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The Astrotheology Calendar Guide

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This guide book comprises the text from The 2010 Astrotheology Calendar and The 2011 Astrotheology Calendar, updated and made available without the images of the months and monthly tables.

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This guide book comprises the text from The 2010 Astrotheology Calendar and The 2011 Astrotheology Calendar, updated and made available without the images of the months and monthly tables.

Although they are often overlooked, calendars constitute one of the most important cultural artifacts of human creation. Not only do they order our lives, which is in itself an extremely important function that allows for life on Earth to proceed with regularity, but the study of the history of calendars also reveals very important developments in the field of comparative religion and mythology, as well as the predominantly astrotheological nature of many of humankind’s faiths.

Astrotheology represents the observation and reverence of natural phenomena, including celestial bodies such as the sun, moon, planets, stars and constellations. Broadly speaking, however, we can incorporate general nature worship into the term as well, such that “astrotheology” could be used to describe the ancient global religion as a whole, which also personified perceived spirits in elements such as wind, water, fire and earth, as well as anthropomorphizing animals, such as the crocodile, hawk and ibis in Egypt, or the monkey and elephant in India. Frequently, natural substances that merited reverence from the ancients, such as grain and wine, were assigned a genius, daemon or divinity of some sort. The most obvious entities in the astrotheological religion are the celestial bodies, which include planet Earth, while their influence and presence are often inextricably linked to other natural phenomena such as the growth of plants, the harvest time and the ripening and fermenting of grapes. Animals too are affected by the celestial bodies such as the sun and moon. Hence, the reverence of all of these entities and elements as expressed in numerous sacred celebrations is included in the definition of astrotheology.

Contents:

Inspiration for the Calendar Guide–Our Connection to Nature
What is Astrotheology?
Archaeoastronomical Alignments
What is a Myth?
The Sun
The Moon
Lunar Calendars
The Zodiac
Egyptian
Sumerian/Babylonian
Pagan/Wiccan/Celtic
Christian/Catholic
The Solstices, Equinoxes and Peak Days
Days of the Week
Months of the Year
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Cool Stuff & Other Websites of Interest
Sources & Further Reading
Endnotes