Alpha Canis Majoris
Sirius (Alpha Canis Majoris) the brightest star in the sky is located in the constellation of Canis Major -The Great Dog, named after the Dog Star. It can be seen from almost every inhabited region on Earth’s surface. And in the right conditions can be seen in day light.
It appears to be a single bright star but is actually a large binary star system. The main sequence star; Sirius A, is 22 times brighter than the Sun and 6th closest system to our own. Its faint companion star, Sirius B (the pup) was the first recognized white dwarf.
They orbit each other, every 49.98 years and Sirius B has a tremendous effect on the electromagnetic fields of our galaxy, the solar system, planets, and Earth itself. When at its closest to Sirius A the magnetic properties of Sirius B and it’s remarkable density, create massive magnetic storms resulting in the stars exchanging copious amounts of highly charged particles. These are injected into the galactic magnetic field of the Milky Way. Sirius’s magnetic storms are particularly intense around five years before their closest approach, and for up to five years following.
1944 occurrence, was during our history’s greatest conflict, World War II. And most recently almost 50 years later, in June, 1993 when, Sirius was hidden from Earth’s view by our Sun, the largest flood of the past century occurred. Mississippi, (Nile River), overflowed its banks and that flood continued through till mid-August. When Sirius re-appeared from behind the sun, the flood waters receded and the immediate life-threatening crisis subsided. A reflection of the great rivers of energies streaming out from Sirius?
Sirius is associated with liberation. Ancient teachings say the very concept of freedom exists in human consciousness because of the Sirius system’s influence. And every year, on July 4, Sirius is hidden from view by our Sun -America’s Independence Day! And Bastille Day, the French Independence Day, is July 14.
As the most recent "great conjunction" of Sirius A and B occurred around 1993, a wave of freedom was sweeping our world that climaxed in the breakdown of the communist rule in Europe and the liberation of the Russian people from the hard-line Communist party. As the cold war finally concluded so the Berlin Wall fell … events that occurred simultaneously with the highest intensity of Sirius’s magnetic forces.
Sirius has consistently been associated with a celestial dog throughout the classical world; China, identified the star as a “Heavenly wolf.” Ancient Chaldea (present day Iraq), knew it as the "Dog Star that Leads," / "Star of the Dog." Assyria, named it "Dog of the Sun" and ancient Akkadia, "Dog Star of the Sun."
Greece associated it with the heat of summer calling it “Seiros” – the scorcher or the glowing. Hindu writings referred to it as “Sukra” the ”Rain God” or “Rain Star.”
The Dog is also described as "He who awakens the gods of the air, and summons them to their office of bringing the rain." The Wolf (Skidi) tribe of Nebraska knew it as the “Wolf Star.” Further north, the Alaskans called it “Moon Dog.”
The Cherokee paired Sirius with Antares as a dog-star guardian of either end of the "Path of Souls; a watchman of the heavens. The ancient Egyptians believed Sirius was the doorway to the afterlife and for 70 days following July 4, when the star Sirius is hidden from view by the sun’s glare they refused to bury their dead because during this period the doorway was thought to be closed.
In Greek times Aratus referred to Canis Major as Orion’s guard-dog, following its master’s heels, and standing on its hind legs carrying Sirius in its jaws. Manilius called it the "dog with the blazing face." Canis Major (large dog) seems to pursue the hare across the sky, the hare being represented by the constellation Lepus under Orion’s feet.
In mythology it was said the constellation represented Laelaps, a dog so swift that no prey could outwit or escape it. Laelaps was given by Zeus to Europa, whose son Minos, King of Crete passed it on to Procris, daughter of Cephalus. The dog was given to Procris along with a javelin that could never miss. In a strange twist of fate Cephalus accidentally killed her in a hunting accident.
Inheriting the dog, Cephalus took it with him to Thebes, north of Athens, where a vicious but swift and uncatchable fox was terrorising the countryside. However no prey could ever escape the pursuit of Laelaps. Zeus’s answer to the unsolvable paradox of the inescapable dog in pursuit of the uncatchable fox, was to turn them both to stone placing the dog but not the offending fox, in the sky.
Ice wolves of Europa
Sirius is bluish white the dominant colour of the star and of the wolves and at rising and setting it flashes with the colours of the rainbow and the moon wolves.
The Ice Wolves of Europa are the “celestial wolves, the star chasers, the moon dogs of the night.” Known as the “Moon Dog” and the “Wolf Star” in mythology Sirius was one of the dogs given to Europa as a gift and a guardian. Today’s Ice wolves are – the most direct descendants of the original Pathfinder – the one known as “Star of the Celestial Wolf.”
Fire wolves of Io
All ancient sources described Sirius as a “red”, “fiery” and “copper” star. To Romans this meant “angry god” and they are known to have sacrificed red dogs to it and the hottest part of summer is still known as “Dog Days.”
Today Sirius is bright white, tinged with blue. The mystery remains.