|Instructions for interactive animation.
The graphs and star charts at this site are arranged so that a sequence can be followed by clicking on each one to jump to the next. Below each figure is a link to step backward in the sequence. By these two methods it is possible to watch the movement of the galaxy relative to the equatorial position on the longitude or time zone of London, England. This position is called Zulu, zero degrees north, and zero degrees west (0n, 0w).
The galactic plane can be viewed by going to the "galactic big picture." The concept of the angles between the galaxy and the equator or the polar axis can be viewed by going to "galactic angles."
The spherical diagram in the link above illustrates the three planes of the heavens within one geocentric cosmic 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. The 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 earth (sun in the geocentric view) and the planets in the solar cycles. We use the earth's solar cycle as a unit of time, although 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 it own axis 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.
This cycle is called the Platonic or Great Year. The equinoctial year is the tropical year to which our calendars are fixed. The sidereal year, for a journey from and back to a fixed star, is no longer in use in pragmatic social cultures. But to the ancients the star year, or sidereal year was sacred. Knowledge of the sidereal year was absolutely necessary for navigation of the earth by the oral celestial legends. That was the material reason why the precession of the equinoxes was held in high 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 a calendar. When we use a 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. That was the 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 a self motivating cause that keeps knowledge of the precession as a central theme for conscious existence.
Traditions must be fabricated within the cycle of the year to allow the archetypes of ancestral spirits a place in the future. This type of tradition is profoundly esoteric, compared to watching the stars return to the origination points of the ancient stories. Loss of precessional consciousness has the effect of eliminating the memories of our origins. That loss is only partially overcome by the modern esoteric myth of resurrection and reincarnation. But this esoteric construct was a visual experience of ancient viziers. We do not honor our dead in the way the ancients honored their dead. Because of this loss of esteem for archetypes we become self centered, or egocentric, and eternal life moves beyond comprehension. By restoring the awareness of the precession, we can bring back to life all the souls who preceded us in this cosmic journey, and make a place for ourselves in the "life to come." When this cosmic enlightenment returns, the ancestors who will witness the rising sun, and be valued for the lives they lived, will include ourselves. That has been the goal of theological dogma since long before the invention of writing, as evident in cultures of current indigenous peoples of the world.
In a lifetime of 72 years, the error in star positions is only one degree. One degree is a navigational error on earth of 60 nautical miles (69 statute miles, 111 km). This error was within the margin required for navigation; for other signs, such as birds and fish at sea, or mountains on land, would 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. This effect would be so great that a navigator who did not know the movements of the heavens would be hopelessly lost. The western Pacific islands were inhabited 30,000 years before Christ. 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 equator. Not only would they have been spiritually isolated from their ancestors, they would have been hopelessly lost at sea. We have overcome the "lost at sea" problems which Columbus faced, but we have not overcome the loss of respect for the accomplishments of our ancestor's.
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 Western Civilization. However, the Hawaiian legend of the "Land Below the Land" demonstrates that the Polynesians recognized the Tropic of Gemini and the Tropic of Sagittarius (Tropic of Wisdom's Birth) as the places where the sun stopped rising and falling. We Westerners realize the solstices occur at mid-summer and mid-winter, we no longer realize that the stars once mattered. The legacy of Rome is our geocentric perspective, which has since degenerated into an egocentric perspective.
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 since Rome. It is because of the shift in galactic coordinates that much of the ancient folklore is misunderstood by modern cultures. That shift is the precession and it will eventually realign itself.
During the 18th Dynasty of Egypt, the movement was to convert the concept of Upper Egypt from south to north. The tradition of the resurrection of Osiris guided the Egyptians, spiritually and materially. Their river flowed from south to north, and they buried their dead with heads to the south. 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. Self perception is lost when it does not recognize the existence of Cosmic Being before and after the perceived self. The resurrection of Osiris represented the realization by the self, or ego, that the Cosmic Being is capable of conscious relativity. 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 like a spiral rather than a circle. When the evolutionary spiral coincides with celestial messages recorded as star positions, potential for Divine Communication transcends the material existentialism. Truthful interpretation of this hand writing on the cosmic walls was proof of cosmic communication with the Creator of Cosmic Being. Writing which carries a message always brings back prior experience (Osiris), and thus, the reincarnation of ancestral archetypal material. The highest form of record keeping, literally and materially, is within the medium of the "fixed" stars. That was the medium used by ancient viziers.
By the accomplishment of that conscious relationship the celestial messages would all be understandable as they are viewed with north as up. The return of the experience of archetype material was required to "get one's head on straight." Akhenaten, 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 same symbolism. What his utopia minded priests were confounded with was how to pass their truth (Maat) on from generation to generation. As it turns out, they could not pass on their inherited truth, just traditions. 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). When this perspective is reached, the mundane world and the divine world are diametrically opposite. By building temples to the mundane Akehenaten followers lost their chance to perceive that life is not always what it appears to be, and death's sting is of no consequence to the living.
After 1300 years, the Egyptians rewrote the story of Akhenaten, and his subsequent anti-Pagan monotheistic followers (Zoroaster, Mithras, Moses), as the story of Christ. This time, the story was synchronized with the landing of the eagle on earth in 1 AD. It predicted the resurrection of the Son of Man two thousand years later on the Chariot of the gods. Because of heroic idealism, today's Christian story still denies the ancestors, in favor of the egocentric child. That elevation of the egocentric child is the process by which fathers pass on archetype experiences from the past. If the mind of the child cycles the heavens in the precessional order, it will experience the death of the ego and the resurrection of wisdom, precisely as written on the celestial wall. The critical message written on the celestial wall is that of a prodigal son. The Son of Man rides a chariot that follows the planets in material reality, but knows nothing of the learning process of his ancestors. The Son of God overcomes death on the wings of the eagle as consciousness of the ancestors is restored.
