By Robertino SolÓrion
25 October 2000
Our Brightest Star Sirius is also one of our closest at only 8.7 Light-Years.
It is a large White Star that is officially designated as Sirius A. It is
accompanied by a telescopically-only visible White Dwarf Star or "Neutron
Star", referred to as Sirius B, as well as by a theoretical but as yet
unseen smaller Sirius C. Recent evidence (and I admit that the source eludes
me at the moment) from astronomical observations seems to indicate that
Earth's Sun's System and the Sirius System are traveling around the Galaxy
as a unit, as a "sector". We slowly revolve around one another as we both
revolve around the Galactic Center. There is a measurable "gravitational
attraction" between the two.
Approximately 500,000 years ago, Sirius B existed as a Red Giant Star. It
was "redder than Mars", according to later Greek Arcadian legends. It
exploded and then collapsed in on itself to become ultimately the White
Dwarf that it is today. In the course of this monumental Cosmic Event, one
of the Planets in the Sirius System, the
Planet Nibiru, got blasted free
from its Sirius Orbit into our nearby direction, where eventually it was
gravitationally captured by our Sun as the so-called "Twelfth Planet"; and I
should hasten to add that
Zecharia Sitchin does NOT claim that this was the
origin of the Planet Nibiru -- he simply states that this "Rogue" Planet
drifted into our System, for unknown reasons.
The Planet Nibiru finally stabilized into an extremely elongated comet-like
Orbit that stretches from near the Earth to the boundary of the Oort Cloud,
the farthest limits of the Sun's gravity, about a Light-Year in distance.
Its orbit lasts for 3,600 Earth Years; and for part of that time, probably
one-fourth or one "season", as it were, it attaches itself by a tether to
our North Pole. It becomes the periodic earthly abode of "The Gods" --
beyond the North, beyond the distant mountains where the North Wind rises.
Reproduced below are three articles which discuss this Sirian Origin,
although the first is actually an excerpt from
Robert Temple's book
Sirius Mystery". The essay by
Vladimir Rubtsov is most enlightening. The
third is a debunking of Temple and Griaule by
Filip Coppins of a
Lodge" in Scotland; and this article does not refer at all to a more recent
book on this same subject,
"The Sirius Connection"
by Murry Hope, first
published in 1990 and reprinted in 1996. Griaule is not listed in Hope's
index, but Temple is. I include this debunking essay here, merely for what
it is. I personally choose not to believe it, as I have seen independent
confirmation of the knowledge by
the Dogon Tribe of "Digitaria"
(Sirius B) long before it was visually discovered by astronomers at mid-century. The
Dogon knew about its existence long before there were telescopes --
it is as
simple as that.
As for the "wild dog" being "leashed" in a heavenly position near The Great
Bear (Big Dipper), that is undoubtedly a reference to the "fearsome"
Planet Nibiru being tethered or "leashed" electromagnetically to the North Pole at
a ground-level visible height equal to that of The Great Bear. And it could
be that the three objects that are linked mythologically to the Sirius
System are not A, B and C -- but A, B, and Nibiru! Thus, images that point
to The Cosmic Tree, like the Leashed Dog in the North Sky, are found
interwoven into the mythology of Sirius.
It is my own contention that the Ancient Egyptian legend of "Osiris" and
originally referred to Red Giant Sirius B and its then smaller companion
White Sirius A. The dismemberment of Osiris reflects the explosion that "dismembered"
the Sirius System. "Isis", however, was always intimately connected to the
remaining still visible Sirius A.
by Robert K. G.
Sirius was the most important star in the sky to the ancient Egyptians. The
ancient Egyptian calendar was based on the rising of Sirius. It is
established for certain that Sirius was sometimes identified by the ancient
Egyptians with their chief goddess Isis.
The companion of Isis was Osiris, the chief Egyptian god. The 'companion' of
the constellation of the Great Dog (which includes Sirius) was the
constellation of Orion. Since Isis is equated with Sirius, the companion of
Isis must be equated, equally, with the companion of Sirius. Osiris is thus
equated on occasion with the constellation Orion.
