The Pentacle is the five pointed star within a circle. If just the star, its known as a Pentagram, or ‘five lines’. its origins date as far back as Mesopotamia as a symbol for angles or nooks.
In Wicca and many pagan traditions, the pentacle represents the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water, with the top point representing Spirit or Akasha. Some describe the fifth point as the culmination of the other points together.
Within its history, even Christians wore the star as symbolizes the five wounds of Christ. Even then, the pentacle was believed to ward off evil.
In magical practices, such as summoning demons, the pentacle was not for summoning as much as holding the spirit in place. Wiccans, of course, don’t practice summonings.
In Satanism, the pentacle is inverted and known as the Sigil of Baphomet, representing a rejection of the holy Trinity. It also represents the carnal or primal side of mankind.
To me, its still more of a magical symbol than religious, and I prefer the stylized designs over the basic straight patterns.
What does the pentacle represent to you?