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Re: VMs: Identifying VMS stars, and the longitude problem

Hi, Julie

Thanks for adding your ideas and resources! 

I ran across your name in previous list postings. 
It's nice to hear from a fellow Renaissance Fair
participant.  I participated in the Ohio Rennaisance
Festival two years ago as an astrologer. . . designed,
sewed and built my own canvas pavilion, designed and
built costumes for myself and staff. . . made the
Effigy corset and wore it (and I know exactly what
Kiera Knightley meant!).  Practiced Renaissance-style
horary astrology.  And alas, I believe I had one of
the more authentic costumes there.  And I do mean

That was very impressive work on the hairstyles of the

Good to hear from another Renaissance woman!



--- Julie Porter <jporter@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> >>  So you have to be in a certain location to see
> >> them.  Solar eclipses also occur every twelve
> months,
> >> alternating each six months with eclipses of the
> Moon.
> >>  They are seen when the Moon is New.
> >
> >Not quite true, both solar and lunar eclipse can
> happen twice a year each (two
> >nodes of the ecliptic...), and it's conceivable to
> have a full moon lunar
> >eclipse, immediately followed by a new moon solar
> eclipse.
> >
> Or Vice versa like this month, where there is a
> solar next week and a lunar
> with the full moon just before Halloween.  Here in
> the western US the lunar
> event happens near sunset.
> Note that solar events are localised and only a few
> see them, weather
> permitting. About 1/2 the planet sees a luner
> eclipse. Also note that the
> moon is slowly moving farther away from the earth.
> This reduces the number
> of total events over the course of the centuries.
> There are three forms of
> solar event, Total, annular and partial.  Tradition
> calls the Metonic cycle
> which is a rather good aproximation as the "Dragon."
> This is a duration of
> aprox 18 and 2/3 year. (I have mentioned this and
> other calinderical cycles
> before. None of what seem to be present in the VMS)
> I should also point out that was mentioned in
> passing that Water clocks are
> extereamly precice as are sundials. I have not
> checked the VMS
> illustrations for any of the plumbing that looks
> like a clepsydra yet.
> Also note that clepsydra were connected to gears and
> dials which would show
> things like the hand of the dragon. Ref: Su
> Sung[1:fig 2.9][2][3] and The
> anaphoric clock fragment in Salzburg.[1:fig 1.6]
> The intereior of a clepsydra is conical. In a high
> quality clepsydra, the
> water exit was set with a jewel to reduce wear on
> the exit hole.
> Clepsydra do not work well in cold climates though,
> Instead waxed candles
> were burned, with markers imbedded into the wax that
> would fall out after a
> precice interval.
> -julieP
> [1] Geared to the stars. Henry King [1978]
> [2] Revolution in time. D. Landes [1983]
> [3] History of the hour G. Dorhn-van Rossum Tra. Tho
> Dunlap [1996]
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