Re: [thefixedstars] Re: Something about the Pleiades
- --- msbhavens1 <msbhavens1@...> wrote:
> wont let you view without becoming a member,. MissBI'll post it edited, then.
Edited post begins.
The Pleiades were used as an "eye test" by many
cultures before light pollution
ruined it all. From Wikipedia:
"It was common among the indigenous peoples of the
Americas to measure
keenness of vision by the number of stars the viewer
could see in the Pleiades,
a practice which was also used in historical Europe,
especially in Greece."
Note that even the character for the Pleiades is
included in this entry,
although it is called Kabalistic.
And the Pleiades were used to predict weather.
Moisture high in the atmosphere
would obscure or make hazy the star cluster. Here is
an article on the people of
the Andes using the Pleiades just this way.
Pleiades comes from the Greek verb meaning "to
sail" , and were called "the
sailing ones" so these stars are connected to sailors.
Pleiades also is comes from Peleiades or doves.
These sisters, who were
consorts of Artemis, were turned into doves to escape
the unwanted attentions of
Orion. It was also believed that the soul turned into
a dove when it left the
One of the Pleiades, the beautiful Maia, through
the attentions of
Zeus/Jupiter, gave birth to Hermes/Mercury.
Edited post ends.
Mark A. Holmes
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> > I saw this on the Spiritus Mundi list. I don't
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> > without permission, so I linked to the post. I
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> > Mark A. Holmes
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