Hathor – Earth’s Ring of Debris (gks 2)

Update: 21st November 2008

“The moon Prometheus slowly collides with the diffuse inner edge of Saturn’s F ring in this movie sequence of Cassini images. The oblong moon pulls a streamer of material from the ring and leaves behind a dark channel.” See video.

Prometheus F Ring

Below images of Hathor, the sky cow interacting with the kas or doubles (souls) of the people here on Earth.

Hathor and Ramesses II Hathor - the sky cow nurturing Ramesses II (Mars)

Figure 14. Hathor nurturing Ramesses II (Mars)

Hathor as a Cow

Figure 13. Hathor as a Cow

 

Lady of the sycamore – suckling traits continued.

Hathor Suckling Tuthmosis

Figure 17. Hathor Suckling Tuthmosis

If we examine Hathor in the guise of giving milk as ‘the lady of the sycamore’ this too can be explained. This represents many satellites feeding (or planets) from the edges of Earth’s ring. Hathor’s great cosmic band arches across the heavens on an east/west axis with many small moons (the ka’s or doubles of humans) in the southern sky ‘suckling’ from the hazy edges of Hathor. This gives the illusion of a gigantic cosmic tree with small celestial bodies sucking from its branches.

The sycamore fig exudes a white milky substance which is why this tree was used to assist Hathor in her bovine guise. Ancient people as you would expect drew on the natural world around them to represent events in the heavens and since the sycamore fig tree excreted ‘milk’ and Hathor was known to give milk, then the milk-producing tree was chosen to represent this particular aspect of Hathor’s. Figure 17 depicts Hathor in the guise of a tree suckling Tuthmosis. I identify Tuthmosis as one of the many names given to the Moon (i.e. Tuthmosis = born of the lunar god Thoth) and this scene represents the moon drawing material from earth’s ring. Something the Moon did numerous times over as it was left behind (captured) to finish the job of clearing earth’s ring of debris.

Hathor – housing the red disk of the kingly planets

Hathor as a Goddess

Figure 15. Hathor as a Goddess

As mentioned above the red disk dominates Egyptian art. This, because the sun appeared as a red disk and the pharaonic planets also appeared as red orbs, hence the planetary kings considered as ‘offspring of the sun’ (sa re). In one way or another these personified godly orbs were ‘looked after’ or ‘housed’ by certain cosmogonical gods – Amun, Horus, Osiris, Isis and of course Hathor.

In the same vein of the meaning of Hathor’s name i.e. hat-hor – ‘house of the king’ this very common image (Figure 15) represents both Hathor’s housing and bovine (sheltering – protective) qualities. We have earth’s band of haze personified as a beautiful mothering goddess bearing the red disk between her horns; the housing of heavenly orbs embodied in the headdress.

I actually believe the black cow horns are not merely a symbolic representation of ‘housing the disk’ but derive from actual naked eye observations of the effects of the solar wind (charged particles from the sun) upon planetary bodies when close to earth. This is subject for another essay, suffice to say, the best way to understand this is the solar wind produced a bow-shock when encountering planetary bodies, and this wrapped itself around orbs creating the image presented in Hathor’s headdress (and Isis for that matter).

Hathor was a very prominent goddess with centres of worship throughout Egypt. Her involvement with the divine monarchy is well known and well attested to. Given my interpretation of things this is totally understandable, however, Hathor, as you would expect, also ‘housed’ the solar deity Re (sun). This occurred at least twice a year around the time of the equinoxes, a time when Earth’s celestial equator ‘pairs up’ with the ecliptic. Due to the thickness of earth’s ring the sun (Re) would rise and set within Hathor several days (probably weeks) prior too and after the equinoxes. The exact number of days spent within Hathor dictated by Hathor’s width, this in turn influenced by the intensity of chaos. With such interactions, it is no wonder Hathor was identified as Re’s wife.

Nefertari And Isis

Figure 16. Nefertari And Isis

The image on the left is again (same as Figure 3 above) the goddess Isis handing Queen Nefertari the symbol for life, the ankh. You will note Hathor and Isis are very similar in appearance. In the absence of hieroglyphs denoting their names it would be impossible to tell them apart – they are, very much interchangeable. Given the above, this is hardly surprising. They both presided over two basic east-west paths across the heavens – Hathor taking control of earth’s celestial equator, Isis responsible for the ecliptic. Added to this, the fact that at least twice a year (equinox) they literally crossed paths.

