this calendar is not recommended for new designs
- the relative untypeability of the astrological symbols used
- the largely arbitrary usage of these symbols
- the unintended misdefined subdivisions of quarters (should not the "rising" of a quarter be the eighth leading up to it while the "setting" be the eighth after?)
- the failure to order time-date segments by order of magnitude (this was noted however in the original writing)
documentation is still provided and you may still purchase extended support licenses from your preferred vendors.
(for) raccoon has
have made a scheme
for writing the current day
it is not very useful
for the regular things
a person(s) might use the date
for which benefit from the ubiquity of a single system
it can nevertheless be useful for a thing or two. check it
a "day" begins with sunrise, meaning when the edge of the sun appears to reach the horizon, meaning when the geometric center of the sun is about 50 arcminutes below the horizon.
a "year" is divided into "quarters" whose first days are those which contain an equinox or solstice.
e.g. in the years of our lady of discord thirty-one eighty-six these days were (in gregorian) the 20th of march, the 20th of june, the 22nd of september, the 21st of december.
these quarters are further subdivided into two parts of roughly equal length ("halves") by determining the day during which the sun's declination from the celestial equator is half of that reached in the equinox/solstice.
this is mainly for the purpose of allowing holidays such as imbolc which are defined by the midpoints between these astronomical events to be held on the first day of the second half of each quarter.
as an example, the fifth day of the second half of the third quarter is to me written as follows: 5☽♆.
the astrological symbols for the sun and moon are used metaphorically to mean the first and second halves, respectively. the symbols ♅, ♇, ♆, ⊕ are used to mean each quarter in chronological order.
you may wish to arrange your quarters differently from mine. winter is intuitive to me as the start of the year: it (metaphorically) directly precedes the dawn, and seems to represent the north (from the perspective of someone who lives in the northern hemisphere) which feels like a good direction to start from.
yes, i realise that this solstice is the southern one in the literal astronomical sense.
the symbols are used as such because of the association of uranus to the heavens to the air to winter, pluto to the underworld to fire to spring, neptune to water to summer, and earth to earth to autumn.
this system is meant for arranging recurring yearly events or ones relating to the current year and does not itself need a particular scheme for notating which year you are talking about.
you are welcome to use another calendar's years despite incongruity with the cycle, or to define some arbitrary southern solstice to be the first day of the first year.
for convenience i have decided to use three digits which correspond to the lower three digits of the year in the gregorian calendar. since the southern solstice occurs before january, this value advances a bit earlier than the one in the gregorian calendar. 1☉♅ 000 is 22 december 1999.
i figure that this is relatively unambiguous, as this system will not be used to discuss history, and by the time anyone would want to talk about, say, the year 3000 CE, the year 2000 CE will have no relevance to present events.
we will by then be gone either way :)
i have also found it interesting to express local time as the number of hours, minutes, and seconds since sunrise, and if some equivalent of 12-hour time is desired, switching to time since sunset once the sun sets.
the full datetime format ends up looking a bit like this: ☉00:00:00 1☉♅ 000.
this format does not go in order by unit scale:
day segment > hour > minute > second < day < half-quarter < quarter < year
i believe this is acceptable. the symbol for the moon points out from the right to the left and so appears associated with the value to the right of it. it cannot appear correct and in order simultaneously.
ok thats about it. bye