The Observatory

M and I went to the local observatory here in Chattanooga tonight, which is Sunday, Dec. 22. I took video and pictures and just want to share, but I’ll warn you, the video is dark and not very good but they are also not very long. If you think the observatory looks a bit creepy, it kind of is. But it was a wonderful experience. I think the point is, what are we looking at? Well, I think we are looking at ourselves! At first, you might think this is boring, but keep reading…I think you’ll at least be amused.


It’s on Tuxedo Avenue.



tuxedo (n.)

man’s evening dress for semiformal occasions, 1889, named for Tuxedo Park, N.Y., a rural resort development for wealthy New Yorkers and site of a country club where it first was worn, supposedly in 1886. The name is an attractive subject for elaborate speculation, and connections with Algonquian words for “bear” or “wolf” were proposed. The authoritative Bright, however, says the tribe’s name probably is originally a place name, perhaps Munsee Delaware (Algonquian) p’tuck-sepo “crooked river.”


It’s on Tuxedo and the 4100 block of BRAINerd Rd.




This is on the wall in the room on the right as you first walk in.



Frank! You and the observatory. What is going on here?! Frank has been looking for extraterrestrials since he was born!


The Order of the Dolphin! Clicky! How do we get in your secret society?!

The Order of the Dolphin: SETI’s Secret Origin Story

“Let’s back up a moment. In 1958, a newly minted Harvard PhD named Frank Drake came to Green Bank. Usually he sought out typical radio astronomy targets — the Van Allen Belts around Earth, say, or the surface temperature of Venus, or the radiation belts of Jupiter.

But one day in 1960, Drake and his colleagues instead tuned into two nearby stars, Tau Ceti and Epsilon Eridani. Their goal was simple: they were alien hunting, hoping to hear radio communications originating from intelligent extraterrestrials.

UFOs were popular then, but Drake’s research was legitimate, one of the first dedicated scientific searches for aliens. Drake had been spurred on by Giuseppe Cocconi and Philip Morrison, who the previous year had co-authored a Nature paper with the provocative title “Searching for Interstellar Communications.” It remains a foundational SETI text.

Much to Drake’s surprise, his team actually heard something in those first few experiments. Unfortunately, it ended up being just a high altitude plane. Project Ozma, as the research was called (after L Frank Baum’s fictional monarch of Oz), was both the first SETI experiment and the first SETI false alarm.

“We had failed to detect a genuine alien signal, it was true, but we had succeeded in demonstrating that searching was a feasible, and even reasonable, thing to do,” Drake wrote in his book Is Anyone Out There?, co-written with science writer Dava Sobel.”

Is it just me, or is this mind-blowing?



This place is old-school but they said the telescope was pretty much like any other observatory’s, but they get really different at research places. (Like the Lucifer one owned by the Vatican).

(I said in earlier video that we would be looking at Orion, but when we walked in, they said “Please sign in. Then go upstairs and have a look at Mars.”)

Here’s Mars looking at Mars.



I saw Mars! And it looked like this.


It was looking back at me?


We walked out of the observatory through another door and we saw this.


Then we went to eat at Boathouse. It is a lovely place right by the river.




It was about an hour before closing and on a Sunday night, so there weren’t many people there.

There were business cards under the glass of our table.



And that is the news of the day!


New Home

For those don’t know, due to unforeseen circumstances, Merovee has got a new home.

The title of the website remains the same but the URL has altered. You won’t be able to access the old Merovee site.

Here is a new link.



My favorite blog got suspended. I guess too much ‘free’ thinking was shared.



IMO, everything is going bonkers. It’s Lunacy.


November 23 is full lunacy. If you use the true meaning of NOVember, as in NINE, then the full lunacy is 9.23.

“I am OK, GO!”

The writing’s on the wall.


mobile (n.) early 15c. in astronomy, “outer sphere of the universe,” from mobile (adj.); the artistic sense is first recorded 1949 as a shortening of mobile sculpture (1936).

The WOW! signal in Sagittarius…

Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter.


Jupiter’s Transit of Sagittarius: November 8, 2018 to December 2, 2019

Jupiter’s effects are to expand our experiences, our knowledge, and our understanding. Jupiter represents optimism, growth, generosity, and abundance. In Scorpio, Jupiter expanded our awareness of our intimate relationships, personal power, and coping skills. Now, with Jupiter in Sagittarius, a new focus comes into play.

Jupiter’s transit through the sign that it rules, fiery Sagittarius, urges us to increase our cultural and spiritual awareness, to expand our higher minds, to broaden our experiences, and to have faith in the universe.

As Jupiter moves through Sagittarius, we deepen our interest in philosophical, and perhaps religious, thought, and determine what it is that gives us joy–what truly is important in our lives in the long run. We trust in something higher than us, and this gives us a sense that we are doing the right thing and that we are spiritually protected–“things will work out” is the overall attitude now.”

Someone very special to me is an Archer. One-to-one.

