Witch Symbolism

There are many different symbols that are related to witches and witchcraft. Here are four of the most common ones.

All Seeing Eye

shutterstock_70860013Generally considered as a symbol of the watchful and protective power of the Supreme Being, the all-seeing eye of God (or the Eye of Providence) is a symbol showing an eye which is surrounded by rays of light and usually enclosed by a triangle. It is found in many eras and cultures, and the popular interpretation is that it is the representation of God or another Entity. Often used in divination, hexes, curses, psychic control and all corruption are worked through this emblem. This is often considered to be the symbol of the Illuminati.

The Pentagram

shutterstock_246475582A pentagram is a five-pointed star and represents the 5 Elements: Wind, Water, Earth, Fire, and Spirit. It is one of the most powerful and ancient symbols in human history. The earliest images of pentagrams have been found scratched into Stone Age caves, on the walls of Neolithic caves, and in Babylonian drawings. It is found in almost every ancient culture and in all four corners of the world. The Pentagram is believed to be from the star-shaped pattern formed by the planet Venus in its journey through the sky as watched by ancient astronomers.

The Pentagram also appears in many ancient writings, including the Hebrew Scriptures, which are abundant with references to the pentagram. To the Greeks and Babylonians, where it was used greatly, the pentagram stood for magical energies. The Greeks thought it had magical properties and called it the Pentalpha. The five-point star has also been known as the star of Isis.

The Pentacle

shutterstock_289256726A pentagram enclosed within a circle becomes a pentacle, although pentacles do not always contain pentagrams. It has been known under many different names, including “The Druid’s Root” and “The Witches’ Star.”

The pentacle is considered an amulet that is used for magical invocations, rituals and spells. The pentacle is meant to be a symbol that the spirit draws upon for added strength and energies for spells and rituals. It is said a pentacle crafted from silver binds the energy of the Moon and when crafted from gold, it binds the energy of the Sun.

In most Pagan and Witchcraft traditions, it symbolizes the element Earth.

Sigil of Baphomet

shutterstock_168853247The inverted pentacle with a goat’s head is called the Sigil of Baphomet, which is an inverted pentagram with a goat’s head having human male features placed in the middle. This is then encased in circle as in a pentacle.

During rituals at the Church of Satan, the symbol of Baphomet was positioned behind the altar at a focal point—this usually meant placing it on a wall. This symbol also went on to be adopted by several other organizations with associations to Satanism.

The origin of the word Baphomet may have come from two Greek words, “baphe” and “metis,” meaning “absorption of knowledge.” It has also been called the Black Goat, Devil’s Goat and most famously, Goat of Mendes. The image of Baphomet is usually portrayed as a half-goat, half-human figure. It has often wrongly been thought to represent witchcraft as an evil symbol, but it is not used by witches as they do not actually believe in the Devil.

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