Double Pentacle, Cedar Woodcarving -by Signs of Spirit on Art Fire and Etsy
MEANING: The upward point of the star is representative of the spirit. The other four points all represent an element; earth, air, fire, and water. All these things contribute to life and are a part of each of us.
The implication of a 5 pointed star with one point down, is of spirit subservient to matter, of man subservient to his carnal desires. While some see this as representing the dark side and consider it an evil symbol, in Gardnerian Wicca (which is usually considered to be the earliest tradition of Wicca still in existence and from which most subsequent Wiccan traditions are derived) the inverted pentacle is the symbol of Gardnerian second degree initiation, representing the need of the witch to learn to face the darkness within so that it may not later rise up to take control.
The circle symbolizes eternity and infinity, the cycles of life and nature; it contains and protects. The circle touching all points indicates that the spirit, earth, air, water and fire are all connected and becomes a symbol of the holistic relationship between Human Spirituality and the Physical Universe.
So, by combining the two pentacles, we have the lessons of the physical over the spiritual and the self-awareness facing our attachments to the ‘illusions of manifestation’; balanced with the striving of Humanity (earthly elements) to reach for Spirit (the Divine).
Aside from the symbolic meaning…
Coop’s carving of this piece is truly masterful! He is taking a board that is less then one inch deep and carving 3 separate levels…without breaking the piece…most of the time…