We know that the 'companion of Sirius' is in reality Sirius B. It is
conceivable that Osiris-as-Orion, 'the companion of Sirius,' is a stand-in
for the invisible true companion Sirius B.
'The oldest and simplest form of the name' of Osiris, we are told, is a
hieroglyph of a throne and an eye. The 'eye' aspect of Osiris is thus
fundamental. The Bozo tribe of Mali, related to the Dogon, call Sirius B
'the eye star'. Since Osiris is represented by an eye and is sometimes
considered 'the companion of Sirius', this is equivalent to saying that Osiris is 'the eye star', provided only that one grants the premise that the
existence of Sirius B really was known to the ancient Egyptians and that
'the companion of Sirius' therefore could ultimately refer to it.
The meanings of the Egyptian hieroglyphs and names for Isis and
unknown to the earliest dynastic Egyptians themselves, and the names and
signs appear to have a pre-dynastic origin -- which means around or before
3200 B.C., in other words 5,000 years ago at least. There has been no living
traditional explanation for the meanings of the names and signs for Isis and Osiris since at least 2800 B.C. at the very latest.
'The Dog Star' is a common designation of Sirius throughout known history.
The ancient god Anubis was a 'dog god', that is, he had a man's body and a
In discussing Egyptian beliefs, Plutarch says that Anubis was really the son
of Nephthys, sister to Isis, although he was said to be the son of Isis.
Nephthys was 'invisible', Isis was 'visible'. (In other words, the visible
mother was the stand-in for the invisible mother, who was the true mother,
for the simple reason that the invisible mother could not be perceived.)
Plutarch said that Anubis was a
'horizontal circle, which divides the
invisible part ... which they call Nephthys, from the visible, to which they
give the name Isis; and as this circle equally touches upon the confines of
both light and darkness, it may be looked upon as common to them both.'
This is as clear an ancient description as one could expect of a circular
orbit (called 'Anubis') of a dark and invisible star
around its 'sister', a light and visible star (called 'Isis) -- and we know
Isis to have been equated with Sirius. What is missing here are the
following specific points which must be at this stage still our assumptions:
(a) The circle is actually an orbit
(b) The divine characters
stars, specifically in this context
Actually, Anubis and
Osiris were sometimes identified with one another. Osiris, the companion of Isis who is sometimes 'the companion of Sirius' is
also sometimes identified with the orbit of the companion of Sirius, and
this is reasonable and to be expected.
Isis-as-Sirius was customarily portrayed by the ancient Egyptians in their
paintings as traveling with two companions in the same celestial boat. And
as we know, Sirius does, according to some astronomers, have two companions,
Sirius B and Sirius C.
To the Arabs, a companion-star to Sirius (in the same constellation of the
Great Dog) was named 'Weight' and was supposed to be extremely heavy --
almost too heavy to rise over the horizon. 'Ideler calls this an astonishing
star-name', we are told, not surprisingly.
The true companion-star of Sirius, Sirius B, is made of super-dense matter
which is heavier than any normal matter in the universe and the weight of
this tiny star is the same as that of a gigantic normal star.
The Dogon also, as we know, say that
Sirius B is 'heavy' and they speak of
The Arabs also applied the name 'Weight' to the star Canopus in the
constellation Argo. The Argo was a ship in mythology which carried
and his fifty daughters to Rhodes. The Argo had fifty oarsmen under
called Argonauts. There were fifty oars to the Argo, each with its
oarsman-Argonaut. The divine oarsman was an ancient Mediterranean motif with
The orbit of Sirius B around Sirius A takes fifty years,
which may be
related to the use of the number fifty to describe aspects of the Argo.
There are many divine names and other points in common between ancient Egypt
ancient Sumer (Babylonia). The Sumerians seem to have called Egypt by
the name of 'Magan' and to have been in contact with it.
The chief god of Sumer, named Anu, was pictured as a jackal, which is a
variation of the dog motif and was used also in Egypt for Anubis, the dog
and the jackal apparently being interchangeable as symbols. The Egyptian
form of the name Anubis is 'Anpu' and is similar to the Sumerian
both are jackal-gods.
