Common aspects of astronomical and psycho-spiritual navigation.
A work in process by Rush E. Allen October 29, 2001 19:35 UT
Since its "birth mother" provides all its needs, the zygote does not need to discriminate the six directions around its being. They are one in the utopian uterine environment. When the birth mother releases the umbilical bond, the child must begin to find an orientation to the world of the "Big Picture." Experiences in the earliest stages of childhood then become the "rational" building blocks with which a psychic empire is eventually constructed. In cultures which are "close to the land," the child is given a means of orientation to the "Big Picture" world. In cultures where rational laws rule, the child is programmed by external powers, who keep the orientation secrets hidden. These external powers become the father images of the culture. Father image cultures take the infant at birth and place the child into the niches of the culture. Their goal is to maintain the culture, rather than the child. If the culture survives, then the children survive. That is why Freud had to "rediscover" the unconscious mind which had not been properly preserved in the hidden recesses of Western Culture. Mother image cultures focus on the needs of the child. For them, if the child's needs are met, then the culture's needs will be met. This is a process of utilizing the unconscious mind without rationalizing. The former is a Sky Father perspective, while the latter is an Earth Mother perspective.
With this very brief introduction to the archetypal phenomena in the mind, we can also demonstrate why astronomy was so important to ancient peoples. To my spiritualist friends, I would ask their patience, as I attempt to bring into rational focus what living with Earth Mother gives without thought. In the greater world of Spiritual Being, truth and wisdom ebb and thunder like the waters of the morning dew and Niagara, and human understanding results through submission to the cosmic forces. The messages of these intuitive truths seem so clear that one wonders why they even need to be spoken about. The answer is that an arrogant little boy has set out to rape Mother Nature. He is ravenous for her sustenance, but does not remember that she carried him when he could not imagine her being. He is Rational Science. By definition, and definition alone, this form of science proceeds forward in a rational manner. Not that rational science is heartless, and intuition is mindless, but that the sacred science of Mother Nature must nurture every Horus in the garden, even the wayward son, to achieve a cosmic balance with as above, so below. This is the connection to the zygote in its cosmic mother's womb. The connection to the cosmic father's intent is more than mere image, but is totally imaginary. The distinction is that of illusion and truth. There are pitfalls that self determination creates in the process of achieving oneness with the cosmic father. These pitfalls are necessary for the arrogant man-child to overcome in the process of becoming one with the father. These are the proverbial tests of the Queen of Sheba that determine the qualities of manhood.
The cosmic womb of our galactic plane can be viewed in the "Big Picture." Within this image an eye trained to see the constellations can see the spiritual objectives of life; where a rational man rises from the abysmal waters below to the heavenly fields above. This objective specific orientation is needed, or we see only that which is within our own hearts and dreams as manifest in the umbilical connection to the cosmic mother. Raw rational science is blind to the spirit of the cosmic heart, and in its desire to embrace the holistic oneness the ever nurturing human desire is loath to accept that there is a boundary between the two lands.
Orientation angles between the galaxy and the earth can be viewed in a figure illustrating the "galactic angles." And we have to get oriented to the "galactic big picture," to go between the two lands of cosmic parenthood. In the orientation process, first place yourself at the center of the earth and align body and mind to the planes and vectors shown below. These are the sacred directions and the sacred pillars of our empirical antiquity. They are sacred, because without them, a whole universe could get lost in the chasm of the disoriented mind. That chasm is manifest in the tyranny of the modern scientific perspective. Understand that the chasm is not the modern scientific perspective; the chasm is the tyranny of the perspective that causes us to be disoriented in the cosmic womb. Tyranny of perspective is a barrier to understanding, because it prevents cognition of the senses. Old dogs do not learn new tricks easily.
