Author: Astrologer Specialist Posted on: October, 06, 2018
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While the word “alluttu” in Akkadian word translates as “pincers”, but no image of crab has been ever associated or found on the boundary stone, making it doubtful that the constellation has ever seen as that. However, there is another image that features the “deceptive digger” quite prominently instead is the: Turtle.
Indian Pandit, B.K. Shastri Ji says that unlike some of the other constellations, AL.LUL doesn’t represent any major mythological figure or God specifically - at least not we know of, but what we do know is that the Turtle was associated with the Sumerian God of Creation, Water and Wisdom - The Enki.
The shaping of the world with Enki’s great magic was his
attribution. He was the God of fresh waters and subterranean and as such was
also attributed with land fertilization. He was responsible for distributing
and keeping the Gifts of Civilization.
In mythology, the Sumerian God of Hunting and War, Ninurta, desired these gifts and wanted to steal them. Enki sensed Ninurta’s plans and asked a turtle to stop him before he would pursue with his act of thievery. Ninurta was grabbed from behind by the turtle’s tendon, dug up a pit with its claws and pulled him down into it.
Just like the Bull of Heaven, the turtle becomes the champion of superior, the deity creator. But unlike Gugalanna, who was tasked with divine distribution and retribution, the Turtle is given to a protective attack which he carried out from the position of secrecy.
Unfortunately, the poem remains incomplete, “Ninurta
and the Turtle”, and we never got to learn his fate. The last we hear of the
turtle is that it relentlessly gnawing at Ninurta’s ankle as Enki mocks him
Pandit Ji, the best Indian Pandit in UK, observes that the Lord of Waters is Enki. Freshwater was seen as emission and it was him who directly was responsible for land fertilizing, especially through flooding. We know that omens that surround the sign of Cancer were used for predicting water levels in Babylonians astrology.
It is not illogical to think that Enki, was responsible for both holding and pouring back the waters, might send his follower, the biting turtle, just as the dry month of summer was reaching its peak in the fruitful Crescent. This assumption was supported by the fact which within present in Babylonian star catalogs, AL.LUL is mentioned in association with levels of water of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers.
As a constellation of prominence during the death season, AL.LUL would closely have been associated with underworld and death, a theme we would see reoccurring his equivalent in Egyptian times - the Scarab.
To put the connection in simpler words, Indian Pandit in Australia explains that in Egyptian astrology, the Cancer constellation was seen not as turtle or crab, but as a Scarab beetle - a creature associated closely with a daily circle of Sun.
The ancient Egyptians saw a certain similarity with the scarab beetle pushing the dung balls across the desert and the sun being also pushed through the sky, past the horizon, and into the underworld, only to again emerge the next day. Thus, the scarab was started associating with death, birth, and regeneration, as was Khepri, the solar deity, who embodied this process.
Like Enki, Khepri was associated with the creation or shaping the world. He was also to be an important aspect of rotation of Sun: when Sun rises up from the horizon and out of the underworld. Like Khepri, the turtle rises up from the beneath the earth, only to return to underworld eventually - a clear reference made to the cycle of life, birth, and death. We know that Turtles in Egyptians are associated with the underworld, and interestingly, Enki himself resides in the deep ocean called the Abzu.
Enki was God of Magic and Wisdom. He also protected the humanity from calamity, illness and evil spirits. As his champion, the turtle would have shared all these aspects. Egyptians used the tortoise and the turtle in all magic and medicine, as a protection from death, illnesses, and demons.
After close examination, we see that ancient people of Egypt and Mesopotamia most likely saw the Cancer zodiac sign as having the following characteristics: gnawing, healing, intelligence, intuition, justice, life, magic, order, penetration, sacrifice, spiritual protection, stealth, defense, determination, fearlessness, fertility, creation, cunning, death, deception, pursuit, protection, psychic perception,power, regeneration, relentlessness, strength, tenacity, the Underworld, water, and wisdom.
Indian Pandit Ji observes that Cancers are deeply sentimental and intuitive. Cancer can be one of the most sensitive and challenging zodiac signs to know. They are very sensitive and emotional and deeply care about the family matters and their home. Cancer is attached and sympathetic to people whom they keep close. Those born under the zodiac of Cancer are very loyal and empathize with other people’s sufferings and pain.
Lack of patience and love can manifest through mood swings, and even self-pity, selfishness or manipulation. They are quick to help people, just as they are quick to avoid any conflict, and benefit rarely from the close combat of any kind, always choosing to hit someone bigger, stronger or even powerful than they can imagine.
Cancer zodiac sign belong to Water element, just like Pisces and Scorpio. Guided by their heart and emotion, they could have a hard time blending into surrounding around them. Ruled by the moon, the phases of the cycle of lunar deepen their characteristics and internal mysteries creating a fleeting of emotional patterns which are far beyond control at times. As children, they don’t seem to coping and defensive mechanisms for the outer world.