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we should probably start naming some of these new months…
Month0 runs from december 22nd to january 18th – if we, as a community of calendar users, are going to assign new names to the 13 months, what would we call them?
Commenter KSmith suggests that Month 6 (jun 8 – jul5) be called Funuary, and be taken as a holiday (like August in France). This is definitely on the right track.
Thus far, we have 1 suggested month name: Month 6 = Funuary. All other suggestions welcome.
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Graphic novels enter into the reading list
Last Night in Twisted River (2009) by John Irving
Serious Men (2010) by Manu Joseph
All the Pretty Horses (1992) by Cormac McCarthy
Motorcycles & Sweetgrass (2010) by Drew Hayden Taylor
18 Days by Grant Morrison
the Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
Life Along the Silk Road by Susan Whitfield
Les Trois Mousquetaires by Alexandre Dumas
Queen & Country – Definitive Edition Volume 1 by Greg Rucka
Life Inc. by Douglas Rushkoff
the 13th sign of the Zodiac – yet the skies look the same
You know the one – the Constellation in front of which the Sun passes every year for 18 days (Nov 30 – Dec 17). This is astronomy, not astrology. Western astrology still hasn’t properly incorporated Ophiuchus into their charts, despite that the International Astronomical Union added him back to the astronomical zodiac in 1930.
Essentially, the Western astrology system works like a calendar (at least if we look at the sun sign – rising signs, and the positions of the planets are something else entirely), which begins on March 21st, the Vernal Equinox (in the northern hemisphere. In the south it’s the autumnal equinox). Each of the 12 astrological signs lasts about 30 days (with some variance).
Here’s a couple of comparisons (full blog post at Western Standard Time) – first the astrological arrangements of the fixed signs vs theAbysmal Calendar – second, the astrological boundaries vs the astronomical ones. In each of these images, the Winter Solstice (the longest night of the year) is placed at the bottom, the Vernal Equinox (day = night) on the left, the Summer Solstice on top, the Autumnal Equinox on the right.
It’s no more efficient of a calendar system than the Gregorian Calendar. theAbysmal Calendar seems to take the best of both these systems, and harmonizes them with the 7-day week, the Chinese solilunar calendar, the positivist calendar of Auguste Compte, and the tzolkin of the Maya.
The 12 signs of the zodiac (and the tropics of cancer and capricorn for that matter) were originally based on the astronomical constellations that formed the background to the ecliptic (the apparent path of the sun through our sky, as visible from earth – at least in theory). Western astrology has fixed these periods, such that they bear no correlation to the astrological constellations after which they were named.
The addition of the 13th sign to the astrological system has many advantages (and even conforms with some astrological references in the books of Ezekiel and Revelation in the Bible). Zodiac means “wheel of animals”, however, Libra is the only non-living object among the other signs. With 13 signs, and Libra at the centre, this creates a proper balance of 6 signs on either side. I believe this was how the zodiac was constructed at one point, however, I have yet to unearth any evidence of this.
This would make Libra a neutral element, Ophiuchus water and Scorpio air. Then everything else remains the same. It makes for many types of symmetry. Looky here:
I’m not proposing that this has anything to do with people’s personalities, however, as a symbol system, it is much more elegant than the current astrological one.