Another something that seems significant about theAbysmal Calendar
I’ve been neglectful of our relatives in the Southern Hemisphere, and it’s appropriate that I acknowledge this oversight with a solution built-in to theAbysmal Calendar. First, the reasons for the differences.
If anyone is new to this, the seasons are reversed between the two hemispheres, so Spring in the Northern Hemisphere is Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Around the Equator, in the Tropics, the amount of sunlight is pretty consistent throughout the Year. However, the closer you move towards the Poles, the more drastically the ratio of day to night changes, so that we see the months-long days and nights at the poles.
I looked at the days’ lengths throughout the year at 49 degrees latitude N, and shaded circles representing the days of the year according to the amount of daylight. The Winter Solstice was black, the Summer Solstice white. I used a 13-month calendar structure with the Winter Solstice as the New Year’s Day, and ended up with the above image.
Of course, I had to account for the fact that the Northern Winter Solstice was also the Southern Summer Solstice. So we get the following:
In recent days, I’ve been posting about the 260-Year cycles of history, now they follow this same rhythm of 13, with the cultural period’s apex at the peak – in the illustrations above, they would coincide with 6. According to the Northern illustration, the apex occurs during the height of Summer when Days are longest. This follows very nicely for Northerners, however, for Southerners, the symbolism doesn’t work quite the same way. New Year in the Summer seems pretty good, however, the descent and rise don’t translate so easily.
I had come up with 13 symbols for the 13 months (just a personal exercise that is not intended to be imposed on anyone). The important symbol in this is the central one, the Well.
[N.B. the month names have changed in my version, so even the above is no longer accurate. just sayin’]
theAbysmal refers to water, so when I came up with it, I thought of the depths of the ocean and went from there. The Well stands as the central feature of a settlement or community. The water of life from which we communally drink. If we think of the Well as it appears in the illustration above, it connects one end of the year to the other. The New Year’s Day at one Solstice, month 6 at the other Solstice.
I like to picture looking down the Well at someone, somewhere peering back across the distance (shy of 13000km) is someone on the opposite side of the world, experiencing the opposite Solstice. This isn’t to say we’re opponents, just at other sides of things. North-South, Winter-Summer, yet both looking at our opposite reflected through the Well.
So, while one is at summer, the other is at winter, and we look across to each other, one deprived of light, the other basking in an abundance of it, and we see the Well not as a one-way source from which to draw, but a means of exchange. Sunlight down the well in times of greatest darkness.
The other symbols and names can be whatever, but I think the Well is something that might be better shared as a common element among calendars. I don’t think it should be prohibitive by any means, just strongly encouraged or offered as a default or something?