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 Orion; son of 'Neptune' (Poseidon) and the nymph 'Eurayle'

He was a handsome giant and a mighty hunter. His father gave him the power of wading through the depths of the sea, or, as others say, of walking on its surface.
 Ancient Indians
saw the figure as a king who had been shot by an arrow
(represented by the stars in Orion's belt).
 Ancient Egyptians
thought the stars in the belt represented the resting place of the soul of the god 'Osiris'.

O S I R I S  -  A S A R:
He was a god of resurection and was often represented as the eye of god
(the Masonic Order has such an eye of god in their symbol).
Osiris the 'Dying God' is a symbolic mythological representation of 'death and resurrection'.

Khir-Om Abi is but a variation; that legend which, representing a murder or a death, and a restoration to life, by a drama in which figure Osiris, Isis and Horus, Atys and Cybele, Adonis
and Venus, the Cabiri, Dionusos, and many another representative of the active and passive 'Powers of Nature'.

Some of the other historical cultural and mythological figures representing the evolutionary death and resurrection motiff include;

Hellenic Attis
 Osiris was considered the earth god
 God of the Underworld
 God of the dead
 'Apas the Bull'
Apis the bull was sacred to Osiris;
The sacrifice of the bull is associated with the resurrection of Osiris
After completing all the adventures, trials and tribulations presented to him in the underworld, Osiris then triumphantly appears as 'Nefer'.
 Caballa's Tree of Life
The Caballa's Tree of Life associates Osiris to the sixth sphere called Tiphareth (Beauty), the sphere of Shemesh, Sun.

Egypt: representation of the solar god 'Horus'. He is shown as riding in a boat
with the star 'Sirius as Isis' in the form of a 'cow' in another boat behind him.

The 'souls' of Osiris and Isis are represented by 'Orion' and 'Sirius'.
 Ancient Greek Mythology
and talk among the Greeks was a 'Great Hunter' who, upon death, was placed in the sky
for all to admire and recall the heroic things Orion had done on earth.

The Greek myths of Orion's death and subsequent placement in the sky may also be
connected to legends from other ancient cultures.

In Greek myth, Orion was a giant who hunted the wild animals of the earth.

According to Greek mythology, the stars in this region of the sky are labeled Orion in honor of a great hunter, son of 'Neptune' and the nymph 'Eurayle'. It’s the most spread myth about the constellation.

He was the enemy of Artemis the huntress, who according to some tales was responsible
for his death.

Other stories, though, tell how he pursued the daughters of Pleione - the Pleiades
- and with them was turned into a constellation to chase them forever across the sky.

Artemis, 'goddess of the Moon' and Wild Animals (the Roman 'Diana the Huntress')

Apollo, was her twin brother (the sun god)
In one myth, Artemis fell in love with him and was tricked by her brother Apollo into
killing Orion with an arrow.

Goddess Artemis begged Ascelpius to save Orion, but Zeus killed Ascelpius as he was trying.

Goddess Artemis set Orion's image in the stars.

This story may be related to the Hittite legend of 'Anat', the battle-goddess who falls in love
with a hunter but accidentally causes his death when he refuses to give her his 'bow'.
Artemis, the goddess of hunt and the moon fell in love with him and stopped doing her job of illuminating the sky at night.

Her twin brother Apollo, seeing Orion swimming on the sea, dared his sister to strike what only 'appeared' to be a spot on the waves.

Not knowing it was Orion, Goddess Artemis shot an arrow and killed him. Later, when she
found out what she did, she placed his body among the stars.

The grief she felt explains why the moon looks so sad at night.

 Another version from Greece:
The classical representation of the hero Orion shows him kneeling with his raised right arm brandishing a club, a shield or lion skin in his left. Orion was born to the childless widower Irieus, a poor shepherd, who invited the gods Zeus, Poseidon and Mercury to dinner without knowing who they were.

Unable to offer them anything to eat, he butchered the only animal he had, an ox, and made them comfortable. For his sacrifice and hospitality the gods offered him anything he could want. Irieus asked for a son and Orion was born from the ox skin some months later.

