October 14, 2022 Current Moon Phase

You can use this link to go forward or backward in time for Moon phase information. If you are curious, you can even find out what phase the Moon was in when you or anyone else was born.

From MoonGiant.com

The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with an illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9pm and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.

Visit the October 2022 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Waning Gibbous Phase

The Waning Gibbous on October 14 has an illumination of 79%. This is the percentage of the Moon illuminated by the Sun. The illumination is constantly changing and can vary up to 10% a day. On October 14 the Moon is 19.27 days old. This refers to how many days it has been since the last New Moon. It takes 29.53 days for the Moon to orbit the Earth and go through the lunar cycle of all 8 Moon phases.

The 8 Lunar Phases

There are 8 lunar phases the Moon goes through in its 29.53 days lunar cycle. The 4 major Moon phases are Full Moon, New Moon, First Quarter and Last Quarter. Between these major phases, there are 4 minor ones: the Waxing Crescent, Waxing Gibbous, Waning Gibbous and Waning Crescent. For more info on the Moon Cycle and on each phase check out Wikipedia Lunar Phase page.

Phase Details

Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 79%
Moon Age: 19.27 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 401,397.59 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 149,186,506.61 km

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14 October 2022 Southern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions

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Southeastern Hemisphere 

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America

14 October 2022
03:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM BRT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:21 Libra 15
Moon:17 Gemini 22
Mercury:04 Libra 58
Venus:19 Libra 06
Mars:23 Gemini 53
Jupiter:01 Aries 24 Rx
Saturn:18 Aquarius 39 Rx
Uranus:17 Taurus 56 Rx
Neptune:23 Pisces 18 Rx
Pluto:26 Capricorn 07

True Lunar Node:13 Taurus 30
Mean Lunar Node:14 Taurus 21 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):20 Cancer 23

Chiron:13 Aries 50 Rx
Ceres:06 Virgo 29
Pallas:16 Cancer 24
Juno:08 Pisces 02 Rx
Vesta:23 Aquarius 16

Eris:24 Aries 30 Rx


Southern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Cape Town, South Africa

14 October 2022
10:00 am GMT 12:00 PM SAST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:21 Libra 02
Moon:14 Gemini 50
Mercury:04 Libra 39
Venus:18 Libra 51
Mars:23 Gemini 51
Jupiter:01 Aries 26 Rx
Saturn:18 Aquarius 39 Rx
Uranus:17 Taurus 56 Rx
Neptune:23 Pisces 18 Rx
Pluto:26 Capricorn 07

True Lunar Node:13 Taurus 30
Mean Lunar Node:14 Taurus 22 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):20 Cancer 21

Chiron:13 Aries 50 Rx
Ceres:06 Virgo 24
Pallas:16 Cancer 19
Juno:08 Pisces 03 Rx
Vesta:23 Aquarius 15

Eris:24 Aries 30 Rx


Southwestern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

14 October 2022
02:00 am GMT 12:00 PM AEST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:20 Libra 42
Moon:10 Gemini 45
Mercury:04 Libra 10
Venus:18 Libra 26
Mars:23 Gemini 46
Jupiter:01 Aries 28 Rx
Saturn:18 Aquarius 39 Rx
Uranus:17 Taurus 57 Rx
Neptune:23 Pisces 19 Rx
Pluto:26 Capricorn 07

True Lunar Node:13 Taurus 29
Mean Lunar Node:14 Taurus 23 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):20 Cancer 19

Chiron:13 Aries 51 Rx
Ceres:06 Virgo 15
Pallas:16 Cancer 12
Juno:08 Pisces 04 Rx
Vesta:23 Aquarius 14

Eris:24 Aries 30 Rx


October 13, 2022 Northern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions

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Northwestern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Los Angeles, California, USA