The diagram above illustrates the three planes of the heavens within one geocentric galactic sphere. The solar ecliptic plane is the path of the earth around the sun, and approximately the plane the planets traverse in a counterclockwise direction. This is the plane of the seasons. Planetary movement can be imagined by pointing the right thumb toward the constellation of Draco, near the north celestial pole, and using the fingers of the right hand to define the progress of the sun (earth in the solar centric view) and the planets in their solar cycles. The geocentric view is the empirical presentation at any specific moment. All empirical presentations are mother earth perspectives. The solar centric view is the rational presentation over a period of a year, but we never experience the solar centric view at any given moment, even though our sciences would fight for a sun centered perspective. A firm grip on the difference between this sensible truth and rational truth will help in understanding the conflict between the two lands of mother earth and father sky. The ancients knew that the sun was the rational center of their cosmos, for they held the image of the sun in the most enlightened esteem. The ancients also knew that the earth was the sensual center of our cosmos, for they held the image of the nurturing mother in the most heartfelt esteem. To convey the relationship, they placed the light of the heavens on a barque to demonstrate that the journey of life changes perspective with time. If bondage to intuition overwhelms the senses, then a rational or fatherly perspective will be lost. On the other hand, if the rational perspective denies the empirical evidence, then the rational perspective acts tyrannically against intuitive wisdom. The object is to join the two lands using metaphors of communicative value, i.e., the barque of the sun provides the essence of time. Intuition guides the vessel of life in darkness while rationality, in the form of recognition, steadies the helm in the tempests and doldrums.
We use the earth's solar cycle as a unit of time. The cycle is slightly less than one leap year of 365.25 days per year. The day is the length of time it takes the earth to rotate from high noon to high noon. Since the earth rotates about its own axis while also orbiting the sun according to the right hand rule described above, it takes an extra 3 minutes and 56 seconds for it to go from high noon to high noon, compared to the time it takes for the stars to pass the same high noon, or zenith meridian. That time adds up to 365.242 days between vernal equinoxes, and 365.256 days for a complete trip around the stars. The difference represents 0.01417 days per year of westward movement of the equinoxes. A complete cycle of years would take approximately 25,776 (365.25/0.01417) years per sidereal cycle at the epoch 2000 precessional rate. In 46 BC, when Julius Caesar established the leap year calendar, the precessional rate was almost exactly 26,000 solar years per cycle of the equinoxes. It was during the Roman times that solar orientation overcame galactic orientation, as a matter of expediency in an empire that was larger than the senses could comprehend. Yet, the separated peoples of the Roman Empire still fought for the empirical truth of the senses that speak of an earth centered existence. Spiritual denial became a necessity for survival in the tyrannical order of the rational dream of Rome. This is a major reason why the Roman Empire has the legacy of being the foundation of the laws of Western Civilization. Father Sky usurped the sensible channels of Mother Earth, and she was relegated to the Vestal Virgins, for the sake of law and order. This is part of the test of rational being, that we are still struggling with today. The questions raised by modern science are beginning to become more intuitive, especially in quantum mechanics, and rational models no longer seem to be invincible. This gives power back to Mother Earth, and we experience the cosmic emotions more fully, but less comprehensibly. The cycle of the equinoxes carries the wisdom to reestablish the balance between the two lands.
The cycle of the precession is illustrated on the sphere above as the movement of Earth's North Pole between 2000 AD and 8359 AD. The vernal equinox is shown in its epoch 2000 location. In 8359 AD, the plane of the galaxy, the plane of the planets, and the plane of the equator of the earth will be aligned. This is the alignment of the altar on the island of Raiatea in French Polynesia shown in the first figure above. It is the essential reference point for the whole culture of Oceania, and thus it is known today as the Polynesian Vatican. Using the angle established between this altar and the Milky Way overhead, Polynesians could determine their exact position in the precessional cycle. The altar is Taputapuatea Marae to Oro, the God of War. To understand why a God of War deserves the pivotal altar in a culture, we need look no further than Mars, the Roman God of War. People do not fight over the affectations of life; they fight over their descriptions of the affectations. That is the province of Mars and Oro, the rational mind. Thus, Taputapuatea Marae to Oro is defining the fundamental point of orientation of the battle field of the heavens and the heart. The galactic plane is the "Eternal Big Picture." The solar plane of the ecliptic is the brilliance of "Rational Truth." The celestial plane of the earth is the "Empirical Experience." These three planes come together in 8359 AD. At the same epoch, the heavens express on a daily bases the journey of the King if Kings, which is the sacred secret of life.