As Orion grew he became a great hunter, a womanizer and friend and lover of the goddess Artemis. Her brother, Apollo, became jealous of Artemis' infatuation with Orion and attempted to have him killed by a scorpion placed on his hunting path.

As Orion approached, the scorpion fled. With the hunter in pursuit it jumped into the ocean and swam with Orion close behind. Apollo placed a beam of light on the swimmer and dared his sister to hit the tiny spot on the water.

Never one to pass on a chance to showcase her hunting skills, Artemis killed her lover with a single arrow. His body washed up on the shore the next day.

In her sorrow she asked that Zeus place him in the sky where he could remain for eternity with his hunting dogs and the hare Lepus. Apollo insisted that the scorpion be placed in the sky as well to commemorate the hunter's downfall.

According to greek mythology Orion died being stung by a scorpion.

He is set such in the sky that he sets in the 'west' while his slayer,
the 'Scorpius' raises in the east.

Followed by his two dogs he is now fighting the 'bull Taurus'.

 M Y T H S  -  and  -  L E G E N D S:
One myth says that Orion was banished to the sky for boasting about how many animals
he would kill (to impress Eos).

He and his hunting dogs, Canis Major and Minor, chase the constellations representing animals, but can never catch them.
There are two legends about Orion's 'birth', both relating him to 'WATER'.

In one, he is the son of Poseidon and Eurayle, one of the three daughters of Ceto and Phorcys.
In the other, he is the son of the widowed bee-keeper Hyrieus, conceived from a 'sacrifice'
to the gods that may be related to an ancient African rain-making charm.

In this story he was named Urion, 'maker of water'.

His birth legends may be connected to the seasonal rains that come near the rising and setting
of the constellation.
 Scorpion stories
There are several stories of Orion being stung to death by a 'scorpion'.

These may be related to an Egyptian myth about Horus, the child of Isis and Osiris who
met a similar fate, or to the Babylonian story of the attack on Gilgamesh by the scorpion men.

Another version of the scorpion story has Artemis unleashing the scorpion to punish Orion for having pursued the 'seven Pleiades'.

All of these stories seem to recognize the 'astronomical phenomenon' that 'Orion' and the 'constellation Scorpio' each rise as the other sets.

In one version he is chasing the scorpion to try finally to kill it.

In another he is forever running away or hiding from it.

ANATOMY of 'O R I O N' - H U N T E R
The Solar System lies at the inner edge of the Orion Arm of our Galaxy.

When we look at Orion, then, we are looking outward through the stars of our own galactic arm, towards the Galaxy's edge.
Sword - Phallus of Orion
Beneath Alnilam (the central star of the Belt) is the 'Sword' of Orion
- a vertical line of fainter stars and nebulosity.

More appropriately, or possibly an accurate description of that which is hanging down below
Orion’s waist is that of a 'phallus'.
Bow of Orion
In addition to its better known stellar features, Orion also contains a bow-shaped array of less prominent stars to the west of the constellation's main body, which are said to represent the hunter's cape or shield.
Club of Orion
To the north, where the Milky Way passes through the constellation, a less clearly defined star-group supposedly describe's Orion's club.
 Arabs saw the constellation as the figure of a giant.
The Arabic names for Orion's stars are:

The name Betelgeuse comes from the Arabic ibt al jauzah, which literally means
"the armpit of the central one"; in case of the Sumerians it meant "the armpit of the sheep."

According to Secrets of the Night Sky (Bob Berman, William Morrow &Co, 1995)
the ancient Sumerians saw in this star pattern a 'sheep'.

One of the most famous stars in the sky, 'Betelgeuse' is a gigantic red star lying more than
400 light years from the Earth.

It is particular bright and prominent star (the tenth brightest in the sky) and shines with a
red-orange light.

The Betelgeuse system includes at least five companion stars in orbit around the vast central star, which is truly immense.

It is in fact one of the largest stars known, with a diameter up to one thousand times that
of the Sun.

This diameter is not fixed:
the matter in Betelgeuse's outer shells swells and contracts by up to a quarter of its volume, over an irregular period of about five years. This factor is reflected in its shifting magnitude when viewed from Earth. Patterns of 'starspots' have also been detected on Betelgeuse's surface.

