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Ophiuchus - the serpent bearer

The constellation of Ophiuchus represents a big guy who figured out how to kill snakes and then bring them back to life. He figured if it worked on snakes it should work on humans too. The gods killed him of course, because they're gods and that's what they do. Here's a bit of trivia for you. It might win you a bet someday, let's face it, that's what most of this information is good for. As it…See More
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Orion - the hunter

After the Big Dipper, Orion is easily the most known and the most pointed out constellation by the people who recognize at least some of them. There is the obvious belt, although Orion lived BP (Before Pants) so he wears a short skirt, or kilt or such, and below that hangs his big, um sword. Maybe it's just a dagger, or possibly it's a sword, not that it matters. Orion is Gilgamesh to those of you who follow the…See More
Jan 14
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Pavo - the peacock

There is a constellation way down in the southern part of the sky named Pavo which means Peacock, and its brightest star is named Peacock. Coincidence? Are there really any coincidences? Twenty four hours in a day, twenty four beers in a case. Okay that one maybe. Although those pesky Romans and the Egyptians both had a weird fascination with twelves, and twenty fours, and triangles, and toga parties, etc. So who…See More
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Perseus - the hero

The story behind the constellations of Perseus and those of his group is an ancient tale that is usually told from the perspective of the hero himself. It's his patriarchal privilege. There were two brothers, Acrisius and Proetus, who always quarreled with each other. Proetus became infatuated with his brother's daughter, Danaë. The creepy uncle thing was bad enough but then Acrisius locked his daughter in a tower…See More
Dec 24, 2016
Simon Paynton commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Phoenix - the mythical bird'
"lols"
Dec 18, 2016
Belle Rose commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Phoenix - the mythical bird'
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Dec 18, 2016
Strega commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Phoenix - the mythical bird'
"Thanks, Brad :). Love reading your blogs!"
Dec 18, 2016
Brad Snowder posted a blog post

Phoenix - the mythical bird

Most constellations are a Latin word that translates to some generic thing. But a few are their own translation such as a specific person's name. The Phoenix is a unique mythical bird that is pretty much only known as Phoenix, the bird that's hard to get rid of. As we all learned in mythology class, or from Harry Potter, when the bird dies it burns in a flash to ash, and then the ash turns back into the bird and it…See More
Dec 18, 2016
Reg The Fronkey Farmer commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Pictor - the painter's easel'
"I enjoy my days off farming travelling around in my psychedelic van with my friends and that goofy dog looking for mysteries to solve."
Dec 15, 2016
Daniel W. commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Pictor - the painter's easel'
"Some day I will learn what is a fronkey.  Frog-donkey hybrid?  Frog-monkey?  The mystery continues.  :-)"
Dec 15, 2016
Reg The Fronkey Farmer commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Pictor - the painter's easel'
"...and now one Irish farmer has fronkeys!!"
Dec 14, 2016
Daniel W. commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Pictor - the painter's easel'
"Very interesting and a refreshing read.  Also Reg's comment about etymology via Gaelic. ' According to my DNA test result, I'm 11% Irish, so I suppose I should learn 11% Gaelic as well.  The recorded lineage confirms that…"
Dec 14, 2016
Reg The Fronkey Farmer commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Pictor - the painter's easel'
"Love the artwork! fyi - the Gaelic work for "donkey" is "asal", which may share a common derivation with "easel"."
Dec 11, 2016
Strega commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Pictor - the painter's easel'
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Dec 11, 2016
Brad Snowder posted a blog post

Pictor - the painter's easel

Pictor is part of the Lacaille Group, the handful of constellations named after a bunch of 18th century stuff by a 18th century French guy. In this case it is the easel which held the artist's canvas in the days before Photoshop. Fun fact, the word "easel" is the old german word for "donkey" and can be traced back to the latin word for "ass." The brightest star in Pictor (Alpha Pictoris) is young and a hottie.…See More
Dec 11, 2016
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Ophiuchus - the serpent bearer

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 6:29pm 0 Comments

You gotta be crazy, taking on a big bruiser like him. The constellation of Ophiuchus represents a big guy who figured out how to kill snakes and then bring them back to life. He figured if it worked on snakes it should work on humans too. The gods killed him of course, because…
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Orion - the hunter

Posted on January 14, 2017 at 12:49pm 0 Comments

orioneer After the Big Dipper, Orion is easily the most known and the most pointed out constellation by the people who recognize at least some of them. There is the obvious belt, although Orion lived BP (Before Pants) so he wears a short skirt, or kilt or such, and below that hangs his…
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Pavo - the peacock

Posted on January 7, 2017 at 1:13pm 0 Comments

headdress There is a constellation way down in the southern part of the sky named Pavo which means Peacock, and its brightest star is named Peacock. Coincidence? Are there really any coincidences? Twenty four hours in a day, twenty four beers in a case. Okay that one maybe. Although…
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Pegasus - the winged horse

Posted on January 1, 2017 at 12:47pm 0 Comments

tattoo_win2 One of the bigger autumn constellations is in the Perseus group, Pegasus. It's just the front half of a horse, and the wings of course. These figures in the sky are not always the whole figure, sometimes it's half. It's good that they chose to use the front half of the horse…
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At 12:28pm on January 27, 2012, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…

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