Enneagram (geometry)

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Enneagon stellations.svg
Enneagrams shown as sequential stellations
Edges and vertices 9
Symmetry group Dihedral (D9)
Internal angle (degrees)100° {9/2}
20° {9/4}

In geometry, an enneagram is a nine-pointed plane figure. It is sometimes called a nonagram or nonangle. [1]


The name enneagram combines the numeral prefix, ennea- , with the Greek suffix -gram . The -gram suffix derives from γραμμῆς (grammēs) meaning a line. [2]

Regular enneagram

A regular enneagram is a 9-sided star polygon. It is constructed using the same points as the regular enneagon, but the points are connected in fixed steps. Two forms of regular enneagram exist:

There is also a star figure, {9/3} or 3{3}, made from the regular enneagon points but connected as a compound of three equilateral triangles. [3] [4] (If the triangles are alternately interlaced, this results in a Brunnian link.) This star figure is sometimes known as the star of Goliath , after {6/2} or 2{3}, the star of David. [5]

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Regular star
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Complete graph K9
Regular star polygon 9-2.svg
Regular star figure 3(3,1).svg
{9/3} or 3{3}
Regular star polygon 9-4.svg

Other enneagram figures

Enneagram 9-4 icosahedral.svg
The final stellation of the icosahedron has 2-isogonal enneagram faces. It is a 9/4 wound star polyhedron, but the vertices are not equally spaced.
The Fourth Way teachings and the Enneagram of Personality use an irregular enneagram consisting of an equilateral triangle and an irregular hexagram based on 142857.
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The Bahá'í nine-pointed star

The nine-pointed star or enneagram can also symbolize the nine gifts or fruits of the Holy Spirit. [6]

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  6. Our Christian Symbols by Friedrich Rest (1954), ISBN   0-8298-0099-9, page 13.
  7. Slipknot Nonagram