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Symbols of Faith

I haven’t worn a pentacle in months. My “everyday” pentacle decided about two years ago to start eating jump rings, and I can’t figure out why. Nor can I replace the jump rings and have them actually work – which, for a jewelry artist, is a problem of epic proportions. I must have replaced them more than a dozen times – each time, it works for a few days or a few weeks, and then the jump ring disintegrates again.

So, for now, I’ve decided it’s a sign to just let it be.

I have a fancy pentacle – dainty silver chain, iolite beads, airy and beautiful…but not likely to stand up to daily wear in this house these days.

When I first became a Pagan, I was afraid to wear one. Then I felt like I needed to wear one, but was afraid for it to show. Eventually I outgrew that fear, and wore one daily for a long while. Eventually, I felt like I didn’t need to wear one – that it was an outward symbol of an inward journey, and as such, it was unnecessary. And eventually I came back around to wearing one as a symbol of solidarity with others – as a possible way for others to find me – and as a reminder to myself, a tangible link to my spiritual side.

Right now, I don’t know whether there is a significance to wearing one or not. I guess when I figure it out, I’ll go find another pentacle.

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2 thoughts on “Symbols of Faith”

  1. I have one too and it’s one of my favs, along side my mjolnir. To me, it’s a symbol of my faith. Not Wiccan, just Pagan, or a non-believer of Christianity. It freaks people out and they instantly think Witch. I don’t care, it’s their own ignorance. But I believe in wearing signs of your faith. Regardless if you wear it or not, you know what your belief is and that’s all that matters. 🙂

  2. I wear my pentacle earrings a lot, as a symbol of paganism. Everyone who knows me well knows I’m an atheist and scientist. The pentacle is my way of reminding them, and myself, that nothing exists without the natural world, that we are all stardust, and that spirit must be recognized, as it is the energy of the universe.

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