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.
Isis And her brother-husband, Osiris, were the central figures of Egyptian religious belief, and it is from this couple that their Royalty were sup-posed to be descended. Due to the treachery of another brother, her husband, Osrs, was killed; while she with her son Horus was driven to the swamps, where they were sustained for a time by the gods. A similarity exists between this myth and the scriptural text, "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: * * * * * And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. * * * And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent." (Rev. xii: 1,6, 14.) The belief relative to the Egytian goddess Isis is evidently very similar to that of the Christian Madonna, and the Woman Wonder of Revelation, viewed in the light of the above text.
Whether or not any of their deities ever lived in the flesh would be difficult of demonstration ; yet there is a probability that the two named above, Isis and Osiris, May Have Existed Upon The Earth In Primeval Times, perhaps identical with the first father and mother of the human race. In the light of the subject in hand, we consider them but deification of the emblematic figures in the heavens, to which they bear such remarkable resemblance. Those starry figures, which they recognized as emblematic of Osiris, are really but a symbol of the Christ, who was to come to the then unborn races. The Egyptians appear to have appropriated these starry figures and dressed them in flesh; thus their religious system is an adaptation from the wondrous configurations marked upon the face of the heavens, having been written there in the very dawn of creation. When we recognize these starry figures as having a significance divine, having been set there by The Creator Before The Creation Of The Human Race, there can certainly be no higher appeal for confirmation of our theory that the religion of ancient Egypt was a derivation, and not an original, as claimed by some authorities. In the following material evidence, we shall prove that the fundamental principles of their religion were derived from a study of the heavens, as stated above. It has been well said that the Christian religion shows a remarkable resemblance to that of early Egypt; yet why should it not do so, since the Christian derived his religion from the more material source, the Bible and prophetic inspiration, while the Egyptian obtained his from that copy of the Word written among the stars. It must be admitted though, that not all those who have a knowledge of the Creator's precepts, whether Derived From The Heavens Or From Our Sacred Scriptures, will be found to be in possession of the Christian religion in its true sense; as example of such, we cite Satan himself, who was, according to certain texts, learned in Holy Writ. The Egyptian may have had a wonderful conception of the fundamental truths as written upon the face of the heavens, yet he was in utter darkness in regard to their import.
His conception of the heavens was certainly one of marvelous beauty. How close he approached the real truths and value embodied, cannot be stated; yet we find that to a greater or lesser degree, he had interpreted the true value, although applying it more in the abstract than in the concrete. However, we believe that in the earlier ages of his national existence, he was in closer communion with First Cause than we generally suppose. This condition existed in pre-deluge times or immediately following that disaster.
Those brighter stars, forming what is known as the "Big Dipper" in the northern constellation Urea Major, which lies near the celestial north pole, together with five others found in this same group and in the small group Canes Venatici, constitute the starry figure which we believe to be the Celestial Emblem Op The Goddess Isis And the Christian Madonna. It was seen by St. John as the Woman Wonder of Revelation, since the principal stars therein number twelve (always a mystical number), and at the same time, there is unmistakable evidence of the figure having wings. This object was also evidently seen as the cow goddess of heaven, Hathor, since the handle of the dipper forms one horn, while the other lies in the small group Canes Venatici and is tipped by the bright star Cor Caroli. The wings are certainly in evidence and are not difficult to find, as they follow the outline of the horns. The tip of each wing is accentuated to such degree in contradistinction to the rest, that the figure thus formed easily presents the form of the lotus flower. The figure of the goddess we must place there in imagination; while the figure, as a whole, is, perhaps, one of the most wonderful and touching seen in the whole heavens, when we see it as Emblematic Of The Mother Of Our Lord.
It is also, perhaps, one of the most vividly realistic proofs of the value underlying the arrangement of the stars.
There are but few who do not know where to find the well known figure of the "Big Dipper" in the northern sky, and how to find the north star, Polaris, by means of the "pointers," the entire figure being composed of bright stars easily discerned by the naked eye. The tip of the wing which is in conjunction with the end of the dipper handle has its juncture with the rest of the handle at the point of the "twin stars," a distinguishing feature of the dipper. The tip of the other wing is easily found in conjunction with the other horn, near the star Cor Caroli in Canes Venatici. When the tips of these wings are transformed or considered as the starry lotus, it does not appear strange that the Egyptian Adorned His Temples And Pillars With an ornament whose form was from the lotus. Apparently the lotus was a symbol of great value to the Egyptian, for it appears throughout his architecture.