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The 2015 Astrotheology CalendarThe 2015 Astrotheology Calendar
D.M. Murdock & N.W. Barker

34 pages | 8.5 x 11 | 24 color images | ISBN-13 978-0-9908885-0-5 | US $18.99

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The 2015 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 2015 Astrotheology Calendar back coverThis year's calendar showcases the solstices and equinoxes, which are celebrated in religious festivals and mythology, as well as by alignments of fascinating ruins worldwide. On the cover, we feature an image of the Pyramid complex at Giza, Egypt, which marks the winter solstice, represented by the akhet or symbol of the sun between two mountains. 

In the calendar, we include images and text from the Bible, such as the prophet Ezekiel's vision of four "creatures," symbols of the fixed signs following the solstices and equinoxes (January), and Moses's entry into the Promised Land (September), both of which tales revolve around not historical persons and events but the solstices and/or equinoxes. 

We journey next to Athens, Greece, where an ancient theater was built to celebrate the mythical life of the solar wine and vine god, Dionysus, frequently fêted during the spring. Also in the spring at the equinox (March), a shadowy snake slithers down the side of the famous pyramid of the solar serpent god Quetzalcoal at Chichen Itza, Yucatan. Likewise aligned to the vernal and autumnal equinoxes is the monument at Stonehenge called the "Cursus," which appears in April's imagery. 

CLICK TO ENLARGE. May month for the 2015 Astrotheology CalendarA fabulous Buddhist monument is highlighted as May's image, which includes a statue of Buddha illuminated by the sun's rays at the summer solstice. Summer solstice celebrations also mark the "Nativity of St. John," who in reality is a solar figure symbolizing the half-year period from the summer to winter solstices, while his successor, Jesus, is the presiding deity over the six-month winter-to-summer solstice time. The sun's passage through the equinoxes and solstices is marked also within Maori mythology, discussed in July's image of the Pleiades.

Perhaps not so surprisingly, humanity has been marking these annual milestones for many thousands of years, as demonstrated by the 7,000-year-old ruins at Almendres, Portugal, featured in August. As part of this ancient tradition, for October we revisit Egypt, exploring the solar alignment of the Great Temple of Ramesses II at Abu, Simbel.

A relatively unknown but massive Mayan site of Dzibilchaltún in the Yucatán, México, has a "temple of Seven Dolls" that is aligned to the equinoxes. Finally, for December we visit the famous Temple of Zeus at Olympia, Greece, which is aligned to Spica, the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo, myths about which contributed to our "Christmas" traditions.

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, Did Moses Exist? and Jesus as the Sun throughout History, The 2015 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?
  • Solstices and Equinoxes
    • New Year Celebrations
    • Three-Day Period
    • Rebirth and Resurrection
    • Presiding Deities
    • Jesus and John the Baptist 
    • Passover, Vernal Equinox and Wilderness
    • Dionysian Spring Festival
    • Sign of Aries 
  • Archaeoastronomical Alignments
    • Giza Plateau 
  • The Sun
  • Sources & Further Reading

As with the previous years' calendars, The 2015 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 2015 Astrotheology Calendar makes a great gift!"

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.

"Our astrotheology calendars are 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." 

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