The early peoples then filled the heavens with rivers, valleys, forests, gods, animals of different kinds, or with conditions similar to those existing upon the earth. They endeavored to learn therefrom somewhat of their own destiny. How well they succeeded in so doing, we have produced ample evidence to show; for there is certain evidence to prove that many of the ancients had Derived Therefrom The Real Value, or that intended by the Great Architect Himself.

Various theories have been advanced as to the origin of the great mythologies of the early peoples, such as those of the Greek and Norsemen, none of which have ever been credited with any great degree of authenticity. (Cf. "Age of Fable," by Bulfinch, page 374.) Some have advanced the theory that they are but personifications of the powers of nature and the elements, others that they are derived from the Biblical personages such as Noah and the Ark, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and others of the scriptural characters who bear a close analogy to the different Mythological Personages.

There are still others who believe them to be but a deification of some of the great historical characters of bygone ages who, through the lapse of time, came to be looked upon more as gods than men, by having their deeds of valor and heroism magnified and multiplied in the minds of the people until they really appeared more divine than human. The general consensus of opinion credits them to all of the sources named, or as evolved from the above mentioned theories, and they have a remarkable amount of evidence in their favor; yet it is easily seen that they are lacking in a great many essentials and that we must Look Elsewhere For The Real Solution.

Now in the subject matter of this small book we believe that there will be presented to the world enough of convincing proof as to the origin of the great mythologies of the past, that any question as to their derivation from the empyrean structure surrounding us will be allayed for all time to come.

Is it not fitting that such should be their origin and fundamental structure. He who places his eye to the great telescopes accessible to-day views a sight Supernal In Its Grandeur And magnificence; yet in order to see as did the ancients of old, that structure inspiring their sublime concepts of divinity and beauty, he must discard such instruments, and, like his primitive brother, view the starry forms with nature's eye-piece. These starry figures are really best seen with the naked eye, although the condition of the atmosphere plays no inconsiderable part. The myriads of stars or suns, as seen through the eye-piece of the modern telescope, cannot but inspire one with some such feelings as experienced by our ancient brothers; yet we have missed much of the Beauty And Inspiration That could have been derived from the study of Astronomy, which he drank in ages ago.