Archive for November, 2012

The Hexagram and Time

I am reading a book by Anthony Peake at the moment called The Labyrinth of Time…. It made me go back to the Mystical Hexagram to dig up this comment about time that we can surmise when thinking about the Hexagram as a symbol….

In Kether, a point of being, there is no time – it is timeless and eternal – it simply IS. It is simply I AM. But as soon as we start to move down the Tree, as soon as we create the idea of dimensions, our single point becomes a line between two points. One point becomes an unlimited number of points along a vector or direction. In other words, our being now has movement and in having movement we must have a concept in which we can observe such movement – TIME. Time is therefore a construct. It is a constraint on which our reality is based. In actuality, time does not exist because I simply AM. I simply EXIST. But in order to start the process of creation, we need a rule, a marker, an angle with which to experience and that is time. Time is a thus a basic constraint on our reality.

There is a lot more about time in the book…. and to think, all of this from a hexagram!?

The Hexagram and Astrology

In our book, we make the claim that the hexagram can be used to reconcile many occult systems and we examine the elements, tree of life, planets and metals in some detail. To be honest, I don’t have much interest in astrology and am no expert at all so I never gave much thought to astrology and the hexagram. It took a visit from my son who wanted to educate me on the The Great Year to make me realize that, in fact, the hexagram may also work to reconcile astrology with other systems of magic.

The hexagram has six points of course. It also has six spaces between those points. In other words, there are 6 points and 6 spaces between points making 12. The hexagram is the symbol of the Sun and so one would imagine that the twelve Sun signs can be arranged around the hexagram in those 12 locations. When we do this, Aquarius is placed at the top of the Fire triangle and Leo at the tip of the downward facing water triangle and every other sign can be arranged between them of course. Now, examine the common attributions of planets to the astrological Sun signs and for the 6 points there is more or less perfect compliance such as Saturn/Aquarius, Aries/Mars, Gemini/Mercury etc. but only to the six signs allocated to the points. Next, take the progression of the Great Year over 26,500 odd years and understand that the circumference of the hexagram represents that Great Year and that each point/space is a Great Month. Again, as the symbol of the Sun, the hexagram is representative of the Great Year.

I am not really up to speed with astrology but it does seem to me from this rudimentary analysis that the hexagram once again reconciles astrology with other systems and, by using the hexagram as a key, much could be gained in adding meaning and significance to astrology.

I would be really intrigued to have comments from any astrology students out there – especially if they have read our book – to do more research into this.

Good Company

I was taking a look at Datura Press’ new website earlier and it suddenly struck me what elevated company Sue and I are keeping these days! Datura has published books by people like Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, Ernest Butler, Gareth Knight, Alan Richardson and Robert King…..Quite honestly, its astonishing that Sue and I suddenly find ourselves among such folk – even if only on a webpage!

If you haven’t yet visited Datura’s website – its worth a look and some of those books seem bound for my own library shortly……..

From The Symbol Dictionary – The Hexagram

A hexagram is a six pointed star composed of two overlapped triangles, found in use by a number of faiths and cultures. Outside of the cross and the swastika, the hexagram is one of the oldest and most universal spiritual symbols. The hexagram is associated with the Biblical Solomon, best known as the Star of David in the Jewish religion.

The Seal of Solomon

In Ritual Magick, the hexagon is called the Seal of Solomon, and represents Divine Union, being composed of a female, watery triangle, and a male, fiery triangle. The traditional elemental triangles of earth, air, water, and fire are derived from the seal. According to a very old legend, the seal was engraved upon a magic ring, which Solomon used to control demons, which he enslaved to build his famous temple. When the points of a hexagram are connected, a hexagon is formed. Kabbalistically, the hexagram represents the Sefirah Tifaret, perfection.

Hindu Shatkona In the Hindu religion, the hexagram is called the Shatkona, and is equivalent to the symbolism in ritual magic. The Shatkona is the combination of the Shiva kona (trikona, triangle), the symbol of the God Shiva, representing the element of fire, and the Shakti kona, representing the element of water. Together, they represent the union of male and female, and the heart chakra.