Me so American

5 April 2012

Or, How I got onto this trip about Calendars to begin with.

I don’t recall the specific time or date, but somewhere in 1999-2000 I came across references to the Mayan Calendar. Most of these were new-agey, and didn’t really clarify much about what the calendar was, or how it functioned, and at the time I found it difficult to find anything that pointed me in the right direction. Either it was archeological material, which was more focused on ruins and interpreting glyphs, or it was new age stuff, which imposed a lot of meaning that I don’t think belonged to Mesoamerican belief systems.

I continued digging stuff up, and finally found the Mayan Factor by Jose Arguelles. In retrospect, this wasn’t the most scientifically rigorous resource, but at the time, it was the first book I’d found that had any kind of description of the calendar. Mind you, a good bit of it was esoteric and flighty, but it was a far cry better than much of the other fluff I’d come across. And with this, I started learning about the Mesoamerican Calendar, began to question the Gregorian Calendar, and exploring other calendar systems in use (as well as proposed reforms).

Oddly enough, I started playing hacky-sack right around this time, and couldn’t help but think about the sacred ball game. But that’s something else entirely.

The three Wheels of Time

Although the Maya in particular were time-obsessed stargazers, and they observed celestial cycles, the essence of their daykeeping is in three interlocking calendar systems: the Long Count, the Haab and the Tzolkin. (the Maya likely called these something else). The Long Count organized days by orders of 20 (with one exception), the Haab is a 365-day calendar, the Tzolkin 260. (Note, today is 260 days before December 21st 2012 – and no, that’s not a coincidence. Unless it is, which it very well might be).

The Maya star charts survived burning by the Conquistadors. We know them asthe Dresden Codex. (give it a second, it’s big). Some of it is decoded here. As for prophecies, try the book of Chilam Balam. The creation myths are found in Popul Vuh.

Long Count

I don’t want to go into this in too much detail, but this is the calendar that measures the period coming to an end December 21st 2012. It groups days by factors of 20 into larger measures of time. 20 days is a winal. 18 winal are a tun (360 days). And everything else is a factor of 20. 20 tun = 1 katun. 20 katun = 1 baktun, and so on.

13 baktun is the greater cycle (of about 5,125 years) which comes to an end December 21st 2012. More to the point, this is the fifth of five suns (the total of which is 25,625 years, about the duration of one precession of the equinoxes). There is also a lesser cycle of 13 katun (about 256 years).


This is the 365-day calendar that doesn’t make allowances for the leap year. This puts it out of synch with the seasons by about 1 day ever 4 years, which takes about 1460 years to come back around to its starting point. I guess when you live in the tropics the variance in temperature and sunlight from season to season isn’t as drastic as it is in higher latitudes (although I’m only guessing. I’m sure they still get a rainy season). Nevertheless, this was a strictly 365-day year. It was divided into 18 periods of 20 days with a 5 day period to make 365.  These 5 remaining days (wayeb) were considered unlucky, as Foster (2002) writes “During Wayeb, portals between the mortal realm and the Underworld dissolved. No boundaries prevented the ill-intending deities from causing disasters.”

I can’t say with certainty, but no doubt this had some influence on the Abysmal theme of theAbysmal Calendar.

Also of note, April 2nd 2012 was the first day of the Haab: 0 Pohp (or day 0 of the first 20-day period named Pohp).


The 260-day sacred calendar works like a cog to mesh the Long Count, the Haab and celestial cycles together.The duration has often been associated with the gestation period of a human being (which is variable, of course. Nine lunar months works out to 266 days, so it’s not too far off, and symbolically, it’s as good as anything).

Everything is gestation and bringing forth. To let each impression and each germ of a feeling come to completion wholly in itself, in the dark, in the inexpressible, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one’s own intelligence, and await with deep humility and patience the birth-hour of a new clarity: that alone is living in the artist’s life. –Rainer Maria Rilke

In Canada’s Stonehenge Gordon Freeman draws our attention to another possible explanation of the 260-day period.

Vincent Malmström, in his 1997 book Cycles of the Sun, Mysteries of the Moon, traced the 260-day sacred mayan cycle to an earlier tropical culture at 14°8 N latitude. At that latitude, 260 days correspond to the time from when the sun passes vertically overhead on the way South on August 13, to when it returns there on the way back northward on April 30. Ingenious detective work led Malmström to conclude that the 260-day sacred almanac originated on the Pacific coastal plain in Izapa, Mexico, at a date earlier than the Maya Classic Period, and that Day 1 in the almanac was August 13, 1359 BC.

Thirteen and Twenty

Most of this I’ve gotten from Arguelles, and whether it’s true of the Mesoamericans or not, at least it’s an effective mnemonic. There are 13 major articulations in the human body (2 ankles, knees, hips, wrists, elbows, shoulders and 1 neck) and 20 digits (fingers and toes).

