15-Year Old Discovers Mayan City (updated update)

8 May 2016

 Using astronomy. So, what’s your excuse?

Updated Update: This story isn’t all it has been cracked up to be. Not to knock William Gadoury, as he was testing a theory, more with the “experts” who confirmed his findings, as they may not be “lost” or “a city”.  We can’t confirm mayan constellations, since we don’t have a definitive list of them, and the mayan region was likely heavily developed and populated.

the Long-Lost Mayan City Teen Found Isn’t Lost…Or a City

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Un ado découvre une cité maya (So, yes, it’s in French (le journal de Montreal, after all).

Un Québécois de 15 ans a découvert une nouvelle cité maya jusque-là méconnue grâce à sa théorie selon laquelle cette civilisation choisissait l’emplacement de ses villes selon la forme des constellations d’étoiles.

William Gadoury, un adolescent de Saint-Jean-de-Matha dans Lanaudière, est devenu une petite vedette à la NASA, à l’Agence spatiale canadienne et à l’Agence spatiale japonaise, alors que sa découverte est sur le point d’être diffusée dans une revue scientifique.

Essentially, a 15-year-old Quebecois lad discovered a heretofore (they have that word in French, y’know) unknown Maya city thanks to his theory that the Mayan civilization chose the locations for its settlements according to the constellations.

Pretty clever stuff. Good on him, and for showing that this type of creative thinking is really valuable.

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UPDATE: as one intrepid commenter on the original site noted: the coordinates provided in the article put the city in Guatemala, whereas the map above shows the city in Belize. I have more faith in William Gadoury than I do the fact-checkers at le Journal de Montreal. Also, Montreal is spelled Hochelaga.


Reformulating Western Astrology (updated)

27 January 2012

13 Constellations on the ecliptic – why not 13 signs of the zodiac?

Never one to leave well enough alone, I’ve been playing with the zodiac (moreso in terms of its more superficial qualities. Several thousands of years of development are not reformed overnight). First, we have the reintroduction of Ophiuchus, the 13th sign of the zodiac, which the International Astronomical Union acknowledge among the constellations of the ecliptic back in 1930. Astrology and astronomy are tenuously related, however, the signs of the Western Zodiac are set in their place in the heavens, whereas the constellations shift over the centuries.

While looking at the 7 ancient planets we have long associated with the week (Saturn, the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus), I decided to take another gander at planetary influences over astrological signs (granted, I’m no astrologer, so take this with as much salt as you like).

First, I added Ophiuchus back into the zodiac, following Scorpio and before Sagittarius. Then I considered the elements associated with each sign (fire, earth, air, water). There is also a fifth element, aether/void/space, which has been neglected. I tied it to Libra, the only object in the zodiac of living things. This shifts air to Scorpio (where it was previously water) and water to Ophiuchus. Like so:

It retains its symmetry, however, if we place Libra at the centre, then it becomes even more evident.

Fair enough. Another change you may notice is the location of each sign. If we associate a sign with each of the months of theAbysmal Calendar, then the sun passes through each sign for 28 days, starting with Aries from December 22nd to coincide with the Solstice. The sun currently enters the sign of Aries at March 21s at the Equinox.

To sum up the initial changes: from 12 to 13 signs, from 4 to 5 elements, Libra from Air to Aether, Scorpio from Water to Air, Ophiuchus gets Water, Aries from Mar 21st to Dec 22nd.

The rulership of the 7 ancient planets over the zodiac are as follows:

  • Sun symbol.svg – Sun rules Leo.
  • Moon symbol crescent.svg – Moon rules Cancer.
  • Mercury symbol.svg – Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo.
  • Venus symbol.svg – Venus rules Libra and Taurus.
  • Mars symbol.svg – Mars  rules Aries and Scorpio.
  • Jupiter symbol.svg – Jupiter rules Sagittarius and Pisces.
  • Saturn symbol.svg – Saturn rules Capricorn and Aquarius.

Taking a look at the heptagram used by the Babylonians for the planets, we get this thing:

If you start with Saturn at the bottom right, and trace the star upwards to the Sun, you’ll follow the order of the weekdays through the Moon (Monday), Mars (Tuesday), Mercury (Wednesday), Jupiter (Thursday), Venus (Friday) and back to Saturn (Saturday). If you follow around the circumference, starting with the moon, the planets are arranged in order of their sidereal orbital period, from the Moon (29.53 days) to Saturn (29.5 years). For the Sun, use 365 days. At any rate, this is an ancient arrangement.