 

Hathor Sekhmet – a destroyer of mankind.

History reveals that Hathor occasionally took on an uncharacteristic destructive aspect and in one myth Hathor was said to have been sent to destroy humanity. In this manifestation she was known as ‘Hathor Sekhmet.’

It is logical to assume that Earth’s band had the ability to destroy mankind. During times of immense chaos, Hathor was ‘fierce and terrible’ and had the power to totally blot out the Red Sun (Ra) and cause complete devastation on Earth. Hathor also sent space debris crashing to earth which caused further chaos.

There was also ‘fallout’ from chaotic events such as acid rain and, although the god of evil, Seth was the major contender for such deeds, it is also possible they were attributed to Hathor. Although some dark periods were caused by other sources such as the close passing of Mars or Venus (god king & queen), from the perspective of the ancient Egyptians the female goddess Hathor was in all probability held responsible.

Sekhmet increases in popularity around the time of Amenhotep III (title ‘the dazzling sun disk of all lands’ = Mars) with many Sekhmet statues produced around this time. This is no coincidence; this is the time shortly before and during the birth of the Aten (Mercury) from Mars. The increased production of Sekhmet statues merely reflects the increasing chaos in the heavens and the Egyptians venerating evil in an attempt to appease it.

The clattering of the heavens – Hathor and the sistrum.

Nefertari, wife of Ramesses II, holding a sistrum

Nefertari (Comet Venus) wife of Ramesses II (aspect of Mars), holding a sistrum

Chaos resulted in a melee of huge asteroids, comets, gigantic lumps of rock and ice, all colliding with one another in a pea soup of dust and gasses orbiting Earth’s girth. The number and ferocity of so many collisions was audible from earth.

Her connection with the music was particularly represented by the sistrum, ceremonial examples of which were often endowed with Hathor heads, sometimes surmounted by a naos, and frequently shaken by the priestesses of the cult of Hathor.

This music of the gods was represented by an instrument called the sistrum. This was an ancient Egyptian percussion instrument consisting of a thin metal frame with rods or loops that jingled when shaken. On top of the handle was the carved figure of the goddess Hathor. The sistrum was called shesheset by the ancient Egyptians and was a favoured instrument in many religious ceremonies and rites, particularly those associated with Hathor. The distinctive shape of the instrument is found in many contexts ranging from small mortuary objects to the columns of temples such as those at the Temple of Hathor in Dendera. I believe this instrument was invented as a result of Earth’s hazy band which arched across the heavens producing audible noises and it was used to placate the deities, particularly Hathor.

In the following of Hathor.

Each evening she Hathor was considered to receive the setting Sun, which she then protected until the morning. The dying therefore desired to be ‘In the following of Hathor’ so that they would enjoy a similar protection in the netherworld. Hathor was also one of the deities who was thought to be able to determine the destinies of new born children.

This was Hathor (Earth’s band) which came into prominence in all her glory as the Sun set in the west. As discussed, Hathor appeared to enshroud Re many times as the Sun set. Slowly progressing towards the west she wrapped her protective haze around the perennial solar deity, perhaps turning Re a deeper shade of red in the process, and protected him until he rose rejuvenated in the east.

Re was the perennial father to all. The divine relationship between the Sun and the haze was such that Hathor was considered the daughter of Re in a relationship that continued for the duration of Pharaonic Egypt.

Summary.

The attributes and imagery of Hathor (and all gods) do not descend from a ‘bizarre world’ of infinite imaginary gods or fairytales. They point to actual events and a real world of chaos; they are all symbolic of celestial phenomena which has since disipated.

Update 16 Nov 2008

In proposing that earth was once home to an equatorial ring system and this was deified as the goddess Hathor research has naturally led me to study Saturn’s rings to see if I could draw any parallels between certain ‘ring’ phenomena that may have been observed within earth’s rings, and the possibly of this being represented in Egyptian art and its religion. Turns out, there are many!

 

 

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