The book – Signs & Seasons
“The heavens declare the glory of God (Ps. 19:1)” and Jay Ryan teaches us how to understand the heavens in Signs and Seasons: Understanding the Elements of Classical Astronomy (Fourth Day Press, 2007). With beautiful illustrations, historical references, biblical examples, scientific explanations, and living applications, Jay Ryan shows homeschool families the need for understanding God’s greatest creation.
Signs & Seasons covers a broad range of subject matter, including how to measure hours, seasons, months, and years by the changing sky; the movement of the moon, sun, visible planets, and constellations in relation to one another, to the earth, and to the observer; the discipline of sky observation; the difference between astrology and astronomy; the history of holidays; how astronomy supports biblical creationism, and much more. With this text, homeschoolers have the unique opportunity to return to classical astronomy – the study of the heavens as God intended them, “for signs and for seasons (Gen. 1:14).”
Signs & Seasons is more than a complete text, containing over 250 pages including 7 meaty chapters; an epilogue on the different historical calendars and holidays; several practical field activities for each chapter; a broad glossary of terms; a biography of quoted historical and classical authors from the text; and seven astronomical charts for star and planet gazing. An additional field manual/workbook is also available from the publisher for increased study. A telescope is not required for any observations.
I studied Signs & Seasons with my four children over several months. We hovered around the text together, gazing in wonder at Jay Ryan’s copious artistic illustrations on every page. We enjoyed doing many of the projects together, including building a large compass in the backyard, aligned with the sun (and finding out our home and subdivision is not astronomically aligned). We have enjoyed finding constellations, planets, and meteors together. We have developed a renewed appreciation for references to constellations, classical astronomy, and classical navigation in our history and literature. We have all, even the youngest, become much more appreciative of the sun and moon and God’s design for harmony in His creation. Most of all, we have renewed appreciation for God’s creation as we study it from the perspective of God’s Word and the great men of the past.
Jay Ryan is the author of the classical astronomy text Signs & Seasons and the newsletter “Classical Astronomy Update.” Long-time contributing editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, Jay is most recognized for his astronomy cartoons which have appeared in planetarium and astronomy newsletters and magazines across the country and around the world. Jay and his wife Debbie homeschool their five children.
The Giveaway and Special Offer!
Signs & Seasons is available directly from author Jay Ryan at ClassicalAstronomy.com or from CBD, Rainbow Resources, and Amazon.com for only $39 for the hardbound text and $16 for the accompanying field guide.
Jay Ryan is generously giving away a FREE copy of Signs & Seasons to a US reader of WhateverStateIAm! Here’s how to enter:
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The entries close Friday night, midnight central time. I’ll announce the winner Saturday morning. Be sure to stay tuned for more from ClassicalAstronomy.com all week here on WhateverStateIAm.This contest is now closed.
Congratulations to Jamie M!