October 13, 2022
07:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM PDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:20 Libra 25
Moon:07 Gemini 10
Mercury:03 Libra 45
Venus:18 Libra 04
Mars:23 Gemini 43
Jupiter:01 Aries 30 Rx
Saturn:18 Aquarius 40 Rx
Uranus:17 Taurus 57 Rx
Neptune:23 Pisces 19 Rx
Pluto:26 Capricorn 07

True Lunar Node:13 Taurus 29
Mean Lunar Node:14 Taurus 24 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):20 Cancer 17

Chiron:13 Aries 52 Rx
Ceres:06 Virgo 08
Pallas:16 Cancer 05
Juno:08 Pisces 06 Rx
Vesta:23 Aquarius 13

Eris:24 Aries 31 Rx


Northern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Chicago, Illinois, USA

October 13, 2022
05:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM CDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:20 Libra 20
Moon:06 Gemini 09
Mercury:03 Libra 37
Venus:17 Libra 58
Mars:23 Gemini 41
Jupiter:01 Aries 31 Rx
Saturn:18 Aquarius 40 Rx
Uranus:17 Taurus 57 Rx
Neptune:23 Pisces 19 Rx
Pluto:26 Capricorn 07

True Lunar Node:13 Taurus 29
Mean Lunar Node:14 Taurus 24 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):20 Cancer 16

Chiron:13 Aries 52 Rx
Ceres:06 Virgo 06
Pallas:16 Cancer 04
Juno:08 Pisces 06 Rx
Vesta:23 Aquarius 13

Eris:24 Aries 31 Rx


Northeastern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Frankfurt, Germany, Europe

13 October 2022
10:00 am GMT 12:00 PM CEST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:20 Libra 03
Moon:02 Gemini 32
Mercury:03 Libra 12
Venus:17 Libra 36
Mars:23 Gemini 38
Jupiter:01 Aries 33 Rx
Saturn:18 Aquarius 40 Rx
Uranus:17 Taurus 58 Rx
Neptune:23 Pisces 20 Rx
Pluto:26 Capricorn 07

True Lunar Node:13 Taurus 28
Mean Lunar Node:14 Taurus 25 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):20 Cancer 15

Chiron:13 Aries 53 Rx
Ceres:05 Virgo 58
Pallas:15 Cancer 57
Juno:08 Pisces 07 Rx
Vesta:23 Aquarius 12

Eris:24 Aries 31 Rx


October 14 Divination Journal


From Tarot.com is Part of Zappallas USA © 2019

3 of Coins

This suit, most often named “Coins” or “Pentacles”, is a symbol for a magical talisman that represented wealth or potential. This suit represents something supportive that is available to you — whether it be health, some kind of talent, a material or financial resource.

The Three is traditionally the card of genius. Here we usually see a master craftsman conferring with his masons on the installation of a beautiful stained-glass window in the cathedral. This designer is often likened to Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo, a multi-talented visionary who has no peers in talent or productivity.

The masterwork is being proudly showcased for future generations, as an object of personal and collective pride. On some cards, the genius is portrayed at his studio, alone and burning the midnight oil, in a creative ferment — driven to draw, paint, invent, or whatever work genius wants to bring into creation. As a subtext to the rewards of genius are the days and weeks of intense concentration it takes to solve the problems that great works entail.


From londonverse.com – Norse/Viking Runes



These Norse runes give power of messaging or warning about the upcoming problem in the person’s life. Additionally, it brings sacred knowledge and means that the person must be blessed. It teaches people to be patient, kind and polite while making every decision and conversation in life. Still, it implies that people must be incredibly patient and careful with the wise ones.

Druid Ogham

From Druid Ogham- For more information about Muin


Harvest, completion, initiation

Tree: Grapevine (Vitis spp.)

