Orion, Cygnus And The Mysteries Of The North Sky

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Orion and adjacent constellations.

Orion, Cygnus And The Mysteries Of The North Sky

Of all the mysteries and forgotten wisdom of lost civilizations, perhaps the most profound examples are to be found in their study of the heavens. It is not that modern man lacks information about the cosmos today. Due to computer analysis and radio telescopes that the ancients never dreamed about, far more is known about the universe than what ancient man did. But what is not fully grasped is why and how they built some of the most magnificent, astronomically precise and enigmatic stone structures ever conceived. Was it to study the night skies, presumably hoping to bring the magic down to earth? Why was that so important to them?

The constellation Cygnus as it can be seen by the naked eye, with the Northern Cross in the middle. (Till Credner / CC BY-SA 3.0)

The constellation Cygnus as it can be seen by the naked eye, with the Northern Cross in the middle. (Till Credner / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Of all the star, moon, and sun alignments, angles and precession movements the ancients studied, the position of two constellations, Orion and Cygnus, appear to have been particularly important. Orion seems to have been the guiding light for the construction of the Giza Pyramids (although that is a point of contention) and Cygnus seems to have been of paramount importance to the builders of Göbekli Tepe (although that is debatable as well). It is impossible to condense all the books and scholarly articles written about the astronomical alignments built into these two monuments, but it raises some questions as to why man’s forgotten ancestors put so much time and work into them.


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