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Week of Mar 30th, - Apr 5th, 2007

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  We stand on the shores of two great celestial currents, watching their powerful forms surge and unite in a climatic spray of sea and foam. On our left is the constellation Pisces. Her ocean tides begin to ebb, slowly receding into the mists of the fading twilight. On our right rushes in the stellar stream of Aquarius, tumultuous, wild and unpredictable. As Pisces yields to Aquarius it would symbolically seem that the salmon are headed upstream.

  Because Pisces is the sign of the subconscious, there is much that we have not been made aware of. It were as though a veil had been cast, preventing us from seeing the light. As a civilization, we have surrendered ourselves to authority, often in the name of our Lord. Unfortunately history has shown that our leaders have not always used the highest altruistic motives as their guiding light. Controlling the message is a part of how those in authority maintain order. As Aquarius and the Age of Technology dawns however, we are discovering media independence, as our information channels open up through computers, satellites, and cell phones. During the Gulf War, video and messages were able to get out of Baghdad. This loss of media control by central authority continues to open as a trend in information, technology, and educational independence. As the Piscean veil drops, we will get to see what we, and those who guide us, have done to each other.



  But there are other ways in which the Aquarian vibration is growing stronger as we learn more about the stars. This involves looking deep into space through the far-seeing eye of Hubble, but it also means peering further back into the archaeological layers and discovering just how far back the roots of stellar observation go. The standard benchmarks of antiquity have traditionally been the Pyramids and Stonehenge, with the pyramids dated to the 28th century BC, while Stonehenge, Phase 1, began about the 31st century BC.

  WEBHeads have noted the construction of earth, stone and shadow at Newgrange, Malta, and Nabta Playa in the 35th, 36th, and 45th centuries BC. In examining myths of various cultures, Athena postulates that the earliest stories commence at least as early as the 4th, 5th and even 6th millennia BC, when the stars of the Twins marked Spring. This pushes back the envelope considerably and questions the 'origins' of time management simply coming from Tigris/Euprhrates in the mid-3rd millennia BC. Time was being used; the question is, how?


Karahundj or 'Stone' hundj-

  As archaeoastronomy continues to gain momentum, it's our hypothesis that additional sites will be unearthed, of even greater antiquity than those seen here. When people began to observe time has important consequences: for the calendar, for navigation, water born vessels, trade, and agriculture. It has major implications for civilization itself. Rather than civilization shaping time, it may have been the other way around; the development of systems of Time molded civilization.

  There are now contenders for Armenian and German Stonehenges. At the German site, near Goseck, pottery shards found within the compound suggest the observatory was built in 4900 BC. At Karahundj in Armenia is another site which may extend back to the 5th millenieum BC. There's even a Bosnian Pyramid currently being uncovered for good measure. Alexander Marshack claimed notches carved in antlers depict the lunar phases of the month, on a day by day basis. The radio carbon dating suggests 12,000 years ago. The Lascaux Caves show images of bison with what appears to be a star cluster just where we would position the Pleiades today. These images have been dated to 13,000 to 15,000 years ago, and possibly as much as 25,000 years ago.

  How far back did they first observations of the skies go?

  We don't know.

  But I'm putting my chips on a lot earlier than the peoples we now call the Sumerians and Egyptians.

  As Aquarius draws closer, the vibration grows stronger. We will learn more; about the stars, about history and about science.

  Now, who will claim the oldest stars next?


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