Happy Monday! January 24, 2022
–Disseminating Moon Phase – share, demonstrate, teach, learn, feed back, distribution
– Moon in Libra – Void of Course 5:10 PM – 10:57 PM Moving to Scorpio
– Mercury Retrograde 1/14 – 2/3 11 AQUARIUS: during a silent hour, a man receives a new inspiration which may change his life
– Retrograde Planets – Venus, Mercury
– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – January 23rd – Set Eggs, Cut Hair to Slow Growth, Mow to Slow Growth, Entertain Friends, Host a Party
– Planting Calendar (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – January 22nd – 23rd – A favorable time for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable days for planting root crops.
– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Kali, The Goddess of Beginnings and Endings
– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Seth– God of the North, God of Enlightenment
– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – New Moon in Capricorn: “a fire worshipper meditates on the ultimate reality of existence” (& “one hand slightly flexed with a very prominent thumb”)
– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: –“A Woman in pastel colors carrying a heavy and valuable but veiled load”
SUN – 05 AQUARIUS: a council of ancestors
EARTH – 05 LEO: rock formations tower over a deep canyon
Happy Monday! Be Happy for this moment. This moment is your life. – Omar Khayyam
The Persian Solar Hijri Calendar
Oh the things I learn on Happy Monday. I found this quote while pondering the mysteries of life. Actually it was in reflecting on the death of Thich Nhat Hanh. He is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk of some renown. And Facebook was blowing up news of his passing.
But this specific meme made me think about the “Mysteries of Life.” I was going to write about it, but 15 minutes of research told me I was in over my head. And a full book’s worth of information might only scratch the surface.
That being said, it led me to the happy Monday quote – which itself opens a lot of questions – specifically about who Omar Khayyam is. And a little bit of google and a little bit of Wikipedia told me he was a Persian/Iranian mathematician who helped develop the Persian Solar Hijri Calendar.
I read this and knew I was on to something.
A Calendar I Have Not Encountered
Over the past few years I have been actively seeking information about different calendars used throughout the world. There of course is the Gregorian Calendar, followed by most of the world. But also there is the Hebrew Calendar and Korean Calendar that have large followings. The Mayan Calendar is known and studied, but like Sanskrit it is kind of a dead practice.
What I have found about it was on timeanddate.com
Officially used in Iran and Afghanistan, the Solar Hijri calendar is one of the world’s most accurate calendar systems. It is also known as Persian Calendar, Iranian Calendar, and SH Calendar.
The Solar Hijri calendar is not to be confused with the Islamic Hijri calendar used in many Muslim countries and by Muslims around the world.
Tied to the Equinox
The Solar Hijri calendar is a solar calendar, meaning that its time reckoning is based on the Earth’s movements around the Sun.
Unlike the Gregorian calendar, which follows a set of predetermined rules to stay in sync with the solar year, the Solar Hijri calendar is based on astronomical observations. The year begins at midnight closest to the vernal equinox in Iran—specifically at the Iran Standard Time meridian at longitude 52.5° east, which runs about 250 miles (400 km) east of Tehran. The first day of the new year is called Nowruz, and it is celebrated around the world by Iranian people.
Tying the Solar Hijri calendar so closely to the astronomical seasons makes it much more accurate than the Gregorian calendar, which, even in its modern form, deviates from the solar year by 1 day in 3236 years.
When Was Year 1?
The Solar Hijri year count starts with the Islamic prophet Mohammed’s migration (Hegira or Hijrah) to Medina in 622 CE. Although the Solar Hijri calendar shares this start date with the Islamic Hijri calendar, the calendar systems are not related otherwise.
The Hijri calendar is a lunar calendar. Because of this, the year counts between the Solar Hijri calendar and the Hijri calendar differ substantially. For example, January 1, 2022 fell in year 1400 in the Solar Hijri calendar, which corresponds to year 1443 in the Hijri calendar.
History and Background
The Solar Hijri calendar has been Iran’s official calendar since 1925. In Afghanistan, it was introduced in 1957.
The earliest forms of Iranian time reckoning date back as far as the second millennium BCE. A number of different calendar systems were used in Persia through the centuries, including the Zoroastrian calendar and the Islamic calendar. The first version of the modern Solar Hijri calendar, the Jalali calendar, was developed in the 11th century by a group of astronomers including the Persian scientist Omar Khayyam.
More to my interest is that they use astrological figures within their calendar system. Definitely worth paying attention to.
What the Babel?
When I began my search for calendars, did I know that it would uncover a living myth? And that myth is the story of the Tower of Babel. It is told in the Abrahamic Bible book of Genesis – still used by Christians, Jews and Muslims around the world.
Like many biblical stories, it is a whole book worth of a story written is just a couple lines (well maybe 9).
1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” 5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” 8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel —because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Basically people were too smart and they were challenging God. So God split them up and made them not understand each other. From then on they all spoke different languages. People diasporated never to gather together again and challenge the Almighty.
All of these calendars are an example of our continued inability to communicate due to not speaking the same language. We all count the days. We all are witness to the passage of time. Yet, many of us do it differently. Call things different names.
Babel Today in the Mid East and Europe
The world news being most obsessed upon right now is what is happening in the Ukraine. Russia is poised to militarily take over the snot nosed brats running their former territory. And President Brandon can’t do a thing about it. But we hear all sorts of things about it. I tend to not pay attention to the headlines because I do not know the point of view of the news agencies. And way too much of what they report here in the USA is from the Party Line in Washington.
But did you know that this was not the only Former Russian territory hearing the war drums?
Kazakhstan is also at war. It was a civil uprising – people got sick of being an Oil Rich Country and having oil products cost too much and be constantly rationed. The Russian-planted leader decided he had better leave. Then Russia sent it troops. I know anything about this ONLY because I have an expat friend who lives in Kazakhstan. They had to postpone their return to the country of Borat until it settles down there.
You might ask yourself, WHY is this not news in the USA? And an even better question . . . how many of these things do not get reported at all?
I personally believe we are completely uninformed about the goings on throughout the world. And how much of that is due to our Babel problem? It is too much of a PIA to pick up a Kazak or Ukrainian newspaper, translate it and then figure out what’s going on. Then there is India, Indonesia, China, Japan Africa. Hell there has been a horrible problem with “disappearances” of Native Canadian girls. Canadian papers do not ever report about that. And they have to print everything in 2 different languages already.
So how much do we really know?
Most people know who won the football games this week. They know that President Brandon gave an incoherent speech last week that was horribly sad. Yet the media tried to make it sound like it was the second coming of Christ. And god knows that if Beyonce or the Kardashians have a hangnail, USA Today will be there to cover it.
This is why we need to pay attention.