A symbol is a representation of a quality or concept. Mankind has always used symbols to share ideas. Language is 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 course, we will 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.