The eight-pointed star - a symbol that has existed in many different cultures.
They used the Babylonians, Christians, Egyptians, agnostics, Hindus, Buddhists.
It can be seen on the national flags and religious iconography.
Depending on the culture that spawned it,eight-pointed star may have a different meaning. The symbol is closely linked to eight. The number eight is present in the teachings of the Buddha, as the noble eightfold path. In Chinese culture, there are eight immortals. The universal value of the Group of Eight - the balance, harmony and cosmic order.
The symbol embodied as designations for stars inearly astronomy, and human attempts to present the cosmic order and unity that are present in the creation of the world. This is both a religious, astronomical and mystical sign.
Symbolism of Ancient Babylon
The ancient Babylonians had an eight-pointed stara symbol of the goddess Ishtar, also associated with the planet Venus. Ishtar is often compared with the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the Roman Venus. All these personified goddess of love and desire, but also patronized Ishtar fertility and war.
The number eight is often associated with the Jewsundertakings, resurrection, salvation and abundance. This is due to the fact that seven represents completion. For example, the eighth day - this is the beginning of a new week. And, keeping the covenant of God, the Jewish child on the eighth day passes through circumcision.
Eight Egyptian gods
The Egyptians worshiped the ancient kingdom of the groupeight deities, the four goddesses and the four gods. Each pair is a divine original force or substance, and together they created the world. This eight gods served as an example, borrowed from other cultures, which, in turn, portrayed her as a star-octagon.
Star of Lakshmi
In Hinduism, the goddess of wealth Lakshmi surroundedhalo of eight rays. They are represented by two squares superimposed on each other and form a star. These rays are eight kinds of riches, namely money, the ability to overcome distance, endless prosperity, victory, patience, health and nutrition, knowledge and family.
When you meet two superposedsquare, the symbol is often emphasizes the duality of yin and yang, feminine and masculine, spiritual and material. Squares often point to the physical phenomena: the four elements, the compass directions.
Chaos Star is a star with eightemanating from the center of the rays. Symbol invented the English science fiction writer Michael Moorcock to mean chaos. Despite the literary origin of the character, it can often be seen in a variety of contexts, from magic to religion.
In Buddhism, the eight-pointed star inscribed in a symbol"Wheel of Dharma". In turn, the wheel symbolizes the Buddha's teaching of the eight virtues, as an opportunity to get rid of attachments and suffering associated with them. These virtues - right view, right intention, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration.