The group is led by Maggie Hewson and meets on the first Thursday of the month
Prelude to Astrology.
On the Today program of 21 June 2019, and to celebrate the summer solstice, Maggie Aderine Pocock, a space scientist and astronomer announced that English Heritage is launching a new website which will allow anyone in the world to see the journey of the Stars and the Moon within the circle of Stonehenge.
You will see the Stones but above the Stones you will be able to pan around and see the state of the sky at any moment in time; as a nightscape, as it would be above the henge. It is computer generated but you can see the track of the various planets and constellations. During the day a photograph of the skyscape, taken just outside the stones, will be super imposed on them.
Stonehenge was built to celebrate the cosmos and aligns beautifully with the Sun and the Winter and Summer Solstices so is definitely linked to the skies around it. Stonehenge was built as an astronomical calendar to measure the passing of time. The mind boggling thing, says Ms Pocock, is that she works with big telescopes and these people were measuring the same things 4 ½ thousand years ago. So it is an ongoing endeavour and that is what links us to them except that we have lost our link which is why English Heritage are giving us back the night sky.
Personally, as an Astrologer, I have been waiting for the scientists to catch up and didn’t think it would be in my lifetime, but, Halleluiah it is.
Have you ever thought about what defines our year; it is one revolution of the Earth around the Sun and we divide that into twelve sections to give us our months and use that handy little rhyme, “30 days hath September” to keep the days straight. I suppose it is easy to think that our time is universal but is it? What if you lived on Mars? Mars takes twice as long to make one revolution around the Sun as the Earth. So, one Martian “year” is twice as long as ours; starting at the same instant, when we were 40yrs old a Martian would be only 20.
Bearing in mind that you cannot look at the Sun because it will blind you, how do you think the people of 4½ thousand years ago took their measurements? They built Stonehenge with thick wide stones joined together with tall, wide lintels with sculpted mortise and tenon joints for year in, year out, accuracy, with a few straight edges strategically placed. The width of the uprights and the depth of the lintels kept out the glare of the Sun and, always standing in the same place, it was first glints that they measured. How simply cleverful.
Not so for the Egyptians or the Romans. What shenanigans they had but that’s another story! Stonehenge had fallen silent by the time the Romans came in 55BC; they brought their Julian calendar with them but it wasn’t true like Stonehenge and it was not until NASA got involved that we found accuracy in our measurements once again.