A woman holds a placard reading "I am Charlie" to pay tribute to the victims following a shooting by gunmen at the offices of weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris in front of the French embassy in Rome

The writing’s on the wall.


“It’s the week of Thanksgiving Day, but it feels like Groundhog Day in Washington. With the midterm elections over (except for a couple of unresolved House races), a lame-duck session of Congress will deal with what feels like a very old issue: the president’s threat to veto an appropriations measure and trigger a (partial) government shutdown if he doesn’t get his way on border wall funding.”




The alchemical metal of Jupiter is tin.


Sn is Tin, and Jupiter is King.

“In the Marvel Comics title Guardians of the Galaxy, Charlie-27 is the last survivor of an Earth colony on Jupiter in the 31st century. His people were engineered to have 11 times the mass of an average human to withstand the higher gravity of Jupiter. The Jovians lived on giant anti-gravity ships in Jupiter’s atmosphere before it was devastated by the Treen during their invasion of the Solar System, although Charlie escaped using a teleportation tube after he returned from a space mission. The Solar System is finally freed from the Badoon.”

The Tin Man has a big HEART. The writing’s on the wall.



Watch this…the gang’s all here!

The HEART of the rainbow is GREEN.


one two one

“In late November and early December, 2018, the dazzling planet Venus will be shining at greatest brilliancy in the morning sky.”


Frank has resurfaced on Blade and Chalice not in a way I anticipated. Frankly speaking.

The website Merovee has been suspended by WordPress and just putting everyone in the picture who finds their way here.

This relates to an old article ‘Why So Serious’ d/d 25th April 2013 which has supposedly infringed the WordPress Terms and Conditions. The infringement relates to an image included in the article.

And with my Merovee hat on, I notice the date of the article was a 0,1,2,3,4,5 date.

It’s Historical. This isn’t the guilty image though but I think is connected.

The First Church – Oak Hill, Franklin Rd.



The problem for me is I cannot search through the old posts on Merovee’s dashboard and as it is a long time ago – over five years – I have no idea what the guilty image is and no idea why it is guilty. Or who has made the complaint. I assume the article was to do with the Joker and if anyone has a good memory ?

I have asked WP for an explanation and hopefully I will be able to sort things. But the Why So Serious link seems to indicate there is a Joker / Fool connection. I’ll find out in time. To be honest, life is so bizarre at the moment it doesn’t come as a surprise. One damned thing after the other.

Merovee has been suspended. Merovee is well hung.

Why So Serious ?







“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”   – Luke 6:41

In discussions of Roman execution crosses the tau cross is called the crux commissa. This term was invented by Justus Lipsius (1547–1606), who used it to distinguish this T-shaped cross from the now more familiar -shaped cross and the saltire X-shaped cross. 

The end of childhood. Or just the beginning.





Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England


The Merry Maidens, Cornwall


Göbekli Tepe, Turkey

Göbekli Tepe just doesn’t make sense. The neolithic archaeological ruins were first uncovered in the ’60s, but their significance wasn’t truly realized until 1994. The site is located in southeastern Turkey – although it predates the establishment of the country by a significant amount of time. In fact, Göbekli Tepe is so old and complex that it is rewriting our understanding of not just Turkish history, but the entire history of humanity.”




Artist’s rendering of a carved limestone two-faced figure found at Göbekli Tepe.


Nabta Playa, Egypt

The stone circle at Nabta is special in several ways. Firstly, it is the only megalithic circle in Egypt, but perhaps more importantly, it was situated on the Tropic of Cancer (presumably deliberately), which makes it one of the first known examples of an astronomic observatory in the world.”

The suns rays, on the summer solstice, strike the ground absolutely vertically and no casts no shadow for several minutes.

Almendres, Portugal. The oldest stone circle in Europe.

It is a curious fact that the two latitudes over which the Moon passes on its maximum settings over it’s 18.6 year cycle, are the same latitudes at which both Stonehenge and Almendres were located.

(38˚ 33′ N – Almendres) and (51° 10′ N – Stonehenge).

The declination of the Moon over its 18.6 year cycle ranges between these two latitudes in terms of the moon being on the zenith of the viewer (passing directly overhead). This means that at both Stonehenge and Almendres, the moon at its maximum declinations would pass overhead.”

Callanish Stones, Scotland

A tradition still current in the twentieth century called for all the fires on the island of Lewis to be extinguished on My first (Beltane). Priest’s then started a new ire and distribute it to any people within the circle. This suggests an association with the sun-god Baal (Bel). Other traditions explain the presence of these stones by saying that when giants of old who then lived on the island refused to be Christianised, St.Kieran turned them to stone. Another local belief of this Gaelic-speaking community was that when the sun rose on midsummer morn, the ‘shining one’ walked along the stone avenue, his arrival heralded by the cuckoo’s call. This could be a remnant of the astronomical significance of the Callanish stones.”

According to one tradition, the Callanish Stones were petrified giants who would not convert to Christianity.

