On Ancient Numerology and Astronomy — Snow Cone Diaries

In their quest for the ultimate symbols to represent reality, an integral of their philosophical pursuits, the Greeks developed an esoteric tradition that although was not inconsistent with the pantheistic tradition within which it coexisted, was relatively independent from it. It was the secret truth of religion and was not meant for everyone. Traces of […]

On Ancient Numerology and Astronomy — Snow Cone Diaries

Alphabet of the stars — The Renaissance Mathematicus

The brightest star in the night sky visible to the naked eye is Sirius the Dog Star. Its proper astronomical name is 𝛂 Canis Majoris. Historically for navigators in the northern hemisphere the most important star was the pole star, currently Polaris (the star designated the pole star changes over time due to the precession […]

Alphabet of the stars — The Renaissance Mathematicus

Christmas Trilogy 2020 Part 3: The peregrinations of Johannes K — The Renaissance Mathematicus

We know that human beings have been traversing vast distances on the surface of the globe since Homo sapiens first emerged from Africa. However, in medieval Europe it would not have been uncommon for somebody born into a poor family never in their life to have journeyed more than perhaps thirty kilometres from their place […]

Christmas Trilogy 2020 Part 3: The peregrinations of Johannes K — The Renaissance Mathematicus

The emergence of modern astronomy – a complex mosaic: Part XLV — The Renaissance Mathematicus

The problem of an empirical proof of heliocentricity would occupy astronomers for the next couple of centuries following the publication of Newton’s Principia; the general acceptance of heliocentricity had now been achieved, but people very much wanted concrete assurance of its truth. The Principia actually contained a theoretical proof. Newton showed, assuming the law of […]

The emergence of modern astronomy – a complex mosaic: Part XLV — The Renaissance Mathematicus

Solar Ibex from Aeolis

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Solar Ibex from Aeolis

Pottery dinos with friezes of grazing wild goats (Ibex). Ancient Greece, Aeolis, 610BC-570BC (circa). Currently in British Museum.

Why Ibexes with swastikas and suns?

Ibex mating season starts in Oct-Nov and ends in Jan, basically spanning the winter season. Which is why Ibex is the symbol of winter.

You can read more about this in my post „Symbols of seasons„.

Right in the middle of the mating periods of both Alpine and Bezoar ibex is Winter Solstice, 21st of December. And the day after the winter solstice is the beginning of the Capricorn (goat) period, which last from December 22 – January 20…