Commentary on Poem "NGC 7822: Galactic Birth":|
In a galaxy 3000 light-years away
at the northern constellation Cepheus
swirls of star dust & pixie dust clouds
are being sculpted into a galactic birth.
In mythology, Cepheus was the King of Aethiopia.
His wife Cassiopeia boasted that both she and her daughter
Andromeda were more beautiful than all the
Nereids, the nymph-daughters of the sea god
Nereus. This brought the wrath of the sea god
Poseidon to punish Cassiopeia's
hubris, sending a sea monster, Cetus, to ravage Aethiopia as divine punishment.
Andromeda is stripped and chained naked to a rock as a sacrifice to sate the monster, but is saved from death by
("Liberation of Andromeda").
A constellation was named after Cepheus in the northern sky.
Cassiopeia Constellation has a
"W" shape in
spring and summer. It is bordered by
Andromeda to the south,
Perseus to the southeast, and Cepheus to the north.
It is opposite the Big Dipper. Cetus|
"The Whale" is located in the
sky region that contains other water-related constellations such as Aquarius, Pisces, and Eridanus.
Photo Sources: NGC 7822 (apod.nasa.gov);
Cepheus Constellation Card (wikipedia.org)
At left, stars forming a mountain|
shaped like the Platonic Lambda Λ
Soul of the Universe Is it here
where everything has its beginning?
left of NGC 7822
Plato's Timaeus 35b
Since the soul is created before the physical body,
Soul of the Universe precedes our physical universe.
The Platonic Lambda (Soul of the Universe),
is the sum of the two series (Timaeus 35b):
Sum of the double interval series (powers of 2) =
20 + 21 + 22 + 23 = 1 + 2 + 4 + 8 = 15
Sum of the triple interval series (powers of 3) =
30 + 31 + 32 + 33 = 1 + 3 + 9 + 27 = 40
Sum of the double & triple interval series (Timaeus) = 15 + 40 = 55
Now God did not make the soul after the body, although we are speaking of them in this order;
for having brought them together he would never have allowed that the elder should be ruled by
the younger... First of all, he took away one part of the whole , and then he separated a
second part which was double the first , and then he took away a third part which was half
as much again as the second and three times as much as the first , and then he took a fourth
part which was twice as much as the second , and a fifth part which was three times the third ,
and a sixth part which was eight times the first , and a seventh part which was twenty-seven
times the first . After this he filled up the double intervals [i.e. between 1, 2, 4, 8] and
the triple [i.e. between 1, 3, 9, 27] cutting off yet other portions from the mixture and placing
them in the intervals.
(Benjamin Jowett's translation Timaeus, 35b,
F.M. Cornford, Plato's Cosmology, 1937, pp. 66-67).
See also Speculations on the Soul; Number 55;
Dante's 55 & Platonic Lambda;
Dante & Marilyn.
Image Sources: Mountain Image (apod.nasa.gov);
Platonic Lambda (wisdomportal.com)
At upper-right, waxing crescent moon|
a good time to sow more star seeds.
Count them twenty sparkling stars to make
wishes so that your dreams may come true.
Image of Crescent Moon
upper right of NGC 7822
Five of 20 sparkling stars
left to center of NGC 7822
Ten of 20 sparkling stars
right to center of NGC 7822
|Planting by the Moon: Just after you see
the first crescent you can start planting as this is when there is a surge of energy through the plants and the sap begins to rise through the stems.
"When You Wish upon a Star" is a popular song written by Ned Washington and Leigh Harline
and introduced in the 1940 Walt Disney movie Pinocchio, where it is sung by Cliff Edwards
in the character of Jiminy Cricket, over the opening credits and again in the final scene
of the film. The song won the 1940 Academy Award for Best Original Song.
The lyrics "When you wish upon a star / Your dreams come true"
(song) suggests that you need to be on a star for your dreams to come true. However, our Earth
appears as a star when seen from afar, so our wishes may come true right here & now
Image Sources: Crescent Moon Image, Five Sparkling Stars, Ten Sparkling Stars
At the center a bright Tunnel of Light|
seen by those with near-death experience,
claimed by some as mere hallucination,
just dying brain cells of firing neurons.
