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From: BARILOCHENSE6999  (Original message) Sent: 17/02/2015 19:03
Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth
Calendars for the Sun, Moon and stars - by Gillies MacBain
An abridged version of a talk given to the Sr. Aine Historical Society Templemore, Co. Tipperary.

Newgrange, Knowth and the Boyne
Newgrange (right) and Knowth (far left, behind trees) and the Boyne in flood.

The Boyne Valley passage mounds attract worldwide attention and undoubtedly deserve World Heritage Site status. Until now, the archaeologist's viewpoint has been dominant - that they are primarily burial mounds. Gillies Macbain argues that a wider perspective is needed, to include astronomy and other sciences. His astronomical and mathematical arguments presented here offer compelling evidence that these mounds were built to act as calanders based on the movements of the sun, moon and the star Venus.

When I first wrote down my conclusions on the passage mounds – I sent a copy to Professor Eogan, an archaeologist, and another to Professor Wayman, an astronomer. The distinguished archaeologist wrote back saying " I can't comment on your theories because I am not an astronomer". The distinguished astronomer wrote back saying that the numbers looked right but he couldn't comment on them because he was not an archaeologist!

I have to acknowledge my debt to the expert authors and authorities – but I don't believe that archaeology itself is enough: To get the full picture you need archaeology but also anthropology, astronomy, agriculture, architecture, ancient history, mythology and the history of religion – and a dash of common sense.

Surely Newgrange has to be more than a grave? There are a number of ways of burying a body easier than under 200,000 tonnes of stones. Let the archaeologists call it a passage grave. I prefer to call it a passage mound. It is permissible to see this complex of mounds as the longest and greatest engineering project ever undertaken on this island of Ireland.

If you want a better word to describe the three great mounds in the Boyne Valley, then I suggest the word "cathedrals" would be the most appropriate.*

Regarding the sun, the moon, and the calendar. From my own house in Tipperary the sun sets behind the Devil's Bit mountain: The Gap of Barnane. On the 15th August each year, if the weather is clear, the sun is seen to set exactly in the Bit. That is the Feast of the Assumption and the cathedral in Thurles is the Cathedral of the Assumption. The 15th of August is also the date of Nenagh show and the meaning of "Nenagh" is "annual" or "annual fair".

Now here is another curious thing: If the sun goes down exactly in the Devil's Bit on the 15th August, just eight weeks after midsummer, it must do the same trick on its way north along the horizon eight weeks before midsummer. It will also rise, on the 14th February, just eight weeks after midwinter on the exactly opposite point of the horizon.

And what is opposite the rising sun? As the sun rises, the full moon sets, and once every 19 years this full moon will coincide with the 14th February and also set directly in the Devil's Bit.

The moon's behaviour has complications which would take too long to explain, but you can take it that a front door accidently lined up with the sun, can equally certainly be said to be lined up with a regular setting or rising of the moon.

Would anyone build a passage mound with a deliberate alignment on a phase of the moon which occurred only once in 19 years? The answer is that neolithic man, yes, would. It is only us in our headlong age with our illusion of constant progress, who think in the short-term.

Dowth plan


Let me explain this 19-year thing: The problem of the calendar makers is to reconcile the apparent motion of the sun and moon. Seen from the earth, the sun goes around every 24 hours. The seasons are caused by the tilt of the earth in its orbit, and this orbit takes 365.25 days. We know this fact so well that we tend to forget that the length of the year is completely unrelated to the length of the day. As for month, the word comes from the word "moon". The moon in fact goes around anti-clockwise – only the spin of the earth makes it look clockwise. The month lasts 29.5 days from new moon to new moon. The year is twelve moon months and 10.9 days left over. So some years have thirteen new moons.

By a pure coincidence of the solar system, 19 sun years are almost exactly equal to 235 moon months. So if the moon and the sun are in a particular configuration on a particular day of the year, they will be in the same configuration with the moon at the same phase, on the same day, 19 years later. This 19 year cycle is an astronomical one, but it is used in the Christian calendar to determine the day on which Easter occurs.

