researcher) was quite fascinated by the discussion of the 19 year cycle.

He decided to do some research.

The graphs and things he included in his paper aren't included in the following, but they aren't necessary. What is important are his remarks as well as the upcoming event.

Those who have read "The Secret History of the World" are aware of the possible significance of this event.

**19-year Lunar Cycles**

By Frank J

I was inspired to put together this little paper by the discussion in

'Secret History' concerning the importance of the 19-year lunar cycle in the

cultures of some ancient civilizations, in particular the culture that

flourished around Stonehenge. The C's suggests that the 19-year cycle is a

window, gravitationally induced, for direct access by humans ("right

people, right place, right activity, right time") can directly access

higher dimensions without any help from other entities. by engaging in

group activities,

carried out in a geometric pattern, and

with certain amplification materials in particular geographic locations,

and

the participants having fused their magnetic centers,

And, of course, I am also interested in where we are now in that cycle.

The following explanations are cobbled together

from several scientific and archaeological sites on the Internet, and their

web addresses are provided at the end of this article.

Predictable motions of the earth's rotation axis on time scales less than

300 years are all referred to as nutation, a correction to the precession

cycle (26,000 years). The currently standard nutation theory is composed of

106 non-harmonically-related sine and cosine components, mainly due to

second-order torque effects from the sun and moon, plus 85 planetary

correction terms. The four dominant periods of nutation are 18.6 years

(precession period of the lunar orbit), 182.6 days (half a year), 13.7 days

(half a month), and 9.3 years (rotation period of the moon's perigee).

The primary nutation of 18.6 years drives two other observational cycles:

the Saros cycle (18 years and 11 days) and the Metonic Cycle (19 years)

**Primary Nutation Cycle**

The cause of this cycle is the precession of the lunar orbit about he Earth.

In addition, the Sun's gravitational pull leads to a precession of the

Moon's orbital axis, with a period of 18.6 years. This precession advances

the locations where the moon's orbit crosses the ecliptic (the nodes).

Eclipses will occur on the new or full moon nearest the time that the sun

passes one of the nodes

There are several observational consequences of this cycle, none of which

require a technical knowledge of the lunar precession.

**Solar Eclipse Prediction**

This cycle causes every eclipse of the sun to repeat itself at a different

place on the earth every 18.6 years. The effect of this "wobble" is that

eclipses seasons occur 365.24/18.6= 19.6 day earlier every year. Thus in

1997, the eclipse season of the fall will be centered about the node 19.6

days earlier than that of the previous year.

Lunar Standstills: Because of the 5.1 degree tilt of the moon's orbit with

respect to the ecliptic, the moon may be anywhere within 5.1 degrees above

or below the ecliptic. During major standstills the moon reaches a

declination of 23.5 plus 5.1 degrees or 28.6 degrees; major standstills

occur every 18.6 years. At minor standstill the greatest declination that

the moon reaches is 23.5 minus 5.1 degrees or 18.4 degrees.

This means that every 18.6 years, the rising or setting Moon reaches a

northern extreme in rising and setting azimuth at summer solstice, and a

southern extreme at winter solstice. These are called major standstills.

While such standstills can in principle be determined using horizon

observations, as with the summer solstice Sun the Moon's year-to-year

angular displacement along the horizon at summer solstice is very small near

standstill. It should be noted that 18.6 years is measured from the point of

view of the lunar orbit. Observationally, from the Earth's surface, the

length of time between two major standstills is not 18.6 years: it switches

back and forth between 18.5 years and 19 years, and 18.6 years is an

observational average. This may become clearer by looking closely at the

behavior of the moon at the time of her extreme positions. This chart shows,

for the current and three most recent nodal cycles, the maximum southern

azimuth position of the rising moon reached during each month for

approximately three years. The data shown are the maximum rising moons for

the periods Mar 1, 1949 - Mar 31, 1952; Sep 1, 1967 - Sep 30, 1970; Mar 1,

1986 - Mar 31, 1989; Sep 1, 2004 - Sep 30, 2007.

