Divine Colors Part 4: Purple Dawn

Northern Dawn

“Northern Dawn” by mikoreis at DeviantArt


Apr 13, 2016

The purple dawn of creation aspect.

Let us now return to the proto-Saturnian sun which these blue-hued deities, as well as gems, are here claimed to represent. As we have seen, one of the Sanskrit names for Saturn, that is Kala, can actually mean “dark blue.” Dark blue can be dark enough to appear almost black. But while some might think this is an adequate reason for Saturn’s classical black shade, we find there’s more to it than that. Let us take Shiva’s epithet, Nilalohita, as an example. While, as we have seen, this name can also mean “dark blue,” it additionally translates as “purple.”1

One objection that has been raised by some when it comes to sapphires is that, while the association of these gems with the planet Saturn is obviously genuine, it cannot reach far into antiquity because these gems were unknown to ancient nations. No reference to these stones, it has been said, can be found in literature prior to the Roman era. Before that time, or so it is believed by some, the actual jewel that is meant by most of these archaic words was lapis lazuli.1 But even if so, lapis lazuli is also blue, while the Saturnian connotations behind the words safir and shanipriya will for ever continue to hold. On the other hand, there are those who believe that sapphires were known before the Roman period. And so do we.

Our conviction in this case is based on certain qualities exhibited by a majority of these gems which are not shared by lapis lazuli, qualities that have even greater meaning to our present subject. One of these qualities is the deep indigo that some of these stones exhibit, which color borders on purple. But, more than that, many sapphires share an even more peculiar feature which only manifests itself under artificial light such as would have been supplied in ancient times by flaming torches and flickering oil lamps. Under such illumination, quite a few of these gems tend to look “dark and inky” while, in some cases, their blue hue has a habit of turning into violet.2

It is the above traits, more than anything else about these stones, that would have captured the imagination of our ancient forebears in relation to Earth’s altered environment following proto-Saturn’s major flare-up. As the Hopi well remembered, this was “the time of the dark purple light, Qoyangnuptu, the first phase of the dawn of creation…”3

As we have mentioned in passing, Quetzalcoatl was reputed to have been the first light to appear at Creation,4 which is generally understood as the first light to appear in the world.5 His alter-ego, Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli, was thus not only known as the god of light, but also as the god of dawn.6 That this is not a reference to subsequent daybreaks is shown by the affirmed belief that this god’s light was “created before the sun.”7

It thus seems probable that when the Roman poet Martianus Capella has Harmonia declaring that, in his ordering of the universe, Iupiter’s rays “renew the purple dawn for men,”8 he was harking back to an age-old belief rather than the early morning light of his own time.

Because proto-Saturn had for ages stood immobile in Earth’s north celestial pole, that very locality also came to be associated with the purple light that was shed at the beginning of Creation. Thus, as is contained in one of their songs, the Hopi continued to believe that the “dark purple light” of Creation had risen in the north.10

To the Chinese, the north centre of the sky is still known among them as the Purple Pole.11 So, also, do they refer to the circumpolar stars as the Purple Subtle Enclosure.12 As if that is not enough, they actually claim that the North Star, which is still remembered as Shang-te’s divine abode, is also purple.13 Since the North Star is not that color, this could only be an echo of the original purple star that had once occupied that special pole. In other words, besides shedding a light of that particular shade, proto-Saturn would have itself assumed a purple hue.

Extracted from Chapter 12 of Metamorphic Star, one of the reconstruction books by Dwardu Cardona.


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