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The Spectrum Star

On the similarities between the Spectrum Star, the Eightfold Star, and the Eight-Spoked Wheel.

The Spectrum Star

Here is the Spectrum Star, also known as the Spectral Compass. Symbolically used to indicate the different cardinal directions we may take, according to our types of personality and the choices we make.

Spectrum Star

The Eightfold Star

The Eightfold Star, which has been employed from ancient times to represent Life Divine

The use of phrases like "from ancient times" without provenance can sometimes smell a bit suspect, like a Creation Myth. However, we may learn more by asking who used the Eightfold Star?

(the) eighteenth century Society of the Blazing Wheel, Societas Rotae Fulgentis, who guarded the tradition for future generations, laying the foundations and preserving the sphere of amity upon which, and within which, Aurum Solis came to be established.

This was also known as the Ogdoadic Star:

The mysteries of the Ogdoadic Tradition were early transmitted to a number of the medieval Guilds, profoundly influencing their initiatory rites and disciplines. Thus ensued a high flowering of true Ogdoadic symbolism in art and architecture: enduring and sure tokens which bear witness to the mystical insight and elevated calling of the Guildsmen. Initiates of the Glorious Star in these latter times may look upon these Ogdoadic works, upon paintings and frescoes, upon delicate gems and great buildings, and say, 'Here were my brethren.
Ref: Ogdoadic Star

Ordo Astrum Sophiae

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The symbol of the House of Adocentyn is curiously contained in a Vesica Piscis (the intersection of two domains). The name literally means the "bladder of a fish" in Latin. This figure appears in the first proposition of Euclid's Elements.

gnostic fish

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It was an underlying symbol of Gothic Architecture, esoterically representing the intersection of the inner masculine and inner feminine is the inner sacrum. As mentioned in more detail in Gnostic Fish, on the connections between Euclid, the English Reformation, James Bond and the Rosicrucians.

Ordo Astrum Sophiae

Ordo Astrum Sophiae

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The Clavis Mystica - also contained in a Vesica Piscis.

"En giro torte sol ciclos et rotor igne" - a curious palindrome?
Variously translated; for example:
"The Spiritual Sun has Turned the Ages in a Circle and is their Mover with Fire”

The Eight-Spoked Wheel

This symbolises the Eightfold Path of Buddhism

The Dharmacakra symbol refers to an eight-spoked wheel that is a universal symbol of Buddhism. Also called the Wheel of Dharma, it represents the Dharma or law taught by the Buddha as the path to the achievement of nirvana or enlightenment. The Buddha is believed to have turned the Wheel of Dharma and set it in motion with his first sermon, after attaining enlightenment, delivered at the Deer Park in Sarnath.

The Dharmacakra is also representative of the eternal cycle of life, death and rebirth. It is one of the auspicious Ashtamangala symbols of Tibetan Buddhism. The Tibetans refer to it as ‘chos kyi’khor lo’, meaning the ‘wheel of transformation’. The motion of the wheel signifies spiritual change as the teachings of the Buddha cut through all illusions and obstacles impeding learning and understanding.

The eight spokes of the Dharmacakra symbolize the noble eightfold path that leads one to enlightenment. These are right faith, right thought, right speech, right action, right endeavor, right livelihood, right concentration and right mindfulness.
Ref: Ancient Symbols

As a modern reworking of ancient material, the Spectral Compass also symbolises growth and transformation.

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