UPDATE In Process: Terms being added; Sky-columns, Isolated Aurora Arc, Picket-fence aurora, and Aurora-sprites(spaceweather.com)
described as 'auroral pillars' by the old Corliss, from his book _Lightning, Auroras_, etc. (1982)ref. At present, only the picket-fence aurora term fully satisfies the visual manifestation imaged below. Specifics of the other manifestations exclude them as uniquely different in location and behavior.
new-found image -- and another
WIPP's Permanent Marker System
a modern petroglyph project
This page is an effort to introduce the value of mythology toward understanding history. The links provide source info and i add some suggested avenues of investigation related to a centuries-long effort which amounts to a reconstruction of history through the inclusion of evidence left for us from early times and peoples, even thier ancient legends.
What of these details may be useful in our time will depend on receptiveness to important considerations that are being excluded from examination or distorted by influences which view religous stories in isolation from influential natural factors which are not widely experienced, as they were before the axial-age.
---Note continued at end of page with a link for clues on American's Ancient past from Native American sources.---
Amidst the western confusions is the insideous idea that legends offer no clue to mankind's past. Couched in gradualism's great resistance to catastrophism, racist-dogma have replaced honest scholarly investigation, which are still unable to understand the evidence of the mytho-catastrophic past, described in detail through ancient legends.
The Lotus-blossom aurora-like feature is found in representation on temples (Taj Dome and Spires) and ancient artwork,
Image above is a paste-over approximation of a 2003ish Rayed-Aurora over Arizona.. It looked like a White Picket fence across the northern horizon.
Find similar characteristics here (closest found)   and shown in this video segment.
Notice over-reaching filaments of left image from Birkeland's Terrella Experiment - Pederson Currents Imaged here
These rare occurrences in modern times provide us clues to what could have
aided in the longevity of myths and legends
which "DO MAKE REFERENCE" to more dramatic plasma events in ancient times(RvdS) , when catastrophic events from irregular movements of planets brought confusion, destruction and chaos upon mankind and the planets involved, giving rise to the myth-making epoch and a wound to mankind's thinking that only the Creator Himself could heal.
Modern reminders: Note shape of Earth's Cusp-region[A] & compare to images below from 11:40 & 74 Min Whaledreamers Docmtry - Trailer
Dense white rays(Nrwy) - Tall white rays(Mi) - (2) - High blue Rays(SoCal) - Embedded white rays - White on red (Utah)(2) - white-rays(Nbrska)
One aurora type, a corona aurora, was mentioned to me in comparison to the feature depicted above(which could compare to rays of the sun at dawn and dusk) but has only partial similarity to the suggested Corona Aurora which radiate in all directions from a central point overhead. Half of a corona-aurora would be the equivalent Of the Rayed-aurora above but they are probably not the same circuit. The rayed-aurora above may have been the result of sub-storm activity and inbound current
from south to north through the ionosphere as Pederson currents.
The rayed-aurora can be compared to several different features seen associate with legends or as rock art. There are a few cases of ancient depictions which could be compared with the crown-corona. So this might give the hint of a useful distinction, once mythical references are accepted as being a commentary of sky-ward plasma-dramas, as some should. One that comes to mind is Spider woman of Navajo legend. One legend refers to this character as "she who sits at the great galactic center, but this source has not yet been cross-checked and has some questionable content." Another source shows a mural from the Tepantitla compound who's central figure's headdress and other details share some similarities to the skyward drama shown above.
The Rayed aurora is more like the appearance of the clam shell seen with the Birth of Venus story. It does not look like the crown aurora and might be thought of as more similar to the image above than the crown corona in its directional detail and others too.
A thoroughly notable legend comes from Australia's Murning people who provide us with the Whaledreamers legend-1:26min which might be directly referencing an illumination(if possible) of boundary layer where Earth's cusp region resides, during extreme near-earth plasma events triggered by solar outburst or other causes. (Think of it as a Jacobs Ladder)
(note): Observations of activity involving adjacent celestial bodies in a system arrangement different than todays has also been proposed for decades and may not be unrealistic or entirely excluded from consideration.
