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                  Map of the heavens... the (t) or taw of the zodiaz 

Northern Circumpolar Map

Entered into The Library of Congress, Sept. 1, 1832 by F. J. Huntington

Engraved by W. G. Evans, New York, under the direction of E.H. Barritt

Offical Freemason Circumpolar map

Genesis 1:14-19 reveals the fact that they were created, not only "to divide the day from the night, and to give light upon the earth"; but, they were set "for SIGNS, and for SEASONS, and for days and years".

 

 

Job 1: 6 and 7

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

             

            

            

           

          

            

                      Notice the crown that the serpent/dragon is reaching towards - 7 pointed crown

                                       This same crown can be found on the Statue of Liberty

 

                                        

                                   

               Astrology and the Dragon - Draco

                  

Tiamat gained possession of the Tablets of Fate, which were supposed to confer upon their owner the power to rule the universe, and gave them to her husband for safekeeping. Then she challenged the authority of the newly risen gods and rose against them in rebellion, summoning forth out of the slimy depths all the most frightful creatures that her evil brain could conceive to help her in the struggle, monsters whose like has never been seen again: serpents whose fangs dripped poison, scorpion-men and fish-men and monster-dogs. So horrible were these creations that even the gods took fright and hid themselves safely away in their airy heaven and no one of them would go down to meet Tiamat. No one, that is, until at last Marduk of Babylon came forth from among them and offered to fight as their champion. He was equipped with special magic powers bestowed on him by each one of the other gods at a hurriedly summoned council of war and thus armed, he went down to face the sea serpent in battle. Even Marduk trembled and almost lost heart at the sight of the dragon and her monster brood. But Marduk had both strength and cunning. He had on his side the winds of heaven and, summoning all their strength together, he sent these on before him and they blew straight into the jaws of the unsuspecting Tiamat. They rushed through her open mouth in a surging current, with all the tearing force of those great hurricanes that sometimes sweep the sea, and blew so fiercely into the very bowels of her body that she was racked and split asunder; then Marduk finished off the helpless monster with a blow of his club. The serpents and the dogs and the scorpion men were useless without the power of their evil genius, and presumably they slunk away and vanished into that yet untamed sea from which they had come. Some say that they are still to be seen in the darkness of heaven, where they have taken on the shape of the twelve signs of the Zodiac. The north wind carried away the blood of Tiamat, and Marduk split her skull and tore her dragon skin into two pieces. With these he formed the heaven and earth, separating one from the other, and in the upper regions he set the homes of the gods, created the stars in the sky, and ordained the paths they should follow. He outlined the constellations, placing them so that they should serve as signs to indicate the day, the years and the seasons to mankind. he fixed the dome of heaven in place with a great bolt, and set a watchman there to guard it. He surveyed the skies, and built the Zodiac. Then he rested from his labors, hailed by gods and men alike as the dragon slayer.

Early Greek myths tell of a great battle between the young gods and the older ones who had ruled for so very long. The new gods included Zeus and his brothers Poseidon and Hades. There were also Hera and Demeter along with Athena and others. Athena was the Goddess of Arts, Crafts and War. There were also terrifying figures cast up out of the volcanic fires that belched out of the bowels of Earth. These monsters, who represented the universal forces of evil, were known as the Titans, or the Giants.During the battle, which lasted for ten long years, one the Titans hurled a fierce dragon at Athena. So great was her strength and so effective her magic shield that Athena was not frightened. She caught the dragon and, with one mighty heave, swung him high into the heavens. Up he soared, twisting and coiling this way and that until his long body had become tied in knots. He came to rest in the northern sky and became fixed to that region around which the northern stars circle. Today we see him forever asleep as the much-knotted, battered, and twisted Draco. The Persians have regarded Draco as a man-eating serpent called Azhdeha.

              Egypt Pyramid and the constellation of the Dragon

             

                 

 

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. See Link: Lost Secrets in the stars 

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.

The stars close to the pole never set. The Egyptians described these stars as "imperishable" or "undying." Khufu expected that when he died, he would join not only with the Sun, but with Thuban as well - maintaining order in the celestial realm, just as he had on Earth.

