Cardinal Directions and Colour

28 November 2014

What Colour is your Compass?

Most of these admittedly are from wikipedia, which means that they are cited, however, as I don’t have access to the source material I can’t corroborate much of it. If you happen to know of another colour series, feel free to share it and I’ll add it to the pile.

The Cardinal Points, North, East, South, West, and sometimes Centre, have been fundamental ideas upon which much knowledge is built. Often, each direction is assigned a colour. These are often represented by circles divided into four quarters, sometimes with a central circle if appropriate. Like so:

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The inevitable future

8 December 2008

what the future holds for us all…


A different face of time

12 November 2008

Jacek Yerka‘s take on the issue.

nauka_chodzeniaThis particular creature is hereby nominated as theAbysmal’s official ambassador to the realms of the surreal. I see an innate tension in this image, between the stress to be on time and live by the clock against the maternal instinct in taking all the time necessary to do a million things.

Western Standard Time

11 November 2008

comparing the days as organised by Astronomy, Astrology, and two Calendars.

The small circles in the following diagrams are the 365 days of the year. The darkest of these circles is the Winter Solstice, the longest night, and the lightest of these circles is the Summer Solstice, the longest day. The others are shades of grey corresponding to the amount of daylight they receive at 49 degrees N Latitude.

but first, the KEY to the symbols:

zodiac-keyThe image below compares the four different dating systems. The first is the astronomical boundaries for the thirteen constellations of the Zodiac. The number of Days in each period corresponds to the number of days the Sun appears to pass through the constellation. It begins on April 19th. The second image has the astrological boundaries for the 12 signs of the zodiac, which begins on March 21st.


The zodiac really differs greatly. the Astronomical boundaries are greatly varied. The Sun takes 45 days to pass through Virgo, and only 7 to pass through Scorpio. The 12 astrological periods are closer to even, but remain varied from 29 to 32 days. With respect to daylight, the astrological model uses the cardinal points, such that Aries begins on the Vernal Equinox.  The astronomical boundaries shift back by one day every 72~3 years. Thus what was announced as April 19th in 1937 has likely now shifted to April 20th.

The first column are the 12 months of the Gregorian calendar, begins January 1st. Finally, the 13 months of theAbysmal Calendar, which begins on December 21st.


Here we see the relative length of the months in either case. The daylight is very similar, as the new year in both these cases only differs by 10 days.

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Because of the cyclical nature of the year, a circular analysis might be helpful In each case, the Winter Solstice is at the bottom, the Equinoxes to either side, and the Summer Solstice towards the top.

Astronomical Boundaries


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Astrological Boundaries

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Gregorian Months

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theAbysmal Months

An appeal to readers of theAbysmal

19 July 2008

Help make this calendar a global success ~ it will only take a moment, and give back all the time in the world.

theAbysmal Calendar has been a labour of love ~ as such, the marketing budget comes in at just under $0. If this site has proven of interest and benefit, then please print out a copy of one of the two images below and place it somewhere where people are likely to see it.

This Calendar has been designed to suit the breadth of the world’s peoples and their cultures. It was developed to align us once again with the cycles of the Moon, the Seasons, and our physical selves accordingly.

Your assistance and support is greatly appreciated.

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Year 8~XIV Lunation 0

23 November 2007

the Countdown to Dec 21st, 2012 begins: 260 Weeks.

4 Weeks until the New Year – 16 Days until Lunation 0 begins our countdown to 2012 and the implementation of this here Calendar worldwide.


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In the end…

6 July 2007

theAbysmal Reform Calendar

“The material of myth is the material of our life, the material of our body, and the material of our environment, and a living, vital mythology deals with these in terms that are appropriate to the nature of the knowledge of time.”
— Joseph Campbell


Here’s the final mandala created out of the components of theAbysmal Calendar. Each circle represents a different progression related to the Day, Month, Year, and longer periods. Note that the image above applies to the Northern Hemisphere. The Equivalent for the Southern Hemisphere is further down this page.

Circle I – 13 x XX = 260 Days

The two cycles, one of Days numbered 1~13 the other numbered I~XX (1~20 in Roman Numerals), illustrated below correspond to the 1~13 Days and twenty glyphs of the Mayan tzolkin calendar, although the mechanics are similar, the two applications differ in fundamental ways.


Circle II – 29.53 Days

The Lunar Month, observed by the majority of the world’s peoples as part of their calendar, roughly marks the synodic period of the Moon. The cycle begins with the New Moon, when the Moon lies directly between the Sun and the International Date Line. Each cycle is observed as having 29 or 30 Days. Each Year has either 12 Lunar Months (254 +/- 1 Days) or 13 Lunar Months (384 +/- 1 Days)


CIRCLE III – 64 Hexagrams of 6 Lines – 384 Days

The I Ching or Book of Changes, an Chinese oracular system based on a binary system of lines. Typically the lines are represented as solid — or broken – -, and the oracle uses them to built 8 trigrams of three lines placed one above the other as well as 64 hexagrams of six lines.  The hexagrams are made up of an upper trigram and lower trigram, however, in more complex analyses, there are also trigrams formed by using the second, third and fourth lines, the third, fourth and fifth. In the illustration below replaces the solid line with white and the broken line with black. The arrangement below is an ancient one, and it represents the change in the amount of daylight through the Day and Year, as much as it represents the face of the Moon during the Lunar Month.


CIRCLE IV – 364 + 1 Days

The illustration below illustrates the Year as arranged with 52 Weeks and 1 non-Weekday. The 52 Weeks are organized below as 13 Months numbered 0~12, although it can also be organized as 4 Quarters numbered 0~3. The shade of each Day represents the amount of relative daylight through the Year for the Northern Hemisphere. The darkest Day at the bottom is the Winter Solstice. The lightest Day at the top is the Summer Solstice. The heptagram in the centre illustrates a symbolic relationship between the 24 Hours of the Day and with the Days of the Week.


Circle V – The Precession of the Equinoxes

Due to a wobble in the motion of the Earth’s axis, the Days on which Stars rise above the horizon or their location in the sky change over a very long period of time. In terms of Calendar observation, the astronomical boundaries for the 13 Constellations that occupy the Zodiac (in astrology, there are different systems altogether) are used as a backdrop for the Sun during its apparent journey through our sky. The boundaries in the image below correspond to the number of Days the Sun takes to pass through an astrological Constellation. Only 7 Days in Scorpio, and 45 in Virgo. The 13th Constellation is Ophiuchus, the serpent healer, who follows Scorpio and precedes Sagittarius.


There we have the significance of the circles of the Mandala.  It is used throughout this site, and represents a new way for the world’s peoples to communicate with one another.

Below, the Mandala accounting for the Daylight in the Southern Hemisphere.MandalaS