When the altar is used as a compass, the warring factions can find love and understanding. Try to imagine this simple experiment. Two men stand at a distance equal to the length of the altar on Raiatea centered on the center of the altar by a third man. On a clear night they wait for the Milky Way to pass directly over head. When all three men agree that the Milky Way has crested the island, the two men away from the altar move to align themselves with the man at the center of the altar and the Milky Way. Remember, that the Milky Way arches completely from horizon to horizon. Thus, the three men can see a uniform image above, and the opposing perspectives can align the Milky Way at the horizon behind each other, with the middle man adding a factor of precision to the observation, for only two observers are required. In fact a very good reading could be made by a single person and a specific rock at the altar. At the instant of "perfect alignment, the men put spears into the ground. The next day, they can run a rope from spear to spear, and the rope will be at the same angle as the Milky Way to the sacred altar. The angle tells them the epoch of the precessional cycle in which they made the measurement. No high technology is required, just rational use of the senses. With that information, and knowledge of the fixed stars, these seafaring people could navigate the whole earth. And one fact is abundantly clear; the peoples of the Pacific knew their fixed stars. The invention of writing and the subsequent technologies spawned from it have taken away the memories of the heavenly hosts that provided a means and guidance in the great journey of life from the beginning. If the celestial king had not moved from the top of the world, humans would probably have stayed in tune with the heavenly hosts. However, the absence of the king of kings from his pillar has also made it possible for humanity to establish self rule, and through that, the goal of being a partner of the king of kings.
The orientation of the galactic plane oscillates over the years with the periods shown in the following figure. The position of the Polynesian Vatican altar is shown as the top most points in the graph, representing the closest alignment to the poles (6.3 degrees). In this epoch, the North and South Poles actually lay within the stars of the Milky Way. During that epoch, the head of king Cepheus spins around the North Pole, and the cockpit of the great vessel Argo Navis journeys around the South Pole, as the Milky Way sweeps around the earth like a veil from pole to pole on its daily journey. People living near earth's equatorial latitudes, can watch the heavens as the Polynesian Legend of the Land Under the Land rolls between Havaiki i Ruga and Havaiki i Raro, while the earth lays in the land in between at Havaiki i Taputapuatea. This magical place is depicted in the first image of our galaxy, where the masculine Moai of Easter Island rises through the body of the Cosmic Mother to the Pandanus flower at the Virgin's hand. This legend is the essence of Father Sky as carried in the body of Mother Earth. It is ubiquitous to all cultures of the world because it is both rational and sensual truth of cosmic proportions.
During the millennium and a half before the founding of Ancient Egypt, the Milky Way was farthest from the poles (54 degrees). Yet, form Egypt comes the great tradition of the rising of Osiris to the Elysian Fields. And in the ancient traditions of Rome, we have the story of Mithras fighting the bull of heaven, until he saw the great light in the chamber of the Vestal Virgins of Elysium. The story of the movement of the earth in the heavens is firmly fixed in the archetypes of the human soul, and no God of War can defeat this heavenly journey, though through rational tyranny he can cast a cloud over it to blind children to the treasure of this magnificent vista. This is the journey of Abraham, Jesus, Paul, Mohammed, and the Moai of Easter Island. It is the journey from genetic intuition to cosmic rationality; the breast of Isis to the throne of Osiris.
Within a clear dark sky this angle made by the Milky Way when it passes overhead is one of the easiest orientations to see. It provides a direct indication of the movement of the heavens. Knowing this angle would provide the key information for northern orientation in the mid Pacific Ocean near the equator. There it would be pure science in action. In the continental regions of Egypt, Rome, Persia, and India, the land would overwhelm the sky as a means for orientation. Yet, we can still trace the heavenward glances of the ancestral archetypes of these peoples. When we arrive on the shore of the Americas, again we see the Two Lands of First Father and First Mother, where the Corn Gods struggle with the Lords of Xibalba. The journey of our human spiritual and scientific archetypes that follow Venus and Mars in this cosmic journey are logged in the signs of the times along the celestial way as shown in the figure below.
This cycle is called the Platonic or Great Year. The equinoctial year is the tropical year to which our present calendars are fixed. The sidereal year, for an orbital journey from and back to a fixed star, is no longer in use in pragmatic geocentric social cultures. But to the ancients the star year or sidereal year was sacred. Egypt used the star Sirius to synchronize itself to the cosmic clock. Sirius has a period of 365.2500 days between heliacal (solar) risings. Thus, the sacred Egyptian calendar was an exact leap year calendar three thousand years before Julius Caesar.
