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.
This object is not without its significance in regard to The Piercing Of His Breast In the crucifixion, since we find it located upon what would be one side of His breast. The arm that points off toward Delphinus is quite well outlined, however, by stars of small magnitude; yet upon an extraordinarily clear night, this portion of the figure stands out distinctly against the surrounding background, and proves one of those objects which we consider marked naked-eye figures. The head is also a naked-eye object, and has for an ear a rosettelike figure somewhat similar to that which marks the left elbow of Cepheus. One shoulder is marked by an object which is but a duplicate of the figure outlined by the principal stars of the constellation Cassiopeia, and which appears to have been taken as A Judgment Symbol Or Emblem, since it is located in those groups only which evidently have such value placed upon them. His nose is well seen in a curved line of stars which stands out clearly, while his head, as a whole, reminds one very much of the full Greek heads.
The starry figure of Andromeda has in conjunction with her mouth or the judgment emblem, a band which terminates in a small heart-shaped object; which has perhaps originated the custom in America of showing the mouth connected with the internal parts or heart, as a symbolism of the departure of life from the individual.
Resting upon the base of the upright beam of the starry cross, is an object from which The Egyptian "White Crown" was derived, for the similarity is so apparent that it proves a very marked naked-eye figure. The top of the Crown embraces the small but interesting constellation Lyra, and the combination of the whole into the "White Crown" by the Egyptian makes it a very interesting object. The brilliant first magnitude star Vega adorns its top, and is indeed a fitting ornament for it. That side of the starry crown which lies nearest the transverse beam of the cross, is ornamented with a curved line of stars that very evidently originated the practice among the Egyptians of adorning the front of their headdress with a small serpent. This object is easily detected upon any clear night and stands out in bold relief.
Near the top of the cross is an object presenting the appearance of a sheaf of wheat, and possibly it is the source of That Feature Of Architectural Design Found among the ruins of Yucatan. Much of the architectural ornamentation resembles the form of a sheaf and is undoubtedly derived from this starry object. Lying within the Galaxy and in conjunction with one end of the starry cross, we see an object that resembles a grain of wheat, and is possibly the source from whence originated the Egyptian Goddess Of Grain.
This object may bear an analogy to the scriptural "corn of wheat" that must fall into the ground and die before it brings forth fruit; it would be not without significance in regard to crucifixion, as symbolized in the attendant groups.
Immediately above Cepheus' head and with its beak to the "Northern Coal Sack," we see the rudiments of a bird of some kind. Its tail reaches almost to the head of Draco, and its feet are placed immediately over Cepheus' head. In general outline, it bears close analogy to the raven; yet the Greek appears to have seen it as the mythological vulture, which was believed to prey eternally upon the vitals of Prometheus. They believed Prometheus to have been condemned by Zeus to unremitting punishment, chained to the rocks of Mount Caucasus, where the vulture would torture him continually. Prometheus would then be also but an adaptation from the starry figure of Andromeda; for do we not see her here with arms outstretched, and with the bird apparently preying upon her vitals. The bird figure we believe to be also identified with the ravens which Norse mythology places above the throne of Odin, for we see the starry figure of Cepheus as their god Odin. We detect evidence of a huge vulture head in conjunction with Andromeda's outstretched hand which seems to bear closer identification with the Greek myth. The latter is quite well marked and very realistic in outline. The rosette, which we see marking the left elbow of Cepheus, is not without Its Significance And Value As a mark of identification, for we see a rosette figure in several places upon the throne of Zeus as sculptured by the Greek.
In the mythology of the heavens then, we would designate the region immediately surrounding the celestial north pole as one of great interest and promise. The ancients have placed here a mount which they commemorated in various ways. They wooded its sides with sacred trees and made of it The Seat Of The Gods, while its sides sloped gently down to the banks of the Galactic river near-by. What supernal flights of fancy must this picture have inspired in the mind of primitive man when, as we are inclined to believe, his was more the state of innocence of a child and his mind was not trammeled by the rigorous conditions under which modern man labors. In the mythology of the Greek, we have a fair sample of the fruits of such an existence; for has it not held us in enthralled admiration of its beauties of speech and concepts of divinity, which through the ages of the past have remained as fresh as when composed by the immortals of Greece. The mounds and tumuli are but A Copy Of This Polar Mount In the northern heavens and are among the oldest relics of the human race. It is true that there are relics and remains much older than those named above; yet these take us back through bygone ages to a time when man was quite evidently in a very primitive state of existence. They were a symbolical burial mound patterned after that seen in the northern heaven. The truncated form of the Pyramid is also clearly a Derivation From The Same Source, and appears to have been built more as a temple or religious edifice of some kind, than as a tomb. The starry Pyramid in Orion has originated the Egyptian form of such structures, as is clearly seen. The earliest view of this polar mount was evidently that of a mound with the figure of Cepheus considered as though lying buried underneath; it is easily seen that such a Symbolic Figure Could Be Derived Therefrom, for we find him in such position. Thus, we have the origin of such burial customs as but a derivation from the heavens. This manner of burial was very prevalent among the early peoples, for such mound-like structures have been found in almost all parts of the world.