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                  NEW MOON
   Well, the New Moon this month occurs at 8 degrees and 35 minutes of the sign Aries. It is exact at 5:15 AM EST, 4:15 AM CST, 3:15 AM MST and 2:15 AM PST, today, Wednesday, March 29th, 2006. If this is your birthday, or is within a couple of days of your birthday, so will you be most impacted by the eclipse. If you have any planets in your chart within a few degrees of eight and a half Aries, you should think about what that vibration means in your life, what house placement it is in, and what aspects it makes to other planets in your natal chart, because heaven is now thinking about it too. The alignment between the Sun and Moon is a little over a half degree from Algenib, a star in the constellation Pagasus.
From Anne Wright's site, The Fixed Stars (  http://www.winshop.com.au/annew  ), we learn:
Fixed star:  ALGENIB
Constellation:  Gamma Pegasus
Longitude 1900:  07ARI46
Longitude 2000:  09ARI09
Declination 1900:  +14.38'
Declination 2000:  +15.11'
Right ascension:  00h13m
Latitude:  +12.36'
Spectral class:  B2
Magnitude:  2.9
Suggested orb: approximately one degree
Planetary nature:  Mar-Mer
The history of the star: This white star marks the extreme tip of the Horse's wing, so that its name Algenib has been considered as derived from Al Janah, "the Wing" of Pegasus, but it probably is from Al-Janb (1), "the Side" or "the Flank." According to the biblical writer Bullinger it means "He who carries."

It has sometimes been written Algemo.

   Al Biruni quoted it, with delta (now alpha Andromedae, Alpheratz), as Al Fargh al Thani, the Second, or Lower, Spout, i.e. of the Bucket. This also is the title of the Arabic 25th manzil, Al Fargh al Mu'hir, "the Rear Spout", or Al Fargu.

It lies at the junction of the Hindu nakshatras Bhadrapada (25th) and Revati (26th); and, with Alpheratz, was included in the corresponding lunar station of several other nations.

In the Hindu lunar zodiac alpha Andromeda (Alpheratz), alpha Pegasus (Markab), beta Pegasus (Scheat), and gamma Pegasus (this star Algenib),  were "the Great Square of Pegasus"; a large asterism that constituted the double Hindu nakshatra (mansion of the Moon), - the 24th and 25th, - Purva and Uttara Bhadrapadas, the Former and the Latter, Beautiful, Auspicious, or Happy Feet, sometimes also called Proshthapada, with various meanings; "Carp", "Ox"; "Footstool Feet," "Couch" or "Bed", "Bifaced Figure", or "Twins", "Stand" or "Support": The regents of these nakshatras being Aja Ekapat, the "One-footed Goat", and Ahi Budhya, the "Bottom Snake", "two mythical figures, of obscure significance, from the Vedic Pantheon."

   It was thought that Alpha (Markab), with gamma (this star Algenib) and zeta (Homam), were the Euphratean asterism Lik-bar-ra, or Ur-bar-ra, "the Hyena".

This star, Algenib with alpha Andromedae, Alpheratz and beta Cassiopeiae (Caph) makes up the Three Guides, marking the equinoctial colure, the prime meridian of the heavens. (Allen).
Influence of the constellation: The constellation gives ambition, vanity, intuition, enthusiasm, caprice and bad judgment. (Robson).

   The constellation portends events concerning ships and the ocean and also changes in the weather. In medieval times it was said to indicate vain individuals with a great deal of ambition, but with very poor judgment. (Noonan).

The Pegasus Syndrome, as exemplified in the legends of Perseus and Bellerophon, is concerned with the innate ability possessed by some people to negotiate difficulties by rising above them, on the one hand, and the danger of overreaching themselves, on the other. Pegasus, by birth, is the child of Medusa and Neptune, symbols of 'wisdom' and 'emotion,' respectively, which shows the dichotomy of his nature. As in the story, Bellerophon attempted to fly to Olympus (overreach his potential). He believed that Pegasus was subject to his will. However, it was Pegasus who made it to Olympus, while Bellerophon was tossed back to earth, lame and reproached by others. It is unwise to take any situation for granted as the 'lesser' person (or, in this case, beast) may be the very one to teach us the much needed lesson in humility. Pegasus is also indicative of a specific mission in life which the inquirer will always find the time and energy to pursue, although the path may be sewn with difficulties (the Chimaera) and limitations (Bellerophon's doubt or arrogance). So, the Pegasus Syndrome is the seeming ability to "fly over any situation," though the reverse may be a lesson in humility, being "taken down a peg," as it were.

(Rich's Pegopedia  http://www.jps.net/xephyr/rich/fantasy/Pegopedia.html ).

General influence of the star: It gives notoriety, dishonor, violence, misfortune, and denotes the naked and poor professional beggar. (Robson).

Penetrating mind and a strong will, as well as determination.  An impressive way of speaking and a gift for oratory.  In conjunction with the Sun, it will make for a fighting spirit and a love of learning. Connected with Mercury, Venus and Jupiter, one can count popularity and interest in art and literature and distinction; if not further configurations also point to similar gifts. With Saturn, in general, it is thought of as an impeding factor, but has a name for good memory according to Morin.  If angular with Mercury and Uranus, Algenib will make for an inventive spirit. (Ebertin).
Excess of heat resulting in violence and perhaps misfortune or dishonor. (Noonan).

