On Pascha my insane Orthodox friend started raving about occult symbols in Orthodoxy, and one actually caught my ear. He mentioned that the stars of perpetual virginity on icons of the Theotokos are eight-pointed, and that they are the stars of Astarte, the "Queen of the Sky" or "Queen of the Heavens". Having some familiarity with religions of the Ancient Near-East, this actually didn't seem just to be the usual occult symbolism black hole type stuff I usually encounter.
After hunting around the internet I couldn't really find any definitive primary source material on this eight pointed star in antiquity. Also, I have no knowledge of the ancient languages that might be useful in understanding the connections. Are these superficial connections, or are they more substantial and legitimate?
I think that our iconography is influenced by pagan predecessors, such as the haloes which feature crosses when they are depicting solar deities, like Helios or Apollos. So I suppose that would just fit in with all of that. I'm just curious if any of this is legit, or if it's all tenuous and speculative.