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71. F. X. Kugler -- Almost a Catastrophist [SIS C&C Review $]
... the wording of this line beyond doubt. "Line 522: "The Pleiades shone no more"= the Pleiades had completed their heliacal setting.... Thus we must take the last day of the battle as being 9th April (Julian), i.e. the day following the heliacal setting of [eta Tauri, in the Pleiades. (Following on this, which is based on calculations pertaining to latitudes 30-33 N, Kugler presents a long, complex argument- with tables- to show that Draco (" The Dragon churned the belt") is visible throughout the night: "the belt" is thus to be read as the "ecliptic". Since in Attica, around 100BC, Draco never set anyway, this must mean, according to Kugler, that the place of the action is Lower Egypt.- The dating of 100BC seems to be taken for granted throughout the paper, and must be taken from some generally accepted (uniformitarian?) conclusion regarding the date of the poem's origin. "Lines 528-531: The situation is ...
72. Thoth Vol. V, No 5 April 15, 2001 [Thoth Website]
... of the planetary gods. When the gods went to war, the heavens shook. Lightning sped between the planetary combatants as flaming weapons, with the fate of celestial kings and kingdoms hanging in the balance. Again and again, we find sovereign gods relying upon a "thunder weapon" to defend cosmic order. Rulers of the sky vanquish chaos monsters with stupendous, earth-shaking bolts. We see this most dramatically in the confrontation of the Greek Zeus with Typhon. But the thunderbolt is also decisive in the Babylonian Marduk's battle against the dragon Tiamat and the Hebrew Yahweh's war against Leviathan. So too, we see the mythic thunderbolt when Indra engages Vritra, or Horus battles Set, or Apollo vanquishes the dragon Python. It is also noteworthy that great hero-gods alternately hurl lightning against the chaos dragon, or TAKE THE FORM of the thunderbolt itself. In the global pattern the hero is often inseparable from his own arrow, sword, spear, club or axe-- even a "tusk" in his mythical form as a "boar"-- while all ...
73. Venus in Ancient Myth and Language [Aeon Journal $]
... Venus from the immediate vicinity of Saturn, after which Saturn became obscured from view for an indeterminate period due to the ejected cosmic debris resulting from the escape of the comet-like Venus. (81) The ensuing celestial crisis, frequently interpreted as the great god's death, disappearance, or imprisonment by the forces of chaos, was truly a Dark Age. Peoples the world over prayed for a time when the sun-god would reappear and deliver them from the terrible darkness. A universal mythical motive attributed this primeval period of darkness to a giant dragon having devoured the sun. It is this very image, of course, which figures so prominently in pre-astronomical understandings of a solar eclipse, as well as in visions of the apocalypse and end of the world. Hindu mythology, in fact, attributes just such a period of darkness to the dragon-like Danavas: "The Danava's bind, restrain, hold in check, cover over, enclose. What they bind or cover over or enclose is the Cosmic Waters and the sun... The Danava's are patrons of inertia and ...
74. TPOD Archive [Thunderbolts Website]
... ) Jul 27, 2006 Gravitational Lensing or Birth of a Theory? Jul 26, 2006 The Baffling Martian Spiders (2) Jul 25, 2006 Gravitational Lensing or Death of a Theory? Jul 24, 2006 The Baffling Martian "Spiders" Jul 21, 2006 “Neutron Star” Refutes Its Own Existence Jul 20, 2006 The Activities of NGC 1097 Jul 19, 2006 Magnetic Vortex in Space Jul 18, 2006 Mountains of Creation Create a Comet Jul 17, 2006 Another “Double-Eye” of Venus Jul 14, 2006 Saturn's Dragon Storm Jul 13, 2006 Melted Moons Jul 12, 2006 "Doomsday Asteroids" Enchant Astronomers Jul 11, 2006 The Myth of Magnetic Reconnection Jul 10, 2006 The “Amber” Beads of Phaeton Jul 07, 2006 A Record of Planetary Catastrophe Jul 06, 2006 "Baked Galaxies," or Half-Baked Theories? Jul 05, 2006 Boomerang Nebula Comes Back — to Plasma Jul 04, 2006 “Fizzy Bubbles” or Plasma Layers? Jul 03, 2006 Deep Space Explosion Baffles Astronomers June 05, 2006 IEEE Plasma Conference Hiatus ...
75. The Demands of the Saturnian Configuration Theory [Aeon Journal $]
... find myself hard-pressed, however, in trying to understand how he can reconcile this explanation with his own conviction that the world axis went through a whirling motion. 3. THE ENTWINED SERPENTS As I stated above, one aspect of Thornhill's postulate that fits well with the mytho-historical record is that magnetic fields tend to twist Birkeland currents into "ropes," making the structure appear like entwined snakes. This is important because, among many other things, the cosmic pillar was often described as having had the form of a serpent or celestial dragon. [99 We have already noted that Talbott, still keeping to his theory that the axis was actually a stream of debris raining down on Earth from the Saturnian configuration (Saturn itself or Mars), recognized the fact that "the cosmic mountain in many creation epics is presented as a churning, serpentine column rising along the world axis..." [100 And, as he continues to inform us, "in several lands the word for 'mountain' is the same as the word for 'serpent' or 'dragon ...