Rising: Pegasus the winged Horse will appear and gallop aloft in the heavens. It will bring forth people endowed with swiftness of movement and limbs alert to perform every task. One man will cause his horse to wheel round in caracoles, and proudly mounted on its back he will wage war from on high, horseman and soldier in one. Another will possess the ability to rob the racecourse of its true length such is his speed that he will seem to dissemble the movement of his feet and make the ground vanish before him. Who more swiftly could fly back from the ends of the earth as messenger or with light foot to the earth's ends make his way? He will also heal a horse's wounds with the sap of common plants, and will know the herbs which bring aid to an animal's limbs and those which grow for the use of man. 
   (Manilus, book 5 of Astronomica, 1st century AD).

With Sun*: Mental disturbances, fevers and ill health, some danger of accidents. (Robson).

A fighting spirit and a love of learning. (Ebertin).

With Moon*: Dishonor, loss by scandal, exiled or forced to flee, ill health, trouble through writings. (Robson).

With Mercury: Quick temper, mental disturbances, success in legal and other disputes. (Robson).

With Venus: Generous, proud, quick temper, bad morals, drink or evil habits, favorable for financial affairs. (Robson).

With Mars: Quick mind and body, lying or theft, danger of accidents. (Robson).

With Jupiter: Hypocrisy, financial success, real or pretended religious enthusiasm. (Robson).

With Saturn: Many enemies, success, secret help from powerful friends and influential relatives, bad morals. (Robson).

Good memory. (Ebertin).

With Uranus: Active and eccentric mind, reformer or agitator, great influence over the minds of others necessitating journeys, peculiar ideas in advance of the time, mystic and fond of mysteries though frank and open, domestic troubles especially in a woman's map. (Robson).

With Neptune: Conceited, stubborn, deceptive, cowardly, vacillating, untruthful, envious, superstitious, strong passions, sex troubles, evil surroundings, many enemies, mechanical ability, criminal tendencies, may be forger, sudden and violent death. (Robson).

   (* The Sun and Moon would, of course, be most impacted by the eclipse. -Ed)

The Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson 1923, Ascella Publications, UK, ISBN: 1 898503 50 8.

Starnames, Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinchley Allen, 1889, Dover Publications 1963. ISBN 0-486-21079-0.

Astronomica, Manilius, 1st century AD. Edited and translated by G. P. Goold, 1977 by President and Fellows of Harvard College. ISBN 0-674-99516-3

Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan 1990 published by AFA. ISBN 0-86690-376-3.

The Fixed Stars and Their Interpretations, Ebertin-Hoffman Originally published in 1928. Translation by Irmgard Banks.

(1) http://www.jas.org.jo/star.html


                          NEW MOON (SOLAR ECLIPSE) CHART
      This month's New Moon chart is a powerful one, indeed. Not only is it a solar eclipse and part of the eclipse cycle, but also, within two and a half hours of this alignment, Pluto will be stationing and preparing to go retrograde. The Io CartoGraphy map shows that Pluto will be on the Midheaven running right through NYC and Montreal, and so let's keep an eye on what transpires in those locations in the upcoming months. Solar eclipses have an extended range of time under which they can operate. (See map below.)

         The tightest alignment to the eclipse is the sextile to Chiron in Aquarius. We may be about to learn some news of situations which may change our perspective. This could be brought through friends or associates, about same, or be uncovered through electronic forms of media, such as email or the internet. This basic theme is underscored by the Mercury Uranus conjunction in Pisces. Previously unknown pieces of information may now come to light, possibly through an accident, breakage or an interruption of some sort. Like the lunar eclipse two weeks ago under the Full Moon, the Solar Eclipse is a 'hic up' in the energy, where normalcy is knocked out of whack; but Solar Eclipse tend to have longer term consequences, run deeper and are more final than their lunar sister. With Pluto taking a station and beginning its retrograde motion at this same time as the eclipse, the powers are again deepened, and there could be fanatical moves inspired by religious ideals or moral aspirations (Pluto is in Sagittarius).
                          UPCOMING TRAVEL
           March 29-   Atlanta, GA   Book of Revelation review
          April 1-      Town Creek Indian Mound State Park, Gilead, NC 
                                                   Star*Myths and Planetarium Show
          April 7-      Knoxville, TN   Homer's Iliad as Astrological Primer
          April 8-      Lisa flies into Knoxville-  YES!
          April 9-      Knoxville, TN   Watching Pluto square the US Midheaven

                          RECENT TRAVEL IN FLORIDA
          Neptune has been crossing my Ascendant while on this trip through Florida, and was in fact exact this past Sunday morning while giving a two day workshop on mythology and the Bible (both Neptunian issues) for David Cochrane's Avalon School of Astrology. The workshop ran from eight AM until five PM on both Saturday and Sunday, and was absolutely incredible. Together with the weekend before with the South Florida Astrological Association, this has certainly been the most fulfilling and amazing part of the trip so far. The evening before Orlando (OK, there were three in a row) I had a flying dream where I was zooming up and down over this well manicured grassy knoll, really enjoying the experience and feeling that it was so easy, and that I had long known how to do it. In the dream I was wondering as I was flying if people could see my wings.
   But aside from the wonderful connections through the information which has been being shared have been the heart openings I have been experiencing with people on the road. Eugene in South Florida, my Uncle in Vero Beach, and even my folks, whom I have not seen since last May, who came down to Florida for their time share week in New Smyrna Beach. Eugene has just successfully recovered from throat cancer after a three year struggle (with an amazing amount of wisdom and help from Brenda Brush) and we instantly bonded together like long lost souls.
Don and Eugene after the workshop-  Kim Mannie photo

   My Uncle we spoke of in the last email. In addition to all the stories of yesteryear, there was in immediate rapport, and after visiting him in the hospital (another Neptune manifestation), I had him playing on the piano twice in the short time I was there (he had played once for fifteen minutes in the last year), and had Mom, who is in an advanced stage of Alzheimer's, up and dancing with me to his tunes. After returning from the South Florida group I entered his trailer to find him taking a nap, and began to rub his back (he had told me to wake him when I got there). Needless to say, he woke up with a grin from ear to ear, as I'm sure no one has done that for him since Aunt Phyllis passed away a few years ago. I gave both Mom and Dad a pedicure (Dad has a hard time bending over to reach his toes), Mom a manicure, and Dad a haircut!

