New-age and post-modernist semiotics are always confusing me. Unlike the tentacle, the pentacle is a fundamental symbol of mankind, and of the unkind. Like black and white witches, Wicca pentacles have been around for thousands of years, and have taken on many contradictory and magical meanings. You can both hate them and love them at the same time. I love the geometry of the symbol, but I reject several of the things it can stand for.
When you don't know why your post-modernist code functions you must trust in a higher being, the Earth. As we are nurtured by the crystal fields from our Earth, we must continue to write code that actually works.
Here, to set the ball rolling I post a simulation of Alchemy and Earth Magic.
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' Transmutation of the elements. See course notes: Alchemy 101.
Window( -1.5, -1.2 )-( 1.5, 1.2 )
' first transmute lead into gold and silver.
Dim As Double Pb = ( Sqr( 5 ) + 1 ) / 2 ' lead, a gold ratio isotope
Dim As Double Au = Sqr( 1 - Pb / 4 * Pb ) ' gold, by fusion of lead
Dim As Double Ag = Pb /- 2 ' silver, by fission of lead
' simulate Earth's dynamic crystal field
Dim As Double Si = 14 ' atomic number of the silicon catalyst
Dim As Double Hg, Fe, Ni=1 ' mercury, iron & nickle in Earth's core
Pset( Fe, Ni ), Hg ' set the start of reaction
For i As Integer = 0 To 4 ' convect mantle for 0 to 4 billion years
Fe = Ag * Fe - Au * Ni ' critical reactions at the;
Ni = Ag * Ni + Au * Hg ' core - mantle boundary
Line -( Fe, Ni ), Si ' plot statistical core trendline
Hg = Fe ' temperature of blood