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LEO IN 1500 BC

This is how Leo appeared shortly after sunset, about a month before the summer solstice in 1500 BC.


In my videos and writings I said that Mars passing through Leo in 1416 BC corresponds to Samson ripping the lion apart in Judges 14:6. This brings the question with it, “When were the stars in Leo first pictured as a lion?”

The most comprehensive historical resource I have seen is Gary David Thompson’s writings. He indicates that the earliest reference in Egypt is found in Senmut’s tomb, dating it to approximately 1500 BC. In Babylon, the earliest date is roughly the same: about 1530 BC. These are both before the time of the celestial interaction recorded in the Samson story.

As both constellations are linked to the same stars (A, B), the next question is, “How much historical interaction existed between these cultures during those times?” (And remember that Israel neighbored both these societies.) The Amarna Letters show the influence is more than one may first think, and the Samson story confirms the link.

Another question is “Why were they pictured as a lion?” Viewing the previous graphic, you can see that the stars do resemble a stick-figure lion. There may have been more at play in our ancestors’ minds. The following is conjectural, because I am not very familiar with lion habits, but according to rainfall and other sites, June was the beginning of the hot part of their year. (I haven’t seen any indication that their rainfall patterns have significantly changed in the last thirty-five hundred years.) Lions may have become more active at that time, although such isn’t mentioned on Wikipedia’s treatment. If you know more about lion habits in this regard, feel free to leave a comment.

The animation is derived from Stellarium, a wonderful open source planetarium program. Thank you, Fabian, and all those who helped out on that fantastic project!

We have unearthed a lot of bones throughout the years, but human remains with a 60-cubit shoulder span, which is approximately 90 feet (as mentioned in the last post) are unheard of. Why was the biblical Samson figure linked to this number?

The answer: three-thousand years ago science was recorded in mythical terms because our ancient story-telling tradition had not yet given way to today’s methods. In some cultures the practice lasted another six-hundred years or more, as a quote by Plato about 360 BC testifies:

…There is a story, which even you have preserved, that once upon a time PhaĆ«thon, the son of Helios, having yoked the steeds in his father’s chariot, because he was not able to drive them in the path of his father, burnt up all that was upon the earth, and was himself destroyed by a thunderbolt. Now this has the form of a myth, but really signifies a declination of the bodies moving around the earth and in the heavens [emphasis mine], and a great conflagration of things upon the earth recurring at long intervals of time.

The tale of the Hebraic strongman doesn’t record a ‘declination of the bodies,’ but does describe (more…)

Humanity has turned its back on many historical religious progressions. To understand the Samson story we need to remember some of them.

Today it is fairly well known that Christianity derives from earlier Judaic thoughts. Discoveries such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hamadi Library have clearly shown this to be the case. In fact, several core Christian doctrines are related to older Hebraic beliefs. As one example, the War Scroll tells of a battle raging between the Sons of Darkness and the Sons of Light, a Jewish idea predating good angels fighting evil ones.

What is not so well known is that monotheistic Judaism, (more…)

My previous post shared a little of my past, and the experiences which caused me to delve into our religious roots. Let us continue following the trail, and make our way to the astronomical backbone hidden in the biblical Samson story.

Unraveling the upcoming details took almost eighteen years, and, to finish, required the rationality of an engineering training. I know many religious people may be troubled by these discoveries because they reveal that religion isn’t based upon exactly what they believe it is. Some atheists will also be troubled since the following shows the roots of our scientific understandings are firmly planted in religious investigations.

Stated plainly, the basis of modern science is (more…)

Samson Illustration from 1728 La Haye Bible. Image courtesy Bizzell Bible Collection, University of Oklahoma Libraries.

Religion and science were intimately connected three thousand years ago. The greatest example of this ancient link is the biblical Samson story.

Hi! I’m David O’Neil, and I’ve spent many of the past eighteen years working on this puzzle, trying to figure out what the authors of that tale were recording. I’m happy to finally share the fruits of my labors!

To begin, (more…)

Eighth-Century Supernova?

August 14th, 2012

Been busy fixing a few items, so not posting lately. But heard about some science on a possible eighth-century supernova causing a jump in carbon-14 levels. Interesting work by a biochemistry major. See

My cousin Kevin sent me the following link:’s ‘Astrology with Needles’ article. Astronomy. Acupuncture. Who would have thought the two were connected? Just another example of the mental leaps necessary to bring our current civilization into existence.

My pen has been quiet these last few weeks while setting this site up, enabling purchases here and on, and, in general, being buried up to my neck in grunt work. Hopefully these efforts will wrap themselves up in the next day or so. One step towards freedom is placing at least one astronomic discovery here, as I want a good landing page for those who click onto this blog from the main book site, therefore I better add something! (more…)