Betelgeuse is a star in the last stages of its life.

It has evolved to the point where its raw material for nuclear fusion has almost been exhausted, and it is approaching the point - a matter of just a few million years from now
- where a 'supernova' will occur.

The mottled surface of Betelgeuse, a vast and 'ancient star' approaching the end of its
long life cycle.

Orion contains some of the best known stars in the sky, with perhaps the most famous being the variable red giant 'Betelgeuse', which marks Orion's left shoulder.
At the right shoulder of Orion the Hunter is another variable star, blue in colour.
At Orion's right foot is yet another famous star, blue like Bellatrix: the supergiant 'Rigel'.
meaning 'Sword of the Giant', marks the left foot of Orion.

Mesopotamia: 'A N U' (Orion) - A N - Sumerian Uru-anna
True Shepherd of Anu (Orion)

known as 'An' or 'Anu' the 'true shepherd', the name of the constellation is a variation of
the Sumerian 'Uru-anna', 'Light of the Sky'. His wife is 'Antu'.

According to tradition 'An' took over heaven when it was separated from earth,
creating the 'universe' as we know it.

He is son of Ansar and Kisar, and 'F A T H E R' of 'ALL the GODS'.

In the story of the 'three superimposed heavens',

Anu occupies the topmost heaven.

The 'way of Anu' is the vertical band of the eastern horizon, 'between' the 'ways' of
Enlil and Enki which lie to its north and south.

Anu is not a well defined god because he encompassed so many concepts.
No clearly recognizable artistic representation of him has ever been identified.

Mesopotamia - Marduk:
representation of Marduk, the patronal god of the city of Babylon in Ur whose cult replaced the cult of Bel. Marduk was the most popular Babylonian god in the fourteenth century BC and was considered the god from which all others derived their power.

His popularity arose from his triumphant duel with Tiamat, the celestial Dragon, as he created all from Chaos. He is said to have brought order from Chaos when he slew the Dragon with his mace and cut her body into two parts.

One part was placed above and became the heavens, one he placed below his feet and became the earth. Her breasts became the mountains, the Tigris and Euphrates flowed from her eyes, the sea sprang from her body, her blood was oil.

He then made a path for the sun to follow, divided time into a calendar of twelve months of thirty days each and created man from the bones of Qingu, ally of and lover to Tiamat.

All ziggurats were dedicated to Bel-Marduk. The most famous ziggurat, Esagila, in the city of Babylon became famous as the Tower of Babel. See the Mesopotamian legends of Andromeda, Cetus, Draco, Hydra and Perseus.

G I L G A M E S H - the king of Uruk
G I L G A M E S H:

Gilgames and his Polar Opposite Twin 'Enkidu'

The epic of Gilgamesh is probably the most complete legend connected with this constellation. Dating to over 4000 years ago, the epic was discovered inscribed on twelve clay tablets found in the library at Nineveh, each recounting some portion of the story of Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu.

Gilgamesh was an actual living man, the king of Uruk in the first half of the third millennium BC. He was a descendent of the Sumerian Noah, Utnapishtim. Strong, commanding and a lady killer, he met his rival Enkidu on the field of battle.

Enkidu was his twin in size and strength, but his polar opposite in temperament. After wrestling for several days, Gilgamesh realized he could not beat Enkidu and the two became friends.

the giant Humbaba
For their first exploit they attacked and killed the giant Humbaba who lived in the Cedar Forest. After witnessing his amazing strength and admiring his obvious beauty, the goddess Istar fell in love with Gilgamesh and wished to become his lover, which he refused.

the mighty Bull of heaven
Istar called down the mighty Bull of heaven to destroy Uruk. Gilgamesh and Enkidu slew the animal, cutting it into pieces which Enkidu threw at Istar and her priestesses. Istar cursed the beautiful Gilgamesh with leprosy and caused Enkidu to lapse into a coma and die.

Gilgamesh roamed the desert in grief for Enkidu and in fear of dying before finally returning to give his friend a proper funeral. His quest for immortality ended with the once powerful, virile king an old, broken man.

