> 'Sky arcs', hey. In talking about the Imperishable
> Stars, or the celestial circumpolar points, then
> from astronomy pov, the Earth turns on its axis
> and the sky revolves, most certainly around the c.
> points. This then shows that when viewing the
> stars arising upon the horizon, they arc through
> the sky to the opposite horizon.
> It would be a simple thing to observe these arcs
> over long periods of time, and define which stars
> go from horizon to horizon that are equally
> distant from each other in their spacing from c.
> points. All that would matter is comparing these
> spacings to the veritable rainbow: do the
> delineations of rainbow-colours strike an accord
> with particular stars and their own arcs and
> This then offers up the potential of having a
> particular time of year in which the terrestrial
> location and the view of the stars matches the
> rainbow as angle of highest and lowest colours
> against the stars that mimic the arcs and the
> rainbow; or the terrestrial location itself being
> the prime, and matching the observations to a
> particular time of year. Very interactive in
> this time-to-location and celestial motion
> As we are talking about the Egyptians, then
> observing the north circumpolar point is the only
> option for what they could estimate, and this
> could then mean that either at one/two particular
> moments in the year, the arcs of both rainbow and
> star motion match. The c.point's position can be
> assessed against the north horizon, and a unit of
> measure applied to it which takes into
> consideration the particular stars that also cross
> the n. meridian, and show specific latitudes of
> measure. Now you have 'rungs on a ladder'
> combining rainbow colour widths, star-arcs that
> match them, and heavenly latitudes.
> Considering you have '1487a. Thou art standing,
> Osiris; thy shadow is over thee, Osiris;' then
> maybe the time of year needed is when 'Osiris' is
> the constellation upright in its view from a
> location, which would certainly qualify as the
> right moment to combine the ingredients to make
> sense of them: rainbow, star-arcs and celestial
> Well...best sense I can make of it, anyway.
The nature of time as it applies to these disparate arcs of the sky is interesting as well. Without movement (time) there is no star arc yet the rainbow requires no time and exists as a function of sunlight in water droplets. Still the rainbow (which is often at right angles to the arcs of the stars) will shrink to nothing as the morning progresses. "Behold, thou are bent around, and art round like the "Circle which encircles the nb.wt" -629b. This circle can be seen only from the east in the morning.
From the perspective of time and south of the nb-wt (primeval mound) the stars will describe arcs that well approximate a rainbow. It's hardly impossible that the Egyptians "thought" of this as a rainbow and as being the destination of the king's barque (the Boat of Re that sailed north). Three dimensional thought would be very different than our thinking.
That the "light scatterer of the sky" is a rainbow seems fairly obvious since they even go so far as to describe the "steps of light" and the darkness "shadow" between the rainbows as they "gather the lights of heaven to themselves". But that they might see such things as a rainbow made by stars as a sort of "pun" made by "amun" (reality itself) is certainly a possibility. They might even expand on such a thing and draw parallels in what we'd call "metaphor". But without more evidence I'm inclined to consider "imperishable star" to mean the droplets in the air that create the rainbow. These were the "spirits well equipped by means of their mouth". They lacked substance except to the degree they could "speak" rainbows or turn plants green. Words were the source of science and all power to the ancients. Ancient Language was the words of the gods and the means to affect reality. The "spirits well equipped by means of their mouths" had only a mouth from the perspective of rainbow creation. "...The drinking-bowl of each spirit well-equipped by reason of his mouth."-937f From the perspective of sitting in the Lakes of the Jackal they could speak (make manifest) only their power to lift stones.
They were very "stingy" with words. Every word had a single meaning but some words were pressed into service as a colloquial form of other referents. This is why in some contexts "imperishable star" meant "circumpolar star" but in another meant the droplets that sprayed from the "Mouth of Caves" (Land of Rainbows) that they wished would create rainbows forever. This water was an important resource so they called its appearance "imperishable".
Perspective and "pov" is simply everything and modern man has lost sight of this. We assume we all share a perspective but this is far from the truth so communication fails time and again. We each have our own beliefs and power comes from understanding, not speech.
Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 13-Nov-17 15:12 by cladking.