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11. The Ship of Heaven [Aeon Journal $]
... thousand years ago (some time before the dawn of civilization) the Earth participated in a planetary system unlike anything known today. Though all of modern science presumes the ancient sky to have looked much like our sky today, I have argued that early man witnessed a remarkable assembly of planets moving close to the Earth and presenting a spectacular apparition in the heavens. I have called this apparition the polar configuration, and suggested that its tangible forms are mirrored in all of ancient myth and symbol. In fact, the history of this celestial apparition was the history of the gods. I have claimed also that the theory of the polar configuration can be tested and verified through a comprehensive survey of ancient records; and that the validity of the theory will become increasingly apparent as one descends to particulars: the very level at which other explanations collapse is that at which the explanatory power of the polar configuration is most definitive. To further illustrate the thesis, I shall here take up an example familiar to all students of myth: The ship of heaven. Because ancient ...
12. The Saturn Thesis: Questions and Answers [Aeon Journal $]
... From: Aeon III:6 (Dec 1994) Home¦ Issue Contents The Saturn Thesis: Questions and Answers David Talbott Author of The Saturn Myth INTRODUCTION Why should we care about myth? I think there's a very good reason to care about myth, even though myth as a whole may seem to speak a language too obscure for rational, feet-on-the-ground folk. Myth is, I believe, a window to early human history, a more intensely dramatic period than we've realized. The myths have their roots in a time of celestial catastrophe, and more often than not the appearance of confusion results from viewing myth as something other than what it is. In the course of cultural evolution and scientific advance, we left behind the fabled "long ago," whose images seemed wholly out of touch with our own world. Yet my personal conviction is that ancient myth, when seen as a symbolic record of earth-shaking events in the sky, will permanently change man's view of his celestial environment. But your conclusions are not those of others who devoted lifetimes to ...
13. Observations of Venus by James I [Horus $]
... by James I by Charles Raspil Discussing the observations of solar eclipses in the Former Han Dynasty of China (206 BC to 23 AD), the eminent historian of astronomy, Robert R. Newton, remarked that "in about a fourth of the records.. ., the date listed is not that of an eclipse visible in China.... further, of all the solar eclipses recorded in the annals of the Han Dynasty... only four are correct to within a degree of Right Ascension (the expected celestial longitude of the eclipsed sun)..." Given the reputation for accuracy of ancient Chinese astronomical observations, Newton's remark is surprising. Were these observations of eclipses an accurate description of a past reality? If one examines the entire record of astronomical observations from China and other areas of the world from ancient times through the 20th Century A.D., even more surprises appear. The record teems with anomalies. In documenting these anomalies it will be shown only that they suggest that episodes of celestial instability have occurred in the past ...
14. Ra as Saturn [SIS Internet Digest $]
... which "the Tuat is likened to the body of Osiris, WHICH IS BENT ROUND LIKE A HOOP in such a way that his toes touch the back of the head."(19) The most convincing evidence concerning the interpretation of the Duat as a circle, however, comes from the hieroglyphic determinative of the name "Duat" itself which is simply depicted as a star, or sun, surrounded by a band or circle.(20) It is thus obvious that, whatever Ra once signified, it was a celestial body that resided within a circle or band or ring. As we all know, the Sun does not send forth its rays into a circle; it does not reside in a ring. The planet Saturn, however, does.(21) There will now be those who will tell us that, under certain conditions, the Sun IS seen to be surrounded by a ring. They will of course be alluding to that atmospheric refraction which lends a halo to the solar orb. But not only is this too rare ...
15. Megalithic Astronomy and Catastrophism [Pensee]
... and Catastrophism Euan W. MacKie Dr. MacKie is assistant keeper, Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, Scotland. This paper was presented at the McMaster University symposium, "Velikovsky and the Recent History of the Solar System,"June 16-19, 1974. "The dating of the megalithic observatories to the period from about 2000-1800 B.C. seems fairly secure and puts them firmly into the epoch preceding Velikovsky's major cataclysms of the 15th century B.C. In spite of this, the alignments so far identified do fit well with the present celestial system retrojected to the period concerned.... On the other hand.... the whole remarkable phenomenon of the relatively sudden appearance of standing stone sites --many of them clearly astronomical in function --as a well-defined episode in British pre-history could be neatly explained as the reaction to a natural disturbance in the celestial order... ." PART 1. MEGALITHIC ASTRONOMY --FACT AND THEORY Introduction In comparing Velikovsky's catastrophic hypotheses with the detailed historical and archaeological evidence from the numerous fields affected by them, it is necessary to select ...