Pharaoh also expected to join with Osiris, the god of the dead, who was represented by the stars that we know today as Orion.

Although Thuban's Bayer designation is Draconis, it is not the brightest star in the constellation. At magnitude 3.65, it is more than a magnitude fainter than the brightest star, Draconis (Eltanin), whose magnitude is 2.23.

There are several double stars of interest in Draco. Draconis (Kuma) consists of two components of magnitude 4.9, 62 arcseconds apart. They can be split with binoculars.

R Draconis and T Draconis are Mira-type variable stars. R ranges between magnitudes 6.7 and 13 with a period of 245.5 days, and T ranges between magnitudes 7.2 and 13.5 with a period of 421.2 days.

Draconis is relatively close to Earth, only 18.8 light years away.

The north pole of the ecliptic lies within the constellation Draco. This point is very close to the galaxy NGC 6552 and within 10 arcminutes of the Cat's Eye Nebula - NGC 6543   

See link:  CONSTELLATION GUIDE  Also see link: Egypt and the pyramid in the stars

                    Jason and the Argonauts

The Greek tale of Jason and the Golden Fleece has been told for 3,000 years. It's a classic hero's quest tale - a sort of ancient Greek mission impossible - in which the hero embarks on a sea voyage into an unknown land, with a great task to achieve. He is in search of a magical ram's fleece, which he has to find in order to reclaim his father's kingdom of Iolkos from the usurper King Pelias.

'The Greeks have retold and reinterpreted it many times since, changing it as their knowledge of the physical world increased.'

The story is a set a generation before the time of the Trojan War, around 1300 BC, but the first known written mention of it comes six centuries later, in the age of Homer (800 BC). The tale came out of the region of Thessaly, in Greece, where early epic poetry developed. The Greeks have retold and reinterpreted it many times since, changing it as their knowledge of the physical world increased.

No one knows for sure where the earliest poets set the adventure, but by 700 BC the poet Eumelos set the tale of the Golden Fleece in the kingdom of Aia, a land that at the time was thought to be at the eastern edge of the world. At this point the Jason story becomes fixed as an expedition to the Black Sea. The most famous version, penned by Apollonius of Rhodes, who was head of the library at Alexandria, was composed in the third century BC, after the invasion of Asia by Alexander the Great.

Since the 1870s a series of excavations at Mycenae, Knossos, Troy and elsewhere has brought the Greek Heroic Age - the imaginary time when the great myths were set - to life. The archaeologists' discoveries of Bronze Age (2300-700 BC) artefacts made it clear that the Greek myths and epic poems preserve the traditions of a Bronze Age society, and may refer to actual events of that time. The story could also perhaps represent an age of Greek colonisation around the shores of the Black Sea.

According to the legend, Jason was deprived of his expectation of the throne of Iolkos (a real kingdom situated in the locale of present day Volos) by his uncle, King Pelias, who usurped the throne. Jason was taken from his parents, and was brought up on Mount Pelion, in Thessaly, by a centaur named Cheiron. Meantime his uncle lived in dread of an oracle's prophecy, which said he should fear the 'man with one shoe'.

'His task would take him beyond the known world to acquire the fleece of a magical ram that once belonged to Zeus, the king of the gods.'

At the age of 20 Jason set off to return to Iolkos - on his journey losing a sandal in the river while helping Hera, Queen of the Gods, who was in disguise as an old woman. On arriving before King Pelias, Jason revealed who he was and made a claim to the kingdom. The king replied, 'If I am to give you the kingdom, first you must bring me the Fleece of the Golden Ram'.

And this was the hero's quest. His task would take him beyond the known world to acquire the fleece of a magical ram that once belonged to Zeus, the king of the gods. Jason's ancestor Phrixus had flown east from Greece to the land of Cochlis (modern day Georgia) on the back of this ram. King Aietes, son of Helios the sun god, had then sacrificed the ram and hung its fleece in a sacred grove guarded by a dragon. An oracle foretold that Aietes would lose his kingdom if he lost the fleece, and it was from Aietes that Jason had to retrieve it.