This is the heart of the calendar system. It combines two cycles of sacred numbers: one of 13 days, one of 20. The dates on the tzolkin are a combination of the numbers 1-13 and one of twenty archetypal glyphs. It begins with 1 Imix (that’s July 17th 2012), then 2 Ik, 3 Akbal, 4 Kan, and so on, cycling through all 13 numbers and 20 glyphs ending on 13 Ahau.

The glyphs follow a particular progression, and are intended to move from Imix (dragon) to Ahau (the sun), or from the birth of existence to realization of the highest ideal. Some of these archetypal glyphs appear in other traditions, like Cimi (death), Lamat (star), Muluc (moon), Oc (dog), and others have a distinctly Maya flavour to them, such as Ix (jaguar) or Etznab (flint).

The patterns that make up these 20 glyphs are fundamental to the calendar (at least as far as I’ve noticed through dreamspell, which isn’t exactly the same thing). Each glyph is associated with a cardinal direction, beginning with Imix (east), Ik (wind – north), Akbal (night – west) and Kan (seed – south). This sets up a pattern of four days. There is also a pattern of fives, which are evolutionary if we look at the fifth glyph of each series – Chicchan (serpent – reptilian), Oc (dog – mammalian), Men (eagle – avian), Ahau (sun – transcendental).

theAbysmal 260

I was incorporating this into theAbysmal for a while, but it seemed to be  a greater distraction from the essence (and really, why reinvent the wheel – particularly when the Mayans had perfected what the Olmec had begun). Instead of glyphs like those above, I used the Roman numerals from I to XX. The idea was to replace the numerals with appropriate images/archetypes. Someone could apply the Major Arcana of the Tarot (at least 20 of the 22 of them), or invent something altogether new.

I’m not sure where the image above originated (I first saw it in the Mayan Factor), however, it’s another arrangement of the 260-days of the tzolkin. I couldn’t say with any confidence what the significance of the black days are, however, it does help to figure out patterns intrinsic to this calendar. For one thing, if you read the numbers for any given glyph across the above image, the numbers alternate between two progressions. In the last column, the first, third, fifth, etc columns progress 7,8,9,10,11,12,13 the second, fourth, etc.. 1,2,3,4,5,6 – this is true for any glyph (although the starting numbers differ). There are a number of numerical patterns to be played with (not to mention Franklin’s magic square).


The tzolkin is divided into twenty 13-day periods, where the glyph that falls on the first day is used to label it. The sequence in that respect would be 1~I (imix), 1~XIV (ix), 1~VII (manik) and so on, ending with 1~VIII (lamat). Each of these 13-day periods begins with a glyph of alternating directions, beginning with east, then north, west, south and so on. Again, the repetition of different patterns throughout this structure are fun to play with, and make it an interesting fundamental component of any calendar system, particularly if one wants to grant it a goodly dose of symbol and sign.

The trouble I had combining this system with theAbysmal, was that in order for the the tzolkin and theAbysmal 365-day calendar to synchronize, the tzolkin would have to skip the leap year day (or else theAbysmal would simply do away with inserting a leap year day, in which case, it would function much as the Haab). The Maya calendars don’t insert leap year days (as far as I’m aware), they count every day and drift out of phase with the seasons.However, as a perpetual calendar aligned with the seasons, theAbysmal wouldn’t work well without the Leap Year. Which means that the 260-days would have to synchronize with the 365-days of theAbysmal, skip the leap year day (which would in turn be counted on the lunar calendar). This would fundamentally change the function of the 260-day calendar, so I wouldn’t want to call it the tzolkin (which is just a later name applied by Mayanists), but invent a new name for it. In honour of the 1980s video game, and the “mayan vs aliens” tin-hat patrol, I might just name it the space invaders calendar.

Sarcophagus Lid of Pacal Votan’s Tomb – divine ascention or alien abduction?

The beauty of incorporating it into theAbysmal is the mathematical weave of time periods, over the course of 4-, 5-, 7-, 13-, 28-, 52-, 91-day periods, as well as from year-to-year. For example, December 21st 2012 will be 4-Ahau (4~XX, sun). The following year, December 21st 2013 will be 5-chicchan (5~V, serpent), in 2014, December 21st falls on 6-Oc (6~X, dog), 2015 is 7-Men (7~XV), then 2016 is messed up by the leap year. So the same day progresses from year to year by increments of 1 and V. This is true for any given day of the year, provided the leap year is dealt with.

But then, that would throw the 260-day calendar out of synch with the long count… I’m unsettled.

That is the end date of the Great Cycle (in Long Count terms). Depending on the date correlation to the Gregorian, this can be December 21st, 22nd, 23rd 2012. There are other dates as well. The tzolkin date is 4-Ahau (or in theAbysmal notation 4~XX). Ahau represents the sun, and is the last of the 20 glyphs (appropriately enough).