Knowledge of the sidereal year was absolutely necessary for navigation of the oceans on earth by the oral celestial legends. That was a material reason why the precession of the equinoxes was held in highest esteem. To forget the sidereal yearly calendar also meant abandonment of ancestors, for their stories were based upon stars, not upon the number of earthly cycles around the sun, or an esoteric calendar. When we use an esoteric numerical count of solar years, the concept of cycles of life is replaced by the concept of infinite time. This elimination of cycles prevents the spirits of ancestors from becoming part of future experiences on earth. Retention of those future experiences was a primary physical-spiritual reason why the precession of the equinoxes was held in high esteem. When the wisdom behind the celestial stories is understood as archetype source material, cosmic-spiritual reality becomes "self" orienting, i.e., a religion. And it keeps knowledge of the precession as a central theme for conscious existence so that we all have a chance to be a continuing part of eternal life here on earth, as well as here in heaven; as below, so above.
Recall, if you will, the words in the song of the kings of the orient, "westward leading, still proceeding, guide us with thy perfect light." To people who understand the precessional wisdom, these words say that moment-in-time wisdom moves from east to west, rather than from west to east. In the heavens, this is movement from left to right. In his book, The Myth of Replacement: Stars, Gods, and Order in the Universe, Thomas D. Worthen calls this precessional orientation "right running." He traces the "right running" phenomenon to the oldest texts in the Rig Veda. From the precessional understanding comes the revelation that the planets are moving in opposition to cosmic time. This opposition resulted in a great cosmic identity crisis. Astrology and its child astronomy are "left running" sciences; each declaring the other to be incomplete. If we follow the lion Leo that runs from the head of Virgo, and by the direction of its strut has the aspects of a "teacher of righteousness," we will go in the direction of the precession and the signs of the times. In Egypt, it was classic pose for a monumental statue to be leading with its left foot. The probable reason is that, from our perspective, the gods in the heavens move to our right, and thus lead by the left foot as an example of passing time and opportunity.
This notion of right running has been carried down in archetypal form as the direction of writing. Cultures that have a celestial basis for their gnosis write in the direction of the most dominant messages taken from the heavens. The Egyptians wrote hieroglyphs in many directions as a form of art. Generally, hieroglyphs are read in the direction that the characters face. In the Greek and Hebrew texts we see a decided difference. Since the Greeks were oriented to the heavenly host, that pass from east to west in right running fashion, the sacred Greek writing is right running. The Hebrew texts, being drawn from astrological interpretations follow the planets in left running fashion. Islamic texts also show their ancient Persian ancestry. However, the celestial stories in both of the Abrahamic theologies read the heavens from left to right. For example, Jonah jumps into the sea, is swallowed by a whale, beached, and the returns to Nineveh. This story can be read in the constellations Ophiuchus, Scorpio, Bootes, Argo Navis, Orion, Aries, Cetus, Sculpter, Sagittarius, Ophiuchus on the heavenly slate from left to right.
These observations and the interpretations show a distinct form of information transfer that duplicates the observational wisdom of the heavens. While watching the sky during the day, or night, all the heavenly objects move from left to right. This is a celestial sensual perception based upon appearances from earth. Astrologers say that people should be wary when Mercury goes retrograde. This means that Mercury appears further west, or right, of the stars near it each day. To astrologers, Mercury is moving backward, and since Mercury is the sign of wisdom, it carries the correspondence that wisdom is moving backward. In a rational world, wisdom should always be progressive, rather than regressive, so during these times of Mercury retrograde, great decisions might be unwise.
The advent of Sol Invictus put astrological knowledge on top of cosmological knowledge. During the empire days of Rome, the ascendancy of the ecliptic coordinates finished a journey it began in Egypt before Tutankhamen. For a brief period between 330 BC and 35 BC, the sages of the Hellenistic Age attempted to restore the reign of the King of Kings. The objective was to spread the awareness of the galactic cosmic wisdom of Hellenic Traditions to the world after many centuries of astrological wisdom. With the salvation of Egypt by Alexander the Great, the Hellenic culture had gained a very important position with regard to far more ancient cosmic wisdom. The advances of the Hellenistic Age represented a return to the more conservative monarchies of God-Kings.
With this there came a resurgence of time perspective based upon the precession of the equinoxes as the true measure of time. The result was that the planets were required to go backward in the heavens. Precession is so slow that the average person would have no way to measure it. Any person reaching the age of maturity could easily see that the sun, moon, and planets all moved to the east relative to the heavens. This short term experience had the effect of denial of the appearance of the slow movement of the solar system reference point from Aies to Pisces to Aquarius. And, even though the astrological knowledge carried the dream of the Coming of Aquarius, the expediency of the tropical astrology was more easily verified. So this resulted in a victory by the Sun over all other stars, and we now live in the realm of Sol Invictus.
