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.
Not only is the "W" judgment emblem in this group, but also the twin stars, the minute triangle, and a rounded line of stars which, as a duplicate of the nose of Andromeda, is not without its significance as an emblematic figure.
The minute triangle as a miniature of the Pyramid, as it were, the Egyptian appears to have recognized as an Emblem Of The God Osiris, for we find two of them in Orion, one in the eagle figure in Hercules, and several elsewhere. But they are always located in those groups only which were associated with the god. We find twin stars as conspicuous objects throughout the heavens, but, as in the case of the minute triangle, they are located in those groups which the Egyptian associated with Isis and Horus, for they appear to have been recognized as an emblem of the goddess and her son, wherever found. The tree in Taurus is rife with these twin stars. The curved line of stars seen in the nose of Andromeda is duplicated not only in Capricornus but also in Sagittarius, and apparently has its counterpart in that feature of the Egyptian funerary ornamentation which is generally seen crowning the booth in the "Boat of the Dead," and was a symbol of great value. The top of this triangular figure in Capricornus Resembles The Lotus Flower In the bowl of the polar dipper, and that in conjunction with the handle of the "Big Dipper." Further, it also bears a close resemblance to the lotus bud. Somewhat above this boat figure we see several inverted bell-shaped objects which also have found their way into their funerary symbolism as a conventional form borrowed from the lotus. These were seen possibly as the seed pod or leaf of that flower, for they greatly resemble that part of the plant. Whether they recognized a lotus flower here or not, we cannot say at present, yet the lotus plays quite a prominent part in the funerary services as Represented Upon The Walls Of their temples and tombs, and such a custom may have easily originated from this figure that crowns the top of the starry "Boat of the Dead." In fact, they seem to have recognized in Capri-cornus, the figure of a gigantic lotus plant as well as the objects named above.
The arrangement of the stars in the region of the lower fish in Pisces will be seen to present not only the head of the god Thot, but of that sacred ape which was believed to be associated with him. His beak follows the trend of the streamer which unites this fish with the one farther north, and his head as a whole is quite easily seen in the body of the fish. By omitting his beak we have the life-likeness of that dog-eared ape which was held sacred to Thot. It is also seen to bear a close resemblance to the head of an elephant, where we see the beak part of it as the trunk of that animal, and the rest of the figure as its head. In passing we might state that such may be said as equally true with respect to the constellation Scorpio, for the wings of that figure easily present the ears of the elephant, and its tail the trunk. It is, perhaps, due to this fact, that the elephant occupies the place it does in the religious belief of India. The starry head of Thot is located in close proximity to The Great Judgment Scales, which explains somewhat the conspicuous place he was believed to occupy in their judgment scene. He was believed to record the findings in the case of each one of the dead who passed through the Judgment Hall. They also credited him with being the father of letters. As to the latter significance, we are unable to state the source; yet regarding his connection with the judgment of the dead we have ample proof to show where such a belief originated, when we note the position which he occupies with respect to the other judgment figures which we see adjoining. The ape portion of the figure has been seen as presiding over the weighing of the heart of the deceased. Anubis and the hawk-headed Horus have also filled a like office in some of their representations, which is not strange since we see their heads also in conjunction with the great scales.
We see an arrangement of stars as the semblance of smoke issuing from the open mouth of the whale in Cetus, and curling upward toward the western side of Pegasus, which feature we believe to have Associated Fire With This Region Of the heavens. Such may be said as equally true of the feather seen in Equuleus, and Delphinus, for it presents much the appearance of smoke, while many of the ancients seem to have so regarded it. We believe the Greek and Norseman placed such a value upon this region of the heavens. It is apparently The Greek Hades And Tartaros As well as the Norse Hel. As the ocean of the sky, it is very clear what relation it bears to the different mythologies where we see it peopled with so many realistic figures and animals. In the Egyptian and Norse belief, we find deities who were believed to catch the unwary or ill-fated in a net or sieve. These are very evidently but a derivation from the three Cyno-cephali at the feet of Aquarius. In the Greek, Norse and Egyptian religious beliefs we find that a dog was associated with the realm of death, which animal is also in evidence here as either the one seen as Anubis or the dogeared ape.