A six-pointed geometric star figure, the compound of two equilateral triangles.
One of the world's most ancient symbols, the hexagram, like the pentagram, it is used in many practices and in many ways by nearly all of the occult traditions. It is a universal symbol.
The use of the hexagram in occult practices is attributed to the seven 'old' planets outlined in astrology.
Hexagrams are commonly used both as talismans and for conjuring spirits in the practices of sorcery and witchcraft. Hexagrams are also prominent in Alchemy, Chakra, Divination, Demonology, Freemasonry, and Theosophy. The six pointed star the Star of David, prominent in rabbinic lore is also found in the Hindu, Buddhist and Jainist cosmologies.
In the Chinese divinatory system of the I Ching, a hexagram is the name given to a six-line figure made from two trigrams (a triple combination of Yin and Yang lines). Within this figure the Chinese diviner will trace a second pair of trigrams, called the nuclear trigrams. The hexagram, its basic and nuclear trigrams, and the associations drawn between these three elements are combined by the diviner to give responses to questions. Sometimes a consultation of the classical text of the I Ching is also resorted to.
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Sources: (1) Spence, Lewis, An Encyclopedia of Occultism, Carol Publishing Group; (2) Dictionary of the Occult, Caxton Publishing; (3) The Encyclopaedia Britannica Eleventh Edition Handy Volume Edition, Oxford University Press.
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