Mathetic Year Beginning Mismatch, and a Revised Grammatēmerologion

Much like how I recently encountered one devil of an author having put something out for public use (though it turned out to be a complete non-issue), now I’m facing another one, this time a lot more serious for me.

So, here’s the issue I face.  I have this thing called the Grammatēmerologion, a lunisolar calendar system that allots the letters of the Greek alphabet to the days, months, and years in a regular, systematized way.  I developed this system of keeping track of lunar months and days for my Mathesis work, a system of theurgy based on Neoplatonic and Neopythagorean philosophy and practices in a Hermetic and loosely Hellenic framework largely centered on the use of the Greek alphabet as its main vehicle for understanding and exploring spirituality.  Not only can the Grammatēmerologion be used as a system of calendrical divination a la Mayan day sign astrology (or tzolk’in), but also for arranging for rituals, festivals, and worship dates in a regular way according to the ruling letter of the day, month, and (rarely) year.  Sounds pretty solid, right?  I even put out a free ebook for people to use and reference, should they so choose, just for their convenience in case they were curious about the Grammatēmerologion for their own needs.

However, this isn’t the only system of time and timing that I need to reference.  In reality, I’m dealing with two cycles: one is the calendrical cycle of the Grammatēmerologion, which starts a new year roughly at the first New Moon after the summer solstice, and the zodiacal cycle that starts at the spring equinox.  The fact that they don’t line up is something that I noted rather early on, yet, passed off easily as “well, whatever, not a big deal”.  However, the more I think about it and how I want to arrange my own system of rituals and ritual timing, the more I realize that this is actually a big deal.

Let’s dig into this a bit more.  Why does the Grammatēmerologion start at the first New Moon after the summer solstice?  This is because the Grammatēmerologion is loosely based on the old Attic calendar, which had the same practice; for the Attics and Athenians, the new year started with summer.  Why did I bother with that?  Honestly, because the system seemed easy enough to apply more-or-less out of the box, and there is a rather convenient solar eclipse on the summer solstice in 576 BCE that would serve as a useful epoch date, this also being the first time the Noumenia coincided with the summer solstice since the stateman Solon reformed Athenian government and laws in 594 BCE.  I figured that this was a pleasant way to tie the Grammatēmerologion into a culturally Greek current as well as tying it to an astronomical event to give it extra spiritual weight.

However, by linking it to the summer solstice, I end up with two notions of “new cycles”, one based on this lunisolar system and one based on the passage of the Sun through the signs of the Zodiac.  The zodiacal stuff is huge for me, and only stands to become even bigger.  While there can truly be no full, exact match between a lunisolar calendar (Grammatēmerologic months) and a strictly solar one (Zodiacal ingresses), having them synced at least every once in a while is still a benefit, because I can better link the Noumēnia (the first day of the lunar month) to an actual zodiac sign.  This would give the months themselves extra magical weight, because now they can officially overlap.  Technically, this could still be done with the Grammatēmerologion as it is, except “the beginning of a cycle” ends up having two separate meanings: one that is strictly zodiacal based, and one that is lunisolar and slapped-on starting a full season later.

The issue arises in how I plan to explore the Tetractys with the letter-paths according to my previous development:

The plan was to traverse the 10 realms described by the Tetractys according to the letters of the Greek alphabet, using twelve paths associated with the signs of the Zodiac, starting with Bēta (for Aries).  This would be “the first step”, and would indicate a new cycle, just as Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and, thus, the astrological solar year.  Pretty solid, if you ask me, and the cosmological implications line up nicely.  Except, of course, with the notion of when to start the year.  If I really want my Grammatēmerologion system to match well as a lunisolar calendar for my needs, then I’d really need to make it sync up more with the Zodiac more than it does, at least in terms of when to start the year.  So long as the Grammatēmerologion calendar has its Prōtokhronia (New Years) within the sign Aries, this would be perfect, because then I could give, at minimum, the first day of the first month of the year to the first sign of the Zodiac.