What this also means is that today is likewise 4-Ahau, as we are 260 days before December 21st 2012. So what do you want December 21st 2012 to look like? Think on it today, and make it so.

260 Days to Dec 21st 2012

the Golden Number and Fractal Timekeeping

1 March 2012

Taking a Different Look at History, or Phi on you all.

Welcome to the Gregorian/Julian/Roman/Etruscan month of Mars, which was once the first month of the year. Often equated with Aries, his Greek counterpart, Mars represents more than the brutality of war – he also represents vitality, the fire of life, as it were. As such, this month at the beginning of the growing season (indoors for those of us getting a head start on our short growing seasons) can take this as a time to fertilize the earth, plant seeds, and spring forth new life in the cycles (and revolutions) of the seasons.

I’m growing maules, poblano and Incan manzano peppers. I’ll let you know if Mars approves.

Recently, I happened upon the book Fractal Time quite by accident. It was lying on the library shelf, and I just happened to stop to take a look. It ends up it was a serendipitous moment, as the book tied together several aspects of time and natural cycles I’d been puzzled by. Now I certainly don’t buy into all of the author’s assertions, and don’t necessarily agree with his conclusions. The part that I found most compelling, however, was the application of Phi (and phi) to time. If this constant is found in the matter and energy of nature, then why not in time as well?

Gregg Braden, the author, has drawn together the great cycle of the Maya, Phi (the golden ratio) and linked them together to create what he terms his Fractal Time Calculator. The important thing to note here is that the calculator equates particular dates in the repeating cycles of time, when particular conditions recur. This is not to say that events unfold the same way twice, but that the conditions that may lead to such conditions are present. He uses the “surprise attack” on the USA as an example. First, December 1941 (Pearl Harbor) is entered, and churns out the date August 1984. This, apparently, was a time at the height of the Cold War when the Russians were prepared to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the USA. Conditions for a surprise attack were present, but the stakes were too high. Entering the date August 1984 churns out March 2001. He suggests that at this point the attacks on September 11th were past the point of no return, and so the surprise attacks of that date took place.

Mind you, our brains are pattern-creating organs, and as such we can take any two dates and link events between them. However, as mentioned above, the application of the golden ratio to time is compelling, and I wish to look at it a little closer, beyond Braden’s book.

Phi, the Maya, and Fractal Time

Phi = 1.618033988749895…

phi = 0.618033988749895…

Here’s Simon Plouffe‘s 10 million digits of Phi

The Fibonacci Sequence is a series of numbers that is simple enough – each number is the sum of the two numbers before: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610 and so on. The ratio between any two adjacent numbers is close to phi, and the greater the numbers, the closer the ratio is.

Phi, phi or ϕ is the ratio we’ll use from here on out. It recurs in nature in the ratios of our bodies, our DNA, the swirl of hurricanes, galaxies, snail shells and sunflowers.

the Long Count & Fractal Time

the Mesoamerican Long Count, used by the Maya, Aztec and others, has a built in fractal structure, in that it is self-similar over periods of scale in time. The key numbers are 13 and 20. The Long Count did not tie the days to the moon, the year or the seasons, but kept count of interlocking cycles of a sacred calendar, a civil calendar (365 days without a leap year), planetary and other cosmic cycles.

Valerie Vaughan explores this at great length in The Fibonacci Numbers: Connections within the Mathematics and Calendrical Systems of Ancient Mesoamerica. She  also refers to John Major JenkinsTzolkin: Visionary Perspectives and Calendar Studies, who Gregg Braden refers to often in Fractal Time as well. Jenkins seems to be the first person to publish the relationship between phi and the Mesoamerican Calendar. Be forewarned, Vaughan’s essay is heavy with numbers, but well worth a perusal.

The measures of time in the Mesoamerican Long Count are as follows:

Long Count Notation

Time Period Name

Time Period Hierarchy

Time Period in kin/Days

1 kin


1 winal

20 kin


1 tun

18 winal


1 katun

20 tun


13 katun*

260 tun


1 baktun

20 katun


13 baktun**

260 katun


1 piktun

20 baktun


65 baktun

5 great cycles


1 kalabtun

20 pictun


1 kinchiltun

20 kalabtun


1 alautun

20 kinchiltun


* lesser cycle (~256 years)  ** great cycle (~5,125 years)

5 great cycles = 1 precession of the equinoxes (about the end of the last glaciation period, or 25,627 years).

the final series of 13s is the date of creation, about 7.60 x 1024 years ago, which doesn’t concern us here so much as I’ve included it out of interest (mine, at least, if not yours =)

the Numbers

First, Vaughan brings to light a sequential addition, which hadn’t really occurred to me. By this I mean, adding up the numbers in a series.

