Last Friday of the Year

19 December 2008

The way of the Year and a Day

The Day equivalent to Dec 20th always falls on Friday, on theAbysmal Calendar. In 2008 CE, it falls on a Saturday on the Gregorian.

Month 12 Day 27 Friday, the last Friday of the Calendar Year of 52 Weeks, or 364 Weekdays

The number and glyph of the 260 Day Calendar for this last Friday of Year 8~XIV is 9~XIX. This number and glyph are also attributed to the upcoming New Year, such that New Year’s Day (Dec 21st) signifies the passing on from the old year to the new.

If we consider this symbolically in terms of the Northern Season (it would be different in the Southern Hemisphere), the agricultural year and the botanical life cycle, then the New Year occurs at the longest and coldest night, the furthest away from the harvest, when plants are dormant, and in their seeds.

The last Friday of the Year is like a seed, which is the embryonic form of the New Year. The symbolism follows the cycle of annual plants in a nod to the agrarian revolution.


So in looking back at the old year, it would be best to take all of the worthwhile things we have discovered and learned and capture them in a synopsis that is kept for the New Year. Everything else is forgiven or forgotten.

In this, less material sense, the New Year occurring with the Yule, the Solstice, Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, and other Winter and Solsticial holidays, brings to the foreground the gifts that we’ve shared for centuries beyond our reckoning, even when we were separated by Mountains, Oceans, and the Abyss.

We have enough in common to create stories from the lights in the sky, tied to the landscape, alive with universal tales of struggle and desire.


So for Today, Saturday December 20th 2008 CE,
Lunation 0 Day 23 (Year 9~XIX)
Friday 9~XIX
Month 12 Day 27 (Year 8~XIV)

These are a breeze, when using theAbysmal Calendar. Regardless of what New Year’s resolutions have become, at heart, they are still a desire/need for self~improvement (as defined by oneself).

The most valuable thing anyone can learn is a skill that they can take with them. If a person’s skill is in using a particular tool, then it is most valuable if they also know how to make such a tool from the elements around them.

Difficult to do if you’re an IT specialist. Who’s got time to build a forge to smelt the ore to….

Resolutions come with a few varieties. There’s the one-time objective, like taking a trip to Jamaica. There’s the limited duration objective, like 6 months of silence. There’s the gradual, long term objective, like learning to play the trumpet.

Other examples for sure, like “eat more barley,” and so on. theAbysmal Calendar is most effective at scheduling regular, recurring, long~term activities, which includes resolutions (at any time of year) towards self~improvement.

Planning the activity according to the Seasons is another advantage. It’s difficult to advise any particular schedule, as each should be taylored to the individual in question.

To start with, use the 52 weeks to note your progress every quarter and midquarter.
You can also set goals for every month (4 weeks).

theAbysmal Calendar is advantageous in the long term, because its perpetually structure allows one to schedule something on the first Thursday of every month, and it will remain the same day of the Month (Day 5) for every Month and every Year. This regular rhythm permits us to account for the scheduling of our week and month in our heads, or at least without having to consult an outside calendar for everything.

dixon_fly_agaric_465x349The original presents under the tree

Year 9~XIX Month 0

14 December 2008

Happy New Year ~ join the Fete of the Abysmale.

theAbysmal Countdown Continues entering into its second Year. We’ve been counting 260~Weeks from December 21st 2007 CE to December 21st 2012 CE. 52 Weeks passed into the past, and 218 to go.


Things of Note about our upcoming Year 9~XIX: it has 13 Lunations, which is like a Leap Year, yet somewhat more irregular and more frequent (such are the caprices of the Moon). The image below puts the Lunations in black circles against the Months in blocks of white circular Days.  Lunations 0 and 12 overlap, which is always the case in 13-Lunation Years, which are 384 Days give or take a Day.


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Year 8~XIV began the 260~Week Countdown. Our first 52 Weeks have passed.


Year 9~XIX begins the next 52 Weeks. This Year theAbysmal will pay closer attention to the passing of the Quarters.


Year 10~IV begins the middle 52 Weeks. theAbysmal will follow the Months.

year 11~IX and we’re in the home stretch of 52 Weeks. theAbysmal will follow the patterns of the 13~XX Calendar

Year 12~XIV the last 52 Weeks of the Countdown to December 21st 2012. theAbysmal will attempt to concisely summarize why theAbysmal Calendar is so groovy for all.


Year 0, 13~XIX begins the first 52 Weeks of theAbysmal Calendars service to the World. Be there, or be out of time.

the World’s Tern

13 December 2008

nominating an animal to represent the world: the tern


the Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)
33~39 cm long
76~85 cm wingspan
can live to 30 years old
mainly eat fish and small marine invertebrates


the Arctic Tern is an excellent candidate as symbolic animal of the world. The reason is simple, they migrate from the Arctic to the Antarctic every Year, and are believed to spend more time in the sunshine than any other animal. Their feeding and nesting grounds as well as their migratory paths keep them far enough away from people.

It wouldn’t be difficult to create a global myth around such a rarely~seen animal.


