Multiple New Years

13 April 2009

Thailand and South Asia celebrate April 13th to 15th

Today’s New Year, coincident in 2009 with the Gregorian Easter Monday, was determined to coincide with the transit of the Sun into the Constellation (not to be confused with the astrological sign) of Aries. In 1930, the International Astronomical Union set the date at which the transit occurs at April 19th, however, due to the Precession of the Equinoxes, this date has likely drifted to April 20th by now (typically it falls a day later every 71 or 72 Years).

theAbysmal Calendar reforms the transit date to April 20th, which this Year bears the glyph 13~XX, the last nymber~glyph in the cycle of 260. This means that April 21st 2009 bears the first of the cycle, 1~I. This bodes well for new beginnings.

Compare the two illustrations that contrast Days of the astrological and astronomical Zodiac. The darkness of the circles represents the relative amount of Daylight at 50 N Latitude.

daylight-wheel-astrologyASTROLOGICAL BOUNDARIES

daylight-wheel-astronomyASTRONOMICAL BOUNDARIES

April 13th coincides with Easter and several New Years, as well as theAbysmal Month 4
April 20th coincides with the Sun’s transit into Aries
April 21st bears 1~I

Year 9~XIX Month 4

13 April 2009

68 Weeks past, 192 to go theAbysmal Calendar’s launch: 21~12~2012


Reading List – Month 3 Year 9~XIX

13 April 2009

More surreal Canadiana and tales of domestic survival.

Reading List:

Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje
the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Pilgrim by Timothy Findley
Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens
the Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls