The secret knowledge of the Dark Star appears to be widespread within
esoteric literature, as I have discovered over the last few years. It often
takes the form of an anomalous symbol connected with 7 stars, and featured
as a counterpart to the Sun and Moon
Dark Star is
described in words, as a 'true' Sun that is more significant than the
itself: For instance, the Persian and, later, Roman cult of
"It thus appears that the
Mithraists somehow believed in the existence of
two suns: one represented by the figure of the sun god, and the other by
Mithras himself as the "unconquered sun". It is thus of great interest to
note that the Mithraists were not alone in believing in the existence of two
suns, for we find in platonic circles the concept of the existence of two
suns, one being the normal astronomical sun and the other being a so-called
"hypercosmic" sun located beyond the sphere of the fixed stars."
The fourth book of Zecharia Sitchin's Earth Chronicles, entitled 'The Lost
Realms' (1990), deals with South American and Meso-American evidence for the
existence of the
Anunnaki. He argues that early
Sumerian myths transferred
to South America with the migration of the Anunnaki themselves, who were
celebrated by later indigenous peoples there as their ancient gods. Included
in this are symbolic references to the Winged Disc:
"Tribal beliefs...held that at the very beginning there was an
Olden God, creator of All Things, of the Heaven and of the Earth, whose abode was in
the highest heaven, the twelfth heaven:
"And the Toltecs knew that many are the heavens.
They said there are twelve superimposed divisions;
There dwells the true god and his consort.
He is the Celestial God, Lord of Duality;
His consort is lady of Duality, Celestial lady.
This is what it means.
He is king, he is lord, above the twelve heavens.
"This amazingly sounds like a rendering of
beliefs, according to which the head of the pantheon was called
of Heaven") and who, with his consort Antu ("Lady of Heaven") resided on the
outermost planet, the twelfth member of our Solar System. The Sumerians
depicted it as a radiating planet whose symbol was the cross. The symbol was
thereafter adopted by all the peoples of the ancient world and evolved to
the ubiquitous emblem of the Winged Disc. Quetzalcoatl's shield and symbols
depicted on early Mexican monuments are uncannily similar."
The civilizations of Central and South America do not appear to have been as
ancient as those of Mesopotamia and Egypt, but there is plenty of evidence
to suggest that some cross-pollination of culture occurred, possibly via
such sea-faring nations as the Phoenicians, or even the Sumerians. As
amazing as it may seem, some artifacts that have been unearthed in Bolivia,
in the vicinity of Lake Titicaca, are inlaid with cuneiform script that
seems to be of Proto-Sumerian extraction
This has lead some scholars to
seek a controversial link between the Mesopotamian culture 5000 years ago
and South America.
We may never know for sure whether there is a basis for historical fact
here, partly because of the almost wholesale destruction of the indigenous
cultures by the Conquistadores, and partly because of the potential for
hoaxed archeological finds. Little has remained to enlighten academics and
archeologists about the early mythological sources, and controversial
archeological finds that run against the grain of orthodox thought tend to
be side-lined or ignored by academics keen to maintain their credibility.
Then there was the purging of the Church. The genocide that took part in
those early days of European colonial conquest ran in parallel with a purist
drive to eradicate ancient pagan knowledge. Even if the ancients of South
and Central America knew of Nibiru, how could we find out?
Certainly, many wonderful monuments remain, and archeologists have uncovered
an advanced dating system suggestive of high learning, particularly among
the Mayans. Researchers like Richard Day have carried out interesting
archeo-astronomical studies to determine whether hidden knowledge of
can be found in the layout of the monuments themselves, particularly those
(5). The intricate and accurate dating systems, combined with
the Mayan 'Ages', are suggestive of thinking on a
Cosmic scale, possibly
incorporating prophecy of catastrophism from the sky.
Mayan stella shows a fiery god embracing the Sun. It has all the
hallmarks of a Winged Disc whose identity is evidently not solar in origin.
What is most telling, perhaps, is the necklace of seven orbs hanging from
the head of the Mayan god. The combined symbolism is strongly suggestive of
the visible Nibiru interacting with the Sun in some way. Does this imagery
help to explain the famous Mayan Ages? With thanks to Greg Jenner for sending me this wonderful image. 3/3/04)
The renowned author of Central American myth, Maurice Cotterell, has
investigated whether these Ages may be connected with great Solar cycles of
about 3750 years
(6). This brings the phenomenon within reach of the orbit
of the Dark Star: Sitchin approximates to 3600 years for his
Nibiru, and I
have suggested the inter-calendrical period of 3760 years for my Dark Star.
All of which is suggestive of an cosmic time-period lying at the heart of
ancient religious thinking. I shall explore this link in more detail in my
forthcoming book 'Binary Companion'.
What is missing is a direct mythological reference to the Dark Star
the remaining archaeological evidence. Was such direct evidence lost, or did
it never exist in the first place?
Encouraging information has been passed to me by
Lee Covino. He spotted an
interesting drawing of an Incan altar piece that had been destroyed by the
Spaniards in Cusco, Peru.
