Unicursal hexagram

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The unicursal hexagram (non-interlaced)
Basic depiction of usual interlaced form of unicursal hexagram[1]

The unicursal hexagram is a hexagram or six-pointed star that can be traced or drawn unicursally, in one continuous line rather than by two overlaid triangles. The hexagram can also be depicted inside a circle with the points touching it. It is often depicted in an interlaced form with the lines of the hexagram passing over and under one another to form a knot. It is the same shape as depicted in Blaise Pascal's 1639 Hexagrammum Mysticum Theorem.

Thelema[edit]

An adapted unicursal hexagram is one of the important symbols in Thelema

In Aleister Crowley's Thelema, the hexagram is usually depicted with a five-petalled flower in the centre which symbolises a pentacle. The Symbol itself is the equivalent of the Egyptian Ankh or the Rosicrucian's Rosy Cross; which represents the microcosmic forces (the pentacle, representation of the pentagram with 5 elements, the Pentagrammaton, YHSVH or Yahshuah) interweave with the macro-cosmic forces (the hexagram, the representation of the planetary or heavenly cosmic forces, the divine).[2]

Popular culture[edit]

  • The unicursal hexagram was part of the symbol called "The Seal of Orichalcos" that was prominent in the Waking the Dragons arc of Yu-Gi-Oh!.
  • A unicursal hexagram appears several times in the television series Supernatural as a symbol to ward off evil entities. It was also featured prominently in the season 8 episode "As Time Goes By" as the symbol signifying membership of the Men of Letters. It's mentioned that it stands above the gates to Atlantis.
  • In the 12-book comic series Avengers Forever, the Forever Crystal, an artifact that can alter reality across time, appears in the shape of a unicursal hexagram.
  • It appears on Sir Francis Drake's map and other various places in Uncharted 3 and represents balance.
  • It also can be seen on the cover of the band Mindless Self Indulgence's album How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence
  • The unicursal hexagram can also be found on numerous pieces of merchandise from the band Bring Me The Horizon
  • It is one of the main symbols of Inferno in Heroes of Might and Magic games
  • It is used as the cover art for Bring Me The Horizon's single 'Drown'
  • A variant of the unicursal hexagram is a frequently occurring design aesthetic in the videogame Bayonetta 2.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barbara G. Walker, The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects (ISBN 0-06-250923-3), p. 69
  2. ^ Lon Milo Duquette in Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot, Weiser, 2003, ISBN 1578632765, p.43-53