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21. The Milky Way [Aeon Journal $]
... From: Aeon IV:4 (Apr 1996) Home¦ Issue Contents The Milky Way Ev Cochrane Ancient beliefs surrounding the celestial bodies continue to impact our daily lives. Astrological horoscopes adorn the leading papers and magazines, and at least one world leader-- Ronald Reagan-- is known to have planned the details of his itinerary in accordance with the portents of his wife's astrological chart, thereby imitating a long line of kings going back to the ancient Babylonians. As incredible as is the prospect of a modern president held pawn by the "science" of astrology, equally incredible is a central tenet of conventional archaeo-astronomy-- that the myths and legends sur-rounding the various stars and constellations actually had their origin in the peaceful appearance and mundane movements of those celestial bodies. A greater fallacy it would be difficult to find. Take whichever asterism you please and there is no making sense of the traditions surrounding it in terms of its present appearance. How could such a situation arise? Since the inauguration of this journal eight years ago, our readers have ...
22. The Genie Of The Pivot [Kronos $]
... From: Kronos Vol. X No. 1 (Fall 1984) Home¦ Issue Contents The Genie Of The Pivot Roger Ashton Copyright (c) 1984 by Roger Ashton ABSTRACT: Investigation of the links between gods and planets suggests a connection between Saturn and the Celestial Pole. This can be inferred from Greek and Roman myths. The same can be repeatedly extracted from materials included in the later compendia of Hindu myths. Sufficient evidence of this sort can be amassed to warrant serious consideration of the proposition that Saturn at the Celestial Pole was the central theme of myth many millennia ago. The correctness of this reconstruction of myth depends upon the total context of mythical metaphors, symbols, emblems and upon a quantitative bias in mythical material which supports the reconstruction. This context is, in turn, part of the greater context of objective terrestrial and human history. What archaeology reveals to have been omitted from the transmitted record of human affairs is of the utmost significance. 1. The Missing Millennia The Egyptians kept records of their kings from predynastic times onwards. Through ...
23. When Venus Was A Comet [Kronos $]
... No. 1 (Winter 1987) Home¦ Issue Contents When Venus Was A Comet Ev Cochrane and David Talbott INTRODUCTION For the past several years, the world had been anxiously awaiting the arrival of history's most famous comet, that named after Edmund Halley. In anticipation of this rare event, a number of books were rushed into print; ocean cruises were organized intent on optimum viewing, while hundreds of "souvenirs" flooded the market. A casual observer of the Halley phenomenon might well wonder why all this fuss over a "celestial snowball". Aside from the obvious scientific importance of Halley's visit, the fact is that mankind has always been fascinated by the appearance of comets, especially one as reputable as Halley's. The occasion also served as a powerful reminder of the fundamental mystery of the Cosmos about us, and of human nature as well. The reader need hardly be reminded of the bizarre behaviour which has traditionally greeted Halley's appearances in the past, including mass hysteria, murder, and suicide. Neither should the reader forget the equally bizarre and seemingly ...
24. The Unworkable Polar Saturn [Aeon Journal $]
... From: Aeon I:3 (1988) Home¦ Issue Contents The Unworkable Polar Saturn Roger Ashton 1. Saturn at the North Celestial Pole As if a rational process of thinking accounted for the content of folklore and myth, efforts to trace it all back to an identifiable origin, starting particularly with de Santillana's and von Dechend's Hamlet's Mill, have tended to uncover origins in a celestial context. Pursuing the course of the earlier Worlds in Collision, by Immanuel Velikovsky, and looking further backwards, such writers as David N. Talbott, Dwardu Cardona and others have produced several divergent versions of planetarily reconstructed myth in which Saturn is situated at the Earth's north celestial pole. The latter seems quite preposterously at odds with gravitation, which would not allow Saturn and the rotational pole of Earth to remain immobile with respect to each other. Instead of dismissing the idea out of hand, it will be in many ways instructive to examine it from the inside. Only in this way can all of the criteria which preclude a polar Saturn be brought into view. ...
25. RECOLLECTIONS OF A FALLEN SKY - VELIKOVSKY AND CULTURAL AMNESIA : CHAPTER : [Quantavolution Website]
... universal terms, it has been a trip to the brink of chaos, but no further. The life and stability of Athens, and thus by analogy of human civilization, of existence itself, has been threatened, but all dangers have been overcome. The correct alignments and bondings have occurred, and a night of confusion has given way to a morning of order and fertility. In Velikovskian catastrophic terms, we have seen the brink of catastrophe, but have been brought safely back. There are other catastrophic, or at least celestial, overtones. For example, the whole play's action occurs during the crucial part of a lunar fertility cycle. It begins when the moon is on the wane, which is a period of danger and error in folklore, and so every impulse seeking to run its course during this period must be held in check, must be delayed until a time of better beginnings. The action then moves through a span of three or four nights of darkness and confusion, finally reaching the moment of the new moon. This is the ...