Cusco was the capital city of the Incan Empire and was heavily looted by the
Conquistadores. After the destruction an attempt was made to understand what
the Incas were worshipping at the 'Coricancha' in Cusco. It was decided that
the temple was dedicated to the Sun, based upon the accounts of several
Europeans at the time, many who happened to be Dominican friars. Graham
Hancock quotes Garcilaso de la Vega:
"What we shall call the high altar, although this expression did not exist
among the Indians, was to the east, and the roof, which was very high, was
of wood, covered with straw. The four walls were hung with plaques of gold,
from top to bottom, and a likeness of the Sun topped the high altar. This
likeness was made of a gold plaque twice as thick as those that paneled the
walls, and was composed of a round face, prolonged by rays and flames...the
whole thing was so immense that it occupied the entire back wall of the
Coricancha became known to Westerners as the Temple of the Sun.
implication was that the 'Indians' were simple Sun-worshippers, and the
wholesale looting and destruction of their iconography prevented any
questions being raised. Awfully convenient. I wonder whether
had found imagery that they immediately recognized as heretical in their own
cultural environ, and set about purging it utterly...
Coricancha was not just a repository for a vast amount of wealth. It also
acted as an observatory, containing markers that enabled the Inca priests to
predict eclipses, solstices and equinoxes
There is clearly more to this
temple than Sun-worship.
This is where the paper that Lee found makes for very interesting reading.
In it, the researcher Jan Sammer, who has worked with Velikovsky in the
past, argues that the conclusion that Coricancha was a Solar Temple is
mistaken, and should have been completely dismissed over 100 years ago:
"...There was little reason to doubt the reality of an all-important solar
cult in Tawantinsuyu [The Incan Empire]. But a little over a century ago a
series of momentous literary discoveries changed this situation very
materially. In 1873 Clemens R. Markham, in the course of a survey of some of
the collections of Madrid’s Biblioteca Nacional, lighted upon a previously
unknown sixteenth-century manuscript entitled "Relacion de antiguedades
deste reyno de Piru".. Its author, an Aymara Indian named Pachacuti
Sallkamaywa, was from a noble family, newly converted to Catholicism.
"Until the publication of Juan Pachacuti’s manuscript a century ago we
lacked the evidence that could decisively counter the unanimous opinion of
the various chroniclers that the Temple of Viracocha was dedicated to the
Sun. However, Pachacuti included in his manuscript a rough drawing of the
altar of that temple. The altar itself had destroyed soon after the
conquest. This representation is crucial for an understanding of the cult of
the Coricancha and, thus in Tawantinsuyu as a whole."
golden disc is shaped in a distinctly oblong shape, and is separate from
the self-evident Sun-disc. We also have a complex set of celestial symbols
of which the Sun is simply one of several. The elliptical disc appears to be
part of a celestial Trinity. This is hardly the hall-mark of a major Solar
Cult among the Inca peoples.
So if Coricancha was not dedicated to the Sun, then what did the Incas
devote their golden temple to? In the centre of the diagram of the High
Altar is a massive golden ellipse. To either side of it are the
Moon, and depictions of Venus as the Morning and Evening Star. The ellipse
is surmounted by a cross of stars, and further stars lie below it. This
celestial scene focuses upon the ellipse as the all-important source of the
Universe in the form of the god Viracocha. Sammer then goes on to argue that
this ellipse signifies the 'true Sun' of the Inca, a phrase we have heard
"As to the disk itself, Pachacuti describes it thus: “Dicen que fue imagen
del Hacedor del verdadero sol, del sol llamado Viracochan
pachayachachiy”—“They say that it was the image of the Creator of the
sun, of the sun called Viracochan pachayachachiy.”
is usually translated as “Viracocha, Ruler of the Entire Earth.”
... Viracocha is called the “true sun” ... to distinguish him from our familiar
Does the elliptical disc that was the centre-point of the Inca religion
point to a quite different 'true sun'? Might this heretical religious belief
be the true meaning of the widespread devastation of the indigenous culture
by the Conquistadores?
Let us say that a similar heresy was practiced in Europe at the time by
secret cults already persecuted by the Church. If the Spaniards then came
across an 'Indian' people in South America who independently lavished their
remarkable wealth on such iconography, would that idea not return to Europe
to reinforce the cross-cultural truth of that heresy? What better course to
take than to destroy the temple, melt down the gold and declare the ravished
remains a 'solar' cult so that no further questions could be asked.
"Pachacuti does not tell us explicitly what was the
“Sun called Viracochan
pachayachachi” only that it was not our Sun, which he designates as Inti.
The solution to this puzzle will obviously provide us with a most important
clue to the real cult of Tawantinsuyu."
(9) See report
Sammer goes on to argue that the symbolism is meant to depict Saturn, but I
think this is unlikely. Is the ellipse and cross of stars a representation
of the Dark Star? Without a more detailed examination of the High Altar it
is difficult for me to say. We know that Nibiru's orbit is highly
elliptical, and that it is symbolically connected with a celestial cross.
There's every chance that this diagram indicates that the Incas were aware
of the Dark Star and its return to our solar system. If Sitchin is correct
about the Anunnaki's love of gold then we have a further connection with the
rich contents of Coricancha, the 'golden enclosure'. It is a fascinating
Back to Contents
A. Lloyd 'Winged Disc' 2001 Available from the author:
D. Ulansey 'Mithras and the Hypercosmic Sun'
Z. Sitchin 'The Lost Realms' p29, Avon 1990
World-Mysteries.com "Fuente Magna - Rosetta Stone of the Americas"
R. Day 'Nibiru Planet X: Evidence from Antiquity' 1998
M. Cotterell & A. Gilbert 'The Mayan Prophecies' Appendix 4, Element 1995
G. Hancock & Santha Faiia 'Heaven's Mirror: Quest for the Lost
p277, Penguin 1998
J. Sammer 'The Cosmology of Tawantinsuyu' Click
My grateful thanks to Lee Covino and