Letter: M

Harvest time has deep significance and meaning for those willing to pay attention. It is both a time of celebration and fortifying oneself for the long journey ahead. Harvest in the old days was a genuinely special time, because unlike nowadays, winter forced most humans into a period of rest. With the advent of the cheap petroleum age, wintertime has become a time of bustling activity as many of us drive and shop in a frenzy to prepare for holidays, but if you think back to times when there were no lights outside of lanterns and candles when the sun set at 4pm, you can rightfully imagine it wasn’t the busiest time of year! Harvests celebrate the bounty of the summer but also the coming death of a year, which is but a larger celebration of the death of a season, which is a larger celebration of the death of the week (the weekend), which is a larger celebration of the death of a day by having a meal and then going to bed. Death is called The Reaper — when we look at this meaningfully, The Reaper is not such a bad guy. He’s taking care of business for us so we can rest and wake up ready and refreshed for the next life. Of course drawing this Ogham does not mean you or someone else is going to die. Instead, look for the culmination of a phase, project, or a way of being. You have reason to recognize and celebrate a job well done, a graduation, an obstacle overcome, or a subtle shift. The end of a cycle, even if it wasn’t the best one, is worthy of recognition and celebration before we rest and prepare for the next cycle. Decadence is not to be feared — a little decadence after hard work is natural and should be enjoyed.

Questions when you draw Muin:…

I Ching

Hexagram Fifty – Two 52

Kên / The Mountain

Above this Mountain’s summit another more majestic rises:
The Superior Person is mindful to keep his thoughts in the here and now.

Stilling the sensations of the Ego, he roams his courtyard without moving a muscle, unencumbered by the fears and desires of his fellows.
This is no mistake.


There is a higher vantage point available to you, but it is obscured by the visible peak of personal ambition.
To climb to this higher plane, you must shake off the desires and fears of the conscious, visible world around you.
To make this journey you must quiet the Ego, empty your mind of past and future, and dwell totally in the moment at hand.
Thorough mindfulness of what is before you is the only tranquility.
Be. Here. Now.


From Numerology Double Digit Numbers – 12


It is highly creative, individualistic, and unconventional. It relies on the self as opposed to a group. Can be selfish and is almost always a little irresponsible. Not good at managing time. Inefficient.

Angel Number

From Angel Numbers – Number 119

One Hundred Nineteen

Keep your thoughts and visions positive at all times. Your virtuous life path depends on it. Staying positive guarantees you success in all what you do, either in your spiritual life or material matters.

Animal Spirit Guide or Animal Spirit Helper

From UniGuide.com – For more information about the Dog

Dog meanings and symbolism include adaptability, family, friendship and affection, loyalty and devotion, patience and perseverance, bravery, protection, sensitivity and insight, purpose, and joy. While it’s arguable when dogs first became domesticated, some historians believe it first happened in northern Eurasia between 14,000 and 29,000 years ago. Historical evidence shows that wolves began following nomadic peoples to eat the leftovers from their hunting expeditions. Fast-forward to today, and dogs are now a part of people’s lives all over the world. So, dog meanings and symbolism, including the spiritual meanings of dogs and the dog spirit animal, are important topics to the many people who adore these special animals.

Table of Contents

What does a dog symbolize?

Detailed Dog Symbols and Meanings

Dog Mythology and Folklore

Mesopotamian Dog Mythology

Dog Meaning in Ancient Egypt

The Dog in African Folklore

Dog Meaning in Greek Mythology

Celtic Hounds

Dog Symbolism in Norse Mythology

Dog Meaning in the Bible

Dog Symbolism in Islam and the Middle East

Dog Meaning in Zoroastrianism

The Dog in Hindu Mythology

Dogs in Buddhism

Dog Meaning in China

Native American Dog Meanings

Mesoamerican Dog Mythology

Australian Aboriginal Dogs and Dingoes

Dog Spirit Animal

Dog Power Animal

Dog Totem

Dog Dream Meaning

Dog Tattoo Meaning

Organizations that Protect Dogs


Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence and Spell for Thursday


Jupiter: business, logic, gambling, social matters, political power, material wealth, publishing, college education, long-distance travel, foreign interests, religion, philosophy, forecasting, broadcasting, publicity, expansion, luck, growth, sports, horses, the law, doctors, guardians, merchants, psychologists, charity, correspondence courses, self-improvement, researching, reading, studying

THURSDAY: Named after the Norse Thunder God Thor

Thursday is a great time for rituals and magick focused on strength, devotion, and commitment.

