The Heptagram - Seven Pointed Star. Part 1

The Heptagram - Seven Pointed Star. Part 1

My investigation of the Seven Sisters has led me to investigate the Seven Pointed Star, or the Heptagram, the Star of Babylon and the Law of Seven. This search has been a journey of looking for correlations between dialogues shared across the ages.
The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie is known to be the most influential modern handbook of magical theory and practice. Below is an excerpt explaining a theory of Seven. Further below is an explanation of the relationships involved in the heptagram taken from a website that explores the mystics.
“On the southern side of the holy place stood the seven-branched candlestick, wherein was burned pure olive oil. It is an image of the mystery of the Elohim, the seven creative ideas.
The symbolic drawing before you represents its occult meaning. The seven circles which surround the heptagram represent the seven planets and the seven Qabalistic palaces of Assiah, the material world-which answer to the seven Apocalyptic churches which are in Asia or Assiah-as these again allude to the seven lamps before the throne on another plane.
Within each circle is a triangle to represent the threefold creative idea operating in all things. On the right hand side of each is the Hebrew name of the angel who governs the planet; on the left side is the Hebrew name of the sphere of the planet itself; while the Hebrew letter beneath the base is one of the duplicated letters of the Hebrew alphabet which refer to the seven planets.
The seven double letters of the Hebrew alphabet have each two sounds associated with them, one hard and one soft. They are called “double” because each letter represents a contrary or permutation, thus: life and death; peace and war; wisdom and folly; riches and poverty; grade and indignity; fertility and solitude; power and servitude.
These seven letters point out seven localities: zenith, nadir, east, west, north, south, and the place of holiness in the midst sustaining all things.
The archetypical Creator designed, produced, combined, and formed with them the planets of the universe, the days of the week, and in man, the gates of the soul.
He has loved and blessed the number seven more than all things under His throne. The powers of these seven letters are also shown forth in the seven palaces of Assiah and the seven stars of that vision are the seven archangels who rule them.”
Source: The Golden Dawn

A heptagram, septagram, or septegram is a seven-pointed star drawn with seven straight strokes.
The name heptagram combines a numeral prefix, hepta-, with the Greek suffix -gram. The -gram suffix derives from γραμμῆς (grammēs) meaning a line.
In general, a heptagram is any self-intersecting heptagon (7-sided polygon).
There are two regular heptagrams, labeled as {7/2} and {7/3}, with the second number representing the vertex interval step from a regular heptagon.
This is the smallest star polygon that can be drawn in two forms, as irreducible fractions. The two heptagrams are sometimes called the heptagram (for {7/2}) and the great heptagram (for {7/3}).

– The heptagram was used in Christianity to symbolize the seven days of creation and became a traditional symbol for warding off evil.
– The heptagram is a symbol of perfection (or God) in many Christian religions.
– The heptagram is used in the symbol for Babalon in Thelema.
– The heptagram is known among neopagans as the Elven Star or Fairy Star. It is treated as a sacred symbol in various modern pagan and witchcraft traditions. Blue Star Wicca also uses the symbol, where it is referred to as a septegram. The second heptagram is a symbol of magical power in some pagan religions.
– The {7/3} heptagram is used by some members of the otherkin subculture as an identifier.
– In alchemy, a seven-sided star can refer to the seven planets which were known to ancient alchemists.