1 + 2 +3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 = 28

28 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 + 13 = 91

28 are the number of days in theAbysmal month, 91 the days in theAbysmal quarter.

Regarding the sequence named after our friend Fibonacci:

1 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 5 + 8 = 20

2 + 3 + 5 + 8 + 13 + 21 = 52

An Aside about Maya numerology/cosmology and theAbysmal

Vaughan writes:

If we examine Maya inscriptions, we find other evidence that implies an understanding of the Fibonacci numbers. The ancient Mesoamericans viewed the cosmos as a layered universe. The heavens were conceived of as thirteen in number, with the earth included as the first layer. There was also a nine-layered underworld, beginning with the earth again as the first layer. This is depicted on page 2 of the Codex Vaticanus A.65 This is one of the examples of the use of the Fibonacci numbers 8, 13 and 21. There are 21 “worlds,” when the earth is “counted” twice as the first world. (We note that the number one appears twice at the beginning of the Fibonacci series). There is evidence that the Maya also expressed the day as having 13 hours of daylight (the Thirteen Birds of the Day) and 9 hours of darkness (The Nine Lords of the Night).[66]

The relationship between these layers of underworld and heavens is intrinsic in the image that I developed while tinkering with the image of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life:

In looking at the circles of this image, there is the central “abyss”, surrounded by an inner 8 circles, and 12 outer ones. The 12 outside + the central = 13, the 8 inside plus the central = 9. Curious, considering I wasn’t aware of this symbolism in Maya cosmology until this very moment. Mind you, I continue to find symmetry and symbolism in the image above. It is the essence of theAbysmal Calendar, as I’m continuing to discover. The number of paths: 52.

Back to the Maya…

the Greater Cycle

This is the period that began August 13th 3114 BCE and ends December 21st 2012 CE. The precise dates are still debated.  Assuming these to begin with, here is Jose Arguelles’ image of the 13 baktun and the major events in civilization (baktun progress horizontally from left to right, katun vertically from top to bottom).

We can look at the 13 baktun in terms of absolute days (1,872,000 days) or in terms of 13 as a Fibonacci number. The rough equivalent of phi is baktun 8 (the preceding number in the Fibonacci sequence) or in terms of absolute days, (1,152,000 days), or May 55 CE. The rough times of the the Sumerian & Roman empires getting their start. (Granted these are arbitrary designations).

The period of phi for the remaining 5 baktun (also a Fibonacci number) is baktun 11, or in absolute terms (1,598,880 days) March 1265 CE, the days of the Mongol empire.

The next date is (1,767,677 days) May 1727 CE, which one could argue as the empire of Great Britain.

Each of these empires was at its zenith the largest empire that the world had known, having conquered a sizeable territory and controlling hundreds of millions of people.

One could dismiss this as coincidental, however, it is at the very least a repeating pattern. Likely we could discover plenty of other patterns within the scope of the lesser cycles of ~256 years (13 katun or 260 tun). Given that any calendar is simply a mathematical means of organizing the observation of days, lunations, years and so on, I consider it more wise to build a calendar system that reflects the patterns intrinsic in nature, rather than to impose the artifice of human construction (i.e. the Gregorian Calendar – the essence of hubris, as two months are named after Roman Emperors, and the calendar itself after a pope).

We must keep in mind words attributed to Mark Twain (among others) when dealing with numerology:

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

However, the prevalence of phi in the structure of nature, from DNA to galaxies cannot be so easily dismissed, and as such, it would do well to incorporate this fundamental pattern into our understanding of time (or space-time).

the Precession of the Equinoxes

According to Mesoamerican mythology/cosmology, this Great Cycle is the fifth sun, and comes to a close on December 21st 2012. As it is a very long cycle, the end won’t be cataclysmic (sorry for the globally apocalyptic among us), but gradual. Braden suggests that the shift began in 1980 and ends 2016. This is the period when our solar system, apparently, crosses the galactic plane in the course of its 230 million year orbit.

If the Great Cycle is consider the last of five suns, and lasts 13 baktun or 5,125 years, what is the duration of 5 suns, and does that have any significance? Gregg Braden believes so. 5 suns works out to 9,360,000 days, or about 25,627 years. This is roughly the time of the precession of the equinoxes. Mesopotamian numerology puts it at 25,920 years, Chinese numerology at 25,838. The rate of change varies over the duration of the precession, but astronomy estimates it about 25,771 years. It is often rounded up to a convenient 26,000 years.

Well, what happened at the end of each of these “suns?” Cataclysms or a geological whimper?

The ends of the five suns work out to: 18,489 BCE; 13,364 BCE; 8,239 BCE; 3114 BCE; 2012 CE.