   The Neptune passing over my Ascendant has manifested itself in various ways. In many respects I am out here on my own, running from place to place and then moving on. This email, for instance, was started in Gainesville and is now being finished in Atlanta as I slowly begin to work my way north. The journey has provided a platform with an incredible spiritual attunement, through daily meditations, the sharing of various spiritual literary works, and in the people I keep coming across, who, for one reason or another, have been shut away from contact through disease, loss of partner, or simply age. So many folks are so hungry to have some simple human loving contact wherever I go. It is a bittersweet mix, as hearts open, and then must move on.

   It's an amazing weave, this thing called creation; of love and sorrow, joy and sadness. There are few realms outside of the Earth school, wherein such a wide spectrum is made available on a single plain. Free Will enables us to choose where we will fit within the pattern; but it means that those who watch over us must maintain a hands off policy. David Cochran was relating to me an experience that he had had during a meditation a few years back, wherein he insistently inquired WHY there were some of the real travesties there were here on the planet, and he labeled a few dark examples. As he tuned into a specific hue of color in the meditation, it manifested as Mary, and as his vision cleared he could see that she was crying for the very same reasons that had moved him to seek some answers; and her response was that the 'Boss' had a hands off policy, and that we here on the Earth have more power to effect change than do those on the other side of the veil.
   This is quite a place we've got.
      Ain't it a hoot?
         Love and blessings to all,
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                        NCGR certified Astrologer

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                          ECLIPSE FULL MOON

   Well, this month the Full Moon occurs at 24 degrees and 15 minutes of Virgo, is a lunar eclipse and is exact at 6:35 PM EST, 5:35 PM CST, 4:35 PM MST, and 3:35 PM PST. The Full Moon is in Virgo, while the Sun is in Pisces, and this polarity can deal with many issues, among them working towards faith, cleanliness being next to Godliness, humility through service, health, diet and healing, and an incredible memory for dates, times, colors and specific orientations. Job, personal well being and support issues (whether in material or human support) are likely to present themselves, as the eclipse adds a whole addition dimension to the interpretation which is at work here. If you have anything at 23, 24 or 25 degrees of Virgo in your chart, the planet or angle located at that position, it's house position, and the house which it rules are all likely to be impacted by this particular Moon over the course of either this day or throughout the entire month.
                          FIXED STARS- CHARA
   This month with the Full Moon at 24 Virgo 15', our closest star is Chara from the constellation Canes Venatici. From Anne Wright's sight, The Fixed Stars, we learn the following about Cor Caroli: ( http://www.winshop.com.au/annew/ )
Fixed star:  COR CAROLI  Chara
Constellation:  Alpha Canes Venatici
Longitude 1900:  23VIR10.
Longitude 2000:  24VIR34.
Declination 1900:  +38.52'.
Declination 2000:  +38.19'.
Right ascension:  12h55m.
Latitude:  +40.07'.
Spectral class:  A0.
Magnitude:  2.9.
Suggested orb: 1 deg. approx.
Planetary nature: Moo-Ven
History of the star: A double star, 2.9 and 5.7, flushed white and pale lilac.

The usual illustration of the constellation, Canes Venatici, is of two Greyhounds held by a leash in the hand of Bootes, as he is guiding the Bears (Ursa Major and Ursa Minor) around the pole star, Polaris.

The more northern Hound is Asterion (as is the title of beta), Starry, from the little stars marking the body and because it contains the M51 Whirlpool Nebula: The southern hound; which contains this star and beta (Asterion), the two brightest stars; is Chara, "Dear"; "dear to the heart of her master".

This star marks Chara's collar, but was set apart as the distinct figure; Cor Caroli, in honor of Charles II in 1725 by the Royal Astronomer, Halley. This was done at the suggestion of the court physician, Sir Charles Scarborough, who said that it had shone with special brilliancy on the eve of the king's return to London on the 29th of May, 1660. It has occasionally been seen on maps as the centre of a Heart-shaped figure surmounted by a crown. Cor Caroli, a modern Latin title, is the French Coeur de Charles; the Italian Cuor di Carlo; and the German Herz Carls.

With Ulug Beg it was Al Kabd al Asad, the "Liver of the Lion", - here a technical term indicating the highest position of any star within the compass of a figure reckoned from the equator.

The Arabic Al Karb al Ibl, the "Camel's Burden" figured here.