The famous Egyptologist Wallis Budge was convinced that Sumer and Egypt both
derived their own cultures from a common source which was 'exceedingly
Anu is also called An (a variation) by the Sumerians. In Egypt
called An also.
Remembering that Plutarch said that Anubis (Anpu in Egyptian)
was a circle,
it is interesting to note that in Sanskrit the word Anda means 'ellipse'.
This may be a coincidence.
Wallis Budge says that Anubis represents time. The combined meanings of
'time' and 'circle' for Anubis hint strongly at 'circular motion'.
The worship of Anubis was a secret mystery religion restricted to initiates
(and we thus do not know its content). Plutarch who writes of Anubis, was an
initiate of several mystery religions, and there is reason to believe his
information was from well-informed sources. (Plutarch himself was a Greek
living under the Roman Empire.) A variant translation of Plutarch's
description of Anubis is that Anubis was 'a combined relation' between Isis
and Nephthys. This has overtones which help in thinking of 'the circle' as
an orbit -- a 'combined relation' between the star orbiting and the star
The Egyptians used the name Horus to describe 'the power which is assigned
to direct the revolution of the sun', according to Plutarch. Thus the
Egyptians conceived of and named such specific dynamics -- an essential
Plutarch says Anubis guarded like a dog and attended on Isis.
plus Anubis being 'time' and 'a circle', suggests even more an orbital
concept -- the ideal form of attendance of the prowling guard dog.
Aristotle's friend Eudoxus (who visited Egypt) said that the Egyptians had a
tradition that Zeus (chief god of the Greeks whose name is used by
to refer to his Egyptian equivalent, which leaves us wondering which
Egyptian god is meant -- presumably Osiris) could not walk because 'his legs
were grown together'. This sounds like an amphibious creature with a tail
for swimming instead of legs for walking. It is like the semi-divine
creature Oannes, reputed to have brought civilization to the Sumerians, who
was amphibious, had a tail instead of legs, and retired to the sea at night.
Plutarch relates Isis to the Greek goddess Athena (daughter of Zeus) and
says of them they were both described as 'coming from themselves', and as
'self-impelled motion'. Athena supervised the Argo and placed in its prow
the guiding oak timber from Dodona (which is where the Greek ark landed,
with the Greek version of the Biblical Noah, Deukalion, and his wife
Pyrrha). The Argo thus obtained a distinctive 'self-impelled motion' from
Athena, whom Plutarch specifically relates to Isis in this capacity.
The earliest versions of the Argo epic which were written before the time of
Homer are unfortunately lost. The surviving version of the epic is good
reading but relatively recent (third century B.C.).
The Sumerians had 'fifty heroes', 'fifty great gods', etc., just as the
later Greeks with their Argo had 'fifty heroes' and the Argo carried 'fifty
daughters of Donaos'.
An Egyptian papyrus says the companion of Isis is 'Lord in the perfect
black'. This sounds like the invisible Sirius B. Isis's companion Osiris 'is
a dark god'.
The Trismegistic treatise 'The Virgin of the World' from Egypt refers to
'the Black Rite', connected with the 'black' Osiris, as the highest degree
of secret initiation possible in the ancient Egyptian religion -- it is the
ultimate secret of the mysteries of Isis.
This treatise says Hermes came to earth to teach men civilization and then
again 'mounted to the stars', going back to his home and leaving behind the
mystery religion of Egypt with its celestial secrets which were some day to
There is evidence that 'the Black Rite' did deal with astronomical matters.
Hence the Black Rite concerned astronomical matters, the black Osiris, and
Isis. The evidence mounts that it may thus have concerned the existence of Sirius B.
A prophecy in the treatise 'The Virgin of the World' maintains that only
when men concern themselves with the heavenly bodies and 'chase after them
into the height' can men hope to understand the subject-matter of the Black
Rite. The understanding of astronomy of today's space age now qualifies us
to comprehend the true subject of the Black Rite, if that subject is what we
suspect it may be. This was impossible earlier in the history of our planet.
It must be remembered that without our present knowledge of white dwarf
stars which are invisible except with modern telescopes, our knowledge of
super-dense matter from atomic physics with all its complicated technology,
etc., none of our discussion of the Sirius system would be possible; it
would not be possible to propose such an explanation of the Black Rite at
all -- we could not propound the Sirius question.
