Because, and this is actually an extremely important point for understanding human history as it has unfolded since the period we designate as “antiquity,” it is primarily in the cultures of “the West” (those cultures controlled by the western Roman Empire, and the later colonies of the western European cultures) where the break with the ancient wisdom given in the myths was the most abrupt. At some point in what we call the first four to five centuries AD (or CE), the ancient Oracles were shut down, the ancient Mysteries were discontinued or disbanded or outlawed, and the understanding – that the myths are in fact esoteric celestial metaphors which point us towards the understanding that there is an Invisible Realm, the realm of the gods, with which we and all of nature are always connected at all times – was declared to be heretical. Instead, the stories were to be understood literally – an approach that tends to lead people to interpretations of the ancient sacred texts which (I believe) is 180-degrees out from their esoteric and celestial message
“Why” the ancient myths of the world, all around the globe, would be built upon celestial allegories. I believe that whoever imparted the ancient wisdom in the sacred myths were consciously using the stars as a sophisticated metaphor to impart profound knowledge of the Invisible Realm and our connection to it. The celestial players in the heavenly realm above our heads – the sun, moon, stars, and visible planets, along with their intricate cycles – were used to convey truths about the infinite realm, which is in fact real, and of vital importance to each of our lives, and to the collective survival of all life on earth, even though it cannot be seen
The title of the series is Star Myths of the World, and how to interpret them. Volume One was published in October 2015, and covers a very brief sampling of representative myths and sacred stories from Australia, Africa, ancient Egypt, ancient Sumer and Babylon (the Gilgamesh-Enkidu series), ancient India, ancient China and Japan, and from the indigenous cultures of the Americas and the Pacific Islands.
Volume Two was just published in February 2016, and focuses entirely on the myths of ancient Greece. It contains a complete celestial analysis of the Iliad and the Odyssey, with completely new insights that I believe are only revealed as we begin to understand the celestial metaphors within the two incredible poems. In addition, Volume Two explores the celestial nature of many of the primary gods and goddesses, as well as some of the critical myths outside of the Homeric epics, such as the story of Perseus and Medusa.
It is my contention that not only do the myths of the world speak the same language (which points to conclusions which absolutely demolish the conventional paradigm of humanity’s ancient past), but an understanding of their celestial language enables us to also understand these myths and their messages in ways that are otherwise simply unavailable to us.
In the future, it would be possible to write multi-volume studies of the myths found in the ancient Sanskrit epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata (some episodes of the Mahabharata are explored in Volume One), as well as of the Gilgamesh-Enkidu series at greater length, and of other bodies of myth where much primary material is still available for analysis. Once the system is understood, the amount of celestial material to be found in the ancient myths and sacred traditions of the world is truly overwhelming. One of the main purposes of this series is to enable readers to pursue this analysis for themselves, as they learn to “converse with” and “question” the myths in the language that the myths themselves are speaking.
The amount of material that could be offered as evidence to support the assertion that virtually all of the world’s myths, sacred texts and traditions are Star Myths, based upon the motions of the stars and planets, is truly overwhelming. I believe that an honest examination of the evidence leads inexorably to the conclusion that the world’s myths – across great distances, intervening oceans and millennia – employ the same language and system of celestial metaphor. This evidence strongly argues for a radical re-evaluation of the conventional narrative of human history. – David Warner Mathisen http://www.starmythworld.com/books/