Sirius - The Star of Isis

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Belt of Orion, The Great Pyramid, The pole star when the pyramids were built; Seamen called it The Dragon's Tail and it is most frequently associated with both Isis and Orion...

Sirius, one of the largest and most brilliant stars in the heavens (22 times brighter and 2 times larger than the Sun) and one of the closest stars to Earth. At only 8.6 light years from Earth, it can be easily be seen with the naked eye. Starrting about July 3, Sirius rises and sets in conjunction with the Sun and can be seen from almost every inhabited region of the Earth's surface.Located at the heel of the constellation Orion, in the constellation Alpha Canis Majoris, being situated in the mouth of the greater dog Canis Major earned Sirius it's name the 'Dog Star'. Canis Major is usually seen as one of the two hunting dogs of the great hunter Orion (Sirius).and was the Nile Star or Star of Isis in Egypt. In the Northern Hemisphere, Sirius is most visible during the winter months and is known as a vertex of the Winter Triangle. Under the right conditions, Sirius can be observed in daylight with the naked eye.

Lore: Seamen called it The Dragon's Tail and it was the pole star when the pyramids were built. Also known as Belt of Orion and The "Dog Star"

Sirius in Mythology

Sirius was the Nile Star or Star of Isis. Five thousand years ago, the rising of this star signaled the flooding of the Nile. It's said there was a jewel in the forehead of the statue of Isis at the temple of Dendera. When the light of Sirius struck this jewel, it signaled the beginning of the inundation. Isis, the Great Mother, embodied the star Sirius. The symbol for Sirius is the pyramid, and this symbol also represents the divine, harmonizing power of Sirius/Isis as the source of initation on Earth - a necessary mystical process that each ruler must complete. It is this harmonizing power, called Maat, that also makes Isis so omnipresent and enduring.

"I am the one who rises in Sirius,
I am the one called Goddess by women,
I separated the Earth from the Heavens,
I showed the path of the stars."

It was often said that the constellation, Orion, was the appearance of Osiris (the husband of Isis) in the night sky.

There are several versions of the myth of Orion and Sirius. One Greek version goes as follows: Orion was madly in love with the daughter of King Oenopion of Chios, Metrope, but was never allowed to marry her. One day, while drunk, he did something horrible to Metrope, and her father asked Dionysis to curse him. Dionysis put him into a coma and then blinded him. When he awoke, he went to an Oracle, who told him he would get his sight back if he traveled east and let the rays of the sun strike his eyes. Orion did so, and after regaining his sight he moved to Crete. In Crete, the goddess of the moon, Artemis, fell in love with him, and was too distracted to remember to light up the sky with moonlight. Orion's Death: The god of the sun Apollo was jealous of Orion because of Artemis' love for him, and looked for a way to kill him. Apollo challenged Artemis to hit a speck far out in the ocean, teasing her about her archery skills. Apollo knew, although Artemis didn't, that the speck was really Orion swimming. Artemis killed him with a single arrow. When she realized it was Orion, she was overcome with guilt and placed him up in the heavens as a constellation. His faithful hunting dog, Sirius, would not stop searching hysterically for his master Orion, so Artemis placed him, the Dog Star, at Orion's heels.

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