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Pentagrams can have virtually any orientation but the two most common are "point up":

"point up" pentagram

And "point down":

"point down" pentagram

Is there a more appropriate term used to distinguish between these two variants?

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  • Why pentagrams? Are there specific terms for triangles with a point or a side on top? Dec 20, 2013 at 17:27
  • @FumbleFingers: I happen to know that pentagrams have more symbolic weight behind them. The difference between the two carries more contextual meaning than simple triangles. But if you happen to know of a word appropriate for triangles it would probably also work for pentagrams.
    – MrHen
    Dec 20, 2013 at 17:31
  • I think a pentagram has to have a circle or five sided figure around the perimeter of the star.
    – bib
    Dec 20, 2013 at 17:37
  • @bib: You may be thinking of a pentacle. A pentagram is just the connected five-pointed star.
    – MrHen
    Dec 20, 2013 at 17:38
  • @MrHen Interesting. Wiki agrees with you, but the vast majorities of images in Google suggest otherwise.
    – bib
    Dec 20, 2013 at 17:40

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Point up = Pentagram

Point Down = Inverted Pentagram

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    needs reference
    – GEdgar
    Dec 20, 2013 at 17:30
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    @GEdgar: Will a couple of thousand written instances do you? I don't think it's necessary for Shawn to cite a dictionary definition of inverted. Dec 20, 2013 at 17:55

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