Masonic Astronomy and the Lunar Missions - Lunar Landing, July 20, 1969
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Masonic Astronomy and the Lunar Missions -
Lunar Landing, July 20, 1969

None of mankind's achievements are quite as spectacular as the Apollo missions that put men on the Moon 6 times.  So incredible are these feats that disbelief still exists among certain groups that the landings were a hoax, and simply impossible.  While these views are cetainly radical and unfounded, there does exist a hidden historical aspect of the program that needs to be revealed.

The first of these landings, Apollo 11, was the result of a gargantuan effort on the part of those involved, not only at NASA, but also with their suppliers and contractors, and leaders in the political arena as well.  2002 is the 33rd anniversary of this watershed event in the history of mankind.  As we were busy with the launch of edkohout.com, our little tribute to the hidden astrology of this mission had to wait until August, and we apologize to our heroes for the delay.

Richard Hoagland was first to point out that July 20 is a "ceremonial ritual date" within NASA, as it was the (Julian calendar) date in ancient Egypt of the fixed star Sirius' heliacal rising when the Great Pyramid was built.  This reverence for Sirius is evident in JFK's speech to Congress calling for the USA to put a man on the Moon.  His speech of May 25, 1961, was delivered on a day that the Moon and Sirius were in a rare mundane square, with Luna rising while Sirius culminated:

Luna rises as Sirius culminates
 Figure 1  Skymap showing the mundane square of Luna rising and Sirius culminating on the afternoon of John F. Kennedy's speech to Congress establishing a national goal of sending men to the Moon.

Looking closer, we see that Luna is in the constellation of Virgo -- so prevalent in the astrology of Freemasonry within all of Christendom1, as it is symbolic of the Virgin Mary, the harvest, and prosperity.  It has just occulted a minor but visible star in this constelltion called Porrima, or gamma Virginis.  The ecliptical longitude is 935' Libra; 1029' with Parallax correction.  As we will see, the Moon will return to this position during crucial moments of the Apollo 11 mission.

This ritual astrology can be directly traced to the astrological symbolism of the early Freemasons that supplanted to and created the United States of America.  The Apollo 11 logo depicts an eagle carrying an olive branch to the Moon, and thus depositing the biblical symbol of the Sun2, as well as the universal symbol of peace.  As it would happen, the human being who landed the Eagle on the surface of the Moon in the name of peace was, and still is, a Freemason.3

To start, some things need to be said about the chart for NASA. This organization became official on October 1, 1958, and is headquartered at Washington D.C.  A "noon" chart for this event is as follows:

Noon chart for NASA
 Figure 2  Noon chart for NASA, headquartered at Washington D.C.

The main thrust of this chart is the quintile (72 aspect) between the culminating Sun and rising Saturn, which are both on the angles. Interestingly, at the latitude of Washington D.C., there are two times in each sidereal day that the angles achieve an aspectual arc of 72:

MC ASC
337' Sagittarius 1537' Aquarius
054' Libra 1254' Sagittarius
 Table A  Zodiacal values for the angles reaching quintile aspect for Washington D.C.

The latitude where the angles are exactly in 72 arc when the MC reaches 0 Libra is 3915' North.

Much can be said about the NASA chart and how it incorporates sacred geometry, but for this essay, a simple glance at the 5th and 10th harmonic (72 and 36) in the NASA chart are worth noting via the 72 dial:


 Figure 3  Sun, Saturn, and the MC in the 72 dial.

This harmonic also reveals a technologically superior combination of Mars/Uranus and Sun/Saturn/Midheaven//Pluto {[MA/UR] = [SO/SA/MC//PL]} at 144 + 44 from the fiducial, which will be seen as relevant later:


 Figure 4  The interaction in the 5th harmonic of Sun, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto in the noon chart for NASA.

Apollo 11 lifted off from launch pad 39A at Cape Canaveral on July 16, 1969, at 9:32 AM EDT.4  The sky over the Cape boasted a classic tribute to the Masonic Sqaure, with the Pleiades culminating:

Pleiades culminates as Apollo 11 lifts off
Astrology wheel of Apollo 11 liftoff
 Figures 5 and 6  Pleiades culminating over Cape Canaveral as Apollo 11 lifts off.

This same ideal is expressed in the Inauguration of George Washington on April 30, 1789, when he took the oath of office as the Pleiades was culminating over New York City.

The position of Luna is a transit to the MC of the Penfield chart for the Declaration of Independence:

Biwheel of Apollo liftoff and D of I
 Figure 7  Apollo 11 liftoff Moon transits the MC of Marc Penfield's Declaration of Independence chart.

Apollo 11 was really two craft in one -- the main module Columbia and the landing craft Eagle.  These names are obviously in reference to the nation's Capitol and the national symbol, as seen in the graphics at the header of this page.  Apollo 11 entered lunar orbit at 1:28 p.m. EDT on July 19, where nearly 24 hours would elapse before the critical moment of separation. "It came down to a state of mind: they would convince themselves, as they coasted out to the moon, that the mission had not really begun, and that it would not begin until the moment when Armstrong and Aldrin floated into the lunar module Eagle, undocked from Columbia, and started to final descent to the moon."5  This time was 1:11 PM EDT on the 20th, and yet we see another Masonically inspired astrological moment over Washington D.C., with Spica rising exactly at high noon:


 Figure 8  Another mundane square over Washington D.C. as Columbia and Eagle separate.  Spica, the chief star in Virgo, rises as the Sun culminates at high noon.  Due to precession, this formation can only happen on July 20 in the current century.

