Several years ago a friend asked me to work with him preparing one of his books for publication. The task expanded a little as we worked and eventually, we had a book, The Mystical Hexagram: The Seven Inner Stars of Power. Contracts were signed and the book went to press. I will not forget the feeling of holding that first book with my name on the cover in any hurry…
By this year we felt that the book needed to be amended, updated and dressed in a new cover, based on a detail from the Splendor Solis, an 16thC alchemical tract.
The Mystical Hexagram
G. Michael Vasey & Sue Vincent
“A symbol is a representation of a quality or concept. Mankind has always used symbols to share ideas. Language is, in itself, a series of symbols, used in infinite combination, to communicate complex ideas.
From the earliest times, our species has used visual symbols to convey information, share abstract ideas and consolidate knowledge. Cave paintings such as those from the Lascaux caverns in France still move us with tales of the hunt some 30,000 years after they were created, providing a window through time to show us the grace and beauty of the world of our ancestors.
In this book, we explore a single, geometric shape; the hexagram. Throughout history this shape has appeared spontaneously in many cultures and has many variants on meaning and interpretation. At least on the surface. However, the more one looks at any symbol, the deeper one delves, the more apparent it becomes that symbols have a universal appeal and speak to us at a level which transcends the artificial barriers of culture, reaching into the viscera of humankind.
The esoteric theory behind this universal understanding may perhaps best be illustrated by a single symbol that has permeated global mythology: the sun. Our far ancestors looked at the sky and saw a great golden globe. It gave warmth and light, which meant safety, food and comfort. Like a watchful eye, it rode the heavens each day and disappeared beyond the horizon at night. In the hours of darkness life was cold and dangerous. Dawn brought the sun’s return and the renewal of life. Winter saw the sun retreat, weakened and cold. Food was scarce, life was fragile and the hours of darkness long.
It takes little imagination to understand how our distant fathers learned to equate the sun with life, health and protection. Ancient solar symbols testify to their worship of the sun and their instinctive understanding of its life-giving virtue. One can imagine how, as communities evolved, sharing the captured gift of sunlight reflected in the Hearth fire, stories were woven to illustrate the power of this heavenly orb. Mythologies grew and were intertwined with faith and hope, becoming religions.
Supplication and propitiation, worship and prayer… all would have been offered to the Sun-god. The more concentrated the worship, the more the symbol of the Sun would have assumed a powerful place in the mind of Man. Abstract thought allowed the symbolism to be connected to other ideas, and the light which kept the beasts at bay became the Light towards which Mankind has always turned.
On the subtler levels, the continuous concentration of awe, worship and prayer consolidated the images we had created to symbolise the power of the visible sun. By focusing on these symbols of Light, we tap into both the Form of the human vision that was built to encapsulate a series of abstract ideas, and the very real and universal Force that symbol was designed to represent.”
While the book explores a symbol, it does not do so from the arid perspective of pure intellect but sees it as relating to life and living. The forces and pressures that are associated with the hexagram are the forces of life at both practical and universal levels. By exploring and beginning to understand a linear symbol, we are able to learn and discover more about ourselves.
The meditations throughout the book take you on an inner journey of exploration, discovering the parallels between the self and the greater reality within which we live our lives. They illustrate the connection between the inner and outer world of the self and the cosmic forces of Creation. Having traced that connecting path, the meditations offer a practical way of applying that understanding, putting it to use in everyday life.
In addition to the exercises the book includes two very special meditations, The Garden of Remembrance and the Circle of Healing. These two, we feel, you will want to revisit many times, taking away from the experience a sense of peace and beauty.
Review Excerpts from Amazon for the first edition:
“Part intellectual journey, part esoteric exploration, at all times eminently readable, this short book takes us on a voyage of discovery through the deep seas of The Tree of Life, symbolism, Tarot, planets/metals, numerology, astrology, psychology, and alchemy.”
“Amazing book, a work of passion and dedication. This book isn’t simply another in a long line of books, but a true work of Art. A pure love for the subject,”
“Although I will, no doubt, be unravelling its many mysteries for some time, this book has helped shed light on a symbol that has, over the last few years, been a key player in leading me to mysteries of the Universe and my own Truth. For all seekers of truth, put this on your reading list!”
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