Unicursal hexagram

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Non-interlaced unicursal hexagram
Interlaced form of the 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.[citation needed]

Thelema[edit]

An adapted unicursal hexagram is an important symbol 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 ancient 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]

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]

  • The Unicursal hexagram was also used by the Ordre Martiniste founded in France in 1884. Early 1880s Patents of that Order show the Unicursal hexagram in an engraving on the side of a symbolic cube located near the bottom left of each 19th century diploma/patent of the Papus' Martinist Order.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walker, Barbara G. (1988). The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects. HarperOne. p. 69. ISBN 0-06-250923-3. 
  2. ^ Duquette, Lon Milo (2003). Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot. Weiser. pp. 43–53. ISBN 1578632765. 
  3. ^ Takahashi, Kasuki. "The Seal of Orichalcos" Yu-Gi-Oh card database.