Sunday, February 26, 2006
SYMBOLS: THE HEXAGRAM
KING SOLOMON'S SEAL
The legend of King Solomon's Seal, of the wondrous signet ring which he received from heaven, is common to Judaism, to Christianity and to Islam. King Solomon's Seal, whose base is on the ground and whose tip reaches heaven, symbolizes a harmony of opposites, whose significance is manifold as much as it is multi-cultural. It reflects the cosmic order, the skies, the movement of the stars in their spheres, and the perpetual flow between heaven and earth, between the elements of air and fire. The Seal, therefore, symbolizes super-human wisdom and rule by divine grace.
On the walls around Jerusalem are stone decorations in the form of two interlocking triangles Stars of David, known to Moslems as Khatam Suleiman and to Jews as Khatam Shlomo (King Solomon's Seal) whose function was to protect the city. The symbol of the hexagram, the star-like figure formed by two triangles, has many connotations, especially when it is enclosed by a circle; super-natural powers have been attributed to it in many parts of the world since ancient times.
Beyond the Jewish national associations which have only become attached to it in the last few hundred years, the abstract element of the figure (which is connected to the celestial stars) and its geometrical completeness make it a universal symbol. Together with the five-pointed star (the pentagram, which is of much earlier origin) the hexagram represents the development of mathematics and geometry by the Greeks and their successors around the Mediterranean.
Through geometry, in which the Pythagoreans and their followers saw cosmic symbolism, the hexagram and the pentagram became an expression of heaven and its reflection on earth, the divine and its reflection in creation and of the connection between heaven and earth, between the macrocosm and the microcosm, and between spirit and matter.
THE STAR TETRAHEDRON
The Star Tetrahedron, the 3-dimensional version of a 2-dimensional six-pointed star, is found around living organisms in the form of a subtle electromagnetic field. Although this is not something that conventional science accepts yet, it will be the case in future once they are able to detect and measure this field. (Recently, science has made some progress by for the first time detecting the Star Tetrahedron field around a planet.)
The knowledge of this geometry relating to life has been with us for longer than could be imagined by some people, as it has always been kept from the public. For example, more recently, people such as Leonardo da Vinci had knowledge (as passed on to him by his mentor) of the relationship between geometry and the human form. [A template for the six-pointed star can be found in his drawings, i.e. Leonardo's famous Proportions of the Human Body]
This is also an example of a geometric shape containing the golden ratio: The average of two ratios found in this form is equal to PHI.
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