Riddle 3

Do you want to know the way?
Ask us.
Plenty of time or nay?
Ask us.
I look at the sphere,
My brother at the year.
Ask us.

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12 thoughts on “Riddle 3

  1. Good Evening Thomas

    I can’t believe that I have got this right as having read your articles it seems too ‘easy’!

    Can it be ‘The Solar and the Lunar Eclipses’?

    As in:

    “Do you want to know the way?”

    ~~CarO ~~ Eclipses are the ‘signposts’ for the year: they point the way.

    “Ask us”.

    ~~ CarO ~~ Rahu (the Dragon’s Head or North Node) and Ketu (the Dragon’s Tail or South Node) are two parts of the mythical dragon that are forever enemies of the luminaries: one or the other of them will eat the Sun at a Solar Eclipse and his brother will then devour the Moon at the Lunar eclipse. The points they occupy will, on being correctly interpreted, show you the way through the year.

    “Plenty of time or nay?

    ~~Caro~~. Although it takes up to two hours from start to finish, the maximum duration of totality of a total Solar Eclipse is seven and a half minutes. A total Lunar Eclipse lasts from six hours from beginning to end, but the maximum duration of totality is one hour forty-four minutes. As the rule is that a Solar eclipse lasts as long in years as the eclipse lasts in hours; and that a Lunar eclipse lasts as long in months as it does in hours, you will, when you have calculated it, know whether you have plenty of time yea or nay!

    “Ask us”.

    ~~ CarO ~~ The Solar Eclipse and the Lunar Eclipse

    “I look at the sphere,”

    ~~CarO~~ The Moon rotates around its own axis in the same amount of time that it takes to revolve around the Earth. It is in a synchronous rotation with the Earth. Therefore, the same side of the moon always faces the sphere of the Earth.

    “My brother at the year.”

    ~~ Caro~~ The interval between two successive passages of the Sun through the Vernal Equinoxes when it crosses the Equator going North each Spring marks one tropical ‘year’.

    Well, it seems a wee bit too easy, but I will start the ball off . . . . I hope you get lots more replies.

    Love
    CarO

  2. Hello CarO,

    Right you are. It would be too easy! 🙂
    But even so thank you for your very detailed answer.
    One thing for sure. You really are thinking astrology.
    You’ll probably have the answer tomorrow.

    I hope you get lots more replies.
    Thank you. I hope so too!

    best wishes,
    Thomas

  3. Hi Thomas, I am up and down the stairs like a Yo-Yo tonight!

    Do you want to know the way?
    ~~CarO ~~ Moonlight shows the traveller the way

    Ask us.
    ~~ CarO ~~ The Phases of the Moon

    Plenty of time or nay?
    ~~ CarO ~~ Each quarter phase marks the time

    Ask us.
    ~~ CarO ~~ The ‘light’ and ‘dark’ phases of the Moon

    I look at the sphere,
    ~~ CarO ~~ the light side of the Moon looks at the Earth

    My brother at the year.
    ~~ CarO ~~ the dark side always faces the Sun

    Ask us.
    ~~ CarO ~~The two faces (or 4 phases) of the Moon show

    Howzat eh?

  4. Ahah!!!

    Travellers ‘rest’ and stop for refreshment! = The Planetary Stations! :0)

    “Do you want to know the way?
    Ask us.”

    ~~ CarO ~~ The stations of the planets are ‘signposts’ as to which direction events are going to take.

    ”Plenty of time or nay?
    Ask us.”

    ~~ CarO ~~ T I M E is stretched when one is resting and thinking about going retrograde. Nothing can be ‘timed’ through a station in horary.

    “I look at the sphere”,

    ~~ CarO ~~ A planet when stationary is ‘looking’ straight at the earth. ( A direct planet’s motion when seen from earth appears to be going Eastwards against the background of fixed stars. Around the time of opposition, a superior planet appears to ‘stop’ and stares directly into the face of the Earth, before going into retrograde movement and travelling Westwards against the background of fixed stars. The same with the inferior planets who appear to ‘stop’ when at their greatest elongation East, because then they are travelling straight down the line of sight with reference back to the Earth, thus staying in the same degree of Zodiacal Longitude as they do so;. The same also at their greatest elongation West, when they are once more trotting off straight down the line of sight away from the Earth in the same degree of Zodiacal Longitude) So they all ‘look’ directly at the sphere of the Earth when stationary.