I haven’t been able to find anything conclusive, but will just leave it at that for the moment. This will require more research than I have time to commit to. Let me just chalk this up to the power of nature, mathematics and cyclical notions of time. Our western linear temporal narrative is coming unravelled, and I for one couldn’t be happier. True progress can only come about by working within the patterns of nature, not against them.

295 Days to Dec 21st 2012

Fractal Time

28 February 2012

Book notes that tie much of theAbysmal ramblings together.

Fractal Time – the Secret of 2012 and a New World Age (2001) by Gregg Braden

[check out the Cycles of Time posts from theAbysmal that touched on some of these same subjects]


p3 Time Code 1: We’re living the completion of a 5,125-year-long cycle of time – a world age – that the ancient Maya calculated would end with the winter solstice on December 21st, 2012.

p4 Time Code 2: Our ancestors recorded their experience of the last “end of time,”showing beyond a reasonable doubt that the close of one world age is the beginning of the next, and not the end of the world.

p11 “If we were to find that every aspect of our world is part of an ancient and ongoing cycle, such a discovery would give us a powerful new way to think of ourselves. It would imply that everything from the beginnings and endings of jobs and relationships to the exact years when war is waged and peace is declared is all part of  a cycle – a pattern that makes it possible to reveal the conditions for the future that we’ve already experienced in the past.”

p12 Time Code 3: New discoveries show that we can think of time as an essence that follows the same rhythms and cycles that govern everything from particles to galaxies.

Time Code 4: We can think of the things that happen in time as places within cycles – points that can be measured, calculated, and predicted.

p 13 Time Code 5: If we know where we are in  a cycle, then we know what to expect when it repeats.

p 14 Time Code 6: The Time Code Calculator shows us when we can expect the conditions of the past to repeat, not the events themselves.

[n.b. this emphasis on the conditions, not the events, needs to be stressed – not everything manifests itself in the same manner]

Chapter One – The Time Code Program: Finding our Future in the Cycles of our Past

I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate. —Sir Arthur Wing Pinero

Time is an indivisible whole, a great pool in which all events are eternally embodied… —Frank Waters

p20 “When we look a little closer at nature’s cycles, we find that each is part of  a larger one that unfolds within an even larger one and so on – nested cycles of time and energy that govern the rhythms of the universe and life. The familiar experience of day and night is a perfect illustration of how these nested cycles work. The hours of light and dark that we see daily are due to the way Earth rotates with respect to the sun, a cycle that takes about 24 hours. How long the light and dark of each day last, in turn, is linked to the way Earth tilts toward or away from the sun while it’s orbiting: the cycles that create the seasons of the year. How much our planet tilts is part of an even greater cycle that determines how long the seasons last over thousands of years.”

p24-5 “…if we know when a cycle begins and the pattern it follows, then we also know where and how it will end. Perhaps most important, if we know the conditions that a cycle brings, the we also know what to expect each time it reappears.”

Chapter Two – Our Journey Through Time: the Doctrine of World Ages

The Hindu religion is the only one of the world’s great faiths dedicated to the idea that the Cosmos itself undergoes an immense, indeed an infinite, number of deaths and rebirths. —Carl Sagan

our distant ancestors understood the true astronomical meaning behind the doctrine of World Ages. —John Major Jenkins

p37 “…the Hopi description of the events that ended each era is eerily similar to the history of the earth as it is preserved in the geological record. … there was a period of earthquakes and volcanic activity around 20,000 years ago. The ice age peaked about 11,000 years ago, and there was a deluge that is believed to have been the biblical Flood, which occurred approximately 4,000 to 5,000 years ago.”

p39 Time Code 7: Ancient traditions divide Earth’s 25,625-year orbit through the 12 constellations of the zodiac – the precession of the equinoxes – into five world ages lasting 5,125 years each.

p45 “[the Dendera zodiac disc] is obviously about here and now. … specifically…a celestial clock that is still ticking away the changes in our relationship to the heavens.”

p47 Time Code 8: the position of the earth within our galaxy creates powerful changes that signal the end of one world age and the beginning of the next. The knowledge of these cyclic changes is known as the doctrine of World Ages.”

p53-4 “The anonymous author of a 9th-century text, The Book of Thousands, describes a pattern of galactic cycles that last for 180,000 years each, ending with the conjunction of all the planets of our solar system in the beginning of the zodiac sign of Aries. What makes this account so interesting is that the last occurrence of such a conjunction was the same time that a global “deluge” covered the earth. According to the author’s calculations, the date of the conjunction was the day before the Kali Yuga began: February 17, 3102 BC.”

p54Time Code 9: The Vedic traditions describe an extended time of devotion expressed in action (bhakti), that began around 1898 and lasts well beyond the 2012 Mayan end date.

