Lunation, Moon, Lunar Month
29 days this one.
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.
Yeah, you, who just celebrated…. what was it again?
If April Fool’s has to do with the Romans (new Year on March 1st btw) mocking those who celebrated afterwards (April 1st).
So, if you missed theAbysmal New Year (Dec 21st) and are celebrating now, who’s the fool? The solstice was 10 days ago.
Today looks ahead at to Month 6, as if across the abyss that separates the longest day from the longest night. The abyss between any two extremes, many of which we think of as opposites in conflict, but rather they are compliments in harmony. Here the Northern darkest day and Southern brightest day look look ahead, as if through a lens across the year. It’s clearer when the months are arranged like this:
In the left-hand image, the Northern Hemispheres, the black dot at the bottom represents today, the New Year as well as Day 6 of our little adventure in planning ahead, at the opposite side of the year, of the circle, at the top, Month 6 is the month during which the solstice occurs, usually at the midpoint. In the image on the right, the Southern Hemisphere, where the white dot represents today, and faces across the year at the darkest months of the year during Month 6. The solstices fall about half a year apart consistently, however, the equinoxes don’t divide the year in even quarters, or halves, however, there is still a symmetry to it.
Today is a day simply packed with activity, and tomorrow, Day 0, will be even busier, as it is the first day of the calendar year (today doesn’t count).
Let’s take a look across the abyss, shall we?
The most noteworthy day would be Month 6 Day 14 or Lunation 6 Day 16 the Northern Solstice (the date’s missing from the above).
This is the month of Ramadan for practicing Muslims, and these are the longest days for them to be fasting in the Northern Hemisphere from dawn to dusk. However, I have had the pleasure of knowing, working with, befriending a number of people who observe Ramadan, and they manage year after year. I can see the advantages to fasting collectively, although fasting once in a while, especially for those who have more than abundant food supplies, seems to be advisable.
This is a special time of year, and this year in particular as the full moon falls within a day of the solstice. Definitely take some time to go outside to watch the moon. Full Moons are a great time to celebrate, all the fishes in the sea are doing it (or at least a goodly number of them are). And at the end of the month, several national festivals take place.
the Story of the Year continues with 6. the Well.
Day 0 of every measure (dec 22)
Two things to mention here. First, numbering from 0.
Most of the world’s calendars count beginning with 1, such as with years, months, days of the month, and so on. The Mesoamerican Calendar began with 0.
Hardly novel, this is how our digital timepieces work. At midnight, they roll around to 00:00. It’s a means of measuring something unmeasureable, something always in state of change. Counting from 0 means that we count the second (or minute, hour, day, month, year) after it has elapsed, not before.
Just like 1:12 on a clock means 1 hour has passed another 12 minutes have passed, and we’re now in the 13th. Month 1 Day 12 works the same way. 28 days + 12, so 40 days into the year, and we’re in the 41st in progress.
what I like most about this system is that while it is present, time has no number, only once it has passed, when it is measurable. (which might be stretching it, but there it is).
If nothing else, it unites time display.
Y: M: D: h: m. s
Also, makes calculating easier, because months are standardized at 28 days.
3 years = 1095 days
5 months = 140 days
17 days = 17 days
1252 days at almost lunchtime.
Second, the “so-called” market week.
These are weeks observed in different parts of the world of different lengths, typically in the four to six range, but there’s an awful lot of variety.
So theAbysmal developed a market week calendar. As with the 364-day year (52 weeks, 13 months, 7 houses, 4 quarters), each market week begins with 0, and all of their Day 0s fall today. They never synchronize again until next year’s Day 0.
In order to create the maximum number of market weeks, the following days aren’t included in the market week calendar, so they’re like leap year days that don’t always fall conveniently, but so it goes.
Leap Year Day (dec 20), New Year Day (dec 21), Month 1 Day 17 (feb 5), Month 4 Day 24 (may 7), Month 8 Day 3 (aug 6), Month 11 Day 10 (nov 5).
The remaining 360 days has a great number of factors, and so, a great number of market weeks (limited to 20 days).
180 2-day weeks numbered 0-1
120 3-day weeks numbered 0-2
90 4-day weeks numbered 0-3
72 5-day weeks numbered 0-4
60 6-day weeks numbered 0-5
45 8-day weeks numbered 0-7
40 9-day weeks numbered 0-8
36 10-day weeks numbered 0-9
30 12-day weeks numbered 0-11
24 15-day weeks numbered 0-14
20 18-day weeks numbered 0-17
18 20-day weeks numbered 0-19
So, Day 0.