"Tunnel of Light" Image
center of NGC 7822 Galaxy
Vision of Light Tunnel in NDE
may be result of oxygen deprivation
Beta-amyloid molecules (green) surround
dying neurons (red) in rat brain
Seeing the "Tunnel of Light" image at the center of NGC 7822 Galaxy reminded me of those "Light Tunnel" visions
of those with near-death-experience (NDE). "Tunnel of Light"
accounts in books of those with NDE. Despite thousands of recorded patients with these
NDE light experiences, skeptics argue that tunnel vision can occur when blood and oxygen flow is depleted to the eye,
as can happen with the extreme fear and oxygen loss that are both common to dying.
Image Sources: Tunnel of Light Image (apod.nasa.gov);
NDE's Light Tunnel (livescience.com);
Dying Rat Brain Neurons (medicalxpress.com)
But NASA's WISE satellite has captured|
the Light Tunnel as Hieronymus Bosch did
in his painting Ascent of the Blessed (1490)
where we may be teleported upon dying.
The Dutch painter Hieronymous Bosch (1450-1516)
is best known for his triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights (1510)
in the Prado Museum. Viewed from left to right, the panels portray man's fall from the heavenly garden to earthly delights to tortures in hell.
There is no accounts whether Bosch had a near-death-experience, but his Ascent of the Blessed (1490)
showing angels escorting people down a tunnel of white light resembles accounts of those with NDE.
Raymond Moody has claimed loved ones by the
bedside of dying patients also experienced being embraced by light even though their brain cells
are not dying. Now that NASA's WISE satellite has captured a "Light Tunnel" in the NGC 7822 Galaxy,
could the patient be teleported there upon dying for a new birth?
Image Sources: Tunnel of Light Image (apod.nasa.gov);
Bosch's Ascent of the Blessed (wikipedia.org);
Teleportation Technology (eteknix.com)
Is it coincidental that the numbers|
of NGC 7822 galaxy matches
the 78 cards of the Tarot
and 22 cards of Major Arcana?
Driving Cab of Locomotive
7822 Foxcote Manor
78 Tarot Cards
Rider-Waite Tarot Deck
22 Major Arcana Tarot Cards
Rider-Waite Tarot Deck
|New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars (abbreviated as
NGC) is a well-known catalogue of deep-sky objects
in astronomy compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888, as a new version of John Herschel's Catalogue of
Nebulae and Clusters of Stars. The NGC contains 7,840 objects, known as the NGC objects. It is one of the largest
comprehensive catalogues, as it includes all types of deep space objects and is not confined to, for example, galaxies.|
The numbering system seems to be in the order of discovery so that NGC 7822 matching the Tarot cards is purely coincidental,
but rather symbolic. Tarot is a pack of playing cards (numbering 78),
used from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play a group of card games such as Italian tarocchini
and French tarot. From the late 18th century until the present time the tarot has also found use by mystics and
occultists for divination as well as a map of mental and spiritual pathways. The Rider-Waite tarot deck
(published 1910) is one of the most popular tarot decks in use.
Major Arcana or trumps are a suit of 22 cards in the Tarot deck.
They serve as a permanent trump and suits in games played with the Tarot, and are distinguished from the four standard
suits known as Minor Arcana.
Photo Sources: 7822 Train (thelinetohoneywell.com);
7822 Foxcote Manor (docbrown.info);
78 Tarot Cards (trustedtarot.com);
22 Major Arcana Cards (babywiccan.blogspot.com)
A wise old gypsy gives this reading
Don't be afraid of Yama, Lord of Death
with his shining mirror that recorded
your whole life just admit your faults.
Gypsy Fortune Teller
Card deck box top
Yama, Lord of Death
Tibetan Book of the Dead
as Mirror of Your Life
Qing wall poster (1875)
The Magus sculpts stars with his wand,|
Moon says it's propitious time to follow
the Hermit into the River of Light where
the High Priestess welcomes your new birth.
