Hathor and Cybele

I was able to glean some additional information from John Gordon's book, Egypt: Child of Atlantis.

"The fact that the (female) temple of Hathor - the wife of the great god Atum-Ra - faced the (male) temple of Abu Simbel at such close quarters suggests that it was at this location that the marital union of the pharaoh with his consort always (originally) took place. ... such a union would have been seen by the ancient Egyptians as symbolizing the astronomical 'Great Return'." (p 129)

"The associated implication - by virtue of the winter solstice referring to the moment of the Great Return, as we have otherwise seen - is that the Khepren pyramid and the Sphinx are united in the process of spiritual conception, whereas the Great Pyramid is associated with spiritual (re)birth." (p 178)

Each winter solstice symbolizes the sun's rebirth for the following year. However, only certain winter solstices represent the end of a "World Age" or the end of a "Sun", and the corresponding "birth" of another new one. There have been four suns since the catastrophe of circa 13,865 BC, we are now in the fifth. The severity of destruction on Earth would likely depend on the position of the Earth (e.g., on the same side of the sun or opposite) during the next "Great Return" of the Hathor celestial body and random interactions of the "Great Goddess" with asteroids.

John Gordon concludes that the "Great Return" was associated with astronomical alignments, however it now seems to refer to something much more physical. The worship of Cybele, "The Great Goddess" and "Mother of the Gods" was elevated in Rome after the catastrophe (probable asteroid strike) of 207 BC. This is a "smoking gun" of sorts that links the cult of the Great Goddess (a.k.a. Cybele and Hathor) with impact events.

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