Pentagram, A Mormon Work of Art

"The inverted pentagram is the consummate symbol of Satan. It is the official symbol of the church of Satan. Universally known for its sinister and evil influence, it is also known as the "Goat of Mendez." In witchcraft, the inverted pentacle depicts the Devil's Goat and the Witches Foot. It is ultimately the symbol of the star Sirius (from the Greek word"scorching") or "dog star." It is known by the Egyptians as Set, or Satan. Identified by the Masonic Lodge as the "Blazing Star," it is found at the center of every Masonic Lodge and is the official emblem of the Order of the Eastern Star. The inverted pentagram is the second most common symbol used in Mormon architecture, being extensively used in exterior keystones." (Sword of the Spirit Apologetics,
I bring this up because I saw a photo of a family member, who is Mormon, wearing the pentagram on a piece of clothing. The matter of this symbol has been hashed and rehashed over in many books and internet web sites in recent years. I could go into great lengths as to why this symbol is linked to Satan and witchcraft, and the like, but Google the words "Mormonism and Pentagram", it will bring up a world of information on the subject.
My experiences with symbols, while I was a Mormon, had always been distant. I don't ever remember talking about the symbols in my Mormon classes. The church does not expound on the different aspects of all the symbols they use, nor will they ever willfully expose the information. The only Mormons that really know about this kind of usage of Satan-type symbols are the Mormons who spend a lot of time studying the faith and accepting the literature as truth.


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Seth R. August 7, 2009 at 12:44 AM  

The pentagram only became a symbol of Satan recently.

Before that, it was actually a Christian symbol and was used interchangeably by early Christians with the cross.

The five points symbolize the five wounds of Christ. It also symbolizes the three beings of the Holy Trinity plus the two natures of Jesus (human and divine).

When you turn it point down, it symbolizes Christ's descent from heaven to earth. The Nauvoo and Salt Lake Temples have both pentagrams point-down and point up. This represents Christ's condescension and then resurrection.

The pentagram has been a universally uplifting and sacred symbol for most of human recorded history. The first time it was associated with negative stuff was when the French magician and occultist Eliphas Levi associated the inverted pentagram with Baphomet - a rather sketchy goat god. This was about mid-1800s.

Levi had utterly no basis for making this association. He basically made it up. But that was enough for the American Church of Satan to adopt it as their symbol in the late 20th century.

So basically, Evangelicals have decided to side with a French magician in discrediting one of the most beautiful and meaningful symbols of God in human history. Christians don't reject the cross as a symbol simply because some Satanists have made an upside down cross a symbol of the devil.

It puzzles me why traditional Christianity has abandoned the pentagram so easily.

handmaiden August 7, 2009 at 11:38 PM  

Hello Seth,
Actually, the symbol was used over 2,500 years ago. Yes, the symbol was used by early Christians, it also was not used very long. It was also used as a symbol for a goddess named Kore. The meaning of the symbol changed when Christians were being burned alive, that is when it became a symbol of Satan. Symbols should no longer be an important part of the Christian life. Temples are not needed anymore, so those buildings are not a part of the Christians walk with Jesus.

Seth R. August 7, 2009 at 11:46 PM  

"Symbols should no longer be an important part of the Christian life."

And thus modern "blue jean Evangelicalism" destroys the soul of worship, turns it's back on the word of Jesus, and spits on the gifts of God.

As for your utterly unsupported assertions about Kore. How about you prove them?

handmaiden August 7, 2009 at 11:58 PM  

Blue Jean Evangelicalism I know nothing about. Maybe you can enlighten me.
Kore, a pagan God whom a Christian shouldn't even worry about.

Seth R. August 8, 2009 at 12:03 AM  

Which is to say you don't know anything about her, and you simply made up that bit about Kore. Or you're just brainlessly mouthing something some other idiot told you.

Or maybe you could just back up your assertion. Please, enlighten me. Tell me where your support for this assertion is.

handmaiden August 8, 2009 at 12:10 AM  

The symbol is asserted to originated as the symbol of Kora who was worshiped from present-day England to Egypt and beyond. She was also known as Car, Cara, Carnac, Ceres, Core, Kar, Karnak, Kaur, Kauri, Ker, Kerma, Kher, Kore, Q're, etc. As Carmenta she was said to have invented the Roman alphabet. On and on.

Seth R. August 8, 2009 at 12:17 AM  

Sounds like a nice gal.

What's your point?

handmaiden August 8, 2009 at 1:12 AM  

Christians don't need symbols, especial ones that are generally connected with Satan. God tells us to "Abstain from all appearance of evil" 1 Thessalonians 5:22.

Seth R. August 8, 2009 at 1:16 AM  

Oh, but I've already demonstrated that it's not a symbol of Satan, but rather of Jesus Christ himself.

Thus far, you've demonstrated exactly nothing - except your ability to repeat yourself without offering anything new.

handmaiden August 8, 2009 at 11:23 PM  

"Abstain from all appearance of evil" 1 Thessalonians 5:22
"But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless." Titus 3:9

Seth R. August 8, 2009 at 11:36 PM  

I suppose you think that actually has anything to do with what we are discussing...

Loralei November 2, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

It absolutely DOES have to do with what you are discussing.

Loralei November 2, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

Seth, it sounds like you're trying to start a fight, calm down, no need to get so angry.

The real question should be 'why'. Why are symbols plastered, engraved, embroidered and painted all over LDS buildings, when we do not believe in symbolism?

Loralei November 2, 2010 at 12:54 PM  

Also, Seth, you have not demonstrated or proven anything either. You too, are simply quoting something someone else has said or written in reference to the pentagram.

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