How to Draw a Pentacle
The pentacle shape is a geometric figure consisting of a symmetric star inscribed within a circle. Early pentacles were often inscribed with hexagrams (6-pointed stars) or heptagrams (7-pointed stars), not just the pentagrams (5-pointed stars) that are more prominent today.
The word pentacle may be derived from the Greek root penta, meaning five, or from the Latin/French/Italian root pend, meaning hang. Practitioners of magic and adherents of paganism have often worn pentacles as protective amulets around the neck.
You can draw a perfectly symmetric pentacle with a compass, protractor, and straightedge. The following instructions show the procedure to draw a 5-pointed star pentacle, but they can be adapted to draw 6- or 7-pointed stars.Step 1: Use a compass to draw a circle with the center marked. With a pencil and straightedge, lightly draw a straight line from the center to the outer edge of the circle, i.e., draw a radius.
Step 2: Using the radius as a guide, lightly draw four more radii in pencil, each separated by an angle of 72°. (Recall, 360/72 = 5.) You will now have five evenly spaced lines emanating from the center of the circle, creating five evenly spaced points around the circumference.
Step 3: Darken the points on the outside of the circle, and label them with the numbers 1 through 5. (Either clockwise or counter clockwise, it has no effect on the end result of the pentacle.) You can now erase the radius lines.
Step 4: With the straightedge, draw five lines connecting the following pairs of points to form the star:
- 1 and 3
- 3 and 5
- 5 and 2
- 2 and 4
- 4 and 1
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