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Chapter 204 - Raphael explains the signs of the zodiac on the fourth pearl.
204,1. The angel carefully the angel picks it up in his hand and removes the incrustation.
204,2. At that moment the leader asks the angel: “Young miracle worker, in your capacity as the hands-on servant of the Almighty, please do not be annoyed if I burden you with a question! Considering your miraculous power in other respects, I am troubled by the hammer! Is it absolutely necessary or are you using it only to reveal yourself to us in a more natural way so that we can watch and listen to you more fearlessly and calmly?”
204,3. The angel replies: “Neither of these reasons - I only do this to show you how to handle stones like these if you should chance to find any and wish to reveal their secrets! Especially in upper and middle Egypt these encrusted stones are to be found in large numbers over wide stretches of the desert, but there will of course only be few pearls like these hidden in them. However, other stones too may be decorated with all manner of signs, inscriptions and illustrations as the old Egyptians still did not have paper to write on for a long time. Therefore they used stone tablets, initially engraving on them with bone tools and later with iron styluses, all kinds of material they wished to commit to memory.
204,4. The very first drawings of course only recorded very simple facts concerning their flocks and herds; but the later ones record, like these pearls, great and significant events affecting not only this large country and its people but also the whole world. The Lord wished it offer suitable preparatory background for His Coming and this is also the reason why He sent His most favoured chosen people, the Hebrews, to Egypt for long-term instruction. Moses, the great prophet of the Lord, completed his schooling at the Horn of the Kahi (Kahiro), in Thebes (Thebai, also Thebsai, = house of fools, later of course a large, populous city), in Kar nag at Korak and in the oldest cities like Memphis, Diathira (Dia daira = place of work) and Elephantine (EL ei fanti = the descendants of the children of God) and was led by the spirit of God to his ordination at Madan over the Suez at the late age of fifty-seven, while fleeing from a cruel Varion (Pharaoh). You can read about his later history in the scriptures.
204,5. In a word, Egypt was destined by God to become a preparatory school. The inhabitants of this, the oldest inhabited land on earth, were already endowed from ancient times with considerable wisdom and they traded and dealt with nearly all the more advanced nations in the world. You will now therefore understand, how and why and particularly in this country, everything which is found here very often has a very deep rooted significance.
204,6. And now let us look at our exposed fourth pearl!
204,7. There we see several illustrations of hunters with quivers, bows and arrows and a large herd surrounded by lions. This signifies the major problem which the Egyptians had in combating the lions which were at that stage attacking the large number of rich herds owned by the Egyptians.
204,8. Look more to the right of this scene and you will see the pastures already enclosed with walls on which lie the heads of bulls, some with the horns pointing upwards, some downwards and some sideways, all signifying that the herds, before the large pastures were enclosed, were always in great danger and were completely defenceless. At each corner of the walls you see a large dog, ready to fight, sometimes standing, sometimes lying down. The name given by the ancient Egyptians to this guard dog was Pas, also Pastshier (guardian of the pasture).
204,9. Even farther to the right, you again see the shepherd king Shivinz (Sphinx) with a gigantic dog at his side and, in front of the dog, the remains of a lion. More to the right but a little higher up, we see the same dog with images of the sun and the moon below him. What does this mean?
204,10. Listen! Our Shivinz was king of the shepherds and had in fact one of the largest dogs. No lion or panther could be sure of escaping him alive. For a long time this dog protected Shivinz’ herds but when the dog died of old age, the king, out of respect and his wish to preserve his memories of him, decided to immortalise his dog by naming a constellation in the southern sky after him. He christened the constellation the Great Dog, in memory of his loyal service in guarding the king’s herds for many years. The fact that the king gave his dog a place among the stars is indicated by the sun and the moon positioned underneath the belly of the dog. Every cluster of stars under which the sun and the moon can be seen, serves as a symbolic reminder in the night sky of some great or important event.
204,11. Nowadays a very large, watchful dog - especially in this country where there are almost no ferocious wild animals left – is no longer of special importance, but in ancient Egypt, where there were large packs of rapacious beasts and even in some parts of present-day Egypt where there still are a few, a large, strong, courageous dog was a prime necessity. Firstly a dog like that was a very loyal guardian of the flocks and herds. His sustenance was very simple to provide as this large canine breed fed on the countless mice and they were never in short supply in this land. They also consumed large grasshoppers by the thousand every day. Just once a day they did receive some milk and this gesture ensured that the dogs remained faithful to the herd.
204,12. As well as the large dogs, also a race of smaller dogs well accepted by the ancient Egyptians, called Mal pas (small dog). These were the noisy ones as Poroshit means in their ancient tongue ‘alarm or noise maker’. If any intruder came close to a house or a herd, the small dogs began to bark which alerted the large ones so that they then filled the air with intense barking. The wild animals respected them and promptly left the scene.
204,13. Quite often small dogs also guarded the poultry and their chicks, a task for which they were specially trained. Poultry-keeping was an innovation of Shivinz who domesticated the birds, showing the Egyptians how tasty their meat and their grilled or boiled eggs were. In this way he taught the already very large population about new foods and species, whose roasted meat and eggs tasted very good - otherwise there would not have been a ‘chicken war’ later - this was even mentioned by the Greek historian Heroditus in a mythical way.
204,14. Our Shivinz, who immortalised the great dog in the skies, also gave the Little Dog a place among the stars, giving it the name Porishion (Procyon). Close by you also find the old Kokla (lucky hen); later this constellation received the name Peleada, also Peleadza, and based on a Greek fable was given the name Pleiades by the Greeks.
204,15. Here at the very top of the pearl you can see the detail quite well engraved, and you can consequently judge how intelligent our Shivinz was. It was not his main purpose to remind his followers constantly about his dogs and chickens using easily recognizable constellations but rather to teach them to use the stars to measure the passage of time.
204,16. It was also Shivinz who at Diadaira (Diathira) set down the first zodiac (Sa diazc = for the workers), he was the first to discover it in the firmament and gave the constellations names according to currently visible phenomena or events taking place in his country at a particular time - as we shall soon see revealed when we examine the fifth pearl!”
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