The figure of a star, thus, ?, used in printing and writing as a reference to a passage or note in the margin, to supply the omission of letters or words, or to mark a word or phrase as having a special character.
This is the character "*".
A typographical sign used by both Publius and Genesis. It may be a clue to ignore the first letter of the sentence, or, on the contrary, a way to stress its importance. In the word asterisk we have ASTER, the Greek word for STAR.