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The 2014 Astrotheology Caldendar front coverThe 2014 Astrotheology Calendar
D.M. Murdock & N.W. Barker

34 pages | 8.5 x 11 | 22 color images | ISBN-13 978-0-9799631-9-3 | US $18.99

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The 2014 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.

The 2014 Astrotheology Calendar back coverThis year's calendar features the Blood Moon, a celestial phenomenon based on the lunar eclipse that is the subject of fascination especially among Christians and others over the millennia. The Blood Moon's redness is caused by the earth's atmosphere, and the phenomenon has been viewed by the devout as a sign of Jesus Christ's return. On the cover, we feature an image of a replica of Herod's Temple in Jerusalem, with an enormous  full moon behind it. These lunar eclipses are especially significant because there will be four of them during 2014 and 2015, comprising a tetrad. The text by Robert Tulip, D.M. Murdock and N.W. Barker explains the history and mythology of blood moons since antiquity, when one occurred over Jerusalem in 4 BCE, held by some to be Christ's  "birthday."

In the calendar, we also provide another view of the blood moon showing the "rabbit" common in lunar mythology, as well as images of the Chinese moon goddess Chang-O; the "White Hare of the Moon"; and Christ's "Second Coming" and Resurrection.

We journey next to Bethsaida, Israel, where ancient ruins focus on a lunar bull god, while in Ireland a neolithic tomb passage may mark the phases of the moon. So too does a 4,000-year-old "recumbent stone circle" in Scotland possess lunar alignments, possibly serving as a site where one could "witness fairy dances and celebrations." The vision in the biblical book of Revelation of a "woman clothed with the sun, with moon under her feet" is featured next, as part of ancient mythology Christianized. Significant also to Christian astrotheology is the herdsman constellation of Bootes, supposedly also useful in signifying the messiah's coming.  

March 2104 full view: Fra Angelico's representation of Jesus's 'Second Coming,' 15th century.

The blood moon is also a "hunter's moon," useful for tracking nocturnal prey, as in the Greek myth of Artemis, featured in October. Maya mythology features the Blood Maiden or First Mother, who resurrects the solar maize god out of the underworld. The lunar goddess Ix Chel is associated with a rabbit, again a common lunar motif. Finally, December is highlighted by a lovely winter scene of a village with blood moon, with the full moon falling on the festival of Sinterklasas in Holland.

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 2014 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
  • What is Astrotheology?
  • The Four Blood Moons
    • Precession of the Equinoxes
    • Jerusalem
    • 2014 and 2015
  • Christian Astrotheology
    • Bootes, the Coming One
    • Arcturus
    • Harvester with a Sickle
    • Day of the Lord
    • Tribulation
    • New Inquisition?
    • Auspicious Days
    • May Blood Maiden
  • Archaeoastronomical Alignments
  • The Sun
  • The Moon 
  • The Solstices, Equinoxes and Peak Days
  • Cool Stuff
  • Sources & Further Reading

For more information about the calendar, including images, see D.M. Murdock/Acharya's article "What is the Blood Moon? Will Jesus return?" See also the neat review by Molly Hall: Blood Moon & Astrotheology

As with the previous years' calendars, The 2014 Astrotheology Calendar contains information never before published in any of D.M. Murdock/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.)

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"The 2014 Astrotheology Calendar makes a great gift!"

William McMullin image

"A calendar like no other - a beautiful collector's item!"

"I got the 2014 calendar yesterday! Frankly, I can't really call it a calendar! Why? It's too beautiful, and it's a collector's item. I can't even put a thumb tack in it and stick it to the wall, as I don't want to put a blemish on it.

"You are getting not only a calendar but also a lesson in astrotheology. Plus the beautiful artwork can tell a story all by itself. But you won't have to figure anything out, because the story is included too."

William McMullin, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

D.M. Murdock/Acharya S

"A message from the author..."

"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.

"This year's calendar includes contributions by Robert Tulip, who wrote some of the introductory text, and Disney illustrator Mark Chiachirra, who designed and executed the front cover. 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." 

D.M. Murdock/Acharya S

For more information, see:

Jesus's Return, Blood Red Moons and the Bootes Constellation

Acharya S on DVD