In the “Beezlebub’s Tales”, Gurdjieff use the name “legomonism” which represents a form of successive transmission of information from initiates to initiates.
“Legomonism” is the external form of “arts”, such as music, various mysteries, religious ceremonies, family and social customs, religious and popular dances, theatrical spectacles, which may change through the time, but “the impulses they engender in man, and the manifestations that ensue from them, always remain the same”. This way, even if the chain of transmission from initiates to initiates may be broken, remote generations still will have the chance to discover and decode these fragments of knowledge .
He also used another expression “minia-images”, or “models” which also incorporate fragments of those esoteric knowledge into specific symbols and are vehicle of transmission of this encoded information down to distant generations.
But Gurdjieff speaks very explicitly about seven days, seven colours, seven tones, seven vibrations, seven branches of knowledge. Seven and not nine. This clearly refers to a Heptegaram, septagram, septegram or septogram, which is a seven-point star and very unlikely to an Enneagram, which is a nine-point star.
The Heptagram, sometimes – erroneously – referred to as the “Seal of Solomon”, is a well-known and circulated occult symbol. More properly, it should be called “The Star of Babylon”.
According to “The Star of Babylon”, this ancient symbol and diagram, it’s a natural flow, a circuit of energy from the first point and right back to it.
Gurdjieff explicitly has spoken about the division of men into seven categories and “the ray of creation” have also explicitly seven stages . Fundamentally the Enneagram is an alternative depiction of the seven-pointed “Star of Babylon” with the introduction of the additional two shocks.
7 it’s also a very interesting number because it’s made of 3 and 4. Now, according to Gurdjieff the first additional shock occurs after the third note (Mi) and the second after another four notes, respectively after Si.

Turn it upside down, Aleister Crowley has chosen “The Star of Babylon” as symbol for the goddess Babalon – also known as the Scarlet Woman, Great Mother or Mother of Abominations, sacred whore or Whore of Babylon – and name it “Star of Babalon” .

Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa in “Occult Philosophy Book II” has wrote extensively about the characteristics of the number seven.
His ideas were reiterated by W. W. Westcott in “Numbers – Their Occult Power and Mystic Virtues”.
After Birth, the 7th hour decides whether the child will live, in 7 days the cord falls off, in twice 7 days the eyes follow a light, thrice 7 days turns the head, 7 months gets teeth, twice 7 months sits firmly, thrice 7 months begins to talk, after 4 times 7 months walks strongly.
After 7 years, teeth of second set appear.
After 14 years is the arrival of generative power.
After 21 years, the hair of Manhood is completed.
After 28 we cease to grow, at 35 is greatest strength, at
49 is the greatest discretion, and 70 is the natural end of Life.”

The body has seven obvious parts, the head, chest, abdomen, two legs and two arms.
There are seven internal organs, stomach, liver, heart, lungs, spleen and two kidneys.

Wescott also mentions that according to the oldest Sanskrit occult science of the Upanishads, our physical senses are not 5, but 7. These are: smell, taste, sight, touch, hearing and 6th, Mental perception, with 7th, spiritual understanding.
This is an interesting idea which might be correlated to the 7 types of man denominated by Gurdjieff.
The Seven Principles constituting man are variously named by the Esoteric Buddhism, by the Vedantic scheme, and by other philosophies, but they correspond in the idea. First from above come Atma, a ray from the Absolute; Buddhi, spiritual soul; and Manas, human soul; these are the superior triad, which separates at human death from the lower tetrad of principles.
The lower four are Kama Rupa, The passions; Linga Sarira, The astral body; Prana, Life essence; and Sthula Sarira, The lower body.

There are 3 parts of the Soul, the Intellectual, Irascible and Epithymetic (desiring) and 4 most perfect virtues are produced. Just as of the three intervals, length, breadth, and depth, there are four boundaries in corporeal existence – point, line superficies and solid.

The Seven Wonders of the World are thus enumerated:
1. Pyramids of Egypt.
2. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, for Semiramis.
3. Tomb of Mausolus, King of Caria, at Halicarnassus, built by Artemisia, his Queen.
4. Temple of Diana at Ephesus, 552 B.C. Ctesiphon was the chief architect.
5. Colossus of Rhodes, an image of the Sun God, Apollo, of brass, 290 B.C.
6. Statue of Zeus, at Athens, by Phidias.
7. Pharos of Egypt, built by Ptolemy Philadelphus, of white marble, 283 B.C.; or the Palace of Cyrus which is sometimes substituted.

Duncan, in his “Astro-Theology” gives 7 stages of life with associated planets; thus:
Infancy – Moon, Luna;
Childhood – Mercury, Knowledge;
Youth – Venus, Love;
Maturity – Mars;
Manhood – Sol (Sun), Full Strength;
Jupiter – Judgment;
Saturn – Old Age.

Source: Toratator.com