Of all the symbols and tools used in witchcraft, this is probably the most misunderstood.

It is generally thought that the pentacle, is represented with the single point of the star pointing up, however, the inverted (two points up) pentacle is NOT to be confused with dark practices, as we have been led to believe.

The inverted pentacle is a sign of inner workings to better the world, rather then the single point up, which means working from the outside in.

The pentacle is usually a symbolic tool, often a circular flat piece of metal or wood inscribed with a pentagram, a five-pointed star.

The pentacle came from ceremonial magic and has been used in ritual and magick for thousands of years. It represents feminine energy – the sacred feminine, goddess energy – and can be used to consecrate sacred objects such as amulets and charms. The pentacle is also a traditional symbol of protection.

The pentacle is a tool of the North and is associated with Earth.

The pentacle is feminine in nature and represents Goddess energy.

If you feel uncomfortable with using a pentacle because of the misconceptions others may have, improvise! You can use a stone or something found out in nature e.g. from a forest floor instead as it is of the Earth element. Only you need know what meaning it really has if you wish to keep your beliefs or practices private.