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hex sign

n.
Any of various round designs, such as stylized rosettes, stars, or wheels, traditionally painted on barns by the Pennsylvania Dutch, either as decoration or as charms against misfortune or evil spells.

hex′ sign`


n.
any of various magical symbols of usu. stylized design, as those painted on barns by the Pennsylvania Dutch.
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Some of them were square, like giant patchwork quilt blocks, while others were a circle shape, like that of a of Pennsylvania-Dutch folk-art hex sign. I immediately connected with the circle shape, knowing that it would work well with the circle shape of drape-mold bowls.
A hex sign is a circle containing symbols and geometric patterns.
When a Pennsylvania Dutch farmer added big ornamental designs to barns, "just for luck," he was accused of designing a hex sign to frighten the devil.
May I suggest you publish an article on barns with hex signs, along with an array of photographs?
In it one might find drawings of daggers, hex signs, swastikas, inverted crosses, and the number 666, a sign for Satan in the Bible (Gesy, 1993).
Besides, his mastery of recreating even the smallest details, like an aunt's "dish towel patterned with hex signs," draws the reader into the novel's atmospheres.
Both Kay's and Safdie's vague prescriptions call to mind Jacobs's warning that "people who get marked with the planners' hex signs are pushed about, expropriated, and uprooted much as if they were the subjects of a conquering power." Safdie, for example, ends a confused passage about central planning and the free market with this inscrutable imperative: "We must create new conditions in which a vision of the city is integrated with feedback from the city's inhabitants, and in which a central authority is vested with power to enact this vision in a manner unthreatening to individuals or communities." Whatever that means exactly, it can't be good.