None of this information is original or new. What is new is that we are bringing together information from one field to throw light on another.

Knowth plan


Let us now deal with Dowth and Knowth – the other two major passage mounds on the Boyne. Dowth was traditionally held to have been built by the druid Bres and means "darkness" in Irish. The story is that darkness fell upon the earth before the mound was completed. I take this to mean an eclipse. Dowth has 115 kerb stones. If you go around twice that makes 115 x 2, or 230 stones. 230 is the number of moons (new moon to new moon) in the 18.6 year cycle, after which the pattern of eclipses repeats itself. Dowth faces in a westerly direction. The west is where you see the new moon, and the new moon, OR dark moon, is the time when eclipses of the sun occur: It all fits.

The reference to a 19-year cycle would be very appropriate for Knowth, which has passages facing east and west. At the equinox the sun comes up due east in any part of the world, and sets due west. Once every nineteen years the moon will be full on the same day as the equinox. Likewise half way around the cycle, after 9.5 years,the new moon will do the same at the autumn equinox, but with, not opposite, the sun. The eastern passage may also be slanted slightly south of east, towards the old moon preceding the equinox.

Let me explain: To see the old moon, you look east – it rises before the sun, a little closer every day until it disappears in the glow of dawn. Similarly, to see the new moon you look west. It sets a little later than the sun, every day. So the old moon at Knowth would give about 3 days warning of the new. Knowth has 127 stones and 127 is half of 254 – the number of sidereal moons in 19 years. Sidereal means coming back to the same point in the stars. That takes the moon 27.3 days. Meanwhile the sun has moved on in the annual circuit and not until 29.5 days does the moon catch up.

So the number of kerb stones at Knowth is either one of the greatest coincidences of all time or it indicates beyond doubt a detailed knowledge of the moon, and an understanding of the circling of the stars.

Our most difficult task is to get inside the mind of a people who can neither read nor write, but are skilled at designing and building in stone, and so advanced in their observations of the heavens that we find it hard to keep up with them, even now in an age of television and universal education!

Dowth and Knowth yielded their secret fairly easily, now what about Newgrange?

If Dowth is the first mound, watching the 18.6 year cycle of the eclipses – and Knowth is the second, watching the 19 years coincidence of sun and moon, what else is there to track? There is the 8 year cycle of the planet Venus. The planet Venus goes around the sun – as seen from the earth which is also moving – in 584 days. During this cycle it appears once as the morning star, and once as the evening star. By another astronomical coincidence, five of these Venus cycles make nearly the same number of days as there are in eight years, – in fact after eight years Venus comes back ahead of the sun, just 2.5 days early.

Now I want you to imagine a coming together of the winter sun, the new moon, and the planet Venus. The calendar maker has to decide what day to chose for day one. We chose January 1st and anno domini 1 (1 A.D.) as our starting points. But the winter solstice is a natural starting point for the sun; for the moon the new or darkened moon; and for Venus the inferior conjunction when it passes across the face of the sun and can be visible as a black dot under certain conditions.

Newgrange plan

I am saying that Newgrange may be designed to look out for a day which is day one of the suns year, day one of the moon's nineteen year cycle and day one of the planet Venus' eight year cycle. The lowest common denominator of the one year sun cycle, nineteen year moon coincidence and eight year Venus coincidence is 1 x 19 x 8 = 152. 152 fits Newgrange in the following way: Newgrange has 97 kerb stones. Make the entrance stone K1 and the highly decorated stone K52 represent the days of triple conjunction. There are 95 kerb stones remaining. Each kerb stone = one 584 day cycle of Venus. Thus each five stones = 8 years. Thus the stones make 19 x 8 years or 152 years. This represents a "great year" of sun, moon, and Venus.

To me this is the meaning of the regular phrase in mythology 'three fifties plus two'. It is the sun/ moon/ Venus cycle. The theory that I am putting forward assumes a knowledge of the movements of the sun, moon, and Venus, on the part of the passage mound builders.

