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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HP Lovecraft’s Birthday

20 August 2012

and how his Horror wove Time into the mix.

Say what you will about HP Lovecraft’s  racism, nazism, and sometimes unmanageable prose, his work influenced a great many modern horror writers, and may even be the catalyst for 20th Century horror in general. HR Giger‘s design of the first Alien film are the most evident example. I have read most of his short stories, his novella the Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, and his long poem the Fungi from Yuggoth, but not his longest work, a walking guide to Quebec City, and having waded through the quagmire of his work, I was greatly impressed by his perspective on time. In no small part it has influenced my development of the Abyss in theAbysmal Calendar project.

the Cosmic Horror, the Cosmic Horror

On occasion, Lovecraft seemed to pick up on something that was far more prescient than one expects (see American Plutocracy), as if he were tapping into the darker aspects of the collective unconscious of the United States. His work combined themes of racial and genetic degeneration, ancient alien civilization, the dead, occult knowledge, and an inverse of enlightenment, which is best summarized in the opening lines of the Call of Cthulhu:

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.

He wrote this in 1926, in the time between the two world wars, when he wrote the majority of his work. Despite attempts to enlist, he never served in the military. He only sets one story in the first world war, Herbert West – Reanimator, and then only one episode, part V. As isolated as he was, he nevertheless picked up on a deep undercurrent.

Azathoth

Lovecraft wrote about a number of alien-god beings, including Azathoth, which appears in a number of his tales. In the Dreams in the Witch-House, the protagonist, Gilman, remembers the entity in his dream as:

…the mindless entity Azathoth, which rules all time and space from a curiously environed black throne at the centre of Chaos…

Here, Lovecraft is describing the lord of matter, the centre of chaos, ruling all time and space (or dare I say spacetime). There is no doubt that Lovecraft had interest in the sciences, and was aware of Einstein’s remodeling of the universe. Mind you, the idea of chaos theory wouldn’t come along for some decades. Entropy would have to suffice as a working model based in thermodynamics.

Yog-Sothoth

Yog-Sothoth likewise shows up in a number of stories, including Through the Gates of the Silver Key where it is referred to as:

…an All-in-One and One-in-All of limitless being and self — not merely a thing of one Space-Time continuum, but allied to the ultimate animating essence of existence’s whole unbounded sweep — the last, utter sweep which has no confines and which outreaches fancy and mathematics alike. It was perhaps that which certain secret cults of earth have whispered of as YOG-SOTHOTH, and which has been a deity under other names…

and here from the Dunwich Horror:

Yog-Sothoth knows the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth. He knows where the Old Ones broke through of old, and where They shall break through again. He knows where They have trod earth’s fields, and where They still tread them, and why no one can behold Them as They tread.

Here, Yog-Sothoth seems more to be an atemporal entity, representing a simultaneous model of time.

Although Lovecraft personified spacetime and time as divine entities, he gave them a dark character, a horrific one, which is in keeping with the classical deities with which he was familiar: Kronos and Saturn.

Furthermore, Lovecraft has written his mythology into history, or at least blended historical fact with mythological fiction. When the Stars are Right provides a timeline of dates from Lovecraft’s fiction and historical dates to which he refers.

Aliens among Us

This is one of the first instances I’ve encountered of the mythology of science which grew to prominence in 20th Century USAmerica. Superman, another divine alien in the pantheon of science, wouldn’t be born until 1932. Where other culture created mythologies using archetypal gods, spirits and deities, the sciences used speculation based in fact to create their mythology. We didn’t have angels and demons, but aliens and mad scientists. Our heroes and villains are mutants, either from radiation or more recently, genetic manipulation, the latter of which Lovecraft had already written about in works such as the Lurking Fear, and the Shadow over Innsmouth among others.

Although his prose is leaden enough to line a vault, the ideas contained therein are more valuable than often credited. His work was greatly influential, and if nothing else, coalesced the horror genre into the spawning narratives that continue to ask us to look deeper into the abyss. And as we do, it looks back into us.

