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1. a star-shaped figure formed by extending the sides of a regular hexagon to meet at six points
2. a group of six broken or unbroken lines which may be combined into 64 different patterns, as used in the I Ching
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Fourteenth-century invocation circle, featuring an encircled magical hexagram. Courtesy Fortean Picture Library.


(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The hexagram comprises two triangles, one reversed and superimposed on the other, and is found in many areas of magic. As a decoration (possibly for magical purposes), it has been found as early as the Bronze Age. The two triangles represent male and female energies, and they are also the symbols for fire and water. Additionally, they represent the ideas of "above" and "below" (see Hermetica).

The hexagram is part of the Seal of Solomon, a magical symbol of great power employed in Ceremonial Magic and used to banish spirits. Also known as the Star of David (in Hebrew, Magen David, or "David's Shield"), the symbol was actually not identified with the Jewish faith until the seventeenth century. However, strictly as a magic symbol, it was found on Jewish amulets as early as the twelfth century.


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This can be used to determine the letters immediately preceding and following the trigram in question; sometimes even a valid hexagram can be uniquely identified.
The geometry is fascinating, and so are the illustrations Frederickson offers to show how he came up with the results, which range from the remarkably complex Theobald 11-piece dissection to a plethora of hexagrams that become hexagons.
Author, teacher and physician Hua-Ching Ni presents much more than a manual for how to use the hexagrams of I Ching; The Book of Changes and The Unchanging Truth teaches the reader about the fundamental principles of the system.
Each of the I Ching's sixty-four hexagrams is interpreted by Sloane from years of study of over fifty translations, and synthesized into comments pertaining to writer's struggles with words.
This Chinese work relies on the casting of yarrow sticks or coins to generate its divinatory hexagrams, in which there are 64 possibilities.
Discourses on Godel, Magic Hexagrams, Little Red Riding Hood, and Other Mathematical and Pseudoscientific Topics.
Father Bouvet responded by sending Leibniz a diagram of the Yi-jing's 64 hexagrams, telling Leibniz that the Chinese had used a binary code for centuries.
35 See the Xiang interpretation of the Zhen trigram in hexagrams 17, 25, 51, and 54.
In the image space of The Iching, there are eight trigrams (Chien, Kun, Ken, Tui, Chen, Hsun, Kan, and Li, manifesting the forces of Heaven, Earth, Mountain, Marsh, Lightening, Wind, Water, and Fire, respectively) and sixty four hexagrams.
The interpretation of the yin yang hexagrams of I Ching.
I Ching remains one of the few works to successfully defend a truly "grand theory": the sixty-four I Ching hexagrams purport to describe, in their entirety, all patterns of human intercourse.
And, as indicated by the eight hexagrams, the two properties are rotating, modeling on the law of the moving order of the universe.