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The 12 Constellations

To: sci.astro,sci.astro.amateur,alt.messianic,alt.divination,alt.sci.planetary
From: "randyj" 
Subject: Re: The 12 Constellations
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 09:47:04 -0500

"Jonathan TATE"  wrote in message
> What about Orphiuchus?  There are 13 constellations in the Zodiac now.
> Rather spoils astrological stuff doesn't it!

Why don't you snip all his crap when you reply?

But you know, there are 13 lunar months in a year, so the early astrologers
probably used all 13 constellations. This was back when most of the European
and Middle East cultures had the goddess religions, before 5000 BCE or so.
reason 13 is an unlucky number goes back to the custom of the ritual killing
of the
last consort of the year with the goddess, represented by a ritual "harlot"
in the temple.
The eligible, or lucky men, got to have one month each with her, but the
last one of the
year had to be killed, so his lot was unlucky. He had to be killed because
they thought
that was necessary to make the new year occur, to make the sun turn around
and start
coming back up in the sky to allow the crops to grow. It's the same
principle as death
and decay provides fertilizer for new growth in the soil.


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