Chapter Three – the End of Time: Our Date with 2012

The ancients knew something which we seem to have forgotten. —Albert Einstein

p67 “In the absence of high-speed computers and complex software, [the Maya] calculated the movement of the earth and our entire solar system as it relates to the core of our own Milky Way galaxy.
“The key to the Mayan ‘galactic time’ was a 260-day count called the Tzolkin, or Sacred Calendar. Intermeshed with another 365-day calendar, called the Vague Year, the Maya viewed these two cycles of time as progressing like the cogs of two wheels – progress that would continue until the rare moment when one day on the Sacred Calendar matched the same on the Vague Year. That rare and powerful day marked the end of a 52-year cycle and was part of the even larger expanse of time known by the Maya as the great cycle.”

p70-1 “At the end of the cycle, our solar system, our sun,and our planet move into alignment with the core of the Milky Way galaxy, or more precisely, with the equator of the galaxy – an alignment that will not happen again for another 26,000.”

[n.b. the centre of the Milky Way, is a supermassive black hole called Sagittarius A*, which is 26,000 light years away from us]

p71 Time Code 10: The present world age began on August 11, 3114 BC. Its end is signalled by the rare alignment of our solar system with the core of the Milky Way galaxy on December 21, 2012 – an event that last occurred 26,000 years ago.”

Chapter 4 – the Key to the Universe: Time and Nature’s Most Beautiful Numbers

The history of the universe is, in effect, a huge and ongoing quantum computation… The universe is a quantum computer… As the computation proceeds, reality unfolds. —Seth Lloyd

p82 “The more we learn about our relationship to nature and time, the clearer it is that patterns and the cycles of time are more than simply an interesting phenomenon of life. The cycles of time are life. In fact it’s fair to say that for everything from the biology of DNA and the laws of physics to the history of our planet and the evolution of the universe, our world of matter follows very precise rules that allow things to ‘be’ as they are.”

p82-3 “Regardless of the scale, whether the cycles last for a nanosecond or for tens of thousands of years, the keys work the same way

  • The first key is the principle of fractals. These are the patterns that nature uses to fill the space of the universe.
  • The second key is the golden ratio. This is the number that determines how frequently nature repeats the fractals that fill the space.

p87 Time Code 11: Nature uses a few simple, self-similar, and repeating patterns – fractals – to build energy and atoms into the familiar forms of everything from roots, rivers, and trees to rocks, mountains, and us.

p89 Time Code 12: Everything we need to understand the universe lives in the simplicity of each piece of it.

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour. —William Blake

p91 “Phi with an uppercase P is 1.618; and its close relative phi with a lowercase p, is .618. both are forms of the golden ratio.”

[n.b. Phi: uppercase Φ, lowercase φ, or math symbol ϕ]

p92 “Following are the first 20 members of [Leonardo] Fibonacci‘s numbers, which are known as the Fibonacci sequence: 1; 1; 2; 3; 5; 8; 13; 21; 34; 55; 89; 144; 233; 377; 610; 987; 1,597; 2,584; 4,181; 6,765; …”

p93-4 “The proportions of the human body are governed by the golden ratio:

  • ratio of navel height to total body height is .618
  • ratio of length of hand to that of forearm is .618
  • ratio of human face from brow to the chin is .618 of that from the chin to the crown.
  • the body’s ratios continue with additional proportions and even the location of organs determined by .618.

“The orbits of planets, such as Mercury and Venus, are approximated by the golden ratio.

“The spirals that form everything from the arms of the Milky Way galaxy to the vortices of a hurricane to the way hair grows on the human head and the pattern of seeds in a sunflower are governed by the golden ratio.”

p94 “…one complete turn of a DNA strand is 34 (angstrom units) in length and 21 wide. Each of these lengths is a member of Fibonacci’s sequence…”

p108-9 “In 1913, the mathematician Elie-Joseph Cartan (1869-1951) proposed a new kind of mathematics that would explain some of the mysteries of space-time that Einstein’s relativity theories couldn’t account for. The result was the Einstein-Cartan theory describing space-time as something that moves in a special way and follows a special path, which creates a special effect. The path is that of a spiral, and the effect is called a torsion field.”

p110 “The spiral that we see so commonly in the world is actually a special kind that is made from the numbers we explored previously as the Fibonacci sequence. It’s called a Fibonacci spiral.”

p110 “The evidence of spirals in energy and nature suggests that the waves of time follow the paths of those spirals. As they do, they create the torsion fields that move in cycles throughout the universe.”

Chapter Five – History Repeats in Love and War: Fractal Warnings for the Future

The eternal flow of time goes through cyclical periods of manifestation of the universe… —Alexander Friedman

p125 Time Code 13: Our knowledge of repeating cycles allows us to pinpoint times in the future when we can expect to see the repeating conditions of the past.

p140 Time Code 14: The Time Code Calculator can pinpoint personal cycles of love and hurt, as well as global cycles of war and peace.

