Sirius the Star of Bethlehem updated Dec. 21, 2019 by Shannon Dorey

Three Wise Men 526 AD
Photo by Nina Aldin Thunehttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/ File:Magi_(1).jpg Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy: "The Three Wise Men" (named Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar). Detail from: "Mary and Child, surrounded by angels", mosaic of a Ravennate Italian-Byzantine workshop, completed within 526 AD by the so-called "Master of Sant'Apollinare". Photo by Nina Aldin Thune

In Christian astro mythology, the star Mintaka is regarded as the third of the three Magi on their way to Bethlehem. He is shown on the left in this mosaic from the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy, and dated to 526 AD. Mintaka is one of the three stars of Orion's belt, associating the other two wise men with the two other stars of Orion's belt, Alnitak and Alnilam.Dorey, The Rose: Dogon Star Knowledge p. 133

This mosaic of "The Three Wise Men" (named Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar) appears in my book, The Rose: Dogon Star Knowledge because along with Sirius, shown top right, Orion's belt plays an important role in the Dogon religion.

The stars are associated with the regeneration of the Earth and the hope for humanity.Dorey, The Rose: Dogon Star Knowledge p. 133 In Christian astromythology, Bethlehem is identified with Sirius, which would associate Sirius with the birth of Christ, perceived by Christians as the hope for humanity.

In the Dogon religion, the three stars of Orion's Belt that represent the three wise men in this image, were red giant stars. According to the alien Nummo, it was a star located where Mintaka is located today that exploded as a supernova explosion to form the Milky Way Galaxy.Dorey, The Rose: Dogon Star Knowledge p. 135

I believe that the white cloak the Mintaka wise man wears symbolizes the Milky Way Galaxy. His white cloak is dotted with stars and the leggings and cloaks and tunics of all three wise men are covered in stars.

Modern translations of the Gospel of Matthew determine that the word Magi, which is translated as "wise men", actually means astrologer or astronomer.Brown, Raymond Edward (1988). An Adult Christ at Christmas: Essays on the Three Biblical Christmas Stories, Liturgical Press, p. 11 ISBN 0-8028-3931-2; Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, Eerdmans (2000), p. 844. "The involvement of astrologers in the story of the birth of Jesus was problematic for the early Church, because they condemned astrology as demonic; a widely cited explanation was that of Tertullian, who suggested that astrology was allowed 'only until the time of the Gospel'."S. J. Tester, A History of Western Astrology, (Boydell & Brewer, 1987), page 111–112. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_of_Bethlehem

According to NASA, supernovas are the most massive explosions humans have ever witnessed. Because large red giant stars expand and then explode to ultimately create new planets and stars, the Dogon viewed them as pregnant suns and female symbols. I believe that this was the original pagan interpertation of the stars since in Spain and Portugal, Orion's Belt is known as Las Tres Marías or as Três Marias, which stand for The Three Marys in Spanish and Portuguese respectively. This would associate the stars with the three red giant stars, and with Mary, who gives birth to Jesus.Dorey, The Rose: Dogon Star Knowledge p. 135

In Egyptian mythology, Sirius, was the bright star of the goddess Isis. According to James Frazer, on July mornings Sirius "rises from the glassy waves of the eastern Mediterranean, a harbinger of halcyon weather to mariners, and was the true Stella Maris, "the Star of the Sea"."

Amongst the epithets by which Isis is designated in the inscriptions are "Creatress of green things," "Green goddess, whose green colour is like unto the greenness of the Earth... ." These references are important because all life in the unvierse is attributed to red giant stars.Dorey, The Rose: Dogon Star Knowledge p.136


Our Lady, Star
of the SeaBy ESA/Hubble, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/ index.php?curid=30512561 Image cropped and reduced

The Star of the Sea was also one of the names associated with the Virgin Mary. This statue from Sliema, Malta depicts the Virgin Mary as Our Lady Star of the Sea.By none - Sliema Malta, FAL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8700662

Another important aspect of this Italian mosaic is that the three "wise men" are wearing red Phrygian caps. This same red cap was worn by the Dogon priest Akundyo, who was the priest of women dying in childbirth and of stillborn children. Griaule described Akundyo as wearing a "red Phrygian cap that covered his ears, with a raised point like a uraeus on the bridge of the nose, in the fashion known as 'the wind blows.'"Dorey, The Rose: Dogon Star Knowledge p.135

The blowing wind is associated with the gas and dust that is expelled from a red giant star as it begins to expand at the end of its life. It essentially dies to give birth to new worlds. The red cap Akundyo wore was a symbol of a red giant star as it was releasing its gas and dust.Dorey, The Rose: Dogon Star Knowledge p.135


Star About to Explode
By ESA/HubbleBy ESA/Hubble, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30512561 Image cropped and reduced

This star, knicknamed SBW1, was originally twenty times more massive than our Sun and is now encircled by gas, which is the remains of its outer layers cast off during violent pulsations and winds. Floating at the centre of this new Hubble image, which resembles an eye, is the star about to go supernova.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supernova#/ media/File:A_star_set_to_explode.jpg I believe that knowledge about these stars may have contributed to the phrase, the "eye of God" .


Supernova SN 1987A
Credits: NASACredits: NASA

Prior to 1987, when the first modern supernova (SN 1987A) was detected in a neighbouring galaxy at only 160,000 light-years from Earth, astrophysicists knew very little about supernovas. The photo on the left is Supernova 1987A after the star exploded, and the picture on the right is the star before it exploded.https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents /5-8/features/nasa-knows/what-is-a-supernova.html

How did the Dogon people know so much about red giants and supernovas in the 1930s unless the Nummo taught this knowledge to them. The Dogon people's entire mythology was centered around red giant stars.Dorey, The Rose: Dogon Star Knowledge p.14

It was just last month that a team, led by Dr. Phil Cigan from Cardiff University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, found the neutron star remnant left over from the supernova SN 1987A explosion. It has taken over 30 years to find it. Neutron stars also play an important role in Dogon star knowledge.

For more information on these things refer to The Rose: Dogon Star Knowledge.