Culture and Cosmos is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the history of astrology and cultural astronomy published in association with the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Vol 18 no 2 (Autumn/Winter 2014 will be published in July/August 2016. Vol. 19 (2015) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2013 Sophia Centre conference on Celestial Magic and is scheduled for publication in September/October 2016. Vol. 20 (2016) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2014 Sophia Centre conference on the Marriage of Heaven and Earth.

Volume 1, No. 1

An Astronomical Basis for the Myth of the Solar Hero

Robin Heath

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Our increasing knowledge of the megalithic culture of the British Isles in the 2nd and 3rd millennia BCE tends to confirm the proposition that megalithic astronomers measured celestial positions with considerable accuracy. The evidence indicates that they understood the 18.6 year nodal period and the moon’s nine minute declination wobble. They also had sufficient geometrical ability to re-proportion spacings between lines, divide circles into whole number polygons and divide lines into equal integer spacings. We should therefore ask whether there is evidence of such early astronomy in the numbers which recur in certain myths.

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