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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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!!!!

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bez August 23, 2013 at 7:37 am

Yeh Anne… like the Sri Yantra

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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