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Re: VMs: VMS: Mithraism, Tauroctony (Astrology: General, with relevance to VMs)
Thanks for bringing this up again.
I don't know if it got lost in the shuffle, but the
thought I hoped to extract from pointing out the
Tauroctony is that not all Zodiacs were identical to
ours. One difference can be obtained by using
constellations which are different than, but perhaps
parallel to our own; this use of alternate
constellations, as I understand it, is one use of the
This is an oversimplified example, but let me use the
Zodiac for a moment as an illustration of
"encryption"; there are 360 degrees in the Zodiac. If
we should choose to divide them by ten signs rather
than twelve, it would throw off our system. If the
Zodiac now ended with the sign Sagittarius, then
Sagittarius 9, the current location of Antares, would
be perhaps be found in our altered Zodiac in the sign
It gives me a headache to think this way, but I hope
you grasp my point; in one sense, the twelve signs are
an abstract convention and are not impervious to
In the case of the VMs, I feel it is possible that
shifting the axis of the constellations used away from
the ecliptic (where we find our conventional twelve
signs) would be an effective device to mask the VMs
author's use of astrology and to further ensure the
secrecy of his document.
Just a tie-in for those who want to enjoy more
--- Jorge Stolfi <stolfi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > [Rene:] I can frankly say that I've never heard
> of [Tauroctony]
> > and never seen [Mithraism] in connection with
> See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mithraism (section
> "Mithraism and astrology").
> About longitude and latitude: my apologies for
> starting another
> off-topic discussion. Rene is right, I should have
> looked up the
> answer in a book instead of asking here. And I
> second Elmar's advice.
> Note that if you don't know why finding longitude
> would be so much
> harder than finding the latitude, you know even less
> about the topic
> than *I* do. 8-)
> All the best,
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