Symbols … or a symbol?

One of the most common Symbols, in society, is the pentagram.




While it comes in a small variety of forms … it is essentially the same whether it be on flags like Ol” Glory, Corporations, Religions or in society, in general.

Old Glory over the USS Arizona  Memorial edit  It is essentially the same symbol. Used by Freemasons, Satanists, Beer makers, Retailers and heck. Even used by WordPress. Whenever we press “like”.

What does it all mean? Why is it in such common usage? Does it have the same meaning?

The most common usage is by United States of America. Denoting each State of the Union. As shown here on their national flag. Why not a dot? A small circle? Nope it’s a five-pointed star, a pentagram. The State of, Washington D.C. even has the symbol in their street plan.

Not exactly obvious in the plan drawn up by Pierre Charles L’Enfant but the main thrust was there. The later street plan, thus:



 Washington D.C.





L’Enfant Plan






This Pentagram is used by Freemasons to represent their god Baphomet.








One might argue that none of this is connected? So, why is it used so much? It’s not exactly an easy symbol to draw. Far simpler would be a small circle. Like a period mark. A square, easier yet. But no, a five sided pentagram. That fits perfectly into the “Pentagon”. The place where all U.S. war strategy is based. Hmmm?

The largest retailer in the world Wal- Mart uses it to separate the Wal, for Walton. From Mart, an abbreviation for Market. Macy’s that, well known, department store uses the symbol. As do beer makers, like Sapporo and Heineken. There are others like Budweiser and so on. Many other times one sees it in corporate signage.

Flags with stars I counted well over a hundred and twenty still counting. The colours change, yet I wonder if the meaning does not?

Musical acts like Pentangle or Pentagram. Black Sabbath. Sports teams Dallas stars or Minnesota North Stars. On and on. The European Union. An unelected body that dictates to its members.

Some might argue the all seeing eye is as big a symbol as the pentagram? Based upon the eye of Horus. EyeofHorus_1000

Sometimes used to depict measurements, or as a symbol to ward off evil?













 [sim-buh l]

Spell Syllables

something used for or regarded as representing something else; amaterial object representing something, often something immaterial;emblem, token, or sign.

a letter, figure, or other character or mark or a combination of lettersor the like used to designate something:

the algebraic symbolx; the chemical symbol Au.

(especially in semiotics) a word, phrase, image, or the like having acomplex of associated meanings and perceived as having inherentvalue separable from that which is symbolized, as being part of thatwhich is symbolized, and as performing its normal function ofstanding for or representing that which is symbolized: usuallyconceived as deriving its meaning chiefly from the structure in whichit appears, and generally distinguished from a sign.
verb (used with object), symboled, symboling or (especiallyBritish) symbolled, symbolling.

to use symbols; symbolize.


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