123 Days to Dec 21st 2012


Anniversary of the Apocalypse

6 August 2012

Hiroshima, and how we learned to love the bomb.

see also: theAbysmal May Day & Groundhog’s Day, Imbolc, Candalmas

Once again, we have come upon a Midway Day, halfway between the Solstice & Equinox (more or less), and midway through Quarter 2 of theAbysmal Year. Although it isn’t a traditional observance in North America as with Groundhog’s Day, May Day, and Halloween, it is nevertheless a pagan European holiday, known today as Lammas or Lughnasadh. It was traditionally the first of three harvest festivals (the others falling on the Autumnal Equinox and Samhain – November 1st). We still have Thanksgiving and the Harvest Moon, so it’s not like we don’t have festivals for the idea of the harvest (seeing as how far removed most of us are from our food).

After Christians brought the Gregorian Calendar, these holidays fell at the beginning of Gregorian months, so November 1st, February 2nd, May 1st, and August 1st. theAbysmal Calendar’s equivalents fall shortly thereafter, such that they are exactly midway through each quarter. Each quarter is 91 days, so the midway days are 45 days after the start and 45 days before the end.

The dates are equivalent to: August 6th, November 5th, February 5th, and May 7th.

Time stood still in Hiroshima on August 6th 1945.

Two important observations fall on this date: the Christian Feast of Christ’s Transfiguration, and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony. There is an interesting overlap between the two, in terms of their symbolic importance, particularly if we consider the US acting as a Christian nation, instead of a secular political-military one.

Transfiguration by Alexandr Ivanov, 1824

Some very general, cursory background from the Great Internet Oracle.

The Transfiguration of Jesus is an episode in the New Testament narrative in which Jesus is transfigured (or metamorphosed) and becomes radiant upon a mountain. The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 17:1–9, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28–36) describe it, and 2 Peter 1:16–18 refers to it.

In these accounts, Jesus and three of his apostles go to a mountain (the Mount of Transfiguration). On the mountain, Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light. Then the prophets Moses and Elijah appear next to him and he speaks with them. Jesus is then called “Son” by a voice in the sky, assumed to be God the Father, as in the Baptism of Jesus.

The Transfiguration is one of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels. This miracle is unique among others that appear in the Canonical gospels, in that the miracle happens to Jesus himself.Thomas Aquinas considered the Transfiguration “the greatest miracle” in that it complemented baptism and showed the perfection of life in Heaven. The Transfiguration is one of the five major milestones in the gospel narrative of the life of Jesus, the others being Baptism, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension.

In Christian teachings, the Transfiguration is a pivotal moment, and the setting on the mountain is presented as the point where human nature meets God: the meeting place for the temporal and the eternal, with Jesus himself as the connecting point, acting as the bridge between heaven and earth

Christian theology assigns a great deal of significance to the Transfiguration, based on multiple elements of the narrative. In Christian teachings, the Transfiguration is a pivotal moment, and the setting on the mountain is presented as the point where human nature meets God: the meeting place for the temporal and the eternal, with Jesus himself as the connecting point, acting as the bridge between heaven and earth.

I often think of the Son of God as the Sun of God, and that our Sun shares many of the characteristics of the Christian God: it is the source of light and life, you must avert your gaze or be blinded, it burns eternally (as far as we are concerned), it holds us in its sway (gravity), is everywhere (light, heat, gravity), is omnipotent. Like that. It is of unimaginable immensity.

I’m certainly not the first to make such a connection, there are plenty of knowledgeable pages on the subject.

So let’s take as given that the Sun is to astrophysics as God is to Christianity.

The unholy trinity of Fat Man (bomb dropped on Nagasaki), Little Boy (dropped on Hiroshima), and the Gadget (Trinity test detonation in the US), are a new breed of the divine. The Little Boy could be the antichrist (or ante-Christ) that raised the US to the status of superpower. It represents the meeting of the divine with the human on earth, the point of impact where the end of the world occurred. There is no doubting its radiance and radiation. It was truly the apocalypse for the Japanese (as there have been other such Apocalypses for other peoples in other places at other times).

People in Hiroshima were vaporised, leaving their shadows behind. It was a victory for the forces of the radiant God of Light.

