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« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2007, 08:10:46 pm »

The Royal Stars

These stars once marked the cardinal points of the equinoxes and the solstices. They are also known as the Archangel stars being watchers of the four points of the compass. They were characterised as horses, the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Regulus - (the star of kings) known as being the heart of the lion in the constellation of Leo, it is the most important of these four. The healing Archangel Raphael, the watcher of the North. Certainly, in Royal nativity's, Regulus is very important, regarded almost as a planet itself.

Fomalhaut - the fish's mouth in the constellation of Pisces. The Archangel Gabriel, the watcher of the South.

Alderbaran - the left eye of the bull in the constellation of Taurus. The Archangel Michael, the watcher of the East.

Antares - the heart of the scorpion in the constellation of Scorpio. The Archangel Oriel, the watcher of the West.



The Seven Sisters or Pleiades

This cluster of stars was called "The Guardians of the Sky". All are part of the make-up of the constellation of Taurus and that of the bull. The cluster consists of 7 small stars (Electra, Celaeno, Taygeta, Maia, Merope, Asterope and Alcyone) with Alcyone being the central star and known as the star of the weeping sisters. It is said that anyone influenced by the 29th degree of Taurus (0 Gemini now) will at some point in their life, suffer "a fate to weep about". It also bestows strong will, sincerity and honesty.
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Let’s Get Sirius 

Whew! Tired of the sweltering heat called the “dog days of summer?”

Blame it on the dog star, Sirius. Although the “dog days” have been thought to traditionally run from July 3 to August 11 – certain common traditions say they are longer and extend on into the month of September.

Original Source of the Term "Dog Days"

Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, is the original source of the term “dog days of summer.” Although there appears to be a wee bit of disagreement and/or confusion on the matter… the “Dog Star" Sirius apparently originated from the ancient Egyptians who named the bright star Sihor after their powerful dog-headed divinity Anubis. Later traditions, it would seem, associated the Dog Star with the Egyptian god, Osiris.

In ancient Egypt, the dog star Sihor rose along side the Sun when summer was at its very hottest. The ancient Egyptians celebrated the return of the “dog days,” because the rising of the Sun, combined with the Dog Star, announced a very good thing.

The River Nile - New Life To A Parched Land

It was during the Sihor "Dog Days" each and every year that the River Nile would flood, reviving and bringing new life to all of the surrounding parched land. The “Dog Days” were said to last from 20 days prior to the conjunction to 20 days after.

Thus, the start of the Egyptian sacred year was marked each year by the reappearance of the Dog Star rising with the Sun.

The Dog Star Sihor, was to be later named Sirius by the Greeks, after the Greek word for “serious” or “ardent.”

The Hebrew's Old Testament text of Job refers to Sirius as the star Mazzaroth:

"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?" Job 38:31-33a, KJV

Summer Heat - Sirius a 2nd Sun

Both the ancient Egyptian and Roman traditions, looked at the Dog Star as being a 2nd Sun, and agreed that the Dog Star was responsible for the intense summer heat by adding its own heat to the heat of the Sun.

However, according to the National Geographic News (James Owen, July 16, 2004), in ancient Rome, the “dog days” – dies caniculares in Latin – came to have more negative associations, such as “intolerable heat, lethargy, disease, and mad dogs.”

According to Owens: “Pliny (A.D. 23-79), in his Natural History, refers to the increased risk of attack by rabid dogs in July and August.”

Beneficent Sirius Throughout The Centuries   

Nevertheless, throughout the centuries, the dog star, Sirius, has most often been thought of as having a beneficial influence. In traditional astrology, Sirius is thought to combine the energies of Jupiter and Mars. It is thought to be a matter of good fortune to be born with Sirius either conjunct one’s birth chart Ascendant or Midheaven.

Birth of the USA Connection?

There are even some interesting speculations that the, dog star, Sirius – as part of the astrological sky – played a significant role in the timing of the birth of the United States of America, as well as in the laying of the Washington Monument cornerstone in Washington D.C.

These events were purposefully, with intent, scheduled for precise moments when the, dog star, Sirius was located in various auspicious positions in the sky. (The Secret Architecture of our Nation's Capitol; David Ovason)

The Precession and Such

Today, the dog star, Sirius, actually appears in the dawn skies with the Sun several weeks later than it did in ancient times. This is because of precession of the equinoxes – i.e. the stars and constellations gradually having shifted their position in relation to the Sun.

Still today, the “dog days” are generally thought to traditionally run from July 3 to August 11 – however with certain common traditions saying they are longer and extend on into the month of September.

According to Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998:

 “The astronomer Roger Long states that in an ancient calendar in Bede (died 735) the beginning of dog days is placed on the 14th of July; that in a calendar prefixed to the Common Prayer, printed in the time of Queen Elizabeth, they were said to begin on the 6th of July and end on the 5th of September; that, from the Restoration (1660) to the beginning of New Style (1752), British almanacs placed the beginning on the 19th of July and the end on the 28th of August; and that after 1752 the beginning was put on the 30th of July, the end on the 7th of September. Some English calendars now put the beginning on July 3rd, and the ending on August 11th. A popular American almanac of the present time (1890) places the beginning on the 25th of July and the end on the 5th of September.
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