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  • Diana K. Rosenberg
    ... http://www.winshop.com.au/annew/mcorona_australis.htm This is said by some authors to represent a cast-off garland once worn by Sagittarius, while others
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 2, 2006
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      Corona Australis

      Mark sent:

      > *Alpha Coronae Australis

      http://www.winshop.com.au/annew/mcorona_australis.htm

      "This is said by some authors to represent a cast-off garland once
      worn by Sagittarius, while others consider that it represents the
      wheel upon which Ixion was tormented because of his insult to Juno.
      This constellation has also been called Uraniscus, because of its
      resemblance to the palate or roof of the mouth. Jung said that the
      radiant crown is the symbol par excellence of reaching the highest
      goal in evolution: for he who conquers himself wins the crown of
      eternal life. The crown is always an expression of majesty, power,
      consecration, or of a solemn, extraordinary status or condition.

      "Influence: 'According to Ptolemy the bright stars are like Saturn
      and Jupiter. It is said to bring unforeseen troubles, but to give a
      position of authority.' (Robson)"

      I have:

      CORONA AUSTRALIS, THE SOUTHERN CROWN

                                  "Other few [stars]
                                  Below the Archer under his forefeet,
                                  Led round in circle roll without a name"
                                          - Aratus, Phaenomena, 399-401  (R Brown translation)

      Until the time of Aratus and even later, this was still an unnamed circlet of stars beneath the upraised forelegs of the Archer; it was probably Hipparchus (2nd century BCE) who first made it a distinct, separate constellation. The figure of Sagittarius is now usually shown statant (standing), sometimes with one foreleg raised; but the earliest Euphratean representations had the figure salient, that is, in a ready-to-leap position with only the hind legs on the ground. Whereas Stephanos Notios (Corona Australis) is now entangled in or just behind the Archer's forelegs, the earlier position would have allowed this circlet of stars to be separate, just beneath them. There are no myths connected with this figure, although some classical poets attached a story of Bacchus placing a crown in the sky in honor of his mother Semele; it is sometimes depicted as a wreath. For the symbolism of a Crown, see Corona Borealis, Chapter 8. According to Ptolemy, the bright stars in Corona Australis (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta) have an influence like that of Saturn and Mercury. In early China, this was the figure of a Tortoise, associated with inundations.

      Wasn't there something on the news a couple of days ago about a very aged tortoise who had died (something like
      250 years old)

      Love, Diana

      Website: http://pw1.netcom.com/~ye-stars/

    • Mark Andrew Holmes
      ... http://www.winshop.com.au/annew/mcorona_australis.htm According to Ptolemy, ... http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4837988.stm Yes, his name was
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 3, 2006
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        --- "Diana K. Rosenberg" <ye-stars@...>
        wrote:

        > Mark sent:
        >
        > > *Alpha Coronae Australis
        >
        >
        http://www.winshop.com.au/annew/mcorona_australis.htm
        According to Ptolemy,
        > the bright stars in Corona Australis (Alpha, Beta,
        > Gamma, Delta) have an
        > influence like that of Saturn and Mercury. In early
        > China, this was the
        > figure of a Tortoise, associated with inundations.
        >
        > Wasn't there something on the news a couple of days
        > ago about a very aged
        > tortoise who had died (something like
        > 250 years old)

        http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4837988.stm

        Yes, his name was Adwaita; he was an Aldabra tortoise
        (a species of giant tortoise native to the
        Seychelles), one of the star attractions at the
        Alipore Zoological Garden in Calcutta, and he was once
        the pet of an 18th-century British general named
        Robert Clive. Adwaita had been at the zoo since 1875
        and is believed to have been born in 1750, which would
        make him 256 when he died. He was given to Clive in
        1767 along with three other Aldabra tortoises who have
        all since died; Clive died in 1774. They're going to
        carbon-date Adwaita's carcass to find out just how old
        he is; there have been claims that he was born in
        1705.

        BTW: The oldest living animal whose age is
        *documented* is Harriet, a Galapagos tortoise taken
        from Isla Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands by
        Charles Darwin himself in 1835. Her age was determined
        through examination; she was a dinner-plate-sized
        five-year-old when Darwin picked her up. She's now a
        love-seat-sized 176-year-old. She was originally named
        Harry, but she was renamed after being discovered to
        be female in 1960. Harriet now lives at the Australia
        Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland, Australia (north of
        Brisbane).

        http://www.whatsonwhen.com/events/~14769.jml

        Mark A. Holmes

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