It’s About Time, parts 1, 2, & 3

29 December 2012

Year 0 Day 8

A great series about the role calendars play in our lives. Well written, and well worth the time to read.

“We went from keeping the years and seasons by watching them to keeping the years and seasons by counting them…”

It’s About Time Part 1
It’s About Time Part 2
It’s About Time Part 3

Chromatic: Year 0 Lunation 0 Day 8
Lunar: Year 0 Lunation 0 Day 16

Perpetual Year:
Year 0 Month 0 Day 7 Saturday
Year 0 House 0 Day 7
Year 0 Quarter 0 Day 7

Sagittarius Day 13

Market Weeks (numbered from 0):
2~Day 1
3~Day 1
4~Day 3
5~Day 2
6~Day 1
7~Day 0
8~Day 7
9~Day 7
10~Day 7
12~Day 7
13~Day 7
14~Day 7
15~Day 7
18~Day 7
20~Day 7

Solar/Planetary Cycles:
Solar Cycle 0 Day 1822
Mercury 0 Day 42
Venus 0 Day 206
Mars 0 Day 694
Jupiter 0 Day 230
Saturn 0 Day 65
Uranus 0 Day 280

and so it goes

23 December 2012

the calendar’s momentum carries on.

So now that theAbysmal Calendar is done, is underway, there’s not much left for me to blog about – not  here at any rate. So I think I’ll abandon theAbysmal to posting calendar pages and so forth, and leave my rambling pontifications to another site (I can have more than one, no?)

For those of you who have offered their support, their interest, their comments, and their insights, my most heartfelt thanks and gratitude, for this is nothing if not a collaborative project.

I’ve asked a graphic designer friend of mine to help out with the wall calendar – unfortunate timing but so it goes – I expect to have something lovely available for putting on a wall. And I hope by the end of Year 0 to have some kind of date calculator-converter available online. This will be a most interesting year.

I have to admit that the last year pre-Abysmal has ended in a far better place than it began. Here’s hoping that the spiral continues every upwards as it continues onwards.

Chromatic: Year 0 Lunation 0 Day 2
Lunar: Year 0 Lunation 0 Day 10
Annual: Year 0 Month 0 Day 1 Sunday

Year 0 Month 0

22 December 2012

Let’s get this Year started already.

As the end of times cataclysm continues, let me be the first to point to you as having that can-do spirit in the face of calamity. I know it isn’t easy, what with the fall of civilization and iPhones dropping connections.

This is the beginning of the first Month of theAbysmal Calendar. It differs from other months in several ways: 1) it has nothing to do with the Moon, or the so-called lunar month, 2) it is even, and therefore of equal duration to every other month, unlike most calendars I could mention.

The Month is 4 Weeks, an even 28 Days. The pages below note the weekday, day of the Month (from 0 to 27), the Gregorian date, and the phase of the Moon. It also lists the beginning of the Fortnight (13~day periods), the beginning of Quarters (91~day periods), and the Mid~Quarter Days. Don’t feel obliged to follow all of that, unless you really want to, and then, by all means, feel free. Feel very free.

Although the Months are numbered (0 to 12), they can be named as suits you. I’ve chosen the 13 constellations of the zodiac to name the Months, which would make this the Month of Aries, or Month of the Ram, or maybe Ramuary, I haven’t quite decided.

Chromatic: Year 0 Lunation 0 Day 1
Lunar: Year 0 Lunation 0 Day 9
Annual: Year 0 Month 0 Day 0 Saturday

Year 0 House 0

22 December 2012

What the… This isn’t astrology!

Your Armageddon survival skills are to be commended. Stick a gold star to your monitor.

Here we have the first of theAbysmal Calendar’s Houses. What is a House you say, other than the type with the door and roof? It’s like a month, only instead of having 4 weeks, it has 4 Fortnights. What’s a Fortnight? Good question. I’m glad you survived with a healthy curiosity intact. A fortnight is traditionally two weeks, or fourteen days. However, I’ve applied it to theAbysmal Calendar’s 13~day periods, because the Spanish trecena doesn’t quite work in English,  and I didn’t feel like inventing something else. Call me lazy.

How dare you!

