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101. Thoth Vol. VII, No 7 Oct 31, 2003 [Thoth Website]
... , arbitrary, meaningless, absurd, yet nevertheless they seem to reappear all over the world. A 'fanciful' creation of the mind in one place would be unique-- you would not find the same creation in a completely different place." There would appear to be but three possible explanations for the presence of such recurring motifs: (1)They originated in creative imagination and subsequently became diffused around the globe; (2)They are natural products of the human mind; (3)They have some reference to celestial phenomena, observed and commemorated in mythical language by ancient man the world over. For reasons which will become clear, the third explanation is the only one which is compatible with the evidence and, indeed, it forms the cornerstone of the Saturn theory. [ed note: visit Cochrane's recently up-dated website for this introduction to myth and links (at the bottom of the page) to further articles about the Saturn theory. Buttons at the top of the page connect you to sections from Cochrane's Mars and Venus books, and ...
102. The Reconstruction of Cosmic History [Aeon Journal $]
... on the mytho-historical record. This is understandable since the mytho-historical record is the only source we possess concerning what might have transpired in the Solar System during mankind's distant past. What has to be stressed is that the very impetus behind the attempted reconstructions of such past cosmic events derives from the mytho-historical record. In other words, none of the proponents of these theories would have questioned the presently accepted history of the Solar System had the mytho-historical record not dictated it in the first place. It is this record that hints at a past celestial order which seems to have been entirely different from the present one. Were it not for the record, these proponents would have had no reason to propose their novel theories and no data on which to base the theorized events. It follows from the above that any model which goes against the mytho-historical record would be defeating its own purpose. It would be inconsistent to accept the record as evidence of a Solar System that was once different from the present one while repudiating the very events, and planetary identifications, dictated by the ...
103. Intimations of an Alien Sky [Aeon Journal $]
... nothing on Earth. But because they moved and seemed to propagate, because they moved and interacted with one another, because they seemed to change, to age, and even to die, primitive man endowed them with life and could best compare them to the living things he saw around him-- and this included himself. As I have indicated in earlier works, (3) the anthropomorphism of the heavenly bodies was nurtured despite the realization that these spheres could have been anything but human. To our ancient progenitors, these celestial lights were mysterious beings who followed a law unto themselves. Totally impervious to man's needs or desires, they were, in more than one respect, absolutely supreme. Requiring a generic name, these mysterious celestial beings eventually became known as gods-- which, in whatever language or dialect thereof, was at first an indistinctive term employed to describe the undescribable. It is as such that we must understand primitive man's first concept of the planets. Because, in that far gone time, the planets did not always appear serene ...
104. Thoth Vol. I, No. 19 July 16, 1997 [Thoth Website]
... , who lived for several years among the Quiche Maya of the Guatemala lowlands, recounts the story of the famous hero, Tecúm-Umám, who lived at the time of the Spanish invasion. On the plains of Xelaju, the story goes, Tecúm-Umám was killed by Pedro de Alverado, of Cortez' army. "Then the quetzal bird that was in his headdress took flight, and since that tragic occasion, the quetzal no longer sings." What is crucial in any study hoping to comprehend such ideas is the ability of the celestial reference --the mythical archetype --to give meaning to the symbol. In the Vienna Codex, or Vindobonensis, the planet Venus is depicted with wing-like appendages. Can the "wings" of Venus --said to represent Venus' "radiance" or "greatest brilliancy "-be separated from the global myth of Venus as the soul-bird? Though we cannot here stop and review the countless parallels in other lands, we would be remiss if we failed to observe that the avian flight of the heart-soul is a world- wide theme. The earliest instances ...
105. The Demands of the Saturnian Configuration Theory [SIS C&C Review $]
... presentation. He had the pieces correct but, unfortunately, displaced them in time. Be that as it may, the outlandishness of what my research uncovered made me disbelieve the entire thing and it was not until I read Hamlet's Mill [2 that I finally accepted all I had unearthed. Maybe if scholars of the calibre of de Santillana and von Dechend were able to unearth the same set of bizarre situations I was not far off the mark. If they could discuss the ancient belief of a Saturn permanently fixed in Earth's north celestial sphere, then so could I. That they chose not to accept what they had discovered was their business but the lameness with which they ended up explaining it away made me all the more ready to accept it. I shall not retrace the meandering path that led me to my conclusions [3, nor attempt a validation of the physical feasibility of the model. As Talbott said, when asked whether he should suggest some physical principles which could account for his scenario, 'I'm not a physicist' [4. Neither am ...
