Unicursal Hexagram

The unicursal hexagram is so-called because it can be drawn unicursally- that is, in one continuous movement. This is significant when forming figures in ritual magick, where a continuous line is preferred to an interrupted movement.

The symbol was devised by the Golden Dawn, and later adapted by Aleister Crowley as a device of personal significance. It is often worn by Thelemites as a sign of religious identification and recognition. The unicursal hexagram was created for the purpose of drawing the figure in one continuous movement, as the other magical polygons are created- the pentagram is one example. This is significant in ritual magick when invoking and banishing hexagrams must be made. Crowley’s adaptation of the unicursal hexagram placed a five petaled rose, symbolizing a pentacle (and the divine feminine), in the center; the symbol as a whole making eleven (five petals of the rose plus six points of the hexagram), the number of divine union.

Some articles about the Unicursal Hexagram:

Crowley and the Unicursal Hexagram Was Crowley inviting a further look when he said the “lines have no depth,” or did he miss an intriguing property of the glyph? [offsite]

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Linda May 13, 2018 at 7:25 pm

I woke from a dream but kept my eyes closed as I could “see” this symbol as if it was coming towards me from a distance. It was as if the symbol woke me . I’d didn’t know what it was but it fascinated me. I was tracing the image in my mind not tending to take my finger off the shape. I could draw it in one go.
I was bought a cd by the chemical brothers the following day and lo and behold the symbol was on the front of the cd! I had to investigate it.
My fascination with this symbol has grown and it feels so much part of me. I have drawn several unicursal hexagrams in squares 4 if you remove the line of the squares the central of the pattern forms a perfect diamond shape and a faceted diamond.
The unicursal hexagram is fascinating and very much part of my life.
I wonder why so many of us are drawn to it as opposed to any other form?

J. B. September 24, 2018 at 11:16 am

The symbol was created by Giordano Bruno and appears in his works.

David October 17, 2017 at 4:35 am

I thought I had designed this symbol back when I was 14. I used to draw it on my school gear and referred to it as my star. (as a play on the star of David). 10 years later I find it while randomly researching Aleister Crowley. Still wondering what my subconcious was up to.

Joseph White July 22, 2016 at 1:42 am

I used this in practice during craft, I believe it represents the do as thou Wilt motto, and love is law, law is will. it is tattooed on my left fourarm and a constant reminder that whatever I do is fine, so as I do not harm another directly, or otherwise.

J. B. September 24, 2018 at 11:24 am

The symbol first appears as a figure in Giordano Bruno’s book entitled – Articuli centum et sexaginta adversus huius tempestatis mathematicos atque philosophos, printed in Prague, 1588. It is listed among the unamed figures.

James July 1, 2016 at 2:14 pm

I came here because of the Aquarian Star about Supernatural the TV series?! Hehehehe.

JLV January 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm

I still can’t believe that Yu-gi-oh used this symbol in their Waking the Dragons season. It was referred to as the Seal of Orichalcos. Too weird!

Tony Harris February 10, 2014 at 12:11 am

I got this symbol tattooed on my back and it amazed me that I didn’t know what it meant but thought it was cool!!!!

Jaysoon October 13, 2014 at 7:26 am

Isn’t that the dumbest reason to take a tattoo? For all you knew you could have marked yourself with a sigil of folly and failure.

Anonymous November 27, 2017 at 6:45 am

Hahahaha… true!

bez August 23, 2013 at 7:37 am

Yeh Anne… like the Sri Yantra

phrost April 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Mine was very similar to wesley it was a design i thought i made up over time. It appears in many of my drawings not as my signature but as part of the draw such as in the center of a jewel or at the base of a sword also as a simle tatoo. I first started adding this to my drawings when i was in middle school which would be back in 2002 7th grade. I didnt actual stumble across the info on the unicursal hex till i was out of highschool in 2006. I havent been able to let go of the symbol since.

Emily October 26, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I started drawing this in a notebook back in 2006. I was going to draw a pentacle when I ended up drawing this symbol, having no idea what it was. It’s been stuck in my head until I found it through another symbols website. Had no idea it was already known which makes it all the more captivating in my mind.

wesleyoung August 29, 2010 at 12:51 pm

That is very interesting. I too was drawn to draw this symbol when having never seen it. I started drawing half of it in 2001. I then manipulated it into my own symbol as a representation for my signature on my artwork. I then started to connect one onto the other side. Not long after that, I saw the unicursal hexagram on a biography for Archimedes. They did not name the symbol or even talk about it. Until I had made it to the reading of the occult did I find it’s name and use through-out a long and deep history. It is interesting that someone can see a symbol in their mind, think they are creating something and later find that it is actually very old. Leaving me in deep thought on why this symbol was drawn to me. Wesley

Anne May 13, 2010 at 9:12 am

I have a tattoo of a unicursal hexagram on my back, near my heart.
For me personally it stands for the unification of any two poles, left-right, male-female, good-bad. If you take a closer look you can see how the arrows up and down seem to be revolving around the middle point, as if they came from one dimension but represent a second.
The middle point I see as my birth. From left to right there is a timeline (but the other way around if you’re an arab) representing the universe as it was since the beginning of time. Then it comes down to the middle, to your birth, and opening up again, creating your own universe. Thus to say that the world (of experience) of a human being can be equally great to that world we came from.
I was inspired to draw this symbol, not knowing about it, reading the philosophy of Heisenberg, and his views on ‘das Dasein’ : Being in the world.

Life’s a precious gift, keep wondering.

Anonymous October 11, 2017 at 10:27 pm

That is absolutely beautiful.

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