Constellations, Galaxies, Clusters and Quasars:
8. As of October 2010, the farthest (and earliest known) galaxy - UDFy-38135539 - born in the childhood of the Universe lies at least 13 billion light years away. The light from this galaxy that reaches Earth today was emitted when the cosmos was only 600 million years old and mired in a primordial 'fog' of hydrogen atoms. It has taken 13.1 billion years, travelling at 300,000 kilometres per second, for this smudge of infant light to arrive. (http://bigpondnews.com/articles/Technology/2010/10/21/Ancient_galaxy_remotest_object_observed_528644.html)
Mythology & Esoteric Astrology
Each of the major constellations and star systems had been recorded in various myths by the ancients. I suppose the myths reflect either ancient knowledge (wisdom) explained as metaphors and other symbolisms (whose deeper meanings lost across generations), or were coded information, waiting only for humanity’s evolution into a state when they could be decoded. Otherwise, the myths were created by the ancients to simply remember a forgotten history; then named constellations in honor of their mythical characters. Whatever the link, the correspondences between the stars and local myths are too uncanny to be ignored. The following are the myths and legends associated with the heavenly bodies. Note that most of the myths are interrelated (from highest or furthest to lowest or nearest levels from the Earth vantage point) and had a serpent or dragon attached to it.
Mythology/Esoteric Astrology/Other Description
Supercluster Hercules and the cluster Ophiucius (within the Milky Way)
Hercules (Greek – Heracles). Was the son of the supreme deity Zeus and the mortal Alcmene. Heracles had a great many adventures before he died from poisonous venom from Hydra. Heracles was the only hero to become a full-fledged god, given a home on Mount Olympus and a goddess for a wife. But his mortal part was sent to the Underworld. As a phantasm it eternally roams the Elysian Fields in the company of other heroes.
Beside the constellation Hercules in the night sky is the constellation Ophiuchus, which is really a cluster of stars, nebulae and globular clusters along the Sagittarian Arm of our Milky Way Galaxy. (Note the Sagittarian Arm is fifth from the galactic center and the next inner arm from our Orion or sixth arm). Its prominent stars include Rosalhague (a binary star 47 light years away), the variable star Cheleb (or44 Oph, 82 light years away) and its neighbor Barnard’s Star. Further on are globular clusters between 20,000 to 30,000 lightyears away.
Ophiuchus was also referred to as “Serpentarius,” the “serpent bearer.” In mythology, Ophiuchus represented as a man grappling with a large snake; his body representing the division of the snake “Serpens” into two parts. Even though divided by Ophiuchus, they still are only one constellation. The mythological figure could represent the healer Asclepius, placed close to Chirion (Sagittarius), his mentor.
Ophiuchus is the only constellation in the sky patterned after a real person in history. In Greek mythology, he was Aesclepius, Master Architect, Healer, and God of Wisdom and Medicine. Aesclepius, while in the process of bringing Orion The Hunter back to life, was struck and killed by a thunderbolt hurled at him by Zeus. Zeus' brother Hades, God of the Dead, was alarmed that that Aesclepius' abilities might soon put him out of work. So he prevailed upon Zeus to intervene in the matter. Zeus complied with the dark brother's request. To honor Asklepius, Zeus set him in the sky and gave him the name "Ophiuchus." It is ironic that Ophiuchus is only acknowledged now as the 13th zodiac sign. Is it because of the Age of Enlightenment? Read Tales of the Serpent in http://spiritlibrary.com/allison-rae/tales-of-the-serpent
In ancient Egypt, he was the mortal-made-god Imhotep (c. 27th Century BC).
Supercluster Ursa Major (Great Bear), the Ursa Minor Galaxy and the stars Arcturus & Polaris
The Big Bear was a beautiful nymph named Callisto, mother of Arcas by Zeus. Callisto was turned into a bear by Zeus to protect her from his jealous wife Hera. One day, Callisto ran into her son Arcas who was hunting in the woods. Arcas raised his spear towards the bear, his mother. Zeus, watching from above, acted quickly to save his beloved Callisto. He turned Arcas into a bear and hoisted them both into the sky by their tails.
Arcturus is a binary star, 36.7 light years from Earth. Its name is derives from Ancient Greek Arktouros and means "Guardian of the Bear." This is a reference to it being the brightest star in the constellation Boötes (of which it forms the left foot), which is next to Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. According to Edgar Cayce, Arcturus may be called the center of this universe, through which individuals pass and at which period there comes the choice of the individual as to whether it is to return to complete there - that is, in this planetary system, our sun, the earth sun and its planetary system - or to pass on to others. (5749-14)
At the end of Ursa Minor, is our pole star, Polaris. Polaris, also know as the North Star, is about 50 times larger than our Sun, but it appears very faint as it is 600 light years away. Because Polaris is due North, it was a very important directional indicator for early navigators. This means the North Star appears stationary from our point of view on Earth. All the other stars appear to rotate around Polaris.
