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Six-Pointed Star

Patiki in Māori Mythology

The image on the left is Patiki, the union of the masculine and femine principle. [Tony ...]

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Anahata: The Heart Chakra

Anahata Heart Chakra

Anahata, the heart chakra, is represented by a lotus flower with 12 petals. Inside is a hexagram made from the intersection of two triangles, creating a shatkona. The shatkona is a symbol representing the union of the masculine and feminine. The seed syllable is "yam".

Hexagrams and the Elements

"Traditionally, the hexagram can be seen as the combination of the four elements.

Fire is symbolized as an upwards pointing triangle, while Air (its elemental opposite) is also an upwards pointing triangle, but with a horizontal line through its center. Water is symbolized as a downwards pointing triangle, while Earth (its elemental opposite) is also a downwards pointing triangle, but with a horizontal line through its center.

When you combine the symbols of Fire and Water, a hexagram (six-pointed star) is created. The same follows for when you combine the symbols of Air and Earth. When you combine both hexagrams, you get the double-hexagram. Thus, a combination of the elements is created."

Flower of Life

Flower of Life

The Six-Pointed Star

"A hexagram (Greek) or sexagram (Latin) is a six-pointed geometric star figure .... It is the compound of two equilateral triangles. The intersection is a regular hexagon. It is used in historical, religious, and cultural contexts", including Jewish identity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, the Kabbalah, Christian kabbalism, Islam, Freemasonry and occcultism.

"The hexagram is a mandala symbol called satkona yantra or sadkona yantra found on ancient South Indian Hindu temples. It symbolizes the nara-narayana, or perfect meditative state of balance achieved between Man and God, and if maintained, results in "moksha," or "nirvana" (release from the bounds of the earthly world and its material trappings)."

"Six pointed stars have also been found in cosmological diagrams in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism."

"Within Indic lore, the shape is generally understood to consist of two triangles—one pointed up and the other down—locked in harmonious embrace. The two components are called "Om" and the "Hrim" in Sanskrit, and symbolize man's position between earth and sky. The downward triangle symbolizes Shakti, the sacred embodiment of femininity, and the upward triangle symbolizes Shiva, or Agni Tattva, representing the focused aspects of masculinity. The mystical union of the two triangles represents Creation, occurring through the divine union of male and female. The two locked triangles are also known as 'Shanmukha'—the six-faced, representing the six faces of Shiva & Shakti's progeny Kartikeya. This symbol is also a part of several yantras and has deep significance in Hindu ritual worship and history."

"The Shatkona is a symbol used in Hindu yantra that represents the union of both the male and feminine form. More specifically it is supposed to represent Purusha (the supreme being), and Prakriti (mother nature, or causal matter). Often this is represented as Shiva - Shakti.

~ Extracts from Wikipedia

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