This is in reference to a question asked by Thom (in the past) and most recently last Friday, 20-Jul-2012.
I had been thinking about that a few months ago and had wandered around the Internet looking for an explanation. I looked at a lot of different uses of the five-pointed star on flags and emblems. That's when a possible explanation struck me.
The five-point star graphically has no symmetry -- there is a definite up and down. However, if it is rotated 72°, let's say clockwise, it would appear upside down even though that was not the intent of the graphic artist. Rotate another 72° and the star appears upright and so forth.
Perhaps the explanation is less sinister, which is unfortunate since I enjoy the diabolic explanation so much. Perhaps the star was advanced 72° clockwise to make the star appear to be rakishly moving forward, like Hannibal's war elephants terrifying and crushing the enemy. Ok, I got carried away there.
In any case, the simplest explanation may be a clockwise rotation of the five-pointed star. I saw several other non-Satanic examples of that technique in my brief research.
Is this an Occam's Razor moment or am I just blowing smoke?