IN ANCIENT AND MODERN CULTURE, ARCHITECTURE, AND ASTRONOMY
Major Lunar Standstill moonrise, Chimney Rock, Colorado
The Moon has a rather obscure long cycle known as the Major Lunar Standstill cycle or in terms of astronomers, the regression of the lunar orbital nodes. Welcome to the site I hope will answer some of your questions about this Lunar phenomena as observable with naked eye techniques.
Naked eye techniques also means that the information presented here has been available to people throughout history with simple but persistent observation techniques. There is no need of numbers, math, or even a written language to develop proficiency at knowing and predicting these lunar cycles.
A ‘Lunar Standstill’ is a bit like a Solar Standstill which we have named ‘Solstice’ in modern English. There is another orbital cycle within this lunar standstill cycle which we (somewhat incorrectly) call a ‘Major Lunar Standstill’ or a ‘Minor Lunar Standstill.
I have a short book called “MoonTracks” that endeavors to explain this lunar cycle in easily understood language with lots of diagrams. I have been writing an email newsletter called “MoonTracker” which gives the monthly or semi-monthly information on the lunar standstills.Yes they happen twice per month, once in the north and once in the south.
I also have been publishing a 4-year lunar cycle prediction calendar that many people find useful to get your brain back into the idea of going outside and watching as well as looking at the calendar. This is done by showing lunar patterns nested inside of the solar year pattern. This is what is really happening in the sky and we have been looking at linear calendars in the culture for way too long to remember easily what’s going on out-of-doors.
I also want to introduce you to a fascinating subject know as ‘Native Science’. While my work is certainly a part of native and ancient science, it is only a portion of what is available on this subject.
So sit back in a dark room with lots of windows and lets have a look at a very knowable and wonderful night sky.