Of course the swastika is almost entirely absent from Egypt, and that bears on the question--What was seen by whom, and where in the sky? It was not a symbol of order and authority, as was the crown, but a symbol of "power and glory" in its destructive aspect--whirling heart of heaven, whirlwind, whirlpool, chaos monster, raging goddess, all suggesting cometary "hair" whirling in the sky. In other words, the form belongs to the phase of wandering, in which location and field of view become paramount.Kapriel wrote:This question is for Dave Talbott-
I was reading this page today : http://www.astronomy.org.nz/aas/Journal ... rtents.asp
They mention the spinning comet as it related to Venus. Dave you explained how the Egyptian crowns were achieved through the conjunction of Venus and Mars in various phases, and so I wondered why no Pharaoh ever wore a swastika crown?
Unfortunately Nick Moore, the author of the cited piece, does not give captions to his illustrations, so a reader would not know that the two whirling hair images he gives are Sumerian, a key to understanding other Sumerian images pointing to the same underlying idea. The Sumerian pictographic whorl, called the "hair star" (= comet in the global language of comets), can be seen as the "terrifying glory" of Inanna-Venus in its whirling aspect.
I'd say you're pretty close here, though you didn't mention the Egyptian "four (curling) flames," which reveal a close connection to the four apes/baboons whose curling tails stationed in four directions are in agreement with the global swastika motif. I'll see if I can post a picture or two either later today or sometime tomorrow.The four-oars/four baboons/etc. seem to be the only reflection of the swastika phase. Is this because by the time Venus was spinning swastika-fashion, it was no longer connected to or related to the king-in-the-sky (or his regent)? I imagine that Venus minus it's male-heart might not be considered a ruler anymore. Without a male-head to frame, would it be silly to then call these particular discharges a 'crown'?
In certain phases of the "whirling heart" motif, you do have a close association of the angry goddess and Mars. The spike of material reaching from Mars toward the Earth, interpreted as a beard, sword, peg, or pin in more stable phases, becomes a protruding tongue of the female chaos monster--Kali, Medusa and counterparts from China to Mesoamerica. These phases are consistently identified with destruction, not cosmic kingship, of course.