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New Moon in Cancer — July 8, 2013, 07:14 UT

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The New Moon in Cancer occurred precisely conjunct asteroid Atlantis, named after the mythical island which sank into the ocean, and opposite Crantor, a Centaur planet which was discovered in 2002. A new astronomical study has revealed fascinating facts about Crantor.

Crantor is trapped in a 1:1 mean motion resonance with Uranus, following a complex horseshoe orbit around the planet. The three-dimensional presentation of the orbit resembles a corkscrew spiraling around the orbit of Uranus, while both revolve slowly around the Sun. From time to time, due to the horseshoe behavior of Crantor, the body undergoes close encounters with Uranus.

Crantor orbits the Sun in about the same time as Uranus does, in 85 years. It is very close to the orbital period of Uranus, which is a little over 84 years. There are two other known Centaurs co-orbital with Uranus, both currently unnamed. A Centaur planet is a minor body that orbits the Sun between Jupiter and Neptune and crosses the orbits of one or more of the giant planets. Crantor moves in an eccentric orbit, but crosses only the orbit of Uranus. Its semi-major axis is close to that of Uranus.

The diameter of Crantor is around 60 km, and it is one of the reddest objects in the solar system.

In Greek mythology Crantor was not a Centaur, but a Lapith who was killed by Centaur Demoleon in the battle between the Lapiths and the Centaurs at the wedding of Pirithous. The name Demeleon means “Lion-Bodied.” Crantor can be linked to the lost continent of Atlantis through the Greek philosopher Crantor, who actually lived circa 335–275 BC. He is said to have visited Egypt, talked with priests, and seen hieroglyphs confirming the story.

Eric Francis elaborates the themes of the Atlantis New Moon at Planet Waves:

According to Edgar Cayce there is a Hall of Records beneath the Great Sphinx of Giza that holds the historical texts of Atlantis. The Sphinx is depicting a creature with a lion’s body and a human head. The statue was excavated in digs from 1925 to 1936. According to Wikipedia, on Dec. 26, 1925, the Sphinx was unearthed at the start of a complete excavation. On the previous day the Sun had made a conjunction with the minor planet Crantor in Capricorn.

Another event concerning the conservation of a lion-bodied historical statue happened in 1961 in Sweden. King Gustavus Adolphus (1594–1632) had built the warship Vasa, which sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. There was a 3-meter long figurehead lion in the ship Vasa, one of the heavy ornaments, which possibly caused the sinking. On Apr. 24, 1961, the exact day of the Sun-Crantor conjunction in Taurus, the ship was removed from the water after 333 years.

Uranus is the cosmic trickster. We associate unpredictability, surprises, sudden events, rebellion and brotherhood with Uranus. Is the energy of its co-orbital companion, Crantor somehow resembling that of Uranus? In the light of the following examples gathered from Wikipedia, it is possible:

Jan. 7, 1928 — The River Thames floods in London; 14 drown, thousands became homeless. The flood peaked at about 1:30 am. The Sun, Mercury, Atlantis and Crantor were in tight conjunction in Capricorn, opposite the Moon-Pluto conjunction in Cancer.

May 1, 1964 — At 4:00 a.m., John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz run the first program written in BASIC, a programming language which they had created, one of the first programming languages intended to be used interactively. They decided to make the compiler available free of charge so that the language would become widespread. On that day the Sun conjoined Crantor in Taurus.

On the next day, May 2, 1964, students marched through Times Square in New York City in the first major student demonstration against the Vietnam War.

May 13, 1968 – Paris student riots; well over a million people marched through Paris. The student protests were followed by the workers’ strikes. The May 1968 events in France were characterized by spontaneity. The exact Sun-Crantor conjunction in Taurus took place on the previous day.

May 14, 1968 – The Beatles announced the creation of Apple Records in New York City. McCartney said it would be, “A beautiful place where you can buy beautiful things… a controlled weirdness… a kind of Western communism” and “We’re in the happy position of not needing any more money. So for the first time, the bosses aren’t in it for profit. We’ve already bought all our dreams. We want to share that possibility with others”. Lennon said, “We want to set up a system where people who just want to make a film about anything, don’t have to go on their knees in somebody’s office…”

July 10, 1985 – Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, the vessel of Greenpeace. The ship was sabotaged and sunk just before midnight in Auckland, New Zealand (1pm BST, 8am EDT). The first bomb went off 11:38 p.m. Fernando Pereira, a photographer, returned below decks to fetch his camera equipment. At 11:45 p.m., the second bomb went off. Pereira drowned in the rapid flooding that followed. The exact Sun-Crantor conjunction in Cancer occurred the day before.