This means that Canopus
was indeed the "Pillar of Heaven" in the times of Atlantis, for the skies
turned upon it as an axis or "pole". Indeed, certain icons of Atlas, such
as the famous Farnesian marble, represent Atlas supporting the world precisely
from the position of Canopus, in the Argonavis constellation. This fact
confirms the identification Atlas = Canopus, the Pillar (or "Pole") of
the Skies. Osiris too, and Agastya, and other personifications of Atlantis
and of the star Canopus, were often identified with the "Pillar of Heaven".
The myths of the Polynesians tell how they navigated by the star Canopus,
the (southern) "Pole of the Skies" in those Atlantean times.
Canopus and Osiris were later identified with the
Canopic jars, where the mummified viscera of the dead were buried in Egypt.
These Canopic jars, with their holes plugged with wax, were the equivalent
of the "Magic Calabashes" that the Polynesians used in their stellar navigations
to the distant isles of Paradise. The Magic Calabashes were indeed, as
some researchers have recently found out, ingenious clepsydras, sextants
and compasses used in the determinations required for Celestial navigation.
Indeed, the word "Canopus" means "measuring device" in Greek, attesting
its true function in Celestial navigation. This fact is further attested
by the use of Canopic jars in casting oracles such as directions in the
high seas. In this they resembled the "talking heads" with which the Canopic jars were
usually topped. Their use in mummification - where they were
said to guide the pharaoh in his return trip to Paradise - is again suggestive of the pristine role of Canopic jars as "Magic Calabashes", used in the Celestial navigation required for the return trip to Paradise.
The superior technology of the Magic Calabashes
of the Polynesians and the Canopic Jars of the Egyptians for Celestial
navigation is clearly an Atlantean legacy, as so many. And the art of Celestial
Navigation - kept secret for obvious reasons - was invented by the Atlanteans,
according to tradition. It is the product of a superior technology which
only the Atlanteans could have developed so early in time. The Egyptians,
as the Polynesians, inherited it from Atlantis, and used them in their
oceanic navigations to Paradise, that is, to Punt in ancient Egypt, and
to Hawaiki in Polynesia. In both cases, this means Indonesia, the true
site of Paradise, as all traditions tell us.
Canopus was the pilot of the Argo ship, a
role he still plays in the Celestial Ship represented by the Argonavis
constellation. The Argonavis ("Ship Argos") was the ship of the Argonauts
in their expedition in the quest of the Golden Fleece. And the Golden Fleece
is an allegory of Eden, Avalon, Idun, and other such Paradises. There grew
the Golden Apples which Diodorus explains as synonymous of the Golden Apples,
for in Greek
melon means both "apple" and "sheep". Moreover, the
Golden Apples served for the fabrication of the Elixir of Life, the contents
of the Holy Grail. Hence, all these quests of Paradise are indeed the one
of the Elixir of Life and, more exactly, of Atlantis, its true name. Such
is the reason why we all are so charmed with the search of this Paradise
of which all traditions speak, from the dawn of times.
The Celestial Ship of the Argonauts, the Argonavis,
is represented in the skies as a sunken ship, in the very bottom of heaven. It is an allegory of sunken Atlantis,
likewise lost in the bottom of the (Indian) Ocean. Canopus is often identified
with Argus, and is identified with the pilot (or the admiral) of the Argonavis,
so called in his honor. He is also said to have been the pilot of Osiris
in his expedition to the Indies (Paradise!). Canopus was also the pilot of Menelaos,
in his return trip from sunken Troy (Atlantis!).
Other legends make of
Canopus-Argus the co-ruler of Osiris in primordial Egypt. He ended by usurping
Osiris' throne, and kidnapping Isis, the queen. But he was ultimately defeated
and killed by the outraged king. All this is, indeed, but a confused, obscure copy of the plot
Ramayana. And the primordial "Egypt" in question is no other
than Lanka, "the Queen of the Waves".