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41. The Mosaic Calendar [Aeon Journal $]
... From: Aeon V:4 (July 1999) Home¦ Issue Contents The Mosaic Calendar Lisa Liel, from Efrat, Israel, writes: I'm not quite sure what to make of Eric Aitchison's paper on the Mosaic calendar. [7 Some of the things I would comment on are minor, others are major. Let me just go through them all and then sum up at the end. Aitchison states: "The Book of Leviticus contains a rambling set of instructions..." [8 Here, the term gratuitous comes to mind. The word "rambling" adds nothing to Aitchison's thesis. It may be his personal opinion, but if the article is supposed to be about the Mosaic calendar, this is irrelevant and gratuitously offensive. If it's an occasion for taking pot-shots, which is certainly his right, he should probably note that at the outset. As I said, some of my comments concern minor matters. Aitchison goes on to say that: "The day of Yom Kippur must never coincide with a regular Sabbath day. ...
42. Chapter XXVIII: The Fixed Year and Festival Calendars [Dawn of Astronomy (Book)] [Books]
... Chapter XXVIII The Fixed Year and Festival Calendars THE reformation of the Egyptian calendar, to be gathered, as I suggested in the last chapter, from the decree of Tanis, is not, however, the point to which reference is generally made in connection with the decree. The attempt recorded by it to get rid of the vague year is generally dwelt on. Although the system of reckoning which was based on the vague year had advantages with which it has not been sufficiently credited, undoubtedly it had its drawbacks. The tetramenes, with their special symbolism of flood-, seed-, and harvest-time, had apparently all meant each in turn; however the meanings of the signs were changed, the "winter season" occurred in this way in the height of summer, the "sowing-time" when the whole land was inundated and there was no land to plant, and so on. Each festival, too, swept through the year. Still, it is quite certain that information was given by the priests each year in advance, so that ...
43. Letters [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... Time Dear Sir, Recently I decided to dig out the back numbers of Workshop and browse through them. I found a very interesting correspondence on Calendars and Time carried on by Michael Reade, Mike Rowland and George Hollaseter. After all this time may I put in my spoke? In Workshop No. 2 Michael Reade says: "... in a purely lunar system, one can also identify the days within a month by the shape and size of the moon... a very practical substitute for the modern printed calendar. One thus only has to consult the zodiacal stars if one also needs to name the month". My mind boggles at the thought of astronomically ignorant people dashing out to look at the Moon to find out what day it is, or arguing about what zodiacal sign is which to ascertain what month it is. This sort of balderdash is the sort of thing that is likely to brand our Society as a crank organisation. The same article, after describing how, on the celestial clock, the hands (Sun and ...
44. A GOLDEN CALENDAR FOR USE AT STONEHENGE? [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 74: Mar-Apr 1991 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects A GOLDEN CALENDAR FOR USE AT STONEHENGE? "The lozenge, of 0.5-mm beaten gold, was excavated in 1808 AD from the Bush Barrow, 1 km from Stonehenge. "Until now, it has been assumed that the plaque was only decorative. After examination and measurement, the patterns of its carefully inscribed markings are believed to be identifiable as a calendar fashioned for use at Stonehenge. Found over the breast of a skeleton of a tall man, its symmetrical shape and correct corner angles make it appear probable that the plaque had something to do with the four cardinal points and solstitial sunrises and sunsets. Markings on a gold lozenge excavated near Stonehenge. Some interpret the lines as indicators of solar and lunar positions on astronomically significant days. If so, this lozenge represents surprising sophistication 3600 years ago. "By fixing the flat lozenge on a table at eye level and orientating it with its shorter diagonal on the meridain ...
45. On "the Year -687" [Kronos $]
... instead of B.C. 719, 708, &c., as being in accordance with the usage of astronomers." In Chalmers' example the digits of years given as equivalent differ by one, but in Legge's example they are the same-- that is, the same numbers, but actually different years. Examination of the calculated dates of eclipses and lunations in Chalmers' tables shows that they pertain to the astronomical year, even where Legge has captioned them "B.C." (All dates are given in the Gregorian calendar, which may also lead to confusion.) Before we can take up the matter of verifying the date March 23rd, some remarks on the Chinese calendar must be made. Basically, it was lunar, but in Chinese thought the calendar was much more than a scheme for regulating the days, months, and years. It was invested with great political and mystical significance, through a series of symbolical and numerological correspondences. According to a theory which owes much to the late fourth-century B.C. philosopher Tsou Yen, each dynasty ...
