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This nOde last updated October 10th, 2004 and is permanently morphing...
(13 Cimi / 9 Yax (Green) - 26/260 - 220.127.116.11.6)
1. Greek Mythology. A giant hunter, pursuer of the Pleiades and lover of Eos, killed by Artemis.
2. A constellation in the celestial equator near Gemini and Taurus, containing the stars Betelgeuse and Rigel.
[Middle English Orioun, from Latin O¯rìon, from Greek.]
"I've seen things you people
wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched
C-beams glitter in the dark near Tannuser Gate. All those moments
will be lost in time
like tears in rain."
- Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty, Nexus 6, in the film _Blade Runner_ (vhs/ntsc) (1982)
The Rise of Orion
It was early November i983 and, as is usual at that time of year, the night skies in central Saudi Arabia were remarkably clear.
This was the time of week-end camping by expatriates in Riyadh in the golden dunes about twenty kilometres outside the sprawling western suburbs of this sedate city.
My wife, Michele, had packed the usual gear: alcohol-free beer, plenty of drinking water, food and the sleeping-bags. My daughter, Candice, was only four years old, but already a seasoned desert traveller. Two other couples with their children joined us. The idea was to select a high dune so that the kids could play on the clean, golden-coloured sand while the adults relaxed over hot coffee and an elaborate barbecue. We were all looking forward to escaping from the hard work and no play mood of Riyadh and the stifling atmosphere of a deeply Islamic society.
Night on the dunes can be very beautiful. Immediately after the spectacular display of the setting sun came the darkness, with the canopy of a star-spangled sky almost at arm's length. Lying in my sleeping-bag, I counted the stars until I fell asleep.
For some reason I woke up at 3 a.m., perhaps subconsciously motivated. Once more I gazed up, at first unsure of where I was. High in the southern sky, arching over and almost marking for us the curve of the celestial equator, was a luminous band of light, resplendent against the inky black of space. It was the Milky Way and it looked like a great river in the sky. On its west 'bank' was a spatter of beautiful stars, brighter than all the others which surrounded them. I recognised them immediately as the constellation of Orion and went to wake up my friend Jean-Pierre, who shared my interest in astronomy and whose passion for sailing had necessitated his learning to navigate using the stars.
Silently, he came with me to the edge of the dune. Looking at the very bright star now high over the horizon, he let me into one of the secrets of astro-navigation. 'Do you know', he asked, 'how to find the rising point of Sirius once Orion has risen?' I shrugged my shoulders in ignorance. 'Well, first,' he said, pointing in the direction of the 'river bank', 'you must find the three stars of Orion's Belt. These three form a row and you extend the alignment downwards to the horizon. When the belt stars have risen about twenty degrees - roughly the height of an open hand at arm's length and with fingers outstretched - they will be followed by Sirius at the place on the horizon where they point.' He was now pointing towards the bright star on the horizon, which we both knew was Sirius, Then, almost as an afterthought, he uttered these words: 'Actually, the three stars of Orion's Belt are not perfectly aligned. If you look carefully you will see that the smallest of them, the one at the top, is slightly offset to the east and they are slanted in a south-westerly direction relative to the axis of theMilky Way. Also notice how . . .' At this point I cut him short. He gave me a puzzled look as I quoted the words I remembered only too well from the Pyramid Texts:
'The Dust has grasped the king's hand at the place where Orion is . . . [PT 1717]. O Osiris King . . . Betake yourself to the Waterway . . . may a stairway to the Dust be set for you at the place where Orion is . . . [PT 1717].' By now the others had woken up and joined us. 'Je tiens I'affaire!', I cried excitedly. I had deliberately chosen the words uttered by Champollion when he realised he had decoded the secrets of Egyptian hieroglyphic writing and I hoped that someone in the group, a few of whom I had involved in the aerial photo puzzle of Giza, would catch on. From their expressions it was obvious they had not.
Jean-Pierre kept on looking intensely
at Orion. 'What have you seen . . . ?', he inquired, amused.
'The three pyramids of Giza', I said calmly.
'The what . . . ?' asked Michele. She had heard endlessly about the star religion of the Egyptians in those last few months. 'Is this a joke . . . ?'
'No, I am quite serious,' and I pointed to Orion's Belt. Thus began a saga which was to run for another ten years.
- Robert Bauval, Belgian Engineer, author of _The Orion Mystery_
In 1989, I published a paper in the Oxford Journal, Discussions In Egyptology (vol. 13), in which I demonstrated that the three Great Pyramids and their relative position to the Nile created on the ground formed a sort of 3-D "hologram" of the three stars of Orion's belt and their relative position to the Milky Way. To support this contention, I brought into evidence the inclined shaft in the Great Pyramid which was aimed at the south meridian toward this group of stars, as well as written evidence from the Pyramid Texts that identified the afterlife destiny of the pyramid-kings with Orion.
Later in my book _The Orion Mystery_, I also demonstrated that the best fit for the Giza Pyramids/Nile pattern with the Orion's belt/Milky Way pattern occurred when the sky was pushed back in time (i.e., precessed) to the epoch of 10,500 BCE. There were good reasons for doing so. The ancient Egyptians, for example, constantly referred to a remote golden age they called Zep Tepi, the "First Time" of Osiris, which they believed hadlong predated the Pyramid Age. Osiris was Orion, and the Great Pyramid had a shaft directed to Orion at the meridian. To me, this "silent" astro-architectural language seemed to be spelling out, "Here is Osiris, in the sky when these pyramids were built, yet know, too, that his origins are rooted in the First Time." But the First Time of what? How could the stars of Orion have a First Time? Well they can. And they do. Provided, of course, that you can read through the allegorical "language" of the ancients via the symbolic architecture and the related Pyramid Texts. Allegory, to put it in another way, is the "Q-Basics" of the master astronomers who designed the Giza complex. When the stars of Orion are observed at the meridian in the precise manner that the ancient Egyptian astronomers did over many centuries, they could not help noting that these stars crossed the south meridian at different altitudes at different epoch. This is, of course, is due to the phenomenon of precession. In short, the stars of Orion can be said to have a starting point or "beginning" at the nadir of their precessional cycle. Simple calculations show that this occurred in 10,500 BCE.
Could the ancient astronomers of the Pyramid Age have used their very clever "silent language" combined with precession to freeze the "First Time" of Osiris -- somewhat as the gifted architects of gothic cathedrals froze in allegorical stonework the "time of Christ?"
- Robert Bauval
604 entity Orion
TV series _Kung
Episode #60 (Prod #166270)
"FLIGHT TO ORION"
Teleplay By:: Stephen & Elinor Karpf (#59-62)
Directed By:: Marc Daniels (also #49, 53, 59 & 62)
First Broadcast: ABC, FEBRUARY 22, 1975 (SATURDAY)
Guest Stars: Lois Nettleton, John Blyth Barrymore (#59-62 as Zeke Caine) Special Guest Star: Leslie Nielsen (#59-62)
Caine, Zeke and Zeke's mother try to find Danny before the search party which plans to find/kill him for a $10,000 reward
(strange how both brothers turn out to have the same price on their heads).
Information: Herein Caine gives away the flute he received as a gift in #55 "Battle Hymn"
The Orion Zone