Saturday, October 23, 2010
The Pleiades: What Are The Odds?
Job 38:31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades
This article discusses the possible involvement of the Pleiades in the determination of Yahuwah’s calendar of scripture for the beginning of the biblical year in the spring. It also questions the astronomical odds of this event happening not once, but twice each year.
What are the odds of the moon and the Pleiades appearing near each other, not once, but twice a year, exactly six months apart?
And if that is not enough to boggle your thinking, what are the odds of it happening twice a year, then a third time in the second or third year to indicate the need for a 13th month? Let’s have a closer look. There are some very remarkable characteristics about the Pleiades, considering the astronomy, but first some background.
The Pleiades in the Holy Bible
We find the Pleiades mentioned only twice in Yahuwah’s Holy Scriptures in the book of Job. It makes it seem almost insignificant, considering it’s lack of notoriety. So, with barely a mention, does the Pleiades have any significance to us today.
A Connection between Moses and the Pleiades
Earlier this year, I uncovered some interesting information about the Pleiades and wrote a paper that possibly connects some dots between Moses and the Pleaides and Yahuwah’s calendar. You can see that article, as well as a related article here:
Astronomy of the moon and the Pleiades
The astronomy of the Pleiades confirms a particular aspect that seems more than just coincidental to Yah’s Calendar in the heavens. Our moon and the Pleiades make an appearance together, that is in close proximity to each other, twice a year. This happens once in the spring and again in the fall, 6 months apart.
Pleiades and the visible crescent moon in the spring
In the spring, the new visible crescent moon is seen in conjunction or close proximity to the Pleiades in what strongly suggests the first month of the biblical year. They are seen traveling, seemingly together, shortly after the appearance of the first visible crescent, usually 2-3 days following the conjunction, as the moon is setting in the western sky, just after sunset. This is true whether you are in the northern, or southern, hemispheres.
Pleiades and the full Moon in the fall
In the fall, the full moon is seen in conjunction or close proximity to the Pleiades, exactly 6 months later, or in the 7th month of the biblical calendar. This is a confirmation that the year was begun at the correct time. If you see this event, and you are not in the 7th month of the biblical calendar, you may have begun the year prematurely, placing you in the 6th month in your calculated calendar. Appearance of the moon and the Pleiades together in the fall of the year also gives you a reckoning point to know when the 1st month of the next year will begin. It’s a win-win situation in both cases.
Pleiades confirms beginning and middle of Yah’s calendar year
If you begin the biblical year a month too early, you will find that by the time you reach the 7th month on your calendar, you will not see the moon and the Pleaides rise together in alignment. This is because you are probably in the 6th month of the year and not the 7th.
When the full moon rises near and in alignment with the Pleiades, it confirms and signals two events. First, it confirms that your calendar is in the correct 7th month of the calendar.
Second, it should give you the signal for the beginning of the 1st month of the next year, 177 days from the new moon of the 7th month. Either way, the appearance of the Pleiades in close alignment with the moon signals and confirms the beginning and middle of the year on Yah’s calendar. And it does that from any place on earth. It is not location specific or limiting.
You can read more about the background on the Pleiades in the articles linked above.
Astronomical Odds of the moon and the Pleiades appearing together
Now for some astronomical odds about the Pleiades. Science tell us that the Pleiades is approximately 379 light years from earth. In other words, IF we could travel at the speed of light, it would take 379 years to get there. A little too far to begin a journey considering our short lifespan. The website www.wolframalpha.com puts the distance at 2.2 quadrillion miles.
Here’s some excerpted text (with slight editing) about our galaxy and the Pleiades from a paper by Clifton Emahiser:
“There are at least thirty billion stars in this one galaxy, which is shaped like a biconvex lens. Our own sun is one of the minor stars in this system, and its position is about 2/3rds of the way out toward one edge of the galaxy. We are some 30,000 light years away from the center of the galaxy.
Since one light year is about 5,870,000,000,000 miles, our distance from the center of the galaxy, being 30,000 times farther, is more than one sextillion miles. In numerals it is 1,761 followed by 15 zeros. The entire galaxy, this vast lens shaped mass of stars, rotates around its collective center of gravity, the whole galaxy making one rotation in about 200 million years.
The center of gravity of the galaxy is marked by the star Alcyone, which is the brightest star in the star cluster known as the Pleiades. Considering that this is nearly two sextillion miles away from us, it isn’t easy to get acquainted with it. Our knowledge on the subject came within the lifetime of men still alive. It is amazing, but in Job 38:31 Yahweh asks Job, ‘ Canst thou bind the sweet influence of Pleiades?' Yes, it is a sweet influence, for it keeps us on our course so we don't wander aimlessly through space until we collide with some mighty solar system. It is also worth noting that the Hebrew word for Pleiades, is kee-maw, which also means pivot or hinge.
Scientists indicate that the Pleiades appear to be moving through space, yet never going anywhere. Moving, but not going anywhere. How could that happen? Recently I questioned how this could occur and believe I may have stumbled on an answer.
Imagine a line from your eyes, looking not just at, but straight through and past the Pleiades, to the far side of the visible galaxy or universe, which science also tells us is rotating.
If the Pleaides is stationary (for purposes of demonstration) then the backdrop of the visible universe would not only appear to be moving, it would make the Pleiades appear to be moving against the backdrop. Hence the effect of the Pleiades seeming to move, but never going anywhere. It may be a little difficult at first to wrap your mind around that, but it does make sense.
Summary and conclusion
The distance between earth and the Pleiades is approximately 379 light years, or about 2 sextillion miles.
The Pleiades appears to be moving through space, turning as it would seem, as the hub of our known universe.
Yet, twice a year, our moon, a little over 2 quadrillion miles from the Pleiades mysteriously lines up with the Pleiades twice a year, six months apart.
This alignment of the moon and the Pleiades simply has to be more than coincidental, as it happens not once, but twice a year.
And now it appears that it also lines up a third time in alternate second and third years to signal the need to adjust the lunisolar year with an extra month.
What Are The Odds?
Given the astronomical facts of vast proportions and distances, what are the odds of this alignment happening right on schedule with Yahuwah’s calendar?
I’ll leave that for you to ponder. It certainly is a testament to the grandeur and order of Yahuwah.
Please feel free to email me with your thoughts or comments about this developing idea.
Paul W Puckett
October 23 2010