The Cygnus Mystery

All around the world ancient peoples fixed the location of heaven in the same segment of sky, the constellation of Cygnus, the Swan. But why?

From Göbekli Tepe to the Great Pyramid to cutting edge of astrophysics, Andrew Collins sets out to find answers on an extraordinary historical quest to unravel the sky-religion of our most distant ancestors.

The Cygnus Mystery provides compelling evidence that …

- The veneration of Cygnus as a bird associated with cosmic life and death goes back 17,000 years to when the constellation occupied pole position in the northen night sky

- Cygnus is at the root of all the world's religions

- The origins of astronomy, literature, ancient cosmologies, even transoceanic sea voyages all occurred some 17,000 years ago

- Cosmic rays from a binary star known as Cygnus X-3 helped accelerate human evolution during the last Ice Age

- Traces the very DNA of life from shamanic art in Paleolithic caves to the foundations of the Great Pyramid, from psychedelic journeys in the Peruvian Amazon to Francis Crick's discovery of the double helix

- Reveals that our ancestors knew what science is now telling us - that life on Earth originated among the stars, a fact known and accepted by our ancestors

ii. The Direction of Heaven

iii. The Circle of Cygnus

iv. On the Wolf Trail

v. Maya Cosmogenesis

vi. Pathway to the Gods

vii. The Winged Serpent

viii. Goddess of the Swan

ix. The Waters of Life

x. Swan Knights and Swan Maidens

xi. The Key to Ascension

xii. In Search of Sokar

xiii. The Road to Rostau

xiv. The Well of Souls

xv. The Swan-Goose of Eternity

xvi. The First Astronomers

xvii. The Point of Creation

xviii. The Secret of Life

xix. Cosmic Swansong

xx. Children of the Swan

xxi. The True God Star.

Postscript - Montgomery's 'Cygnus Event'

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'THE CYGNUS MYSTERY is an intellectual adventure that considers shamanism and the influence of the Cygnus constellation on the minds of our Neolithic ancestors. Andrew Collins takes readers into deepest, darkest caves in search of the sound of the universe, making a compelling case for Palaeolithic CERNs.'

Jeremy Narby, anthropologist and author of The Cosmic Serpent and Intelligence in Nature

This is not a book about life's origins in the Darwinian sense. It is about the origins of life much deeper in our history and consciousness - about our earliest ancestors' awareness that life, death, and evolution were connected directly to a cosmic source.

As early as Palaeolithic times, the stars of Cygnus - the ultimate expression of a widespread belief in the bird as a symbol of the soul - were seen as the gateway to heaven. Shamanic journeys, Native American funeral rites, the alignments of prehistoric standing stones, all pointed the way to this sky-world, accessed via the Milky Way or an imagined cosmic axis. This belief shaped cosmologies around the world; influenced sacred architecture from Avebury in Britain to the temples of Mexico, Peru, and India; and lie behind all major religions to this day.

In The Cygnus Mystery, Andrew Collins traces this astronomic lore back to 15,000 B.C., when Deneb, the brightest star in Cygnus, was the Pole Star. At that time, our Paleolithic ancestors practiced their religious rituals in caves deep in the earth - caves whose bird-imagery art, anthropologists have found, was the creation of shamans under the influence of hallucinogens that let them travel in visions outside this world. And in that same era, humanity underwent a change in physical and neurological makeup so fast it seemed to occur virtually overnight.

What caused this sudden leap forward? The Cygnus Mystery proposes that it was a dramatic rise in cosmic rays reaching Earth - and provides evidence that the rays, which left subatomic traces in those same deep caves, emanated from a binary star system known as Cygnus X-3. These findings, Collins explains, challenged the certainties of the scientific establishment - until, in 2005, a U.S. think tank went public with its own conviction that a binary system producing powerful jets of cosmic rays triggered a rapid acceleration in human evolution during the last Ice Age.

Using archeoastronomy, astrophysics, and a dynamic understanding of spiritual wisdom, this groundbreaking work takes us to the heart of an ancient mystery and the front lines of a battle over the force that changed humanity's course.

Read an Introduction to THE CYGNUS MYSTERY




Andrew Collins at Gobekli Tepe, Karahan Tepe, Cayonu, Harran and Sanliurfa in 2004 - A Classic Journey that began the Cygnus Mystery

Göbekli Tepe - Its Cosmic Blueprint Revealed

When Andrew Collins first visited Göbekli Tepe in 2004 he realised that the alignments of its twin central pillars in the various enclosures targeted the northern night sky. A careful examination of their orientations showed that they are in fact aligned to Deneb, the brightest star in the constellation of Cygnus. Here Göbekli Tepe's full cosmic blueprint is revealed for the first time

The Cygnus Mystery - Did Cosmic Rays Affect Human Evolution?

A completely revised thesis by Andrew Collins on this fascinating subject, including brand new material on the significance of witnessing cosmic rays as flashes of light or phosphenes in the ascetic Christian practice of hesychasm as practised by the monks of Mount Athos in Greece. Fully illustrated. Click here to read.

Did Cosmic Radiation change evolution and kick-start religion?

An in-depth report by Andrew Collins, showing that the idea of cosmic rays influencing evolution was proposed as early as 1930 and seriously put forward by astronomer and science writer Carl Sagan back in 1973


Andrew Collins's scholarly report on Cygnus X-3 as a cosmic accelerator producing ultra high energy and high energy cosmic rays. This paper was previously entitled 'In Defence of Cygnus X-3'

Looking for the Fifth Dimension in Cygnus X-3

Is the key to finding the relatonship between mutliple dimensions and matter out there in deep space? A report by Andrew Collins based on new findings by a Hungarian research team


A report by Andrew Collins on an ancient custom associated with the cult of the swan

Please check out The Swan Sanctuary, Middlesex,
to which THE CYGNUS MYSTERY is dedicated.

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