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The Trans-Solar Calendar

by Duane K. McCullough

Are we ready for a new calendar?

Gif image of Trans-Solar Calendar

The above proposed calendar is based on data that attempts to compromise traditional habits of timekeeping with a new numerical method of recording the days, weeks, months and seasons of the year.

This attempt results in a time formula layout design that is fixed every year in appearance - in other words, the same calendar layout design is used every year and does not have to change annually like existing lunar-solar calendars.

To balance and match as close as possible most of the important holidays within this fixed calendar, many traditional dates had to be moved a little within their season they are associated in. For example, Christmas Day is still within the last week of December and Labor Day is still within the first week of September.

Non-holiday remembrance days, like St. Valentine's Day or Mother's Day - among several other important traditional dates, still could exist as special days of remembrance on their traditional numerical dates, but are not dated within this calendar version. Later versions may place these dates when more is understood as to how they could fit into this new annual record of timekeeping.

Certain ceremonial holidays like Good Friday, Easter and other religious holidays could also still be remembered - but because they traditionally change a little every year, can not be noted in this fixed calendar. However, to compensate for this calendrical short coming, the spirit of these important ceremonial holidays can still be found within two of the four "holiday weeks" at the end of every season.

For example, since the Easter holidays represents the "resurrection of life" phenomenon - as in the celebration of Christ resurrection in Spring, the Trans-Solar Calendar uses the Earth Day and Earth Week holidays to mark Nature's rebirth after a long Winter season. Good Friday could still exist on the last Friday of March - followed by Easter Sunday on the last day of the month. The need of configuring when Easter Sunday should take place after the first full moon in Spring each year is not necessary in this fixed solar calendar.

Also, because the longest nights of Winter are traditionally marked by the ceremonial holiday season of lighting Christmas decorations - together with the "festival of lights" celebration, this new calendar attempts to balance the religious days of Christmas and Hanukkah. The ceremonial act of "giving light to darkness" during December is still accounted for in this new method of annual timekeeping.

Though there have been many other attempts to reform calendrical timekeeping over the centuries, the new Trans-Solar Calendar is unique because it carries more important traditional timekeeping habits than any other lunar-solar calendar formula while still keeping a fixed layout every year.

During any compromising project, certain elements are left out of the final formula - and the Trans-Solar Calendar proposal does have several obstacles to overcome if it is to be used by future timekeepers.

The first obstacle would be getting accustomed to using a new timely habit of dating a "short" month of 28 days (or 4 weeks) and a "long" month of 35 days (or 5 weeks). Accountants may have to figure ways to adapt to this change - but because they already adapt to a short and long month, as in 28 days to 31 days, what's another three extra days to figure bill payments between certain months?

The second obstacle would be accepting the annual habit of acknowledging an extra "year" day at the end of the 52-week year. This "year" day - like the "leap" day every four years, is not technically a week-day, but could be considered as an extra Jubilean Sunday holiday at the end of the year.

The third obstacle - and perhaps the most difficult to overcome, would be that only one solar calendar could be used by all participating nations. Because of dating conflicts, you can not use both the traditional Gregorian Calendar and the Trans-Solar Calendar at the same time. And because it is very hard for many to change traditional timekeeping habits, it would take "time" to change timekeeping habits on a global scale.

The Trans-Solar Calendar was first created as a model timekeeping layout of how I thought our Atlantean ancestors kept an annual record of time. After understanding how our ancient timekeepers once used an extra Jubilean "passover" day - or "year" day every year to balance a 52-week year record of 365 days, I further discovered how they added another ceremonial day every other 4th and 5th year - together with a super Jubilean "leap" day every 50 years, to account for the True Tropical Solar Year of 365.2422 days.

Because Plato wrote that the Atlanteans would meet every alternate 4th and 5th year - and because Biblical records suggest that there once existed a Jubilee every 50 years, I added extra leap days at these timely dates onto a 365-day count and discovered a time counting formula that equaled the True Tropical Solar Year.

Earlier versions of this novel solar calendar design attempted to mimic the lost Atlantean Calendar, but the latest version of this calendar project simplified this timekeeping formula to only adding a leap-day every four years - just like in the Julian or Gregorian Calendars, because I felt it would be easier for the average calendar user to understand.

After studying the timekeeping habits of Western calendars, I applied the most important traditional holidays of the four seasons to this new calendrical formula design. Over time my model of annual timekeeping grew into a project that became linked to my book project entitled: SPIRIT OF ATLANTIS. Only time will tell if these projects have value.

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