While I've not consulted the Tarot cards for divination or fortune-telling, I have studied their metaphysical symbolisms.|
Here are notes from various books on the cards selected by the wise old gypsy connected to the NGC 7822 Galaxy:
THE MAGUS (I):
The first trump or Major Arcana card in Tarot decks, the Magus or Magician has the face of Apollo, the sun god,
with a smile and shining eyes. Above his head is the sign of the Holy Spirit, like an endless cord
forming the lemniscate of infinity. On his waist is a serpent-girdle, the ouroboros, serpent devouring
its own tail, symbolizing eternity. In the Magician's right hand is a wand raised towards heaven, while
his left hand is pointing to the earth. This gesture symbolizes the ability of the Magus to bridge
the gap between heaven and earth. On the table in front of the Magician are the four Tarot suits
signifying the four elements earth, water, air, fire. Interpretations:
Action, Consciousness, Concentration, Personal power; Practicality, Energy, Creativity,
Movement; Precision, Conviction, Manipulation, Self-confidence; Being objective, Focusing,
Determination, Initiative. Magi (plural for Magus)
is a term used to denote a follower of Zoroaster, who can read the stars
(astrologer) and manipulate the fate that the stars foretold. The English term "magi" is
commonly used for "wise men from the East" who brought gifts of gold, myrrh, and frankincense
to the Christ Child in Bethlehem (Matthew 2.1, 2.11).
In Esoteric Christianity, one who is skilled, profound, or a master of the esoteric or a magical art
is titled a 'magus' or 'mage'. In the
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn,
the title "Magus" designated the highest attainable grade of magic (Moses, Buddha, and Lao Tzu
being some examples of those who attained this grade). To be a Magi means to journey to give gifts.
Staff of Moses performed many miracles
striking the rock
to produce water and parting the Red Sea.
"Moses took the rod of God in his hand" (Exodus 4:20).
Paul Brunton told me in Switzerland (September 2, 1979) that his first spiritual mentor
Allan Bennett (aka Ananda Metteya) invented a rod that's magical
and so powerful it could destroy the world.
THE MOON (XVIII):
The 18th trump or Major Arcana card in Tarot decks, The Moon has a crescent in the center
with a human face in meditation. The waxing moon has 16 chief rays and 16 secondary rays.
Since 16 is the square of 4, it may symbolize the
moon's four phases
A dog and a wolf howl at the moon. A crayfish appears in the water, perhaps connected
to the astrological Cancer the Crab
ruled by the Moon. The Moon is "shedding the moisture of fertilizing dew in great drops".
There is a pathway into the mountainous distance, representing man's onward and upward progress.
Interpretations: According to Waite's
Pictorial Key to the Tarot,
"this card represents life of the imagination apart from life of the spirit. The path between the towers is the issue into
the unknown. The dog and wolf are the fears of the natural mind in the presence of that place of exit, when there is only
reflected light to guide it. The face of the mind directs a calm gaze upon the unrest below; the dew of thought falls;
the message is: Peace, be still." The Moon is the only trump card that does not show a person (Sylvie Simon,
The Tarot, 1991, p. 49). Hence,
it symbolizes Mother Nature, the Light of Darkness, Mother of Mysteries, Bringer and Nourisher of Life.
Moon in a Dewdrop
is a book on Zen Master Dogen (1200-1253) edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi (1985). The Moon
symbolizes enlightenment in Zen:
Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet,
nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, the moon is reflected even
in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in dewdrops on
the grass, or even in one drop of water. Enlightenment does not divide you, just as the
moon does not break the water. You cannot hinder enlightenment, just as a drop of water
does not hinder the moon in the sky. The depth of the drop is the height of the moon.
Each reflection, however long or short its duration, manifests the vastness of the
dewdrop, and realizes the limitlessness of the moonlight in the sky.
Finger pointing at the moon is a Buddhist metaphor that the pointer is not
the pointed. If students look only at the finger (sign, scriptures, or guru),
he will not see the moon (enlightenment). Finally, students need to transcend
both the finger and the Moon for even attachment to enlightenment will hinder
the student's full awakening (see
Ryokan & the Moon).
THE HERMIT (IX):
The 9th trump or Major Arcana card in Tarot decks, the Hermit carries a staff in his left hand
& a lantern in his right hand. In the background is a mountain range. This image fits
Diogenes of Sinope (412-323 B.C.),
Greek cynic philosopher who made a virtue of extreme poverty.
He was well known for his carrying a lamp in daytime, claiming to be looking for an honest man.
