Early on, civilizations such as the Egyptians recognized many deities, both masculine and feminine, and those associated with animals or combinations of such and at some point they began to assign certain purposes to them. For example, the God Osiris, who was what we modern humans now call the constellation of Orion, was the God responsible for the souls of the dead and their eventual resurrection. His consort was the Goddess Isis, now known by us as the star, Sirius. As it turns out, as the sun gradually made his way across the sky rising and setting further and further south on the horizon in the autumn, reaching the furthest point south on the morning of the winter solstice on or about December 21, where he appears to stand still for three days, and then begins to return north each morning culminating with the summer solstice. In the time of the Egyptians the Goddess, Isis as Sirius, was on the horizon at that point where the sun rose on the winter solstice, giving the appearance that the sacred femine saved him from certain death. We believe this gave rise to the Egyptian notion that a female, a wife, was necessary to legitimize a Pharaoh and his position. Was it because of the astronomical movements that humans elevated the sacred feminine above the male deity? It certainly could be so. Eventually, the star Sirius moved as a result of precession and she no longer appears on the horizon with the sun on the winter solstice. Did this give rise to the notion perpetrated by the Romans that the masculine is all powerful and the feminine subservient to him? There can be no doubt that what occurs in the heavens directly influenced the development of religion by humans and still to this day is the basis for many of the stories and legends in Holy books of the major religions of the world. And it also means that there were holdovers who chose to maintain and preserve the rise of the sacred feminine, the Great Goddess who was the object of their true faith, secretly continued to revere Her in spite of the threat of death by the Roman Catholic Church in medieval times. We now call them the Venus families.