The 2011 Astrotheology Calendar
D.M. Murdock & N.W. Barker
36 pages | 8.5 x 11 | 13 color images | ISBN-13 978-0979963155 | $16.99
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The 2011 Astrotheology Calendar serves as a basic introduction into the world of
astrotheology and solar mythology. In addition to showing lunar phases and astrological signs, 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.
As examples of this ancient knowledge, this calendar reveals interesting
information about the site of Machu Picchu in Peru, as well as Newgrange Tomb/Temple in Ireland, the Konark
Sun Temple in India, the Standing Stones of Callanish, France, the Caracol Observatory at Chichen Itza,
Yucatan, and the Temple at Karnak, Egypt. Also discussed are artifacts like the Nebra Disk, the Trundholm Sun
Chariot, and the Beit Alpha Synagogue Zodiac. This calendar is less "wordy" than last year's, so it is also
thinner and less expensive. While The 2010 Astrotheology Calendar was jampacked with timeless information and celebrations
on practically every day of the year, this year's can be written on. Yet, the most pertinent days of the
year are marked with fun little icons, as reminders!
Created by independent scholar of comparative religion and mythology D.M. Murdock, author of
The Christ Conspiracy, Suns of God, Who Was Jesus?, Christ in Egypt, The
Gospel According to Acharya S and Jesus as the Sun throughout History, The 2011 Astrotheology
Calendar makes a perfect gift for a birthday, Christmas or other holiday!
This calendar is actually a book with 36 pages consisting of 12 full-page images, the actual
calendar and eight pages of introductory text explaining what we have put together here, covering the following
- Inspiration for the Calendar—Our Connection to Nature
- What is Astrotheology?
- Archaeoastronomical Alignments
- What is a Myth?
- The Sun
- The Zodiac
- The Solstices, Equinoxes and Peak Days
- Days of the Week
- Cool Stuff
- Sources & Further Reading
Although it follows the basic structure of last year's calendar, minus the daily listings,
The 2011 Astrotheology Calendar contains information never before published in any of Acharya's
books. Also there is no hole in this calendar-book, but you can easily hang it using a push-pin/tack.
Listen to the 2011 Astrotheology
Calendar radio show!
"A treasure for examining connections between the heavens and
"This calendar is a treasure for examining connections
between the heavens and the earth. It reveals so much about the human psyche through space and time
and is also a valuable resource in tracking lunar phases, meteor showers, eclipses, and holidays. I
love that it enhances my feeling of connection to nature and all humanity throughout the
"I hope that it will be available annually, and that public
appreciation for a calendar that honors myth, archaeology, astronomy, astrology, and theology
increases every year. My hope is that people of influence who are well connected in publishing and
marketing will fall in love with it as I have and ensure that there is an astrotheology calendar
for us to savor every year. This is an ideal gift as well as a personal resource for those who love
mythology, folklore, history, and comparative religion. My deepest thanks to the authors for their
diligent research and for sharing such a wonderful multifaceted concept with the rest of us. This
is an erudite book in the form of a calendar. May many others share my enthusiasm for this
delightful compilation of specialized knowledge."
Grace R. Tippetts
"What an awesome calendar!"
"Astrology, astronomy and science in general have always fascinated me
since I was very young. This calendar is not only educational but the pictures are very
beautiful to look at as well. It's filled with information and facts about what you're looking
at. It's also marked with all the solstices, equinox, eclipses and even the astrological signs,
when one begins and the other ends. If you're going to mark it up with appointments and things
like that, you might want to get two because when you see it you'll probably want to keep it as
a collector's item. I hope they keep making them every year in the
"A message from the
"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 the Konark Sun Temple in India
was chosen to represent the month of March—on the 20th of which falls the vernal equinox—because
the sun's light passes through the structure on the equinoxes. As another example, one of the
megaliths at Machu Picchu in Peru marks the winter solstice, which in the southern hemisphere
occurs on June 21st; hence, the image of this magnificent site was picked to represent June.
September is symbolized by an image of the Standing Stones of Callanish, which evidently mark the
full moon of the autumnal equinox. The image of the Newgrange Passage Tomb and Temple in Ireland is
placed as December in this calendar because of its astonishing alignment to the winter solstice,
during which the sun fills up a cross-shaped chamber.
"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, equinoxes and days of the week, along with a brief history of the BC/AD timeline
and 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
D.M. Murdock/Acharya S