Was the inspiration for the Typhoios, the coiled winged serpent, a twin cyclone or a storm of a similar pattern? The wings denote a phenomenon of the sky, and the figure-eight serpent coils represent the shape the storm took in the sky. Typhoios is depicted battling with Zeus and his bolts of lightning, and it is curious that lightning in such storms is more common on the periphery of the body of the storm which would fairly represent the attack of a foe. At Newgrange in Ireland there is a stone covered with these spirals, and it forces one to confront the possibility that there was a time when the sky was literally filled with such storms.


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According to the guys who wrote Uriel's Machine (with pictures to prove it) a simple sundial or henge complex will allow one to chart the dail progress of the sun's position in the sky. If you mark the tip of the shadow at the same time every day, you get a series of dots. When you connect the dots, it forms a spiral that figure-eights itself. One sprial = 3 months. In many of the caves and on the stones of the barrows, the spirals are in clusters of three. This could represent the marking of any applicable event but one 9-month event seems obvious; human birth. Whether actual, mythological, or astronomical is anyone's guess.