Such a man of authenticity would be one who has abandoned his ego for cosmic consciousness.
Silence, Introspection, Guidance, Reflection; Solitude, Looking inward, Reclusion, Being quiet;
Inner search, Deep understanding, Isolation; Distance, Retreat, Philosophical attitude. The Hermit
withdraws from society to explore his inner self through meditation. Having found inner peace,
he comes out of isolation to share his wisdom with others.
The Hermit, as a kind of shamanistic hero, has made the complete journey both withdrawal and return.
As Joseph Campbell writes (The Hero with a Thousand Faces): "A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural
wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this
mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man."
In Ten Oxherd Drawings,
Zen Master Kakuan (12th century) depicted the final stage of enlightenment as "The Sage Enters the Market Place"
(oneness with humanity). The distant mountains in the background of Tarot card IX may have been
the hermit's former abode where he enjoyed the bliss of serenity. But now he is actively
engaged in everyday life, out in the street, helping others to realize their true nature.
THE HIGH PRIESTESS (II):
The second trump or Major Arcana card in Tarot decks, the High Priestess wears plain blue robes and
sits with her hands in her lap. She has a lunar crescent at her feet, a horned diadem centering a globe
on her head and a large cross on her breast. The scroll in her hands, partly covered by her mantle,
bears the word TORA. She is seated between the black and white pillars 'B' and 'J' for
Boaz & Jachin
of the mystic Temple of Solomon. The veil of the Temple is behind her: it is embroidered with palm leaves and
pomegranates. Further behind all of that is what seems to be a body of water, most probably the sea.
Antoine Court de Gébelin (1719-1784)
renamed "La Papess" trump
"The High Priestess" (1773) after his vision of an ancient Egyptian link with the Tarot.
The Priestess of ancient Egypt (Dewat Neter) performed temple rites reserved for the highest level of
the clergy. The Priestess of Demeter,
Chamyne, was accorded a privileged seat at the Olympics games
The last priest at Delphi, Plutarch (46-120 A.D.) dedicated his books
On the Bravery of Women and
Isis and Osiris to his friend
Clea, a priestess at Delphi. In Plato's Symposium
(circa 390 B.C.), Socrates claims that Diotima, a woman from Mantinea that
he met, taught him everything he knows on the subject of Love. Hence, woman as High Priestess embodies wisdom.
Interpretations: Knowingness, Love, Relationships; Wisdom, Sound judgment, Serenity; Common sense,
Intuition; Mystical vision, Introspection, Otherworldliness.
In Illustrated Guide to Tarot
(1999), Naomi Ozaniec writes "High Priestess opens the doorway into realm of Goddess. Here we discover gifts of intuition, magical timing,
creative flowering, wise dreaming, prophetic knowing, deep understanding, ancient remembering, & blessed communion." (p. 36).
"High Priestess represents lunar power, and has strong connection with Tarot card #18 The Moon. She symbolises the
New Moon and feminine creative forces; Isis, Mother of Wisdom; the influences behind impending change and
ebb & flow of mundane and occult tides." (Madeline Montalban,
Prediction Book of The Tarot, 1986, p. 71).
THE HIGH PRIESTESS (II) THOTH TAROT:
In The Tarot Handbook (1987),
Angeles Arrien interprets the Thoth tarot deck
painted by Lady Frieda Harris (1938-1943) according to instructions from
Aleister Crowley. On the
High Priestess, Arriens writes (p. 30):
"The High Priestess represents the universal principle of intuition, independence, self-rust, and self-resourcefulness.
This is an androgynous figure who archetypally represents balance. From the navel up, the figure is all curved lines, soft,
magnetic, yin, and receptive. From the navel down, this figure is all straight lines, strong, dynamic, yang,
and assertive. The High Priestess with her sun/moon crown represents each person's commitent to have equal balance in
strength and softness. The crystals represent multifaceted aspects of intuition that are present at each level of
consciousness. Mythically, this archetype represents the journey homeward or return to oneself. The camel
within the oasis symbolizes return to the inner oasis or garden within.
Image Sources: Magus (wikipedia.org);
High Priestess (wikipedia.org);
High Priestess, Thoth Tarot (edupublisher.com)
Peter Y. Chou
Mountain View, 3-16-2015
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