The Supercluster Perseus, the Andromeda Galaxy (within the Local Group) and the Perseus Arm (within the Milky Way Galaxy)
Perseus, the son of Zeus and the mortal Danaë, slayed the Medusa, a hideous woman with snakes for hair who could turn people into stone with a glance. Medusa used to be a beautiful servant of Pallas Athena, the Greek goddess of Wisdom. But in hubris she compared herself with Athena, and so Athena turned her into a Gorgon, a terrible creature with snakes instead of hair, and boar's teeth. Perseus cut off the Medusa's head, and from her blood the winged horse Pegasus was born.
Perseus was flying home on Pegasus when he saw Andromeda, the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, king and queen of the Ethiopians. Cassiopeia, having boasted herself equal in beauty to the Nereids (50 godesses of the sea), drew down the vengeance of Poseidon, ruler of the sea, who sent an inundation on the land and a sea-monster which destroyed man and beast. The oracle of Ammon having announced that no relief would be found until the king exposed his daughter Andromeda to the monster, she was fastened to a rock on the shore.The princess was chained to a rock and about to be eaten by the sea monster Cetus. Perseus killed the sea monster and rescued Andromeda, whom he later married. After many happy years together, they died and were put into the sky by the gods.
The Perseus Arm is the 7th arm from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. The second brightest star in Perseus is Algol. Known as "the ghoul" or "the demon," it marks the head of the Medusa. About every three days, Algol suddenly gets much dimmer, and then brightens up again a few hours later. This happens because Algol is actually two stars going around each other. One of the stars is much larger and much dimmer than the other. When it passes in front of its brighter companion, we see Algol get dimmer.
|The Supercluster (& constellation) was named after the race that originally lived in the Americas. The first Natives in Tierra Del Fuego were members of four tribes - the Yaghan, the Ono, the Alacaloof, and the Aush. It was their fires that gave the region its name. The Alpha Indi orange giant (101 million light years away) was once known as 'The Persian Star.' and is part of a multiple system.|
Supercluster Virgo, Persephone and Hades (Pluto)
In Greek, Virgo represents Astraea, daughter of Zeus and the goddess Themis. Astraea was the virgin goddess of justice (next to Libra, the scales of justice). Virgo also represented Demeter, the goddess of agriculture. Demeter's daughter, Persephone (bearer of light), was kidnapped by Hades (Pluto, keeper of light and the god of the underworld), and taken to his underground kingdom to be his wife. Demeter searched for her daughter, so distraught that she even neglected the crops she was supposed to nurture. Eventually, things got so bad on Earth that Zeus persuaded Hades to release Persephone. Unfortunately, while she was in the underworld, Persephone had eaten some pomegranate seeds so that she could never fully leave. Therefore, each year Persephone returns to the underworld for a time — the crops die on Earth as her mother mourns, and we have winter. When Persephone comes back, her mother rejoices and the Earth becomes fruitful again.
In Esoteric Astrology, Virgo is the mother of another type of harvest: the harvest of the perfected Soul from the womb of form. The "Virgin Mother" nurtures the unborn Christ through the purification of her physical, astral, and mental bodies. She hides and protects the indwelling Christ within her own substance. She simultaneously nourishes two lives: the form and the Christ hidden within this form. Virgo represents the process whereby matter and form life are purified so that they can eventually reveal Divinity. This is the reason for the continual striving toward perfection that is so characteristic of this sign. It is necessary for Virgo to constantly adjust, analyze, and discriminate in order to produce the form that will be able to nurture, and eventually bring forth, the Christ within.
Draco and Thuban
During the time that Draco's star Thuban (Roman Ladon) was the pole star, it would have appeared to ancient sky watchers that the Earth revolved around Draco. The dragon Ladon guarded the golden apples on a tree in a garden tended by the Hesperides, the three nymph-daughters of Atlas. The golden apples were apparently regarded as the source of the golden light of sunset, celebrating the bridal of the heavenly gods Zeus and Hera. Hercules was sent to obtain the apples. He learned from Nereus (sea god) that he could not pluck the apples himself, but must get help from Atlas, a titan, the orginal giant race of earth. Hercules shot and killed Ladon with an arrow, making way for Atlas to enter and pluck the golden apples. The goddess Hera was greatly distressed by the death of Ladon and placed the dragon in the heavens.