Somewhere between the story of Christ confirming his divinity through the power of God, and the USA confirming its superpower through the power of nuclear physics, an equivalence lurks in the shadows.

since World War II the number of Japanese Christians has been slowly increasing again.

although this fact is noted on japan-guide.com, I can’t verify its source.

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, where this signifies a shift from the lazy, longer days of Summer to the increasingly shortening days of Autumn, it also suggests a descent (at least in terms of theAbysmal). The dropping of the Atomic bomb on Hiroshima signified a descent for us in global terms, into the cold of a stagnant war, under the threat of global annihilation.

Also, it astounds me that we continue to use the equivalent of these bombs to boil water to power our cities, and the Internet. In all the talk about finding new energy sources, I never hear any talk of reducing our energy consumption, or making it smarter. Sad to say. However, the transfiguration of Christ was an event celebrated for the hope it promised.

The Biolite Stove was designed for the majority of the world that still cooks over open fires. Not only does it use almost any biomass as fuel, excess heat is transformed into electricity. This is an ingenious device that allows people living off the grid to not suffer a lack of electricity for it. It is part of the solution to wean us from our dependence on too much by using what we’re already doing to make things more efficient.

I think that in reviving this as a holiday, that it may work in combining a number of elements. The end of summer, the beginning of the harvest (particularly for those of us in higher northern latitudes). In the southern latitudes, this would take place on Feb 5th, I’m guessing, and August 6th would be the end of Winter, and the celebration of the lengthening days.

I see this summer festival thing as acknowledging the power of the sun (even in times of drought, as we’ve had this year), and to shift to preparing for the long, dark days ahead. Harvest, canning, drying, freezing, and so on. We truly can’t continue to rely on produce to be sent to Canada throughout the Winter from Argentina and South Africa. That’s just ludicrous, and a tremendous waste of energy (see above).

Also, it is essential that we help out those around us in direst need. As with the survivors of Hiroshima (and war in general), who have lived through the most horrific that we’ve yet concocted, it bodes well to remember, and to do better. Having this occur during Ramadan this year reminds me of it all the more. Sharing is much more efficient and effective than everyone for themself (as if that were even possible).

What’s the alternative?

137 Days to Dec 21st 2012


Wind in the Windigo

13 July 2012

wendigo, weendigo, windago, waindigo, windiga, witiko, wihtikow

I’ve become increasingly fascinated with the Windigo after having read Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden, in which it figures as a theme. The Windigo is a semi-mythological being, one that I believe emerged from the depths of hard winters. The Windigo is a human who eats human flesh. As a result of the cannibalism, the person goes through a transformation, where their hunger increases, they become taller, and more gaunt. The  hunger for human flesh increases, and with each mouthful, the unrelenting hunger grows.

I can’t imagine what the Algonquin (and other natives who tell tales of Windigo) thought when the Missionaries arrived, telling them that they eat the flesh of their god in human form.

If we look at the essence of the Windigo, it’s the hunger for more. And more is certainly the underlying problem with the colonial culture that has sprawled all over the continent. It is a never satiated consuming society one that devours resources, energy and the human spirit, leaving unimaginable waste behind. It is the the cravings of addiction, whether to drugs, or wealth.

Paul Levy wrote a two-part essay looking at this correlation: the Greatest Epidemic Sickness Known to Humanity, and Vampire Squid Economics: A Case Study in Full Blown Wetiko Disease.

I’ve also found this essay dealing with the background history. reviving witiko

 

161 Days to Dec 21st 2012


Garbage in Garbage out

28 June 2012

or, Garbage out of the factory, into the store, out to your house, and into the landfill.

I was asked to post this image after I posted The Story of Stuff in How Did All this Stuff get Here? I’ve heard tales of young activists following recycling trucks to the landfill because the city wasn’t prepared for the huge response to its recycling program. They have since cut back on the types of plastic they will process (and are currently making a mess of a centralized green bin “composting” program). Ottawa may be Canada’s political capital, but it lags behind in any kind of sensible urban development. Truly, it is run in short-sighted planning that has the next election cycle as its goal. Truly a pathetic spectacle.