Why a fleece? Fleeces are connected with magic in many folk traditions. For the ancient Etruscans a gold coloured fleece was a prophecy of future prosperity for the clan. Recent discoveries about the Hittite Empire in Bronze Age Anatolia show celebrations where fleeces were hung to renew royal power. This can offer insight into Jason's search for the fleece and Aietes' reluctance to relinquish it. The fleece represented kinship and prosperity.

Jason's ship, the Argo, began its journey with a crew of 50 (which swelled to 100, including Hercules, in subsequent retellings of the myth) - known as the 'Argonauts'. The Greek claim that the Argo was the first ship ever built can not be true, but Jason's journey was seen by the ancient Greeks as the first long-distance voyage ever undertaken.

Indeed, the voyage can be seen as a metaphor for the opening up of the Black Sea coast. Historically, once the Greeks learned to sail into the Black Sea they embarked on a period of colonisation lasting some 3,000 years - but the time they first arrived in the region is still controversial.

Lemnos, an island in the north-eastern Aegean was Jason's first stop. This was a place inhabited by women who had murdered their husbands after being cursed by Aphrodite. Next the Argo sailed to Samothrace, where the Argonauts were initiated into the Kabeiroi, a cult of 'great gods' who were not Greek and who offered protection to seafarers. From Samothrace the adventurers passed the city of Troy by night, and entered the Sea of Marmara the next day.

'The Jason tale is a founding myth for many towns along this shore.'

The Jason tale is a founding myth for many towns along this shore. It is, however, most likely that local accounts of events have arisen out of the story itself, rather than being based on historic facts that themselves became the basis of the myth.

It is along this stretch of coast that the Argonauts rescue a blind prophet, Phineus, by chasing away the Harpies - the ugly winged females Zeus had sent to torment Phineus. In return Phineus prophesies that Jason will be the first mariner to sail through the 'clashing rocks' that guard the entrance to the Black Sea. The myth arose when Greek sailors were first able to negotiate their way up the powerful currents of the Bosphorus to enter the Black Sea beyond. In time the sea was transformed in Greek eyes from Axeinos Pontus, the 'hostile sea' to Euxeinos Pontus, the 'welcoming sea'. 

The story continues with the Argonauts finally reaching the land of Colchis, and the first part of their quest is achieved. The heroes land and hold council, deciding to walk up to the city of Aia. Along the way they see bodies wrapped in hides and hung in trees, a sight that travellers in Georgia recount right up to the 17th century.

The ancient Greeks speak of Aia as a real city on the River Phasis (the modern River Rhion). Archaeologists have yet to find it, although in 1876 gold treasure was found in this region at an ancient site near the town of Vani, and it was suggested that this might be the city of the Argonaut legend. Heinrich Schlieman, the excavator of Troy and Mycenae, proposed to dig here but was not given permission.

'This suggests that some parts of the myth depict the culture of the historical Iron Age rather than the earlier Bronze Age of Jason.'

Then in 1947 excavations revealed that between 600 and 400 BC (the time the Jason legend took its final shape) Vani was indeed an important Colchin city. The city was not inhabited during the Heroic Age (when the Jason story is set), but it was the Colchin 'capital' at the time the Greek poets located the myth here. This suggests that some parts of the myth depict the culture of the historical Iron Age rather than the earlier Bronze Age of Jason. 

In the myth, once in Colchis Jason asks King Aietes to return the Golden Fleece. Aietes agrees to do so if Jason can perform a series of superhuman tasks. He has to yoke fire-breathing bulls, plough and sow a field with dragons' teeth, and overcome phantom warriors. In the meantime Aphrodite (the goddess of love) makes Medea, daughter of King Aietes, fall in love with Jason. Medea offers to help Jason with his tasks if he marries her in return. He agrees, and is enabled to complete the tasks.

'Thus the classic triangle of hero, dark power and female helper is formed, to be repeated in stories all the way down to Hollywood. '

Thus the classic triangle of hero, dark power and female helper is formed, to be repeated in stories all the way down to Hollywood. And it seems possible that this theme was based on an even earlier myth. An excavation of the 1920s and 30s, at Boghaz Koy, in central Turkey, uncovered Indo-European tablets from a Hittite civilisation dating to the 14th century BC. One of these has an account on it of a story similar to that of Jason and Medea, and may reveal the prehistory of the myth.

