Reflections on the Seven Pointed Star
This particular image has a long and varied history within the annuls of magick.
A Star with Seven Points – a Septagram as opposed to the familiar Pentagram.
The number seven itself has long had ‘mystical’ connotations. The seventh-son of a seventh son and of course The Seventh Day is the day following creative actions which created the cosmos.
Nachmanides (a 12th century Spanish Occultist) explores the number 7 in kabbalistic terms.
Seven is the number of the natural world. There are 7 days in the week, 7 notes on the musical scale and 7 directions (left, right, up, down, forward, back and center). “Seven” – represented by the 7 days of Sukkot, is the world of nature whilst “Eight“, represented by Shemini Atzeret, is that which is beyond nature.
There are seven aspects of physicality – Height , Width, Depth , Top and bottom (limits height) , Front and back (limits width), Left and right (limits depth)
and seven which connects the previous six. Seven then is the final number in a series which represents the physical/material world.
Pythagoras, a ‘numbers geek’ if ever there was one, believed that numbers were ‘sacred’ and that to understand the universe all we needed to do was to understand the numbers which represented it. Many Cosmologists and Mathematicians of today seem to have a similar attitude.
In classical times there were seven planets, which, according to Pythagoras, generated the ‘music of the spheres’. It is easy to see how notions of seven planes of existence developed, We could find ourselves in Seventh Heaven, if we avoided the Seven Deadly Sins and adhered to the Seven ‘vital’ Virtues, whilst aligning our Seven Chakra centres to the energies of the Seven Heavenly bodies which influenced life on this planet.
Apologies if that sounded a little flippant, it wasn’t really meant to.
The Kabbalistic Text Sefer Yetzira highlights the number seven and its multiples in the creation story of Bereshit (Genesis):
35 times God (Elohim) is found.
7 times “On the Earth (Hebrew only)” is found.
21 times “Earth, earth, or land” are found.
7 times “heaven(s), sky (excluding “heavenly sky”)” are found.
7 times “Good” is found.
7 times “Water(s) (beneath the heavens)” are found.
7 times “flying, fly, or birds” are found.
7 times “crawls, walks, land animals” are found.
14 times “day or days” are found.
Rabbi Dr. Hillel ben David on his website (The Significance of the Number 7) presents 49 ‘sacred’ reasons for the number 7 to be important and its not without significance that 49 is 7 x 7!
Make of that what you will, but it is all very interesting.
The Seven Pointed star could be seen as a representation of synthesis as it brings together the four directions and the three worlds. (see earlier thoughts on The Four Directions and The Triads). It is in this guise that perhaps much of the recent neo-pagan, reconstructionist magicks apply. In Kabbalistic terms Netzach is the seventh Sefiroth – it is “endurance,” the fortitude, and patience to follow through on your passions.
IThis star is also known as the Feary or Elven Star
Seven Pointed Stars, called “Faerie or Elven Stars” represent a gift from Faerie to humans to bridge the understanding between the Mortal human realm and that of Faerieland. – or so claim those versed in Faerie Lore (this by the way is a subject to which I am sure we will return). However, for now let’s look at what else is said ..
The 7 pointed star is known as a gateway symbol, a Gate or entrance between our world and that of Faery, the Otherworld. Each point on the star represents a gateway or path of the Higher Self to prepare one for entrance into Faery.
- Power, Personal Will, Determination, Prosperity, Justice, the Gate.
- Unconditional Love, Wisdom, Growth, Friendship, Healing.
- Knowledge, Intelligence, Creativity, Sexuality, Awakening.
- Harmony, Tranquility, Blessings, Love.
- Powers of Mind and Science, Balance, Dexterity.
- Devotion, Honesty, justice, Healing.
- Magick, Success, the Gaian Hypothesis.
There is little in this ‘pathway’ that I would disagree with or challenge since each of the ‘steps’ are worthy of study, practice and attainment. Indeed the Second Age of the Reformed Druid (RDG) have adopted this has their symbol for 2nd degree practitioners of Druidry. They list each of the points as representing the seven attributes of a Druid…
Again attributes which are worth of our attention and aspiration.
How we explore these values and attitudes as we walk upon the Earth is the spiritual quest.