The best calendar system at the end of the Hellenistic Age was the dual Egyptian calendar of the 365 day civil calendar and 365.25 day Sothic calendar. The Sothic calendar was based upon the position of a "fixed" star, Sirius; the brightest star in the sky after the Sun. Awareness of these two calendars and their difference of one day every four years would have kept the populous aware that the mundane civil calendar and the sacred Sothic calendars were precessing. That ritual awareness would have kept the knowledge of the precession of the equinoxes in the collective consciousness along with the fact that the Earth and the Heavens were in a precessional dance. That dance was identified in the pose of the gods that indicated right running observations. Julius Caesar broke the relationship between heaven and earth by making the Roman mundane civil calendar equal in duration to the sacred heavenly calendar. Two thousand years later, humanity is unaware of the precession of the equinoxes, except when the astrologers mention the backward motion of the fixed stars. Yet, this supposedly backward motion is just a judgment call by those who would follow the planets and deny the robe of stars that give the planets and their zodiac houses meaning.
Like an arrogant adolescent boy, this rational paradigm of the West is just an attempt to prove the lack of further need for the Cosmic Mother. And to any who would suggests that the stars have no effect on earth beyond the arrival of light energy and the omnipresent effect of the pull of gravity, it would behoove them to know that the spirits of the stars determine the very form of our writing, and throughout the recording systems of our laws. These celestial judgments of the past cannot be extracted from the archetypes of our collective soul without turning the whole of human understanding into a chaotic jumble. So, when the heavens start to declare righteousness, it is time to examine the spiritual uses of the precession and that brings back all the Fables of the Ancients in a vision of Atlantis Rising.
SPIRITUAL USES FOR PRECESSION
Traditions must be fabricated within the cycle of the solar year to preserve the archetypes of ancestral spirits for the future. This type of tradition is expedient and profoundly esoteric, compared to empirically watching the archetypes of the stars return to the origination points in the ancient stories, as shown over Taputapu-atea. Loss of precessional consciousness has the effect of eliminating the memories of origins. That loss is only partially overcome by many modern esoteric myths of resurrection and reincarnation. Originally this esoteric construct was a physical experience to ancient viziers who knew the secret to reading the signs of the times. Cosmic time moved from Leo through Taurus and Pisces past Sagittarius and Scorpio back to the Virgin on the top of the world. It was as clear as night and day. This probably gave birth to the archetype that correctness is "right running," and it surely was the meaning of the Egyptian scriptures in the Chapters of Coming Forth by Day. But, there still is a place on earth that is called Paradise, where 19,440 years ago, people watched a god-king sitting on top of the world riding a sun-boat on a daily and annual journey between the Land Above and the Land Below. To these people from Paradise, nothing has changed, for the journey of life is eternal.
They unwound the "right running" precession by orienting their sacred sites to locations in the heavens. We do not honor our dead in the way the ancients honored their dead. Because of this loss of esteem for ancestral archetypes we become self centered, or egocentric, and eternal life moves beyond our comprehension. By restoring the awareness of the "right running" precession, we can bring back to life all the souls who preceded us in this cyclical cosmic journey, and make a place for ourselves in the "life to come." When this cosmic enlightenment returns, the ancestors who will be there when the living again witness the rising sun, and the ancestors who will be valued for the lives they lived, will include us. That has been a goal of celestial based spiritual dogma since long before the invention of writing, as evident in cultures of current indigenous peoples of the world. We are the "Wandering Ones" lost in a wilderness, whose sciences have "set us free" from the cosmic "land of bondage." Yet, if we do not consciously accept the earth's bondage to the ecliptic, we cannot even tell the true time of day.
In a lifetime of 72 years, the change in star positions is only one degree. One degree is a navigational error on earth of 60 nautical miles [nm] (69 statute miles, 111 km). This error is within the margin required for navigating the great oceans; for other signs, such as birds and fish at sea, or mountains on the shore, could be used to make corrections. But try to imagine the effect of the 416 nm error introduced 500 years after a navigational myth was created. The precessional effect would be so great that a navigator who did not know the movements of the heavens would be hopelessly lost in the archetypes of the myth. The western Pacific islands were inhabited 30,000 years ago. People who had maintained the navigational legends would have been required to make corrections for the precession of 47 degrees, or 2820 nautical miles, and that is a substantial material reason for establishing the sacred importance of the angle made by the Milky Way and the earth's axis or its equator. Not only would travelers have been spiritually isolated from their ancestors, they would have been hopelessly lost at sea. We have overcome the "lost at sea" problems that Columbus faced using the incorrect archetypes of the Greeks and Romans, but we have not overcome our loss of respect for the accomplishments of ancestor's. If these ancestors, Greeks and Romans, had been less arrogant, we may have retained the respect needed to mature in the cosmic sense. The evidence suggests that the forefather's of the Polynesians kept the message of the most northern position of the galaxy alive in their culture for more than one complete precessional cycle. The alignment of the altar of Taputapuatea Marae to Oro on the island of Raiatea in French Polynesia has carried information regarding the ancient "eye witness" account of the movement of the heavens for at least one full Platonic cycle! That is an amazing observation. And yet, it is just a matter of seeing what is before the face, and comparing how it used to be.