The fact that this mundo square of Spica and the Sun occurrs on or near the 20th of July at Washington D.C. in the 20th Century may have more to do with its Masonic/ritual prevalence in the space program than this date's connection to the heliacal rising of Sirius in ancient Egypt, as Richard Hoagland has promulgated.  The use of Spica will be shown in detail in further installments in the CAVE.

Before this critical moment of separation, a spectacular triple conjunction of the (geocentric) Moon, Jupiter, and Uranus occured at 2:36 AM EDT on the 20th.  This conjunction was precise to the very minute of arc, at 040' Libra, a cardinal degree, and as in Table A above, a special degree associated with Washington's latitude.  Such a conjunction astrologically would be interpreted as highly favorable, profitable, enourmously successful, and far-sighted.6  This conjunction is also on the midpoint of Sun/Mars [SO/MA], what Ebertin gave as an indicator or "extraordinary achievement,"7 and thus we have on this date the fleeting but important combination of [MO/JU/UR = SO/MA].

This particular conjunction (parallax Moon) can be seen as it formed over Washington D.C.:

triple conjunction
 Figure 9  Triple conjunction of Moon, Jupiter, and Uranus at 040' Libra as it became exact over Washington D.C.

On the 20th of July, the Eagle touched down on the Lunar surface at 4:17:40 PM EDT. Luna was now in the 9th degree of Libra, and transiting the Sun of the NASA chart:


 Figure 10  Biwheel showing Luna transiting the radical NASA Sun/MC, and thus activating the primary quintile.

Notice the abundance of quintiles:

The Eagle has landed amidst a bevy of quintiles
 Figure 11  Quintiles are present between Sun/Moon and Jupiter/Uranus//Saturn.

And, notice that Mars, conjunct Graffias, is rising.

Neil Armstrong set foot on the lunar surface at 10:56:20 PM EDT, after which saying, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong's words represented the spirit of the entire Apollo program, as engraved on a plaque attached to the Lunar Module, which he real aloud to a national TV audience:

Here men from the planet earth
first set foot on the moon July 1969, A.D.
We came in peace for all mankind.

As Armstrong took his large step, back at Washington D.C., the astrology is remarkable, as another mundo square forms with the Galactic Center culminating while the Lunar North Node, ecliptically conjunct the fixed star Markab, rises:

The GC culminates as the NN rises over DC as Armstrong steps on the Moon
 Figure 12  The Galactic Center culminates of Washington as the North Lunar Node rises, ecliptically conjunct Markab.

Markab, better known as alpha Pegasus, is located at the ecliptic latitude of +19.5, and sits at the corner of the celestial square, also a Masonic symbol.


 Figure 13  Constellation Pegasus, the "winged horse," and its cheif star Markab.

Here is the skymap of the Galactic Center culminating over Washington D.C.:

Skymap of GC culminating over DC at Armstrong footfall
 Figure 14  The Galactic plane's center intersects the local meridian at Washington D.C. as Freemason Armstrong steps out of the Eagle.

This next biwheel shows how the mission's Mars/Graffias conjunction activates the NASA combination mentioned above; notice that the Moon is in quintile to the NASA Part of Fortune (POF):


 Figure 15  Mars/Graffias activating the NASA combination highlighted in Figure 4.

This next biwheel shows how Armstrong's footfall was also a lunar return of the 1961 Kennedy speech:


 Figure 16  Biwheel of Armstrong's first step and Kennedy's speech mundo square.

As the Eagle lifted off from Tranquility Base on July 21, at 1:54 PM EDT, the Moon was about to rise over the horizon at Mission Control at Houston.  Notable is the altitude of Jupiter and Uranus at this rising: 19.5.


 Figure 17  Liftoff from Tranquility Base as seen from Mission Control. As Armstrong and Aldrin lifed off, so does the Moon appear to "lift off" of the horizon.

At Washington, the Moon is in a 72 ascpect to the MC.


 Figure 18  Moon and MC in quintile at Washington D.C.

Also notable is that this chart, relocated to Giza, finds Mars culminating.


 Figure 19  Relocated to Giza, Mars culminates, perhaps showing us that the Moon missions are also a stepping stone to a mission to Mars.

All of the above, although it only scratches the surface of Masonic astrological practice, suggests a pervasiveness of these techniques and patterns that underlies the great achievements of American culture.


1 David Ovason in The Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capital, Harper Collins, New York, 2000, reveals this history in the bulk of his work.
2 Macoy, Robert, A Dictionary of Freemasonry, Gramercy Books, New York, 2000, reprint of 1869 edition, pp. 604 - 5.
3 MOUNTAIN VIEW LODGE No. 194 lists on their website Astronauts who are Freemasons: Ed Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Gordon Cooper, Don Eisle, Virgil Grissom, Ed Michell, Tom Stafford, Fred Haise, and Wally Shirra.
4 A detailed chronology is available in Chaikin, Andrew, A Man on the Moon, Vol. 1: One Giant Leap, Time-Life Books, 1999, p. 279.  It is also available on the internet at various places, including:
5 Chaikin, p. 282.
6 Ebertin, Reinhold, The Combination of Stellar Influences (Alfred G. Roosedale translation), Ebertin - Verlaag 7080 Allen, Germany, 1969, p. 66.
7 A triple conjunction like this beckons that we look at all the listings for the combo, including [MO = JU/UR], [JU = MO/UR], and [UR = MO/JU].


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