Examine the roles of the annual quarters, and how they relate to the months of the year.
The first 13 weeks of the year are done, and having tried to pay closer attention to the elapsing year, I feel I should at least take a look at how observing quarters differs from the months. Other than in duration, of course. Unlike the Gregorian Calendar, which divides itself into four quarters of 3 months each, theAbysmal calendar doesn’t equate quarters and months. They are different measures, and only coincide within the measure of the year. I have read some arguments in favour of the Gregorian over 13-month calendars because of this, however, why is it so important to have months and quarters match up? The result of theAbysmal scheme are quarters and months with regular numbers of weeks, and thus regular numbers of days. This should be a vast improvement to bookkeeping, and to the economy all around. If you pay something on a monthly basis, it’s always for 28 days. If you compare quarterly profits, it is always over the course of 91 days. This is more accurate, simply put.
The number 13 figures into the patterns of theAbysmal Calendar. As I examined in Endless Cycles and the End of History, shorter measures can be used to lend foresight to longer ones. For example, in the Gregorian Calendar, the 12 days of Christmas (from Christmas to Epiphany), each day is meant to represent one of the months of the upcoming year. As such, they are used to give some idea of what to expect. Such a ritual can also help one to plan the upcoming periods. With theAbysmal measure of 13, that would mean 13 days at the New Year (6 last days of one year, New Year’s Day, 6 first days of the following year), which may be used to represent the 13 weeks of the Quarters, which in turn may represent the 13 months of the year. Depends how we choose to use this tool.
The pattern lends itself to 6 days/weeks/months of preparation; planning, gathering resources, organizing people, implementing the plan, adjusting as necessary: 1 day/week/month for the event itself to take place: 6 days/weeks/months to record the results, the denouement, the rest and relaxation after the expenditure of energy, until the next period comes around. We don’t tend to give ourselves enough time to recuperate, and building it into the system would likely make us more efficient than we have been. Overworking doesn’t pay.
What’s in a Quarter?
91 days, as it turns out. Also 13 weeks. Another pattern in calendar observations (think I read it in Fractal Time), is the counting up of days. By that I mean counting one day, then two, then three, then four, and so on. It is a different way of organizing the days, and the Quarter is well suited for this as: 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10+11+12+13=91. A couple of sums of note: 1+2+3+4+5+6+7 =28, the number of days in a month. 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9=45, the number of days in half a quarter (with a single day between halves).
The days that fall midway in each quarter always fall on a Tuesday. They are circled in the calendar below in Months 1, 4, 8, and 11.
The four midway days occur on the Gregorian dates of February 5th, May 7th, August 6th and November 5th. If we divide the 364-day year into eight parts, using the beginning/end of each quarter as well as the midway days, the year looks like this:
Each quarter begins on or about one of the cardinal points, i.e. Solstices and Equinoxes. This is very similar to the Pagan Wheel of the year. The dates are off by a few days, as you can see below:
The key difference is that the periods in theAbysmal Calendar are precise measures, chunks of 45 days (which exclude the New Year’s Day, and the Four Midway days). We already celebrate these times of year as secular or religious holidays (depends where you live). Hereabouts, the Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Solstice Festivals are big in December. February sees Groundhog’s Day, March is the New Year in Iran and thereabouts, Passover, and Easter (which is varies, but is based on the Equinox). May is May Day, Mother’s Day, and Spring Fertility Festivals (and Victoria Day in Canada). The Summer Equinox is Aboriginal Day in Canada, and Father’s Day occurs in June. August has a civic holiday, which is the lamest name for any holiday ever. It requires a reboot. September doesn’t have a holiday coincident with the Equinox, although Rosh Hashana is typically around then. Then November, we have Halloween, Days of the Dead and Remembrance Day.
These aren’t perfect alignments by any means, but they are celebrations associated with the seasons, and the time of year is important. It wouldn’t be a huge stretch to shift current holidays to theAbysmal Calendar, but that’s another post, for another time. The point here is that the eight points of theAbysmal Year are equivalent to the Pagan Wheel of the Year, which proves theAbysmal’s links to natural cycles.
And living by natural cycles, in the end, is healthier. What could be better?
273 Days to Dec 21st 2012