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Term: hexagram

DEFINITIONS

Hexagram: A six-pointed star usually formed by two interwoven triangles. Today, it is frequently seen as a symbol of Judaism (having replaced the previous symbols of the pentagram and seven-branched candlestick) and is known as the Shield or Star of David (Mogen David). A popular interpretation of the symbol is that the triangle with one point down represents God reaching for humanity, while the triangle pointing up represents humans striving to reach for the Divine.

Mystically, the downward-pointing triangle represents the feminine powers while the triangle pointing up represents the masculine powers. Thus, it is a symbol of mystical union, a Western version of the famous Yin-Yang symbol of Taoism. Magically, each point represents the astrological powers of one of the planets visible to the unaided eye. According to the book The Golden Dawn, by Israel Regardie, Saturn is at the point at the top, the Moon is at the point at the bottom, Jupiter is at the upper right point, Venus is at the lower right point, Mars is at the upper left point, Mercury is at the lower left point, and the center is given to the fire of the Sun. These attributions are used in many rituals, the most famous (due to its original publication by Regardie in the late 1930s) being the Greater Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram.Donald Michael Kraig

Hexagram: A symbol of divinity and the macrocosm, associated with the seven planets, particularly the Sun.
source: The Thoth Companion, by Michael Osiris Snuffin

Hexagram:

1) A six-pointed star consisting of two superimposed triangles, one whose apex is up and the other apex down. The upward triangle is masculine, the downward is feminine—together they symbolize union of energies or sexual congress. In ritual magic they are used to invoke or to banish planetary forces.

2) One of sixty-four combinations of long and broken lines used in the I Ching (or Yi King) system of Chinese divination that are traditionally determined by throwing Yarrow Sticks, or by means of coins (heads, tails), dice, dominoes or other means.

3) As a symbol, it is the Hebrew "Star of David."

Suggested Reading:

Regardie, with the Ciceros: The Tree of Life: An Illustrated Study in Magic

Kraig: Modern Magick: Twelve Lessons in the High Magickal Arts

McElroy: I Ching for Beginners: A Modern Interpretation of the Ancient Oracle

Nishavdo: I Ching of Love—a boxed set of 64 illustrated cards with booklet.

Carl Llewellyn Weschcke


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The I Ching
(Also Yi King) A Chinese divinatory system of 64 "hexagrams" that express the dynamic flow of energies into their physical manifestation. Like most divination, it is a manipulative system calling forth the practitioner’s psychic abilities. The ...
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Enochian Magick Rituals
The two main rituals in Enochian Magick are the Pentagram and the Hexagram Rituals below. These rituals are given as examples only and are not intended for use without proper preparation. Please study Enochian Magic: A Practical Manual or An ...
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Heart Chakra (Anahata) Correspondences
The chakra located at the heart, color green, associated planet Sun or Venus, associated Sephirah Tiphareth. Heart Chakra (Anahata) Correspondences Alchemical Planet: Sun, Venus  Alchemical Element: Gold  Tattva: Vayu ...
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Divinatory Practices
There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of different forms of divination and clairvoyant practice. The following lists organize some of the more familiar by the major styles. It is a preliminary effort. Analytical Tables of Clairvoyant & ...
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Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram
This ritual, called the LBRP for short, is designed to clear your area (and yourself) of negative energies. It is composed of four sections. The LBRP has become a standard part of the Western Mystical Tradition, and has been adapted and altered by ...
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What is Divination?
Prophesy and information by "occult" methodologies.  By reading naturally produced signs ranging from the shape of clouds to the positions of planets (astrology). By reading artificially produced signs ranging from tea leaves to the throwing ...
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