Jupiter Rituals: Money, Legal and Religious matters.

Element: Earth

Colour: Blue

Number: 4

Guard Spell


A powerful Eath-based magic spell that guards the psychic boundaries of its worker and provides safe haven from evil magic spells cast by others.

You will need:

A smooth, black stone
A beeswax candle
A small plastic bag
Approximately 1/2 cup of soil
A piece of twine

In your home, on the setting of the sun, on the morning of a Thursday, light your beeswax candle and place it on a flat surface, preferably a tabletop.

Form a small pile of soil and lay your stone on top of it on the tabletop, not too near the candle. Next, speak aloud the following words:

Earth of birth,
Breath of death,
Guard the holder,
Of this stone.

Next, place the stone and the soil in the plastic bag and tie it closed with the twine. Then extinguish the candle.

Hide the bag of soil with the stone in it in a safe place for three days, Then remove the stone from the bag and dump the soil onto the ground outdoors. Carry the stone with you as a guard stone.

October 12, 2022 Daily Horoscopes

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Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or major decisions after 5:30 PM EDT today (2:30 PM to 10:15 PM PDT). The Moon is in Taurus.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This is a pretty solid week on the whole; however, today it’s easy for you to overestimate something or promise more than you can deliver. Be aware of this before you volunteer for anything or make an important commitment. Resist that impulse!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today the Moon is in your sign, which brings you a little bit of extra good luck. This means you will be supported and fortified in your efforts to get your job done today. Form working units or work with groups to get the best results. Don’t be overly ambitious. Be realistic.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today your ruler Mercury is dancing with Jupiter, which increases your optimism and confidence. This is a good thing. (However, it is possible that things look a bit better than they really are.) Keep this in mind if you’re doing financial transactions or making promises to someone.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Family discussions are upbeat today! Perhaps you are excited about home repairs or redecorating projects or entertaining because you do have a strong focus on home and family at this time. You might be feeding a gang! Be careful about overestimating something today.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today you are the optimist. You might begin by having such a busy schedule, it will be difficult to do everything including short trips, errands, appointments and talking to siblings, relatives and daily contacts. Oh yes, you want it all! Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Today you might be focused on financial matters and business negotiations, including a major purchase, perhaps. If this is the case, be careful about going overboard, or expecting too much, or going along with something that looks too good to be true. Maybe it is.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This is a happy, upbeat day for you. Not only is the Sun in your sign, but Mercury is in your sign as well, dancing with lucky Jupiter. Today you will be full of grand thinking and be quick to see the big picture. Others will see you as competent, even cocksure. (Nobody likes smug.)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

This is a feel-good day for you because you have a warm feeling in your tummy about things. It’s a relatively low-key day for you, which is why you will prefer working alone or behind the scenes. Nevertheless, you feel optimistic and confident about whatever you’re doing. Order in your favourite take out.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Discussions with friends or groups will be positive today. If you are involved in a conference, or any kind of planning session, or important discussions, you’re ready to think big! All this as well and good but do not forget about the little details. Remember: What the big print giveth, the small print taketh away.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

This is an excellent day for discussions with parents, bosses, teachers, VIPs and even the police because people feel forgiving, warm hearted and ready to help if they can. Therefore, ask for help if you need it. More than likely, you will get it!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You might be excited about ambitious travel plans today. Similarly, this is an excellent day to pursue opportunities in publishing, the media, higher education and anything connected with medical or legal matters. Do not overlook details!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This is a good money day for you. In discussions about how to divide or share something, you will probably come out smelling like a rose. However, do remember not to give away the farm. Protect your self-interests.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actress Iris Apatow (2002) shares your birthday today. You are friendly and multitalented. People are charmed by you. Sometimes your enthusiasm tempts you to go overboard. This is an exciting year for you because it is the beginning of a new cycle. Expect adventure, new beginnings and major changes. Be ready to open any door!

