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31. The Demands of the Saturnian Configuration Theory [Aeon Journal $]
... the mytho-historical record also incorporates the world-wide astronomical beliefs of our ancient forefathers, and that these beliefs coincide with their mytho-religious convictions. Ancient astronomical beliefs can therefore be considered together with mythology as a unified whole regardless of the fact that what comes to light in an in-depth research of such subjects ends up describing a Solar System that was entirely alien to the one ... Venus which, in its turn, would have appeared centered on Saturn. I will make no apologies here for the fact that this theory was constructed on the basis of the mytho-historical record rather than through astrophysical considerations. I will only say in passing that, other than its mythological content, the mytho-historical record also incorporates the world-wide astronomical beliefs of our ancient ... and meeting demands because, after all, it is not enough that the mytho-historical record can be used to test itself, or that physical science can be used to test the mythic record, but the record should also be used to test physical science. So now the question arises: can the mytho-historical record validate our postulate that the axis mundi went through ...
32. The Road to Saturn (Excerpts from an Autobiographical Essay) [Aeon Journal $]
... . In time, its memory degenerated into a mere designation in an ancient star list. Not so with the original Saturn whose various names and motifs continued to permeate all of mythology and religious beliefs down to the present. Vela X turned out to be one of many false messiahs with which the world has often been plagued. II Michanowsky's opus prompted me ... at first accepted Juergens' interloping Saturnian system, and had even theorized further about it, he could not, in the end, abide by it. Not only was the mytho-historical data weak, but so was the astronomical evidence. For a while he held on to the idea of a southern placement for Jupiter but, as time went by, he ... was to culminate in the belief of cyclic repetition that Mircea Eliade termed the "myth of the eternal return." Michanowsky was not oblivious to all this. Referring to this mythic theme as the "Prophecy of the Return," he erroneously believed it owed its origin to Vela X's awaited reappearance. Had he been aware of the Saturnian scenario that others ...
33. The Holy Land [The Saturn Myth] [Books]
... , the planet Saturn. (138) Notes The Mother Land Virgil, Georgics, ii. 173ff. Jensen, Die Kosmologie der Babylonier, 189ff.; Langdon, Semitic Mythology, 99. De Saussure, "Le Systeme Cosmologique Sino-Iranienne." The Gods of the Egyptians, Vol. II, 94. Plutarch, De Iside et Osiride, XII ... as the Middle Place, the centre from which history took its start. Symbolically each local Holy Land became the omphalos or "navel of the world." Thus, the mythic navel constitutes a global motif of archaic symbolism. As documented in the separate studies of Roscher and Muller, (87) the ancient cities of Babylon and Nineveh (as well ... of the actual Egyptian city of Henen-su (Herakleopolis), tells us that this habitation "is often referred to in the Book of the Dead, and a number of important mythological events are said to have taken place there. Thus it was here that Re rose for the first time when the heavens and the earth were created, and it was this ...
34. Cosmic Catastrophes and the Ballgame of the Sky Gods in Mesoamerican Mythology [SIS C&C Review $]
... & Catastrophism Review 1995 (Vol XVII) "Proceedings of the SIS 1995 Braziers College Conference" Home¦ Issue Contents Cosmic Catastrophes and the Ballgame of the Sky Gods in Mesoamerican Mythology Benny Josef Peiser 'The ballgame is directly related to the continuous cycle and conflict between Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca, [...and worldly creation and destruction.' [1 'The ... start from the assumption that the native Indians modelled their ballgame on the same regular and harmonious astronomical events which can be observed today. In this paper I will document that the mythological record of the Mesoamerican peoples link the origins of the ritual ballgame to natural disasters rather than a well-ordered nature [10. The actualistic interpretation of the Mesoamerican ballgame According to generally ... Toltecs have been interpreted in similar manner. Yet the classical scholar Lewis Farnell stressed as early as 1919 [11 that normal events and regular occurrences would have hardly been incorporated in myths: 'What is normal in nature and society rarely excites the myth-making imagination, which is more likely to be kindled by the abnormal, some startling catastrophe, some terrible violation of ...
35. Intimations of an Alien Sky [Aeon Journal $]
... that the gods are really stars, and that there are no others. The forces reside in the starry heavens, and all the stories, characters, and adventures narrated by mythology concentrate on the active powers among the stars, who are the planets. (6) The above should make it evident that, originally, there was no differentiation between the ... , man was already describing how the old celestial order had come to a catastrophic end. And this, also, must be understood. This fossilized memory is what constitutes the mytho-historical record, the end result of rituals, litanies, prayers, tales, and moralities, memorized by rote and formula, which had been handed down by word of mouth through ... , in an attempt to delineate certain basic rules that should be followed in the reconstruction of cosmic history, I had reason to claim that, in its cosmic interpretation, the mythological record "is backed by the astronomical lore that was current at the time." (1) While not meant to be exhaustive, a compendium of this ancient astronomical lore ...
