Re, the Red Sun and the Serpent Jet Stream (gks 23)
Recent cosmic catastrophe in plain sight?
The jet Stream (s) is a fast stream of air meandering across the sky. Today it is ‘mostly’ invisible (it can be seen under certain circumstances, see update and photos below) to the naked eye, in ancient times this was most definitely not the case. Cosmic chaos, dust and debris and a hazed Red Sun rendered the Jet Steam highly visible to ancient cultures around the world. Looking up it was seen as a gigantic cosmic snake meandering across the sky – a world-encircling serpent sometimes holding its tail in its mouth. To the Egyptians it was known as Re’s (the Sun) perennial adversary Apophis.
Apophis (Apep) god of evil, darkness and chaos.
Apophis was the great adversary of the sun god, Re and was the very embodiment of the powers of dissolution, darkness and non-being. Hence, he was a sort of void or “black hole” forcing those he swallowed into that non-existence which the Egyptians feared so greatly. Being completely outside of the natural world, he was believed to require no nourishment other than to “breathe” his own shouts. He was a huge serpent who was thought to have existed at the beginning of time in the waters of primeval chaos prior to creation and his power was so great that it was thought that he would continue to exist in an endlessly malevolent cycle of attack, defeat and resurgent attack. He is thus known by many epithets, ranging from evil lizard, opponent and enemy to world encircler and serpent of rebirth. During the Roman period, he was interpreted as “he who was spat out” and linked to the saliva of the goddess Neith.
There are various accounts of this malevolent force, but overall, as the sun god made his nightly voyage through the underworld and each morning as the solar barque was about to emerge into the daylight, it was attacked by the great serpent whose terrifying roar echoed through the darkness. The serpent was said to hinder the passage of the solar barque by means of its coils which are described as “sandbanks”, and also by gorging the waters of the underworld river in order to attempt to strand the barque of Re.
Apophis was sometimes equated with Seth, the god of chaos, yet the nature of Apophis seems to have always been dark and threatening, while Seth could at times be beneficial. In some texts, Seth was even enlisted by the sun god in order to defeat the serpent. According to some mythologies, Apophis hypnotized Re and all of his entourage who sailed with him, with the exception of Seth, who resisted the serpent’s deadly stare and repulsed him with the thrust of a great spear.
In some accounts he was captured in magical nets and his body was cut into pieces – though each night he is revived to attack once more. In fact, in some myths, the sun god is encircled or swallowed by the serpent who later disgorges him as a metaphor of rebirth and renewal.
Apophis, like Seth, was also associated with various frightening natural events such as unexplained darkness such as solar eclipse, storms and earthquakes. Hence, he was always an underlying threat to the very stability of the cosmos.
Apophis is usually depicted in funerary texts and other settings as a great serpent, sometimes with tightly compressed, spring-like coils to emphasize his vast size. He is sometimes described as being over sixteen meters in length, with the first section of his body made of flint. He is usually shown being restrained, dismembered or in the process of being destroyed, often by multiple knives.
Apophis was, of course, never worshipped. However, he was included in various cults as a god or demon to be protected against. Various magical texts and rituals were produced to combat his effects upon the world.
In the Late Period, spells were read in temples daily to protect the world from the threat of the sun god’s arch enemy. An associated ritual involved cutting into pieces and burning with fire a wax model of the serpent. Other rituals involved drawing a picture of the serpent in green on a new piece of papyrus, which was then sealed in a box and spat upon for times before being set on a fire.
Were the Egyptians delusional in seeing a great cosmic snake attacking the sun? Or is it possible the evil Apophis is still with us even today?!
Jet streams are fast flowing, narrow air currents found in the atmospheres of some planets, including Earth. The main jet streams are located near the tropopause, the transition between the troposphere (where temperature decreases with altitude) and the stratosphere (where temperature increases with altitude). The major jet streams on Earth are westerly winds (flowing west to east). Their paths typically have a meandering shape; jet streams may start, stop, split into two or more parts, combine into one stream, or flow in various directions including the opposite direction of most of the jet. The strongest jet streams are the polar jets, at around 7–12 km (23,000–39,000 ft) above sea level, and the higher and somewhat weaker subtropical jets at around 10–16 km (33,000–52,000 ft). The northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere each have both a polar jet and a subtropical jet. The northern hemisphere polar jet flows over the middle to northern latitudes of North America, Europe, and Asia and their intervening oceans, while the southern hemisphere polar jet mostly circles Antarctica all year round.
(Please note I cannot find any similar diagrams of the jet stream flowing over Europe/Africa.
It seems the metrological office in the UK deem the jet stream a bit to complicated for our small brains).
The northern hemisphere polar jet stream is most commonly found between latitudes 30°N and 60°N, while the northern subtropical jet stream located close to latitude 30°N. The upper level jet stream is said to “follow the sun” as it moves northward during the warm season, or late spring and summer, and southward during the cold season, or autumn and winter
The width of a jet stream is typically a few hundred miles and its vertical thickness often less than three miles
The polar and subtropical jets merge at some locations and times, while at other times they are well separated.
See also: YouTube: How Does The Jet Stream Work?
The Jet Stream = Apophis.
Mythology based on some very real catastrophic events.
Planetary chaos saw the production of countless tons of dust and debris throughout the Pharaonic Period. Tons of dust permeated earth’s atmosphere, this along with volcanic dust not only assisted in hazing the sun red (exactly as depicted), it also rendered the jet stream highly visible, especially at dawn and dusk. From the location of Egypt which is around 30°N it was the 30° tropical jet that was observed on a daily basis. It meandered across the heavens as a giant serpent encircling the whole earth – the Egyptians called it Apophis.