October 12, 2022 Birthday Horoscope

May the next year of your life be better than the past year!  

Click here to read anyone’s birthday horoscope from sunsigns.org

IF YOU ARE BORN ON OCTOBER 12, you are an elegant and graceful Libra. Some say that you have twin personalities that are totally opposite of each other. You can be a person who is openly affectionate, and at the same time, despise public displays of affection. You just never know with this October 12 birthday personality. It’s a part of their mystic.

As a part of being you, you can be blunt and straightforward people. It’s something that comes naturally and every so often, involuntary. This 12 October zodiac birthday person can be intelligent and fascinating to talk to.

You are patient, instinctive and perceptive when it comes to people and their feelings. You are giving people and are naturally social workers. For you, picking out someone who is “needy” is easy to do. Besides, they are drawn to you so; you are normally the one they tell their problems to.

If today is your birthday, your friends trust you and feel that you won’t judge them or look at them differently after they divulge their innermost secrets.

The 12th October birthday horoscope predicts that you can be versatile when it comes to choosing a career path, making the decision difficult. Your quick and analytic mind could be useful in professions such as a psychologist, therapist or many areas relating to justice. Additionally, you could be an asset to the scientific department as a part of the research team. You are an inspiring Libran who has great determination.

Some days you are concerned with your account balance, and you’re frugal. Other days, you are decadent, and you are blowing your budget. While it’s true you may have dual qualities; you‘re a very likable and mysterious Libra. In addition, the October 12 birthday born, have the ability to see through people. You have great insight into people’s minds and hearts.

The October 12th birthday meanings show that you can be sociable and cooperative. However, your downfall could be that you are a procrastinator. When it comes to making decisions, you are slow to come to a conclusion. If you are pressured to make a snap decision, it could prove stressful for someone born today. It may feel as though you have done a day’s work afterward.

The 12 October birthday astrology forecasts that you feel as though everything should be balanced including your personal and professional lives. You have the capability of seeing both sides of a situation so, taking sides is extremely difficult for someone like you. Even when you argue with your soul mate, it is you who says “I’m sorry” first. You will go to great lengths to keep peace.

Not many people have your energy, Libra. You love people, and sometimes, you are guilty of spending beyond your capacity maybe to please one of your friends. It could be that you max out your credit cards to live a lavish lifestyle.

This could put you in jeopardy of putting a big damper on your savings account. You’ll need to be making a substantial salary to afford the kind of lifestyle you want. You are a fun person to be around. Usually, very active and generous, this Libra birthday people have a good time wherever they go.

As an October 12 birthday personality, you are a low-key person. Loud noises and people tend to turn you off. You like all things to be in accordance with peace and harmony. This quality makes you a good friend and lover. As a lover, someone will need to be friends with you first in order for this relationship to last. You will need a partner who is strong and who is not jealous because it is likely that you are a flirt, an innocent one but nevertheless, a flirt.

In general, what your birthday says about you is that you are people who like to eat. You love good food and will drive a long way to satisfy a taste for that particular ingredient you’re looking for. However, you won’t walk for it. You are typically not the person to work out regularly. You stay active so your weight is not a problem, but you still could benefit from toning and cardio exercises.

The October 12 birthday analysis shows you to be a person who is open one day and narrow-minded the next. While it’s a part of your true self, it’s still irritating to the rest of your family. You’re smart enough to be anything you want to be, but you are hanging around the wrong people. Get out with those you aspire to be like. They can lead you into the right direction. Some people like to flirt but don’t worry, you won’t lose your job because of it.