A Greek legend tells the story of Draco as a horrible dragon that guarded a sacred spring and slew the soldiers of Cadmus (first king of Thebes) who had been sent to gather water. Cadmus then fought the dragon and won. After the dragon died, Athena appeared and told Cadmus to sow the ground with the creature's teeth. The teeth immediately sprang up as a group of armed soldiers who helped Cadmus found Thebes.
Dragon symbology represents the human DNA. The oureborus is the symbolism of the serpent/dragon biting, devouring, eating its own tail. This symbolizes the cyclic Nature of the Universe: creation out of destruction, Life out of Death.
Sagittarius and Chiron
Sagittarius was the ultimate archer, keen-eyed and with deadly aim. He is usually drawn as a centaur — half-man and half-horse — which is how the Babylonians saw him. To the Greeks, though, he was a satyr — half-man and half-goat — who invented archery. The satyr — name was Crotus, and his father was the pipe-playing god Pan. According to some versions the Archer has his arrows poised to shoot the scorpion in case he decides to sting anyone.The stars in Sagittarius lie in the direction of the centre of our galaxy. When you look at Sagittarius, you are peering right into the heart of the Milky Way.
The most famous centaur in ancient mythology was Chiron, the King of Centaurs who lived with his tribe among the forests of Thrace. He was renowned because of his wisdom. Kings of Greece gave him gifts and sent their young ones to him for training as princes. Chiron was the sage, teacher and philosopher. From his union of man and beast came both a deep knowledge of man's bestial origins, and a deep sadness at his own differentness. He was the alien, the outsider. Heracles accidentally shot him with a poisonous arrow and Chiron gave up his immortality to escape the pain. He was placed in the sky as the constellation Sagittarius. But because of his wisdom, he was granted the gift of immortality by the gods. So he couldn't die. But neither could the wound heal, for the poison was from a deadly serpent. So Chiron is the wounded healer who understands far better the nature of pain. He becomes a healer who cannot heal himself.
In Astronomy, Chiron – discovered in 1977– is considered both a comet and an asteroid. It displays a coma, a kind of enveloping haze like a comet. It belongs to a class of over a hundred asteroids known as the Centaurs. These objects are typically over 60 miles in diameter and are scattered primarily between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus, although some travel near the orbit of Neptune. These objects are not typical asteroids as they seem to have an icy surface. Their origins are a mystery. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2060_Chiron)
Lyra and Vega
The lyre was supposedly created from the shell of a tortoise by Hermes as a gift for Apollo, his half-brother. Apollo gave it to his son, Orpheus, who was a talented minstrel and one of the fabled Argonauts. Orpheus was a gifted musician and would often play his Lyre. His wife, Eurydice, was killed by a poisonous snake and taken to the underworld. Orpheus, overcome with grief, followed Eurydice to Hades to convince the gods to send her back. Enchanted by his beautiful music, the gods gave Orpheus one chance to save Eurydice — he could lead her out of Hades by playing his lyre, but could not look back to see if she was actually following him. As he was leaving the underworld, Orpheus took a quick look at Eurydice and she was sucked back into Hades forever.
Vega, the 5th brightest star in the sky, in about 13,000 years, will be our pole star after Polaris. The name Vega means "vulture" in Arabic and reminds us that the civilizations of the Middle East saw these stars as a vulture. At a more esoteric level, it reflected the human genetic inheritance from the felines (bird-like), a species from another advanced universe.
Orion, Scorpius & Mars;
Canis Major and Sirius
Orion, the great hunter, was the son of Poseidon, the god of the sea, and Euryale, one of the Gorgons. He fell in love with Metrope, daughter of King Oenopion. When King Oenopion refused to let him marry Metrope, Orion tried to take her by force, which upset the king. Helped by Dionysus (god of wine), King Oenopion put Orion into a deep sleep and blinded him. Orion consulted an oracle, who told him his sight would come back if he went to the east and let the rays of the rising sun fall into his eyes. Once his sight was restored, he lived on Crete as the huntsmen of the goddess Artemis. The Pleiades, known as the Seven Sisters, were Artemis´ attendants. Pursued by Orion, they were rescued by the gods and turned into stars. Artemis eventually killed Orion, jealous of his attraction to Aurora, goddess of the dawn. After his death Artemis placed Orion in the heavens as a constellation, where we can still see him pursuing the Pleiades.