16. The Cosmic Mountain [The Saturn Myth] [Books]
... directly related to the enclosure of earth which the creator gathered together as a stable dwelling-- the Cosmos. To discern the connection of the mount and enclosure we must return once more to the legends of Atum. The texts of all periods agree that in the beginning Atum, or Khepera, floated alone in the Abyss without a resting place. The god recalls the original epoch:... When I was alone in the waters... before I had found anywhere to stand or sit, before Heliopolis [the celestial earth had been founded that I might be there, before a perch had been formed for me to sit on... (9) "I found no place where I could stand," states the god in a similar account. (10) In the hieroglyph for "to stand," (aha) the key sign is, conveying the meaning "to support," "stability." Which is to say that in the beginning the god wandered without a stable support. This was "before a ...
17. From Myth to a Physical Model [Aeon Journal $]
... From: Aeon III:3 (Oct 1993) Home¦ Issue Contents From Myth to a Physical Model Dave Talbott Introduction In this article, the first of three parts, I take up these issues-- 1) General issues for catastrophists working in the Velikovskian tradition. What is the basis of our confidence in myth? Can it ever be proven that myth is a reflection of unusual celestial events? 2) Evolution of a mythically-based model. A summary of recent changes in the model of the polar configuration, and a look at other aspects of the configuration on which little or no detail has been previously published. 3) Introduction of Robert Grubaugh and a physical model of the polar configuration. Grubaugh has considerable professional experience with orbital dynamics through his work with the US Space Program. His recently-submitted model (presented in this issue of AEON) is both simple in concept and remarkably congruent with the myths on which the thesis rests. Mythically-Based Model For over twenty years now, I have argued that a planetary assembly I called the "polar configuration ...
18. The Polar Sun [The Saturn Myth] [Books]
... --- >> III The Polar Sun Saturn's mythical history includes two themes which not only contradict the planet's visible appearance today, but seem to mock the canons of modern astronomy: Saturn, not the solar orb, was the authentic "sun "-god of ancient ritual. Throughout Saturn's reign this sun-planet remained fixed at the north celestial pole. These two themes, affirmed by the straightforward testimony of ancient sources, compose a global memory: in the beginning Saturn did not move on its present remote orbit, but ruled as the central sun around which the other heavenly bodies visually revolved. Of this tradition early man has left us evidence far too numerous to cover fully in this volume. I offer below a summary of the principal sources. SUN AND SATURN The myths and rites celebrate Saturn as the primeval sun. Today, few mythologists looking back across several millennia to the beginnings of astral religion see anything more than worship of the rising and setting sun, the solar orb. This preoccupation with the solar orb is evident in popular surveys: "The ...
19. Vox POPVLI [Aeon Journal $]
... the world [6 is paralleled by similar beliefs concerning other localities. Immediately coming to mind are the oracle of Apollo at Delphi and the Pacific island of Rapa Nui (or Easter Island), which was known in the most ancient legends of its inhabitants as Te Pito o te Henua-- the "Navel of the World." The reference, however, has nothing to do with these places having once been located at Earth's geographical pole. The reference has to do with the primeval Saturnian ring which was visualized as the celestial "earth" or "land" of the gods, [7 plumb in the centre of which appeared the members of the planetary alignment that made up the Saturnian configuration. It was this original alignment of planets that gave rise to the "navel" or "centre" of the "earth" or of the "world." With the rise of civilization, major centres-- cities, towns, and holy shrines-- were erected in imitation of the celestial "earth," a practice that has been ...
20. Megalithic Astronomy [SIS C&C Review $]
... From: SIS Review Vol 1 No 2 (Spring 1976) Home¦ Issue Contents Neolithic Stone Circles- their Purpose and Interpretation Megalithic Astronomy Euan MacKie Valuable evidence which must be considered in relation to theories of recent catastrophism is provided by the prehistoric standing stone observatories in the British Isles and Brittany. Enough work has been done on these Late Neolithic sites to make it clear that a large number of them were positioned and designed in order to mark accurately the rising and setting positions of celestial bodies and they thus provide a record of the state of parts of the Solar System about 4000 years ago. The disadvantage of this kind of evidence is that, since it depends on the work of non-literate societies, we cannot know directly which celestial bodies were being observed: the sites are not labelled in any way that we can decipher except by making assumptions about the state of the Solar System at that time. The principles on which the megalithic observatories have been identified- and on which they are claimed to work- are relatively simple. They depend on the ...
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