After years of confusing the five-pointed star in a circle with Satanic symbolism, the Veterans Administration has finally spoken, and will now allow the Wiccan pentacle to be engraved on the tomb stones of deceased Pagan veterans.
Here’s a blog post I wrote on this issue last year when misunderstandings were still rampant. It includes a carefully-worded constituent note from Senator Barack Obama, who displays a real genius for not straying too far out on a limb.
Here’s a well-written history of the five-pointed star and its various sacred affiliations that I think you’ll find fascinating. An excerpt:
The five-pointed star, or pentagram is one of the most potent, powerful, and persistent symbols in human history. It has been important to almost every ancient culture, from the Mayans of Latin America, to India, China, Greece, and Egypt. It has been found scratched on the walls of Neolithic caves, and in Babylonian drawings, where it marks the pattern the planet Venus makes on its travels- a secret symbol of the Goddess Ishtar. Scriptures, especially Hebrew, are abundant with references to pentagrams. So, why does this symbol have such a sinister reputation today?