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 believe this figure to be identical with the birds of different kinds which the early American races associated with creation, and the different forms of The Thunder Bird In Particular.
In fact, a tribe of Indians, named the Thlinkits, of north-western America, represented their deity in much the same form in which this starry object presents itself to our view. Some tribes had the tradition that the creation bird rode to land and safety upon the back of the turtle, which would be but another derivation from this same figure.
Bird heads are engraved upon many objects found throughout America, which, in some cases, show a remarkable similarity to the head of this starry form, and should, undoubtedly, be identified with it. This is especially true in respect to Those Engraved Upon The Gorget Symbols, and they are invariably drawn with the mouth open. These gorgets are found chiefly among the ruins of the mound builders and were apparently a symbol of great value. Those having the bird heads engraved upon them invariably represent the bird with open mouth, and also ornamenting the four sides of a square. They all face to the left. The latter feature would lead us to believe them to have been designed with the intent of portraying A Movement From Right To Left, much in the manner the earth revolves daily upon its axis. Thus it may have been intended as commemorative of the time in the earth's history when the celestial pole was located in the above named starry bird figure.
This bird-like object among the stars, together with the "Sickle of Leo," appears to have been noted also as that of a dismembered bird, for among the ruins of one of America's ancient cities there was found A Tablet With A Somewhat Similar Design Engraved upon it. It represented a dismembered bird, the sun, and what is apparently a comet and several planets. The claw and leg as separated from the body of the bird and grasping the disk-like figure of one planet would really bear a close resemblance to the "Sickle of Leo." The tablet as a whole appears to have been designed as commemorative of some great Astronomical event. It was found at Cosumala-huapa and is quite an artistic piece of workmanship.
On one of the Egyptian Astronomical star computation charts we find a statement that a certain star is in "the claw' of the goose" which, to us, simply implies that it was in the "Sickle of Leo." This fact would lead us to believe that we can profit greatly by these charts, in that We Can Reproduce The General Characteristics Of the heavens during those times. We believe them replete with evidence of a like nature, and, in the light of the material dealt with, they should prove an interesting and profitable study.
Although the group of stars known as Leo Minor upon our present charts was evidently portrayed as the sacred beetle or Scarabeus by the early Egyptian, as we shall show later, yet this same constellation appears to have been charted as a starry spider by some of the early American races, for many of the gorget symbols have such an insect engraved upon them. It is generally represented with a cross either upon its back or near it, and clearly shows evidence of having a celestial derivation. Since the group in question adjoins immediately upon the north, the region delineating the starry Sphinx and lying in close proximity to the spider-web arrangement of Coma Berenices, it does not appear strange that some of the early peoples outlined it as a spider. There is certain evidence in regard to the Egyptian Scarabeus which undoubtedly Associates It With This Celestial Figure And its identity therewith is easily established.
The "Sickle of Leo," with a number of attendant stars, appears to have been the origin of the Egyptian symbol, "The Sun-on-the-Horizon," judging not only from the general contour of the object outlined, but also from the analogous surroundings. The Egyptian name for the Sphinx Harmakhis is really interpreted as meaning "The-Sun-on-the-Ho-rizon," and would imply that the monument in question was associated with the Creation Period Of The World.
They appear to have likened time to the course of the sun in his apparent daily journey from sunrise to sunset; the ensuing night was a symbol of the ultimate night of the cosmos. That portion of the southern heavens having the Galactic ring as its northern boundary appears to have been symbolized as The Realm Of Death, Night, and as the Abode of Evil, much in the same manner as among other early nations. It was through this region that the dead were supposed to journey, immediately after death, as we shall later make clear. To the early Egyptian, that portion of the heavens having the Galaxy as its southern boundary, or vice versa of the above, symbolized Day, the Lighted Universe and the Abode of Light and Life.
We believe that this is the best form in solved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. Nevertheless, we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." (II Peter iii:12, 13).
Hence the universe as a whole passes through a progressive stage of life until that time when, as we believe, the scriptural end of time shall take place, and which appears to be but the natural course of life or Evolution As Evidenced In All Matter.
From this destruction the Christian has been promised an escape, if, in compliance with his Creator's wish, he fulfills the conditions of salvation. He will, whether dead or alive, rise to a condition of immortality through the resurrection and have part in the abode or system to which our present one shall give place. The present abode shall then be purged of all traces of evil and shall be rejuvenated.