Henry Hudson in a Time of Prophecy (cont.)
By Evan Pritchard
Section II. Additional Comments on Henry Hudson and his Possible Role in the Seven Fires Prophecies (exclusively for Graham Hancock’s website discussion page)
As the timeline shows (see below) Hudson’s crew, led by the hot headed Robert Juet, entered into battle with the local Algonquins on October 1st and then again on October 2nd. These were the first known incidents of violence between Algonquin speakers and Europeans, and paved the way for the conquest that was to follow. The two-edged prophecies suggesting the arrival of either a white man of peace an friendship “bearing gifts” or a white man of war “with weapons and faces of hatred” were both fulfilled at once, by Henry Hudson and Robert Juet respectively. And yet even the timing of these seemingly accidental events tied in miraculously with the more complex aspects of the Seven Fires calendar, at least as I have reconstructed it. Similar significance can be found in the timing of the Half Moon’s arrival at Delaware Bay and what is now Ground Zero. To understand this timing, one must delve into the mathematics of visible (or line-of-sight) astronomy, such as the Algonquin people used at that time.
Solar “Moon Turtle” Calendar: All turtles have 13 large platelets in the central portion of the shell, while some have 28 small platelets around the edge called scutes. The solar calendar was marked using the 28 scutes around the outside to mark a 28 day month, and the 13 large platelets to mark 13 such months, resulting in a 364 day year. One more day was marked each year as a Day of Forgiveness (Cherokee) or Day of the Dead (Mexico), and then every four years, a leap day would have been needed, resulting in a holiday something like Sadie Hawkins’ Day. The actual solar year is 365.24219 days, so this system would hold up for quite a while.
Lunar “Moon Turtle” Calendar: The lunar month is 29.53089 nights, and the Algonquin moon turtle calendar included 13 of these in a year, counted by adding a scute each month (to the 28) and two every other month. This equals 383.89765 nights altogether. This is 18.65546 days longer than the solar calendar. This means that if you started both calendars the day you were born, you would not see the solar and lunar years end any where near together until your 98th birthday. A next big alignment would be in 392 years, halfway through the Seven Fires cycle. This means that in 784 years, the solar calendar would have 14,625.88 less days and would therefore turn 40.04433 more times, fairly close to an even number. At 783 years, the solar calendar would have seen 14.607.225 less days and would therefore turn 39.993257 more times, even closer to an even number. Oddly, these two years are the first consecutive years in the series to both feature approximate alignments. It marks the end of a great cycle and the beginning of another.
Lunar and Solar Eclipses: The keepers of the prophecies were watching both solar and lunar eclipses for signs as to what might be coming. It is astounding to me that at least nine consecutive “nodes” of this calendar system aligned closely with major solar eclipses that were at least partially visible from the original Island of Fire where the prophets first arrived. The odds of that happening by chance must be billions to one, and in fact, given that there are only two or three solar eclipses anywhere in the world each year, it seems almost unprecedented in history that such a thing happened at all, and yet it did. And what is even more remarkable is that someone knew, in advance, and as far as I can tell, was able to lay out a plan for the future based on this fact. Readers are welcome to study the timeline to see some of the incidents I found where the location of the totality of the eclipse (or in some cases within the path of totality) corresponded with the location of a major event that characterized the nature of the “era” as predicted by the prophets in 1216, according to the working model. Again, this borders on the metaphysical, but perhaps the native people’s own beliefs helped in some way to shape the events in question, for better or worse. However they cannot be held responsible for the events themselves, especially where they were the victims.
I am confident in the reconstruction of the basic calendar, as it has such an elegant and simple logic all its own, tying in with current oral traditions. The use of the new moon of September 12, 1216 as a starting point is a hypothesis that yields stunning results; I look at this choice as a way of showing the reader that the calendar could have worked as a predictor without any major shuffling around. The next part of the puzzle is, I admit, a little more on the speculative edge which is where the wonder and mystery is for me at this writing. I welcome comments, of course.
In my studies of history I have noticed that most of the events that characterize the era as prophecized by the original messengers, occur mostly in the first year of that cycle. I refer to these as “years of signs and omens.” I am speculating that the elders at that time would have watched for signs during that first year with greater attention than at other times, it only makes sense. There may have also been a “year of signs and omens” after a solar or lunar eclipse, as such would have followed the same logic. This is where it gets interesting.