My daughter and I have for a long time, felt that if Ed left clues at the coral castle, that those clues would begin...well, at the beginning. To us that meant the sign outside ADM 10 C DROP BELOW.
In order, we felt like the steel door held the next clue and noticed that the etching on the door was the same as on Ed's compass. The solstice...half an analemma or "lemma" as we like to call it. Also, we both felt pretty strongly, that the cent sign represented the earth titled on its axis.
So, part of our latest visit to CC (two weeks ago), was to look into any connections to these ideas. Just inside the steel door is the 3 ton gate, which was used by past CC tour guide Ray Ramirez, to demonstrate how pointing it at a participant would somehow increase their strength. Since it is right inside the door (next clue), I took a compass reading with the 3 ton gate pointing at 60 degrees (the direction of the "lemma" line on Ed's compass before it turns). It pointed directly between the moons beside the moon fountain.
My daughter noticed that there is a purposely made cut on the rim of the moon fountain (the only cut, the rest is smooth). When laid on that line, my compass read 79 degrees E. That's the EXACT POINT WHERE THE EARTH AXIS LINE ENDS ON ED'S COMPASS!
Back home and contemplating, I decided to pursue a hunch. The star in the water of the moon fountain never seemed right and at the same time, I was considering that the star with the tiny pool in it in the 3 bears grotto might be a compass if one were to magnetize a needle and float it in the pool. Looking at this aerial pic from code144.com, I recognized that the star in the moon fountain pointed at the camera, not at or past the Polaris telescope... It wasn't pointing north as one might expect from Ed.
We went to figuring and realized that a cross or right angle from the 79 degree mark, pointed more or less in the direction of that star; somewhere around 350 degrees. We explored 16 point compasses ( because the jagged edge around the fountain contains 16 points and from this, reckoned that the star pointed at 351 BUT, when we worked with more degrees, using a 32 point compass, and lined everything up, we got 349 degrees. Now in compass speak, one doesn't say 349 degrees but rather 10 degrees NW because it's 10 degrees from 0 (easier to say) that equals 10 DROP BELOW!
Just a bit more. This all made perfect sense except for that dang ADM. We tried 144...nothing. We used anagram engines...nothing. Texting back and forth while I was at work, I told my daughter I was researching analemmas, hoping something would click. She took less than five minutes to send a wiki link telling me to read the history of them. In the first few sentences, there it was: Apparent Daily Movement!
Apparent Daily Movement- 10 (350 degrees)- DROP BELOW ( 349 degrees)
This doesn't solve the puzzle but it does get us in Ed's head. To understand how he leaves clues.
The moon fountain is a recreation of a compass but notice that there is a raised, comma like edge. Exploring compasses, we can find nothing like that but note, the back of that "comma" edge is directly in line from where I got the 60 degree reading, through the two moons and in case you are curious, it encompasses 5 points of the sixteen points within the fountain.
Oh, and this is how we started this search: by trying to place Ed's compass drawing over the coral castle, except the map is rectangular and the CC is square.