Julius Caesar may have established a pragmatic calendar for his time, but when we go to his Tropic of Cancer, or Tropic of Capricorn, we will not find the stars he knew to be there. Today, the tropics are located in Taurus and Sagittarius. The Tropic of Gemini was never recognized by Greco-Roman Western Civilization, and its motto was, and is, "I Think." Imagine that, we who pride ourselves for our mental stature did not even think when the "gods of cognition" sat at the summer solstice. However, the Hawaiian legend of the "Land Under the Land" demonstrates through its story line that the Polynesians recognized the Tropic of Gemini and the Tropic of Sagittarius as the places where the sun stopped (solstices) when Hawaii was founded. We Westerners realize the solstices occur at mid-summer and mid-winter, but we no longer realize that the stars once mattered. The legacy of Greece and Rome is our geocentric perspective, which has since degenerated into an egocentric perspective, because of the disorienting effects of our rational sciences. This arrogant little boy must stop denying Mother Nature, but he cannot turn the perceptions over to the daughters of darkness just because of two millennia of indiscretion. Rather, it is time for Atlantis to rise and Olympus to fall on a daily basis, for as it is above, so it should be below.
The ancient traditions around the world prior to Rome were defined in galactic coordinates using the fixed stars. Spiritual up was the direction defined above the galactic plane, not above the equator or the ecliptic. To understand the ancient sciences, we must grasp the consequence of the decrease in cosmic perspective we have inherited from Greece and Rome. It is because of the shift in galactic coordinates that much of the ancient folklore is misunderstood by modern cultures. Western religions have not protected that once sacred relationship between Father Sky and Mother Earth. That shifting relationship is the result of precession and it will eventually realign itself. As with Taputapu-atea, it is easy to show that the Way of the Dead in Teotihuacán aligns to the heavens when the early Mesoamerican Peoples inhabited the Pacific Coast of Guatemala and Nicaragua. As the years go by, the Milky Way will begin to lie perfectly on top of the Way of the Dead between the pyramid of the Sun and the pyramid of the Moon, precisely analogous to the altar to Oro on Raiatea. Around 4400 AD, the alignment will occur, and the zenith stars at the moment of alignment will be the constellation boundary of Aquila and Serpens. These are the celestial houses of the Feathered Serpent. People living in the City of the Gods will look up at the same sacred heavens their ancestors witnessed 5,700 years earlier. And for the Teotihuacános, the mouth of Quetzalcoatl will appear overhead with the child of the First Father centered on the pyramid of the Feathered Serpent, and it will again be a place where men become gods.
There is no debate that the tradition of the resurrection of Osiris had guided the Egyptians, spiritually and materially for thousands of years. Their river flowed from south to north, and they buried their dead with heads to the south, from whence they came. But the resurrection story also contained a secret wisdom that the "chosen few" received to relate to the "getting of one's head on straight" and the overcoming of "cosmic vertigo" caused by physical birth into a bewildering world revolving around the self, Set. Self perception is lost when it does not recognize existence of Cosmic Being before and after perception of self, e.g. Jung's perception of archetypes. The resurrection of Osiris represented the realization by the self, or ego, that the Cosmic Being has powers of conscious relativity beyond physical boundaries. Through experience, memory, and tradition, the spirits of the ancestors return as archetypes for understanding. Cosmic experience is the goal of any search for truth, and it is a revival of Cosmic Intention, as well as Cosmic Occurrence. When Cosmic Truth is found, we become aware of ancestral consciousness through reincarnation of a prior spirit. On extremely rare occasions unprecedented experience occurs that causes evolution to proceed more like a spiral than a circle. We evolve. When the evolutionary spiral coincides with celestial messages recorded as star positions, potential for Cosmic Communication transcends material existentialism, and the dead return within the living. This occurs in spite of denial by bondage to rational science, but it can be brought into the light of consciousness by virtue of true rational science, once known as sacred science.
