Sirius, The God, Dog Star
"The effect of Sirian energy and
influences generated approximately 13 years ago, the last
cycle when Sirius A and B were closest, in 1993 / 1994, have
created renewed interest in this most influential heavenly
body. The history books and religions of the world have had
much to say about the God / Dog star. This article reflects
on our ancestorís beliefs and inspired insights into a great
mystery ~ the mystery of the Dog Star and its influences on
our little corner of the universe.
Sirius was an object of wonder and
veneration to all ancient peoples throughout human history.
In the ancient Vedas this star was known as the Chieftain's
star; in other Hindu writings, it is referred to as Sukra,
the Rain God, or Rain Star. The Dog is also described as "he
who awakens the gods of the air, and summons them to their
office of bringing the rain."
Sirius was revered as the Nile
Star, or Star of Isis, by the ancient Egyptians. Its annual
appearance just before dawn at the Summer Solstice, June 21,
heralded the coming rise of the Nile, upon which Egyptian
agriculture depended. This helical rising is referred to in
many temple inscriptions, where the star is known as the
Divine Sepat, identified as the soul of Isis. In the temple
of Isis-Hathor at Dedendrah, Egypt, appears the inscription,
"Her majesty Isis shines into the temple on New Year's Day,
and she mingles her light with that of her father on the
horizon." The Arabic word Al Shi'ra resembles the Greek,
Roman, and Egyptian names suggesting a common origin in
Sanskrit, in which the name Surya, the Sun God, simply means
the "shining one."
For up to 35 days before, and 35
days after the sun conjuncts it close to July 4, the star
Sirius is hidden by the sunís glare. The ancient Egyptians
refused to bury their dead during the 70 days Sirius was
hidden from view, because it was believed Sirius was the
doorway to the afterlife, and the doorway was thought to be
closed during this yearly period.
The dog Sirius is one of the
watchmen of the Heavens, fixed in one place at the bridge of
the Milky Way, keeping guard over the abyss into
incarnation. The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and
steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has
succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness.
Located just below the Dog Star there exists a constellation
called Argo, the Ship. Astrologically that area in the sky
has been known as the river of stars which is a gateway to
the ocean of higher consciousness.
The Chinese knew this place as the
bridge between heaven and hell, the bridge of the gatherer,
the judge. In the higher mind are gathered the results of
the experiences of the personality. Between each life the
soul judges its past progress, and the conditions needed to
aid its future growth. As long as it is attached to desire,
sensation, and needs experiences, it takes a body. The soul
cannot pass over the "bridge" until it is perfected.
The association of Sirius with a
celestial dog has been consistent throughout the classical
world; even in remote China, the star was identified as a
heavenly wolf. In ancient Chaldea (present day Iraq) the
star was known as the "Dog Star that Leads," or it was
called the "Star of the Dog." In Assyria, it was said to be
the "Dog of the Sun." In still older Akkadia, it was named
the "Dog Star of the Sun."
In Greek times Aratus referred to
Canis Major as the guard-dog of Orion, following on the
heels of its master, and standing on its hind legs with
Sirius carried in its jaws. Manilius called it the "dog with
the blazing face." Canis Major (large dog) seems to cross
the sky in pursuit of the hare, represented by the
constellation Lepus under Orion's feet. The concept of the
mind slaying the real can be seen in the tales which relate
the dog as the hunter and killer ~ the hound from hell.
Mythologists such as Eratosthenes
said that the constellation represents Laelaps, a dog so
swift that no prey could escape it. Laelaps had a long list
of owners. One story says it is the dog given by Zeus to
Europa, whose son Minos, King of Crete passed it on to
Procris, daughter of Cephalus. The dog was presented to
Procris along with a javelin that could never miss.
Ironically Cephalus accidentally killed her while out
hunting with Laelaps.
Cephalus inherited the dog, and
took it with him to Thebes, north of Athens, where a vicious
fox was ravaging the countryside. The fox was so swift that
it was destined never to be caught ~ yet Laelaps the hound
was destined to catch whatever it pursued. Off they went,
almost faster than the eye could follow, the inescapable dog
in pursuit of the uncatchable fox. At one moment the dog
would seem to have its prey within grasp, but could only
close its jaws on thin air as the fox raced ahead of it
again. There could be no resolution of such a paradox, so
Zeus turned them both to stone and the dog he placed in the
sky without the fox.
There is a remarkable analogy in
the Chinese double meaning of the word Spirit and the word
Sing (star). The words for soul and essence in Chinese, Shin
and Sting, are often interchangeable, as they are in the
English language. It is said that the fixed stars, and their
domain, contain the essences or souls of matter ... a living
soul is a higher essence of matter, and when evolved may
also be called a star. These stars and essences become gods.
Like souls, stars are regarded as having divine attributes.
Stars look down from regions of chaotic, violent, purity
onto the world of humanity and influence the energies of
humankind invisibly, yet most powerfully.
In June of 1993, as our sun covered
Sirius from the Earth's view, the largest flood of the past
century occurred. The rivers of the Mississippi, our Nile
River, overflowed its banks. This flood continued until the
middle of August. When Sirius came out from behind the sun,
the flood waters receded, news reports disappeared and the
immediate life-threatening crisis subsided. Could this not
have been a reflection of the great rivers of energies
streaming out from Sirius?"