Each 364~day Year has 7 Houses. These are simply numbered like most of theAbysmal Calendar, however, I’ve got my own labelling system in mind. Please feel free to use it or discard it as suits you. I’m not one to judge. I’ve labelled the days of the Fortnight after the 13 constellations of the zodiac. I’ve decided to label the Houses after the same 7 planets [sic] with which the weekdays are associated. That would make this the House of Saturn (be afraid – he was a nasty piece of work – old father Time of Greco-Roman ancestry).

Label them as you will. Here is House 0, noting the days of the House (from 0 to 51), the equivalent Gregorian dates, and the Moon phases.

Chromatic: Year 0 Lunation 0 Day 1
Lunar: Year 0 Lunation 0 Day 9
Annual: Year 0 Month 0 Day 0 Saturday

Year 0 Quarter 0

22 December 2012

91 Days in Weeks and Fortnights

Welcome to the further adventures of theAbysmal Calendar – post~apocalypse. I hope you’re enjoying fending off the zombies, mutants, and marauding bands of mercenaries.

Below are the calendar pages for theAbysmal Calendars’ Quarters. Each Quarter is 91 Days, and this particular one, Quarter 0, runs from the Southern Solstice to the Northward Equinox (i.e. formerly known as the December Solstice and March Equinox). The Mid~Quarter Day falls on Tuesday Month 2 Day 17 (Feb. 5th). More on that as the time approaches. Each Quarter is divided into 7~Day Weeks and 13~Day Fortnights. The Mid~Quarter Day falls midweek and midfortnight as well. It’s a nice bit of synchronicity. See for yourself.

To keep things relatively simple, the Quarters below note the Weekday, Fortnight day (using the 13 symbols of the zodiac, which is not a definitive labelling btw), day of the Quarter (from 0 to 90), the equivalent Gregorian date, and the phases of the Moon.

And thank you for your patronage (and for not being patronizing, because that’s just rude =)

Chromatic: Year 0 Lunation 0 Day 1
Lunar: Year 0 Lunation 0 Day 9
Annual: Year 0 Month 0 Day 0 Saturday

Year 0

22 December 2012

The first Weekday of theAbysmal Calendar

Congratulations! You’ve survived the most recent end-of-the-world [tm] and have successfully emerged out the other end to theAbysmal Calendar’s first weekday. We are fortunate that the Gregorian weekdays and theAbysmal Weekdays coincide for the entire year, until Dec 21st 2013.

Below are the calendar pages for the year, arranged as 7~day Weeks, and 13~day Fortnights. There are 52 Weeks and 28 Fortnights in  364~day Year. I’ve kept these relatively simple. They denote the normal weekdays, the days of the Fortnight are represented by the signs of the zodiac (although that’s a personal preference and by no means definitive), the days of the year from 0 to 363, the equivalent Gregorian dates, and the moon phases (according to NASA in UTC – adjust local times as necessary).

This is the beginning of something special. Enjoy the ride.

Chromatic: Year 0 Lunation 0 Day 1
Lunar: Year 0 Lunation 0 Day 9
Annual: Year 0 Month 0 Day 0 Saturday

Southern Solstice

21 December 2012

Ushering in the Year 0

The Earth’s seasons (Equinoxes & Solstices) vary depending on whether one lives in the northern or southern hemisphere, and in the English-speaking world at least, there is a very heavy northern bias. My apologies. In order to better accommodate those of us living in the southernmost latitudes, I’ve taken to referring to the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer as the Southern and Northern Tropics respectively. As a result, the Solstices become the Southern Solstice (i.e. when the Sun appears to be directly above the Southern Tropic at noon), and the Northern Solstice.

So this is the time of the Southern Solstice, which is summer in the south and winter in the north, and it marks the start of theAbysmal Year (technically tomorrow, but why not take a few extra days to celebrate?)

theAbysmal Wheel of the Year (pictured above) marks the solstices and equinoxes (within a day or two, because they are shifty occasions), as well as the midpoints between each. The Equinoxes are defined as the days when the sun appears directly above the Equator, either moving north or south. The upcoming Equinox (in about 92 Days or so) is the Northward Equinox, the other (in about 274 Days) is the Southward Equinox. Fair enough?

Back to your regularly schedule New Year celebrations.


Chromatic: Year 0 Lunation 0 Day 0
Lunar: Year 0 Lunation 0 Day 8
Annual: Year 0 Month — Day NYD