Friday, May 20, 2005

Love & Pentagram

Somebody asked me why I put the symbol of
pentagram (or pentacle) on my last cd picture cover.
I've been asked if it's a satanist symbol. I think it's time
to tell the real story behind LOVE!'s cover.
It all came out from a dream, in the early months of
2004 I was finishing recording LOVE!'s songs, I was fully
immersed in my music all the time. One night I had a
powerful vision in one of my dreams, there were high
walls, a raging black sea and a woman wearing a
necklace with a pentacle. I thought that it would have
been a good cover for my cd, because it represented to
me a synthesis between holy love and physical love. I
never thought about satanism, I just don't believe in it.
Many people still confuse the pentagram with the
perverted use the satanists do of it.
I post here a short description of the pentagram, taken
from the online enciclopedia Wikipedia.
I hope this will clarify people's ideas:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

In fact, the word pentagram comes from the Greek
word (pentagrammon), a word meaning roughly "five-
lined" or "five lines".
Pentagrams were used symbolically in ancient Greece
and Babylonia. The Pentagram has magickal
Christians once commonly used the pentagram to
represent the five wounds of Jesus, but nowadays
some Christians associate the symbol with Satanism.
However, most who use it are not Satanists.
Satanists use the Pythagorean pentagram (one point
down) inscribed in a double circle, with the head of
Baphomet inside the pentagram.

The first uses of the pentagram we know of are found
in Mesopotamian writings dating to about 3000 B.C.

If you cut an apple transversally through its core, it
reveals a pentagram. The apple is also still, despite
Christian ideas over the years, a symbol of health. (An
apple a day keeps the doctor away.)
According to Heather Child's Christian Symbols, Ancient
and Modern, the pentagram is a symbol of the five
senses. Also, when the letters S, A, L, V, and S are
inscribed in the points, the pentagram is a symbol of
health (Latin salus).
In the medieval romance of Sir Gawain and the Green
Knight, it was on Gawain's shield along with a
Madonna. The pentagram was said to be part of a
theme of fives throughout the story, standing for his
five virtues.

In Goethe's Faust the pentagram hinders
Mephistopheles to leave a room.
I must confess, my stepping o'er
Thy threshold a slight hindrance doth impede;
The wizard-foot doth me retain.
The pentagram thy peace doth mar?
To me, thou son of hell, explain,
How earnest thou in, if this thine exit bar?
Could such a spirit aught ensnare?"

I am writing this article because many people still
misunderstand the meaning of the pentacle and just think about it as a
satanic symbol.... ignorance is the worst enemy of all


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