106. Stairway to Heaven [Aeon Journal $]
... utilized." [2 Even Claude Levi-Strauss, a diehard structuralist and a leading proponent of the science of mythology, has lately acknowledged the astronomical content of ancient myth: "Max Muller and his school must be given great credit for having discovered, and to some extent deciphered, the astronomical code so often used by the myths." [3 Granted the possibility that ancient myth encodes astronomical information of one form or another, how do we establish that point in cultures which did not make a habit of identifying the gods with celestial bodies? Here the comparative method is our surest guide. Although the ancient Egyptians did not have a well-developed astronomy identifying their various gods with planets, their neighbors did. The Babylonians, and to some extent the Sumerians before them, did identify their leading gods with planets. That the Sumerian goddess Inanna was early on identified with the planet Venus is commonly acknowledged by scholars, [4 as is the identification of the war-god Nergal with the planet Mars. [5 Insofar as the Egyptian gods bear resemblance to their Babylonian counterparts ...
107. The Stability of the Solar System: An Historical Perspective [SIS C&C Review $]
... murdered the Princes in the Tower and thus became the original Wicked Uncle. This represents what I would call "uninformed orthodox opinion". Informed orthodox opinion holds that it is possible that Richard III murdered the Princes in the Tower, but that there is at least an equally good case that it was his successor, Henry VII, who did the deed. And that, I think, is in a sense the crux of the distinction between what I would call "uninformed orthodox opinion" and "informed orthodox opinion" in celestial mechanics: this phrase, "everyone knows", is very untrustworthy in most cases. Celestial mechanics is based for the most part on an explanation of the movements of planets, satellites, artificial satellites and interplanetary spacecraft as being governed almost entirely by Newton's Law of Gravitation and his three Laws of Motion. These four laws- and the Differential and Integral Calculus which he also created- are one of the cornerstones of our modern civilisation. It has been said that Western civilisation is largely based on three books: the Bible ...
108. On Models and Scenarios [Aeon Journal $]
... with a number of individuals now offering tentative models. Though each of the models shares something in common with others, each has its own distinctions, and many new possibilities will doubtless arise from the preliminary papers presented in this issue. Since the researchers involved have suggested varying interpretations of the polar configuration concept or of the mythical data behind it, I wish to briefly state the thesis for which I claim originality. In 1972 I employed the phrase "the polar configuration" (an original phrase at the time) to describe the celestial form I believed ancient man had seen in the sky. The immense apparition involved a stationary Saturn at the celestial pole, a surrounding band with illuminated crescent and a column of gas or dust stretching along the world axis. The most compelling image for the terrestrial viewer, I claimed, was that of the pillared sun-in-crescent, representing the midnight appearance of the configuration: (1) [* !* Image At the time I offered a "picture" of the proposed celestial image to some of the editors of Pensée and ...
109. Venus in Ancient Myth and Language [Aeon Journal $]
... earliest astronomical and religious texts alike, a connection which we interpreted as having developed at the time when Saturn reigned supreme in the skies as the central sun. Indeed, we were able to point to a time when Venus orbited the massive Saturn, its comet-like tail presenting the appearance of a giant band encircling Saturn. It was the unique relationship of Venus with Saturn, in our opinion, which accounted in large part for the origin and distinctive astral character of much of the mythology associated with the world's great goddesses. Given this celestial scenario, improbable though it must seem at first sight, it could hardly fail to be reflected in the ancient's language. For example, if Saturn was once the central sun worshipped by peoples the world over, one would expect to find that planet described as sun-like, in direct contradiction to its present appearance (and one might also add, in direct contradiction to the best opinions of modern astronomy with regard to Saturn's recent history). And this is exactly what one finds. Thus leading scholars have found that the Akkadian ...
110. The Birth and Odyssey of Halley's Comet: From 2484 B.C. to the Present Time [Catastrophism & Ancient History Journal $]
... a flashy tail which can stretch out 100 million miles across the cosmos. When the Earth is positioned in autumn at the time of the comet's "arrival," the tail can present a spectacular display indeed as it rounds the Sun in perihelion. Particulars. The orbit particulars of Halley's Comet are: (1) 54-million mile perihelion; (2) 3200 million mile aphelion; and (3) eccentricity of .9668. In addition, perihelion occurs at the solar system "longitude" that Earth experiences in early August. Its celestial longitude is about 312 degrees, measured from Earth's autumnal equinox (Earth's ascending node), September 21. Its orbital tilt is a modest 18 degrees from the plane of Earth's orbit; the so-called ecliptic plane. Finally, and most significant to this essay, Halley's Comet orbits the Sun clockwise, in the opposite direction to all the planets, more than 95 percent of the comets, and 95 percent of the satellites. In its approach this essay is, among other things, the repeated application of Occam's Razor i.e. ...
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