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Charles < < Chapter LXXIV / Chapter 73 > > Laurence

LXXIV. THE LUNAR YEAR.

LXXIV

1And I saw another course, a law for her, [and] how according to that law she performs her monthly 2revolution. And all these Uriel, the holy angel who is the leader of them all, showed to me, and their positions, and I wrote down their positions as he showed them to me, and I wrote down their months 3as they were, and the appearance of their lights till fifteen days were accomplished. In single seventh parts she accomplishes all her light in the east, and in single seventh parts accomplishes all her 4darkness in the west. And in certain months she alters her settings, and in certain months she pursues 5her own peculiar course. In two months the moon sets with the sun: in those two middle portals the 6third and the fourth. She goes forth for seven days, and turns about and returns again through the portal where the sun rises, and accomplishes all her light: and she recedes from the sun, and in eight 7days enters the sixth portal from which the sun goes forth. And when the sun goes forth from the fourth portal she goes forth seven days, until she goes forth from the fifth and turns back again in seven days into the fourth portal and accomplishes all her light: and she recedes and enters into the 8first portal in eight days. And she returns again in seven days into the fourth portal from which the 9,10sun goes forth. Thus I saw their position -how the moons rose and the sun set in those days. And if five years are added together the sun has an overplus of thirty days, and all the days which accrue 11to it for one of those five years, when they are full, amount to 364 days. And the overplus of the sun and of the stars amounts to six days: in 5 years 6 days every year come to 30 days: and the 12moon falls behind the sun and stars to the number of 30 days. And the sun and the stars bring in all the years exactly, so that they do not advance or delay their position by a single day unto eternity; but complete the years with perfect justice in 364 days. In 3 years there are 1,092 days, and in 5 years 1,820 days, so that in 8 years there are 2,912 days. For the moon alone the days amount in 3 years to 1,062 days, and in 5 years she falls 50 days behind: {i.e. to the sum [of 1,770] there is 15to be added [1,000 and] 62 days.} And in 5 years there are 1,770 days, so that for the moon the days 16in 8 years amount to 2,832 days. {For in 8 years she falls behind to the amount of 80 days}, all the 17days she falls behind in 8 years are 80. And the year is accurately completed in conformity with their world-stations and the stations of the sun, which rise from the portals through which it [the sun] rises and sets 30 days.

 

73

73:1 Then I saw another progress and regulation which He effected in the law of the moon. The progress of the moons, and everything [relating to them], Uriel showed me, the holy angel who conducted them all.

73:2 Their stations I wrote down as he showed them to me.

73:3 I wrote down their months, as they occur, and the appearance of their light, until it is completed in fifteen days.

73:4 In each of its two seven portions it completes all its light at rising and at setting.

73:5 On stated months it changes [its] settings; and on stated months it makes its progress [through] each [gate]. In two [gates] the moon sets with the sun, [viz]. in those two gates which are in the midst, in the third and fourth gate. [From the third gate] it goes forth for seven days, and makes its circuit.

73:6 Again it returns to the gate whence the sun goes forth, and in that completes the whole of its light. Then it declines from the sun, and enters in eight days into the sixth gate, [and returns in seven days to the third gate], from which the sun goes forth.

73:7 When the sun proceeds to the fourth gate, the [moon] goes forth for seven days, until it passes from the fifth [gate].

73:8 Again it returns in seven days to the fourth gate, and completing all its light, declines, and passes on by the first gate in eight days;

73:9 And returns in seven days to the fourth gate, from which the sun goes forth.

73:10 Thus I beheld their stations, as according to the fixed order of the months the sun rises and sets.

73:11 At those times there is an excess of thirty days belonging to the sun in five years; all the days belonging to each year of the five years, when completed, amount to three hundred and sixty-four days; and to the sun and stars belong six days; six days in each of the five years; [thus] thirty days belonging to them;

73:12 So that the moon has thirty days less than the sun and stars.

73:13 The moon brings on all the years exactly, that their stations may come neither too forwards nor too backwards a single day; but that the years may be changed with correct precision in three hundred and sixty-four days. In three years the days are one thousand and ninety-two; in five years they are one thousand eight hundred and twenty; and in eight years two thousand nine hundred and twelve days.

73:14 To the moon alone belong in three years one thousand and sixty-two days; in five years it has fifty days less [than the sun], for an addition being made to the [one thousand and] sixty-two days, in five years there are one thousand seven hundred and seventy days; and the days of the moon in eight years are two thousand eight hundred and thirty-two days.

73:15 For its days in eight years are less [than those of the sun by] eighty days, which eighty days are its diminution in eight years.

73:16 The year then becomes truly complete according to the station of the moon, and the station of the sun; which rise in the [different] gates; which rise and set in them for thirty days.


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