Aquarian Star

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The Aquarian Star is a symbol used to signify membership of the Men of Letters. It is a six-pointed sign that represented great power and represented the gates of Atlantis. Henry Winchester wears one as a tie pin, and it is also seen on the gravestones of those murdered by Abaddon. It also marked the door to their secret meeting place and decorates the box holding the Key to the Bunker. Henry also uses it to identify a shop where he can get the ingredients for the spell to use with the blood spell[1]

The Unicursal Hexagram

The summoning of Castiel; pic by shallowbeliever801 on Tumblr.

The shape of the Aquarian Star is known as the Unicursal Hexagram, so-called because it can be drawn unicursally - that is in one continuous movement. This is important when forming figures in magical rituals. The Unicursal Hexagram is described as the magical Star of Solomon as opposed to the Star of David. The tribe of Solomon or the Masons use a similar symbol represented by a Square and Compass.[2]

The symbol was used by the magical society known as Golden Dawn, and later adapted by Aleister Crowley and those following his philosophies known as Thelemites. Crowley’s adaptation of the unicursal hexagram has a five petalled rose, symbolizing a pentacle and the divine feminine in the center. the symbol as a whole making eleven (five petals of the rose plus six points of the hexagram), the number of divine union.[3]

Trivia

  • When Dean and Bobby first summon Castiel, the hexagram can be spotted amongst the sigils on the walls.[4]
  • The shape was also one of the many magical symbols on Mary Campbell's charm bracelet.[5]
  • The star can be seen on the curse boxes in 7.16 Out with the Old.
  • The Unicursal Hexagram also forms part of a symbol known as "The Seal of Orichalcos" which appears in the Japanese games and anime Yu-Gi-Oh!.

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