The German astronomer, Bartschius, in the 17th century drew on his map of this part of the sky the River Jordan, his Jordanis and Jordanus. (Allen).
History of the star: Star on the collar of the southern greyhound or Hunting Dog, the one called Chara, which means Dear to the heart of her master. This star stands alone, marking Chara's collar; but was set apart in 1725 by Halley, when Astronomer Royal, named this star in honor of Charles II. This was done at the suggestion of the court physician, who said that it had shone with special brilliancy on the eve of the King's return to London on the 29th of May, 1660 from exile to take his position as king of England. It has occasionally been shown on maps as the center of a Heart shaped figure surmounted by a crown. It is the French Coeur de Charles; the Italian Cuor di Carlo; and the German Herz Kerls. With Ulug Beg it was Al Kahd al Asad, the Liver of the Lion, - here a technical term indicating the highest position of any star within the compass of a figure reckoned from the equator. 
Influence of the constellation: This constellation gives a love of hunting and a penetrating mind, making those born under it faithful, keen, clever and fond of speculation. (Robson).
The Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson 1923, Ascella Publications, UK, ISBN: 1 898503 50 8.
Starnames, Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinchley Allen, 1889, Dover Publications 1963. ISBN 0-486-21079-0.
                          CHART OF THE FULL MOON ECLIPSE
   This Full Moon is part of a Mutable Grand Cross, if one includes Pluto and the asteroid Juno as part of the configuration. This is a particularly strong alignment, as the orbs between each of the 'planets' are tight, the Sun and Moon exact at 24 degrees and 15 minutes, Juno is at 24 degrees and 54 minutes of Gemini, and Pluto at 26 degrees and 42 minutes of Sagittarius. All four planets are within two and a half degrees, with three of them within two thirds of a degree. Grand Crosses generally deal with a heightened degrees of activity, wherein we are much busier and may have to gone to marathon lengths (but do) to get things done. While the Grand Cross makes great demands, it also supplies huge levels of energy. Mutable Grand Crosses often deal with situations which are in a stage of flux. It is a time of transition (underscored by the eclipse) wherein we are bringing older cycles to a level of completion. With every point on the mutable cross being triggered, this also intensifies who is being triggered by this alignment. The focal point remains anyone having planets at 24 degrees of Virgo (give or take two degrees, although most traditional astrologers would bump that orb to five degrees, and there is truth to this, but the tighter the orb, the more powerful the 'hit'), but anyone with planets at 26 degrees of Sagittarius may also have some roots being dug at deeply. Finally, because the Mutable Grand Cross provides such high levels of concentrated energy, and because this is part of an eclipse, there is some danger of a blow out at this time (or through the month following this alignment), in travel conditions, our rational, stratagems, health concerns or with work related issues (such as health care or health insurance coverage, etc). Mercury continues to be retrograde, which can always indicate mechanical faux pas of various sorts, so this would be an excellent time to review or go over routine engine maintenance issues and do the work ahead of time yourself, or by a reputable mechanic. The point is to take control of issues in your life, rather than having your life take control of the issues for you. Of course getting a good hit on exactly what that is in YOUR chart is the trick.

   The Full Moon this month is having a specific effect on the US national map, much in the same way that it would have an effect on your chart if you have any planets in these positions. You can read about it in this week's column by going to: 
                 Don       ON THE ROAD
   This month's Full Moon column is coming to you from Vero Beach, Florida. In my own chart, this Full Moon is conjuncting my Saturn, ruler of my 12th house, the position of my father's 83 year old brother (3rd from the 10th, my paternal uncle). I have been down here, visiting him in the hospital (knee surgery one week ago Saturday), and recording many of the events of his life on audio tape. These go back to when he was a little boy working in a grocery store (it started out as a meat market in the days before refrigeration when everything had to be kept cool by ice), and served the 1000 islands region of New York from Clayton, where many of the blue bloods of New York would come in the days before air conditioning at the turn of the century and in the decades thereafter. The cooling breezes of the summertime were highly sought, and an overnight train ride on the sleeper would get you out of the city. He went on to enlist in the Navy in the days after World War II, was roommates in the naval academy with Gail's uncle (what are the chances of that?) and served as a part of a hand picked, newly developed sonar crew (one of ten graduates out of a class of 1400), saw a great deal of action, captured two of his own Japanese prisoners (an anomaly for a Navy man who rarely see eye to eye combat), and skippered his own ship; all by the age of 22. Although his services were highly sought (he had an impressive array of training and experience), he decommissioned his own ship, thereby putting himself out of a job at the age of 23, and went on to become mayor of his home town and continued with his impressive string of accomplishments and contacts ever since. The Moon represents (among other things) the memory, and the Full Moon is a wonderful time to look back over a long period of service and the reflections of times gone by. I brought him back from the hospital today and have been helping with his transition back to 'civilian' life. Conjuncting my Saturn is giving me a close up look at some of the roots of my own family line, with eight generations of family in the Clayton cemetery. In typical Saturnian fashion, I have not had much interaction with this side of the family, seeing my uncle perhaps three times in the last twenty years.
                    Don's      UPCOMING SCHEDULE

   On Wednesday evening I will be speaking in Gainesville to David Cochrane's group, on Thursday evening and all day Saturday to Ft Lauderdale.  One week later I'll be back in Gainesville doing a weekend workshop on mythology and its influence on astrology, and then on Atlanta on March 29th for a special invite to review the Book of Revelation material again, April 1st will be doing an astronomy presentation for Town Creek Indain Mound State Park in Gilead, NC. On April 9th Lisa will join me in Knoxville for the week (her school vacation), where I will present to the Eastern Tennessee Astrological Association, and we will then make our way back to New England where I should be through the month of May, making forays into Cape Cod, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and of course, Massachusetts to visit with family. In June I expect to be heading back out to California to rejoin Lisa and prepare for our wedding in August. If you are anywhere along these lines of travel and would like to connect, let me know and I'll see what I can do. The State Park presentation will be focusing on some of the Native American component of archaeoastronomy, in an attempt to uncover what may, or may not, have been known by those who took care of the great land for so long.

Stopped by Keth & DrLight's after the Astrology Association of St Perersburg Meeting along the Florida Gulf Coast.

