Stellar Geography
      The ancients were single-minded in establishing and preserving, both abstractly and
concretely, an intimate relationship or correspondence between earth and sky, between time
and place on earth and time and place in the sky. Many thousands of pages have been
devoted to documenting and explaining this world-wide ancestral obsession, and on the
shoulders of all these labors we can now see that this preoccupation was already vividly
expressed thirty or forty thousand years ago in such things as the astral symbolism of
prehistoric parietal (or cave) art, lunar counts or calendars inscribed on bone, stone rings or
calendars (observatories) and other astronomically oriented megalithic structures...

      We can see too that this ancient practice of observing and recording the cycles and
dispositions of the heavens was the very means through which stone age peoples oriented
themselves on earth, in local place-time, that is, in terrestrial clima and season.  And we can
see that the functional utility of this antique art or science held a central cultural position that
was passed down through the millennia all the way to the very first bronze age civilizations of
the so called historic era which, from their very dawning, were (still) relentless observers and
recorders of celestial motions and events, and just as relentless in orienting their histories
(myths if preferred), symbolism, calendar, weights and measures, monuments and temples to,
and by means of, the same (i.e. the observed disposition of the celestial sphere, past and

In the last few decades excellent and compelling research has come forth which leaves no
doubt as to the orientation and alignment of ancient structures all over the world to and
through observations of the sun, moon, various planets, stars and constellations. However,
most ancient sites or structures (regardless of hemisphere) seem primarily oriented toward the
same few constellations (e.g. Orion, Lyra, Draco), and this almost universal restriction of focus
to the same small section of sky makes it difficult to discover the broader astronomical and
metaphysical context behind it, a context necessary for a more comprehensive and satisfying
understanding of ancient astro-architectural theory and practice.

Nagged by the missing key to this ancient lock, fretting over it, griping... some inner joker
eventually remarked 'Yeah, what you need's a GUT, some grand unified theory of global
correspondence between the affairs of heaven and earth, probably find it in astrological
theory, yeah, just go talk to an astrologer.' 'Funny stuff, but shut up,' another thought replied.
But in fact, something like that was needed, no use denying it. The joker, chiming in again,
'Yeah, the whole caboodle, archaeoastronomers and you armchair private eyes as well need a
GUT bad, and a little more guts wouldn't hurt either, cause your emperor is still walking around
naked except for some see-through underpants with 'Going to Orion when I die' scribbled on
his behind.'

Even so, lots of other evidence make it hard to dismiss the notion that some grand theory was
behind a truly global mapping of sky and earth in remote antiquity, and that this missing grand
or 'deep field' view is the contextual background that surely must surely be recovered and
understood before modern mentalities can begin to take the measure of ancient awareness
and its expressions, or hope to see anything more profound than merely ‘interesting
information’ or ‘informed speculation’ arise from the ash mountains of empirical (‘objective')

So it was, after weeks of searching and failing to find any substantial evidence of an ancient
GUT (grand unified theory) of stellar-earth correlation, just a few moments shy of absolute
defeat, of forswearing any further effort on behalf of such foolishness that, one autumn
afternoon in 1991, I accidently stumbled blindly backwards into the very thing I had been
looking for. But rather than finding a stairway into the serenity of some ancient ivory tower of
my dreams, I had strayed into the territory and jaws of some ancient intellectual equivalent of
T-Rex, a terrifying dragon of awareness from which there has been, as yet, no escape.

Having crudely produced a transparency of the constellations of the celestial sphere in the
same projection and size of a world map copied from a modern atlas, I had for some time been
playing around with them, superimposing the sky map on the earth map in various positions,
all the while looking for some fiducial or archetypal arrangement that would reveal an obvious
wholesale correspondence between the two.
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