So, the next step is to figure out how this heptagram lines up with the zodiac. Given that the Sun is the centre of this system, as is Libra, I associate those two with each other. That leaves us with 12 signs of the zodiac with 6 planets. Easy enough to do the math. We end up with this:

The planetary rulership changes to:

  • Sun symbol.svg – Sun rules Libra.
  • Moon symbol crescent.svg – Moon rules Aries and Taurus.
  • Mercury symbol.svg – Mercury rules Gemini and Cancer.
  • Venus symbol.svg – Venus rules Leo and Virgo.
  • Mars symbol.svg – Mars  rules Scorpio and Ophiuchus.
  • Jupiter symbol.svg – Jupiter rules Sagittarius and Capricorn.
  • Saturn symbol.svg – Saturn rules Aquarius and Pisces.

Some of these are unchanged, but there is a great shift in these associations. It felt to me that Virgo & Venus went together, as they both represent the feminine, whereas Scorpio & Mars represent the masculine (the phallic symbols give them away). I don’t know what astrologers might make of this, but in terms of symbolic symmetry, this appears to be a workable system (well, almost anything is workable, human ingenuity being what it is).

Now, we are neglecting the two modern planets that remain, Uranus and Neptune. If we add those to the preexisting seven planets, we get this:

This gets a bit trickier, but it’s not hopeless (where there’s life and all that). The  left side of the circle contains the inner planets, and the right side the outer planets. Each planet (except the sun, as before) rules a sign and a half. therefore each planet rules a sign, and four signs share planetary rulership. The four signs in question are the fixed signs.

The months in theAbysmal calendar that share these signs also happen to fall midway in each of the year’s quarters. So in a sense, the planets can be associated with the four quarters of the year. Anyway, the new planetary rulership looks like this:

The planetary rulership changes to:

  • Sun symbol.svg – Sun rules Libra.
  • Moon symbol crescent.svg – Moon rules Aries and semi-Taurus.
  • Mercury symbol.svg – Mercury rules semi-Taurus and Gemini.
  • Venus symbol.svg – Venus rules Cancer and semi-Leo.
  • Mars symbol.svg – Mars  rules semi-Leo and Virgo.
  • Jupiter symbol.svg – Jupiter rules Scorpio and semi-Ophiuchus.
  • Saturn symbol.svg – Saturn rules semi-Ophiuchus and Sagittarius.
  • Uranus's astrological symbol.svg – Uranus rules Sagittarius and semi-Aquarius.
  • Neptune symbol.svg – Neptune rules semi-Aquarius and Pisces.

I’m not entirely satisfied with this arrangement of the planets. There may be a more workable solution, however, it bears contemplating.

What do you think? Is this something to consider, or does the absence of Uranus & Neptune make this whole exercise moot?

329 Days to Dec 21st 2012


Multiple New Years

13 April 2009

Thailand and South Asia celebrate April 13th to 15th

Today’s New Year, coincident in 2009 with the Gregorian Easter Monday, was determined to coincide with the transit of the Sun into the Constellation (not to be confused with the astrological sign) of Aries. In 1930, the International Astronomical Union set the date at which the transit occurs at April 19th, however, due to the Precession of the Equinoxes, this date has likely drifted to April 20th by now (typically it falls a day later every 71 or 72 Years).

theAbysmal Calendar reforms the transit date to April 20th, which this Year bears the glyph 13~XX, the last nymber~glyph in the cycle of 260. This means that April 21st 2009 bears the first of the cycle, 1~I. This bodes well for new beginnings.

Compare the two illustrations that contrast Days of the astrological and astronomical Zodiac. The darkness of the circles represents the relative amount of Daylight at 50 N Latitude.

daylight-wheel-astrologyASTROLOGICAL BOUNDARIES

daylight-wheel-astronomyASTRONOMICAL BOUNDARIES

April 13th coincides with Easter and several New Years, as well as theAbysmal Month 4
April 20th coincides with the Sun’s transit into Aries
April 21st bears 1~I