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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Sirius Rising

The ancient Egyptians saw Sirius as a giver of life for it always reappeared at the time of the annual rising of the Nile at Memphis. When the star sank in the west and disappeared from the night sky, it remained hidden for 70 days before emerging in the east in the morning. This was viewed as a time of death and rebirth. The Egyptians believed this was meaningful, and mirrored this time period in their funeral ceremonies. When a king died, his body was mummified, then interred in a pyramid or other tomb. By custom, burial took place 70 days after death, when the king was "reborn" in the stars.

Hathor is a sky goddess, known as "Lady of Stars" and "Sovereign of Stars." Her birthday was celebrated on the day that the dog star, Sirius first rose in the night sky (heralding the coming innundation). She was originally a personification of the Milky Way, which was considered to be the milk that flowed from the udders of a heavenly cow. As time passed she absorbed the attributes of many other goddesses but also became more closely associated with Isis, who to some degree usurped her position as the most popular and powerful goddess. Yet she remained popular throughout Egyptian history. 

More festivals were dedicated to Hathor and more children were named after her than any other god or goddess of Ancient Egypt. Her worship was not confined to Egypt and Nubia. She was worshiped throughout Semitic West Asia, Ethiopian, Somlia and Libya.

Sirius rises at different times depending on the year and location, usually around the first of August. I was unable to find a definitive list of dates for you, however I did find two websites, which when used together will show you how to determine the birthday of Hathor, and the exact day and time of the rising of Sirius in your area. They are:
Compiled from various sources.

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