Precession of the Equinoxes, page 6

Precession and Mythology

This section should be, by convention, a conclusion or a summary of my arguments and presentations. That is, some kind of closure. Instead I'm going to do the opposite and leave you with enough loose ends to drive your curiosity. I presume, as you have found your way to this website, that you have some real interest in mythology and the underlying truths it reveals. There is a powerful argument in favour of the idea that much of mythology encodes precessional astronomy. Its purpose is to describe the movements of the skies above, or as markers for recording historical events (see William Sullivan's "The Secret of the Incas"). Bizarre stories of the gods now fall to a rational explanation, but this is not a new idea:

"Now this has the form of a myth, but really signifies a declination of the bodies moving in the heavens around the earth." - so said Plato, in The Timæus Dialogues, 360 BC

How is it that we have forgotten what Plato knew nearly two and a half thousand years ago? How is it we allowed this vast heritage of astronomical lore to be dismissed as 'mere fable'. We are not talking about fanciful tales for children - we are talking about an ancient scientific heritage wrapped up in masterful storytelling. We can only speculate on where we would be today if humankind's natural curiosity had led our ancestors into pursuing the truths behind the fables. Instead we had two millennia of dismissal, suppression even, and these hints of ancient science faded from view.

This can be hidden no more. The secret is out. During the 1950's and 1960's two historians of science worked to discover the inner language of mythology. They were Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechend and they presented their findings in a book called Hamlet's Mill published in 1969. We now have the key before us to unlock the inner beauty of our mythological heritage and expose a rich cosmology that has been buried far too long.

This essay is merely a starting point. I can guide you only so far. The next stage of your journey is laid out for you in the Bibliography section where I have listed publications by scientists and writers who have taken the matter further. There is much work to do. This website contains some of my own endeavours, starting with my unravelling of the legend of St. George and the Dragon.

There must be many legends and myths in your culture that will yield up to an astronomical reading. Here in Europe we have a rich seam to tap. In the darkness between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance writers and storytellers, for reasons we cannot guess, were dressing up precessional astronomy in legends, myths and fables. How about Robin Hood, William Tell, The Pied Piper of Hamlyn, or any of the tales uncovered by the Brothers Grimm? Will these yield to the key held out by Hamlet's Mill? Nobody else is doing it, and you might just make a name for yourself. As for me, I am already down the path of discovering hints of astronomical secrets in post-Roman European mythology. I look forward to reading of your efforts when you post them on a website of your own.

- Roy Taylor, April 2006