Re: [thefixedstars] Draco: derkein etc
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From: "Diana K Rosenberg" <fixed.stars@...>
Sent: Sunday, 11 February, 2007 5:14 AM
Subject: [thefixedstars] Draco: derkein etc
RW:: Indus is one of the dozen or so human figures among the
88 constellations. This in itself is well worth noting,
and might indicate that its significance, as a new member
of the Round Table, will grow. In fact, Indus is the only
And, like Aquarius, it may become much more feminine than
masculine. The key figure in the Aquarius trump in Tarot
has been depicted as a female for a century or so, and
at least one early star-mapping astronomer drew Indus as
an AmerIndian huntress.
DKR: Ever hear of Gula, Goddess of Medicine? She predated the
Water-Pourer in the Euphratean figures - will send more
about her if you want
RW: Ahh yes, Gula. I forget where I might have seen this linked
with a goddess. Presumably from Babylonian -gu-, a water jug;
but Gula is usually the (male) Giant or Big One. What do YOU have?
RW:: Although not quite there yet, unless we imagine it, the
whole 88 precipitates an orderly and balanced set of
categories which begins with seven Heroes (Sky Lords)
and seven Heroines (Sky Ladies), then proceeds through
ten more categories of seven with four constellations
remaining - one for each of the Elements.
The key group of seven, however, is the one comprised
of the archetypal weapons/implements of the traditional
ritual circle: North: Scutum (Shield), South: Sagitta
(Arrow), East: Crux (Dagger), West: Crater (Cup), and
Ara (Central Altar); with Crowns above & below.
DKR: I dunno. Scutum and Crux are modern - I'm cautious with the
moderns, because anyone can put anything out there...
RW: Come, come. No new or renamed constellations have
been possible since 1930. A natural symmetry has evolved
with roughly half old & mythic, half new & 'realistic'.
They intertwingle like Yin & Yang.
DKR: One thing I've found with Draco is a sort of "overview," and "the
ability to see (or imagine) the whole picture" (Draco is at the N Pole,
the word "dragon" derives from Greek derkein, "seeing") and I found a
lot of playwrights and filmmakers under its stars...then there's the
source of the word "draconian":
RW:: "Derives"? There does seem to be a phonic & meaningful
resonance with -derkein- but usually the more obvious/direct
link is to [Gk] -drakon- serpent.
DKR: Yes, but the Greeks have other words for serpent (snake) -
anguis, and ophis, for instance.
RW:: I guess you have a reference that links back to maybe
some Indo-European *dr-k = seeing root?
DKR: I don't remember where I got the original info on derkein/dragon,
but I just googled these:
The word dragon comes from the Greek verb derkein which means "to see". The
Dragon is the principle of clear seeing: the ability to see things in a new
light as they really are, beyond all illusions. For this reason the dragon
has great wisdom and power in the myths.
RW: Seems reasonable. Stemming likely from the snake's
sensitivity & quick response to slight movement.. even
if this has nothing to do with its poor sight!
But patience - it'll soon be spring 8-)