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.


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.
  • The unicursal hexigram is a major symbol used in the online comic "The Hues" about a group of post-apocalyptic, magical girls.[3]

See also[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
  3. ^ http://thehues.alexheberling.com/