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.
The Tree in Taurus is quite well marked and is an easily discernible naked-eye object. It has a very conspicuous place in the religious belief of the nations of antiquity. Considerable traces of it are found throughout the Americas and some of the northern countries of Europe. To the Egyptian it was the sacred sycamore which he must pass upon his journey through the realms of death, and from which he must secure the necessary sustenance to enable him to pursue his journey.
There were many perils which beset him upon this journey to his future home, such as The Huge Serpent And Other Monsters that are certainly in evidence along this starry pathway; for there is a gigantic serpent outlined in the upper portion of the constellation Eridanus, and a huge whale in the group Cetus, both of which adjoin this heavenly pathway. The serpent apparently is fastening to Orion's heel, and the great open-mouthed whale is united with the westward route by a star band, which leads upward through the neck of the allegorical star figure designating that group. He encounters the huge serpent at the very outset of his journey, and must vanquish it before he can proceed. He must be possessed of The Proper Passwords And Formulae, in order to avoid straying from the true route, and must have lived as perfect a life upon earth as possible, in order to have attained to a worthiness warranting the gods in allowing him to ascend the upward terminating way. (Matt. vii:14.) His greatest boon was that of being permitted to choose the latter course, for then he could ascend through the streamer of the upper fish and the fish itself, which is the starry Grand Gallery, to the point where it passed beyond the boundaries of the underworld, through the King's Chamber in Cassiopeia.
The ill-fated traveler who was forced to take the lower route through the southern streamer and fish, thence on westward, appears to have stood very little chance of ever reaching that blissful goal toward which his journey was leading him, for we detect many perils besetting his way. In that starry counterpart of the Subterranean Chamber, which is quite well defined in Pisces and Aquarius, he might make a misstep and Plunge Downward Through The Vertical Shaft to the bottom, where a Cynocephalus was waiting to receive him. The head of the Cynocephalus is quite a conspicuous object having his nose at the eastern end of that wavy line of stars, which is a well known feature of the constellation Aquarius. If he succeeded in passing the Subterranean Chamber in safety his hopes were almost dashed again a little farther west, for There He Must Undergo A Rigid Judgment from which there was no escape, and through which very few passed successfully. The Cyn-ocephalus, which we see at the lower extremity of Aquarius, is certainly identical with that animal which, in some of their representations, is seen bidding the boat of the sun godspeed upon its entrance into the "Mountain of the West," for it occupies a position which agrees very well with such a symbol. It is also identical with those animals which are represented as fishing for unlucky travelers, who happened to miss their way in the starry Subterranean Chamber, for we find three of them in evidence here and located at the lower end of the starry vertical shaft. The Cynocephalus, located in this region, Has Great Value Also When Taken In Conjunction With a similar animal-outline which we detect upon the face of the Moon. The emblematic figures here dealt with, since they occupy the region at the southern pole of the Galaxy, certainly show a remarkable analogy to the symbolism of the Moon, for we find them both associated with the Moon as the ruler of night and darkness. It is in this region that we would place the "Court of the Double Truth".