The hexagram ( Greek : hexágrammos with six lines) refers to the six -pointed star , a six-pointed star that is formed from two interwoven equilateral triangles . If you connect the tips of the hexagram with six lines , you get a hexagon . The contour lines of one triangle alternate across the other.
- Gnostic symbol that symbolizes the union of Christ and Sophia , that is, the deification of man
- Central symbol in tantras, tantric Hinduism and Buddhism . Written references to this date back to 700 BC. BC to 800 BC Chr. Dated.
- Protection symbol against demons and fire
- Symbol in the national flag of Israel as the Star of David and Islamic symbol as the Seal of Solomon
- Guild sign of brewers and maltsters : The so-called brewer's star . The use in tavern signs is derived from this.
- Signs of Alchemy : The overlapping triangles symbolize the elements
- National emblem of the police in Trinidad and Tobago (since 1931)
The early illustration of a hexagram called "Scutum Davidicum" ( David shield ) can be found as a frontispiece in the text "Natvrae Naturantis & [et] Naturatae Mysterivm, quoted by Goethe , in Scvto Davidico exhibitum [...]. D. i. [Das is] the secret of the creative and created nature; contained in David's shield [...]. Berlenburg [ Berleburg ] by Johann Jacob Haug / In the year 1724. "
- See Reinhard Breymayer: Friedrich Christoph Oetinger's secret feud with Christian Thomasius on this work and on the template published as early as 1714 for the hexagram used in the frontispiece . In: Contubernium. Tübingen contributions to the history of universities and science, vol. 63. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden GmbH, 2005, pp. 251–283 (cf. the figures ibid., Pp. 257–260; also especially pp. 266–271). ISBN 3-515-08439-8
- Hans Biedermann: Hexagram . In: Ders .: Knaur's Lexicon of Symbols . Area Verlag, Erftstadt 2004, ISBN 3-89996-252-4 (reprint of the Munich 1998 edition).
- Walter Leonhard : The great book of heraldic art. Development, elements, motifs, design. Georg D. W. Callwey, Munich 1978, ISBN 3-7667-0345-5 , p. 168, fig. 11.