   Well, that's about it for this month. This has been an incredible journey so far, with food poisoning, a five day fast, incredibly successful planetarium show in Boulder and intense chart run in Austin, together with an invitation back to Atlanta all part of the show. Life is a journey, a trip, and an adventure, and it is wonderful connecting and reconnecting with everyone, both old friends and new, on this amazing voyage.
   Blessings to you all, and may you dream your own Happy Trails!
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This Moon's Natural Time Update can be found at: http://www.13moon.com/emailer_04-13-09.htm   (Mayan Calender Info)

These Natural Time Updates are in service to our collective spiritual and mental evolution, that we may continue to experience Time as the Living Art of Harmony and Order.  Synchronizing with this 13-Moon Dreamspell Calendar System, we are reconnecting with our sacred relationship to Time, and co-creating a New Time based in a culture of Peace - Peace with one another and Peace with the Biosphere, the Mother of all Culture.

Distinct from the traditional Mayan calendar, the Dreamspell is a revelatory dispensation presented by Dr. Jose Arguelles and Lloydine Arguelles. Although based on the harmonic mathematics of Mayan calendrics, these codes are universal, offering humanity a calendar which models the intelligence of the Galactic Ordering Dynamic.

As a "calendar of the future," this living language of symbol, number, and color speaks to our consciousness on multiple levels, and may produce feelings of deep remembrance as well as wonderment and discovery.
The information below presents the energies of the current
28-day cycle,
highlighting the 13-day wavespells and their specific Dreamspell codes. For the unique energy of each day, as well as indepth explanations of
the qualities of these symbols, cycles and energies, we recommend the
13-Moon Natural Time Calendar. May your exploration of Natural Time contribute to both personal and planetary transformation!

May Love and Trust be your constant ally, Eden and Robert Sky www.13moon.com  Time is Art!

Mar 29, 2006 - April 27, 2006  Lunar Planner  is Now Available

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...and much more      Nick                     ( more below this inquiry )

On Mar 17, 2006, at 9:37 PM, Roderick Nailer wrote:

Have you heard of using the Mayan Tzolkin calendar- Conversion Codex, developed by Ian Lungold, which shows how "the 20 Sun Signs interact  - to track the energies and adjust consciousness to the micro-cosmic flow of creation"?  
Can you comment on this?     Thankyou,      Roderick and Judith Nailer

Dear Roderick and Judith,
(I'm sharing this with others on my email list as well because I often get similar questions about the Mayan Calendar relation to the Precessional Cycle of the Holy Cross from other people.)

I must first qualify that I have not researched the Mayan mathematics significantly, nor is that my area of expertise, thus, I am not in an authoritive position to offer specifics about it other than conceptual thought, so please keep that in mind with my comments below; and sorting out the facts from the new-age fabricated confusions about the calendar which seem to abound and predictive dates spouted as fact is yet another issue.

The 20:13 spacetime harmonic, the ratio of light and sound, is of course significant (see math note below)--the 20 Mayan Glyphs (said to relate to light) and the 13 Mayan Tones (said to relate to sound). However, I think it is somewhat misleading to call the 20 Mayan glyphs "sun signs"--I am not sure where that started--because it implies an astrological association to many people that can create further confusion.

As I briefly state in my material on the Erection of the Holy Cross web page - http://www.lunarplanner.com/HolyCross.html  - I am not much for focusing on predictive dates, and I feel that doing so is diversionary from transcending our stretched-out space-in-time perception when the purpose is to "arrive" at (return to) the zero point of love, the power of the all encompassing present, Christ Consciousness, galactic awareness, or what ever you want to call it. Hence my offering the lunar planner as one tool to help us live in tune to the natural cycles in present time--in the now--where our spiritual growth occurs. The Mayan calendar, for many people, is most often thought of as predictive, as if we are waiting on dates of significance to occur, although it does not have to be used that way.

Their has always been tremendous controversy about the 2012-2013 dates in academic circles since its introduction by Jose Arguelles; as well as the many different possible interpretations of "the end of the Mayan calendar / world."

I also think it is purely "academic" to predict a specific date based on a calendar thousands of years old. The reason is because astronomical cycles are NOT constants, they drift, oscillate, and change over long periods of time. All man made calendars are continually adjusted to match the ever-changing astronomical cycles as is our time-keeping method in hours, minutes, and seconds. Earth's Precessional rate is NOT a constant (260) figure as I explain here:

"Precessional Time is not a Constant

To further compound the problem of zodiakal reckoning, we must recognize that the rate of Earth's precession is not a constant. It is accurate to say the last erect Holy Cross had occurred exactly 180° degrees ago in the precessional cycle, but we can only estimate that to have been 11,000 to 13,000 years ago. The rate of precession may vary significantly over long periods of time, or even oscillate around some harmonic ideal. There are many continuously changing astronomical factors that affect the rate of precession.

"The Great World Cycle," or "Earth's Great Year," as Earth's precessional cycle is sometimes called, is estimated to be between 23,000 and 26,000 solar years--often rounded to the latter figure. The 25,920 figure, often seen, is a natural harmonic ideal found in quantum math. Another quantum number of significance is 22,680, quite close to the 23,000 figure. These are all academic figures however: Earth's current rate of precession is calculated to be 25,867 years. This is about 1° every ~71.85 years, or 0° 00' 50.26" per year."

