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sEvERALvEARS AGo I discovered somethingstartling about the moon which appears to have eluded scholars from at leastthe Classical

Age through to the present. proves The alphabet to be a serialmnemonic of lunation. The two dark nightsat the beginningof the lunar cycleare figured as sightingvertices - A initially inscribedon its sideboth in the Phcenician [<] and the ancientGreek[>] ('B': the vertexdoubled, dark night) to denotethe second with the cross-stroke through them signifring 'nothing sightediOn the third night of lunation waxing crescent 'C' (Greek gammaand Phanician appears; our third letter, gimelboth crook-shaped). Ninth night,half-moon;eighth with a diameter(Semitic Greekletler,theta,an 'O'bisected teth; Egyptian't', the h ieroglyphic'h alf-moon',fi guring the nights, terminalletters of 'Thoth').Fifteenth and sixteenth full moon:'O' (,-'n'(the'squared'full moon) the r5th and - while'Q' (an'O'with telltale is our r6th letters descender) rTthletter, reflecting the abominable rTthnight of lunation when the moon embarkson its descent through the waning arc of the cycle.The 'X'-form of the zznd Greek letter chi reprisesthe prehistoric'cup-mark',conceptualizing the twinning of half-moons (le, crosseddiameters),compoundedon the zznd or z3rd night of lunation.And the in the prowaning crescent on the 29th night is secreted jectionof the seven'doubles' seven of the Semiticalphabet: terminalforms of existingcharacters which are conceived to sttcceed the zznd letter tau, beginningwith sin the zrst - and concluding with a retreat backthroughthe sequence vet, or terminal bet (attention redirectedto the interval betweengimel 6 bet: the perfectplacefor the figment of a mirrored crescent), while ingeniously returning the cycle its to beginning at aleph. insights The discovery has excited a torrent of arresting - in four volumes- includingthe speculation that the seven not only referto the stars(shadowedby the'seven sisters') sevenfocalspectres of the lunation - opposingcrescents,

Thoth (Hermes) waxing half-moon. Amon (Apollo) first full moon.opposedstations both disposed to twins. Set (Poseidon)inauguralwaning phase. llegents of the frlphabet DAY I z LUNAR PHASE OL YM PIAN DEM ET ER ART EM T S EGYPTIA N ISIS NEp HTH ys LE TTE R > B z N O M O ON no moon ARES HoRUS 3 waxingcrescent HERMESrHorH 9 waxinghalf 15 firstfull moon ApoLLo AMoN 16 second moon ZEUS RA fuII posErDoN sEr ry first waning 23 waninghalf HEpHrESrus prAH z9l3o crescent HADEs / pruro osrRrs t5 16 a V X 22 double C @ O lI 3 g Improbableand unorthodox asit may at first appear.Artemis. The two dark nights fall to Isis and her twin Nephthys(or in the Greek. who crawlsin his youth. complementing the'two full moons'at the diametricalpole of the lunation .opposedhalf-moons.who alsomanifestsas a notabletwin Apollo's) emphasizing the conceptionof 'twin dark nights.Osiris(Hades/Pluto) waningcrescent. . walks upright when grown dyon acanein old age. on two at midday. To give one example.but also representthe pivotal deities of mythology: Horus (Ares) waxing crescent.ptah (Hephrstus) waninghalf-moon.twin full moons nc-firstwaning phase (each'married'onits corresponding daytimeto an aspect of the goddess in her domain of the underworld) . Ra (Zeus)second full moon.the Riddle of the Sphinx:"What is it that goeson four legs in the morning. and on three in the evening?" [enorroDoRus llr.v. this speculation is amply supportedon reconsidering the myths with the respectivelunar attributesof the godsimported.g] History restson the explanationthat Gdipus banishedthe Sphinx by guessing that shereferredto Man.

delimiting the interval .the two legsat middayfurther conjuring the twin full moons at the apex or midpoint of lunation).oncefor the z9-daymonth (z againfor the 3o-daymonth . ie.. Osiris. In a calendar comprisedof alternatin g zg-dayand 3o-day months .Pluto (meaning "wealthy". then. project 5z half-days(eachspectreadvancingthrough two 'legsldaytimeand nighttime.Man.consequently. The two dark nights thus comprise 4 half-days (walking on all-fours).on his cane):4 + 52 + 3 = 59.to completethe cycle(an old man. richer by an extra measure)accommodating the final phaseof the longer femalemonth of thirty days: the extra half-day conceivedas an invariable addition to the terminal phase. like many other Greek myths. is'killed'twice by Set. The z6 spectres from'waxing crescent on the third night' to 'the phase visible on the night before waning crescent'.The correct answerto the riddle wasn'tin fact.like that employedby both Greeks6 Hebrews(oldman'swell-foot')would inimitably personifythe CEdipus variablemonth: completinghis journey in z9 daysthe first month and the samejourney the next in thirty (a swollen measure). The phaseof the waning crescent. Figuring the length of the lunation at zgVzdaysinvites the projection of 59 half-days (z9Vzx z). the temporal clue in this explicit solution may be expanded to a more insightful exposition.Yet as a lunar allegory.the r4 pieces into which he dismembers the body. but Moon..theophanyof waning crescent . or an additional 3o-daymonth everysix yearsin Mesopotamia). must extend3 half-daysin our model of a standar dizedzg%-day lunation. preserves the distinction betweena new'heretical'calendrical measure employingthe variablemonth. This is also the reason for the alternatecognomen of Hades.the final phase . and the entrenched calendarof Mesopotamiaand Egypt projecting a year of twelve idealized3o-daymonths (completedwith 5 annual intercalarydaysin Egypt.The myth.

terminalform of Set.of the waning arc of the 3o-daycycle:day r7 (first waning phase.NrcK DRUMBoLTs LETTERS BooKstrop Z7 FLoRENcE STREET to4 ToRoNTo M6K tp4 . Set's day) through day 3o (lastwaning phase.for example .relinquishing a signalreflection in the "silver"of argent).notably. Thus the compositionof Horus confrontingSetmay be reviewed asa depictionof 'first waxingspectre'figuratively (with opposingEyes complementing'first waning spectre' of Horus and Setsurveying their respective arcsof lunation: that of Horus orientedas'rising to its brightestspectacle' and that of Set'descending from its brightest point'). Eve's). Osiris. intersthe spentlunation aspredecessor. accordingly.descends into the underworld wherehe mates with Isis during the two dark nights (crescent as phallus)begettinghis heir.with the extra day of the female appropriately month (theevenmonth.as in'Argo'and Argos' . Set'kills' him merelyby inaugurating the waning arc of the cycle.the goddess giving birth to the lunation she will ultimatelycouplewith. Evenmore illuminating when you identifr Adam'srib a crescent. . which precipitates the downfallof all waning (or Setting) phases. Submergence which further accounts for the blindness of Gdipus after copulatingwith his mother (the darkness of underworld) . avenging spectre of the succeeding lunation (crescent as blade). The Classical fussover sungods appears to haveobviated the possibilitythat more-ancienttextsand traditionsmight in actualityalludeto the fluctuationsin lunarbrilliance(the "brightness" of arge. The killing of his father. that of = Osiris) fourteen days .his 'missing' penis an effective subtractionfor the male or z9-daymonth. Horus.

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