Famous People And Celebrities Born On October 12

Dick Gregory, Hugh Jackman, Terry McMillan, Raymond Ochoa, Alfredo Pareja, Dusty Rhodes, Conrad Smith

See: Famous Celebrities Born On October 12

This Day That Year –October 12 In History

1366 – King Frederick III of Sicily puts restriction on decorating synagogues.
1928 – Boston’s Children Hospital is the first to use an iron lung.
1980 – Dustin Hoffman gets married to Lisa Gottsegen.
2010 – Woody Peoples who was a football player dies today.

October 12 Tula Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)
October 12 Chinese Zodiac DOG

October 12 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Venus that symbolizes business relationships and the pleasures of being social.

October 12 Birthday Symbols

The Scales Is The Symbol For The Libra Zodiac Sign

October 12 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birth Day Tarot Card is The Hanged Man. This card symbolizes that you might have to sacrifice something right now, keeping in mind your future. The Minor Arcana cards are Three of Swords and Queen of Swords

October 12 Birthday Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Pisces: This is a pleasurable and loving match.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign CancerThis relationship between the Air and Water sign will be very dull.

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October 12 Lucky Number

Number 4 – This number stands for loyalty, discipline, traditional values, and patience.
Number 3 – This is a number of adventure, optimism, pleasure, and youthfulness.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For October 12 Birthday

Purple: This is a color that inspires high ideals and helps us get in touch with our spirituality.
Silver: This is a feminine color that is soothing, emotional and signifies psychic abilities.

Lucky Days For October 12 Birthday

Friday – This day ruled by Venus shows your attitude in personal and business relationships.
Thursday – This day ruled by Jupiter helps you focus on the task at hand irrespective of the challenges that you might face along the way.

October 12 Birthstone Opal

Opal is a gemstone said to heal pain and aid in mental and spiritual well-being.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On October 12th

A palm sized laptop for the man and a beautiful clock for the woman.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2022 October 12

Ou4: The Giant Squid Nebula

Image Credit & CopyrightTommy Lease

Explanation: A mysterious squid-like cosmic cloud, this nebula is very faint, but also very large in planet Earth’s sky. In the image, composed with 30 hours of narrowband image data, it spans nearly three full moons toward the royal constellation Cepheus. Discovered in 2011 by French astro-imager Nicolas Outters, the Squid Nebula’s bipolar shape is distinguished here by the telltale blue-green emission from doubly ionized oxygen atoms. Though apparently surrounded by the reddish hydrogen emission region Sh2-129, the true distance and nature of the Squid Nebula have been difficult to determine. Still, a more recent investigation suggests Ou4 really does lie within Sh2-129 some 2,300 light-years away. Consistent with that scenario, the cosmic squid would represent a spectacular outflow of material driven by a triple system of hot, massive stars, cataloged as HR8119, seen near the center of the nebula. If so, this truly giant squid nebula would physically be over 50 light-years across.

Archaeologists Find Underwater Salt Kitchens of the Ancient Maya

Now below sea level, the workplaces and settlements were vital sites of salt production.

Recent excavations of submerged Maya salt kitchens off the coast of Belize indicate that their ancient workers lived on the sites and possibly worked in kin-based teams.

The archaeological site is called Ta’ab Nuk Na, and it was in operation from 600 CE to 800 CE. It’s the largest of 110 submerged Maya sites in Paynes Creek, a nature reserve on Belize’s southern coast. Archaeological analysis of the operations at Ta’ab Nuk Na are published today in the journal Antiquity.

“The discovery of a residence at the site indicates the salt workers were living there instead of commuting daily from somewhere else on the coast or moving to the coast seasonally from inland areas,” said Heather McKillop, an archaeologist at Louisiana State University and the study’s lead author, in an email to Gizmodo.

The Maya mainly produced salt in two ways: evaporating saltwater and boiling brine in briquetage, or coarse ceramic vessels, over fire. The second method was…

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