Image It is always exciting to discover a new way of looking at a familiar object and the Planetary Calendar is one such new vision.   I have owned an astrological wall calendar for more than 15 years now, and I believe they are indispensable tools for pagans of all paths.   The concept of a planetary calendar is an ancient one, and up until recently there have not been many to choose from that note the planets movements as well as that of the sun and moon. A little research into the astrology and publishers told an interesting story: The original version of this calendar was created by a sixteen-year -old boy, Louis Pigeon, in the mid-20s.  He first published his calendar in 1949.  In 1992, his step-son, Jerome Northbrook, joined him in the research and production of the calendar, continuing the publication after Mr. Pigeon's death in 1995, until 1998.  That year, Mr. Northbrook announced that he would no longer continue to publish the calendar.  Two long-time clients, Carole Cherry and Michael Hamilton, were distressed at the thought of losing a favorite tool and wound up buying the business.  Mr. Northbrook continues to do the astrological research and the legacy of Mr. Pigeon continues. Despite the rather plain and somewhat scientific feeling cover, I found the writing style engaging and informative without being overly simplistic. The first seven pages explain the vocabulary of astrology -- planets and positions, aspects, orbs and the associations made with each.  There are two pages explaining 'How to Achieve Maximum Benefit from this Calendar,' others on 'Timing by the Moon,' 'The Planets Each Month,' and finally several pages on the 'Correlation of the Planets, Sun and Moon.'  As is typical, we begin the astrological year with Capricorn/January and each month has a narrative description of the Zodiac sign associated with that solar month.   Moon void of course is tracked to the minute, as is the moon's movement through the zodiac.  This calendar is different from others in several ways.   First, it does not track the movements of celestial bodies other than the moon by time of day.  Therefore, if you are a person who needs to know that the moon is opposite mars specifically at 11:56am (PST) today, this calendar is not for you.  It also tracks the 'parallel' aspect of planetary positions, which is a 1- to 2-degree tolerance between two planets.  Other calendars only track to 8- to 9-degrees (which is called a conjunction), and I am unsure whether this added notation is truly useful or just more detail.  All important planetary information for each month is given on the month's page, unlike other calendars that may require you to go to the beginning (or end) of the calendar to check the planet's movement. The most important difference, however, is that each day has dotted line running through the right side of each day.   If you are a Virgo your planetary ruler is Mercury.  Days in which Mercury is above the dotted line are favorable days, below the line they are not.  Another important difference from other calendars is that this one indicates 'Black Box' and 'White Circle' days, which are particularly bad, or good, to begin projects.  This effect is intensified and moderated by the other planets above or below that line.  I believe this is an intriguing addition to the lunar effects (moon in Virgo are positive days, moon in Pisces are not) tracked by other calendars. In comparing the information on the 2001 version with other calendar's data, I see that the data is in Central Time and is within a minute of other data.  The calendar comes in two sizes, Pocket-sized (5.5 x 4.25 unopened) and Wall-sized (9 x 7 unopened), making it convenient for carrying with you throughout the day or as a reference at home.  I enjoyed this calendar, and I am looking forward to using it in the upcoming year. ~review by Lisa Mc SherryJerome Northbrook, astrologerPlanetary Calendar Publications, 2001 
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