Much material about the Sumerians and Babylonians has only been circulated
since the late 1950s and during the 1960s, and our knowledge of pulsars is
even more recent than that. It is doubtful that this book could have been
written much earlier than the present. The author began work in earnest in
1967 and finished the book in 1974. Even so, he feels the lack of much
The author has also found it difficult to master material from
so many different fields and wishes he were much better qualified. The
Sirius question could not realistically have been posed much earlier, and
future discoveries in many fields will be essential to its full
Scientists learn that the Dogon
do not possess secret knowledge about the
star Sirius and its companions. What some consider to be the best evidence
for extraterrestrial beings coming from Sirius is therefore dealt a
In 1976, two major books on extra-terrestrial visitation were published:
Zecharia Sitchin's "The Twelfth Planet" and Robert Temple's
Mystery". Of the two, the latter became by far more famous and even attained
the status of a semi-scientific work, as many were impressed with the
scientific-looking train of logic of the book. Temple stated that
a tribe in Africa, possessed extraordinary knowledge on the star system
Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, the star which became the marker of
an important ancient Egyptian calendar, the star which according to some is
at the centre of beliefs held by the Freemasons, the star which according to
some is where the forefathers of the human race might have come from.
Temple claimed that the Dogon possessed knowledge on
Sirius B and Sirius C, companion stars to Sirius that are, however, invisible to the naked eye. How
did the Dogon know about their existence? Temple referred to legends of a
mythical creature Oannes, who might have been an extraterrestrial being
descending on Earth from the stars, to bring wisdom to our forefathers. In
1998, Temple republished the book with the subtitle "new scientific evidence
of alien contact 5,000 years ago".
The book's glory came crashing down earlier this summer, when
and Clive Prince published "The Stargate Conspiracy". That book stated that
Temple had been highly influenced in his thinking by his mentor, Arthur M.
Young. Young was a fervent believer in "the Council of Nine", a group of
channeled entities that claim they are the nine creator gods of ancient
Egypt. "The Nine" are part of the UFO and New Age and many claim to be in
contact with them.
"The Nine" also claim to be extraterrestrial beings, from
the star Sirius. In 1952, Young was one of the nine people present during
the "first contact" with the Council, where contact was initiated by
the man who brought the Israeli spoonbender and presumed psychic
Uri Geller to America. It was Young who gave Temple in 1965 a French article
on the secret star lore of the Dogon, an article written by Griaule and Dieterlen. In 1966,
Temple, at the impressionable age of 21, became
Secretary of Young's Foundation for the Study of Consciousness.
Temple began work on what would eventually become "The Sirius Mystery".
As Picknett and Prince have been able to show, Temple's arguments are often
based on erroneous readings of encyclopaedic entries and misrepresentations
of ancient Egyptian mythology. They conclude that Temple very much wanted to
please his mentor. It is, however, a fact that the end result is indeed a
book that would have pleased Young and his beliefs in extraterrestrial
beings from Sirius very much, whether or not this was the intention of
Though Temple's work is now therefore definitely challenged,
the core of the
mystery remained intact. At the centre of this enigma is the work of Marcel Griaule and
Germaine Dieterlen, two French anthropologists, who wrote down
the secret knowledge on "Sirius B" and "Sirius C" in their book
But now, in another recent publication, "Ancient Mysteries" by
James and Nick Thorpe, this "mystery" is also uncloaked, as a hoax or a lie,
perpetrated by Griaule.
To recapitulate, Griaule was initiated in the secret mysteries of the male
Dogon, who allegedly told him the secrets of Sirius'
Sirius ('sigu tolo' in their language) had two star companions. This was
revealed in an article that was published by Griaule and
Dieterlen in the
French language in 1950.
In the 1930s, when their research occurred,
Sirius B was known to have
existed, even though it was only photographed in 1970. There was little if
no possibility that the Dogon had learned this knowledge from Westerners
that had visited them prior to Griaule and Dieterlen.