Further, the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, are often reduced to one: Recycle. Reducing the amount we consume, and reusing what we have is often left behind for the disposability that comes along with consumption. A fourth R has been suggested: Refuse. Refuse plastic bags when offered. Refuse to shop at disreputable sites. Refuse to drive a car. Etc…

I’m moving, yet again (that’s 25 residences and counting), and am giving stuff away (books to the library, plants to friends, clothes to charity), selling stuff (furniture mostly), recycling electronics (through approved channels), and throwing out an awful lot of other stuff for which I cannot find a home, or have no use. Over all these moves, I have pared down my possessions with each move, and yet I never seem to keep on top of it. I’ve shredded all kinds of documents that I couldn’t simply recycle (sensitive information and all), and this alone has greatly reduced the weight I have to carry.

I think my ideal situation is living in a treehouse with enough comfort for myself, a few visitors, and foster pets or something. I’m growing a few trees, but it will be well over a decade until they are large enough to support a house. I suppose I should start scouting out the arboretum.

In any case, I think that any new product (and old ones, why not), cannot be put up for sale unless there is a sustainable plan for their lifespan, from material acquisition to disposal. I doubt plutonium would have been approved under such scrutiny.

Anway, here’s something about garbage.

Life of Garbage
image by: BusinessDegree.net

176 Days to Dec 21st 2012


I Ching and the Year

23 June 2012

twos by two

the I Ching is a Chinese oracular system that has developed over the centuries into a rather elaborate system. It began as two options – yes or no, represented as a solid line, and a broken line, respectively. After serving its purpose in addressing yes/no questions, the lines were stacked vertically, such that there were now four options (lines are read from the bottom up): two solid lines, a broken line under a solid line, a solid line under a broken line, two broken lines. The next step created the eight trigrams of three lines. Finally, the trigrams were placed one over the other, which created the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching.

When using the I Ching as an oracle, the lines of the hexagram are determined using yarrow stalks or coins (or any of a number of online applications). However, in determining the six lines of the hexagram, one also determines how many of them, if any, change. So after determining the initial hexagram, the changing lines are switched to their opposite creating a second hexagram. The point of the oracle is to consider the change from one hexagram (or state) to another. It is quite an amazing system.

Nevertheless, despite the popularity of theAbysmal I Ching page, my interest in exploring it has always been primarily related to timekeeping (same with astrology, for what its worth). Some posters have asked that I attribute the hexagrams to theAbysmal Calendar. This is mathematically tricky, as the 64 hexagrams don’t fit evenly into 365, 364 or 360 days. I must admit that I enjoy this type of challenge.

Although I’ll be looking a bit at some of the symbolic associations with the trigrams and hexagrams, I won’t go too far down the rabbit hole of symbolism, as undoubtedly it will take me to places I’m not equipped to deal with in this context. The more I can deal with this at its most fundamental, the better the result.

and I apologize ahead of time for any missteps.

Trigrams

The cardinal directions play an important role in traditional timekeeping. The Winter is associated with the North (pardon the Northern Hemisphere bias). theAbysmal wheel of the Year already has particular dates set aside for these points of the Year. So we end up with

  • Kun – North – Winter Solstice (Dec 20-22)
  • Chen – NE – Feb 5
  • Li – East – Vernal Equinox (Mar 22-23)
  • Tui – SE – May 7
  • Chien – South – Summer Solstice (Jun 21-22)
  • Sun – SW – Aug 6
  • K’an (theAbysmal!) – West – Autumnal Equinox (Sep 20-21)
  • Ken – NW – Nov 5

The advantage to choosing these dates, although they may not fall precisely on the Solstices or Equinox, is that they are precisely 45 days apart.

Hexagrams

there are traditional arrangements and associations of the hexagrams as well, however, their role in terms of timekeeping are multifaceted. First, the radial arrangement:

the Chinese lunar calendar also associates a hexagram with each of the 12 months as follows (note that I’ve changed the solid lines to white, the broken lines to black):

Image Hexagram Lunation Gregorian Equivalent
https://theabysmal.files.wordpress.com/2006/10/11-peace.jpg 11 – Tui – Peace

