Nehemia Gordon from Jerusalem, Israel compiled the following New Moon Report for the month of August 2008 and the beginning of the Fifth Month of the Biblical Calendar.
“On Saturday August 2, 2008 the New Moon was sighted from Israel. The moon was seen from Ashdod by Magdi Shamuel at about 19:48 and remained visible for two minutes.
We have received further reports that the new moon was sighted on Saturday August 2, 2008 from Maale Adumim, Efrat, Ofra, and Alon Shevut. This confirms the report received just after Shabbat.”
The next new moon should be observable from Jerusalem near sunset on September 1, 2008 when it will be 4% illuminated and 7o above the horizon at five minutes past sunset.
The first crescent light of the new moon on September 1, 2008 will be seen (from Jerusalem) just below the massing of the planets Venus, Mars and Mercury in the constellation Bethulah (Virgo). Nogah (Venus) is the bright and morning star; Adom (Mars) represents the archangel Michael, and Catab (Mercury) represents the archangel Gabriel. The constellation Bethulah represents the faithful of the Twelve Tribes of Israel and the woman of Revelation 12. She will be clothed with the sun and the moon will be below her feet on Tishri 1 this year, which falls on October 1st. There will be more on that event in the upcoming September/October 2008 issue of Biblical Astronomy.
This event of the massed planets with the first crescent light of the new moon amongst them is a prelude to a grand massing of all five of the bright planets with the new moon in their midst that will occur on Tishri 1 (September 8), 2040. That event will be a once in 26,000 to 52,000 year event with such an event occurring in Bethulah on the First Day of the Seventh Month.
The chart below is a display of the massing of the planets Venus, Mars and Mercury along with the New Moon on September 1, 2008.
The new moon will be in conjunction with each of the three planets over an 11-hour period on September 1/2. Each will be visible from some point on Earth. The moon will pass 5o south of Venus at 5 pm EDT, 3o south of Mercury at 7 pm EDT, and 5o south of Mars at 4 am EDT.
Nogah, Adom and Catab will be more equidistantly massed on September 2 along with the bright crescent moon. The planets will come into at least three equidistant massings in September and will continue to put on a splendid display as they also come into a total of five conjunctions from August 23 through September 19, 2008. The above three planets will be dancing like they are at the grand ball.
One of the reasons there will be so many conjunctions over such a short period of time is that Catab (Mercury) will be in retrograde motion. As it slows down and speeds up (relative as to how we see it from Earth) as it goes through its retrograde loop, Nogah (Venus) will pass it and then Catab will pass Nogah and will also do a back and forth with Adom (Mars). Nogah will also pass Adom.
Chart 470 shows the path and retrograde loop of Mercury through Bethulah from August 22 through November 8, 2008.
Chart 470 – Retrograde loop of Catab through Bethulah from 8/22/2008 to 11/8/2008
NOGAH-CATAB CONJUNCTION ON 8-23-08
Nogah and Catab will come into conjunction in the early evening sky in the constellation Arieh (the Lion of the Tribe of Judah) on August 23, 2008. They will come to within 1.2o of each other at their closest approach.
Chart 471 shows the position of the two planets as seen from Jerusalem in the constellation Arieh (Leo) at the time of conjunction. The orange lines on the chart are the celestial grid. The vertical lines are the celestial longitude lines. The Astronomical definition of a conjunction is when two or more celestial bodies are in the same celestial longitude.
Chart 471 – Conjunction of Venus and Mercury as seen from Jerusalem on August 23, 2008
NOGAH-CATAB CONJUNCTION ON 9-11-08
Nogah and Catab will come into another conjunction in the early evening sky on September 11, 2008 but this time in the constellation Bethulah (Virgo). They will pass a relatively far 4o from each other at their closest approach here, but are still in the same celestial longitude, which defines a conjunction.
Chart 472 shows the position of Venus and Mercury in the constellation Bethulah as seen from Jerusalem at the time of conjunction.
Chart 472 – Venus-Mercury conjunction as seen from Jerusalem on September 11, 2008
NOGAH-ADOM CONJUNCTION ON 9-11-08
Nogah will also come into conjunction with Adom (Mars) on September 11, 2008. This will occur about 17 hours after its conjunction with Catab. To the naked eye, all three appear to be in conjunction at the same time with the first conjunction (see Chart 472).
Chart 473 is a zoomed in view of Nogah and Adom at the time they pass conjunction. This will be a very close conjunction with the two planets passing within 0.3o from each other at their closest approach.
Chart 473 – Close conjunction of Venus and Mars in Bethulah on September 11, 2008
ADOM-CATAB CONJUNCTION ON 9-12-08
Adom (Mars) and Catab (Mercury) will come into conjunction on September 12, 2008 in the early evening sky in the constellation Bethulah. The two planets will be 3o from each other at their closest approach.
Chart 474 shows the positions of Mars and Mercury in Virgo at the time of conjunction. The large fuzz ball to the left of Mars is Venus. I left the constellation picture off here for clarity.
Chart 474 – Mars and Mercury in conjunction on September 12, 2008
ADOM-CATAB CONJUNCTION ON 9-19-08
The final conjunction in this amazing series of conjunctions is another Mars and Mercury conjunction on September 19, 2008 when the two planets will pass 4o from each other.
Chart 475 shows the positions of Mars and Mercury in Bethulah at the time of conjunction.
Chart 475 – Mars and Mercury in conjunction on September 19, 2008
Considering such an amazing display of massings and conjunctions in Bethulah – the woman of Revelation 12 – along with the celestial events over the past months leading up to this, I would say that the Tribulation Alert should be elevated from Yellow to Orange, especially since the woman will be clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet this upcoming Day of Trumpets or Day of Shouting.
We will just have to wait and see if the Tribulation Alert is elevated from orange to red (Tribulation actually beginning) over the following weeks.
I could fill in the rest of this newsletter with my speculation concerning these events but that would take the fun out of your own speculation or the understanding that Yahweh will convey to you over these matters. So I will leave it to that.
For those of you who get the newsletter online, the pdf file has some real neat features in it. You may or may not be aware of this but you can zoom in on any part of the newsletter you wish to zoom in on using the Marquee Zoom feature. Just place the mouse cursor over the page and click the right button. When the popup menu appears, select the Marquee Zoom feature by clicking on it with the left mouse button. Then just place your mouse cursor over the area you want to zoom in on and click the left mouse button until you get your desired zoom. This works great for the charts.
YHVH keep you and abundantly bless you.