See the Mesopotamian legend of Taurus.
'O R I O N' - and the - 'THREE PRIMARY RAYS'
The name 'Orion' literally means "the breaking forth of light"

ORION (Spirit): THE THREE KINGS (Three Wise Men) - Magi

 Divine WILL - Intent
 Pure LOVE

The ancient name of Orion was "the three Kings", because of the three beautiful stars found in Orion's Belt.

The Three Kings represent the three 'divine aspects' of Will, Love and Intelligence, and Orion, therefore, symbolizes the 'SPIRIT'.

The name Orion literally means "the breaking forth of light."

The 'three wise men' became known as the 'three kings' in Western tradition and, in keeping with stellar symbolism, they also became identified to the three stars of Orion's belt.

the Three Kings were the three conspicuous stars in the belt of Orion… that so easily distinguishes this notable constellation… and their title was for long the Three Kings of Orion

The Three Wise Men also represent our three 'lower' energy centers:
 the will to be or survive
 the creative generative center
 our emotional-desire center.

These centers, when dedicated to 'spiritual aspiration', become as wise men:
and give up or 'surrender' themselves to the 'Heart center' or the Christ energy.
They give the best of who they are.
They embody the 'devotional energies' of these 'lower' centers 'Rising Up to the Heart'.

They point almost in a direct line to the following…'Sirius' (which) was made in the type of 'Christ-soul' in mankind.

These Three Stars in the belt of 'ORION' point to 'The God Star' - 'S I R I U S'

(Sirius) is preceded by the Three Kings of Orion who anticipate its coming (rising)
…"2 See 'Sirus':

"We three kings of 'Orion' are,
bearing gifts we traverse afar,
fields and fountains, moors and mountains,
'following' yonder star (Sirius)…"

The Birth at Bethlehem the date was fixed astronomically nearly four centuries after Christ was born.

The combination of Virgo with the 'Star in the East (Sirius)', and the Three Kings
(symbolized by Orion's belt) was the determining factor.

The Virgin was seen in the east, with the line of the horizon passing through her 'center',
and this is one of the factors determining the doctrine of the Virgin birth.

There are two festivals kept in the Roman Catholic and the higher Anglican Churches, called the Assumption of the Virgin and the Birth of the Virgin Mary. One is celebrated on August 15th and the other on September 8th. Each year, the sun can be seen entering the sign Virgo about the time of the Assumption, and the entire constellation is enveloped and lost to sight in the radiant glory of the sun. About September 8th the constellation Virgo can be seen slowly reappearing as it emerges from the rays of the sun. This is spoken of as the birth of the Virgin.3
The first three Rays are called the Primary Rays because they embody both the original Principles of the Absolute, as well as being IDENTICAL to the First, Second and Third Rays, but need to be considered as having a separate existence in order to explain the functions of the Seven Rays, and how the Rays relate to Human life.

The Primaries are the original manifestation of the Rays working at the Monadic level of existence, where only three Rays exist. As such, they are of pure Ray quality, because they embody the essence of the Absolute’s Principles.

To illustrate the natural process of the Primary Rays, imagine a 'still lake' which represents the Second Ray. If we throw a stone into the water, we have used a First Ray action to initiate a result, and the ripples that spread across the lake as the stone hits the surface are Third Ray.

This demonstrates the impetus which First Ray energy is able to create, but first there has to be a still lake waiting for a stone to be thrown into it. The reaction of the stone hitting the water creates the form, as waves ripple out from the centre.

As ripples, they have no form of their own, but their action can affect form indirectly, such as the movement of a leaf floating on the pond’s surface.

Once they 'descend' to the lower levels of existence, they become the Seven Rays to establish physical manifestation. The Seven Rays that relate to Human spirituality are not pure in the sense that the Primaries are pure, but instead partake of minor qualities from other Rays giving them individual and unique characteristics.

The first three Rays are based on the Primaries, so the First and Second Rays can be too refined to function independently, and often work in conjunction with another Ray. The Third Ray is different; it marks the point where we leave the realms of intangibility and begin to enter the more tangible realms of craft.

