Profile: Julie Loar is the author of six books and dozens of articles, and she is an international teacher and scholar of myth and symbolism. She was an executive in two large corporations before turning to writing and teaching full time. Her latest book, Goddesses For Every Day: Exploring the Wisdom & Power of the Divine Feminine Around The World, has won two national awards. She has traveled to sacred sites around the world, researching the material in her books and teachings, and each year she leads a tour to Egypt. Her popular astrology feature appears in ATLANTIS RISING magazine.
Presentation: “The Nabatean Zodiac of Petra, Jordan: Signs and Substitutions”
Abstract: The Petra Nabatean Zodiac is unique in two ways. First, it does not move in the typical order but is instead arranged with the Aries and Libra at the top, next to each other. Instead of the normal sequence the two halves are presented as mirror images. The zodiac also uses a combination of the familiar Greco-Roman figures with several intriguing substitutions for Aries, Sagittarius and Capricorn, which retains the deities of the Nabateans within the overlay of the conquering Roman symbolism. The zodiac of Petra may in fact be a religious calendar which indicated the two most significant “New Year” festivals in the sacred calendar of the Nabateans: the lambing festival at spring equinox and the grain festival at autumn equinox.