This 260 number is close to, but is NOT the harmonic of Earth's precession. "If" the 260 harmonic figure used in Mayan calculations was chosen as an "ideal" precessional harmonic, then incorporating this harmonic when translating to modern day dates, again, is merely academic, it is not accurately predictive. This may also allude to why it is said (e.g John Major Jenkins, et. al.) that the Mayan calendar was meant to end on a winter solstice. I suggest it is not the solstice that is of importance, but the coincidence of when the solstice occurs on the galactic equatorial axis (i.e. on the "Gate of God" of the fixed axis of the Holy Cross), which is a function of Earth's precessional rate and only occurs when the vernal axis is perpendicular to the galactic axis. This is when the "erect holy cross occurs" in Earth's precessional Great Year (see my HC web page and the Holy Cross movies). Was it this that the Mayan Calendar was timing--the Holy Cross? Perhaps, I do not know. Either way, Earth's precessional rate may have been different a few thousand years ago when the Mayan calendar was created, thus only approximating when this would occur. Was it even intended to be predictive, defining a culminating day? And, in such large embracing astronomical cycles, those that transcend Earth time (Earth's daily rotation), such a "cosmic moment" may encompass many Earth years, not merely express on one specific Earth day. I tend to think in terms of being in this embracing moment NOW, as the Holy Cross geometry suggests. Hence my placing importance of living in the now, as our spiritual / evolutionary transition occurs moment-by-moment, it is not something we are waiting for. The turning / return / retuning is at hand, occurring in a larger moment; i.e., in God's time (just my opinion).

I thought the "Conversion Codex" is simply a translation of mayan days to gregorian dates. If that is accurate or even possible I also do not know. I thought the late Ian Lungold derived his work mostly from that of Carl Johan Calleman in Sweden. You might wish to contact Carl ( http://www.calleman.com ) regarding your question as well. I am sure Carl would have a far better understanding about Ian's codex conversion than I. Carl also offers insightful articles about the Mayan Calendar as well--and makes point about using it as a guide to participate in present time.

Friend and colleague Barbara Mae Brunner pointed out to me that when using n=20 and n=13 in the "generalized formula" (that she revealed and presented at the 2002 International Conference on Fibonacci Numbers and Their Application) from which the Fibonacci Sequence and other related sequences are composed, they yield harmonically tuned "whole number sequences."
[√n + (√n-4)] / 2
(To derive phi, make n = 5 )
Applying these further in her "ratio-based fabric" mathematical technique yields some interesting results - for those wishing to explore this further. Barbara's math work can be found here:

I also sent this to Carl if he wishes to comment.
Hope that helps some.



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March 2006

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This is a busy newsletter this month. The main theme of this edition of the V.A.N. is the moon, for this is the year of the southern standstill. This is an event where the moon seems to wander far from its normal path and was once believed to be important to sky-gazers and ancient astrologers alike. In this issue we explore this theme through the pagan practise of classical Greece and their neo-pagan reflections in current times. We also consider the astrological implications of being born when the moon is being "drawn down".

Additionally a new comet has appeared amongst the stars of Capricorn and Sagittarius, so as visual astrologers, we have suggested its possible meaning but with the attitude of "wait and see".


                                                  To Draw Down the Moon:
                                               When the moon reaches out...

                                                     Bernadette Brady M.A.

From our solar calendar perspective we tend to see the lunar calendar as irregular and unreliable. In fact it is extremely regular, not by the seasons but rather by the months.


In a lunar calendar, the Moon’s phase will always be at the same day of the calendar month with the new moon always occurring on the 1st of the month, the full moon on the 14th, and so on.  Additionally, the elevation of the moon's arc across the evening sky as it travels from east to west will be the same for any specific month.  Thus if we lived by a lunar calendar and March was the name of one of the lunar months then I would expect that 7th March every year would have a first quarter moon - seven days after the new moon - and that this moon would rise to an elevation during the night which would be different from all the other months but the same for every March from one year to the next.  So the lunar calendar drifts against the seasons but is tightly focused on the visual appearance of the moon. The Jewish and Islamic faiths still work with a lunar calendar.

Expanding this pattern, we can see that
the full moons of the summer months, regardless of the hemisphere, are lower in the night sky, keeping closer to the horizon, than the full moons of the winter months which reach a greater elevation in the night sky. (See the February, 2005 issue of the Visual Astrology Newsletter for more details). 

Therefore the lowest full moon of the year will be at the time of the summer solstice and the highest full moon of the year will be at the time of the winter solstice.  

This is a pattern, a dance the moon produces that the lunar calendar not only acknowledges but also brings into sharp focus for us.

This focus was important to the Assyrian astrologer/priest of  650 B.C.E. who noted that, when the moon god Sin was traveling through the stars of Capricorn, he would always be low in the sky. However, when Sin traveled through the stars of Cancer, he could gain great elevation, climbing to his highest position in the night sky. (It is tempting to see this as being linked to the astrological idea of rulership and detriment of the moon but that idea needs to wait for another newsletter). 

Yet the position of the moon in the sky has another rhythm which mingles with its normal seasonal rhythm. There is a 18/19-year cycle where the moon will be seen to be even lower in the sky, closer to the horizon or far higher than its normal position. We do not pay any attention to this in our modern astrology but the Assyrians recorded the moon's movement every month, including such odd positions in a particular month as these. Sometimes this was considered fortunate; at other times it was a sign of “wolves and lions ravishing the land.” 

This potential of the moon to rise but keep close to the earth was also mentioned by the Greek historian, Diodorus of Sicily (80-20 BCE) in his Biblio Theca historica . About 50 B.C.E. he wrote of a circular temple on the island of Hyperborean where “ the moon appeared to be close to the Earth and that the gods visited the island every 19 years”

The island in question is a somewhere near Greenland or the upper parts of Scotland which many believe to be the circle of stones at Callanish, UK, and which appears to have strong visual links to this particular lunar cycle(Callanish shown image right). Others consider that Diodorus was referring to Stonehenge (upper image).

