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Ancient Myth Articles
Note: The author of this site knows David Talbott very well, and considers him to be the foremost mythologist in the world, if not the foremost scholar. He is a polymath of extremely high intelligence and integration capability. More importantly, in scholarship his integrity and valuation of the truth is at the highest level.
RITES OF KINGSHIP
1) Celebration of the king as part of a blood-line tracing back to the rule of the central luminary himself, in a golden age;
2) The role of the king as the source of natural abundance (the duty to restore the golden age, or a semblance thereof);
3) The king's symbolic marriage to a mother goddess, identified as the eye-heart-soul of the central luminary;
4) The goddess in her terrible aspect as flaming serpent or dragon, raging in the sky;
5) The role of the king as the warrior-son, born in the eye- heart-soul of the central luminary;
6) The role of the warrior-son in defeating or pacifying the raging serpent-dragon;
7) Assimilation of kingship rites to memories of sweeping cosmic catastrophe, involving the death or ordeal of a primeval, celestial king, whose rejuvenation was synchronous with the regeneration of nature following the catastrophe;
8) Symbolic assimilation of neighboring tribes to the chaos hordes or retinue of the serpent-dragon.
These cosmological images, constituting a vast complex of kingship rites, are not present in the prior phases of human history. And the images do not answer to anything in our sky today. Therefore, the verifiable coherence of the images, each inseparably connected to the others, is an issue that cannot be swept aside.
HEAVENLY TWINS IN EGYPT
In his birth, Shu descends to become the world pillar supporting Atum-Ra. The eye goddess, in turn, spirals out as the uraeus serpent, ultimately coming to form the polar enclosure.
The different motifs are summarized in the notebook, "Symbols of an Alien Sky", which presents a series of "snapshots" of the polar configuration, supplemented by numerous ancient drawings and explanatory text.
Ancient symbolism was multi-layered. The great mythical motifs were projected onto every available form in nature, be it a local mountain (symbol of the world mountain), or a prominent star group.
Most of the diverse figures of the mother goddess and warrior hero are paired in various ways, to represent the cosmic twins in later art. The good and evil brothers, dark and light, male and female, above and below, two faces looking in opposite directions, right and left - all are included in the mix. As I've suggested previously, these motifs are explicable by the concrete play of light and shadow off the polar configuration as the Earth turned on its axis.
Hence, I would say that Gemini has a global myth behind it, tying the constellation symbolically to the memory of creation.