TABLE OF CONTENTS
The awaited return of the most obvious seasonal signal
The "brilliant" sectors of the sky
An assembly of sacred images
by stars in the night,
by nature "dramatic" figures
Why make reference to
Measuring time in "moons"
When lunar imagery is combined
with stellar imagery to compose
a "mythical cinema"
The human condition
and its development
The first major figure in the brilliant sector, this fine incurved triangle inaugurates the season of rites. A prominent figure of the Zodiac, visited by the moon, which accounts for its importance in religions. It is reputed to be the "house of exaltation" of lunar power:
"The sign that Dionysus asked to observe first"
- the silhouette of a bird pecking, a chicken (i.e the Pleiades, the hen and its chicks, which constitute the group of little ones),
- a Raven perched on the summit of the alignment Sirius – Belt of Orion - Aldebaran (the celestial tree). The image of a Black Bird with a red eye (Aldebaran) who announces founding rites of a dramatic character.
- A triangular Head with a red eye (Aldebaran) interpreted as:
This Bovine Head is of capital importance (Bison, Buffalo, primordial celestial cow) always with head turned back looking over its own body. The figure formerly extended in its entirety towards what is currently Pisces (according to Aratos and corroborated by Indian lunar astrology). This bovine symbol with turned head has literally invaded sacred art.
- head of a Proboscidia, tapir, wild boar (Swt, Set, Huad), the Indian myth of Ganesh leads one to think that in prehistory this Proboscidia could have been an elephant…
- head of a Caprinae, Bovidae, by extending the triangle towards the two stars close to the Milky Way, seen as terminal points of the horns or long ears, currently Taurus (Athir, ideogram that transited Egypt and Phoenicia, and is the origin of our capital ‘A’, justifiably the symbol of all beginnings)
The immense quadrilateral of Orion,
This constellation is spectacular both in its lines and its size. Its center is a place where variable stars appear ("the celestial forge" for people of ancient times, the "star nursery" of astrophysicist Hubert Reeves), straddling a grand alignment (Sirius/Belt of Orion/Aldebaran) pointed at the passage of the Moon, this "grand patch of sky"
(Aratos) imposes an exceptional celestial figure, a compendium of fundamental sacred images.
- the Giant Hunter (still found on our celestial maps), with large shoulders (Betelgeuse and Bellatrix), facing us. He has a narrow waist made up of three stars (Belt of Orion) and legs in profile, the left knee bent to the limit. That leg terminates in the foot of Orion, the brilliant star Rigel, producing a "limping" silhouette (theme of the celestial Giant wounded in the foot).
One of the most remarkable readings of these stars is the prototype of the human silhouette drawn by the creative Power: the Ancestor (Greek : Tripator, Armenian Haïg, the ancestor of the Armenians).
In China, people see the big monkey: Chen (which coincides with the Hanuman cult and the "Great Monkey Kings" in India): part of the collective memory that corresponds to the evolution from monkey to man.
During the ancient time of the Hunters and the "mother-goddesses" this Giant appears to have been a Giant female hunter (image coinciding with Amazon legends): Arabic: El Ghouz, the Female Ogre, which led to the name of its fixed star Bet-el-Geuse; in China: Wou Tzi Gi, the Giant primordial monkey, black with a white head (image of the moon appearing above Orion).
The Three Stars of his belt make up the tightest stellar alignment in the sky, and are extended downwards by a line of finer stars (the "broadsword") and a blue fluorescence (nebula). These three lights were used in Egypt to designate Orion, the Great Sè with his "triple signal". This black silhouette (nocturnal) is nearly omnipresent on astronomical ceilings and the paintings inside sarcophagi,
These three stars were seen as:
- A branch of the Three Golden Fruit, (the famous "Golden Apples" of Greek mythology, Apricots in Armenia, Peaches in China (the "Peaches of immortality" seized by the heroes who represent New Year’s rites (myths of Atlas, Atalanta, of Hercules; in Chine Sun Wukong), the Three Gold Balls of the Grand Klaus / Saint Nicolas, the Master of the New Year.
- a three-pointed Pitchfork, Trident, Beam of three lightning bolts (images connected with the evocation of the rainy and stormy season: Poseidon/Neptune)
- and apparently a celestial Tripod (supporting the religious calendar, signal of the festival of renewal of the cycle and of forecasts of the future implied by this renewal, myths of Herakles and Apollo).