Year 3 Moon 1

10 January 2016

Lunation, Moon, Lunar Month


29 days this one.

most notably:
Day 5 (jan 15) – Mercury passes inferior conjunction, beginning Mercury’s 10 cycle
Day 14 (jan 24) – Full Moon

As with the 13 months of the year, there are stories associated with each month. As I haven’t written everything out, there are only rough sketches for the time being. Here’s the version of 1. the Plough.


Year 3 Southern Solstice

22 December 2015

theAbysmal Wheel of the Year starts us rolling rolling rolling…

theAbysmal Wheel of the Year is simply a result of dividing the year into 364 calendar days, plus one day outside the calendar days, plus the periodic leap year day which is also outside the calendar days.

The New Year’s Day is meant to fall on or about the Southern Solstice. This year qualifies as an “about” year, as the solstice falls today, just after the new moon. Interesting year ahead for us, methinks.

The calendar divides these 364 days into four quarters of 91 days each. Each of the quarters can be further divided into two eighths of the year (or periods of 45 days) provided that one day be excluded (as we do with the new and leap year days). So, the midpoint of each quarter are equivalent as you can see below to Feb 5, May 7, Aug 6, Nov 5. These dates roughly coincide with the neo-pagan dates for major holidays Nov 1, Feb 2, May 1, Aug 1.

Each of these four dates mark a certain turning point in the course of the sun’s journey throughout the year (at least as seen from earth). Feb 5 notes the shift when the sun’s journey north accelerates, and the change in amount of daylight (for those of us in higher latitudes) changes by more and more each day, with the greatest change in and around the Equinox (again, depends at which latitude you live). May 7, the rate of change has slowed again, and the longer days linger. Certainly above the polar circles. Aug 6, the days shorten, and increase the rate of change until Nov 5, when the long dark days linger through to Feb 5.

I know I’m laying a very thick high- northern latitude bias on this, however, the opposite seasons can be said to take place, although I don’t think the higher southern latitudes have near the population as the higher northern ones. Regardless, in global terms, the apparent position of the sun overhead (for those living between the tropics) throughout the year: from southern tropic to equator to northern tropic and back.


These mid-quarter days play an important role in other aspects of the calendar.


Year 3 Month 0

21 December 2015

(dec 22 – jan 18 incl.)


Weeks begin with Tuesday, named after Tiw, Norse god of war, and in Romantic languages, Mars, Roman founder and god of war, and Fire.

Make of it what you will.

What of our first four weeks?

Day 0 Southern Solstice
Day 3 Full Moon

Day 10 Gregorian and many other New Years
Day 11 Perihelion

Day 23 Julian New Year

And whichever birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations, festivals and such you wish to have.

Year 3 House 0

21 December 2015

 (dec 22 – feb 11)


Houses are a less developed aspect of theAbysmal Calendar, however, they are another tool to be used.

Similar to the four-week month, the house is a collection of four 13-day periods (not yet decisively named anything). As a result there are 7 houses in a year, each house is 52 days long.

Day 0 – Southern Solstice
Day 3 – Full Moon
Day 10 – Gregorian and other New Years
Day 11 – Perihelion

Day 23 – Julian New Year

Day 48 – Chinese and Vietnamese New Years

Year 3 Quarter 0

21 December 2015

Anyway you slice it, it’s 90 + 1 days – (dec 22 – mar 21)

Two things. First, the quarter of the year is a great bit of design (not mine, btw). Each quarter is either 13 seven-Day weeks, or it’s seven 13-Day somethings (no name yet for this period of time. The Spanish called them “trecena”, Mesoamericans likely have their names for them.)

At any rate, it’s the period (91 days) where the Weeks and 13-day periods come together. Also a great many market weeks.
Y3Q1 - fortnights


Once it was discovered that theAbysmal Year divides into even 91-day Quarters, and excepting one day each quarter, the day midway between its beginning and end, thus midway between the Southern Solstice and the Northward Equinox. That creates eighths of 45 days excepting the mid-Quarter day.

For Year 3 Quarter 0, the mid-Quarter day falls on Lunation 1 Day 26; it always falls on Month 1 Day 17, House 0 Day 45, Quarter 0 Day 45, Year 0 Day 45 (feb 5).

Wheel-of-the-Year.jpgThis provides us with the spokes for a Wheel of the Year. Each Quarter begins and ends on or about the Solstices and Equinoxes, beginning with the Southern Solstice (Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer in the Southern). Here we begin with the Southern Solstice, and in these northern latitudes, the day by day, we see more and more sunlight for longer and longer. This rate of change from day to day manages to go from about a minute more of sunlight from one day to the next just after the New Year, to seven or eight minutes from one day to the next. In the Arctic and Antarctic regions, it must be a dramatic change across the course of this Quarter.

Please keep in mind (or don’t, it’s your mind) that the Quarter are approximate and don’t always fall on the Solstices (and rarely on the Equinoxes). The approximation better aligns us with the changes in sunlight and seasons. Scheduling by quarters with these changes in mind might be a way of better distributing annual responsibilities, events, celebrations.

Year 2 Saturn 3

1 December 2015

Cycle 3 takes 376 days.

Year 2 Month 12

23 November 2015


Here’s the end of another year. There are some traditions afoot that I would like to reintroduce. Beginning with Day 22 (that’s december 15), each day represents a month in the coming year. So, Day 22 is Month 0, Day 23 = Month 1, Day 24 = Month 2, etc. New Year’s Day = Month 6 (at the exact opposite time of year), and this continues it to the New Year until Year 3 Month 0 Day 5, which of course represents this here final Month 12. Do you remember what Year 2 Month 0 Day 5 predicted for you for this month?

Me neither. However, it is a common trait at new years among a wide variety of the world’s peoples.