Catastrophism.com - Martian Metamorphoses - The Many Faces of Venus - Retrocalculation and more
Mars/Earth Interactions -  Electric-Cosmos(&Sky) - Electric Universe - Ancient American Magazine - Hydroplate Theory - The old Red Land
This page is an attempt to build a bridge framed by the limits of what we observe today and drafted, beyond our imagination, to establish an appreciation of what ancient cultures experienced. Those drafting lines are laid down by modern researchers in plasma physics through their introduction of electro-dynamics toward explaining the manifestations of cosmic-plasma in mythology and through-out the universe.
As a student on a path of learning, it is my hope to share with you what has penetrated my ignorance during the years of exposure to this subject through publications and discussions with researchers.
The suggestion of "Cusp-boundary illumination" is at this time only a personal proposal inspired by the graphic representation seen in many technical sources but never (to my knowledge) directly associated to the Mirning Legend and the Whale-tail representation used to depict their perspective of the sky-ward drama. Illumination of Earth's polar horn or other near-earth plasma phenomena are well developed as plausible and advancing as explanations for many legends and their associated symbols, so as understanding increases of the possible behavior of our near-earth plasma environment so too will clarity in our understanding increase toward the clues left for us by ancient peoples, if we remain open to their messages preserved within their cultures for a very long time.
This Sub-storm animation may offer a visual clue to this puzzle. Do note that magnetic-reconnection has been said to be a misnomer/fiction [D.E.Scott 2006]. Possibly, a better description may be a short-circuit between deflected lobes of the polar horns. But we may gain a better sense of possibilities from one of Birkeland's experiment with his Terrella apparatus. In that experiment a torroid formed around the equator and out of that torroid emerged filametry fingers which reached out toward upper latitudes for contact with the magnatized sphere, differentiating themselves one from another. Image link to Wal Thornhill's page, also see book: Electric Universe Page61.
Might've the auroral event, depicted above, revealed something about earth's plasmasphere similar to what Birkeland produced?
Could that same equatorial-torroid emission reach far enough pole-ward to connect visually with the polar-ring?
Could these emissions also influence the atmosphere along the equator in a visible way such as producing severe storms or luminous columns?
The ionosphere is a current carrying double layer so leakage across it, between polar field-aligned currents  (aka) (coupling currents) and outreaching equatorial torroid-filaments, may not be an unrealistic expectation.
With the day-side cusp providing a direct link of IMF to the ionosphere and existing in the gap between polar field-align currents and equatorial radiation belt, does there exist the possibility for illumination across the cusp between current carrying regions?
So off i go to find out how Pederson Currents might figure into all this.
There are more clues here on Pederson Currents.
References: [1.1]Cosmic Plasma, Hannes Alfven; Physics of the Plasma Universe, Anthony L. Peratt ; D.E.Scott, The Electric Sky Pg120. Exact words: "Appallingly mistaken notion"; Mythopedia.info, Rens van der Sluijs; , Many more to be added or already mentioned above.
We have but one life to live, lets pursue truth as our national goal. We are in the time of deceptions. Testing of our cultural sensitivity and spiritual compase has been underway since america's colonization began and much injustice has occurred. Deception or exclusion of initial influences upon the human condition has lead to dismissing or ingoring our country's condition and mis-direction. Yet for a little while, and then comes God's determination of how well we learned to be peace makers who can live by faith toward what has created life rather than in fear of destruction of life. We are more than flesh and blood and our time of learning has many distractions, don't let them obscure sensitivity to what draws our hearts towards love and brings peaceful solutions to our existence.
Seasonal note: Remember Jesus Christ in Death and Resurection , not in birth, as was practiced before his time when many gods were imagined as the forces behind celestial chaos that threatened mankinds existence on a planet that was once far different than it is presently.