Exercise: The Pentagram of Pearl Meditation

The Pentagram of Pearl is a meditative tool, like the Iron Pentagram. Its points are Love, Wisdom, Knowledge, Law, and Power.

Ground and center. In your Book of Shadows, draw a pentacle with interlocking lines and label the points, in order, clockwise: “Love,” “Wisdom,” “Knowledge,” “Law,” and “Power”.

Love is the moving energy of life. It is both blindly erotic and deeply personal, a passionate, prideful, powerful caring for oneself and others. It is the law of the Goddess and the essence of magic.

Wisdom and Knowledge can be best understood together. Knowledge is learning, the power of the mind to understand and describe the universe. Wisdom is knowing how to apply knowledge – and how not to apply it. Knowledge is knowing what to say, wisdom is knowing whether or not to say it. Knowledge gives answers, wisdom asks questions. Knowledge can be taught; wisdom grows out of experience, out of making mistakes.

Law is natural law, not human law. When we break natural laws, we suffer the consequences as a natural result of our actions, not as a punishment. If you break the law of gravity, you will fall. Magic functions within natural law, not outside of it. But natural law may be broader and more complex than we realize.

Power is the power that comes from within, when love, knowledge, wisdom, and law are united. Power, rooted in love and tempered by knowledge, law, and wisdom, brings growth and healing.

Meditate on each of the points in turn, and then explore the links and connections: Love, Knowledge, Wisdom, and so on. Lie down with your arms and legs outstretched so that you can form a star. Let your head and each of your limbs be a point on the pentacle. When you are “on the points,” they will be all in balance. If some points feel weak, work on developing those qualities. Absorb the beauty of the Pentagram of Pearl.

– Alfrún

Exercise courtesy of The Spiral Dance by Starhawk

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