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DO U REMEMBER ME COMRADE ? U SHOULD . I SUBSCRIBED TO YER METHOD & APPLICATION A DECADE AGO WHEN WE WERE PLAYING THE MSN GROUPS/CLUBS.
Yes, I remember you, and your comments posted in MAINLY UPPER CASE. As you can see, I now have my first book out on the astrological ages. It has taken a long time – I hope you get a chance to read it! Hopefully I will be writing more books on the subject. Regards, Terry
I found your observations about the beginnings of the ages very cogent. Regarding modernity, I was taught at Columbia that the modern age arrived with the French Revolution. Considering that the planet Uranus was discovered in 1792, that seems to be a pretty good sign of when the “Age of Aquarius” began. A question that I have is the beginning and end of the range of dates when Sirius can rise with the Sun. (Since the heliacal rising of Sirius in Egyptian times is know that should also give the definitive clue as to what “heliacal rising” means: mathematical or visual. But the heliacal rising of Saturn moves around, and I wonder within what limits, that is, is it all within the month of July or can it also rise in June or August? The varialtions in Sirius heliacal is called the Sothic Year and this is around 1460 years and plays an important role in ancient religions. What can you tell me?
Many people and astrologers mistakenly believe there is a connection with planetary cycles and the astrological ages. If you examine precession of the equinoxes, the root cause of the astrological ages, there is no relationship whatsoever with the planetary cycles. The discovery of the planet Uranus is relevant as an historical correlation to the Age of Aquarius, but you would have to prove that such a discovery indicates the beginning of an age. No one has ever proved this or provided any substantiating evidence.
You may have been taught in Columbia that the modern age arrived with the French Revolution but most historians state something to the effect: “Classical modernity: 1789–1900 (corresponding to the long 19th century (1789–1914) in Hobsbawm’s scheme)” and that “Early modernity: 1500–1789 (or 1453–1789 in traditional historiography)”. Currently the world is supposedly in “late modernity”, but be in early, classical or late modernity – they are all sub-periods of Modernity. [Ref: Modernity, Wikipedia, Retrieved 01:50, May 10, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Modernity&oldid=719160272%5D
Many major historians claim the 15th century one of the most remarkable centuries in the history of mankind because, amongst other things, it was the first century where people became aware of people everywhere in the world and thus was the century that commenced globalization. Globalization is a major factor of Modernity.
Re the Sothic cycle, it has no direct relationship whatsoever with the astrological ages as they are based on incongruous astronomic systems. I do not have experience with the Sothic cycle but from what I have gleaned from Wikipedia, the Sothic cycle is based on the position of Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, and Sirius seems to have one major anomaly. It is immune from precession of the equinoxes which shifts the stars in relation to the tropical zodiac one degree every 72 years retrograde through the zodiac.
Sirius, however, remains at the same point in the tropical zodiac indicating that whatever its relative movement in space relative to our Sun, this movement is in opposite direction to precession of the equinoxes and they cancel each other out making Sirius appear “stationary” in the sky over incredibly long periods. While this in no way automatically makes the position of Sirius the fiducial (starting) point for the sidereal zodiac, “This remarkable stability within the solar year may be one reason that the Egyptians used it as a basis for their calendar whereas no other star would have sufficed.” Professor Jed Buchwald wrote “Sirius remains about the same distance from the equinoxes – and so from the solstices – throughout these many centuries, despite precession.” [Ref: Sothic cycle, Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:51, May 10, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sothic_cycle&oldid=686053176 ]
Thank you for bringing the Sothis Cycle to my attention as I was fully aware that the heliacal rising of Sirius marked the beginning of the New Year in Ancient Egypt, but I was totally unaware of the strange behavior of Sirius if it is true. I will need to do more research on the strange behavior of Sirius to see if this strange behavior is confirmed. Certainly if it is confirmed, its relationship should be examined.
My first attempt at confirming the strange behavior attributed to Sirius failed. In Solar Fire, I obtained the tropical positions of Sirius and Betelgeuse in their current tropical position compared to over 2,000 years ago on the same date in Year 1 and it showed that both Sirius and Betelgeuse displayed the same retrograde motion through the tropical zodiac? I will delve deeper.
I received this from Bernadette Brady: Hello Terry, Precession effects different stars differently depending on their location on the celestial sphere and where you are viewing them from. For Sirius, which is in the southern skies, the rate of precession is be amazingly slow. For example at 35 North, the place where Sirius rises on the horizon for the year 01CE is an azimuth of 109/42′ and its true heliacal rising date (when it returns to visibility) is 12 July (Julian calendar). However in 1500 CE these two measurements are 109/45 and the HR is 15 July. So over 1500 years Sirius has only shifted a few minutes in its position on the horizon and only a three days in its heliacal rising date.
In contrast a star such as Regulus, which is located on the ecliptic and is one of the ‘so called’ royal stars (Sirius is not), in the year 01 CE it would have risen on the horizon at an azimuth of 72/17 and its morning rising would be on the 7 August. Later in 1500 CE this changes to an azimuth of 75/08 and a morning rising date of 23 August. Thus you can see that the rate of precession varies depending on the location of the star.