76. From Myth to a Physical Model [Aeon Journal $]
... storytellers could not help but interpret, or to project meanings onto experienced phenomena. The highest obligation of ancient storytelling was to be true to the remembered event, to get the story right. Conversely, there is no documented instance of "primitives" inventing a central episode of myth. The duty of the storyteller is to repeat the story as it was told by his predecessors. In myth, the event itself is filtered through the subjective interpretation or projection of those experiencing it. Event and interpretation are the story. No living dragon ever flew about in the sky. But it is preposterous to assume that the global myth of the dragon was unrelated to anything actually experienced by man. Early man did not-- could not-- fabricate the events inspiring the interpretation. Honoring the story by repeating it in words reflected the same fundamental impulse as all other forms of imitation and alignment in ancient ritual, art, and architecture. Recitation of the story momentarily transported both the storyteller and the listener backwards to the mythical epoch, which was experienced as more ...
77. Reconstructing the Saturn Myth [Aeon Journal $]
... elements are missed. For all of the motifs previously noted --and a good deal more --figure so vitally in the story that it would be useless to attempt any explanation of the wars of the gods without accounting also for these integrally related themes. Serpent-Dragon Though it is not my intent in this brief overview to dwell on various mythical forms of the gods, it will be worthwhile here to note one particular form that puts exclamation points behind our inability to account for the primary themes of myth. I refer to the celestial serpent or dragon. If there is an inherent, irrational tendency of the primitive mind to conjure monsters out of nothing, then one must surely wonder how this irrationality produced the same monster in every corner of the world. Does irrationality work along such symmetrical lines? The serpent-dragon is a biologically impossible monster flying through the air, in fact, moving among the planets. It disturbs the heavenly bodies, takes the form of a great celestial storm or whirlwind, breathes fire and smoke, battles against the gods and ushers in a period of ...
78. The River of Ocean [SIS C&C Review $]
... this conundrum to explain. If the dot signified the solar orb, what then was the serpent surrounding it? If, on the other hand, it was the circular serpent that stood for the Sun, what significance did the central dot play? As for Osiris, mythologists have long recognised that 'in him the circle of the serpent was completed' [42. This god was lauded as he who was 'round as the circle that encircles Hauenaba' [43. As M. Howie stated: 'Osiris was thus the serpent (dragon) that, lying in the ocean, encircled the world' [44. Of course, Howie was as mistaken as other mythologists in identifying the encircled object as 'the world' when, in effect, the myths themselves signify nothing of the sort. Mackenzie also saw Osiris 'as the water-confining serpent' [45. In later times, when Osiris was joined to Apis to create the fused deity known as Serapis, his image, as depicted on Egyptian tombs, was often encircled by serpents [46. It can thus ...
79. Esti de kai heteros kometes titan hos kaleitai Typhon, chalepos lian kai pyrodes, amorphos kai bradykinetos, echei de ten chai [Mythopedia Website]
... , as beneath Zeus that hurleth the thunderbolt in his wrath, when he sourgeth the land about Typhoeus in the country of the Arimi, where men say is the couch of Typhoeus [1 HESIOD But when Zeus had driven the Titans from heaven, huge Earth bare her youngest child Typhoeus of the love of Tartarus, by the aid of golden Aphrodite. Strength was with his hands in all that he did and the feet of the strong god were untiring. From his shoulders grew an hundred heads of a snake, a fearful dragon, with dark, flickering tongues, and from under the brows of his eyes in his marvellous heads flashed fire, and fire burned from his heads as he glared. And there were voices in all his dreadful heads which uttered every kind of sound unspeakable; for at one time they made sounds such that the gods understood, but at another, the noise of a bull bellowing aloud in a proud ungovernable fury; and at another, the sound of a lion, relentless of heart; and at another, sounds like ...
80. On Thundergods and Thunderbolts [Maverick Science Website]
... elsewhere identified with Indra (8:6:1), the prototypical example of the Indo-European thundergod. Indeed, the Vedic hymns describing Indra offer the most comprehensive portrait we have of the archaic thundergod. It is Indra who is said to have created the lightnings of heaven. The Divine Warrior's devastating thunderbolt is the subject of countless hymns in the Rig Veda. The following hymn is typical in this regard: "I will declare the manly deeds of Indra, the first that he achieved, the Thunder-wielder. He slew the Dragon, then disclosed the waters, and cleft the channels of the mountain torrents. He slew the Dragon lying on the mountain; his heavenly bolt of thunder Tvastr fashioned." This association of the thundergod with the slaying of a giant serpent threatening to destroy the world forms a recurring and apparently universal motif. The Norse Thor was known as orms einbani, "sole slayer of the serpent." The Iroquois thundergod is described as "having slain the great Serpent of the waters, which was devouring mankind." The same ...
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