Here we go, with theAbysmal Wheel of the Year – this is a tweaked version of the neo-pagan wheel of the year, which celebrates the solstices, equinoxes, and midpoints between them. The difference here is that these observances are exactly 45 days apart from one to the next (which also means that they don’t necessarily fall exactly on the solstice or equinox – more a case of “on or about”).
It’s also a means of looking at the seasons of the year in terms of the position of the sun, and therefore the amount of light we get at higher latitudes. The above illustration shades the days according to the amount of sunlight at 50 N Latitude. The darkest days of the year fall between Nov 5th and Feb 5th, and as such, we’re now entering the period where the rate of increase in sunlight from day to day accelerates (whereas in the Southern Hemisphere, this is the end of the long days, and the amount of sunlight decreases from day to day).
Groundhog Day is the more popular tradition associated with this holiday. The groundhog looks ahead to the increasing sunlight, and sees spring (i.e. the equinox) about six weeks away (six and a half if you want to get technical. And why not?). If the groundhog looks back, away from the sun, then it sees its shadow, and the winter is expected to drag on. Given the volatile weather we’ve had this year, it will undoubtedly become increasingly difficult to tell when spring has arrived. Even the flowers are confused.
Market Weeks Take a Holiday
Like all the days that fall midway between the solstices and equinoxes, today falls on a Tuesday, falls midway through the Quarter, falls midway through the Week, and the Fortnight. Isn’t that a happy coincidence?
However, today, like the other days that fall midway through the Quarters, is not counted on most market weeks. The market weeks on theAbysmal Calendar are simply periods of time like our 7~Day week that are of varying length, from 2 to 20 days. Today is a holiday in that it falls outside of the regular cycle of the Market Weeks, with the exception of the 7~Day Week, the 13~Day Fortnight, and the 14~Day fortnight.
Chromatic: Year 0 Lunation 1 Day 46
Lunar: Year 0 Lunation 1 Day 25
Year 0 Month 1 Day 17 Tuesday
Year 0 House 0 Day 45
Year 0 Quarter 0 Day 45
Capricorn Day 15
Market Weeks (numbered from 0):
Solar Cycle 0 Day 1860
Mercury 0 Day 80
Venus 0 Day 244
Mars 0 Day 732
Jupiter 0 Day 268
Saturn 0 Day 103
Uranus 0 Day 318
Neptune 0 Day 352