Octagonal star as ornamental motif appeared before the birth of Christianity. This symbol (Alatyr, Svarog’s Cross, Vasmirog) remained in ethnic religion and ancient patterns predominantly of Slavic, Finno-Ugrian, and Turkic peoples.
The projection of the Mendeleev’s Periodic Law on the motif of ethnic ornament.
The left-third of the picture is an auxiliary drawing. Color indicates an electron shell of the atom: s-orbital – red, p-orbital – green, d-orbital – blue, f-orbital – yellow, g-orbital – lilac.
The right third of the picture is an ornamental motif.
The middle third is the projection of the periodic table on the left part of ornamental motif.
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