symmetric sixpointed star without crossing lines is often a sign for
fixed stars (as
opposed to the planets, the wandering stars) and especially for the
Pole star. The
star sign's six rays are associated with the sixpointed structure
of crystallized water. This sign, therefore, is indirectly related to
the North Pole and the Pole star. Compare with in
Group 9, which has the same meaning.
Strange as it may sound, the regular sixpointed star without crossing lines is almost never used in Western ideographic systems. It is, however, used in some US states as a form for policemen's badges connoting law and order.
With two of its rays or points horizontally lengthened, i.e as , it appears as a symbol for coniunctio in esoteric alchemy. See the section "Esoteric alchemy" in the Appendices. It is also used as a genealogical sign. When found on gravestones it indicates the date of birth. It stands for the beginning of earthly life in the same way as symbolizes its end. Synonymous in this respect are the signs , and .
Note that neither the fourpointed nor the sevenpointed or eightpointed stars are used for this purpose. For indicating birthplaces, only the signs for Venus, the Pole star or another fixed star will do.
In French heraldry the coat of arms sign called the mullet is a sixpointed star.
This type of sixpointed star has also been used to denote comet, for instance in Paris in the seventeenth century.