So the most conservative archaeologists now accept the alignment of Newgrange with the midwinter sun. All of the circumstantial evidence points to an association of the Boyne valley with the moon after which it is named (Boyne = cow. The moon was known as the white cow). And the third person of this neolithic trinity is the planet Venus.

NewgrangeAt Newgrange the folk tradition of county Meath was that the morning star (Venus) shone into Newgrange once in every eight years. It takes Venus five cycles, as we saw, to come back into line with the solar year. That is why Venus is represented as a five pointed star. Of course, what we are celebrating is not just any old star, but the morning star which announces the dawn.

A fundamental problem of religion is to reconcile the natural, unconscious, night-time mind, with the rational, conscious, daylight mind. The morning star which brings the dawn is the messenger of love, reconciliation, and the coming of the light. It is a parable of nature. The star of Bethlehem is a lot more than a children's story. It stands for the meeting point of day and night, of reason and feeling, the reconciliation of man with creation and the reconciliation of heaven and earth.

What I am calling for is the rescue of the passage mounds from the archaeologists' operating table, and their restoration as sites of spiritual significance. Here in Tipperary, the Rock of Cashel is abandoned to tourism, and it is part of the OPW lease that it is not to be used for religious purposes. The Derrynaflan chalice is locked in a glass case in the museum. For a thousand years it lay hidden for fear of the Vikings. Now the Viking city of Dublin holds it and no one asks for it back. The only grail chalice that we care about is the Sam Maguire football trophy.

I humbly suggest that the time has come to reclaim the roots of our religion – and reclaim for the pilgrim the sacred and ancient landscape that is being lost to the mere tourist.

Gillies Macbain is an organic farmer.


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From: BARILOCHENSE6999 Sent: 16/01/2016 19:28
Preston Nichols (with Peter Moon!)
The Music of Time 

"When they actually filmed Star Wars, I literally saw two physics or adepts (mystery religion imo) that were concentrating on the camera as it was running. They were putting some sort of psychic overlay on the film. I recognized what they were doing because it was similar to what I had done with musical recordings (via Buddah etc)"

Wag The Dog?
WFC bulidings Manhattan and the heiroglyph of Sirius

Masonic Tracing Board - Sirius 'the all seeing eye' in the sky

The towers 'separating the heaven & the earth'....were destroyed 33 weeks and 3 days from Bush's inauguration as president 20th Jan 2001.

Manhattan Memorial Tracing Board - Stairway/Ladder to Sirius
The lights that shone for 33 days (33 vertebrae/degress etc)


Cards XVII The Star (sirius/isis), XVIII The Moon & XIX The Sun (17 18 & 19)
Isis (sirius) 'the naked virgin' depicting the inundation of the Nile, the Ibis (Thoth/Hermes) in the background, always near.

 Sirius in Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange

 Sirius in Kubrick's Barry Lyndon

 Sirius in Kubrick's The Shining

The Tower(s) and The Moon - Manhatttan surrounded by water

If you recall my earlier post 'Manhattan Working' you might remember the 'moon' correlation that was made apparent...a relationship between certain Fox & Fox TV premieres and the postion of the moon on these occassions and the position of the moon on the day of 9/11.


 I've now got around to adding in the premiere of 2001 : ASO

Programming the masses/sheep (apes)

ALL of the following were released when the 'MOON' was in the same position in the sky (relative to background stars, sidereal orbits 27.3 days  (+/- fraction of a day).  The yellow text (below) shows the span of complete moon orbits between the dates.  One complete orbit taking the moon to the exact same starting point of origin.

The starting point of the moon matrix cycle
April 4, 1968

April 4, 1968 - movie "2001 : A Space Odyssey 'theatrical premiere' in the USA. (MGM)

 277 moon orbits later (-0.1 day)

 December 23, 1988 - movie "Working Girl" 'theatrical premiere' in the USA. (FOX)

63 moon orbits later (+ 0.7354 day) 

 September 10, 1993 - TV show "The X-Files" premieres. (FOX)

100 moons orbits later (-0.1661 day)

 March 4, 2001 - TV show "The Lone Gunmen" premieres. (FOX)
Flight 175 that crashed into the South Tower departed from Boston

7 moons orbits later (-0.2516 day) 

September 11, 2001 - World Trade Center destroyed.

