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The Best Book About Ancient Astronomy that isn’t about astrology, per se

One of the best books I can recommend to anyone interested in learning how and why ancient peoples kept track of sky markers is one that has nothing to do with astrology. The book is “America B.C.” by Barry Fell, who is a bit of a renegade when it comes to attributing ancient peoples with the ability to make notations of the important stuff like the spring equinox.

One of the most interesting and exciting parts of the book are where he explains the translation of the strange markings above a rock doorway in old New England. First I have to explain that Mr. Fell is a bit of a radical in that he believes that peoples from ancient Celtic and Mediterranean lands were able to reach North America and left written records on stone markers and monuments. But he has shown that the attempted translations of these markings result in coherent astronomical or historical statements.


Continue Reading June 2, 2013 at 11:42 am 62 comments

2012 in review — the Annual Report, summarized

WOW!!! My blog here is closing in on 100,000 views! That is peanuts to a lot of big-time bloggers, but to a small operation like mine that started from nothing and with no publicity or networking, this is amazing. Thanks to everyone who helped to spread the word. Below is a summary of my WordPress Annual Report. — MWM


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 30,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 7 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

January 27, 2013 at 7:42 pm Leave a comment

Moon Void of Course List for the Rest of 2012

Supposedly William Lilly wrote about the Void-of-course moon in the 1600s in his book “Christian Astrology”, but for some reason astrologers stopped talking about it and it became a lost secret. Revived by Al Morrison centuries later in a lengthy campaign that more resembled a siege, it finally regained a measure of its former glory.
People wrote in to Mr. Morrison with their experiences using the moon sheets provided by Morrison. Supposedly a banker used it to decide whether to grant loans or not; he refused to grant loans if they asked during a void-of-course moon. He asked for more information from the applicants. And supposedly that banker became a vice-president of the bank because of his sterling loan management success. We will never know if he would have become vice-president anyway without the moon charts, but those are the breaks in the astrology biz.

Continue Reading August 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm 1 comment

The Secret Meanings of the Names of the Planets

by Milky Way Maid

The esoteric meanings of the planets’ names is mostly a lost body of knowledge. Even very good astrologers have no idea what the names of planets or even of the zodiac signs mean. But the ancients had very clear meanings attached to all of these. By drilling down to the traditional meanings of the phonemes that make up the names, we can begin to understand more about what values and ideas they attached to these symbols.
Jupiter — “the ever-existent Father” The French je means ever-existent; it also occurs in Jahweh or Jehovah, in Jove, and in the Finnish Jumala (All Father). He is identified with wind, rain and thunder — and of course the thunderbolt. The zigzag of lightning was believed to be Jupiter herding the other planets about.
Venus — from Vannus, meaning a fan or shell. The terms are equivalent because they refer to her shell-like or fan-like car which is pulled by doves. This is also why her emblem is the dove. Incidentally, the Paphians worshipped her as a white pyramid.
Uranus — Ur-ray, “the Light of Ra” Also, as Kronos it resolves into Ak-Ur-On-Os, “The Great Fire” or “The One Light” Ur is the Semitic root meaning fire or light. Shouts of Hurray or Hurrah greet the sunrise. Ra, the Egyptian sun-god, would seem to be linked to Uranus, but the root syllable is found in several cultures. Sanskrit for a prince is rajah. The Semitic Ra means Time, or the Ancient of Days. The Mayan Ra or La means “that which has existed forever.” Ra appears in our English words ray and radiant.
Earth — Ea, mother of Ishtar
Mercury — “Fire of Merak” (Merak was the Great Mare). Mercury’s emblem the caduceus is encompassed by a winged horse or mare. Mercury was symbolized by a variety of animals: the lizard, the cock, a pregnant sow. Also the hare, because it makes regular trails in the meadows it frequents. Mercury is the god of ways (roads or streets), and many statues of Mercury marked the crossroads. So numerous were these markers where three roads intersected (tri-via) that the word took on the meaning of commonplace. Mercury as the god of commerce and the market has his name as the root of related words: market, merchandise, merchant, commerce. The Greeks symbolized Mercury as a square stone.

Saturn — Saturday, or Seaterdag, means day of the Seater or Sitter, the day when the Great Workman sat himself down and rested. Saturn was linked to Stonehenge, which was also known as Caer Sidi (the seat or fort of Sidi). Caer resolves into root syllables meaning Great Fire. Saturn, or the sitter, therefore seems to have made Stonehenge his throne. Note the design of Stonehenge which incorporates not only circles but an inner horseshoe-shape which perhaps outlines his throne seat. In the words of the Wlsh poem Taliessin: “Perfect is my chair in Caer Sidi,/ Plague and age hurt him not who’s in it./ About its points are oceans’ streams,/ And the abundant well above it,/ Sweeter than white wine the drink in it.”

