David W. Mathisenwww.starmythworld.com
David Mathisen is the author of The Undying Stars and of the recent multi-volume series Star Myths of the World and how to interpret them. He writes about the evidence that the world's myths, scriptures, and sacred stories are based on a common system of celestial metaphor -- and the evidence that the same system can be found operating in virtually every story and episode in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. This field of study is sometimes referred to as "astro-theology," although that term has also been used by different people to refer to something different.
The very strong evidence that a universal system of celestial metaphor can be found in the sacred traditions of virtually every culture around the globe, and stretching across millennia back to the most ancient Pyramid Texts and cuneiform tablets right up to the living traditions passed down in cultures who have preserved their sacred stories into modern times, reveals significant problems with the conventional view of human history.
In addition, David shows how the understanding of the celestial language used in the ancient myths can open a door to new understanding of the knowledge that the myths were designed to convey to us -- and that their message has profound relevance for our lives right now, wherever we are.
Stargazing with David Mathisen
Author of The Undying Stars and Star Myths of the World
Did you ever want to view the stars in the desert sky and hear and see their connections to the myths and sacred stories from around the world, described by a longtime Star Myth investigator and author on the subject?
Well, CPAK 2016 is your opportunity, which by careful coordination with the cycles of the heavens will commence on the day of the New Moon, September 30, immediately following the point of the autumnal equinox.
Friday night, September 30th, we will meet in the Westin Lobby and carpool about fifteen minutes to the Coachella Valley Preserve where we will have a magnificent view of the desert sky and the dazzling stars (weather permitting, which it almost always does in this location at this time of year).
David Mathisen will describe the constellations and point them out so that everyone is able to identify Aquarius and Sagittarius and Ophiucus -- perhaps for the first time for some (constellations can at times be challenging until you begin to become more familiar with them). The planets Saturn and Mars and the glorious band of the Milky Way should also be visible. David will also explain the connection of this part of the sky with various Star Myths from around the world, and across the millennia, a subject he will cover in more detail during his presentation during the conference on the following days.
Weather should be comfortably warm, but you may want to bring a jacket or sweater just in case, and although we will be close to the paved road there will be some rocks and dirt in the viewing area, so boots or sneakers may be advisable. We'll try to keep lights to a minimum so that everyone can enjoy the brilliant display in the heavens. Some binoculars and lawn chairs or beach mats will be available, but feel free to bring binos or a camp stool if you wish -- and rumor has it someone might bring the fruit of the vine or a cool brew in honor of Dionysus or Demeter, or a peace pipe to offer.
Our expert star guide will be Dave Mathisen, who explores the evidence which strongly suggests that virtually all of the ancient scriptures, myths and sacred stories of the world share a common celestial foundation, and encode specific features and movements of the very same constellations we can see to this day (and some of those we will see when you're here in California!) He writes about this subject and related areas in his multi-volume series, Star Myths of the World, and how to interpret them, as well as in his blog the Mathisen Corollary and his website Star Myth World dot com.
David believes that the stars and the myths contain profound spiritual wisdom which is immediately applicable to our daily lives, and that the world's sacred myths are a treasure handed down to humanity as a precious inheritance for our benefit. He hopes to share with you some of the ways that knowing the stars and the message of the myths can be a blessing to our lives, and to the world.