So, there are several solutions that I can see for this:

  1. Set the Prōtokhronia (New Year) of the Grammatēmerologion to be the first New Moon after the spring equinox, using the first occurrence of this time after the original epoch date of June 29, 576 BCE.  This would put the first Noumenia of the most recent cycle 69 on April 15, 2010, though the epoch date would remain the same; we’d simply shift what letters would be given to what months.  This would be the least change-intensive option, but it causes all significance to the epoch year to vanish and seems like a giant kluge to me.
  2. Set the Prōtokhronia of the Grammatēmerologion to be the first New Moon after the spring equinox, using a new epoch date where a solar eclipse occurred up to two days before the spring equinox so that the Noumenia coincides with the equinox, hopefully in a year wherein something meaningful happened or which fell within a 19-year period (one Metonic cycle) after a moment where something meaningful happened.  There are very few such dates that satisfy the astronomical side of things.
  3. Reconfigure my own understanding of the flow of the Zodiac to start with Cancer (starting at the summer solstice) instead of with Aries (spring equinox).  This…yikes.  It would leave the Grammatēmerologion system intact as it is—even if at the expense of my own understanding of the nature of the Zodiac (which bothers me terribly and would go against much of well-established education and understanding on the subject) as well as the letter-to-path assignment on the mathetic Tetractys (which doesn’t bother me terribly much, since I still admit that it’s still liable to change, even if it does have a neat and clean assignment to it all).  This is the least labor-intensive, but probably the worst option there is.
  4. Leave both the Grammatēmerologion and zodiacal cycles as they are: leave the Grammatēmerologion to continue starting at summer and the zodiac to start in spring, and just deal with the mismatch of cycles.  This just screams “no” to me; after all, why would I tolerate something that causes me anguish as it is without any good reason or explanation for it, especially in a system that I’m designing of my own free will and for my own needs?  That would be ridiculous.

Based on my options above, I’m tempted to go with establishing a new epoch for the Grammatēmerologion to be set at a solar eclipse just before the spring equinox, with the Prōtokhronia set to coincide with the spring equinox itself.  If I want a reasonable epoch date that goes back to classical times or before…well, it’s not like I have many options, and comparing ephemerides for spring equinoxes and solar eclipses (especially when having to deal with Julian/Gregorian calendar conversions) is difficult at the best of times.  Here are such a few dates between 1000 BCE and 1 BCE, all of which use the Julian calendar, so conversion would be needed for the proleptic Gregorian calendar:

  1. March 30, 1000 BCE
  2. March 30, 935 BCE
  3. March 28, 647 BCE
  4. March 27, 628 BCE
  5. March 27, 609 BCE
  6. March 27, 563 BCE
  7. March 27, 544 BCE
  8. March 25, 294 BCE
  9. March 25, 275 BCE
  10. March 24, 256 BCE
  11. March 24, 237 BCE

As said before, the Attic-style summer-starting Grammatēmerologion has its epoch in 576 BCE, the first time that the Noumenia coincided with the summer solstice (and immediately after a solar eclipse), and the first such time either happened following Solon’s reforms in Athens.  The date that would most closely resemble this for a Mathetic spring-starting Grammatēmerologion would have its epoch in 563 BCE, only a handful of years later.  In the proleptic Gregorian calendar, this would mean that we’d start the epoch on March 21, 563 BCE, with the Noumēnia falling on the day after, the first day the New Moon can be seen and the first full day of spring.

On its face, this would seem to be an easy change to make; just change the epoch date and recalculate everything from there, right?  After all, I have all the programs and scripts ready to go to calculate everything I need, and since we know that a full grammatēmerologic cycle is 38 years which would get us to basically the next time the New Moon happens just after the spring equinox, we know that we’d currently be in cycle 68 (starts in 1984 CE).  Except…the spring equinox in 1984 occurs on March 20, and the New Moon occurs on…April 1.  That’s quite a large drift, much larger than I’d expect.  So I investigated that out and…yeah, as it turns out, there’s an increasing number of days’ difference between the spring equinox and the following New Moon over successive cycles.  I forgot that the Metonic cycle isn’t exact; there is a small amount of error where the lunar cycle shifts forward one day every 219 years, and between 1984 CE and 563 BCE, there’re 2550 years, which means a difference of just over 11 days…which is the number of days between March 20 and April 1, 1984.

And on top of that, I had originally calculated my original epoch date for the Attic-style summer-starting calendar incorrectly: the New Moon should have been on June 17, 576 BCE, not June 29; as it turns out, I had misconverted 576 BCE for year -576, when it should have been -575 (because 1 BCE is reckoned as year 0, 2 BCE as year -1, and so forth).  I majorly screwed myself over there; not only is my epoch system not working for how the revised Grammatēmerologion should work, but the epoch for the original Grammatēmerologion was wrong, anyway.  Splendid.