Chapter Six – the End of Time Revisited: What Can We Expect?

The future has already happened, it just isn’t very well distributed. —William Gibson

p153 “From the results revealed to date, however, three principles have become apparent:

  1. the conditions of nature, including human events, do repeat themselves in cycles
  2. the conditions of one cycle often repeat with a greater magnitude of expression in a later cycle
  3. It’s the return of the conditions, rather than the events themselves, that can be predicted”

p154 Time Code 15: Patterns identified for an earlier time in history tend to repeat themselves with greater intensity at later dates.

p156 Time Code 16: Using a template of human events, Earth events, and celestial events gives us a consistent way to view the past as a realistic window to 2012

p159-60 “In 1993, an international team studying magnetoreception, the ability of our brains to detect magnetic changes in the earth… published the remarkable finding that the human brain contains ‘millions of tiny magnetic particles.’ These particles connect us, just as they do other animals, to the magnetic field of the earth in a powerful, direct, and intimate way.”

p160 “…magnetic fields have a profound influence on our nervous systems; our immune systems; and our perceptions of space, time, dreams and even reality itself.”

 What Can We Expect?


Early 2008

1,155 BC

13,824 BC



~7.5 Units ~10.5 Units ~5.2-7.25 Units



Sharp Increase Sharp Increase Sharp Increase



* Warming .6+/-.2C*Polar-Ice Collapse*Sea-Level Rise *Warming +1C*Polar-Ice Collapse*Sea-Level Rise *Warming +2C



*Multiple Wars*Collapsing Economy*Overextended Military *Collapse of Egypt’s 20th Dynasty*Multiple Wars*Overextended Economy *No Civilization as We Now Know It

 p166 “this summary shows the key conditions for the 2012 reference dates indicated by the Time Code Calculator for both the 5,125-year world age and the 26,000-year precession cycle. The similarities in teh conditions between these two vastly different times in our past are striking. If the cycles of nature follow the patterns of the past, these indicators give us a concrete idea of what we can expect in the 2012 transition between world ages.”

p169 Time Code 17: There is nothing in the geological record to suggest that Earth’s magnetic fields will reverse before or immediately following the 2012 cycle end date.

p170 Time Code 18: The Time Code template shows that the human, Earth, and celestial conditions of today are in the same range as the key reference dates of the past. In other words, the changes happening now are just what we’d expect for the end of the world age.”

Chapter Seven – Choice Point 2012: Armageddon or the Second Eden?

p188 “herein lies the key to understanding what quantum physics and the Mayan calendar may really be saying to us about our power in the universe. A growing number of scientists have arrived at an inescapable conclusion: there’s a place where all things begin, and that place is the realm of quantum energy. It’s the same realm that’s influenced by our thoughts, feelings, emotions, and beliefs. In this ‘no-man’s-land’ where all things are possible, the laws of time and space seem to break down and what scientists call ‘quantum weirdness‘ takes over. It’s also in this place that the atoms of matter are influenced by thought, feeling, emotion, and belief to become the reality of our world.”

p190 Time Code 19: There is a consensus among the best minds of our time that the current depletion of natural resources, exponentially growing population, global poverty, and competition for the necessities of life are converging toward a ‘bottleneck’ in time.

p192 Time Code 20: The results are conclusive: heart-based focus and living will have a direct effect upon the way we experience 2012 and our time of change.

p194 “It is well documented that the human heart generates the strongest magnetic field in the body, nearly 5,000 times stronger than that of the brain. This field creates a doughnut-shaped pattern that extends well beyond the physical body and has been measured at distances of five to eight feet from the physical heart.”

p194 “Certain layers of Earth’s atmosphere, along with the earth itself, generate what is now being called a ‘symphony’ of frequencies (between .01 and 300 hertz), some of which overlap the same ones created by the heart in its communication with the brain.”

p195 “In the words of Heartmath researchers, the relationship between the human heart and Earth’s magnetic field suggests that ‘strong collective motion has measurable impact on the earth’s geomagnetic field.'”

[Elizabeth RauscherGlobal Coherence Project/Initiative]

p195 Time Code 21: Faced with the greatest number and magnitude of potentially world-ending challenges in 5,125 years of human history, we now discover that the key to our transition lies in our collective feelings about the change.

p202 Time Code 22: December 21, 2012, s a rare and powerful window of opportunity for our collective emergence into our greatest potential

Time is the substance I am made of.
Time is a river which sweeps me along, but i am the river;
it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger;
it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire. —Jorge Luis Borges

Selected Endnote Links:

Appendix A

The Time Code Programs

Note 1: conversion to absolute dates. For ease of use, the ‘modern’ dates (Gregorian dates) are converted to absolute dates in terms of the cycle itself.For dates after the year 0, this conversion is accomplixhd by adding 3113 (the number of years between the beginning of the Mayan great cycle in 3114 B.C. and the year 0) to the seed event (example for the year 2012: 3113 + 2012 = 5125)

Note 2: conversion of decimals to months. Some of the calculated dates create numbers to the right of the decimal point. These are portions (fractions) of the year indicated and may be converted into the corresponding month for greater accuracy using the following formula.