It is not known at what date the Greeks borrowed it, but it very possibly happened in the ninth or eighth century BC. This was the time when many themes were taken from the east and incorporated into Greek poetry.

To continue the story. King Aietes organises a banquet, but confides to Medea that he will kill Jason and the Argonauts rather than surrender the Golden Fleece. Medea tells Jason, and helps him retrieve the Fleece. From here the Argonauts flee home, encountering further epic adventures. The ancient storytellers give several versions of the route Jason took back to Greece, reflecting changes in Greek ideas about the geography of the world.

On the final leg of their journey, the Argonauts are caught in a storm, and after they pray to Apollo an island appears to them. The inhabitants of modern-day Anafi, 'the one which was revealed', and which is said to be the island in question, continue to celebrate their part in the story to this day. They regularly hold a festival inside an ancient temple to Apollo, built on the spot where legend says Jason gave thanks to the god for his rescue.

On his return to Iolkos Jason discovers that King Pelias has killed his father, and his mother has died of grief. Medea tricks Pelias by offering to rejuvenate him, and then kills him. Jason and Medea go into exile in Corinth, where Jason betrays Medea by marrying the king's daughter. Medea takes revenge by killing her own children by Jason.

'Pausanias, in his first-century guidebook to Greece, describes a shrine to the murdered children next to a temple to Hera, queen of gods, at Corinth.'

Pausanias, in his first-century guidebook to Greece, describes a shrine to the murdered children next to a temple to Hera, queen of gods, at Corinth. Centuries later, in the 1930s, a British excavation at Perachora uncovered an eighth-century BC temple to Hera, supposedly dedicated by Medea, near an oracle site with pilgrimage offerings left by women devotees over many centuries - perhaps there's a historic basis to the myth?

In the end, Jason becomes a wanderer once more, and eventually returns to beached hull of the Argo. Here the beam of the ship (which was said to speak and was named Dodona) falls on him and kills him. His story has come full circle - as in all Greek myths, the hero's destiny is in the hands of the gods.

We know the story of Jason, but not exactly when it was first told. By classical times the myth had spread across the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, and it continues to fascinate us in our own day, informing archaeological investigations and bearing continued retellings - a testimony to the perennial appeal of the tale of the hero's quest.

Jason and the Argonauts - The Crew

Being commanded to fetch the fleece, Jason sought advice from his pedagogue , Cheiron, -or he consulted the oracle- who advised him to assemble the nobles of Hellas and sail away. Orpheas mentions 49 men, Apollodorus 45, Apollonius 64 and Diodorus 54. Among those who assembled were the following: Jason who became their admiral; Tiphys who steered the ship-he could steer it by watching the stars at night and the sun during the day; Argos-the excellent shipbuilder-who would repair any damage that might be caused; Orpheas who was their religious leader-a wise and widely travelled man, the founder of Orphism and famous for his music as well; Castor and Polydefkis-the Dioskouri- who were strategical geniuses and sailed round the Aegean sea pursuing the pirates, thus clearing the sea; three seers: Amphiaraous, Mopsus and Idmon; Asclepius and Erivotis, experts in medicine; Lynceus - he was believed to be clear sighted - who would stand on the prow searching the sea carefully; Idas and Hercules as prow-officers; Peleus and Telamon as stern-officers; Zetes and Calais who were petty officers and Nauplius, Erginus and Ancaeus, experts in navigation. Anceus took over the Argo after Tiphy's death. He was also said to be an astronomer. The rest of the Argonauts rowed.

Judging from the above we cannot but admire the perfect organization of the Argonauts-all of them being well-educated and experts in their fields as well as good fighters- and therefore conclude that the Argonautic Expedition must have been a voyage of discovery as well.

Fact 1

The deep relation between Ancient Hellenes and the Sea, which goes back to inconceivable times, is mainly proved by the Ancient Hellenic Cosmogony and the fact that among their gods a prominent position had been given to the god of the sea, POSEIDON. Apart from Poseidon there were other sea-deities as well. Oceanus, on the other hand, occupied an honored place in the pantheon of ancient Hellenes.

