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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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In our original experiment with the I Ching [3] (Storm & Thalbourne, 1998-1999), the principal goal was the generation of a "hit": Participants were required to select 16 of the 64 hexagrams (actually, descriptor pairs for each hexagram) in accordance with the statement "Lately, or right now, I feel .
A single color or a combination of two or more colors was determined by the I Ching and then another I Ching hexagram number gave the number of these stars to trace.
In general, I sense, he tried to be consistent, logical, and practical; he'd list the possibilities in an order which was easily remembered, and then assign hexagrams in such a way that the earlier items--whatever they were--received the heavier weighting.
Much like I Ching's 64 hexagrams, which are allegorical, the prophetic messages of kau cim, and bazi (four pillars of destiny) are written in poetic phrases and thus require interpretation.
These gradual and smooth changes are presented in the arragements of sixty four hexagrams.
The hierarchical structure of the interaction between yin and yang is illustrated in the arrangement of the six lines (yao) of each hexagram in I Ching.
A second, less common, type of analysis is the sequencing of the hexagrams.
Similarly, as they made a hexagram out of any six yin and yang (or any two of eight trigrams), there are sixty-four possible hexagrams.
This can be extended to the potential hexagrams (C or L)ATJA(C, N, R or Z), and a few guesses lead to the Webster Second words cATJang, the pigeon pea, and blATJang, a condiment resembling chutney.
The actor, a former artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in London, told Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young he consulted the I Ching - which uses random numbers and hexagrams to guide people's decisions.
Such was the case too of Xul Solar, who in 1924 interpreted the sixty-four hexagrams of the Chinese Book of Changes into visions, and later published Relatos de los mundos superiores, the neocriollo version of the Yijing [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].
Li argues that harmony is the book's central theme, but the book's name and the overall content of its sixty-four hexagrams suggest that its primary focus is change; harmony is a comparatively subsidiary theme.