Cosmology is everywhere, not just in the sky

The primary natural expression of structure is in speciation (Tressider 1999). A lion is a lion, a bull is a bull, expressing coherent clusters of attributes. Some animals are universally recognised as archetypes. The animal kingdom offers analogies to other natural features (weather, planets, processes, calendar; and to cultural features (social functions, mythic episodes, rituals).
Yet only some animals express characters in myth, indicating that the animal kingdom alone, including humans, does not form a complete set of
archetypes. Myths, and rituals, time cycles, constellations and buildings to which we attach myths, indicate a mixed set of categories; species, griffins, gender, episodes, postures, skills, functions, status, items, tools, instruments, weapons, emotions and places. Culture imprints various mixtures of these natural and human elements on time, and in the sky. Again, no single imprint is perfect or complete. Constellation stick figures do not have their eyes on an axial grid. Some are out of place, like Libra as Bootes, standing over Virgo, instead of between Virgo and Scorpius. Some do not make good pictures of anything, such as Aquarius (perhaps a badly drawn zebra), or Sagittarius (perhaps a Chariot or Teapot). Stars borrow character from nature and culture. There is no pure or original astronomical ceiling, not even in the sky (see the Senmut ceiling, in the Egyptian chapter). Egypt did not have a rigorous constellation figure tradition (see the mixture of Babylonian, Egyptian, and Greek characters in the Dendera round zodiac, under Great Zimbabwe in the African chapter). In the Dendera rectangular zodiac, many of the Greek iconic figures are on an ocular (eye-to-eye) axial grid, but some are not across from their regular opposites, raising the possibility that there, for once, the axial grid was consciously used, but used with some errors. In polar decans, which are a mixture of gods, pictures, hours, months, and asterisms; the only constant, universal, and thus archetypal elements are the stoneprint layers in each decanal artwork, not the zodiac elements. Decanal paintings all differ, partly due to their inherent optionality …………….[order the book Stoneprint at $30 plus postage, from Four Equators Media, via edmond at syrex dot co dot za using Paypal ]…………


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s