The 2012 Astrotheology Calendar serves as a basic introduction into the world of
archaeoastronomy, solar mythology and astrotheology. As has been the case with our past Astrotheology Calendars, in
addition to showing lunar phases and astrological signs, this year's calendar highlights the solstices, equinoxes
and fire festivals with a different color for each of the eight relevant days. Also as in the past, in our quest to
inspire an interest in astrotheology, mythology and archaeoastronomy, we have 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 Temple of Kukulkan or "El Castillo" at the site of Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, Mexico, as well as the
Aztec Calendar Disc found at Tenochtitlan, Mexico; the site of Angkor Wat in Cambodia; Persepolis in Iran; the
Pantheon at Rome, Italy; the Dronbeg Stone Circle near Glandore, Ireland; Native American ruins at Chaco
Canyon, New Mexico, USA; the Temple of Heaven complex at Beijing, China; the Pyramid of the Sun and Avenue of
the Dead at Teotihuacan, Mexico; Crack Cave at Comanche National Grasslands, Colorado, USA; the Almendres
Cromlech megalithic complex near Evora, Portugal; St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, Italy; and the Earth
Clock at Burlington, Vermont, USA. Also, the most pertinent days of the year are marked with fun little icons,
Listen to Acharya S/D.M. Murdock talk about the calendar on X Zone Radio!
In addition to providing fascinating information about amazing religious sites worldwide, from
the Mesoamerican and North American to Roman and others globally, this year's calendar focuses on the Mayan
time-keeping purported to portend the "end of the world." But is that assumption correct? Also explores the
correlation between Mayan mythology and biblical traditions.
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 2012
Astrotheology Calendar makes a perfect gift for a birthday, Christmas or other holiday!
This calendar is actually a book with 34 pages consisting of 12 full-page images, the actual
calendar and text explaining what we have put together here, covering the following intriguing subjects:
Inspiration for the Calendar—Our Connection to Nature
As with the previous years' calendars, The 2012 Astrotheology Calendar contains
information never before published in any of Acharya's books. (Also as before, there is no hole in this
calendar-book, but you can easily hang it using a push-pin/tack.)
"The 2012 Astrotheology Calendar makes a great
"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 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
"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