Mark–Almond was a jazz-influenced English pop group of the 1970s and early 1980s, sometimes also called The Mark-Almond Band. The core members were Jon Mark, who sang lead and played guitar, percussion, and harmonica and Johnny Almond who played saxophone, flute and bass flute and sang back-up. Various other musicians recorded and toured with the duo at various times, notably including drummer Dannie Richmond, a long-time associate of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.

Extract: Aubrey Burl’s revised ‘Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany’.

‘As soon as I read about Apollo skimming the earth I knew this couldn’t be Stonehenge, because at Stonehenge’s latitude both the sun and the moon are always very high above the horizon. To see that phenomenon (the moon or sun hardly rising above the horizon between rising and setting) you have to go about 500 miles further north, and I wondered if Diodorus might have been referring to Callanish.

Then Diodorus goes on to say: ‘In that temple, at the rising of the Pleiades, the sun is seen to set at the equinox’. And those two phenomena do also occur uniquely at Callanish. The ENE stone row at Callanish was in line with the rising of the Pleiades in the early Bronze Age, and the western stone row does point towards the setting of the sun at the equinox. So three independent lines of astronomical evidence point to Callanish; and that is very convincing.

It is accepted that Diodorus took his information about Britain from the earlier, lost, writer Hecataeus of Abdera, who himself drew on the lost writings of the 4th century BC Greek explorer Pytheas. Now what is remarkable is that by the time Pytheas got to Callanish, the Pleiades would have risen a few degrees to the north-east of the ENE stone row. The Pleiades – whose movements can be dated – had risen in alignment with the row for a few centuries after about 1700 BC (which is presumably when the row was built), but since then had edged away.

So Pytheas seems to have been reporting a folk memory of the connection between the circle and the Pleiades that had survived at Callanish for at least 1,000 years, long after the circle had gone out of use. This may seem incredible but we know from other societies that oral traditions can survive for many, many centuries even though their original use has long since been abandoned.

Strangely enough, years later when I wrote a book about stone rows, I suggested – quite independently of Callanish – that short stone rows (the type found at Callanish) were erected about 1800-1500 BC. And there you go, the Pleiades are rising at Callanish right in the middle of that range’.


Goseck Henge, Germany

The Goseck Henge is currently the oldest official ‘Solar observatory’ in the world. On the winter solstice, the sun could be seen to rise and set through the Southern gates from the centre. It has been observed that the entrances get progressively smaller the closer to the centre one gets, which would have concentrated the suns rays into a narrow path.

Being on the same latitude as Stonehenge means that ‘astronomers’ would have also benefitted from viewed the extremes of the sun and moon at right angles to each other. It is also sitting on one of two unique latitudes in the world at which the full moon passes directly overhead on its maximum Zeniths.

Mali Sveti Andeo, Croatia

Stone formation atop Ft. Mountain, Georgia, US

According to Cherokee tradition, the moon-eyed people lived in the lower Appalachia region before the Cherokee came to the area during the late 1700s. The people were said to be called “moon-eyed” because they saw poorly during the day and could see very well at night. They were also described as being small in stature, the men bearded, light-eyed, and having pale white skin. One early historian described them as albinos who were possibly the ancestors of the Kuna people of Panama, who have a high incidence of albinism.

The Cherokee, who drove them out of the region, say that these people built the ancient structures in the area. Supposedly, a temple had once stood inside the fortification which contained a giant stone snake with ruby eyes.


The pattern of the Fort Mountain stone wall is very similar to the pattern on a pottery vessel found by archaeologist C. B. Moore. This vessel, referred to as “Vessel No. 1 from the Larger Mound Near Hare Hammock,” is decorated with two bird-head handles. Incised on both sides of the vessel is a zigzagging pattern. This pattern has been interpreted as representing the movement of the planets Venus and Mercury in the morning sky. (Venus is the brightest object in the eastern sky before sunrise and thus would have naturally drawn the attention of Native American sky gazers.) Could the zigzagging pattern of Fort Mountain’s stone wall be an attempt by early Native Americans to map upon the landscape the movements of these same bright objects in the early morning sky?

It is interesting to note that this same pottery vessel contains two ideas that were also being represented in stone around the same time period: bird effigies (Rock Eagle/Rock Hawk) and this zigzag design (Fort Mountain). Rock Eagle faces east and the Fort Mountain stone wall is oriented along an east-west axis. The pottery vessel was located in a grave on the eastern side of a burial mound and all the skulls within this mound were also facing east. The symbolism seems consistent.”

Finally, astronomer John Burgess found that the wall was aligned with the summer solstice. As he noted in 1987:

The north end of the Fort Mountain Stone Wall points toward the position on the horizon where the sun rises on the summer solstice. If a clear view of the horizon were possible, an observer  standing on this nearly straight section of wall would find that, using it as a sightline, the time of the summer solstice could be determined when the sun rises at that point on the horizon pointed to by the wall.

I have been crop circle-crazy lately because I knew they were happening before I knew they were happening. It started around the end of June and there have been lots since. Here is a crop circle that happened in Madisonville, Tennessee on 5.12.2011

It seems to have something to do with the serpent mound.