Interest in the Pleiades is apparently nothing new. One Stargate theorist quoted a 19th Century metaphysician named R.G. Haliburton (!) who...
...was able to gather sufficient information to offer some rather dramatic thoughts about the Pleiades. He believed that, a world-wide tradition of relating to the Pleiades had its source at a distant, beginning point in the history of humankind. An era when the constellation represented the "central sun of all religions, calendars, myths, traditions, and symbolism." Haliburton recorded that "the ancients believed that Alcyone of the Pleiades was the center of the universe ~ that Paradise, the primal home of humankind and the abode of the Deity and the spirits of the dead, was in the Pleiades".
What some of you may not realize is the Egyptians referred to the Pleiades as "the Seven Hathors." If you haven't already, I'd recommend reading up on Hathor. I believe this fascinating archetype is going to be very important in the years to come in the Symbolsphere. It is the functional thesis of The Secret Sun is that the Osirian Age is over, and the Age of Horus is in full swing. Accordingly, the symbols that manifest themselves in our lives and in our media are going to be much different. Some of this will be by conscious design, some of it will not.
She was originally a personification of the Milky Way, which was considered to be the milk that flowed from the udders of a heavenly cow (linking her with Nut, Bat and Mehet-Weret). As time passed she absorbed the attributes of many other goddesses but also became more closely associated with Isis, who to some degree usurped her position as the most popular and powerful goddess. Yet she remained popular throughout Egyptian history. More festivals were dedicated to her and more children were named after her than any other god or goddess. Her worship was not confined to Egypt and Nubia. She was worshipped throughout Semitic West Asia, Ethiopian, Somlia and Libya, but was particularly venerated in the city of Byblos.
As I wrote previously, I believe that the name Catherine is actually derived from Hathor (or Athyr as she is alternately known), through a Greco-Egyptian Mystery cult code- Ka- Athyr-Ein- meaning "to have the Ka of Athyr." I believe that this name will be associated with queenship (I just read an article referring to Catherine the Great in relation to the Spitzer scandal), and I've seen the many variations of Catherine- Kate, Cate, Kathryn, Karen, Kaitlyn, Kathleen- repeat themselves over and over in my studies of Symbology, particularly as it relates to Hollywood. Let's look at a few examples.
She was a sky goddess, known as "Lady of Stars" and "Sovereign of Stars" and linked to Sirius (and so the goddesses Sopdet and Isis). Her birthday was celebrated on the day that Sirius first rose in the sky (heralding the coming innundation). By the Ptolemaic period, she was known as the goddess of Hethara, the third month of the Egyptian calendar. - Ancient Egypt Online
The current wife of one of the (if not the) reigning kings of Hollywood is Kate Capshaw.
The wife of the future king of Hollywood (that is, when the Church of Scientology inevitably takes complete control of it) is Katie Holmes.
Our friend John Cusack has experience with several Ka-Hathor's, perhaps the most important being Catherine Elise Blanchett, whom we looked at on Monday. We'll be looking at Pushing Tin in far greater depth in the near future, but this reference in the film that Cusack's character's house is empty without her ties in neatly with the fact that Hathor's Egyptian name is Het-Hert, meaning "House of Horus." This scene takes place right before the film's last WTC fly-by.
Another Cusack film we'll be looking at in detail in the future is Serendipity, co-staring Kate Beckinsale. Notice how Cusack finds his Hathor in an area ringed by stars. This film also featured Tom Brady's former flame, Bridget Moynihan.
Just a few short weeks before 9/11, Cusack starred with Catherine Zeta-Jones in America's Sweethearts, which also featured Julia Roberts, who played the girlfriend of Solaris star George Clooney in Soderbergh's Oceans 11, 12 and 13 movies.
Clooney's Cybele in Solaris was the delightful Natacha McElhone (also of Revelations fame with Independence Day star Bill Pullman), who plays David Duchovny's wife Karen in Californication. Natacha means "Christmas Day." This is not Duchovny's first ritual drama, of course, and this July we'll see the return of his first Hathor...
...Dana Katherine Scully.
We looked closely at Catherine Keener's role as Cybele in The 40-Year Old Virgin and this Hathor also co-starred with Cusack in Being John Malkovich, written by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind creator Charlie Kaufman.
...and of course Eternal Sunshine starred Kate Winslet.
The ritual drama called Red Planet, which we looked at in relation to Baptist symbolism, features Carrie Ann Moss as Kate Bowman. Moss is better known for her work in The Matrix films, but her most important role is as Natalie (Natalie also means "Christmas Day") in Memento, which we'll also be looking at in the future.