learned how to create stars like this from Yetziratic Magic. the trick: any number divisible by 3 can create similar stars. if you want to create a 21-rayed star, multiply 21 by 3, arrange the numbers 1 to 63 in a **magic square** (i know i know, it's a rectangle) where all the columns equal the same number. take last row, write numbers clockwise on a circle, begin with lowest number: connect-the-dots.

formula to get all columns with same values is pretty simple. while it took me hours to figure out, i'm happy to save you hours of schizoid trouble.

[1] select your odd numby, that's the number of points in your star.

[2] **n x 3 = P**, multiply your number by three, eg, 21 x 3 = 63

[3] fire up Excel so you don't have to add manually

[4] first row: **n to P**, or using our example:

1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-[11]-12-13-14-15-16-1

note: first row should end with your number

[5] 11 in brackets indicates **MIDDLE NUMBER**

[6] second row: take the number AFTER your number,

place it under the MIDDLE NUMBER, eg, 22.

[7] continue counting to the end of the row.

[8] begin 2nd row, 1st position, continue.

[9] third row: place **P** (or 63) as middle number.

[10] subtract 1 from P: **P - 1 = E**, eg, 63 - 1 = 62.

[11] begin 3rd row, 1st position with **E**, eg, 62.

[12] counting backwards, subtract 2 and enter **EVEN** numbers.

[13] that should get you to **P** (or 63).

[14] subtract 2 from P: **P - 2 = E**, eg, 63 - 2 = 61.

[15] to complete the row, enter ODD numbers after P (or 63).

[16] counting backwards, subtract 2 and enter **ODD** numbers.

all column totals should equal the same number. to draw the star:

[1] draw a circle.

[2] it's easier if you use Excel.

[3] top of circle, place first number on the third row (62).

[4] place remaining numbers clockwise.

[5] locate smallest number (43).

[6] use Curve Line drawtool on Excel's AutoShapes

[7] click on 43, click on 44, keep counting & clicking until you return to 43.

excel usually can draw a nice star for you. may take a few tries tho. when you get the shape you like, color it and stuff and you got your star.

prosper!