The Star of David is designed of two triangles,intertwined,and thus form a six pointed shape - Hexagram.One triangle points upwards whilst the other points downwards.
It is mostly considered to be the symbol of the nation of Israel.It is widely used by the Zionist movement as a national symbol and so it is portrayed on the flag of the state of Israel.
The six points suggest the four winds ,[directions in the Kabbalah - (East,West,North,South)],the sky and the Earth.The name Magen David (Star of David),when written in Hebrew,is composed of six letters.
King Solomon is also known to have his own special symbol which has 5 edges(pentacle,pentagram).This symbol was engraved on the seal of his ring and is thus known as "The Seal of Solomon".
An inscription of the Star of David was found on a tombstone of a Jewish grave in the city of Taranto in South Italy and is believed to be from the 3rd century A.D.
The Shield of David was first mentioned in the book of Eshkol Hakfar Lehakrai Yehuda Hadasai Who lived in the 12th century A.D.(chapters "reish mem bet" which mentions the shield of David with the angels Michael and Gabriel.
The shape of the Shield of David was first printed in the book of Raziel The Angel (Raziel Hamalach),printed in Amsterdam)
In the year 1354,King Carl the 4th ordered that the Jews of Prague have a red flag with two shields of Solomon and two gold stars.
A Shield of Solomon can be found in a manuscript from the year 1073 of Seder Eliyahu Raba and Seder Eliyahu Zuta.
It is believed that the Star of David does not originate from Judaism since it is forbidden by Jewish law to use any kind of icons as signs of faith.
The Star of David in different Religions
The Star of David was considered to be a powerful amulet in the ancient times and was often used to repel dangers,evil and accidents.
In ancient India,the two triangles symbolized the male and the female aspects.The triangle pointing upwards symbolized the god Shiva(Siva) and the triangle pointing downwards symbolized the goddess Kali.According to the ancient belief,
the unification of the two symbols gives birth to all living things.The male symbolizes the element of fire whilst the female symbolizes the element of water.
The triangle pointing upwards also symbolizes all that is good in the universe whilst the triangle pointing downwards symbolizes all that is evil.The combination of the two triangles symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
The three angles of the upper triangle represent the universal principle of the Holy Trinity which can be found in many religions:
Ancient Egypt - Osiris,Isis , Horus
Hindu - Brahma,Vishnu,Shiva
Buddhist - Buddha,Dharma,Sangha
Druid - The holy Trinity
Christian - Father,Son,Holy Spirit
New Age - Love,Truth,Wisdom
The three angles of the lower triangle represent the World,Flesh and Devil.In other words - jelousy,hate and evil intention.
The Universal Star of David
Most of humanity will agree to call this shape "Star of David" but if we ask different people about the meaning of the Star of David,
we will get as many answers as people asked.Some call it "The Star of the Micro cosmos" or "The sign of the Individual's Spiritual Potential".
It also symbolizes the human soul as a combination of the consciousness with the subconsciousness.In Alchemy it symbolizes the principle of anti-matter.
This is represented by the central point of the star which cannot be seen physically but can be seen spiritually.(Similar to the Indian and Tibetan Mandalas).
Sometimes the Star of David is portrayed as having one triangle white and the other black.Evolution and Reduction - the androgenic aspect of God.The man who peers
into his own nature,the twin powers of creativity - the synthesis of all elements.The upper triangle represents the heavenly nature,while the lower triangle - the earthly nature.
The combination of the two triangles represents the universal human who acts as a middleman or conductor between the two worlds.
The Star of David and Numerology
The Star of David Symbolizes the number 6.(Six pointed Star) - harmony between matter and spirit.One triangle
represents the spiritual balance in this world and the other triangle represents the spiritual balance in the next world.
The number 3 represents pure spiritual harmony.Two times three equal six.The symbol of the Star of David also represents the famous rule -
"As above as below".The world of matter is a mirror to the world of spirit.Everything that happens in the world of matter is preconceived in the world of spirit.
This explains why if one wants to repair worldly matters he must first repair spiritual matters(prayer,good deeds etc..)
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