Continue Reading March 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm Leave a comment

Mercury Retrograde through the Houses

I have had lots of experience with Mercury retrograde. Perhaps because I was born with Mercury retrograde in my chart, I have taken more notice of its effects.
Please do not dread these weeks while Mercury is retrograde. I have tried to note ways that it may be positive in each house, as given below. Mercury retrograde can bring problems to light, so that they can finally be properly fixed. You may find out the truth about a company, person or issue by chance or by checking things out on the internet. You may have made a search before, or asked the same person before, but at last you ask in a way that elicits the desired information.
And lastly, Mercury retrograde can be a fine time to travel memory lane. Pick up the photo album. Talk about the great times you had as a kid. Play that CD or DVD again, or re-read that classic novel and discover new layers of meaning.

Continue Reading September 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm 1 comment

New Year’s Week Dec.-Jan. 2007-2008

On Wednesday, keep people who like to argue from being in the same room with each other; they are likely to carry things much too far. You’re sorely tempted to get the last word in. In fact, one side may completely demolish the other’s arguments, but that doesn’t leave much room for reconciliation, does it? If you make just one resolution this year, make it “Think for ten seconds before saying anything.”
Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also the sign of their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop

Aries – March 20-April 19 – Buddy Ebsen – You accomplish a lot this week in spite of the holiday break. Taking a systematic approach pays off dividends at work and also in taking care of your health. The New Year brings a bountiful year in your working life if you continue that disciplined approach. Home renovations could be on your agenda the first quarter of the year.

Taurus – April 20-May 20 – Margot Fonteyn – The New Year may be discouraging at times with regard to your creative goals. But the emphasis now is on applying yourself in a consistent way — do something related to your craft every day, whether it is lessons or writing or sketches. Search online for helpful websites and sign up for free e-newsletters. Your quest for mastery will lead you to create works of lasting interest and beauty.

Gemini – May 21-June 20 – Henry LeTang – It seems to me that a house is a burden to you. You think more about the endless chores and expenses, am I right? For the New Year, please resolve to be thankful for a roof over your head. If you really need a smaller space, then by all means take advantage of discount real estate. By allowing your resentments to build up, you’re asking the Universe to get rid of the house, and it will do so — suddenly and none too gently.

Cancer – June 21-July 22 – Gower Champion – The first month or two of the New Year, you will feel like a weight slid off your shoulders. Take advantage of this time to organize and cull. Purge the closets and storage bins, even business files. Give some things to charity and offer like-new items thru your local freecycle. Think about “storing” family history (and recipes) on a website. There’s lots of free info about how to do it, and you can even upload pictures.

Leo – July 23-Aug. 22 – Leonide Massine – Your artist’s palette suddenly brightens up. The first month of the New Year has you coming up with the most beautiful tints — or phrases if you are a writer or composer. Keep a good notebook for all these incoming inspirations. You’ll work hard for your money this year, but will be well-rewarded for your efforts.

Virgo – Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Thierry Sirou – A New Year of artistic opportunities and growth is slated for you. Your life continues to be grueling, requiring that you get ever more organized to meet all the demands on your time. The challenge for the year is to balance discipline and spontaneity. You need to avoid getting into ruts; schedule a goof-off day after an especially long, hard day.

Libra – Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Arthur Duncan – Your messages may get crossed if you plan to meet up with others on New Year’s Eve. You’d probably prefer watching movies or concerts, or dancing the night away at a local club. Your home is a major focus this year; maybe you have a guest or foreign exchange student.

Scorpio – Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – Eleanor Powell – The New Year doesn’t really feel right until Tuesday evening — it’s all right to give it a late welcoming party. Wednesday evening is lovely for a quiet dinner with your significant other; you might even fall in love all over again. Get your grant proposals in the pipeline; seek advice from experts in the grant writing field.

Sagittarius – Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – Hermes Pan  – The new year doesn’t start for you until Friday. Use one of your gift certificates for a beauty makeover for your date Friday night. Saturday could blow your weekend plans. You’re kept awake till the wee hours, and later it’s some home repair emergency. Don’t blow your stack — you decide you may as well renovate.

Capricorn – Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Alvin Ailey – A flurry of communications issues forth from you. All those articles you’ve been meaning to write, or contributions for the club newsletter? You finally get a good chunk of them down on paper (or into cyberspace). Your New Year’s resolution is to be more disciplined, and stick to a program for the long term. You are very tempted to overdo everything over the holidays and all year, so please guard your health.

Aquarius – Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – Gregory Hines – Aquarians start to get a pat on the back this year from the Universe. The dreamers, the artists and dancers among you will gain recognition and find new avenues of personal and professional growth. It’s a mini “Age of Aquarius” so get your team management skills polished and ready to go to work.

