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1. Reconstructing the Saturn Myth [Aeon Journal $]
... planetary system familiar to us today. For earthbound witnesses, the result was a spectacular, at times highly unified apparition in the heavens, the center of human attention around the world. My claim is that this fear-inspiring image once stretched across the northern sky, towering over ancient man. Planet-sized bodies, moving in extremely close proximity to the Earth, shared in an unusual planetary alignment having no parallel in any relationship of planets and their moons today. I have termed this heavenly apparition the polar configuration because it centered on the north celestial Pole. The theory holds that the history of this planetary configuration is the history of the gods, recorded in the fantastic stories, pictographs and ritual reenactments of ancient star worshippers. From these vivid images one can reconstruct a model --down to many finite details --indicating how the configuration arose and what happened to it. When fully developed, a summary of the polar configuration will predict or explain many hundreds of mythical themes. In fact, it appears that no well-established story element stands outside the explanatory power of the model. Hence ...
2. The Holy Land [The Saturn Myth] [Books]
... --- >> V The Holy Land Ancient ritual the world over conceived the terrestrial ruler as the incarnation of the Universal Monarch. By the same principle each local city or kingdom became a transcript of the god-king's primeval domain. The sanctified territory on earth was laid out according to a cosmic plan, revealed in remote times. On this priority of the cosmic dwelling all major traditions concur. A celestial Sumer and Akkad preceded the organization of the actual Mesopotamian kingdoms. And such settlements as Eridu, Erech, Babylon, and Lagash took their names from a heavenly city occupied by the central sun. Every Egyptian town-- Heliopolis, Herakleopolis, Memphis, Abydos, Thebes, Hermopolis-- mirrored a prototype, a "city in which the sun shone forth in the beginning." So did Egypt as a whole, according to the ritual, reproduce the dwelling gathered together and unified by the creator. Hebrew tradition knew a heavenly Jerusalem which gave its name to the terrestrial city; and what the Hebrews claimed of their city, the Muslims ...
3. The Great Comet Venus [Aeon Journal $]
... Instead of an earth-like environment, astronomers discovered an incredibly violent planet, a seething, volcanic cauldron-- and a host of paradoxes yet to be unraveled. The mythical Venus-image presents many paradoxes as well. In the popular imagination, Venus means something like "the love goddess," and many authorities connect the very name of the planet-goddess with feminine charm. But peel away the more familiar layers of symbolism, accented from the classical age onward, and you will find an ancient goddess of a far more unpredictable character, a celestial power raging against gods and heroes, a "charmer" who is the acknowledged prototype of the world-threatening hag or witch. From what reservoir of human experience did the curious but immensely powerful Venus image arise? And how does one account for many parallel symbols of Venus around the world? In myths the world over, Venus is the only planet consistently identified as a female power, but there is no acceptable reason for this, and on such issues historians and mythologists are prudently silent. Immanuel Velikovsky In 1950, Immanuel Velikovsky ...
... will be noted that the fourth circle is not mentioned in the list. Because of information found elsewhere in the book, which I cannot detail here, it is my opinion that omission of that circle does not indicate a missing or unlisted planet. In the following set of tabulations I have attempted an analysis, based on an identification of the named "stars", and on certain planetary aspects, to determine any plausible order in the list as given. In the 1st column of Table I are listed the names of the celestial bodies as they appear in the book. Column 2 is a matching list giving the commonly accepted modern names of those bodies. In columns 3, 4, 5 and 6, employing certain physical criteria, I have numerically ranked the five planets that are listed in column 2 in the attempt to uncover whatever planetary order the author may have used in setting out his list. Based on clear evidence found within the book and elsewhere, that ancient astronomers considered the sun and moon as belonging in a distinct and special category, ...
5. On testing The Polar configuration [Aeon Journal $]
... From: Aeon I:2 (Feb 1988) Home¦ Issue Contents On testing The Polar configuration David Talbott Background This is a follow-up article to my previous "Reconstructing the Saturn Myth," AEON Vol. I, No. 1. It is assumed that readers will have read that article and are familiar with the general context of the theory discussed in the following pages. Defining the model In presenting the case for Saturn's polar configuration it is necessary to draw upon many wide-ranging pieces of a celestial puzzle. But the theory can only give meaning to the separate pieces by reference to a model outside all generally accepted theoretical frameworks. In effect, our interpretation of each significant datum requires one to tentatively grant a sweeping theory reinterpreting all of the data. It would be an understatement to say that this can create a major difficulty in communication. Our argument on behalf of the polar configuration must concentrate initially on the model and the way it interprets ancient myth. If a new theory can unify and explain its subject, the quickest way to deal with ...
