The 2013 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, ancient
artifacts and myths from around the world.
This year's calendar features the Milky Way, the celestial landmark that is
the subject of many fascinating myths from antiquity. These stories involving the earthly view of our galaxy
reflect intelligent observations of our natural world over a period of thousands of years, amid various
cultures globally. On the cover, we feature an image of the Egyptian goddess Nut, representing both the night
and the Milky Way, her body arched protectively across the sky. The ancients depicted the sun's daily journey
as entering her mouth, travel along her body and exiting between her legs.
In the calendar, we also provide a dramatic view of our galaxy from Chile, along with depictions
of ancient Greek myths about the Milky Way, such as the story of Cygnus the swan and Phaethon, the son of the Greek
sun god Apollo. Fascinating information about the Indian "Milk Ocean" and the sun god Vishnu follows, as does a
discussion of the planet and goddess Venus, intertwined with the Milky Way.
We journey next to Australia, where some aborigines perceived the Milky Way as an emu across the
sky, while in Greece the temple of Hercules backdrops the tale of Hera's breast milk forming the celestial pathway.
From the Bible, we include the story of Jacob's Ladder, while the Christian Jacob/James was also associated
with the Milky Way. Asia tells the story of the "star-crossed lovers" of Vega and Altair, separated by the
The Mesoamerican site of Uxmal contains many buildings aligned with
aspects of the planet Venus, which was of tremendous significance to them. In the biblical Book of
Revelation (22) appears the verse about the "river of the water of life" and the "tree of life with
its twelve kinds of fruit." Certain views of the galactic center remind one of a branched tree,
apparently reflected in the "World Tree" myths of antiquity, including among the Scandinavians, while the
Peruvians associated the Milky Way with the Urubamba or Vilcanota River, which winds around the famous site of
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 2013
Astrotheology Calendar makes a perfect gift for a birthday, Christmas or other holiday!
This calendar is actually a book with 34 pages consisting of 24 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 2013 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.)
"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.
"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.
"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."