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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lunar eclipse and Winter Solstice

The year of 2010 has turned out to be special in various ways and another factor to add to that is the fact that December 21 2010 is the only day in thereabout 400 years that we will witness the concurrence of the Winter Solstice with a Lunar Eclipse! It happened last time o December 21 1638 and will not occur again until December 21 2094!




The Lunar Eclipse, which will occur within a couple of hours, will be broadcasted online for those who cannot view in in person. You can follow it (for example) here: http://www.newgrange.com/news58.htm

The Winter Solstice brings with it a promise of new light, a new beginning, fertility and hope. It is the longest and darkest nightly day, which in many northern countries gav little hope of seeing the sun light at all.

This is a day when we need to lit candles, and it was this day that during the old calander was celebrated in Scandinavia as an early version of Lucia Day. The day of the Winter Solstice was thought to allow animals to speak, and we asked them for their protection against all the evil spirits that were freed during this dark and never ending night. We lit candles in our houses not only to keep ourselves warm but also to keep bad spirits away. To be strong and enable ourselves and our animals to protect ourselves against the darkness, we had more food than ever on the table as well as in the barn for the animals.


Mind you, the Solstice has been recognized by people as far back as Neolithicum!

So today, we ask you to remember the celebrations of the light, the rebirth of the sun, the return of fertility and growth!

Among those celebrated, we can list a few:

The birth of Mithras in the East
Beiwe in the northernmost part of Scandinavia (Saami fertility and sun goddess)
Pagan Swedish Lucia Day and the sacrificial Midvinterblót (old calander prior to the Christian introduction, the sacrifice included both animals and humans)
The Zoroastrian Maidyarem
The rebirth of Dionysus and the Lenaea festival
Celtic Meán Geimhridh
Roman Deus Sol Invictus
and not to forget the Mesopotamian, Babylonian and Sumerian Zagmuk-Sacaea

So we wish you all a great coming together of the Lunar eclipse and the Winter Solstice - with great expectations and hope of a glorious return of the light!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Reminder

As the heaters are slowly warming up our otherwise rather cold office (11degrees C) and Luxor is waking up, we enjoy catching up on the latest archaeological news out there in the media show. Today, we found an article which is worth reposting as it should remind everyone how important it is to come together regardless of gender, age, origin etc. So following in the Christmas spirit, and the coming of a newborn sun, we use this link as a little reminder ;-)

http://www.archnews.co.uk/featured/4376-women-in-archaeology-meets-the-men-a-fruitful-meeting.html

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Coming of Christmas

Christmas in Luxor is quite far from a normal European style of celebration, and it is in days like these that one misses friends and family the very most. We do not have a Christmas tree in our house (unless you count the undecorated banana tree in the garden) and we have no Christmas gifts to give each other other than our eternal love... However, Christmas in Luxor is also a reminder of the true background of the celebrations, and we do not mean those of a modern religion, but those of the most fundamental necessities in life: the celebration of the return/rebirth of the sun.

We can read about the problems over in Europe with the snow that keeps on falling, people and loved ones who are snowed in and the actual chaos that this winter has brought upon us, but in the end of the day, is it not a white Christmas that so many are asking for? Maybe we should be more careful of what exactly we do ask for?! As humans we have a tendency of complaining, it is easier to complain about something than it is to embrace the positive things in life. We do not suffer the same problems with snow here in Luxor, and for sure will not have that white Christmas, but Christmas will come regardless of weather and where you are in the world. So we would like to remind everyone of the positive side of Christmas: better times are ahead, light will once more return to our homes and hearts! So in the true spirit of the Sirius Project, the symbol of Christmas is for us indeed the sun itself, and the rebirth of Harsomtus in the Horizon.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

White painted symbols in the Theban Mountains

During our weekly miniexpos up in the Theban Mountains of Egypt we follow in the footsteps of Howard Carter and other century old great explorers. Our intention in doing so is to document the still preserved remains of our ancient ancestors in order to come one step closer to understanding also common people, not only the pharaohs and their surrounding aristocratic elite.




So, during a normal mini expo day we get up at an ungodly hour, when it is still dark and silent outside, and saddle our horses up with out already prepared gear. Once on our way we can enjoy the beauty of another divine sunrise, the rebirth of Harsomtus in the horizon. We walk passed the Temple of Medinat Habu and get that wonderful reminder of how lucky we are to live in a location where we are so close to the ancient landscape. Once passed the monestary of Malkata, we turn towards the mountains and the valleys here referred to as wadis. We tie our horses up, unsaddle them, have our breakfast and then off for some climbing or trekking. Pure Heaven!


Anyway, what we would like to bring to your attention is a series of white painted symbols that we have come across during these our mini expos. The symbols are made by a modern artist, suggestively within the last 20 years or so, and are located in areas where they dont interfere with ancient remains. All but one. One is painted over a series of Gnostic inscriptions and figures. These marks are very carefully executed, following the natural formation of the rock cliff face, at times located so high that there must have been two or more people involved in making these marks. Now, since these marks follow the same maps as old Howard Carter did during his 1916 expedition, and the fact that there is quite some effort put behind the making, we are very much interested in finding out who or what group is behind them and for what purpose. Naturally, the communicated message could be of more significance, but it is so much easier to decipher symbols when knowning who is behind them. We are therefore hoping that one of you out there could bring us some clarity as to who is behind the marks, what rituals that are connected to them (as we have found a modern altar with candles, an electromagnetic photograph, and pieces of granite, limestone and fossils), and how these are associated with the Gnostic rituals once practiced at the top of the platau.
You will see a selection of symbols below, and you can also follow us on the Sirius Project's group page on Facebook with more details, discussions and photos...