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What Is the Seal of Solomon?

You’re probably familiar with the Star of David, but did you know there’s another ancient, symbolic star in Jewish culture and folklore?

Learn about the Seal of Solomon and its history and mystical meaning here!

The Seal of Solomon refers to a legendary symbol attributed to King Solomon, typically depicted as a star with either five, six, or more points. This symbol is deeply rooted in Jewish mysticism and folklore. It’s believed to have possibly been the predecessor to the Star of David, but also remains a part of Jewish culture and symbolism in its own right.

 

Different kinds of depictions of the Seal of Solomon throughout history

History & Meaning of the Seal of Solomon

A traditional Jewish depiction of the Seal of Solomon, on a silver ring made in Israel and available for purchase here

 

According to Jewish legend, King Solomon possessed a magical ring, known as the Seal of Solomon, which enabled him to command demons, spirits, and animals, as well as to speak with them. This ring was said to bear a unique symbol that gave it its power.

The actual design of the Seal of Solomon is unknown, but normally depicted as a star. Over time, Jews and non-Jews alike have imagined the Seal of Solomon in various forms, whether as a pentagram with 5 points or a hexagram with 6, or even a star with 8 or more points. Because some historic depictions of the Seal of Solomon have been with 6 points, some historians believe that this may have been a precursor to the Star of David design known today.

The Seal of Solomon has also historically appeared in various Kabbalistic writings and images. It is often associated with the pursuit of wisdom, control over supernatural forces, and protection against evil.

The symbol was historically used in amulets for protection and to invoke Divine intervention in various aspects of life, such as health, prosperity, and safety.

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Modern Usage of the Seal of Solomon

A woman wearing a necklace depicting the Seal of Solomon, available for purchase from Israel here

 

Some historians believe that the Star of David symbol emerged from the Seal of Solomon, and there is evidence for some ancient Jewish communities using the terms "Star of David" and "Seal of Solomon" interchangeably to denote the same symbol. In this case, the Star of David is the most common and well-known modern usage of the original Seal of Solomon - worn as jewelry, adorning Jewish institutions and the Israeli flag, and overall representing Jewish peoplehood and Jewish identity.

However, some Jewish artists still depict the Seal of Solomon as connected to its original legend and its historic mysticism. Kabbalistic depictions of the Seal of Solomon can be found on Jewish jewelry such as necklaces and rings, used as protective amulets or simply a unique connection to Jewish history or expression of one's spirituality.

Fascinated by the Seal of Solomon? Wear it on an Israeli-made ring or necklace, or shop the related and iconic Star of David on necklaces and other jewelry and gifts!

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