This section is from the "Origin Of Architectural Design Or The Archaeology Of Astronomy" book, by Lee H. McCoy. Also see Amazon: Origin Of Architectural Design Or The Archaeology Of Astronomy.
We would emphasize the fact that the majority of the symbolic figures with which we deal are so vividly real and clear in regard to their identity, that there can be no doubt whatever as to their value. Those versed in both Astronomy and Egyptology will readily note the truth in this, and agree with us that the evidence produced herein Constitutes The Fundamental Structure Of Egyptian symbolism. Any correction to be made later will but add to the strength of this material rather than detract.
That arm of Andromeda pointing off toward Delphinus reaches to within a few degrees of the feather object mentioned above, and lends added significance, when we consider Andromeda A Symbol Of The Christ In his crucifixion ministry to mankind, for it appears to point toward the destination of lost souls in the southern region of the heavens. (Cf. Odys., Book Xii.) His other arm, which is the right, appears to designate the future of the redeemed, since it apparently would point toward the north. Thus, an added beauty would be lent to that verse about the Hyperboreans in Greek mythology, who were supposed to live beyond the fabled "Mountain of the North." We quote it here and consider it exquisitely beautiful: -
I come from a land in the sun-bright deep, Where golden gardens grow; Where the winds of the north, becalm'd in sleep Their conch-shells never blow. - Moore.
The figure of Andromeda, together with that of the "Northern Cross" and the "Northern Coal Sack," originated much of the Religious Ceremonial Rites And customs evidenced upon the walls of the ruined cities of Yucatan, since they appear to have had a practice of compressing the head into a peaked shape. This was done while the person was young, in a manner similar to that by which the feet of young Chinese girls are kept as small as possible, by compression. The head of this starry figure, where seen in part, strikes the eye as having a somewhat peaked appearance and as having a large nose and sloping forehead, which features of the object agree remarkably well with the manner in which The Early Mayas Sculptured those of their religious personages. Such a custom may have been prevalent among their priesthood only, and may also have been merely existent in their sculptured figures. The sacrificial custom, so prevalent among the Aztecs of Mexico, of cutting out the victim's heart while still alive may have been derived from the dark spot, the "Northern Coal Sack," which lies upon one side of his breast. The above named figures certainly bear a remarkable Resemblance To The Symbols Of the early peoples of Central America and Mexico.
There is an abundance of evidence to prove that the Egyptian saw in the arrangement of the heavens a celestial counterpart of his own beloved Nile country. The Delta, he placed in the immediate region of Auriga and Orion, and the location of Sagittarius marked the region of the first cataract. The intervening region he saw as the Nile valley from Cairo to the Nubian border. The Galaxy, he saw as the celestial Nile. Each of its banks is marked by the starry emblems of the different nomes. Indenting the western side of the feather-like figure that we described as the Egyptian symbol of truth, we see two small circles that possibly are of considerable significance with respect to the "Court of the Double Truth," for they adorn the side of the "Symbol of Truth" feather, and are in the judgment region. These twin circles are quite indistinct, yet definitely outlined as to the surrounding stars, and not difficult to locate. The "Court of the Double Truth" must, of necessity, be located in the region we have just mentioned. However, we can not define it exactly; nevertheless, we shall certainly do so a little later when our evidence is more complete in the smaller details. We would place this court or chamber between Aquarius and Cepheus. In fact there is every reason to believe that the Egyptian judgment scene embraces a major portion of the northern heavens and lies between the two groups named above. Cepheus, seated on his starry throne, seems to fill every requirement as Judge. We believe we have in him, "Osiris the Judge of the Dead." The Judgment Hall Apparently embraces the whole intervening region or the principal portion of it. The polar lotus then would be identical with that which the Egyptian represented as growing from the lake underneath the judgment throne. The traveling dead were thought to pass the judgment before climbing the mountain. The uraeii facade adornment which was quite common in Egyptian representations, especially in those of the judgment chamber or shrine of Osiris, was simply an adaptation from the peculiar figure seen near the top of the polar mount. (Cf. "History of Egypt," by Maspero, Vol. I., pages 265-71).
The figure in the water-bowl is also the head of one of the monsters the Egyptian believed to roam the desert adjoining Egypt. The body should be placed accordingly, and should embrace the greater portion of the contiguous region below. This monster has a bird's head, and a spike protruding from its breast. Its front feet should extend some little distance below the southern border of Aquarius. The wavy line of stars at the southern extremity of Aquarius has suggested the saw-edged form of the lower part of its body. The general arrangement of the stars in the region with which we are dealing shows quite a resemblance to the monster, and has very evidently been the source of such figure. The Egyptian likened this region to the desert country adjoining the Nile valley, for the sacred sycamores were supposed to be located upon its borders, and their starry counterpart in the heavens really occupies such a position with respect to the starry desert. The constellation Aries, included in the desert of the sky, appears as One Form Of The God Set, for the ram's head and tail both bear a remarkable resemblance to the form of the god in question. It was represented with a straight arrow-like tail, and with a head similar to that which we see in this constellation. The general characteristics of this starry figure bear a remarkable resemblance to that form of the god Set.