It is customary to draw invoking and banishing pentacles for the elements, as part of a spell or ritual. The traditional ways of doing so have seemed strange to me, and so I would like to explain my own methods, and the reasoning behind them.
The five points on a pentagram can be seen to relate to the five elements; earth (bottom left), air (top left), fire (bottom right), water (top right) and spirit (uppermost point).
The pentagram itself can be drawn in a clockwise motion – associated with invoking or bringing, or anticlockwise motion – associated with dispersal or banishing.
Therefore, when drawing an invoking pentagram, I draw towards the point in a clockwise direction, and when drawing a banishing pentagram, I draw towards the point in an anticlockwise direction.
For example, the two points connected to earth are spirit and water. Drawing from spirit to earth is an anticlockwise motion, and would be used for banishing, and drawing from water to earth is a clockwise motion and would be used to invoke.
For reference here are the invoking pentagrams on the top line, and banishing pentagrams on the bottom line;