The 2012 Astrotheology Calendar

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The 2012 Astrotheology Calendar serves as a basic introduction into the world of astrotheology and solar mythology. In addition to showing lunar phases, this calendar highlights the solstices, equinoxes and fire festivals with a different color for each of the eight relevant days. In our quest to inspire an interest in astrotheology, mythology and archaeoastronomy, we have also provided fascinating information about the astronomical alignments and astrotheological meanings of various archaeological sites and ancient artifacts from around the world. The calendar further explores the mythology surrounding the end of the Mayan calendar, as well as correspondences between the Mayan religion and biblical traditions.

Topics covered include:

  • Inspiration for the Calendar--Our Connection to Nature
  • What is Astrotheology?
  • Is 2012 the End of the World?
  • Kukulkan, Quetzalcoatl and Christ
  • Archaeoastronomical Alignments
  • The Sun
  • The Moon
  • The Solstice, Equinoxes and Peak Days
  • Sources & Further Reading
  • Cool Stuff & Other Websites of Interest
Images of the following artifacts and sites serve to illustrate the months, with informative commentary explaining the artifacts/sites' astrotheological significance and reasons for their inclusion in their respective months:
  • Aztec Sun/Calendar Stone or Ollin Tonatiuh--the "Movement of the Sun"
  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Persepolis, Iran
  • Pantheon, Rome, Italy
  • Drombeg Stone Circle, Glandore, Ireland
  • Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, USA
  • Temple of Heaven complex, Beijing, China
  • Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan, Mexico
  • Crack Cave, Comanche National Grasslands, Colorado, USA
  • Almendres Cromlech, Evora, Portugal
  • St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, Italy
  • Burlington Earth Clock, Vermont, USA
The cover image is of the Temple of Kukulkan or "El Castillo" at Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. Following is an excerpt concerning this temple site:

Together with the top platform, the temple's four stairways of 91 steps each total 365, representing the days of the solar year. "The pyramid's design reflects the equinoxes and solstices of our solar year in a spectacular game of light and shadow. During the equinoxes, the setting sun casts a shadow of a serpent on the northern steps of the pyramid."

The calendar contains six pages of text, with meticulous citation and a brief bibliography. Because it is printed as a book, there is no hole punched in it, but a pushpin/tack can be used to hang it.

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From the Author:

My astrotheology calendars are lovingly handcrafted by me, with the assistance of N.W. Barker. During the year, we keep an eye out for the finest images to represent the months of the year, with a focus on mythology, archaeoastronomy and, of course, astrotheology. Each image is analyzed for its best possible placement in the calendar, vis-à-vis the months and their particular characteristics and holidays.

For example, the image of Persepolis in Iran was chosen to represent the month of March--on the 20th of which falls the vernal equinox--because of the very ancient Persian spring celebration of Nowruz. As another example, the Pantheon at Rome was chosen for April because it is oriented so the sun shines as a single shaft to the floor on the 21st of that month, traditional date of Rome's founding. The Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, Mexico, was chosen for the month of August because the temple's face is oriented to sunset on the 13th of that month, traditional date of Mayan origins. November's image of St. Peter's Square in Rome was designed to show how ancient astrotheological knowledge has been carried forward into our "modern" religions. The choice of the Burlington Earth Clock for December was made because it symbolizes not only the past but also the future, and we at Astrotheology Press would like to encourage the creation of such circles with so much important information regarding calendars and time-keeping.

In addition to the images--which have explanatory captions highlighting the archaeoastronomical and religious meanings of the sites and artifacts--we have incorporated some fascinating information about ancient archaeoastronomically aligned sites, astrotheology, solar and lunar mythology, the zodiac, solstices and equinoxes, along with some "cool stuff" to follow up with.

The calendar was designed and created by me, D.M. Murdock, also known as Acharya S, including both back and front covers. It is published under Astrotheology Press, a division of Stellar House Publishing. The text and images include citation where appropriate, and there is also a short bibliography.

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