Fête of the Abysmale

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 This is the beginning of the 13 days of the Fête of the Abysmale, theAbysmal New Year.

Y3m0.jpgAs with several other New Year’s celebrations, each day of the fête previews the equivalent month in the upcoming year. Thirteen days works with thirteen months. There’s nothing saying it can’t be done with lunar months as well, however, there are roughly two years with 12 moons to every one with 13. Regardless, in years with 12 moons (like this year), then ignore the moons on Day 12, or look at Moon 0 for the following year.

Abysmale Day 0 (dec 15) gives us a glimpse into what awaits us during Month 0 (dec 22 – jan 18) as the days get longer in the Northern and shorter in the Southern hemisphere.

More than just 13 days of celebration, or some pseudo-astrology, it might serve us more pragmatically to think of it as a way of planning the year ahead, day-by-day, month-by-month. Say, today, while we reflect on Month 0 (dec 22 – jan 18), we can plan ahead for those four weeks. Then forget about it, or adjust it as need be. Nothing’s written in stone (except this blog, which is then digitized and posted).

Here’s what Month 0 in Year 3 looks like:

Day 0 – See Day 0

Day 3 – Full Moon

Day 10 – Gregorian, and other New Years

Day 11 – Perihelion, Earth’s closest pass to the Sun

Day 23 – Julian New Year

Weeks, Months, Quarters on theAbysmal calendar begin on Tuesday for Year 3. Tuesday is named, among a great many other things, after Tiw, or Mars, or Fire in three of the world’s widespread language families. It could mean anything, but Mars, the Roman god, watches over this day. Mars also represents vitality (the spear, ahem), and it is out of this strength of life that warriors are honed. If it has lost this meaning, we can always change its name. There are plenty of other names for weekdays available. If we’re going to keep using Tuesday, mardi, we may as well give it the spin that suits us best.

the Solstice, the shortest day in the north, longest in the south, and about the same near the Equator, where the sun appears to pass directly overhead at the southern tropic (of Capricorn).

Upon reflection, there’s one function of the calendar that’s assumed but not really looked at so much (at least not by me, and in all that I’ve read, not in terms that aren’t either too vague, or drawing on questionable source material, is the scheduling.

There are so many structures, parallels in numbers

2- to 20-day weeks for examples, or the wheel of the year.

13-day period, 13 weeks in a quarter, 13 months in a year. Parallels.

4 quarters in a year, 4 weeks in a month, 4 13-day periods in a house.

7 days in a week, 7 houses in a year, 7 13-day periods in a quarter.

Not to mention all the numbering madness in the 360-day market week part of the calendar. Let’s not overwhelm ourselves.

First, these 13 days of the Abysmale look ahead to the 13 months of the year, and ostensibly the 13 weeks of the first quarter. The same could be done with the 7-day week, which would predate the 7 houses of the year, the 7 13-day periods of the quarter.

In terms of planning and scheduling, it’s not a bad time to sweep out whatever happened last year and put in place something new. Not resolutions, but actual plans.

The numbering 0-12 for example, associated with days, weeks, months, years, can be differentiated by associating different symbols or stories with each measure. For example, instead of using the Cockerel to Flood series of months, one could use the 13 constellations that the sun passes through (astronomy) from Aries to Pisces. The days could be named after local animals, favourite pets, absolutely anything, and provided it has some meaning, tells some type of story to you, then it will be that much more effective. Instead of thinking of “Month 5” which is admittedly sterile, what does that time of year evoke where you are?

Use this period to look at each month in the year ahead, and name it by whatever scheme works best for you. At the end of the year, reassess. It can change from year-to-year. The numbers are key to an underlying structure, the symbols give it life.

The New Year’s Preview

This is the beginning of the 13 days of the Fete of the Abysmale, theAbysmal New Year.

As with several other New Year’s celebrations, each day of the fete previews the equivalent month in the upcoming year.

(dec 15) this day gives us a glimpse into what awaits us during Month 0 (dec 22 – jan 18) as the days get longer in the North and shorter in the South as we pass the solstice.

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More than just 13 days of celebration, or some pseudo-astrology, it might serve us more pragmatically to think of it as a way of planning the year ahead, month by month. Say, today, while we reflect on Month 0 (dec 22 – jan 18), we can plan ahead for those four weeks. Then forget about it, or adjust it as need be. Nothing’s written in stone (except this blog, which is then digitized and posted).

Year 3 ~ Month 0 (dec 22 – jan 18)

Day o – Northern Solstice
Day 3 – Full Moon

Day 10 – Gregorian, and other New Years
Day 11 – Perihelion, Earth’s closest pass to the Sun

Day 23 – Julian New Year

Weeks on theAbysmal calendar begin on Tuesday this year same as today, and so it will ever be. Tuesday is named, among a great many other things, after Tiw, or Mars, or Fire. It could mean anything, but let’s hope it’s the vitality of human ingenuity as opposed to, say, the wrath of some god or other. That never turns out well no matter how benevolent.

the Solstice, the shortest day in the north, longest in the south, where the sun appears to pass directly overhead at the southern tropic (of Capricorn).

As a Bonus and at no extra cost to you:

Every series of 0-12 periods of time can have a story associated with them, maybe to do with local seasons, or traditions, observances, celebrities, could be anything, honestly. You are encouraged to give it a go. It’s not as easy as it sounds, and doesn’t even have to be elaborate. Simpler’s better. Anyway, just give ‘er.

theAbysmal has hacked one out for you, currently being featured with the posts on the New Moons.

Day 0 of the Fete of the Abysmale celebrates that Gamecock, along with Lunation 0, and in a few days, Month 0. In these northern latitudes, that Gamecock crows at the sun as it crosses the sky, beginning its journey higher and higher, day by day, like the year’s equivalent to dawn.

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