Griaule and Dieterlen published their findings on the Sirius companions
without any reference or comment on how extra-ordinary the Dogon knowledge
was. It would be others, particularly Temple in the sixties and seventies,
who would zoom in on that aspect.
To quote "Ancient Mysteries": "While
Temple, following Griaule, assumes that 'to polo' is the invisible star
Sirius B, the Dogon themselves, as reported by Griaule, say something quite
To quote the Dogon: "When
Digitaria ('to polo') is close to
Sirius, the latter becomes brighter; when it is at its most distant from
Sirius, Digitaria gives off a twinkling effect, suggesting several stars to
Thorpe wonder -- as anyone reading this should do
-- whether 'to polo' is therefore an ordinary star near Sirius, not an
invisible companion, as Griaule and Temple suggest.
The biggest challenge to
Griaule, however, came from anthropologist Walter
Van Beek. He points out that Griaule and Dieterlen stand alone in the world
in their claims on the secrets of the Dogon. No other anthropologist
supports their opinion -- or claims.
In 1991, Van Beek led a team of anthropologists who declared that they could
find absolutely no trace of the detailed Sirius lore reported by the French
anthropologists. James and Thorpe understate the problem when they say that
"this is very worrying".
Griaule had stated that about fifteen percent of the Dogon tribe knew about
this secret knowledge, but Van Beek could, in a decade of research with
the Dogon, find not a single trace of this knowledge. Van Beek was initially
keen to find evidence for Griaule's claims, but had to admit that there may
have been a major problem with Griaule's claims.
Even more worrying is
Griaule's background. Though an anthropologist,
Griaule was interested in astronomy, which he had studied in Paris. As
James and Thorpe point out, he took star maps along with him on his field trips as
a way of prompting his informants to divulge their knowledge of the stars.
Griaule himself was aware of the discovery of Sirius B and it is quite
likely that he overinterpreted the Dogon responses to his questions. In the
1920s, before Griaule went to the Dogon, there were also unconfirmed
sightings of Sirius C. Was Griaule told by his informants what he wanted to
believe? It seems, alas, that the truth is even worse, at least for
Van Beek actually spoke to the original informants of Griaule, who stated:
"Though they do speak about 'sigu tolo' [interpreted by Griaule as their
name for Sirius], they disagree completely with each other as to which star
is meant; for some, it is an invisible star that should rise to announce the
'sigu' [festival], for another it is Venus that through a different position
appears as 'sigu tolo'. All agree, however, that they learned about the star
So whatever knowledge they possessed, it was knowledge coming from Griaule,
not knowledge native to the Dogon tribe. Van Beek also discovered that
the Dogon are of course aware of the brightest star in the sky, which they do
not, however, call 'sigu tolo', as Griaule claimed, but 'dana tolo'. To
quote James and Thorpe: "As for Sirius B, only Griaule's informants had ever
heard of it."
With this, the Dogon mystery comes to a crashing halt.
"The Sirius Mystery"
influenced more than twenty years of thinking about our possible ancestry
from "forefathers" who have come from the stars. In 1996, Temple was quick
to point out the new speculation in scientific circles on the possible
existence of Sirius C, which made the claims by Griaule even more
spectacular and accurate.
But Temple was apparently not aware of
Van Beek's recent research. With this
new research of both Van Beek and the authors of "Ancient Mysteries", we
uncover how Griaule himself was responsible for the creation of a modern
myth, which, in retrospect, has created such an industry and almost
religious belief that the scope and intensity can hardly be fathomed.
Appleby, in his withdrawn publication "Hall of the Gods",
according to Appleby himself, tremendously influenced by Temple's book, Appleby spoke about how Temple believed that present-day authorities were
apparently unwilling to set aside the blinkers of orthodoxy or were unable
to admit the validity of anything that lies outside their field or offers a
challenge to its status quo.
He further wondered whether there was also a
modern arrogance that could not countenance the possible scientific
superiority of earlier civilizations. It seems, alas, that Griaule, a
scientist, wanted to give earlier civilizations more knowledge than they
actually possessed. And various popular authors and readers have since been
led into a modern mythology, the "Age of the Dark Sirius Companion".