To understand what 'standstill" means observationally, it will be easier to

use the Sun as an example. The sun rises furthest to the north at the summer

solistice, around June 21 each year. Following the summer solistice it will

begin to rise a little further south each day, rising due east at the fall

equinox around September 21, and reaching its southernmost rising point at

the winter solistice around December 21. After the winter solstice the sun

will begin rising further north each day, rising due east at the spring

equinox around March 21, and finally reaching its northernmost rising point

again around June 21. The slow sweep of the sun's rising azimuth across the

eastern horizon takes a full year, and practically repeats itself exactly

from year to year. The rising point changes very little from day to day when

it's rising near either the northern or southern extremes of its motion.

This phenomenon is known as the "standstill." For several days around either

solstice the sun's rising azimuth will hardly change at all. In contrast,

when the rising point is between the extremes, say around the equinoxes, the

rising azimuth changes quite a bit from day to day. This phenomenon of

"standstills" near the extremes applies to periodic motion of many kinds,

including the motions of the moon.

The rising point of the moon changes from day to day in a very analogous

way, marking out a sweep from north to south and back again, except that it

takes only one month to accomplish one complete cycle. The actual period of

this cycle is the "draconitic month" of 27.21222 days, on the average.

Unlike the sun, however, the extremes of the northernmost and southernmost

rising azimuths will not remain the same for each cycle. After noting the

northernmost rising point for the moon during one month, one may very well

find it rises at a point even further north the next month. In fact, there

is an 18.61-year variation in the extremes of the moon's rising point.

A major standstill limit will happen at the moment the moon is near a

quarter moon and the lunar node is near the vernal (or autumnal) point. The

moon is at his highest point in its orbit and combining this with lunar

phase, the sun is near equinox.

**Saros Cycle**

The periodicity of solar eclipses depends upon two lunar orbital cycles

coinciding with the moon passing through a node. First, a new moon occurs on

average every 29.530588 days. The moon's average orbital period, perigee to

perigee, is 27.554548 days. These cycles repeat every 18 years, 11 1/3 days;

or 6585.3211 days; or 233 new moons, approximately 239 perigees and 242

nodes. Every eclipse in a Saros family shares the same

**18 year, 11.33**day

cycle.

**Calculation:**

223 lunar synodic months = 29.053059*223 = 6585.3216

242 lunar draconitic months = 27.21222*242 = 6585.3572

**The Metonic Cycle**

Another pattern evident in the table is that the solar calendar dates of

maximum moonrises often repeat, 19 years apart:

1 solar year = 365.2425 days

1 lunar synodic month (full moon to full moon) = 29.53059 days

19 years = 365.2425*19 = 6939.6075 days

235 lunar synodic months = 29.53059*235 = 6939.6887 days

This is a difference of only 0.0812 days, or about two hours. So, after

exactly nineteen solar years the sun will return to the same position

relative to the stars (by definition), and the moon will have very nearly

the same phase (just two hours difference). This fact was much appreciated

by the Greeks, as the dates of the new moon, full moon, etc., would repeat

every nineteen years.

For the purposes of maximum moonrises, the above coincidence alone would not

be enough to ensure that maximum moonrises will occur on the same date 19

years apart, it only guarantees the phase will be the same on the same

dates.

Another well-known aspect of the Metonic cycle is that since the sun, moon

and earth return to the same relative positions, the pattern of eclipses of

the moon and sun may repeat somewhat after 19 years elapses. The half-day

difference of the lunar draconitic cycle however is enough to throw the

eclipse repeatability out of kilter fairly rapidly, but three or four

eclipses may repeat, on the same dates 19 years apart, before this happens.

In any given year the solar calendar dates of Full Moon events will be

duplicated every 19 years. This creates a clear cycle connection that was

delineated by the mythic 19 Priestesses of Bridget. Each of these individual

"Priestesses" represented the "character" and experience of each of the 19

components of the Great Lunar Year. This relationship creates an excellent

basis for cyclic pattern divinations. A 19 year cycle upon which one can

hang other, shorter cycling patterns for delineation and understanding

**Conclusion**

So, I conjecture that the gravitational "window" in TIME that allows "the

right person, in the right group, at the right time and at the right place"

to access hyperdimensions is the standstill point, also called lunarstice.

**When is the next one?**

**September 2, 2006**