For Harry Dresden it is a symbol of order with five points and five sides representing the forces of air, earth, water, fire, and spirit. It is contained within a circle, the points touching the outer ring, representing the forces of magic bound within human control; power balanced by restraint.
Pentacle, pentagram, pentangleEdit
A pentacle is a symbol of order. Five points, five sides. It represents the forces of air, earth, water, fire, and spirit. The circle containing the star with the points touching it represents the forces of magic bound within human control—power balance with restraint.
A pentagram is the enclosed shape that is formed in the center of a five-pointed star.
A pentangle is as a five-pointed star within a circle.
In the seriesEdit
- Main article: Small Favor
In Small Favor, Karrin Murphy calls Harry Dresden to a crime scene in which a burning building had the whole front taken off. On the back wall of the building, Dresden finds a sigil painted in blood looking similar to a pentacle. Dresden explains what a pentacle is to Murphy and how a pentagram is different. At this point, Dresden is uncertain what it means since a symbol can have numerous meanings, but he's working on it.
Dresden shows Murphy that the points of the star on his pentacle touch the outer ring while the points of the star in the sigil they found on the wall go outside the circle; according to him, it's uncomfortably like a combination of a pentacle and an anarchy symbol - magic unrestrained.
- Main article: Changes
In Changes, the Leanansidhe passes on to Dresden the small pentagon-shaped ruby that Margaret LeFay left for him, which contains her considerable knowledge of the Ways in Nevernever. Dresden hurriedly attaches it to center of his pentacle pendant, also his mother's. He plans to use it to rescue Maggie from Arriana Ortega, the Red King and the Bloodline curse.
- Main article: Cold Days