Arctic Tern live in colonies, mate for life, and defend their nests aggressively.

theAbysmal Calendar vs the Law of Time 13 Moons

11 December 2008

The comparison between the two most~developed 13~Month Calendars.

first instalment of the Calendar Challenger: theAbysmal vs the Gregorian

theAbysmal vs the Law of Time 13~Moon Calendar

Jose Arguelles,  Law of Time Foundation and 13~Moon calendar reform movement figurehead, has worked extensively on creating a world calendar to replace the Gregorian, and his work is what started theAbysmal down this path to begin with.

Structurally they are quite similar. Both arrange the Year into 13~Months of 28 Days, with one Intercalary Day. The system also uses the 260~Day calendar cycle of the Maya, and they have adapted the traditional 20 glyphs as well.

There are other differences, of course, and herein lies the comparison.

The Week

The Weekdays have been replaced with
Dali, Seli, Gamma, Hali, Alpha, Limi, Silio
which are equated with
Fri, Sat, SUn, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu

The 7~Day Market Weeks is the strongest temporal structure that we have, after the Day. It doesn’t apply to everyone, of course, but as part of the current global Calendar, it would be very disruptive to change the names or the order of the Weekdays.

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The Extra Day

The Intercalary Day Out Of Time falls on Jul 25th, coincident with the heliacal rising of Sirius apparently.


The Intercalary New Year’s Day falls on Dec 21st, the Northern Winter Solstice.


The 13 Moon calendar chose the heliacal rising of Sirius as their Intercalary Day, as that was the time when the Nile flooded, signaling the beginning to the Egyptian Year, and the Egyptian Calendar.


theAbysmal chose the Solstice as a means of aligning the Calendar with the Cardinal Points.

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The Moon

In the 13 Moon Calendar, the 28~Day Months are consider to be aligned with the Moon’s Apsidal Cycle, which is based on when the Moon’s axis is tilted farthest from the Earth. The case is made that the 13 Months of 28 Days represent these cycles of the Moon, however, there is no explicit lunar cycle in this calendar system.


theAbysmal explicitly follows the synodic period of the Moon, as well as 13 Months of 4 Weeks. There is the Chronological count of Lunations, which makes translation from Lunar and Solilunar Calendars simpler, as well as 12 or 13 Lunations attributed to each Year.

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The 20 Glyphs and the Intercalary Day

In order to compare the overlay of the 260~Day Component in both Calendars, we’ll compare the Intercalary Day, and then the same Day of the Year.


the Day Out of Time (Jul 26) cycles through the equivalent of glyphs III, VIII, XIII, XVIII


theAbysmal New Year’s Day (dec 21st) cycles through V, X, XV, XX


Now comparing dec 21st:

13 Moon: IV, IX, XIV, XIX


theAbysmal: V, X, XV, XX


the difference in the alignment is due to the traditional assignation of glyphs IV, IX, XIV and XIX to the Year. The 13 Moon Calendar takes its glyph from the Day after the Day Out of Time, equivalent to the first Day of the New Year.


theAbysmal Year takes its glyph from the last Day of the old Year. The idea is that the glyph assigned to a single Day is like a seed that grows into the following Year. The last Day of the Year summarizes the previous year, and passes it forward to the next, to do with what it will.




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Although the 13 Moon Calendar has the 260~Day component from the Maya, they still count the Days of the Month and Months of the Year beginning with 1.


theAbysmal begins counting with 0, as did the Maya, as do we with our digital clocks.

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Given that a Calendar is really an aesthetic choice in how one choose’s to arrange and consider the Days in relation to the Year (in most cases), the differences here seem aesthetic, and up to any given calendar~user to decide for themselves.

theAbysmal was familiar with the 13 Moon Calendar when this project/weblog began, and the changes were made intentionally to create a global calendar in line with the seasons, that includes the Moon, that can be translated between cultures more easily, and that disrupts as little as possible with its inception.


Make every second count

9 December 2008

The Year in Secondary Moments reported:
Extra second to make 2008 even longer

theAbysmal Calendar will likewise have to account for Leap Years (as 2008 is) and Leap Seconds (which have been added occasionally to ensure that the Gregorian CE Calendar and the atomic clock all work together in harmony).


A typical Year
365 Days x 86400 seconds/Day = 31,536,000 s/Year

A Leap Year
366 Days x 86400 s/Day = 31,622,400 s/Year

+ 1 Leap Second = 31,622,401 seconds for 2008

Any such adjustments, such as Leap Weeks, Leap Days, Leap seconds can be added at the end of any given Year, between the last Friday of one Year and the first Saturday of the next. This allows theAbysmal Calendar to remain one of the most accurate (in terms of its alignment with the Earth’s orbit and the Seasons), yet retaining a perpetual annual structure of Weeks, Months and Quarters.

theAbysmal is the Calendar that Japanese swordmakers would have made: it combines the qualities of strength (i.e. the perpetual structure of 52~Weeks) and flexibility (allows for Leap Year Days and seconds and so on without disrupting the perpetual 52~Week structure).

The inevitable future

8 December 2008

what the future holds for us all…