I've just published a new video entitled "Seeing the Star Myths: Hercules and the Northern Crown."
This video is a follow-up to the previous video on "Seeing the Star Myths: Scorpio and Ophiuchus."
In it, I explain that although an overwhelming amount of evidence demonstrates that the world's ancient myths, scriptures and sacred stories follow the very same system of celestial metaphor, this evidence is very difficult for most people to perceive (even if someone explains it), because most people cannot envision the outlines and stars of the various constellations.
However, it doesn't have to be this way! In 1952, famous author H. A. Rey (1898 - 1977) published a book entitled The Stars: A New Way to See Them, in which he lamented the sorry state of depicting the constellations used in most texts of that time (a situation which has hardly improved today, more than sixty-five years later), and the resulting lack of familiarity with the heavens among most men and women.
The brilliant system he set forth in that text for envisioning the constellations makes it much easier to find the constellations in the night sky -- and, although Rey himself never seems to have mentioned it (an no one else seems to have mentioned it either), his system appears to be the very same system used in the world's ancient myths!
Some of the undeniable correspondences between his outlines and ancient artwork which appears to be based on those same constellations (and which depict gods and mortals who appear in the various myths around the world) are shown in the above video -- and those examples could literally be multiplied into the hundreds or even the thousands.
This latest video discusses the constellation Hercules -- an extremely important figure in the Star Myths of the World -- with tips on how to find the constellation in the night sky, and discussion of some of the myths from various cultures which are connected to this heavenly figure. The video also discusses the nearby constellation of Corona Borealis (the Northern Crown), and some of its manifestations in world mythology.
I hope you have an opportunity to locate these constellations for yourself, in the infinite realm of the heavens -- perhaps as you settle into a comfortable spot from which to observe some of the Perseid meteor shower.
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