Saturday, October 11, 2008

Hexagram with Planet Glyphs

The six glyphs of the planets surround the Sun; each glyph occupies another triangle of a hexagram. Picture is from Opus Medico-Chymicum, an alchemy book by Johann Daniel Mylius published in 1618. The usage of the six-pointed star to represent the planets is a new discovery for me, and I’ll appreciate it if readers could refer me to articles about this subject, or to other pictures that show this kind of usage.

I reckon that the planets in this illustration represent the days of the week, while the zodiac signs represent the months:

  1. Sun Day
  2. Moon Day
  3. Mars day
  4. Mercuri day
  5. Jupiter's day
  6. Venus Day
  7. Saturn day

Copyright: “abramelin” from Flickr 2008


Lucian said...

In Romanian (from the Latin):

"Luni", from the Latin "Lunis Dies"

"Marti", from "Martis Dies".

"Miercuri", from "Mercuris Dies".

"Joi", from "Jois Dies". (Jupiter).

"Vineri", from "Veneris Dies".

lpf said...

Thank you for this picture. It tells me what I was looking for.

Some comments. I do not think the Star Of David is an exclusively Jewish or Hebrew symbol. It is a fact that this symbol has been used for millenia by other peoples and cultures, long before it came to be associated with the Jews or Israel.

Both the hexagram and also the hexagon, having 6 points or sides, are associated with the number 6.

Six is one of the prime numbers or parts in Astrology, the others being 2, 3, 4, 7 and 12. Astrology began about 5,000 years ago with the Babylonians or Chaldeans in the area called Mesopotamia. They used these astrology parts extensively in calculations and observations.

The 360-degree circle / zodiac / sky is divisible by 6. This part of 6 or 60 degrees, is the sextile, an aspect of harmony / ease / beauty, and it is the number of the planet Venus. In Numerology also, 6 is ruled by Venus.

However, in Astrology, the hexagon is used much more than the hexagram, which is a mystical symbol used more in magick, for those who practise it.

Incidentally, the Hebrew people have always been connected with the sign Capricorn and its planet, Saturn. It is said that celestial phenomena happening in the sign of Capricorn foretells events which will happen to the Jews and to Israel. The number of Saturn is 8.

It seems clear to me that the the hexagram is an old alchemy symbol for alcohol. After all, as shown in one of your recent posts, this symbol was stamped on the bottom of drinking cups / vessels used by medieval Arabs. The Arabs practised alchemy and were aware of the alchemic meaning of the symbol. Since they were the ones who stamped their drinking cups with this symbol and were also the ones who called it the Seal Of Solomon, there must be some connection between alcohol and Solomon, and by extension, the Jews.

Wine-making was already well established in Egypt during the time of the Pharoahs and Moses, by which time, after 500 years of bondage under the Egyptians, the Jews would have learned the art of viticulture and wine-making.

Could it be that perhaps the Jews, especially during the prosperous rule of King Solomon, made abundant quantities of good wine which they exported to far-off lands? Or that when they were in exile in Babylon, they used their wine-making knowledge there and came to be associated with alcohol?

Much of the Arab Middle East lands have produced none or very little wine, let alone good wine. Moreover, Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol.


China produced wine from grapes mixed with rice about 7000 BC.
Wine first made in Israel, Georgia and Persia as early as 6000 BC.
Wine-making in Greece 4500 BC.
Wine an integral part of Jewish law and tradition; libation of wine was part of the sacrificial service in the Temple in Jerusalem (King Solomon's time about 1000 BC) and in the Tabernacle.

'Invented' by people of the Neolithic Age (8500-4000 BC), possibly in eastern Turkey.

Wine first made in Persia ca. 8000 BC. Map shows no good wine-growing areas in Arab Middle East.

Wine imported from other places and enjoyed in Mesopotamia ca. 3500 BC.

Popular with the Pharoahs from around 3000 BC. Wine-making press used in Greece of 1600 BC.

Wine industry established in ancient Egypt by at least 2700 BC.

Wine-growing map, then and now.

Or could it be that because of Solomon's wisdom, it was he who created the alchemic symbol for alcohol by combining the glyphs for Fire and Water? He is said to have put together a codex of magick spells and rituals, consisting of extensive use of symbols and glyphs, which he passed on to his son.

You may be interested in some of the books in this website, especially those on Sacred Geometry and Astro-Archeology.