Wooden Incense Holder - Pentagram
It is thought that the pentagram originated from astrological understanding in ancient near eastern civilisations and could represent the planet Venus or evening star. It was popular among the Sumerians in 2700 BCE who saw it as the four corners of the earth and heaven above. In the Euphrates-Tigris region it dates to 4000 BCE. In Pythagorean mysticism it symbolized the human being. It was given negative connotations by Christian Clergy during the conversions when it was called the witch’s or Druids foot and was used as a symbol of protection against them. The Druids saw it as a symbol of the Godhead. The pentagram was used over the centuries as a magical charm and for wish fulfilment. The pentagram with or without its holistic circle has been reclaimed by neo-pagans as positive symbol expressing the mysticism of their beliefs.