Year 8~XIV Lunation 11

28 October 2008

Reconstructing the Wheel

27 October 2008

Considering Symmetry in theAbysmal Calendar

Dividing the Year’s Quarters into 13 weeks That’s 91 days.

13 + 12 + 11 + 10 + 9 + 8 + 7 + 6 +5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 91

The Quarter’s of the Year begin on or about the four Cardinal Points – the Northern Winter Solstice, Vernal Equinox, Summer Solstice and Autumnal Equinox. These times of year have long been observed. The four days that fall mid-Quarter, always on a Tuesday:

Tuesday Month  8 Day  3 (August 6th) falls on the first Tuesday of the Month.
Midway between the Northern Summer SOlstice & Autumnal Equinox

Tuesday Month 11 Day 10 (November 5th) – second Tuesday of the Month
Midway between the Northern Vernal Equinox and Winter Solstice

Tuesday Month  1 Day 17 (February 5th) – third Tuesday of the Month
Midway between the Northern Winter Solstice and Vernal Equinox

Tuesday Month  4 Day 24 (May 7th) – fourth Tuesday of the Month
Midway between the Northern Vernal Equinox and Summer Solstice

These dates provide us with a revised 8~Spoked Wheel of the Seasons, which currently acknowledges the dates at the beginning of the Gregorian month: August 1st, November 1st, February 2nd and May 1st.

The revised dates above put each mid way Tuesday exactly 45 days after the beginning of the Quarter, and 45 days before the beginning of the next. This defines 90 Days between any two consecutive mid-Quarter Tuesday.

These Tuesdays define the four seasons according to sunlight (maybe not so important in the Tropics). The Season between May 7th and Aug 6th is the time of long days, when daylight is noticeably longer than night. The Season between Aug 6th and Nov 5th is the time when the nights grow longer. Nov 5th to Feb 5th is the time of long nights. Feb 5th to May 7th is the time the days grow longer.

There’s further significance in these dates. The 13 constellations of the Zodiac, as defined by the International Astronomer’s Union (IAU) in the 1930s, if attributed to the 13 months of theAbysmal  Calendar Year have a strong symbolic correlation.

The outer dark circle represent the 13 constellations of the real zodiac, as defined by the IAU.

The amount of the circle each sign occupies represents the number of days it takes the Sun to appear to pass through them. The Sun takes 45 days to pass through Virgo, and only 7 through Scorpio.

The inner circle represents the 13 Months of theAbysmal Calendar. Each small circle represents a day. The darker the circle, the longer the night. The lighter the circle, the longer the amount of daylight (at 49 N Lat).

Due to the Precession of the Equinoxes, the day at which the Sun appears to pass into a constellation shifts one day later every 72 years or so. Although the IAU defined the day the Sun enters Aries as April 19th, we have passed over 72 years since then, and may want to consider taking such change into account.

With the Precession of the Equinoxes taking the outer circle around in a clockwise direction over the course of about 26,000 years, then the Sun will enter Aries on theAbysmal Calendar’s

New Year in 17,000 years or so. Plenty of time to figure out what to wear.

The five circled months in the illustration below,  1, 4, 6, 8, 11, would have Taurus (the Bull), Leo (the Lion), Libra (the Balance), Ophiuchus (the Serpent-Bearer), Aquarius (the Water-Bearer) attributed to them. Libra stands alone in the Zodiac as the only non-living symbol. It also stands midway between the six preceding and six following symbols, giving it a special role in providing a true balance.

The other four, Bull, Lion, Man, Man echo a passage in Ezekiel Ch 1 and another in Revelation Ch 4, which refer to wheels turning in the sky, and four cherubim that hold them, each with four faces, that of an ox, a lion, an eagle and a man. If we apply this symbolism, transforming Ophiuchus into the eagle, then we get a symbolic interplay that strengthens the structure of the calendar. It also requires that Scorpio goes from being a water sign to an air sign. Ophiuchus takes the element of water.

The colours represent the four elements (five if you include Libra, but for most part, it is an exception), and their more common attributations. Patterns of note include:

the circumference beginning at the bottom – Fire, Earth, Air, Water
alternation of masculine and feminine

reflected from left to right – Fire~Water, Earth~Air, Air~Earth, Water~Fire
the masculine~feminine signs pair

Diametrically opposed – Fire~Air, Earth~Water, Air~Fire, Water~Earth
the masculine pair with the masculine, the feminine with the feminine

Also, the five circled months include all of the five elements Earth, Fire, Aether, Water, Air. Month 6 (Libra) contains the midway point of the Year, the Northern Summer Solstice. The other four circled months also contain the Tuesday that occurs midway through any given Quarter.

Here’s a breakdown of the Months mapped to the Gregorian Calendar


The other correlation is between the 260 days (13~XX) which are assigned to the 365 days of theAbysmal Calendar. The mid-Quarter Tuesdays each bear the same number, for Year 0 of theAbysmal Calendar, each Tuesday will bear the number 8. The glyphs create a more complex pattern.

Each day of the 365 day calendar year rotates through one of five groups of glyphs.
Group A: Glyphs I, VI, XI, XVI
Group B: Glyphs II, VII, XII, XVII
Group C: Glyphs III, VIII, XIII, XVIII
Group D: Glyphs IV, IX, XIV, XIX
Group E: Glyphs V, X, XV, XX

that is to say, if today bears the number 7-I, next year, it will bear 8-VI, the year after 9-XI, 10-XVI, 11-I, and so on through 13 numbers and four glyphs.

The first Mid-Quarter Tuesday rotates through Group A, the second Tuesday through group B, the third Group C and the last Group D. New Year’s Day rotates through Group E.

In Year 0, the Tuesdays will bear the number-glyphs: 8-XI, 8-II, 8-XIII, 8-IV and New Year’s begins the Year bearing 1-XX and ends the year bearing 2-V.

Putting it all together ~ the Maya (creators of the 13-XX calendar) had year bearers as part of the symbol system of their calendar. Each one had a cardinal point attributed to them. They may be considered distant relatives to the Cherubim described in Ezekiel and Revelation. The Bull, the Lion, the Eagle and the Water-Bearer may be considered the Year Bearers in this example.

have a wondrous Day of the Dead.

Year 8~XIV Month 11

27 October 2008

44 weeks past, 216 yet to pass until 21~12~2012