So much for having a long-term classically-timed epoch, then.  Without periodically fixing the calendar alignment or using a more precise cycle, such as the Callipic or Hipparchic cycle which still have their own inaccuracies, there’s still going to be some drift that won’t allow for establishing long-term cycles how I originally envisioned.  I still want to use the 38-year dual Metonic cycle, but since there’s no real need to tie it to any historical period except for my own wistfulness, I suppose I could use a much more recent epoch.  The most recent time that a solar eclipse happened just before the spring equinox, then, would have been March 20, 1643 CE, putting us in cycle 10 that starts in 1985 CE (which would start on March 22, since the New Moon is on March 21, just after the spring equinox on March 20, which is acceptable), making 2018 CE year 33 in the cycle.  The next cycle would start on March 22, just after the New Moon on March 21, just after the spring equinox (again) on March 20.  Again, this would be acceptable.  The issue of drift would be more evident later on, say, in year 3277 CE, which would start on March 27, which is definitely several days too late.  We start seeing a stable drift of more than two days starting in 2213 CE, but looking ahead a few years, we can see that 2216 CE would have a Prōtokhronia start perfectly on March 20, the day of that year’s spring equinox.

So, here’s my method for applying corrections to the Grammatēmerologion:

  1. Establish an epoch where the Prōtokhronia starts on the day of or the day after the spring equinox.
  2. Grammatēmerologic cycles are to be grouped in sets of seven, which would last 266 years, after which the drift between the dual Metonic cycle and the solar year becomes intolerable.  (We could use six cycles, getting us to 228 years, but seven is a nicer number and the error isn’t always completely stable at that point just yet due to the mismatch between lunations and equinoxes.)
  3. After the end of the seventh grammatēmerologic cycle, start up a “false” cycle to keep track of full and hollow months, until such a year arrives such that the Prōtokhronia of that year starts on the day of or the day after the spring equinox.
  4. That year is to mark the new epoch, and a new set of cycles is established on that day.  (This leads to a “false” cycle of only a few years, none of which should be lettered as usual.)

Let’s just make this simple, then: forget about aligning the beginning cycles with a spring equinox tied to a solar eclispe, and just settle for when the Noumēnia is either on or the day after the spring equinox.  The most recent time a New Moon coincided with the spring equinox was in 2015 CE.  Knowing that the New Moon coincided with the spring equinox on March 20 that year, this makes the epoch date for this cycle March 21, 2015.  This means that we’re currently in year four of the first cycle.  While I’m not entirely thrilled about losing the whole equinox eclipse significance thing, setting 2015 as a cycle start epoch makes sense; after all, the whole system of Mathesis really could be considered to start around then.

However, there’s one extra wrench thrown into the works for this; I want to make sure that the Prōtokhronia always falls while the Sun is in the sign of Aries, so the Noumēnia of the first month of the year must fall when the Sun has already crossed the spring equinox point.  Because twelve lunar months isn’t long enough to ensure that, we’d need to ensure that certain years are full (13 lunar months) and other years are hollow (12 lunar months), and it turns out that the regular Metonic scheme that the old Attic-style Grammatēmerologion doesn’t ensure that.  For instance, the first year of a cycle, according to the Metonic scheme, is supposed to be hollow; if we start the first year off immediately after the spring equinox, then the second year will start off about two weeks before the spring equinox, so we’d need to change how the years are allocated to be full or hollow.  And, to follow up with that, tweaks also need to be made to the scheme of figuring out which months are full (30 days) or hollow (29 days) to make sure they stay properly aligned with the dates of the New Moon, while also not going over the Metonic count of 235 lunar months consisting of 6940 days.

So.  After a day or so of hastily plotting out lunar phases, equinox dates, and eclipse times, I reconfigured my scripts and programs to calculate everything for me to account for all the changes to the Grammatēmerologion, rewrote my ebook to document said changes, and now have a revised Grammatēmerologion for the period between March 2015 and March 2053.  In addition, I took the opportunity to explore a useful extension of the Grammatēmerologion system and the seven-day week to account for days of planetary strength or weakness, as well, and documented them in the ebook, too.  (Normally, there would be no interaction, but this is one that actually makes sense in how the powers of the letters of the day are channeled.)

Download the revised Grammatēmerologion (March 2015 — March 2053) here!

I apologize for the confusion, guys.  Even though I know few people are ever going to take this little pet project of mine seriously, I regret having put something out that was so broken without realizing it.  I’m taking down the old version from my site, and only keeping the new revised version up; if anyone is interested in the old copy (even with its flaws), I can send it to them upon request, but I’d rather it not be so freely available as it was.

