Ra Egyptian god of the sun.

Siris an ancient name for the Nile River in Egypt. Osiris Egyptian god representing the male productive force in nature, became identified with the setting sun. The ruler of the realm of the dead in the mysterious region below the western horizon. Osiris was the brother and husband of Isis, goddess of the earth and moon, who represented the female productive force in nature.

Sirius The brightest star in the sky, the chief of the constellation Canis Major, or Great Dog. Egyptians considered Canis Major the most important constellation in the sky. A number of Egyptian temples were oriented so that at the rising or setting of Sirius, the starlight reached the inner altar. In the Egyptian calendar, the appearance of Sirius in the morning sky before sunrise marked the beginning of the annual flooding of the Nile.

Stariness Russian [zvezdnost']. Possibly a Bely neologism derived from the Russian [zvezda] meaning "star."