    “My brother at the year”.

    A stationary planet’s brother is one who is ‘direct’ and therefore toddling happily Eastwards along the Ecliptic, ( which is the ‘circle of the year, which starts and ends at the Vernal Equinox) in forward motion of Zodiacal Longitude.

    “Ask us.”
    ~~ CarO ~~ Every planet bar the two Luminaries (who of course aren’t planets at all) make a ‘station’ when they turn retrograde and direct. So ask any of them :0)

    Howz’at one then Thomas?

    If you don’t like that I can scrape up another :0)

    Love
    Caroline

  5. He looks at the Stars OF COURSE! And to both of the Zodiacs!!!!

    Yippeeee, I’ve got it, I’VE GOT IT!!!

    The Sidereal and the Tropical Zodiacs

    “Do you want to know the way?
    Ask us.”

    ~~ CarO ~~ The Fixed Stars have been used as navigation tools since time immemorial!

    “Plenty of time or nay?
    Ask us.”

    There is plenty of time between the two, owing to the phenomenom known as precession, this difference known as the Ayanamsa, is between approximately 23* t0 24* degrees depending on the reference source.

    ”I look at the sphere,”

    ~~ CarO ~~ The Sidereal Zodiac looks at time as measured by the rotation of the earth relative to the fixed stars. A Sidereal year measures approximately 365 days, 6 hours and 9 minutes in mean solar time.

    ”My brother at the year.”

    ~~ CarO ~~ The Tropical Zodiac looks at time as measured by the rotation of the earth relative to the Vernal Equinox. A Tropical year measures approximately 365 days 5 hours and 49 minutes or mean solar time.

    ”Ask us”

    ~~ CarO ~~ The Two Zodiacs – Sidereal and Tropical!

    Betcha that is right!! :0)

    Love
    CarO

  6. Ooooooh! At last I see what you want! A traveller stops and asks for ‘directions’ n’est ce pas? As in the Four Cardinal Points! (Unless he is travelling with my Lord 7, when he has to keep on going turning left until he gets back to where he started from! :0)

    “Do you want to know the way?
    Ask us.”

    ~~ CarO ~~ Yes! Look at the ‘compass’ of the heavens, or the 4 cardinal points of the Chart! The MC is due South; the IC due North; the Ascendant is due East and the Descendant is due West! And In the Northern Hemisphere, the Sun’s position on the Ecliptic shows the way South by day and the Moon by her inclination to the Ecliptic, and her phase, shows the way South by night. (In the Southern Hemisphere they both show the way North of course.)

    “Plenty of time or nay?
    Ask us.”

    ~~ CarO ~~ Both the Sun by his diurnal motion and the Moon by her diurnal motion and her phase and angle, will be able (by their position with reference to the four cardinal points) be able tell us the time by day. The Sun is in the East on the Ascendant at dawn, culminates at noon, and sets at dusk. The same with the Moon, who can tell by her phase exactly what angle she is throwing the Sun, and therefore her position in the sky will tell us the time at night via the Sun’s position.

    “I look at the sphere,
    My brother at the year.”

    ~~ CarO ~~ Well, either it is: the Moon is in synchronous rotation with the Earth; therefore, the same side of the Moon always faces the sphere of the Earth. Whereas the Sun travels along the Ecliptic, otherwise known as the ‘Circle of the Year’.

    Or

    Could it be the MC (the cardinal angle South) who looks down on the sphere of the Earth, whilst the Sun looks out along the great circle of the Ecliptic. Take your pick :0)

    ”Ask us.”

    ~~ CarO ~~ The MC and both of the Lights!
    And if that’s not it Thomas I give up! At least, until I’ve had breakfast anyhow

    Love
    CarO

  7. Good morning CarO,
    Good show, 🙂 not only in this but also your last posting!
    You inadvertantly gave the answer when you said:
    A traveller stops and asks for ‘directions’ n’est ce pas.
    So as not to keep you and many other readers in tenterhooks:
    Directions are what I was looking for.
    “Official” answer coming up.
    best wishes,
    Thomas

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