112 Weeks past, 148 to go theAbysmal Calendar’s launch: 21~12~2012
Halfway through the first Quarter of Year 10~IV – Why is this significant?
The four Quarters of theAbysmal Year have an innate symmetry. Not only does it work out so nicely in terms of numbers, but it relates, more or less, to the seasons and to the traditions that observed them more readily than we do.
February 2nd, Imbolc or Candlemas is also known as Groundhog’s Day.
The significance of this day is that it falls, very roughly, midway between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway). For 2010 these dates are Dec 21st and Mar 20th. (as per the USNO)
compare this to theAbysmal Calendar’s Wheel:
The Quarters begin and end on or about the cardinal points. In theAbysmal Calendar, the Quarter 0, the first Quarter, begins with Dec 22nd and ends with Mar 22nd.
The midway point of this Quarter falls on Feb 5th. This means that exactly 45 Days have elapsed, and there are 45 days to go. This is the midday of the week (always a Tuesday), and the midday of the Quarter. Excluding the week in which it falls, 6 full Weeks have elapsed, and there are 6 full Weeks to go. Adds a little more significant to the Groundhog and its shadow, no?
Calendar Synchronicity & Symmetry
This is true for every Quarter of theAbysmal Calendar. The midway Day falls 45 days from the start, and 45 from the end, and always take place on a Tuesday.
the Gregorian Calendar (the current one the world shares Jan-Dec), does not use such exacting symmetry. Its Quarters are 90/91, 92, 92, 91 days respectively. the observed Days (as per the Wheel above) fall unevenly from the Solstices and Equinoxes: 43-46, 40-51, 45-46, 41-49 Days respectively.