The Third Ray is where form begins; it is the 'ROOT of IMAGINATIVE THOUGHT' which leads to ideas, and the 'translation of the intangible into form'. From the Third Ray, the other four Rays of Attribute are born, to accomplish the ends begun with the Primaries.

Rays Four through to Seven put Form into perspective, giving them the ability to manifest in our physical reality through a division into practical states of being.


Orion's Belt Stars - the 'Belt of the Giant'
These Three Stars point to 'The God Star' - 'S I R I U S'

A key feature of Orion's constellation is his Belt of three bright stars that form a nearly straight line across its central parts.

These stars are Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka, three very distant but very luminous bodies.

In wintertime Orion is a magnificent constellation which can easily be found by the the three stars forming a line building the belt of the Hunter.

The 'belt stars point towards Sirius',
the brightest star in the constellation of the 'Larger Dog', Canis Major, situated SE of Orion.

From his belt there hangs a well defined deggar, which is known for one of the most famous nebulas in the sky: The Large Orion Nebula (M42).

One of the most obvious features people see in Orion is the three stars that make up what most people consider the 'belt of the giant'.

Alnilam / Alnitak / Mintaka are all located between 21-24 degrees Gemini

The three stars of Orion's 'belt' rising 18.4 degrees south of east.
Alnitak the lowest star is slightly to the left or to the north of Mintaka the highest star.(2.)
 Mintaka , the westernmost star in the belt, comes from the Arabic word for belt.
 Alnilam, the center star in the belt, means "a belt of pearls".
 Alnitak, the eastern-most star, means the girdle.
All three are at the same distance from us and, with Rigel, Saiph, and Meissa, probably formed at about the same time some ten million years ago from the molecular clouds astronomers have found in Orion.

 Star Name Alnitak
Object Star -- Super Giant
Distance 1500 light years
Brightness 35,000 times greater than the Sun
Temperature 60,000 F
Color White-blue
Mass 20 times the mass of the Sun

A Straight Line Alignment (c.2475 BC)

Alnitak and Saiph were in vertical alignment with the angle of the 'belt' stars closely matching the three pyramids at Giza, not on the meridian due south, but somewhere in the south eastern sky as Orion was rising.(2.)

 Star Name Alnilam

Object Star -- Super Giant
Distance 1500 light years
Brightness 40,000 times greater than the Sun
Temperature 50,000 F
Color White-blue
Mass 20 times the mass of the Sun

Alinlam means 'string of pearls'.

The three stars of Orion's Belt are considered to be of special significance to Egyptians since many believe that the three pyramids of Giza are tied to them. (1.) ASTROMARK

 Star Name Mintaka
Object Star -- Super Giant
Distance 1500 light years
Brightness 20,000 times greater than the Sun
Temperature 60,000 F
Color White-blue
Mass 20 times the mass of the Sun

Is the Giza site layout an upside down representation of Orion's 'Belt'?

It has been argued that technically Mintaka is slightly to the north of Alnitak when Orion's 'belt' was due south. Therefore, to correctly represent this with the corresponding pyramids on the ground, G3 should be to the northwest of G1 (not to the southwest where it was built) creating a mirror image of the 'belt' stars in the sky - as if the three stars were reflected in water.

However, a 'mirror' image might seem unnatural to an observer comparing the Giza group to Orion's 'belt' in the sky, similar to the way stars look on a celestial globe that has all the constellations disconcertingly the 'wrong' way round as if looking from the outside in.

It is more natural to represent the three stars just as the three pyramids have been laid out. When the three stars of Orion's 'belt' rose about 18.4 degrees south of east, Alnitak the lowest star is slightly to the left or to the north of Mintaka the highest star. (2.)

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(1.) http://www.astromark.us/fixedstars_orion.htm
(2.) http://www.robertbauval.co.uk/articles.html
(3.) http://laluni.helloyou.ws/netnews/bk/bethlehem/beth1055.html
(4.) http://www.souledout.org/christmas/heavenlychristmas/heavenchristmas.html#wise

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