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251. More on Ancient Astronomy [Journals] [SIS Internet Digest]
... Therefore the useful material, from the point of view of meteoritics, consists of isolated sentences and phrases. Since many of the tablets are broken at the point of the apodosis, it is of some slight comfort to reflect that the information that is lacking was perhaps not of great moment. [Page 106-107] III. Meteor Showers and Comets The texts which deal with meteor showers and comets are not very lengthy. In a scribe's collection of prodigies which predicted the downfall of the dynasty of Agade, it is remarked that "many stars were falling from the sky" (CAD K 48b). A broken omen text says, "If the stars (in) their ...
252. Origins of the Red Dragon Symbol? [Journals] [SIS Internet Digest]
... , even today in the 21st century, in common usage in the Gwynedd dialect of Cymraeg (Welsh), is the word "Dreigiau" (dragons) to describe Mellt Didaranau (lightning unaccompanied by thunder). It is also interesting that Alastair McBeath gives the date 537 as referring to a siting of a celestial object (probably a comet) as having a bearing on the origin of some dragon- related myths. In Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire', Gibbon (Pelican abridgement, Low. D.M ., 1960, p. 580) refers to this very date as one where a comet was sighted widely in Europe and was considered to have ...
... seers and sages among the Druids discovered the true movements of the earth, devised the Solar Ecliptic, designed the zodiac of the twelve constellations through which the sun passes annually, classified the principal star groups according them specified names, invented also the calendar and studied the movements not of the regular constellations alone, but those of irregular bodies like comets. We were taught long ago that the Magi of the Chaldeans, Phoenicians, and Egyptians were the earliest pioneers in the field of astronomy, and this is quite correct if it be recognized that they were Druids. These wise men closely watched that wonderful star Sirius, regulated the Sothic cycle by it, arid accorded to the " ...
254. Worlds In Collision. File I (Stargazers and Gravediggers) [Velikovsky] [Velikovsky Stargazers]
... he advised me to study Bernardino de Sahagun, a sixteenth-century Spanish authority on Mexico and its ancient literature and beliefs. Soon I found strong support in Sahagun: He related that the Mexican sources called Venus "the star that smoked," and in another place he explained that "the star that smokes" was the Mexican expression for a comet.(3 ) In Brasseur I came across a quotation from Varro, a classical author, thought to have been the most learned of the Romans, who, on the authority of earlier mathematicians, wrote that Venus changed its form and course in the days of Ogyges, famous for the flood that carries his name. In my ...
255. Tisserand and a Trojan to the Rescue [Journals] [Catastrophism & Ancient History]
... of the orbits of Venus and Mars at perihelion. Using a standard estimating technique,2 it can be shown that, during the Catastrophic Era, the chance that Mars would have passed within 0.04 AU (about 15 times the Earth-Moon distance) of Venus in a 54-year period is 87 percent. This distance is the closest Halley's Comet has come to Earth in 3400 years.3 The chance that Mars passed within 0. 1 AU (about 39 times the Earth-Moon distance), still close by astronomical standards, of Venus in a 54-year period is 99.9997 percent- virtual certainty. With Mars interacting with Venus, there is no way for it to keep ...
256. Bookshelf [Journals] [SIS Review]
... From: SIS Review Vol II No 2 (Dec 1977) Home | Issue Contents Bookshelf Brian Moore Portents? ". . . a blazing star or comet appeared for several months before the Plague . . . " - DANIEL DEFOE: JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR The subject of diseases from extra-terrestrial sources (discussed in Forum in this issue) is about to become semi-respectable, according to a recent report on BBC radio's Science Now programme. The body scientific, having safely digested the disturbing fact that stones fall from the sky, is now about to dust off another ancient "superstition" - the association of comets with plague. Professors Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe are about ...
257. Thoth Vol III, No. 8: May 31, 1999 [Journals] [Thoth]
... or necklace, found by Howard Carter among the treasures of Tutankhamen. Carter thought the scarab was carved of greenish-yellow chalcedony. However, measuring its refraction revealed to Vincenzo De Michele that the gem consists of Libyan desert glass. This is a fused natural glass, formed by cooling molten sand. It results from the impact of a meteorite or comet or a low-altitude explosion in the atmosphere. What makes the scarab even more astonishing is that the nearest source of Libyan desert glass is 500 miles west of the Nile, in the Western desert. Half of this distance lies beyond any known oasis. The glass is scattered over an area 15 miles in diameter. However, no meteor ...
258. New Fashions in Catastrophism [Books] [de Grazia books]
... century, before jargon swamped its literature. The feeling is deceptive. The plain speech was deliberate, both because little technical language was required to make his case and because his large audience could not be embraced if jargon intervened between the writer and reader. He also avoided exoterrestrialism, so as to show that you do not need to introduce comets in order to prove that catastrophes had befallen earth. However, he allowed many implications to be drawn from geological data pointing to astronomical reorientation of the Earth. And in his conclusion, he made the point forcefully that "The earth repeatedly went through cataclysmic events on a global scale, that the cause of these events was an extraterrestrial ...
259. Miscellaneous [Journals] [Pensee]
... with a gradual change in flow parameters, and 2) eliminate, or at least weaken, the leading bow shock. While the significance of this conclusion for Velikovsky's own contentions about Venus is not immediately clear, Wallis' paper does underscore the weakness of that argument, often advanced against Velikovsky, which is based on the definition of a comet. (See also the paper by C.J . Ransom and L.H . Hoffee in this issue.) In claiming that Venus was once a "comet"-he actually prefers the term "protoplanet" --Velikovsky never asserted that Venus was identical in nature with comets observed today. There is no force at all in ...
260. Bel and Dragons [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... grappled with the Dragon, seems pertinent. Mythological parallels are legion - a goddess on a white mare and a goddess on a red mare are a common theme - and we may note that a Red Horse figure cut into red earth on a hill near Banbury existed until fairly recently. This suggests a clash in the sky between two distinct comets, rather than the idea of the head of a comet attacking its tail as pictured by Velikovsky - although he clearly identified Venus and Mars coming close to earth, albeit at different times. The red dragon may reappear in Egyptian myth as the red god Set and in the Bible as the red and hairy Esau, brother of Jacob ...
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