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 a specific instance of the far more general shape discussed in Blaise Pascal's 1639 Hexagrammum Mysticum Theorem.

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]

  • 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! (1996–2004).[citation needed][3]
  • The unicursal hexagram is used in the series "A Certain Magical Index" to summon an Angel capable of erasing the memories of the Nun that was used as an Index of prohibited books, to keep her under the control of the church.
  • A unicursal hexagram appears several times in the television series Supernatural as the logo of an organization called Men of Letters. 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.[4]
  • A modified version of the symbol appears on the cover of Mindless Self Indulgence's fifth studio album How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence.
  • Serves as a symbol of the Inferno faction in "Heroes of Might and Magic V.
  • Commonly used by the UK band Bring Me the Horizon since their release of Sempiternal in 2013 (also referred to as "Antivist-symbol").
  • The unicursal hexagram has been used by the band Behemoth as a part of the stage props for their live performances.
  • 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.[citation needed]
  • Seen in the popular video game "Uncharted 3" on the loading screen.

See also[edit]

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.
  4. ^ "8.12 As Time Goes By (transcript) - Super-wiki". www.supernaturalwiki.com. Retrieved 2018-04-20.