By this comment, Diodorus of Sicily is suggesting that the tendency of the risen moon to stay close to the earth is a sign of the gods touching the earth or visiting the earth. The Roman poet Horace (Epode 17) also implies this when he quotes the witch Canidia who tells him that she can “Draw down the Moon”, as does Guiley (1989:107) who requotes the ancient Thessalian witch believed to control the moon who said:

If I command the moon, it will come down; and if I wish to withhold the day, the night will linger over my head; and again, if I wish to embark on the sea, I need no ship, and if I wish to fly through the air, I am free of my weight.

[Note: For those readers who own Starlight, (Keth has it and can do StarLight and other Astrology Reports and Charts for you)  create a chart for the 12 June, 2006 for Callanish, UK, then look at the chart as a sky map.  Point south and run Starlight's animation feature at steps of about 10 minutes at a time and you will be able to watch the full moon roll along the horizon.  Then change the date to another year, say 1997, and look at the summer full moon and its movement and you will see the difference in the elevation of the moon.] 

Furthermore, the ceremony or ritual of the drawing down of the moon is not lost in antiquity, for in recent times, according to Adler (1986:19), neo-pagans have revived and re-created the ceremony which, she suggests, is one of their most powerful rituals for bringing the energy of the goddess down to earth and it should be performed as near as possible to the time of the full moon. This is a time, believed within neo-paganism, where the goddess, symbolised by the moon, is reaching out and can be linked to the person performing the ceremony.

Yet without detracting from this ceremony's magic or power, a simply piece of astronomy may well lie at the heart of this ancient ritual, for at the time of warm weather and clearer skies, the full moon does hang lower in the sky and therefore one could well be led to believe that the “witches” of Thessaly out in the woods on a summer's night were actually “drawing down the moon”.  

The Drawing Down of the Natal Moon. 

As astrologers we draw down the sky and make our maps but in our horoscopes we do not ponder over the concerns of whether the Moon is being “drawn down”. However, by running a scan in Jigsaw, I noted  two people in my files who were born when the moon was full and being “drawn down”.  

The first example seems to reflect the very nature of those ancient Thessalian witches and it is the dancer Isadora Duncan. Born on 26th May, 1877, in San Francisco (some web sites have this date a year and a day later), she traveled to Europe in her early twenties, seeking to promote her provocative but natural dance style which totally rejected the rigid format of classical dancing. She was a dancer best known as an advocate of natural rhythm. She became an overnight sensation both in England and Europe where she began to appear in private receptions, dressed scantily and dancing in bare feet. Her life was short and tragic but through her dancing she is remembered as giving back to western culture a more natural and primal form of dance. She was born on the day of the “drawing down” of the Moon and one could easily say that she was touched by this ancient lunar rhythm.  

The second example is the singer Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam. As Cat Stevens, Yusuf was a singer and song writer from the 1960s and 1970s and he sold over 40 million albums. He was born on 21st July, 1948, London, and was and indeed still is, renowned for his spiritual orientation. In the midst of a successful, high profile career in the music industry, he converted to Islam. As Cat Stevens he wrote many famous songs but the one that seems to become most significant, given the knowledge of his natal moon and its “drawn down” nature, is titled “Moonshadow”.  It is not hard to consider this writer, singer and spiritual man also being touched by the light of the moon.

On a Personal Level

As an astrologer, not many charts that you will see will have their natal moon being “drawn down” to the earth but when it does, such a moon seems to fill the person with the light of another world, the light of another rhythm. So if you, or your client, were born with a full moon in Capricorn, do just have a look at the declination or celestial latitude of the moon. If the moon is south of the ecliptic, then it is being “drawn down”. For a birth in the southern hemisphere, if you find the moon in Cancer north of the ecliptic, then it is being “drawn down” to earth. 

I would love to hear from anyone who has such a moon just to see if they, too, are filled with a spiritual dance or rhythm.


Adler, Margot.(1986). Drawing Down the Moon.  Boston, USA: Beacon Press.
Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. (1989). The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft.
New York: Facts On File.

 The Major Lunar Standstill for 2006 and some special workshops
Irene Earis M.A.

This year the moon reaches its furthest extreme positions on the horizon in what is known as its Major Standstill. It does not literally "stand still", however. In fact this is when the moon's movements are at their most volatile and striking. When it is at the start of Cancer, it rises and sets further north than at any other time and therefore remains high in the sky for a longer period of time. A fortnight later, as the Moon enters Capricorn, it rises further south on the horizon than even the sun at the winter solstice, travels a short distance above the south horizon and sets within a few hours.

This spectacle is at its best when the moon is full in Capricorn (sun therefore in Cancer) as the full moon will appear to hang low in the night sky and only rise above the horizon for a short time. The more north you are in latitude, the more remarkable this effect. At northern latitudes, such as Scotland, UK, the prehistoric site of Callanish on Lewis is famous for the “southern moon skim” at this period.

Web Cam to Watch the Moon at Callanish

To capture the lunar standstill of 2006 a web cam has been set up at Callanish and enhanced for night viewing, so you can watch this magical time of the southern moon skim from your computer. 

The key dates are: 22 March, 16 May, 12 June, 9 July and 29 September.
Write them in your diary now and bookmark the web cam link. 

Special "Sky and Landscape" courses in the UK

To explain some of the astronomy and the fascination of prehistoric people with the moon’s extremes, two identical workshops are being held by Sky and Landscape. These are weekend courses held in the west of Wales and will be based on the theme of the Lunar Standstills (April 28–30 and May 26-28). Robin Heath and Irene Earis will be your guides. 