1st

Feb – Mar
34-the-power-of-great 34 – Ta Chuang – Power of the Great

2nd

Mar – Apr
43-break-through-(resoluteness) 43 – Kuai – Breakthrough

3rd

Apr – May
01-the-creative 1 – Chien – the Creative

4th

May – Jun
44-coming-to-meet 44 – Kou – Coming to Meet

5th

Jun – Jul
33-retreat 33 – Tun – Retreat

6th

Jul – Aug
12-standstill-(stagnation) 12 – P’i – Standstill

7th

Aug – Sep
20-contemplation-(view) 20 – Kuan – Contemplation

8th

Sep – Oct
23-splitting-apart 23 – Po – Splitting Apart

9th

Oct – Nov
02-the-receptive 2 – K’un – the Receptive

10th

Nov – Dec
24-return-(the-turning-point) 24 – Fu – Return

11th

Dec – Jan
19-approach 19 – Lin – Approach

12th

Jan – Feb

I honestly don’t remember what my source material was for these associations. It was 6 years ago that I had come across it. I only remember that it wasn’t explained in any detail. Make of it what you will. I will note that theAbysmal Lunations begin with Lunation 0 which contains the Solstice, which coincides with the Chinese 11th lunar month. Although the hexagram for K’un (the Receptive) is more appropriate for the Winter Solstice. I hope I haven’t mistaken this association.

Dale Bruder further extrapolates this (and it doesn’t look like I was mistaken after all – phew), such that the above hexagrams represent the first six days of the lunar month. So there are 60 hexagrams associated with the days of the 12 lunar months (nothing about the 13th month when it occurs), and the remaining four hexagrams represent the seasons.

Sergey Leonidovich Panphilov has an elaborate web page that covers the calendar of 28 days and the moon in the context of the I Ching, and the lunar calendar. There’s too much information to summarize here. Explore it and enjoy.

theAbysmal Calendar and the I Ching

I think that in the end, the 64 hexagrams fit best with the year as 60 hexagrams, each of which covers 6 days, and the remaining 4 hexagrams are associated with the cardinal points – i.e. the Equinoxes and Solstices, or alternatively, with the days midway between the cardinal points (i.e. Feb 5, May 7, Aug 6, Nov 5). I think I prefer this latter association with the annual year.

What to do about the lunar calendar? 12 Lunations work out to 354 days, which falls 11 days shy of the annual year. And there is some variety in this, such that the 12 Lunations may be 353 or 355 Days. There may be another way of looking at this. 13 Lunations work out to 384 days (+/- 1 Day). 384 = 6 x 64. There are 64 hexagrams, each made of 6 lines, such that there are the same number of lines in the 64 hexagrams as there are days in 13 lunations. The cycle of 13 Lunations wouldn’t line up with the annual Year, however, the cycles of the Moon are every capricious.

One last consideration: the Leap Year. The Leap Year Day is added every 4 Years, with an exception every 128 Years. 128 = 64 x 2. It would be possible to assign a hexagram to each Year of the Abysmal Calendar for two cycles. Or, it might be possible to use heptagrams, an image using seven lines, of which there would be 128. The extra line would take its place between the two trigrams. Considering theAbysmal Year is divisible by 7 (as a function of the 7-Day Week), this may be something to consider.

However, for the moment, it’s just a speculative exercise. I may develop an image to illustrate this in the next few days.

181 Days to Dec 21st 2012


theAbysmal May Day

7 May 2012

Halfway through another quarter – how’s the view?

Here we are, midway through Quarter 1 already. This means that 45 days are behind us, (or 45+91 all the way back to the last New Year), and 45 are left (or 45 + 91 +91 to the next New Year). This day falls midway (give or take a day or so) between the Equinox and the Solstice. It is typically celebrated on May 1st, heralded as the International Day of the Worker, or going further back to Gaelic Ireland, Beltane. It was a fertility festival, no doubt associated with the spring (and spring fever), the preparation of the fields,  and the hardier flowers. (there are a number of festivals of spring that use the flower as their primary motif, as with Hanamatsuri and Wesak to celebrate Buddha’s birthday).

