A work in progress as history was never my strong suit.
Leading up to theAbysmal New Year 4, a flood of images, thoughts, ideas, inspirations poured through me, much of which made it onto the last blog posts before the end. These described a shape of time suggested by theAbysmal Calendar, and how it might be used to frame our history.
- theAbysmal Synoptic
- Never a Waste of Time
- Stay Golden Historical Ages
- the Missing Well
- the Shape of History to Come
- theAbysmal Shape of Time
- Stages of Historical Ages
- Resonance: Movement Through Time
- Scales of History
Historical trends are complex to the point where they are elaborate, chaotic, biological supersystems. As with the division of the Day into seconds, or the Year into weeks, the divisions of history are arbitrary. The dating system adopted by the world is the Gregorian year, just begun its fifth century of existence. The Years begin with 1 and continue linearly forever. We tend to group the years in decades, centuries, millennia, millions and billions of years, measures of ten. There are other traditions which group cycles differently.
The Gregorian, and its Biblical associations form a linear image of time between two infinities: the state before Creation, and that after Armageddon. It’s a linear view of time within limits. From Mircea Eliade’s the Myth of the Eternal Return:
p103-4 “Through their terrifying visions, the prophets but confirmed and amplified Yahweh’s ineluctable chastisement upon His people who had not kept the faith. And it is only insofar as such prophecies were ratified by catastrophes…that historical events acquired religious significance; i.e., that they clearly appeared as punishments inflicted by the Lord in return for the impiousness of Israel. Because of the prophets, who interpreted contemporary events in the light of a strict faith, these events were transformed into ‘negative theophanies,’ into Yahweh’s ‘wrath.’ Thus they not only acquired meaning…but they also revealed their hidden coherence by proving to be the concrete expression of the same single divine will. Thus, for the first time, the prophets placed a value on history, succeeded in transcending the traditional vision of the cycle…, and discovered a one-way time.”
“…the Hebrews were the first to discover the meaning of history as the epiphany of Good, and this conception…was taken up and amplified by Christianity.”
p107-8 “But it must not be forgotten that these Messianic conceptions are the exclusive creation of a religious elite. .. The Hebrews’ periodic returns to the Baals and Astartes are also largely to be explained by their refusal to allow a value to history, that is, to regard it as theophany. For the popular strata…the old religious concept was preferable; it kept them closer to ‘life’…”
p112 “We must return to these theories [of cosmic cycles], for it is here that two distinct orientations first define themselves: the one traditional adumbrated in all primitive cultures, that of cyclical time, periodically regenerating itself ad infinitum; the other modern, that of finite time, a fragment between two atemporal eternities.”
In part that underlies the wilful popular misunderstanding of the December 21st, 2012 date. It may be apocalyptic (I’m unsure how the Maya themselves observed its passing), but it was never an equivalent to the Rapture.
theAbysmal has a number of components, and it has revealed a number of patterns: linear (days, lunar months, years), circular (perpetual 13-month year), spiral (yearly progression of annual cycle), radial (from theAbysmal Centre out and back), fractal (13 days, weeks, months, years all synchronize into whole number measures).
Looking back at history, at least the past 260 years of the Industrial Era, and the prior 260 years of the Global Exchange (aka pillage), we can, for the first time ever, look ahead with some means of anticipating the stages of our culture’s development. We are the founders of the next 260 years. What type of world do you want to live in?
Perpetual 13-Month Calendar
Abbreviations & Notation
Arguments for Calendar Reform
theAbysmal Calendar for Download