Orion, Cygnus and the mysteries of the north sky

Orion and adjacent constellations.

Of all the mysteries and forgotten wisdom of lost civilizations, perhaps the most profound examples are to be found in their study of the heavens. It is not that modern man lacks information about the cosmos today. Due to computer analysis and radio telescopes that the ancients never dreamed about, far more is known about the universe than what ancient man did. But what is not fully grasped is why and how they built some of the most magnificent, astronomically precise and enigmatic stone structures ever conceived. Was it to study the night skies, presumably hoping to bring the magic down to earth? Why was that so important to them?

The constellation Cygnus as it can be seen by the naked eye, with the Northern Cross in the middle.The constellation Cygnus as it can be seen by the naked eye, with the Northern Cross in the middle.

Of all the star, moon, and sun alignments, angles and precession movements the ancients studied, the position of two constellations, Orion and Cygnus, appear to have been particularly important. Orion seems to have been the guiding light for the construction of the Giza Pyramids (although that is a point of contention) and Cygnus seems to have been of paramount importance to the builders of Göbekli Tepe (although that is debatable as well). It is impossible to condense all the books and scholarly articles written about the astronomical alignments built into these two monuments, but it raises some questions as to why man’s forgotten ancestors put so much time and work into them.

Orion constellationOrion constellation

Orion The Hunter

When Robert Bauval and Adrian Gilbert wrote The Orion Mystery in 1994, they popularized a theory which had been percolating in various circles since the 1960s that the Pyramids of Giza were built to mimic on earth the position of the stars in the belt of the constellation Orion, the Hunter. Orion is one of the easiest constellations in the night sky to identify. The three stars of his belt are quickly spotted and it is the first constellation many beginner star-gazers learn to recognize. The belt stars seem to be straight but upon closer inspection one notices that they are just a little out of line. One is offset. If one should fly over the pyramids or study a map of Egypt in a format such as Google Earth , it is noticeable that the three pyramids are offset in identical fashion.

This article is adapted from Jim Willis’ book, Ancient Gods: Lost Histories, Hidden Truths, and the Conspiracy of Silence , published by Visible Ink Press, and is here used by permission.

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By Jim Willis

After graduating from the Eastman School of Music , Jim Willis  became a high school band and orchestra teacher during the week, a symphony trombonist on the weekends, a jazz musician at night and a choral conductor on Sunday mornings.  The author of nine books on religion and spirituality, he has been an ordained minister for over forty years while working part-time as a carpenter, the host of his own drive-time radio show, an arts council director and adjunct college professor in the fields of World Religions and Instrumental Music.  His teaching career produced both the comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia of religion,  The Religion Book,  and Armageddon Now: The End of the World A to Z,  written with his wife, Barbara.  Both were published by Visible Ink Press.  Concern for spiritual growth in contemporary society prompted his book  Faith, Trust & Belief: A Trilogy of the Spirit , while his love for long-distance bicycling led him to make several cross-country bike trips and inspired his first book,  Journey Home: The Inner Life of a Long Distance  Bicycle Rider  and its sequel,  Snapshots and Visions: A View from the Now .  Savannah: A Bicycle Journey Through Time and Space  continued in that tradition.  His current residence in the woods of South Carolina inspired his books,  The Dragon Awakes: Rediscovering Earth Energy in the Age Of Science, Ancient Gods: Lost Histories, Hidden Truths and the Conspiracy of Silence,  and Supernatural Gods: Spiritual Mysteries, Psychic Experiences, and Scientific Truths.



(Source: ancient-origins.net; August 3, 2020; https://tinyurl.com/y255ucm4)
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