The Antikythera Mechanism Explored

The Antikythera Analyzed - courtesy PLOS One
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If you’ve read my post called Astral Complications, you should be familiar with the Antikythera Mechanism. When set alongside the Minoan Calendar Stone, a.k.a. the Disk of Kronos, Stonehenge and the Pyramid City of Giza, we have what I consider to be the most important artifacts of the ancient world; these objects belie the idea that ancient people were not as smart as us, because the atom bomb and global industry are modern inventions.

The purpose for this post is not to ramble on and on about it, but to introduce the best article I’ve read on the subject thus far – certainly the most scholarly one. You’ll find an exploration of its use for eclipse prediction here: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0103275

In the non-too-distant future, I’ll begin a series on the whole number ratios known since neolithic times, that helped ancient people construct both low-tech and hi-tech devices for measuring the movements of the planets with incredible accuracy. These essays will demonstrate an ancient understanding of the universe that is, in many ways, superior to the one we humans pat ourselves on the back for today.

Spring Snow and the Blood Moon

Blood Moon
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Here’s an excellent picture of the “Blood Moon” eclipse. It is the first of 4 total lunar eclipses – astronomers call this a tetrad. An article about the entire series will have to wait because of the night being spent on hardware and software upgrades, as well as the work that’s been keeping me from posting for so long.

Although the eclipse was visible over the great lakes, we couldn’t see it in Chicagoland because of cloudy skies and SNOW. The temperature dropped 40 degrees from the wet morning of the 14th until after the eclipse, which occurred at 2:42:16 AM on the 15th. I was expecting something like this, because, having cast the chart several days ago, I knew that Saturn had returned to the Midheaven of the local eclipse chart, where it was located in the charts of the Autumnal Equinox and Winter Solstice of 2013, which (combined with other features) gave us one of the most brutal winters we’ve had in a long time.

4/15/2014
Note the positions of Mars and Saturn; click to view full-sized image

The charts for Spring and Summer of 2014 featured Jupiter, which usually brings warmer and moist weather. Usually the weather follows the trends set up by the solstice and equinox charts, unless a cosmic event sets up an interference pattern – and the Blood Moon eclipse certainly did.

In weather charts, the planets closest to the Midheaven Axis that usually have the most to say about local conditions. But going beyond weather, as you can see, Mars is opposite a Mercury-Uranus conjunction which happens to be 90 degrees from the Jupiter-Pluto opposition. I should have mentioned that Mars had just passed Perigee, where it’s orbit brings it closest to Earth, and it tends to be brighter than usual.

Eclipses have a somewhat “retroactive” effect, and because the Moon had just passed the conjunction of Mars (and the transit of the Grand Cross), the Moon would carry its energy to fruition. The Moon is an indicator of “local conditions” – it seems that 36 people were shot in 36 hours in the local area during the two days beforehand. The Eclipse Degree being close to a friend’s natal Jupiter caused her to lose a substantial amount of money, ruining travel plans. Mars is almost exactly conjunct my natal Mercury – bringing in the influences of Jupiter, Pluto, Uranus and transiting Mercury. I’m taking a break from upgrading my operating system and hardware at the moment. Ukrainian forces have begun to fight back against Russian militias; the Mars Midheaven line on the astral map for the Perigee passed over the eastern Ukraine, and the Jupiter/Pluto Asc-Dsc lines passed over the Ukraine at the moment of the eclipse. Dozens of other examples could be discussed here, but I must go play engineer –

Check out NASA’s eclipse map here: Visibility Map