from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A six-pointed star formed by extending each of the sides of a regular hexagon into equilateral triangles.
- n. A figure of six lines or sides.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hollow six-pointed star formed by overlapping two equilateral triangles; the Star of David.
- n. Any of the 64 sets of solid and broken lines used for divination in the I Ching.
- n. A large silver coin minted during the Byzantine Empire.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A figure composed of two equal triangles intersecting so that each side of one triangle is parallel to a side of the other, and the six points coincide with those of a hexagon.
- n. In Chinese literature, one of the sixty-four figures formed of six parallel lines (continuous or broken), forming the basis of the I Ching (Yih King), or “Book of Changes.”
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A figure formed of two equilateral triangles placed concentrically with their sides parallel and on opposite sides of the center. This was the seal or symbol of the Pythagorean school.
- n. In geometry, a figure of six lines.
- n. In Chinese lit, one of the 64 figures which form the basis of the Yihking or “book of changes,” one of the oldest Chinese books. Each of these figures is made up of six parallel lines, of which some are whole and some divided. See book of changes, under change.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a regular polygon formed by extending each of the sides of a regular hexagon to form two equilateral triangles
The theme of this hexagram is the need for reform and for returning to the right path after a long period of strife and confusion.
The hexagram is a Jewish symbol only insofar as the ancient Hebrews, under the influence of the Assyrians in the time of Amos, had fallen into pagan idolatry by using the six-pointed star in the worship of the planet Saturn.
The hexagram is a very powerful symbol to witches, magicians and sorcerers.
In high school, I discovered the I Ching and almost nightly I'd throw three coins, plot the broken and unbroken lines into a hexagram, and study the lengthy and contemplative answer in the I Ching book.
A plain white index card with a Chinese hexagram written on it.
You ask a question and it tells you which hexagram to look up.
INTERPRETATION: This hexagram depicts the inevitable result of carelessness and irreverence.
The I Ching, the ancient Chinese oracle book, gives the advice to “be square” in the text hexagram 2 Kun.
Each symbol in the I Ching is a hexagram, which means it is comprised of six horizontal lines.
Back in the late 1990s, when I was toying the idea of designing my own Tarot deck as a gag, Gary Coleman was going to be my version of the unicursal hexagram card included in some decks.