In another myth, Orion claimed he could kill any animal. Orion was so proud of his hunting skills that he boasted he could track down and kill any animal on Earth. This boast was so incredible that the Earth trembled in rage and cracked open. Out of the crack crawled a scorpion (Scorpius), which stung Orion to death. Out of pity, the gods placed Orion and Scorpius on opposite sides of the sky so there could be no more trouble between them.
The Bible mentions Orion three times: Job 9:9 ("He is the maker of the Bear and Orion"), Job 38:31 ("Can you loosen Orion`s belt?"), and Amos 5:8 ("He who made the Pleiades and Orion"). In ancient Aram, the constellation was known as Nephila, Orion's descendants were known as Nephilim.
The brightest star in Scorpius is called Antares. This star is quite red, and a lot of people mistake it for Mars. That's probably why Antares got its name. Ares was the god of war, also known as Mars, and "ant-" means "against". So, Antares — anti-Ares — means "the rival of Mars." Canis Major is the larger of Orion's two hunting dogs. Canis Major helped Orion chase Lepus, the hare, and battle the great bull, Taurus.
Sirius is sometimes called the "dog star" as it resides in the constellation Canis Major. Sirius is the brightest star in our skies after the Sun. It is 8.6 light years away from Earth.
Pleiades, Hyades and Mercury (Hermes)
The Pleiades is an open star cluster visible in the constellation Taurus. The Ancient Greeks saw seven stars in the cluster, and named them after the Pleiades, the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione, the daughter of Oceanus. The hunter Orion was in love with them and pursued them until the gods took them to safety, transforming them first into doves, and then into stars. Their names were Electra, Maia, Taygete, Alcyone, Celaeno, Sterope, and Merope. According to some versions of the myth, they committed suicide from grief at the fate of their father, Atlas, or at the death of their sisters, the Hyades.
Other versions made them the attendants of Artemis, goddess of wildlife and of hunting, who were pursued by the giant hunter Orion, but were rescued by the gods and changed into doves. After their death, or metamorphosis, they were transformed into stars, but are still pursued across the sky by the constellation Orion. Maia, the eldest of the seven Pleiades, was a lover of Zeus, the ruler of the Olympian gods. Maia gave birth to Hermes. In ancient Rome she was confused with the cult deity Maia, from whom the month named Maius (May) is derived.
Based from the expanse and distance of the superclusters and stars systems from Earth and the Solar System, along with the myths associated with them, a “new perspective” may thus be presented on the human lineage (DNA) from the stars. They are here presented as another way of interpreting the verses of the Great Invocation. Note that the interpretation is from the perspective of creation (involution); the Great Invocation, as initially interpreted is from the viewpoint of ascension (evolution).
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.”
Upon our Earth, the human genetic insertion was possibly inserted into the Homo erectus some 1.5 to 3 million years ago to complete the grand experiment called “polarity game.” The Human’s creation myth states that they will strive to live in harmony with any and all races occupying a planet. Further, they will show their fellow races the way to compassion of the heart instead of compassion of the head (mental compassion). The insertions were somehow linked to the polestars gateways, aligned with earth’s poles and magnetic field. In succession, consider the polestars Vega (Lyra) - c. 12,000 BC, Kappa Draconis, Thuban (Draco) - c. 3942 BC to 1793 BC, Kochab, and the present Polaris (Ursa Minor).
Khufu's burial chamber was allegedly fashioned deep inside the Great Pyramid. Two skinny shafts bore outward from the chamber. For decades, scholars thought they were airshafts. But in the 1960s, astronomers found that they have an astronomical purpose. At the time the pyramid was built, one of the shafts aimed toward the star that was then closest to the north celestial pole. The other aimed at the Belt of Orion, one of the brightest and most impressive constellations. The north celestial pole is the "hub" of the northern sky. All the stars appear to rotate around this hub. Today, the star Polaris marks the north pole. But Earth wobbles on its axis. It takes about 26,000 years to make one full wobble, and in that time, the north pole points to different stars. When the pyramids were built, the star closest to the pole was Thuban, in Draco, the dragon.
7. Acording to Erle Frayne D. Argonza / Ra ( http://erlefraynebrightworld.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/starseeds-on-%e2%80%98critical-mass%e2%80%99-of-leaderships/): A rough census of our population shows that we are roughly 80% Orion, 17% Pleiades & Sirius B (15% Pleiades, 2% Sirius), and the rest of 3% distributed among other planetary migrants. Among those seemingly fractional count of 3% are the Draconians (reptiles) and other migrants from across the galaxies. Draco and lower Orion formed the binary power nexus of the Empire in antiquity, so altogether down here on Earth their influence stretches out to 80% of total population.