This subject, more than any other, is the one that has relentlessly inspired and plagued my life for the past several years. I’ve read and learned so much over that time, and spent so much time under the canopy of night and into the early morning dawn to try and learn something of what the… Continue reading Difficulties in discovering the origin of the constellation images and stories:
About twenty years ago I stumbled across an old, beat up paperback and based solely on the title, “The Survival of the Pagan Gods”, by Jean Seznec, 1953, I picked it up, brought it home and added it to my ever-growing collection of old books. I never read it, in fact, as far as I… Continue reading An old forgotten tome . . .
As a student of observational astronomy, and of the history of astronomy and uranography in general, the Greek Myths are of paramount importance to me. It was in the so-called “Classical Period” that the heavens that we know today were principally drawn up and codified, in fact, minus a few southerly additions to the constellations… Continue reading GREEK MYTHOLOGY- One of my all-time favorite subjects!
In our previous post on the Zodiac, we primarily discussed the twelve-fold division of the sky and the signs that these are attributed to. We identified this as the “Classical division,” arising from the evolving zodiacs of the Egyptians, Babylonians and Greeks in the Iron Age, and up through the Islamic and Christian West into… Continue reading The Zodiac: An Introduction pt. 2
A brief introduction to the History and Derivation of the 12 signs of the Zodiac.
From Liber 418, by Aleister Crowley, and quoted in his Book of Thoth in reference to the Tarot Card "The Lovers" which is attributed to the Zodiacal sign of Gemini: "There is an Assyrian legend of a woman with a fish, and also there is a legend of Eve and the Serpent, for Cain was the… Continue reading More notes on Gemini: The Lovers, and the True parents of the biblical Cain
Okay, this is surely the next book I need to purchase: In attempting to find and ferret out the evolution of astronomical thought, what could be a better find than a work that offers over 1300 pages of biographies on histories most memorable astronomers? The first question that I had about this was whether or… Continue reading The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers
A couple of years back now, when I first began studying the sky, and particularly, star-charts, I saw an intriguing parallel between the figures of Orion, Canis Major and the Twins Gemini. I knew already at that time, that Canis Major contained the bright-star Sirius, brightest and bluest star in the entire heavens, and that… Continue reading On the possible meaning and origins of the Zodiacal sign Gemini: Shu and Tefnut and the Zodiac of Dendera
I've been wanting to explore the relationships of the zodiacal constellations to their neighbors in their shared Northern and Southern lines of Latitude as determined by Tropical astrology. Unfortunately very few visual resources exist in this regard besides planetarium programs which give a great pigeon-hole view of specific moments in time, but suffer when you… Continue reading STAR STUFF: Mapping my world
So I finally made it out of the city with the telescope the other day. It’s taken me nearly two months to make the trip, and it came after nearly two weeks of no good sky-gazing due to a bunch of clouds that overstayed their welcome. After a bit of searching I located some “excellent”… Continue reading A family outing to the Stars