Geomantic Forecast for 2018 (and how to get your own!)

Alright, alright.  Now that my house is cleaned, my shrines refreshed, and my body recovered from my celebratory hangover, I figured that the start of the year is good for a bit of divination, yes?  After all, after the hellish 2016 and 2017 so many of us had, just as many of us are looking for something to orient ourselves and plan with/against.  To that end, I decided to bust out my geomancy tools and did a reading to see just what 2018 has in store for us.

Before I get to that, though, I also wanted to announce that I’m having a sale over on my Etsy for my divination services!  After all, general readings from my blog for the year as a whole for humanity as a whole are well and good, but getting something specific for yourself is always a good thing.  Plus, you can use both my general interpretation for The Masses as well as what’s specific for you to get an even better view on both the broad and narrow spectrum!  From now through January 31, all my divination services are 20% off:

If you’re looking for a thorough, clear, and understandable forecast for the year of 2018, or if you have other issues and questions you’d like to resolve through divination, now’s the time to do it!

Now that the self-promoting’s out of the way, let’s get to that broad spectrum reading.  For myself and for all those who come in contact with my words, what will 2018 have in store for us?  The Mothers for this chart are Albus, Cauda Draconis, Via, and Carcer.  The Sum of the Chart is 93, the Part of Fortune is in house VIII, and the Part of Spirit is in house IV.  The ascendant for this chart, based on the figure in house I, is Cancer.

The overall theme of this year is shown by the Court.  Here, the Right Witness is Amissio, the Left Witness is Fortuna Minor, the Judge is Coniunctio, and the Sentence is Rubeus.  This is a year of changes and decision-making, coming from a place of tumult and bereavement into a state of success, fortune, and protection; in other words, we find the support we need to stem the losses we’ve been succumbing to.  As we all know, the past year (or two, or three) have been chaotic for many of us, with many of our role models being lost, opportunities cut off, and our dreams out of reach.  While this isn’t a year for wild success and getting everything we want, it is one for triage of ourselves and our lives so that we stop losing what we hold dear to ourselves, which is the first step to overcoming these problems, and the first of many to eventually getting what we want.  Be careful, though; not everything we want is what we need, and not everything that looks good actually is.  In addition to triage, this is a year for the careful evaluation of our dreams and goals and seeing whether they’re actually beneficial for us to pursue, or whether they’re merely pipe dreams that cause us more damage down the line.  Talk things through, keep your options open, and be willing to change and make deals with others.  You may not get everything you want, but you can get what you need; that’s the nature of compromise.

We find ourselves represented by Albus in house I, a figure of calm, tranquility, peace, and meditation.  These are traits that will serve us well throughout the year (and, I claim, all life generally); always think things through once, twice, and twice more again for good measure.  Always keep a state of detachment to avoid getting too wrapped up in matters of your life, because there’s always the bigger picture at play to think about, and the current outrage du jour will often only be a small blip on the radar once the day is done.  Reserve your energy whenever possible and enjoy whatever downtime you can, because there will be many instances this year that demand much of us, and we need to make sure we have the mental and spiritual fortitude to see those times through, especially during the latter parts of the year from September onward when we can expect major cataclysms, destruction, and possible mass incarcerations to occur.  Taking a Stoic or Buddhist approach to the world is a solid way to keep your head above the water; just don’t forget to actually take care of your own business!

Financially, many people will experience hardship and problems keeping themselves afloat; we find Cauda Draconis in house II, indicating that there are money issues afoot in the world.  In all things that deal with money and finances, plan for the worst outcome just in case it comes to pass (as it likely will for many people).  Always keep a tight budget, account for every cent that passes through your bank statements, make sure you have as much control as you possibly can, and be more responsible and cautious with your money than you think you’re able to be.  Just as the old thrifter’s saying goes: use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.  Better to use what you have until you can’t use it anymore, then repurpose it as you can for whatever purpose you can find, than to spend needlessly.

Relationships, similarly, will encounter many of the same issues, as Cauda Draconis also appears in house VII, that of marriages and partnerships.  Whenever possible, don’t walk away from conversations or shut things down prematurely (enough of that will happen on its own anyway!), but rather keep communication open and plumb every possibility before calling it quits.  Avoid letting sentimentality cloud your judgment, and bear in mind that the things that ought to end should be brought to an end.  Even then, however, try to wrap up ending relationships as cleanly as possible, because nobody wants to deal with the fallout from a messy explosion (and there will be messy explosions when dealing with people in a one-on-one context, whether romantically or business-related).