46. The Aubrey Holes Of Stonehenge [Kronos $]
... offset to left of center in the avenue and having an azimuth of 51.3 E of N. (The closeness of this azimuth value to the latitude of Stonehenge- 51.2 N- is probably more than just coincidence.) The modern concensus of opinion concerning this ancient structure, when taken as a whole, is that it was probably a primitive observatory used to determine the point of sunrise on the first day of summer, to predict eclipses (relatively rare events), while it also served as a kind of "crude" calendar.(1) However, my studies show that, far from being merely a "crude" calendar or"primitive" observatory, the site actually constituted a sophisticated and effective device for keeping track of the days, weeks and months and for correlating these time increments to the visible movement of the sun along the horizon. Indeed, it formed a perfect solar calendar (among other things) far more exact and efficient than the calendric system in use at the present time. Since the top of the circular dirt bank ...
47. The Role Of The Nile In Egyptian Chronology [SIS C&C Review $]
... is up' for Peter James [5, David Rohl [6 and, especially, Velikovsky[7. According to Kitchen, the graffito 'destroys completely, finally and irrevocably all these ambitious but ill-founded attempts to move Egyptian chronology by centuries.' Kitchen has little use for such attempts: the worst insult that he could find for James et al- other than 'young postgraduates' and the like- was 'sons of Velikovsky' [8. The Preface goes on: 'What matters to us is that this coincidence of the Egyptian calendar only happened at intervals of about 1,460 years, not all the time. It was only 365 days long, so after 4 years it ended a full day early. After about 730 years, the summer months of the calendar had advanced into nature's winter season, and after some 1460 years, the calendar had gone full circle and was temporarily correct again. Within a century, it was visibly slipping away again. Thus, as we know that the calendar was correct in the 2 nd century AD, and ...
48. An Investigation into the Reality of the Early Medieval Dark Age [SIS C&C Review $]
... certain that there is any difficulty with the claimed date of construction, there is no compelling reason to take a further leap and conclude, on the basis of this, that our established system of chronology must be incorrect. Niemitz's account is seriously flawed, in failing to include any mention of Ravenna (an essential key to understanding the origin of the Aachen chapel in the orthodox scheme) and in making the unqualified (and hence misleading) statement that 'art historians explain and describe artefacts and buildings of this period as anachronistic'. Calendar reforms After his section on the Aachen chapel, Niemitz went on to address the issues of the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the 10 days deleted in the transition to the latter. Unfortunately, he did not appear to know the full story. He realised that an error of 10 days in the Julian calendar was detected in 1582, in the time of Pope Gregory XIII, but not how the error was quantified. Contrary to what Niemitz indicated, it had nothing to do with calculations back to the introduction of the Julian ...
49. The Changed Calendar: Evidence for a Neat Year of 365 Days [SIS C&C Review $]
... From: SIS Chronology& Catastrophism Review 1995 (Vol XVII) "Proceedings of the SIS 1995 Braziers College Conference" Home¦ Issue Contents The Changed Calendar: Evidence for a Neat Year of 365 Days Eric Aitchison On such an auspicious weekend as this, one should not contemplate an attack on the good Doctor. My paper in this short session should be seen as a disagreement, not with his argument for a calendar change, but rather as a revision to the quantum of that change. Within his published works Dr Velikovsky provided an exceptional amount of evidence pertaining to his calendric change of 5 days. However, amongst the evidence available to prove his point I think he unfortunately missed or failed to appreciate some very vital pieces of information. The most famous of these is the comment that during the Hyksos period in Egypt five days were added to the original 360 and in most cultures were considered unlucky. On the other side of the world the Maya left some evidence that they acknowledged years of 360 and 365 days. Both these small but significant comments ...
50. Letter [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... From: SIS Workshop No. 6 (June 1979) Home¦ Issue Contents Letter Sir, At first sight, Mike Rowland 's thoughts on the Roman Calendar do appear to be a little jumbled. (See WORKSHOP No. 3, p.10 for original article and also letters in WORKSHOP No. 4 and 5 criticising the article- Ed.) The "Year of Confusion" was initiated by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. as a period of adjustment between the old system and his new Julian calendar. January and February had been added to the calendar at a much earlier date- by Numa, the successor of Romulus (7th century B.C.?) Mr. Owen says of Mr. Rolland that "his grasp of the history of the western calendar" is incomplete. But my quick glance at this topic has also revealed some deficiencies in Mr. Owen's arguments. He contradicts the testimony of Ovid, who expressly states that: "When the founder of the city divided the periods, he appointed that there should be twice five months in ...
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