The dates in the pagan/gaelic calendar are not fixed in stone, and vary. As such, theAbysmal dates are within the acceptable range of common dates, which is reassuring. You don’t want to piss off pagans. They know the magicks.

see previous posts:

Midway Holidays

As it happens, the midway days all fall on the middle day of theAbysmal week (a Tuesday – note: this year theAbysmal is following Gregorian weekdays, and starting December 22nd 2012, they will be the same – so in future, every midway day will fall on Tuesday), and it also falls on the middle day of theAbysmal fortnight.

I think these are perfectly set up for a week, or a fortnight of celebrations, to include traditions from all over the world (although to be honest, I’ve done more research with respect to the final midway day on November 5th, which we’ll have to wait to get around to). theAbysal Calendar is nothing if not a means to celebrate more, and to have more holidays. If the French can take the entire month of August off, what’s up with the rest of us?

And the season of Spring (or the beginning of the construction season locally) deserves at least a week or two of celebrations – to acknowledge that once again we’ve survived the long winter, we are undefeated, and ready to face another sweltering, hot, humid, volatile summer (we do get some pretty hairy lightning storms, with hail and everything).

Midway Days and Market Weeks

As I’ve discussed in previous posts, the 364-day year lends itself to market weeks of 4 days, 7 days and 13 days. Other annual calendars divide the year into 361 days (the Baha’i, 19×19 = 361 + 4) and 360 (Haab, Persian CalendarCoptic, and others). The 360-day calendars divide their years up differently, but they all add 5 days (or 6 in a leap year) in a chunk at the end. 360 is a great number, as it has so many factors, it can be divided into all sorts of smaller units. I’ve been trying to devise how to fit theAbysmal into a 360-day cycle, and there are two options: skip the 5 days at New Year’s (December 19th-23rd), or skip the New Year’s Day (December 21st) and the four Midway Days (Feb 5th, May 7th, Aug 6th, Nov 5th).

This is what I’d like to take a closer look at. It may be viable, it may not. Either way, it bears exploring.

360-Day Market Weeks

360 days divide evenly into periods of  3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20. I’d prefer to skip anything over 9, as they are multiples of the other numbers, and 13 is already present as a longer period. 4 is already part of the 364-day part of theAbysmal Calendar, so this leaves us with: 3, 5, 6, 8, 9.

Symbolically speaking, 5 and 8 lend themselves well to two Chinese systems: the five elements and the eight trigrams of the I Ching.

The only question is the sequence in which to arrange these elements. I was thinking that for the elements, the first half of the year, from Winter to Summer Solstice should follow the generating cycle, and from Summer to Winter the overcoming. As for the trigrams, starting with the three broken lines at the bottom, and moving clockwise around the yin-Yang circle would be suitable. The trigrams represent a number of different things, and are symbolically rich, however, they are linked to the following elements: earth, thunder, fire, swamp, heaven, wind, water (theAbysmal), mountain.

This leaves us with 3, 6, and 9. I think that 3 and 9 are sufficient, as 6 is a measure of two 3-day periods. 9 is special (at least for me), and I refuse to dismiss it out of hand.

3 can be any number of things, and I’m undecided what to use to represent the three days. Father-Mother-Child will do for now. For the 9-day period, we can borrow the system the Mesoamericans used, where one of the Nine Lords of Night were assigned to each day. Each is a divine force governing: fire, flint, flowers, maize, death, water, love, mountains, rain. We already have deities tied to our weekdays, so why not add a few more to the mix?

Organizing the Year

So the 360-day year has the following periods, which skip over the five dates mentioned above (equivalent to Dec 21st, Feb 5th, May 7th, Aug 6th & Nov 5th). This breaks the year into eight periods of 45 days each, or three periods of 90 days and two periods of 45 days.

  • 120 x 3-day periods
  • 72 x 5-day periods
  • 45 x 8-day periods
  • 40 x 9-day periods

the 3-, 5-, and 9-day periods fit into each 45-day chunk (or 90-day) chunk, so that the midway days don’t interrupt the cycles. This isn’t the case with the 8-day period, which may be a reason to discount it.

I’ll try to illustrate this more clearly (or more confusingly, depending on how it works out). However, this allows theAbysmal Calendar to potentially account for market weeks of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20 days and beyond. This could even work in harmonizing itself with a form of the pawukon, the market week calendar extraordinaire.

228 Days to Dec 21st 2012