Pisces – Feb. 18-March 19 – Tommy Tune – Your grant may run out in this time frame. Take advantage of the freedom of no parameters. Your task now is to work on a new style or technique — I suspect it may have something to do with deconstructing and re-assembling objects or perspectives. Kind of like smashing your magnificent Tinker Toy object (way back when) and starting all over again, isn’t it?

December 14, 2007 at 12:48 pm

Christmas Week, December 2007

Merry Christmas, everybody! Christmas morning this year is an at-home, private event. Forego the rushing from house to house; just let the kids stay in their jammies, put out a cold buffet of cheese, crackers and finger foods, and let everyone relax. Feel the love for a minute. Evening is right for visiting the grandparents, tho. — Many of you received a lovely fashionable scarf for Christmas. Do you know what to do with it? Go to Missus Smarty Pants at for free directions on how to use your oblong scarf to great effect! (Free webpage.)
Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also the sign of their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop

Aries – March 20-April 19 – Ann Miller – Your career really gets a boost this week and all through the coming new year, woo-hoo! Discipline in your health routine will keep your batteries charged for what is sure to be a busy, demanding year. The home front on Christmas eve will probably be a snarl of short tempers and frustrations. Just pitch in with last minute tasks, and tell the spouse to let go of the rest — it’s not worth the aggravation she gives herself.

Taurus – April 20-May 20 – Fred Astaire – Artistic discipline is the keyword for the week (and for almost two years, really). If you write, get in the habit of writing something every day. If you paint, sing, play, whatever, find a good teacher or educational program and apply yourself every day. For Christmas, just having the loving mate you lucked onto is enough. Show you appreciate every minute.

Gemini – May 21-June 20 – Bill “Bojangles” Robinson – You will be so tempted to blow your gift budget and pull out credit cards in last minute shopping. Stop! Stop! You’ve spent enough, done enough, and all they want from you is your presence (not your presents). And the latest gossip, of course, which you are all too glad to dish out.

Cancer – June 21-July 22 – Rasta Thomas – Aim to get done with preparations by Christmas eve, because by that time, you will be as tired and cranky as a toddler who’s missed his nap. Spend Christmas eve counting blessings. Plan a simpler Christmas Day, let the kids help with tasks, push some family get-togethers back to the weekend when everyone has had a chance to catch their breaths.

Leo – July 23-Aug. 22 – Mata Hari – If you didn’t get what you hoped for Christmas, or if you got gift cards, you will eagerly scoop up discounted fashions on Wednesday. Only don’t run up some more credit card debt, for pete’s sake. Your health takes a turn for the better. Ailments or injuries of long standing may finally heal properly.

Virgo – Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Marge Champion – Your creative urges are revived and demand expression. Try shopping for art supplies or a class this week, especially Friday. You will enjoy a year-long boom in any creative endeavor — now, this may mean having a baby, but usually it means writing a book, or getting a play produced, or painting a picture, etc. Fri. & Sat. are best days.

Libra – Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Fayard Nicholas – Christmas eve day at work has folks blurting out their frustrations. Just do your part to get deadlines met before the office closes for the holiday. Seek out after Christmas bargains in art supplies for painting, photography, or music. Invest in You. Your muse settles in for a spell, so she needs to feel welcome and honored. It feels like your connection to the sacred is worked out in your medium.

Scorpio – Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – Savion Glover – The volume of messages picks up considerably this week. People you re-connect with, and new contacts, too, remain in touch for at least the coming year. Writing projects also start to bear fruit, with you finding a publisher and an audience. In the artistic arena, start seeking a strong teacher if are serious about learning more about your craft.

Sagittarius – Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – Merrill Ashley – The big hot-air balloon that carried you through 2007 is continuing on its merry way without you. So sorry, but it is back to normal for you… You’ll survive being just folks, honest. You’ll have time for renovating the home electrical system, and a new phone or computer hardware or software. A disciplined approach to work pays off.

Capricorn – Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – George Balanchine – You get a real boost of expansive good cheer this Christmas. Just about everyone sends you sincere best wishes. Even if 2009 brings challenges, a guardian angel spreads protective wings around you. On the creative front, formal classes in something like painting or even landscaping can light a fuse. Painting or photographing still lifes provides endless material for experimentation.

Aquarius – Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – Mikhail Baryshnikov – You are often generous to a fault, and this year is no exception. Rest assured, you are appreciated and darn near irreplaceable. The week may start off with an upset stomach, so take special care not to overdo on spicy or unfamiliar foods. Don’t plan anything for Thursday morning, you may be on a sugar high from holiday sweets or drinks.

Pisces – Feb. 18-March 19 – Marius Petipa – You probably gave yourself way too much to do this week, right? Now you’re tearing your hair out as usual trying to keep up. Hold on now, just take 15 minutes per task or per room. If you don’t have 15 minutes, take 10 minutes. Or even just TWO. It will get done, just jump in where you are, and set some small chores for the kids so they feel like they are a real part of the family, too.

December 14, 2007 at 12:46 pm

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