Year 10~IV Month 2

16 February 2010

112 Weeks past, 148 to go theAbysmal Calendar’s launch: 21~12~2012



Reading List – Month 1 Year 10~IV

16 February 2010

All Chuck & Haruki.

Reading List:

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk


Year 10~IV Lunation 2

14 February 2010

The chronological countdown of days continues until theAbysmal Kalindar’s launch on 12~21~2012



happy Chinese new year

14 February 2010

for calendar lovers mooning over each other

the Lunar New Year (coincident with the New Moon on Feb 14th 2010) signifies the beginning of the Year of the Metal Tiger.

This Lunar New Year is the second-most celebrated in the world after January 1st (on the Gregorian Calendar), as it is observed in China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, Vietnam, and to a lesser extent in Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. It is also growing in popularity in Canada, the United States and Australia.

always good to have another reason to celebrate.

as for theAbysmal Calendar’s Lunar cycle, it begins as does the Chinese Lunar Calendar, with the Lunar Cycle that contains the Winter Solstice. This will allow theAbysmal Calendar to more easily translate between the Chinese Calendar and other systems.

Enjoy your cabbages.


Year 10~IV Quarter 0 Midway Day

5 February 2010

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.

Take the neopagan wheel of the year, for example:

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:


Regardless, the division of the year into 364 +1 days creates 4 quarters of 91 days (+1 the one extra day).

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 Symmetry
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.

Compared to the Gregorian

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.