“Heart of Courage" by Thomas Bergerson and Two Steps From Hell Orchestra
The Star Map above shows Orion Constellation and Sirius, the brightest
star in the Southern Skies.
Both are visible from lower latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere - but closer to the horizon, where as in the Southern Hemisphere, they are pretty high up in the sky - often on the same declination as the Moon.
I have always been fascintaed by them. So it was a mind-blast to actually arrive at a point in my life where they would become "significant" in my own life's affairs.
Because, I would be travelling to Egypt - a place I have always wanted to visit - now with a purpose, rather than on a vacation. On a mission to complete The Mission.
I am carrying the bone-dust and a lock of hair of the Donna Darkwolf, Arch-Priestess and my Shiny Wife. All wrapped up in her Star Map Shirt, with her witchy glass and my Scotch. The dust to cast upon the winds and sands of Gizeh and the hair to bury at the mastabahs where the wealthy of ancient Egypt were buried all those thousand years ago. And the Scotch to drink in celebration of my Hero.
From here The Darkwolf can see Sirius, the Dog Star. Her final destination.
Arriving at the North Face on the 10th anniversary of our first meeting: 1 November 2008. She always wanted us to travel to the Egypt she loved. Now we have.
After emptying her ashes on the sands of Egypt, I collected some sand to bring home. A reminder of Donna, timeless in the sands of the place she loved
A shirt Donna's mother designed and made. Donna's favorite. A Star Atlas.
I told her, when I first saw it: "That's Orions Belt!", never knowing 10
years ago, that I would be writing this today. Prophetic? You might find
this notion Ironic.
But don't worry. You'll come around
Before she checked out, amongst her many writings, Donna said to me: "Find
me on Sirius". Sopdet is the ancient Egyptian name of the star Sirius and
its personification as an Egyptian goddess. She was combined with Isis
as a goddess, the divine mother of the universe.
In Greek myth Sirius is the Hound of Orion. Maybe Sirius is where the souls of dogs go to. Where Darkwolf would discover her beloved life-long companions, Borg and Gremory.
From The Pyramid Texts, amongst the oldest religious writings in the world, we know that the ancient Egyptians believed that the gods descended from the belt of Orion and from the brightest star in the sky, Sirius. Critically important to Egyptian cosmology, Orion was associated with the god Osiris, and Sirius was associated with the goddess Isis, who together are believed to have created human civilization.