I think that’s fine. Keep in mind, however, that there are plenty of people who wear these symbols simply for the sake of wearing trendy trinkets: I’ve noted a number of cross-wearing people who aren’t very Christian, as well as hammer and pentacle-wearing people who are simply trying to look hip by wearing something ‘cool.’ A person’s beliefs and ideals are better evidenced by their actions.

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    • Completely and utterly agree! My “accoutrements” are small….and my pentacle is commonly lost amongst the dragonfly and spirit horse pendants I wear on the same chain. I think what’s getting my pagan panties in a twist these days are the many people who come into the store who are merely “playgans” and “wanna be’s” …much like the 20 year old who came flying through the door the other week loudly claiming she needed to eradicate a spirit and she just had to have “sage sage sage and a wand! And a pentacle offering plate!” (because, of course, it *had* to have a pentacle on it). I’ll be honest — and it does show my age — But MANY supposed pagans who have come to the scene in the past 10 years love to revel in props and costuming that are supposedly “witchy”. It’s “trendy” and “Oooooo spooky!” I’ve almost gotten to the point where I don’t care to be civil because most of them have absolutely no respect for the elders of this craft.

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