  • (Number to right of decimal / 12) x 100 = percent of the year
  • (Percent of the year x 12) / 100 = month of the year

Mode 1: When Can We Expect Something That Has Happened in the Past to Happen Again?

We need to pieces of information:

  • Input 1: the target date in the past
  • Input 2: the totla length of the cycle

Apply these steps:

  1. identify Gregorian date of seed event
  2. convert the Gregorian date to an “absolute” date in terms of the total cycle.
  3. calculate the lapsed portion of the cycle, and divide by the total length of the cycle
  4. calculate the phi ratio of the cycle’s lapsed portion (multiply by .618)
  5. calculate the cycle balance from the seed to the end
  6. apply phi ratio of lapsed cycle to the balance of the cycle to find the interval in years between the seed date and the next time it repeats
  7. add the interval to the absolute date to find next repeat (new seed date)
  8. convert back to Gregorian date

Example 1:

  • Input 1: the target year and month in the past (here using December 1941 for the attack on Pearl Harbor, 1941.12)
  • Input 2: the total length of th ecycle that tells us where we are in present time (5,125 years)
  1. identify Gregorian date: 1941.12
  2. convert to absolute date: 1941.12 + 3113 = 5054.12
  3. calculate lapsed portion of cycle as ratio: 5054.12/5125 = .986
  4. calculate phi of lapsed cycle: .618 x .986 = .609
  5. calculate cycle balance: 5125 – 5054.12 = 70.88 years
  6. apply phi ratio of lapsed cycle to the balance of the cycle to find the interval years: 70.88 x .609 = 43.17 years
  7. add the interval to the original seed date to find the next repeat date: 5054.12 + 43.17 = 5097.29
  8. convert back to Gregorian date: 5097.29 – 3113 = 1984.29 (March 1984)

using March 1984 as the next input date produces March 2001, and continuing along we then get September 2007 and finally April 2010. September 1983, the Soviets accidetally shot down Korean Air Flight 007, which heightened tensions between the USA & USSR. The USSR was planning a pre-emptive strike against the USA, who they were assuming would retaliate. The conditions for an attack were present, but did not come to be. In September 2001, the attacks on the Pentagon and WTC are well known. Unsure what situations would apply to the dates in 2007 & 2010.

297 Days to Dec 21st 2012

Passing Time

21 January 2012

Away from Keyboard

335 Days to Dec 21st 2012

Calendar Resources at your Library

8 January 2012

348 days until 20~12~2012

theAbysmal Calendar was developed using library resources (from Vancouver Public Library and Ottawa Public Library). Notes from various books of interest are located on the bookshelf page, but here is a rough breakdown of what was useful in various respects regarding time and all that jazz.

the Seven Day Circle by Eviatar Zerubavel deals with the origins of the seven-day week, its significance and importance. More than any other resource, this one puts our market week into perspective. It is a cultural construct, removed from natural cycles, which has its origins in Babylonian astronomy, as well as Abrahmic creationism.

Introducing Biological Rhythms by Willard L Koukkari & Robert B Sothern is a primer on the biological nature of temporal cycles and perception. It is particularly useful in linking the effects of variable sunlight and moon phases to human behaviour. Heavy on the science but accessible.

Space, Time and Medicine by Larry Dossey links our perception and experience of time with our physical and mental well being. An important resource in support of calendar reform in favour of reintroducing natural rhythms (i.e. the lunar cycle as well as the equinoxes/solstices).

Empires of Time by Anthony Aveni is a comparative analysis of different calendar systems, and the roles they play in the lives of their respective cultures. Gives an idea of the variety of human ingenuity when it comes to quantifying the relationships between the day, the lunar month, the seasons and the year.

Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler is a philosophical treatise examining the life of civilizations, from their formation through development, zenith, descent and dissolution. It is a thorough exploration, and an excellent resource for living through one’s culture mindfully.

There are many more resources out there, of course, some better than others, however, these provided a firm backbone (along with countless web sites) to the research necessary in developing theAbysmal Calendar. Enjoy.


Boxing Day

26 December 2011

Or, how to beat people up legally and get paid for it – maybe it has something to do with bargain hunting run amok.

That’s all I got for today.

Enjoy the post-triptophan dolor.

Month 2 Year 11~IX

16 February 2011

theAbysmal reform Calendar: a strange turn of events