Due to free will, cultural alignments to the heavens can project, as well as listen to, Cosmic Communications. By positive expectation, we see what we want to see, before we see what we do not want to see; Freud's wish fulfillment, and Set's usurpation of Osiris, Greek mythical projection. This can produce an egocentric self created bias. Interpretation of the proverbial hand writing on the cosmic walls was "proof" of cosmic communication with the Creator of Cosmic Being, but individual mortals have creative powers within that Cosmic Being to evolve and corrupt Cosmic Perspective into personal perspective. Writing which carries a message always brings back prior experience (Osiris), and thus, the reincarnation of ancestral archetypal material buried in the unconscious meanings of words. The highest form of record keeping by human cultures, literally and materially, is within the medium of the "fixed" stars. That was the medium used by ancient viziers before the myths of Greece conquered the myths of Atlantis. Ancestors of the Greeks recorded their sacred science on their Creator's blackboard as conforming sons (Horus) who had received enlightenment from Cosmic Suns, within the Disk of the Sun, our Milky Way. Most times it worked to the prolonged benefit of a culture. When it failed, the culture failed. One moment of indiscretion can terminate thousands of years of progress in cosmic understanding. The message is that constant vigilance is necessary to keep Father Sky from falling to arrogant rationality.
During the 18th Dynasty of Egypt, there was an institutionalized movement to convert the sacred orientation of Upper Egypt from south to north. By the accomplishment of that conscious reorientation the celestial messages would all be understandable as viewed with north as up, but the children would not gain the needed experience of reorientation as the adults rested on their laurels in a perception of heaven above. In Egypt, the return of the experience of archetype material (Osiris) had been required to "get one's head on straight." Humility was a necessary companion of wisdom. Akhenaten (circa 1370 BC), and subsequently, all monotheistic theology as we know it today, tried to "tell it like it is," and "tell the children what they wanted to hear," with the exact same words. Because children only listen to what they want to hear, utopia minded priests were confounded with no means to pass their experience of truth (Maat) on from generation to generation. As it turns out, they could not pass on their experienced truth. The inherited traditions, which they had taken great effort to destroy, empowered the children to rise up against such arrogance. If they had remained oriented with south as up, more people would have found the chosen path to heaven via Osiris (Orion), as Sculptor (Ptah) and Antinous (Horus) becoming the Father (Ophiuchus) in the Heavenly Field (Bootes-Virgo-Coma Berrenices). When a child comes into the world as an underling, growth is as simple as starting at the bottom. Arrogance wants to start at the top. When this perspective is reached, the mundane evolving world and the divine created world become diametrically opposite, for the entrance to the Elysian Fields of heaven was available through the spoken word of Ptah at the bottom of the Cosmos. The Moai statues of Easter Island mark the arrivalof man to the Promised Land from the deluge of the sea. By building temples to the mundane Akehenaten followers lost their chance to perceive that life is not always what it appears and death's sting is of no consequence to the living. These initial assumptions of self-righteousness eventually beget the impiety for which Socrates was given a hemlock potion. Modern Western culture is very much the result of the convinced and convicted men, Akhenaten and Socrates. They both fought against spirits in the sky, and the sky was lost to their descendants do to the arrogance of the Wandering Ones.
Because of heroic enskyment idealism in the Hellenistic world failed after Socrates, today's great cultural denial kills the ancestors in favor of the egocentric child of the present world as a mindless reaction. Elevation of the egocentric man-child is the process by which fathers covertly pass on archetype experiences from the past. By telling the children what they want to hear in myths carrying powerful and profound metaphors, more wisdom can be passed on to the child than they can rightly comprehend. If the mind of the child cycles the heavens in the precessional order, it will witness the death of the ego at Orion and Sculptor, and the resurrection of wisdom at Sagittarius and Ophiuchus, precisely as written on the celestial wall, and echoed in more scriptures than any other message. For, the critical message written on the celestial wall is that of a prodigal son. This was also the central message of the Mithraic Mysteries of Rome, and practically every native culture of the world. It is a story of common sense hidden behind a veil of secrecy, to protect the innocent children that never rise in the heavens. It is compassion without the compassionate.
