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A '''Pentagram''' is a ''[[mullet]] of five points [[voided]] and [[interlaced]]'', commonly used in [[period]] [[heraldry]].  A '''Pentacle''' is a similar [[symbol]], correctly [[blazon]]ed ''A mullet voided and interlaced within and conjoined to an [[annulet]]''.  
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A '''Pentagram''' is a ''[[mullet]] of five points [[voided]] and [[interlaced]]'', commonly used in [[period]] [[heraldry]].  A '''Pentacle''' is a similar symbol, correctly [[blazon]]ed ''A mullet voided and interlaced within and conjoined to an [[annulet]]''.  
  
It can be found in [[Christian]] [[church]]es like Notre-Dame de [[Paris]] where it symbolizes the five points from which [[Christ]] bled on the [[cross]]. In the [[poem]] ''[[Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]]'', [[Sir]] [[Gawain]] bore a pentagram upon his [[shield]] and it was also used to represent many other things, e.g. the five [[knightly virtue]]s.
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It can be found in Christian churches like Notre Dame de Paris where it symbolizes the five wounds of Christ sustained during the crucifixion. It was also used to represent other ideas, such the five [[knightly virtue]]s. In the poem ''[[Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]]'', [[Gawain|Sir Gawain]] bore a pentagram upon his shield.
  
 
== Pentagrams in the SCA ==
 
== Pentagrams in the SCA ==
  
Both the pentagram and the pentacle are used by modern [[Pagan]]s as a [[religious]] [[symbol]], (usually with a single point upward) representing the Five [[Element]]s.  The common usage of a reversed pentagram (two points upward) by [[Satan]]ists had caused this [[charge]] to be added to the [[SCA]] [[College of Heralds]]' list of [[restricted charge]]s beginning in [[1973]]. However this ruling was overturned in [[2009]], and both the pentagram and pentacle symbols, both regular and reversed, [http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2009/03/09-03lar.html#8 are now] permitted [[heraldic charge]]s.  
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Both the pentagram and the pentacle are used by modern [[Pagan]]s as a religious symbol, (usually with a single point upward) representing the Five Elements.  The popular association of a pentagram reversed (that is, with two points upwards) with [[Satan]]ism led to this [[charge]] being placed on SCA [[College of Heralds]]' list of [[restricted charge]]s in 1973. However, this decision was reversed in 2009, following the presentation of new arguments and evidence, and both the pentagram and pentacle, [http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2009/03/09-03lar.html#8 are now permitted].  
  
 
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Revision as of 09:18, 7 April 2010

A Pentagram is a mullet of five points voided and interlaced, commonly used in period heraldry. A Pentacle is a similar symbol, correctly blazoned A mullet voided and interlaced within and conjoined to an annulet.

It can be found in Christian churches like Notre Dame de Paris where it symbolizes the five wounds of Christ sustained during the crucifixion. It was also used to represent other ideas, such the five knightly virtues. In the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Sir Gawain bore a pentagram upon his shield.

Pentagrams in the SCA

Both the pentagram and the pentacle are used by modern Pagans as a religious symbol, (usually with a single point upward) representing the Five Elements. The popular association of a pentagram reversed (that is, with two points upwards) with Satanism led to this charge being placed on SCA College of Heralds' list of restricted charges in 1973. However, this decision was reversed in 2009, following the presentation of new arguments and evidence, and both the pentagram and pentacle, are now permitted.