The Monolith/Sentinel looks on...Millenium Hilton

A time phase that covers 33 years, 2001 : ASO being released 33 years prior to the year 2001.

Our start point 4-4-1968 to our end point 9-11-2001 is exactly:

447 moons (+.2177 day)

Of course, don't take my word for it...check it out for yourself.

I shouldn't need to mention the main aspects of 2001 :ASO, but don't forget that it centres around the moon and an artefact (Alien/extraterrestial) that is found there and it's relationship to the development of man etc.

September 11th 2001
Earth (centre) Moon travels through Sirius (canis major)...red line to Orion/Osiris
Above...image is looking down on the Earth and Moon orientated so that Orion in the direction of top of the image @ 8:49 am (1:49pm Universal Time Code)

Above...this image shows the position of the Moon at 8:49 am (1:49pm Universal Time Code), on 9-11-2001...it is directly above 'the shoulder of orion' Betelgeuse.

This is the exact time that the first plane hits the North Tower.


2001 : ASO being 'the mother' of it all...recall the 'Monolith' overelooking Ground Zero and the 'sirius glyph/wfc buildings' (see Manhattan Working post).  Working Girl...I have already shown that Nichols' film pays reference to Kubrick's 2001 and this film (Working Girl) took place in the vicinity of the WTC...ending with WTC 7.


That means that 2 of the above both featured the WTC Twin Towers as central to the story, that being Working Girl & The Lonegunmen pilot (recall the plane almost hitting the WTC towers).  

 10-13 Templar cypher
From Chris Carter (CC, 33 cypher)

The Lonegunmen was a 10-13 production and spun-off from the original X-Files series....which also featured the 3 Lonegunmen. The first episode of The X Files (pilot) premiered exactly 8 years & 1 day before 9/11/2001...so all 3 already have a relationship with each other.  X Files links to Working Girl via David Duchovny...where he starred in his first role.  Working Girl links to 2001 : ASO via Mike Nichols paying direct homage to Kubrick's 2001 : ASO. (see Manhattan Working post)

Now...factor in 9/11

The moon's position in the sky(sidereal orbit) relative to the background stars...on all 5 of the above 5 occassions...was exactly the same!!!


 What are the odds of those dates and moon positions aligning?
Astronomical imo and I can slip in a cheap pun too!

So I have just shown how certain media product out of Hollywood are connected to release dates, the moons position and 9/11!!!

Think this is INSANE...do you?  Think again....and think more about recent history.  Recall my recent post about Batman The Dark Knight Rises and the inclusion of subliminal trojans within that film etc!


There is a moon connection to The Dark Knight Rises and the Aurora and Sandy Hook shootings!

 Both these events happened during the exact SAME moon phases (waxing crescent)...the day after a NEW MOON!

From the NEW MOON (the darkest night, geddit?) to the following day. On a NEW MOON sunlight is shone on the side of the moon (dark side) that we can't see...hence the darkest phase.

After the new moon, the sunlit portion is increasing, but less than half, so it is waxing crescent. After the first quarter, the sunlit portion is still increasing, but now it is more than half, so it is waxing gibbous. After the full moon (maximum illumination), the light continually decreases. So the waning gibbous phase occurs next. Following the third quarter is the waning crescent, which wanes until the light is completely gone -- a new moon.
I Want To Believe (2008)
 They keep the 'moon meme' going...
 A shot of the moon slowly rising behind the silhouettes of trees is the first shot that appears in The X-Files: I Want to Believe, apart from the logo for 20th Century Fox, and is positioned to the right of the film's logo, remaining there while the logo fades onto the screen before disappearing.(cough, cough)

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