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Symbols mean what the user wants them to mean, and history demonstrates that meanings can often change. While the pentagram is a clear example of this, a related symbol, the hexagram, or Star of David, is also noteworthy.
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Lincoln Cathedral

This twelfth century example of stained glass, found in Lincoln Cathedral, England, demonstrates the non-Jewish usage of the hexagram, or Star of David. This particular illustration is taken from a book whose author further believes the hexagram to be a masonic emblem, although this is a personal interpretation and is not reflected in masonic ritual or lectures.

Illustration detail from a steel engraving "Ancient Painted Glass Window. (with Masonic Emblems) at the N. E. end of ye. Western Transept. Lincoln Cathedral." The Historical Landmarks and Other Evidences of Freemasonry Explained in a Series of Practical Lectures with copious notes. by The Rev. G.[eorge] Oliver, D. D.. with numerous illustrations. in two volumes. vol. ii. London: Richard Spencer, 314 High Holborn, 1846. 5 1/4" x 8 1/4" 750pp. Printed by W. Wilcockson, Rolls Buildings, Fetter Lane. Plate inserted after p. 356.
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