You can find all the details on this web site: 

Isadora Duncan – Born with a Witches' Moon    
A Case Study by Darrelyn Gunzburg 

 26 May, 1877 2.20 am LMT  San Francisco, USA [1]dance

Isadora Duncan is known today as the mother of "modern dance”, founding the "New System" of interpretive movement by blending poetry, music and the rhythms of nature, one of the first to raise interpretive dance to the status of creative art. Born to a poet father and a mother who taught her to "listen to the music with your soul”, Duncan was inspired by watching the waves slap and ebb on the beach and by the ideas of Francois Delsarte [2] who recognized that natural movements were those that flowed from the structure of the body and the pull of gravity. Perhaps this insistence that the force of gravity must form part of the dance was enhanced by the fact she was born when the Moon was full and being “drawn down”.  (Figure right: Isadora Duncan 1919)

When stars touch the earth they are made more accessible. Could it be the same with the moon? Could we suggest that at this moment when the moon is being drawn down that gravity has temporally won in this Moon-earth dance? Whether or not this is so, it is worthwhile looking at her Moon both in the sky as well as the fixed stars which sit underneath her significant Moon, a Moon which the Greeks considered to be drawn down by witches.



Her sky map (above) for the moment of her birth shows her full moon, low to the horizon and sitting between the stars of Scorpio and the beast of Lupus, the wolf who is being killed by Centaurus, also known to astrologers as the centaur Chiron.


Beasts in mythology are killed because they are feared. So one has to ask: "Fear of what?" The relationship between wolves and people evolved in Ice Age Eurasia [3] about a hundred thousand years ago. Survival threw them together in a way that meant the wolf-human hunting relationship was governed by mutual tolerance and respect. This relationship changed when humans assumed a pastoral and agricultural life-style where growing domesticated animals for food required control and ultimately the elimination of predators such as the wolf. This was embroidered onto the sky as the story of the Centaur killing the predator Lupus. Was this the fault of the wolf or the lack of recognition of what a change of lifestyle implied?


By analogy and application to Duncan, we can hypothesize that she represented a raw wildness in her dancing, dangerous in its implication for change, yet ultimately proving that that which is to be feared brings great blessings. This was unconsciously summed up by photographer Max Eastman who is quoted as saying,


 It was never easy to coax Isadora Duncan into a photographer's studio.
Like a wild and wise animal, she fled from those who sought to capture
the essence of her - which was motion - by making her stand still.[4]


We can gain further understanding by considering one of her lunar parans:

Starlight says of Duncan’s Moon culminating when Scheat is rising 
Challenging social conventions; free-thinking in the arts, cuisine and matters of care

Her life as an individual was one that would not be chained to convention. She was constantly defying social taboos. She did not believe in marriage – a huge statement for the early 20th century - and gave birth to two children from two different fathers. Inspired by her as a role model, many schools created the space for dance to become part of the curriculum, beyond exercise, a life-enhancing experience.

In conclusion


The full moon moving along the horizon is an awesome sight. Once believed to be drawn down by performance in ancient ceremonies, we can still see its expression in the charts of those who have been born at such an auspicious moment in present time by how they expressed it in their lives. Duncan’s parents named her Dora Angela. Dora is Greek in origin and means “gift”. Duncan brought with her the gift of angels in the way that she danced but perhaps the drawn down moon enhanced this gift and gave her the concrete ability to express it more clearly and succinctly, a true Thessalian witch bridging worlds to inspire and uplift us.  


(1) There are two dates for Isadora's birth. The most astrologically accepted is from a recently-recovered baptismal record which states this as being " 26 May 1877", Another cites "27 May, 1878".  Interestingly these two birth dates are a year and a day apart, the traditional length of a witches' year.

(2) Francois Delsarte (1811-1871), was a student at the Paris Conservatory. Fuelled by a hunger for more “realistic” acting, he began studying how humans actually moved, behaved and responded to a multitude of circumstances recognizing emergent expressive patterns which eventually became the Delsarte System of Expression which flooded into all levels of the culture.

http://www.delsarteproject.com/history.htm - accessed 2nd March 2006.

[3] From "Beringia Natural History Notebook Series - September, 1992", Alaska-Hawaii Regional Office
Anchorage, Alaska:
 http://www.nps.gov/bela/html/wolves.htm - accessed 2nd March 2006.

[4] Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation: http://www.isadoraduncan.org/about_isadora.html - accessed 2nd March 2006.


Do Comets have a voice in Visual Astrology?


Thanks to newsletter reader Yururu, from Colombia, who emailed us asking about the relevance of the new comet (Comet Pojmanski) appearing amongst the stars of Sagittarius and Capricorn. There is little that has yet been translated in the Babylonian corpus concerning comets. The only reference I could find was in Hunger (1992:194) and it is the following:

[If] a comet [becomes visible in the path
of the stars of] Anu: [fall of Elam. Its} people
[......] will be confused [......] city with city

[......] brother will kill brother [......I the
king of Elam [......] his days are near (to their

The path of Anu is the path of the ecliptical stars and kingdom of Elam was a kingdom lying to the south -east of Babylon. This type of prediction from the "Chaldeans" - the name given to the astrologers from Babylon by the Greeks - is probably the seed that gave birth to linking comets to negative events, for any random event of the heavens was viewed as a mark of change and change was to be feared.


But let us take a more post-modern approach to this comet. Given that it is near Venus and in the stars of Capricorn, are we looking at some type of event concerning an elder or wise global female figure? This does not have to be a negative event. However, this question really begs a larger question: Are comets relevant to visual astrology? I honestly do not know. What we do know is that we have an opportunity for making observations; we must also resist the temptation to generalise.


Hunger, Herman. (1992). Astrological Reports to Assyrian Kings. Helsinki, Finland: Helsinki University Press. 339


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