This post expands on the occult symbolism revealed in these articles,
For example the post “How Man Becomes a Hexagram” has the graphic shown below. It has a double image of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing, Vitruvian Man, one superimposed with five-pointed star, and the other with a six-pointed star.
The lines help the observer to see the geometry that underlies the physical structure of the human body. Da Vinci’s drawing Vitruvian Man is entitled in tribute to the Roman architect Vitruvius, who is credited with passing down the ancient knowledge of building according to geometric proportions and ratios found in nature, especially the human body. In hermetic philosophy, this relationship is seen in the terms, macrocosm (big world) and the microcosm (little world). This concept of following nature’s example in art and life comes from the well known phrase “As above, so below,” the idea being that nature is a reflection of a higher spiritual reality.
The post also quotes a hermetic study by Benjamin Rowe with the ominous sounding title, “The Beast and the Star: A Vision of the Abyss.” After reading the introduction, here, it’s not quite as wicked as the title sounds. Basically, it employs astrological lore and comparative mythology to account for how the author views human spirituality and its development. In this essay, the Beast is not a characterization of cosmic evil, but rather the “beast” that lives within the human psyche. The Star Rowe refers to is the rational, moral and celestial counterpart of the emotional, selfish, and animalistic part of human nature, symbolized in the Beast.
As do some hermetic philosophers and magicians, Rowe subscribes to the belief that spiritual power comes from the conscious manipulation of the sex drive (the downward triangle) and the intellect (the upper triangle). He writes,
When a man attains this degree of development, he becomes the hexagram. The sexual organs, male or female, become the sixth point which is missing in the pentagram.
There were then a series of pictures in which the relations between the downward-pointing triangle and the upward-pointing triangle in the hexagram were demonstrated. It was noted that the forces of the two triangles are complimentary and act in opposition to each other when allowed to. They tend to push each other apart, causing Dispersion.
It was then shown that for the triangle to unite into the hexagram in man, they have to be interlocked with each other. Otherwise, the downward-tending emotional forces (Luna, Mars, Jupiter) and the upward-tending mental forces (Saturn, Mercury, Venus) will act in such a way as to disrupt each other’s effects. There was another series of pictures next which rapidly went through all the possible combinations of forces that can be derived from the hexagram.
The planetary symbolism that Rowe refers to is illustrated in the graphic on the left. The hooked glyph at the top of the hexagram represents Saturn. The bottom point, with its crescent, is assigned to the Moon or Luna, as Rowe calls it. The observer might think of this binary of Saturn-Moon as the power points of the human hexagram. The mental and physical selves, also the spiritual and material duality of human nature joined together in one person.
With this metaphor in mind, the gematria and numerology involved make this symbol even more intriguing. For instance, when the numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6 are added together, the sum is 21. This makes 21 the sixth triangular number.
We can expand on this idea by viewing the number sign [ 7 ] as an angle. Three times seven equals twenty-one [7 x 7 x 7]. A triangle is made up of three angles. A hexagram is made up of six angles. As stated above, twenty-one is the sixth triangular number. Twenty-one also happens to be the eighth Fibonacci number. As featured in previous posts here, the Fibonacci sequence is a mathematical formula that describes the structure of nature itself. As Guy Murchie discovers,
“The Fibonacci Sequence turns out to be the key to understanding how nature designs… and is… a part of the same ubiquitous music of the spheres that builds harmony into atoms, molecules, crystals, shells, suns and galaxies and makes the Universe sing.”
In the diagrams of Pascal’s Triangle left and below, we can seen how the Fibonacci sequence unfolds like a triangle. They help us to perceive the deep symbolism encoded within the sequence.