the ultimate Calendar Reform
“The material of myth is the material of our life, the material of our body, and the material of our environment, and a living, vital mythology deals with these in terms that are appropriate to the nature of the knowledge of time.”
— Joseph Campbell
Here’s the final mandala created out of the components of theAbysmal Calendar. Each circle represents a different progression related to the Day, Month, Year, and longer periods. Note that the image above applies to the Northern Hemisphere. The Equivalent for the Southern Hemisphere is further down this page.
Circle I – 13 x XX = 260 Days
The two cycles, one of Days numbered 1~13 the other numbered I~XX (1~20 in Roman Numerals), illustrated below correspond to the 1~13 Days and twenty glyphs of the Mayan tzolkin calendar, although the mechanics are similar, the two applications differ in fundamental ways.
Circle II – 29.53 Days
The Lunar Month, observed by the majority of the world’s peoples as part of their calendar, roughly marks the synodic period of the Moon. The cycle begins with the New Moon, when the Moon lies directly between the Sun and the International Date Line. Each cycle is observed as having 29 or 30 Days. Each Year has either 12 Lunar Months (254 +/- 1 Days) or 13 Lunar Months (384 +/- 1 Days)
CIRCLE III – 64 Hexagrams of 6 Lines – 384 Days
The I Ching or Book of Changes, an Chinese oracular system based on a binary system of lines. Typically the lines are represented as solid — or broken – -, and the oracle uses them to built 8 trigrams of three lines placed one above the other as well as 64 hexagrams of six lines. The hexagrams are made up of an upper trigram and lower trigram, however, in more complex analyses, there are also trigrams formed by using the second, third and fourth lines, the third, fourth and fifth. In the illustration below replaces the solid line with white and the broken line with black. The arrangement below is an ancient one, and it represents the change in the amount of daylight through the Day and Year, as much as it represents the face of the Moon during the Lunar Month.
CIRCLE IV – 364 + 1 Days
The illustration below illustrates the Year as arranged with 52 Weeks and 1 non-Weekday. The 52 Weeks are organized below as 13 Months numbered 0~12, although it can also be organized as 4 Quarters numbered 0~3. The shade of each Day represents the amount of relative daylight through the Year for the Northern Hemisphere. The darkest Day at the bottom is the Winter Solstice. The lightest Day at the top is the Summer Solstice. The heptagram in the centre illustrates a symbolic relationship between the 24 Hours of the Day and with the Days of the Week.
Circle V – The Precession of the Equinoxes
Due to a wobble in the motion of the Earth’s axis, the Days on which Stars rise above the horizon or their location in the sky change over a very long period of time. In terms of Calendar observation, the astronomical boundaries for the 13 Constellations that occupy the Zodiac (in astrology, there are different systems altogether) are used as a backdrop for the Sun during its apparent journey through our sky. The boundaries in the image below correspond to the number of Days the Sun takes to pass through an astrological Constellation. Only 7 Days in Scorpio, and 45 in Virgo. The 13th Constellation is Ophiuchus, the serpent healer, who follows Scorpio and precedes Sagittarius.
There we have the significance of the circles of the Mandala. It is used throughout this site, and represents a new way for the world’s peoples to communicate with one another.
The premise of the I Ching lies primarily in its role as an oracle, the black lines indicating “no,” and the white, “yes,” however, the cycles of light and darkness, as well as mitosis, lunations, the seasons, sunspot cycles & the precession of the equinoxes follow all find themselves reflected in the ever-shifting symmetries between the hexagrams.
the white represents the solid lines and the dark represents the broken lines of the I Ching