Tis the season of merriment, the time for fun, games, trolling and a 'side show' ... erm nope! Enuff of that ... tho as one door closes ... time for some star gazing .... Sirius - one of the most fascinating constellations in our Galaxy ... Myth, Magic, Legend & Fantasy?
A little background percussion on the rise and fall of Sirius ...
Of Canis Major the brightest constellation in the night sky, aka the Dog Star believed to be of binary ie two stars one bright 'Sun', (say our Sun being the Star of our solar system) Sirius A, and its close companion Sirius B (discovered in 1844) a white dwarf. Dwarfs are known to be dense; "The nearest known white dwarf is Sirius B., 8.6 light years away, the smaller component of the Sirius binary star. There are currently thought to be eight white dwarfs among the hundred star systems nearest the Sun... White dwarfs are thought to be the final evolutionary state of all stars whose mass is not high enough to become a neutron star (including our Sun.)"
In ancient times the Egyptians and Greeks closely followed the rising and falling of Sirius becoming a significant part not only of mythology but of the ancient calender, tick tock. The falling of Sirius, late April followed by the rising, calculated by the Egyptians here on Earth as 70 days whereafter Sirius would become visible during the heliacal rising, during sunrise before the light from our rising Sun made it invisible. (our Sun a sort of cloaking device by way of blinding, Ra!)
The Myth: Sirius to the ancient Egyptians, aka Sopdet the brightest star in the night sky was the basis of the Egyptian 'clock' the first 'known' astrological charts being found at Karnak and Dendera. The rising of Sirius in July (Leos!) foretold the annual flooding of the Nile and coincided with the Summer solstice. Sopdet (soddit) was identified as a goddess of the fertility of the soil, which was brought to it by the Nile's flooding, also known as the goddess of the cycle of life and death and sacred law. Ironically, Sirius has been identified with Isis, who together with Osiris whiled away a 70 day absence, symbolised as the passing of Isis and Osiris through the duat (Egyptian underworld). (no doubt begatting Horus ...)
The ancient Greeks observed that the appearance of Sirius heralded the hot and dry summer, and feared that it caused plants to wilt, men to weaken, and women to become aroused. Due to its brightness, Sirius would have been noted to twinkle more in the unsettled weather conditions of early summer. To Greek observers, this signified certain emanations which caused its malignant influence. Anyone suffering its effects was said to be astroboletos (star struck) - Flaming June!
"To await the reappearance of the star in summer. If it rose clear, it would portend good fortune; if it was misty or faint then it foretold (or emanated) pestilence. Coins retrieved from the island from the 3rd century BC feature dogs or stars with emanating rays, highlighting Sirius' importance. The Romans celebrated the heliacal setting of Sirius around April 25, sacrificing a dog, along with incense, wine, and a sheep ..." bah
The Magic; Next to Canis Major the more famous constellation, Orion, with its 'belt' a triad of stars easily recognisable may have inspired the Three Kings, Three Mary's or Three Wise Men. The Bible mentions Orion three times, naming it "Kesil" (fool). 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 the Nephilim.
The name Orion (Greek hunter) ironically heralded by the Babylonians as the "True Shepherd of Anu", the Orion constellation was sacred. In ancient Egypt, the stars of Orion were regarded as gods, with Orion rising before Sirius. Orion, unlike Sirius, is a celestial object, near the celestial equator, was and is visible to all of Earth all fo the time ... (perspective)
Certainly the three stars of Orion inspired the Egyptians to mirror the night sky via the building of the pyramids at Giza.
The Legend: "A white dwarf is very hot when it is formed, but since it has no source of energy, it will gradually radiate away its energy and cool. This means that its radiation, which initially has a high color temperature, will lessen and redden with time. Over a very long time, a white dwarf will cool to temperatures at which it will no longer emit significant heat or light, and it will become a cold black dwarf. However, the length of time it takes for a white dwarf to reach this state is calculated to be longer than the current age of the universe (approximately 13.8 billion years), and since no white dwarf can be older than the age of the universe, it is thought that no black dwarfs yet exist."
"The Sirius system is one of Earth's near neighbours. Sirius is gradually moving closer to the Solar System, so it will slightly increase in brightness over the next 60,000 years. After that time its distance will begin to recede, but it will continue to be the brightest star in the Earth's sky for the next 210,000 years."
The celestial equator currently passes through these constellations: Pisces, Cetus, Taurus, Eridanus, Orion, Monoceros, Canis Minor, Hydra, Sextans, Leo, Virgo, Serpens, Ophiucus, Aquila and Aquarius, with twelve of them recognisable within modern Astrological charts. (wonders what happext to the other three in the astral)
Anyhow to navigate thru the complexities and multiple facets of Ancient Egyptian reality it should be noted that three levels of existence, encompassing the physical earth, spiritual and absolute ... bla blah
Co-incidence, the unknown of the cause eg Frederick Leighton, Lord for one day (Flaming June) born in Scarborough to a family in the import export business ... (03/12/1830)
The Fantasy, where possibilities are infinite ... according to 'some' Sirius is not a binary star, A and B orbit around Sirius C - a black dwarf ... but then someone said the Universe was not yet old enough to exist; "which has yet to be discovered by Earth astrologers" (pmsl)
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