36. Aphrodite The Moon or Venus? (Continued) [SIS C&C Review $]
... 32. Graves: The Greek Myths, 23, 1. 33. W in C, II, vi: "Folklore". 34. S. Langdon: Semitic Mythology, Vol. V of Mythology of All Races (Archaeological Institute of America, 1931), p.21. 35. Ibid. 36. See Catullus, 68, 51. ... Hans Jonas, author of The Gnostic Religion, may also be quoted. For he has traced a very old belief in the connection between Moon and Helen: "Some Greek mythological speculation seems to have associated the Homeric Helen with the moon, whether prompted by the similarity of Helene and Selene, or by her fate (abduction and recovery) interpreted as ... we might not be at odds. I would be grateful for a reading from him on the identification of Athena-Venus with Hephaestus. NOTES 1. Graves, R: The Greek Myths (2vv., New York, 1957), I, 49.- we disagree that Ishtar was the Moon, at least finally, for she is clearly Athena and ...
37. Temple, Crown, Vase, Eye, and Circular Serpent [The Saturn Myth] [Books]
... symbol in Egyptian thought and the strangest to us." (103) Is the Eye, as almost uniformly asserted, the solar orb? Nowhere is the weakness of solar mythology more apparent than in its handling of this puzzling symbol. One Egyptologist after another, by following the solar interpretation, passes over in silence the many enigmatic particulars of eye symbolism ... Eye or Eye-wheel, the failure is not due to a lack of evidence but to the habit of the researchers, who, from the start, excluded the enclosure from the mythological investigation. The Circular Serpent 33. Saturn as Mithraic Zurvan (Time), with central eye. (Pupil of eye=heart of heaven. It would be quite impossible ... cosmic "midst" or centre. From its interior shines the primeval sun, It houses the flourishing celestial garden. The chamber of the great god, according to Sumerian creation myths, was that in which dwelt the original generation of "men" (i.e., the company of gods to whom all races traced their ancestry and from which each race ...
38. Saturn's Cosmos [The Saturn Myth] [Books]
... sun, passed down from earliest antiquity: the image of Saturn, the Universal Monarch. Rarely do archaeologists, seeking to interpret the widespread "sun" symbols, consult ancient mythology. Yet the myths explain the symbols, and the symbols illuminate the myths. Largely overlooked by archaeologists are the hundreds upon hundreds of myths and liturgies focusing on the cosmic images ... "collar" is the cord sign. The Shield. All creation legends involve a struggle between the light god and the destructive powers of the Abyss (Chaos). The mythic enclosure provides the god's defense against the turbulent waters which originally prevailed. The Egyptian enclosure, states Reymond, "had the function of protecting the sacred area from the evil coming ... Religieux du Moyen Empire, 100/ Budge, The Egyptian Book of the Dead, 644. Hassan, op. cit., 54. Pyramid Text 732. Piankoff, Mythological Papyri, 14. Budge, Gods, Vol. I, 309. Ibid., 308. Ibid., 314. Piankoff, Wandering of the Soul, 87. ...
39. Kadmos: The Primeval King [Kronos $]
... however, to show that a far more ancient figure lies behind the myth of Kadmos. PLANETARY GOD-KINGS The primeval king is one of the most fascinating characters in all of ancient mythology. Nearly every people of whom we have sufficient record has preserved an account of this primeval being, deemed responsible for the founding of great cities and the introduction of laws, ... of the beginning. Together with his role as primeval king, these traditions recall those associated with Kronos, Manu, Yima and Quetzelcoatl. And yet, in spite of the mythological features linked with the name of Kekrops, Kerenyi observes that his reign "was portrayed as that of a human king".(25) There are other traditions which make ... XI No. 3 (Summer 1986) Home¦ Issue Contents Kadmos: The Primeval King Ev Cochrane INTRODUCTION In a few of' his various works, Immanuel Velikovsky discussed the myths and traditions surrounding Kadmos, the legendary founder of Thebes. It was Velikovsky's belief that Kadmos had a historical background. He suggested that Kadmos was actually the Ugaritic king Nikmed who ...
40. Maya Cosmos: A Saturnian Interpretation [Aeon Journal $]
... a book to do it justice. This present article must perforce be limited to a few highlights. That said, the Maya do have a wonderfully human and rather comic creation mythology, at least in its early stages. Basically, the gods responsible for creation got together in an attempt to fabricate people who are good and worshipful, but they kept screwing ... past." [12 The big problem, however, is that Mayan scholars are beginning to take these recent substituted meanings as gospel for what was originally meant in the Maya's mytho-historical record. This is resulting in new translations, and even re-translations, being interpreted in light of today's peaceful sky. Compounding this is the practice of talking to living "informants ... . And, as Lewis Greenberg has pointed out, the role of kingship descended from heaven in a long foregone past. [11 The urge among the Maya to match the mythic past with what the heavens had finally turned into is what transformed them into the able astronomers and mathematicians whose fame continues to this day. In a way, this also seems ...
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