Draco the Dragon
~The Myth of Draco~
Exerpts below adapted from: www.songsouponsea.com
The head of a serpent joined to its tail, thus completes the circle and constitutes the sacred symbol of that which is without beginning and without end, and of which the ancient elders only speak with awe and in secret. This mythical and fabulous beast, with his serpentine tail, fluttering wings, flaming tongue, and piercing claws, was formerly associated with Minerva/Pallas (Roman Athena), the goddess of Wisdom. He watches ceaselessly, sleeplessly, over the threshold which he guards. The dragon was well known for its vigilance and sharp vision and was the traditional guardian of temples and treasures and of the springs of life and immortality in the ancient world. Draco the dragon is a splendid constellation made up of fifteen or so stars. It circles around the North Pole. It is a long figure covering a large part of the northern sky, and in proper dragon fashion, it twists this way and that.
by Anne Wright
~The Draconic Transverse - Yin and Yang~
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The Milky Way Galaxy, with its billions of stars, includes the northern constellation, Draco the dragon or serpent. In ancient mythology, the constellation is associated with death and salvation: the serpent is said to swallow up all souls that at death have not attained to gnosis (absolute wisdom) and to return them through its tail back to the world where they once again start a new life of struggle towards the gnosis which finally saves them from suffering rebirth.
"As above, so below."
Draco is indeed a dragon or serpent. Its head is Yang and its tail is Yin. (The head and tail of the dragon has been known to represent duality, or opposing principles such as: male/female, sun/moon, ego/selflessness, inner/outer, wisdom/ignorance, hatred/compassion, subject/object.) The profound cosmic principle of Yang and Yin is the mythical bridge between outer and inner. Yang is the apparent external reality created by our looking out consciously at external phenomena; Yin is the apparent internal reality created by consciously analyzing the person within. When properly investigated, both person and phenomena are found to be selfless, and lack any inherent existence. (Our mind projects or imputes false value upon everything we experience.) Together, they represent the extent of the unconscious reality, which can be best sensed through myth. Mythological symbolism alone transcends all conscious parameters. (See Photo Gallery below.)
- The Draconic Transverse - Yang and Yin
from The Origins of Man and the Universe: The Myth That Came to Life by Barry Long
~History of Draco the Dragon~
Long ago in 2700 BCE, the Pole Star was Thuban, alpha Draco, the third star from the end of the tail of Draco, and was then known as the "Judge of Heaven" during the time of the building of the pyramids. In the eternal drama of the mythic universe, the galaxies and stars are not static but whirling around, interacting and playing gravitational games with each other through the mill of time.
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Over time, the Earth's axis wobbles like a spinning gyroscope. Due to this precession (wobble) of the Earth's axis, Thuban, the former pole star in the constellation Draco, was replaced by Polaris in the constellation Ursa Minor (Little Bear / Little Dipper). Vega will become the future north star in approximately 12,000 years. One cycle of precession takes roughly 26,000 years to complete.
Prominent Pole Stars
3000 BCE - Thuban
Thuban, in the Dragon, did not want to yield to Polaris, in the Little Bear, - which was heading for the center stage. Thus he is the 'lord of the rebellion' and 'lord of the cosmic void of the north'. At the most prominent place in the heavens was the constellation Draco, the dragon, which lied coiled about that point of the sky they called 'absolute north'. This portion of the Dragon is depicted as attempting to encoil the constellation Ursa Minor which was originally called the 'little flock', or 'little sheepfold', the faithful remnant of the people of Israel.
~Dragon References in the Bible~
In many passages throughout the Bible the following dragon associations are made: the serpent in Eden, Leviathan the sea monster, the dragon, that ancient serpent, the god of this age, the king of Babylon, the king of Tyre (Phoenicia), the king of Egypt (pharaoh), the prince of the power of the air, etc. In Isaiah 14 he is spoken of as the instigator for attempting to 'ascend to the sides of the north', in order to seat himself upon the throne of the heavens, thus to rule the universe.
We find similar imagery written in the prose of the Book of Revelation:
"And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of 12 stars (12 constellation of the zodiac, 12 tribes). And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman whose child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto the Ancient of Days, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a divine place prepared, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days."
- Revelation 12:1-6
~Dragons and Galaxies~
Exerpt below adapted from: www.crystalinks.com
The Milky Way Galaxy is the inspiration for the symbol of the Ouroboros, a dragon swallowing its tail. Myth refers to a serpent of light residing in the heavens. The Milky Way is this serpent/dragon, and viewed at galactic central point near Sagittarius, this serpent eats its own tail. The Milky Way Galaxy keeps a time cycle that ends in great change. The sun will rise out of the mouth of the ouroboros on the winter solstice of December 21, 2012. This date corresponds to the completion of a grand cycle of time on the Mayan calendar, and is when the Ecliptic (sun's path) will allign with the Galactic Equator of the Milky Way.
For more information, click here: Galactic Carousel, Draco the Dragon, History of Dragons, Saint George and the Dragon, Dragon and Phoenix, Ourobouros, Infinity, Garuda, Quetzalcoatl, The Draco Constellation, Mayan Calendar, 2012, Nagas, Mandalas, Chinese Dragons, Adopt a Dragon: Tiamara's Lair.
"A human being is a part of the whole called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affections for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." -Albert Einstein
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