five-pointed star with a circle around it is a symbol of the human form encircled by the
earth. In the Tarot the suit of Pentacles represents the Earth element, the physical
realm, the human body. This is an important symbol to pagans to whom the physical form is
seen as a great miracle of the Goddess Creatrix. They make a point of not separating
spirit from matter. This supports the idea of "body wisdom" whereby sacred
knowledge is transmitted through the body, as opposed to external spiritual authority.
Thus the Pentagram has become a symbol for matriarchal values, respect for women and
nature, for the earth itself.