Fact 2

The building of the Argo and the selected crew indicate the degree of relation between Hellas and the Sea in the ancient times as well as the importance of that voyage.

Fact 3

The fact that Pelias sent Jason to Colchis certain that Jason would never come back might mean two possibilities: Either Colchis was really situated by Euxinus Pontus and its people as well as the other neighboring peoples were wild and dangerous, or Colchis was somewhere far in the Atlantic Ocean (S. America).

Fact 4

The name of Electris Island is mentioned in the myth (Apollonius Rhodius) without anymore information about it. However, the name of it indicates something. Amber (Electron in Hellenic)was found on the islands of the Valtiki Sea, and Hellenes got it from there. Consequently, without going too far we could conclude that "Electris Island" was in the Valtiki Sea and the Argonauts had sailed past that area.

Fact 5

In the myth is also mentioned that among other nations they had passed by, were Hyperborean’s as well. As it is clear from the name these people were not just to the North of the Euxinus Pontus but to the upper North (Hyper boreans). Ancient sources place them near the North Pole. There are several myths which show an intimate relationship between Hyperborean’s and Hellenes, especially those from Delos island because Apollo used to be the greatest god for Hyperborean’s and Delos was Apollo's birthplace. Diodorus Sykeliotis (B47) says "Hyperborean’s have their own language and they are favorably disposed towards Hellenes particularly Athenians and Delians - a friendship which they inherited from their ancestors. Tradition says that Hellenes had visited Hyperborean’s living behind them some valuable votive offerings with Hellenic inscriptions".

Fact 6

Celts worshipped Dioskouri as gods because there was a tradition among them which went back to the very ancient times. According to that tradition these gods, Dioskouri, had appeared on their land emerging from the ocean. Moreover, along the coast of their country there were names coming from the Argonauts and Dioskouri.

Fact 7

The Argonauts probably after they arrived at Colchis heard that there was plenty of gold to the north of the Euxinus Pontus, so they decided to sail to the north. The existence of gold in that area is borne out by Herodotus in his book "Melpomeni" 27, 104 where he says that "According to Issidones (Skythian nation) there are 'one-eyed people' and 'grypes' (winged monsters) guarding the gold...". And he adds, "Agathyrsi (another Skythian nation) live a life of luxury and wear a lot of golden jewellery....". That gold-bearing area must have been near the Uralia Range as it is well known that even today there is gold and other precious metals there.

Fact 8

The Argo came near the Uralia and sailing through the Volgas and other rivers came out to the North Atlantic (Argonautica 1085 by Orpheus). It may sound unbelievable but it is not, since it could be supported by what is mentioned in lines 1125-1129 about the nation of Kimmereans who "were deprived of the sun". These people must have been the Lapps of Scandinavia who live to the North of the Polar Circle and therefore, they do not see the sun for months.

Fact 9

The ancient Hellenic names of the towns along the coast of S. America as well as in the inland, the ancient Hellenic inscriptions found in there, the ancient Hellenic words in the language of Incas, Mayas as well as in the language of the people of Hawaii, the Aegean origin of the architecture style of several buildings of Mayas, Aztecs and Incas, and the ancient Hellenic finds in Bahamas, Incas' area etc. constitute a further evidence that ancient Hellenes capable of navigating tremendous distances crossed the Atlantic and came to S. America in the remotest past.

Fact 10

The fact that some writers sent off the Argo to the East of the Mediterranean while others to the West of the Mediterranean leads us to the conclusion that two voyages might have taken place: one to the East and the other to the West. However, the fragments of the "Argonautica" by Orpheus, which had been preserved might have baffled the ancient copyists and writers who combined all these to describe one voyage.

Fact 11

No matter when exactly the Argonautic Expedition took place or where exactly the Argonauts went, the fact is that this expedition definitely took place in the ancient times and Jason was the first Navigator. This can be proved by the geographical and astronomical evidence throughout the myth.

                                     Job 38:31-33

Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

According to the Hebrew Dictionary Concordance, Mazzaroth represents Mazzarah meaning: THE ZODIAC

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