“The Ancient Egyptian Decan Zodiac”
Darklore Volume 8 (2014)

“Darklore VIII”

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“The Egyptian Origins of Planetary Hypsomata”
Discussions in Egyptology  Volume 64 (2006-2009), 7-20

Abstract:

Specific Egyptian decan stars that were venerated in Middle Kingdom Coffin Texts appear to have survived as the “places of secret” in later Babylonian astrological texts and as the corresponding planetary exaltations or hypsomata of Hellenistic astrology. This paper explores the history of these honored decans and examines their relationships to on another within the decanal system. The decanal relationships appear to account for the pattern of the exaltation for four of the planets.

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“Speculation on Special Sunlight and the Origin of the wSAw  Hour”
Apuntes de Egiptología  Volume 3 (2007)

Abstract:

The ancient Egyptian decan star system that is explained in the Carlsberg papyri has been misunderstood for over a half century. In Otto Neugebauer’s theory, the 70-day period that stars are said to be Sn dwAt  is understood to mean that those stars are invisible following their heliacal setting. That hypothesis has been demonstrated to be false because it posits a pattern that no stars fit. In any given decade of days, the Sn dwAt  star rises late at night, marking the wSAw  hour, and thus indicating the time that the sun is Sn dwAt. This paper deals with the implications of this new understanding of the meaning of Sn dwAt, conjectures a parallel between winter solstice and the wSAw  hour in Egyptian thought, and explores the implied belief that sunlight during Prt  season was imbued with special regenerative powers. Capturing the sunlight at the appropriate magical time is hypothesized as the purpose for both the shafts in Great Pyramid at Giza and the illumination of the statue of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel.

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“It’s About Time: Ancient Egyptian Cosmology”
Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur  Volume 31 (2003), 33-71

Abstract:

To reconcile what stars actually do with what Egyptian texts say the stars do is possible only if the decanal belt theory of Otto Neugebauer is eliminated. The Egyptian decan system requires a sequence of stars that can be maintained only if one looks at stars in the same place or condition (i.e., rising) at different times of the year. I have discovered a pattern that is in agreement with the New Kingdom tomb texts, the interpretation of those texts given in the Carlsberg Papyri, and with the decan lists of the Asyut coffins. The correct understanding of the counted decan system offers new insight into true ancient Egyptian cosmology and related religious texts.

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