October 19, 2007 at 11:22 am #25173
I remember when I read ‘The Lord of the Rings’ as a kid, it was so delightful when it said ‘it was such-and-such a date… but it was *this* in the Shire Reckoning…” 🙂 🙂 🙂 I used to think how unlucky we were with our one boring calendar. Well just like magic and spirituality turned out in real life out to be way, way more interesting than any fiction, so did calendars!
I’ve been using the moon more and more to decide on timings for many things, and I decided to order a ‘Moonwise Diary’ which has just arrived on my doorstep.
If you love the moon (and you live in the UK), you’ll love it! Regular Gregorian diary of course, also a Wiccan calendar by trees and moons – months always ending at dark moon, so its year ends January 8th. Also included: all astrological aspects to the moon for each day, and rise/set times for both sun and moon, adjusted for local time and co-ordinates in London, Glasgow and Dublin.
Not only that – it gives the date in no less than *10*, count ’em, alternative calendar systems! Today for example, 19th of October in the ‘Gregorian Reckoning’, is also:
– 7 Heshvan 5768 (Jewish calendar)
– 7 Shawwal 1428 (Islamic)
– 27 Mehr 1386 (Persian)
– 4 ‘Ilm 164 (Baha’i)
– 3 Avan 1377 (Zoroastrian)
– 5 Katik 539 (Sikh Solar)
– 2064 Asvina S8 ashtami (Hindu Lunar)
– 8 9 2134 (Tibetan Lunar)
– 12 Oc 18 Yax, 184.108.40.206.10 (Mayan)
… and of course:
– 9 9 Fire Pig (Chinese Lunar)
How’s that for the wonder of human cultural diversity? 🙂 We should all be proud.
The diary also contains artwork, photographs and poetry submitted by the public, only costs a fiver, and is distributed by a co-operative. All interested moon-lovers in the uk can head off to the link below; the 2008 diary is available shortly.
Have a good day, whatever you call it! jOctober 24, 2007 at 10:51 am #25174October 24, 2007 at 4:03 pm #25176
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