Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Testament of Solomon the Zodiac and the Hexagram

Stamp with zodiac on its body and Stars of David on its tab is courtesy of Hayim Shtayer and I thank him for telling me about the connection between these symbols as it appears on this peculiar stamp. The same connection is hinted in The Testament of Solomon, which deals with King Solomon’s controlling demons with his ring (Solomon’s Seal), which latter became the name of the pentagram and of the hexagram.


F. C. Conybeare Published his translation to the pseudepigraphical work titled The Testament of Solomon (dated 1-3 C.E.) in the Jewish Quarterly Review, October 1898. The zodiac appears in a few places there, i.e.,

Chapter 10. And Solomon said to him: "Tell me, O demon, to what zodiacal sign thou art subject." And he answered: "To the Water-pourer

Chapter 73: Then the first one came forward, and said: "I am the first decans of the zodiacal circle, and I am called the ram, and with me are these two."


Anonymous said...

Interesting post.

- Danielle.

Anonymous said...

If you read the whole Testament of Solomon, it wont take you long to find that the actual "Seal of Solomon" is referred to as a pentalpha, aka, pentagram.

While researching this, I've had many people on a forum where I posted this reference comment that they, too have found that there is a difference between the Star of David and the Seal of Solomon.