Spica, the Star of Easter
Constellation Virgo circa 1825https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgo_ (constellation)#/media/File:Sidney_Hall_-_Urania% 27s_Mirror_-_Virgo.jpg Virgo as depicted in Urania's Mirror, a set of constellation cards published in London c.1825.
Historians believe that Spica was celebrated at Easter because it shone the brightest of the stars in the constellation of the Virgin during the festival. Virgo is the largest constellation of the zodiac, and Spica (Alpha Virginis), is a Blue Giant and the brightest star in the constellation.Dorey, The Nummo p. 164
I believe that the blue star Spica (Alpha Virginis) may be the star the Dogon called Pelu and which they associated with rebirth. This pagan belief may be how the star came to be celebrated at Easter.Dorey, The Rose p. 252
Spica (Alpha Virginis) is the nearest star to the Sun that has enough mass to end its life in a Type II supernova explosion. It is part of a massive binary star system identified as the star Spica.Dorey, The Rose p. 251
The Dogon believed the star Pelu, which was best seen in July, would provide us with our second Sun and restore androgyny and immortality to the Earth and humanity.Dorey, The Rose p. 252 The Constellation Virgo appears to stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere during the spring and summer months.Dorey, The Rose p. 250
The blue star Spica, shown here as the "Ear of Corn" in the hand of the celestial Virgin, predominates early images of the constellation Virgo. The Nummo were identified with the sun and the sacred feminine, and I associated them with virgin goddesses because they were self-fertilizing and androgynous.Dorey, The Nummo p. 164
Historians link her [Constellation Virgo] with Isis, the goddess, who clasps to her body either wheat-ears or the young Horus child. Occultists recognized this pagan image as a prototype for the later image of the Virgin Mary, in which the "Ear of Corn" was transformed into the Child -who is, of course, the Bread of the Eucharist. "Some mediaeval images of Mary even show her with ears of corn scattered over her dress ."Dorey, The Rose p. 251
In the Dogon religion, both the Nummo and the Master (Mistress) of Speech were associated with rebirth and regeneration and were symbolized by red giant stars, which were pregnant suns to the Dogon.
Blue giant stars like Spica will turn into red giant stars at the end of their lives.https://sciencing.com/difference-stars-blue-giant-stars-5777297.html It is in their red giant phase that large stars explode as supernovas. To the Dogon, this meant the Nummo and the Master (Mistress) of Speech sacrificing themselves to regenerate the Earth, humanity and the Solar System.Dorey, The Rose p. 251
These associations are significant because they show how the Dogon religion was probably an earlier version of the Christian and Egyptian myths.Dorey, The Nummo p. 164 For more information on these things refer to my books that can be purchased at right.