All the great constellations, with the major exception of Hercules, indicate that up is north. With the ascension to the throne of Egypt by Amenophis IV (Akhenaten), the celestial axis above Virgo was called up. This process brought down to earth the ancient sacred perspective. It flipped the ancestral world "right side up" and, because of the growing egocentricity, Egypt began to lose its great heritage. At the same time the artistic motivations moved from preservation of ancient scientific traditions to the fulfillment of mundanely satisfying experiences in life. Spirituality and art began movement into ethereal dimensions, as the perceivable correspondences of the constellations to Cosmic Being began to fade from the collective unconscious of the human mind (Osiris). By the time Greece reached its pinnacle, and the astrology of Persian Zoroastrianism dominated the sciences, the separation between theology and science was well on its way, and the followers of Socrates had but to continue the course. When the Roman emperor, Julius Caesar, established the Julian calendar to synchronize the seasons with the mundane calendar, the sanctity of the heavenly hosts had been lost. Astrology became the material "Word of God" and the purpose of the Word was conscious discussion of the desires of the analysand as recorded on the natal chart.
Astrology became a fiduciary theology that anyone knowledgeable of the wandering stars (sun, moon, planets) and psychology could practice. Astrology centered upon the rationalizations of fate and predestination, and ancestors were no longer participants in the land of the living, for it was perceived that they had met their Maker. The theological presence of the Word of God was eliminated from this celestial discourse as the image of God became purified spirit. The Mithraic Roman's eliminated the galactic references in the discourse outside of their secret society, and their public tropical astrology made cosmic spirituality a mundane psychological experience based upon the sun. To "outsiders," Sol Invictus, the invincible sun with its lunar and planetary reflections, became the means to rational enlightenment in the heavens, as they cycled through the zodiac around a stationary earth. Yet, in every Mithraic temple they showed Mithras riding on the back side of a bull with a face full of enlightenment because he had reached the galactic plane, in spite of mistaken dreams.
Spiritual death, or lack of truth within the material cosmos, was the prediction from which the tradition of waiting for the rising sun was born. The ancient celestial folklore carries the knowledge that the child of the universe will arise from death, whether his name is Horus, Etana, Zeus, Ganymede, Antinous, Hanahpu, Wiracoqa, or any of the many Native American names.
An exacting materialistic mind set would declare that the stars carry no spirit other than the consumption of the burning gasses of which they are made. To those who understand the ancient spirits, this is equivalent to saying that college professors spread dust particles on chalkboards in classrooms, or that television and movie projectors are just flashing lights. The simplistic modern mind is tuned to video games and cinematic presentations that strip away the key freedom to imagine for one self. When we animate the precession of the constellations, we can watch a moving medium that takes 26,000 cycles of the earth around the sun (years) between reruns. The ancient stories from antiquity clearly indicate that many of our ancestors could imagine the motion of the preceding stars and could understand the whole production without the aid of flashing lights. Like us, they could experience less than one degree of the precessional circle through their own eyes. But unlike us, they listened to their ancestors who had seen other parts of the cosmic storyline. That is how they put the holistic starry board together, and found a place for their ancestors at the same moment. The practice of modern mundane science is to edify the researcher that destroys a prior theory and replaces it with a new and presumed more elegant theory. In many cases, progress does occur. However, progress is greatly impeded by rationalizations that have no purpose other than the destruction of earlier paradigms. This is the lesson taught to children when their fathers deny the wisdom of the ages. Sons are raised up with the full experience that it is appropriate to conquer and destroy Fathers. In the precessional passage from Virgo through Leo to Orion, we see that pride goeth before the fall. In the precessional passage from Sculptor through Aquarius to Sagittarius, we see that enlightened wisdom comes at a price. When that lesson is learned the rational perspective achieves the epiphany that a son becomes a man by restoration of the father, not by usurpation. And, though the father's be physically gone from the earth, the message of how to overcome the arrogance of youth has been engraved upon the celestial wall, for all to see and appreciate.
What you see is what you get, but quite often there is more that meets the eye than comes into a conscious perspective. These strangers on our western horizons are archetype spirits of the human soul, and the creative dreams of the human mind that rise on our eastern horizons.
After thirty years of research, Rush Allen has prepared a large research web site at www.siloam.net that demonstrates ancient celestial myths contain more of the reality of human perception than any modern science has ever dreamed possible. Rush calls the web site, Adventures in Astroarchaeology: Dance of the Gods, and offers free journeys into the past and future visions of Atlantis rising, and falling, and rising again.