All the great constellations, with the major exception of Hercules, indicated that up was 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 "up side down" and, because of 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 mundane experiences in life. Spirituality and art began movement into ethereal dimensions, as the realistic correspondences of the constellations to the mind of God began to fade. By the time Greece reached its pinnacle, and Persian Zoroastrianism dominated the sciences, the separation between theology and science was well on its way. When the Roman emperor, Julius Caesar, established the Julian calendar to synchronize the seasons with the mundane calendar, the sanctity of the stars had been lost. Astrology became the "Word of God" and the purpose of the Word was conscious discussion of the desires of the analysand.
Astrology became a fiduciary theology which anyone knowledgeable of the wandering stars (sun, moon, planets) and psychology could practice. Astrology centered upon the concept of fate and predestination, and ancestors were no longer participants in the land of the living. The theological presence of the Word of God was eliminated from this celestial discourse. The Roman's eliminated the galactic references in the discourse outside of their secret society of men (Mithraic Mysteries > Mafia), and their 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 only form of enlightenment in the heavens, as it cycled through the zodiac around a stationary earth. This was the death of Osiris, as predicted by the Ancients thousands of years earlier. It was performed, as shown in the "Chariot of the Gods," as an act of salvation of the physical world of women and children (emotion).
Spiritual death within the material cosmos was the prediction from which the tradition of waiting for the rising sun was born. The ancient folklore carries the knowledge that the Son of God will arise from death, whether his name is Horus, Etana, Zeus, Ganymede, Jesus, or Antinous. The Christian story is in direct celestial agreement with the ancient wisdom that the Son of God would come from the east down to earth from above and would raise the dead to everlasting life. This message is demonstrated by the movement of the constellation Antinous in the interactive animation of the Eagle's Flight. The message of salvation of women and children is demonstrated in the interactive animation of Elijah's Chariot, which comes down to earth from the west. So, as you click through the figures, watch the separate stories of resurrection and salvation tell themselves over and over again.
The fact that the stories take a full 26,000 years to cycle suggests that the ancient spirituality had far more going for it than either modern theology or modern science because the Ancients put these perceptions together in a holistic image. As Antinous rises from the earth, he is helped by his father, Ophiuchus, and followed by his mentor, Sagittarius. Sagittarius represents the wisemen who saw his star coming in the east, precisely as the animation demonstrates. Auriga takes a similar trip down to the celestial equator and back to heaven. The lost sheep of Israel (Gemini in Upper Cosmos) are brought up out of Egypt (Taurus in Lower Cosmos) by the Good Shepherd on a chariot of fire. Today, the chariot is at it highest position relative to the earth and the eagle is taking off. Now is the time for these stories to come out of the collective unconscious of the human soul. Should we ever decide to put science and theology back on a common cosmological footing, we will be very hard pressed to improve on the ancient system, "for as it is above, so it is below."
Proceed to the star charts and watch the movement of Antinous on the Eagle's back, Ophiuchus-Serpens to his right, and Sagittarius below the eagle. These asterisms tell a message that inspired human cultures around the world for thousands of years. But look to the west, and see that the Red Pandanus rises and falls with the spirits of the Virgin as well. When Virgo descends to the Under World below the equator, Antinous begins to rise. As Antinous accelerates to top speed, Virgo bottoms out. When Antinous is farthest from the center of the earth, Virgo is back up on a level equal to the Son of God, and the Mother of God has completed her labors. She briefly returns to the top of the world, both earthly and cosmically, to await the next journey to the Under World. This celestial metaphor tells how intuition drives all innovation, but intuition only works when it is supported by faith in the life to come. It implies that the child must leave the source of its archetypes in order to return as a self taught prodigy. Then the source can be appreciated for its labors. These messages cannot be told in the instructional processes of living, but they can be found and learned by searching in the proper places. The ancient goal was to be an example of maturity so that offspring would expect to become mature. A self centered cosmos is a very small place occupied by the immature mind.
Auriga carries the Good Shepherd on a chariot saving the women and children who have journeyed unexpectedly through the Gateway of Men (emotion and thought, Cancer and Gemini). Only those who can overcome the bull of our cosmic mother should pass through the gateway of men. By saving women and children drowning in their emotions, heroic masculine rational behavior gives them another chance to make it to heaven. But, the Good Shepherd must die, if maturity is to lead future generations back to their sources and on to their destinations. Most of this happens in a human world oblivious to its occurrence.
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. This is equivalent to saying that a college professor spreads chalk dust on the blackboard in his classroom, or that television and movie projectors are just flashing lights. But, it must be realized that communication requires a medium to be accomplished. When we animate the precession of the constellations, we are watching a moving medium that takes 26,000 years between reruns. Our simplistic modern mind is tuned to video games and cinematic presentations that strip us of our freedom to imagine. The ancient stories from antiquity clearly indicate that some 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. But unlike us, they listened to their ancestors who had seen other parts of the cosmic storyline. That is how they put the holistic storyboard together.
What you see is what you get, but quite often there is more that meets the eye than comes into the conscious perspective. These strangers on our horizons are the archetype spirits of the human soul. The star charts were drawn by the Sky Globe astronomy program, because it allows for precession over a sufficient range to demonstrate the complete cycle several times. The constellation asterisms are recognizable to the trained eye, although, it is clear that the authors of Sky Globe did not see the ancient stories. The constellation asterisms have been prepared in more complete rendition using The Sky IV astronomy program. However, this program only allows precession from 3000 BC to 10,000 AD; a paltry period of time when it comes to the cycles of life. Flight of the Eagle and the Journey of Elijah's Chariot are being upgraded with the ancient constellations, so come back and view them as they begin to better reflect what was written and understood long long ago.
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