Friday, October 21, 2016

Stonehenge Sarsen #29 Front as Orion, Gemini (Lower Twins), Taurus, Milky Way, Lepus

Stonehenge Sarsen #29 is the farthest right stone of the phalanx of four "lintel-topped" sarsens at the front of the Stonehenge henge on the main Stonehenge axis. We show our decipherment of the front side of Sarsen #29 below.

The Front Side of Sarsen #29

Comparable Stars to Prominent Lines &
Markings on the Front Side of Sarsen #29

As can be seen from the above decipherment, Sarsen #29 skillfully integrates not only the stars in this region of the sky but also the shape of the Milky Way into the sarsen sculpture. The Milky Way in this region of the heavens has a female shape which we refer to as the "Milky Way Lady" to which each reader can add their own imagination. The Milky Way is shown by the solid darker "ribbon" in bluish-lavender color in the image above. We have marked the figure of the lady by thick dark blue lines.

Sarsen #29 presents the same lady on its left front face and we have marked the main points of similarity in red both on the sarsen stone as well as on the underlying sky map. As usual, our underlying star positions are a clip from our standard astronomy software, Starry Night Pro 3.1. We stick to the older version because it better suits our purposes than the recently purchased Starry Night Pro 7, which appears to be great for avid telescope users, but appears for now to be somewhat less suited to our simple research purposes. Perhaps we are just accustomed to what we have been using for so long.

The right side of Sarsen #29 viewed from the present perspective consists principally of two male heads, one above the other. We have marked them in red only without a blue outline. The top head is crowned by the kind of full-body animal skin cap often seen by us in megalithic sculpture.

The markings at that crown of the head are stars today assigned to Taurus. The top of Sarsen #29 marks the Galactic Meridian and the crossing point there of the Galactic Equator.

That is the "opposite" Milky Way point to the crossing again of the Galactic Equator and Galactic Meridian 180 degrees removed near the stars 3 Sagittarii viz. Gamma Sagittarii (the tip of the arrow of the bow of the archer, Sagittarius) as well as 45 Ophiuchi, and Messier Objects M6 and M7 between Sagittarius and Scorpio. That is the location of the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy.

That is surely where the ancients placed the galactic center in their basic skywatcher observations. We will look at that galactic center in our decipherment of Stonehenge Stone #40g and meet those above stars again.

Although the two heads surely represent the "lower twins" of Gemini, the stars assigned in historical research to the "lower twins" by modern scholars actually correspond to the position of the head of the lady in the Milky Way, with her lower half marked by stars of Canis Minor and Monoceros.

The beard of the lower of the lower twins is marked in part by stars of Lepus.

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Volume 1, Edition 2, 266 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Sky Earth Native America 2:
    American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
    Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
    Volume 2, Edition 2, 262 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Both volumes have the same cover except for the labels "Volume 1" viz. "Volume 2".
    The image on the cover was created using public domain space photos of Earth from NASA.


    Both book volumes contain the following basic book description:
    "Alice Cunningham Fletcher observed in her 1902 publication in the American Anthropologist
    that there is ample evidence that some ancient cultures in Native America, e.g. the Pawnee in Nebraska,
    geographically located their villages according to patterns seen in stars of the heavens.
    See Alice C. Fletcher, Star Cult Among the Pawnee--A Preliminary Report,
    American Anthropologist, 4, 730-736, 1902.
    Ralph N. Buckstaff wrote:
    "These Indians recognized the constellations as we do, also the important stars,
    drawing them according to their magnitude.
    The groups were placed with a great deal of thought and care and show long study.
    ... They were keen observers....
    The Pawnee Indians must have had a knowledge of astronomy comparable to that of the early white men."
    See Ralph N. Buckstaff, Stars and Constellations of a Pawnee Sky Map,
    American Anthropologist, Vol. 29, Nr. 2, April-June 1927, pp. 279-285, 1927.
    In our book, we take these observations one level further
    and show that megalithic sites and petroglyphic rock carving and pictographic rock art in Native America,
    together with mounds and earthworks, were made to represent territorial geographic landmarks
    placed according to the stars of the sky using the ready map of the starry sky
    in the hermetic tradition, "as above, so below".
    That mirror image of the heavens on terrestrial land is the "Sky Earth" of Native America,
    whose "rock stars" are the real stars of the heavens, "immortalized" by rock art petroglyphs, pictographs,
    cave paintings, earthworks and mounds of various kinds (stone, earth, shells) on our Earth.
    These landmarks were placed systematically in North America, Central America (Meso-America) and South America
    and can to a large degree be reconstructed as the Sky Earth of Native America."

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