6. Trisms and Planetary Iconography [The Velikovskian $]
... From: The Velikovskian Vol 2 No 2 (1994) Home¦ Issue Contents Trisms and Planetary Iconography (1) Charles Raspil According to Velikovsky, a long period of planetary chaos ended with stabilizing finality in 687 BC. (2) Concentrating on celestial events occurring after that date, I have been finding iconographic and literary evidence that periods of sporadic planetary instability may have characterized the solar system (3) --at least up until the last few centuries. By analyzing common elements of design and form that appear in my tracings or sketches of original works of mythical and religious art, I hope to demonstrate that these elements not only offer more evidence of this instability, but also will contribute to our understanding of the nature of this instability. Velikovsky believed he had found evidence that parts of Homer's Iliad described anomalous behavior within the solar system, particularly involving Venus, Mars and the Moon. (4) Figure 1, below, is my rendition of the ancient Greek duel of Menelaos and Hector over the body of Euphoros, with a checkered triangle ( ...
7. When Earth Was Not Yet Created: An Account of Sumerian Cosmogony [Catastrophism & Ancient History Journal $]
... evidence from Sumerian, Akkadian, and Biblical (O.T.) scriptures which, he believes, does indicate the Sumerians had access to advanced scientific knowledge in astronomy, including a familiarity with the planets beyond Saturn, and the heliocentric nature of our solar system. Pertinent to these conclusions is the depiction of a solar system on a cylinder seal, VA.243 (Fig. 1). It will be shown that Enuma elish is based on plausible scientific theories concerning the process by which our solar system has taken shape, including a cataclysmic celestial collision. We find in the ancient text answers to some puzzles attending modern theories concerning Earth, the Moon, the Asteroid belt, the comets, Pluto, and even a presumption of the existence of a "Planet X." 7 Lines 1-2 of the Akkadian text 8 establish the time frame: Heaven and Earth (" firm ground") have not yet been created, nor are there any other celestial gods (Tablet I, fine 7) except three: 3 Naught but primordial Apsu, their begetter; 4 ...
8. Sothis and the Morning Star in the Pyramid Texts [Aeon Journal $]
... From: Aeon III:5 (May 1994) Home¦ Issue Contents Sothis and the Morning Star in the Pyramid Texts Ev Cochrane It has frequently been observed that star-worship pervades the earliest religion of Egypt. Certainly this is true of that religion as it is represented in the Pyramid Texts. (1) Countless passages therein identify the king with one celestial body or another and describe in some detail his peregrinations (or his soul's) throughout the stellar regions until he ultimately comes to reside in a celestial Elysian fields. Despite numerous attempts to identify various stars and planets in the Pyramid Texts there is little agreement as to the specific asterisms involved and, in any case, there are grave problems with virtually every one of the identifications proposed thus far. In this essay we will examine the passages which have been advanced as referring to Sirius and the Morning Star. The correct identification of these two bodies is a matter of paramount importance not only for a correct understanding of ancient Egyptian religion, but-- because of the heavy reliance upon astronomically-oriented methods of ...
9. The Electro-gravitic Theory of Celestial Motion [Aeon Journal $]
... From: The Cataclysm (Aeon) I:1 (Jan 1988) Home¦ Issue Contents The Electro-gravitic Theory of Celestial Motion Charles Ginenthal Albert Einstein to Immanuel Velikovsky: "The scientists make a grave mistake in not studying your book (Worlds in Collision) because of the exceedingly impor-tant material it contains." (1) ABSTRACT A theory is presented that electromagnetism (as repulsion) and gravitation (as attraction) are the concurrent forces of celestial mechanics. It is demonstrated that this approach can explain: rotation, prograde and retrograde, revolution, conservation of angular momentum, all Keplerian motions, elliptical and circular nature of orbiting bodies, the precession of ellipses, the capture and conversion of bodies from cometary orbits to planetary ones, the internal electromagnetism of celestial bodies, the clustering of stars and galaxies, the nature and formation of binary star systems, and the perihelion advance of Mercury. INTRODUCTION Since the time of Isaac Newton it has been assumed that gravitational force is the only significant agent in celestial acceleration. Johannes Kepler, using the precise data ...
10. The Spring Of Ares [Kronos $]
... of the dragon slain by Kadmos.(1) Kadmos' relation to Ares has drawn little attention, presumably because Ares was known to be a god while most commentators have proceeded upon the assumption that Kadmos was a mortal. But if, as I have suggested.(1a) Kadmos was originally a Theban god analogous to Dionysus, who was also associated with Ares, the added association of Kadmos with the same Ares raises fundamental questions concerning the origins of Greek religion and myth.(9) That Ares was originally a celestial body is suggested by a Homeric hymn in which the god is described as a fiery sphere among the planets.(3) This fiery nature links Ares to Mars, described as the fiery planet par excellence in both Babylonian and Greek astronomy. And, in fact, this identification was made by the Greeks themselves as early as the fifth century B.C.(4) Having already identified Kadmos with Saturn,(41) we are led to ask what connection there might have been between this planet and Ares/Mars. ...
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