26. Mons Veneris [Aeon Journal $]
... objective in nature. Depictions of the daily cycle of the sun can be found amongst the ancient art and literature from the Old and New World alike. Our discussion here will focus upon the literature and art from the ancient Near East and, while necessarily technical in nature, it is hoped that it will serve as a launching pad for a radical reinterpretation of ancient cosmology in general. (Fig. 1) Cylinder seal impression showing Shamash rising over the twin-peaked mountain. Simply stated, it can be shown that descriptions of the celestial whereabouts and stereotypical behavior of the ancient sun-god (Utu, Shamash), Venus (Inanna, Ishtar), and Mars (Nergal), show the respective celestial bodies in positions which are impossible given the current arrangement of the Solar System. Such anomalies have long posed problems of interpretation for translators of the ancient texts, the latter of whom frequently resort to "emending" or "correcting" the texts in question in order to bring them into accord with current astronomical conditions. Not one of the thousands of scholars who ...
27. Thoth Vol. I, No. 12 April 29, 1997 [Thoth Website]
... him, who, himself at rest...Supports all vital action He moves, yet moves not." As more than once scholar has pointed out, such images arose from the idea that the ruler of the sky stood motionless at the polar center, while yet turning the heavens. Which is to say that the philosopher's Unmoved Mover had an ancient mythical prototype in the central sun, the founder of the Golden Age. So one step in the reasoning here is simply to note the language applied by the first astronomers to the celestial pole and to compare that terminology to the earlier language applied to the great rulers of the sky. Consider the image of the pole in Shakespeare-- "...I am constant as the northern star, Of whose true-fix'd and resting quality There is no fellow in the firmament" The speaker here is Shakespeare's Caesar --whom tradition regarded as the supreme ruler on earth, a replica of the celestial power. Is it significant that he locates this supreme power at the celestial pole? Many centuries before Shakespeare, Hipparchus spoke of " ...
28. The Mythical History of the Comet Venus (Part I) [Aeon Journal $]
... by Venus' appearance today-- a point that is only underscored by the occasional guesses of historians and mythologists seeking to explain the motifs within conventionally accepted frameworks. Consider these well-established associations of the planet-goddess: Eye of the sun god Ascending heart or soul of a dying god or king Dove, pigeon, partridge, etc. Maiden daughter of a great king Love goddess Bearded goddess Sidelock of the sun World-devouring hag Raging serpent Lamenting goddess Spinning and weaving goddesb Goddess of fate "Moon" goddess (i.e., goddess of a celestial crescent) Cow goddess Ship of the sun Sky-band Queen or mistress of the mountain. The dilemma for conventional interpretation is obvious: in seeking to account for these dominant motifs, the theorists must resort to a series of separate and unconnected conjectures. The model under discussion, however, implies that the actual history of the planet, though highly unusual, not only anticipates or "predicts" these themes, but consistency explains the very details which ad hoc conjectures overlook. In seeking out the original, concrete images embedded in myth ...
29. On the Nature of Cometary Symbolism [Kronos $]
... , we suggested, appear to associate a comet-like Venus with the band of the "enclosed sun", the ancient image of Saturn. Though conventional schools have yet to reckon with, or even acknowledge, any such association, it is possible to reconstruct the history and behavior of the prehistoric comet down to many remarkable details, including its specific relationship to the Saturnian band. Drawing upon wide-ranging and colorful images, the myths tell of a comet-like body issuing in serpentine fashion from the sun god, then- after a period of celestial upheaval- wrapping itself around the god to form an enclosure. Mythically, the body of the celestial "serpent" is so closely associated with the circular dwelling of the Saturn-sun as to suggest a crucial symbolic identity: the "tail" of the Venus-comet and the band of the enclosed sun are, if not mythologically synonymous, at least inseparably connected. THE GREAT COMET It is well known that early man had many strange beliefs about comets, associating their appearance with the death of kings, the end of world ages, ...
30. Ancient Astronomy and Celestial Divination [SIS Internet Digest $]
... From: SIS Internet Digest 2000:1 (May 2000) Home¦ Issue Contents Ancient Astronomy and Celestial Divination Kronia List, 08 Mar 2000 Ancient Astronomy and Celestial Divination. A book by N. M. Swerdlow (ed.) In the ancient world, the collection and study of celestial phenomena and the interpretation of their prophetic significance, especially as applied to kings and nations, were closely related sciences carried out by the same scholars. Both ancient sources and modern research agree that astronomy and celestial divination arose in Babylon. Only in the late nineteenth century, however, did scholars begin to identify and decipher the original Babylonian sources, and the process of understanding those sources has been long and difficult. This volume presents recent work on Babylonian celestial divination and on the Greek inheritors of the Babylonian tradition. Both philological and mathematical work are included. The essays shed new light on all of the known textual sources, including the omen series Enuma Anu Enlil, which contains omens from as far back as the early second or even third millennium, and ...
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