For my occult and spiritual-minded readers, this is a good year to focus on that good old-fashioned magic down here instead of up there.  Fortuna Minor is in house IX and Fortuna Maior is in house VIII; the Sun shifts from the highest heights of heaven to the dark halls of hell, indicating that better success will come from working with less-than-elevated spirits.  Those who work with the dead, demons, and land spirits will find their successes amplified this year, and I would strongly encourage everyone to develop an ancestor veneration practice or, if they already have one going, to explore it more deeply into something more meaningful and beneficial for both you and your honored dead.  Spiritualism, mediumship, and shamanic work will be solid gold for this year, so if you have an interest in that, now’s the time to get on it.  Further, the Part of Fortune is in house VIII, indicating that many people can find an easier time getting their Work done by approaching these same spirits and lines of work; for those who aren’t interested in the occult, this is a good time to cash in on favors, agreements, contracts, and all business deals before they sour.

With Coniunctio in house VI, our health can be a fickle thing, and this year, there is a high risk of communicable and contagious diseases; nothing terrible and nothing that would cause too much upheaval, but be aware of them spreading around.  Wash your hands, cook your food thoroughly, and keep up good hygiene habits no matter whether you’re at home, visiting a friend, in the office, or traveling abroad.  This is especially important for matters of the bones, joints, skin, brain, and head generally.  Try to keep your living and work environments fresh and clean, with good air circulating and surfaces dusted and free of debris; staleness and stagnation can easily cause sicknesses and injuries this year, more than it otherwise might.  If you’re of weak health, avoid being in public too much, as you run a higher risk of health issues caused by being around people.

For public and government matters, we also find Coniunctio in house X (which explains some of the public health issues I said above).  This indicates that we’re in a year of solid change for all those in office or enjoying public dignity, so if you’re currently relying on the status quo, you’d better change your plans and be able to roll with the punches that are coming before too late.  Any sort of business that is done in the public eye intentionally from the get-go will be benefited by virtue of being in the public eye; conspiracy, backroom dealings, and secret negotiations can come to light easily and backfire against you.

For private matters, we look to house IV, which has Carcer.  Normally, this would be a bad sign, but Carcer is a figure of Saturn, and in this chart, Libra rules over house IV, the exaltation of Saturn; moreover, the Part of Spirit is in house IV, as well.  This is a fantastic time to build yourself up in your own house and home, wherever you may reside.  Your private space is a sacred space, so treat it as such; build up strong walls and boundaries, both physically as well as spiritually and metaphorically, and keep the profane and defiled out of your home.  Keep things on lock-down more often than not, and use your private space and private time as your primary setting to build yourself up.  The sanctity of your home will help you fortify and protect yourself against everything life has to throw at you.  If you have a choice between staying home and going out, try to stay home.  In other words, introverts rejoice, for this is your year!

Other notes and suggestions:

  • Try to not rely overmuch on friends and colleagues, as they may not be able to help you as much as you might think.
  • Avoid being around too many people at once, as it can bring down your health as well as your mood.
  • This is a great year for creative endeavors of all kinds, and if you’re thinking of having a child, this is a great year to plan for having one.
  • Gambling and gaming of all kinds can open new opportunities; don’t expect the world to be handed to you every throw of the dice, but definitely explore the benefits of playing games for success and achievements.
  • Be careful around large or wild animals, as there’s a risk of danger of harm from encountering them.
  • Any enemies you may have will accidentally reveal themselves from being too loud or proud.  Be careful of them and be on the lookout, but secrecy is not their forte.
  • Lots of people will travel this year, but mostly to areas local to them, such as within their state/province.  Traveling abroad will be less common than otherwise.
  • If you have an interest in crafting or engineering hobbies, this is a good time to learn how to use your hands and head for them.  Taking classes in woodworking, machinery, and the like is a good suggestion for those who are inclined for it.
  • Whenever you consider scheduling or planning dates, always account for things happening sooner than anticipated.  While there’s always the possibility for things to be delayed, more often than not, things will turn out the opposite of that, even to certain things being done before you’re even aware of them.
  • Many headaches and problems can come from arguments and problems dealing with our partners.  Get some fresh air, take some deep breaths, and light some incense to clean the airs if you’re having communication problems or before making any big decision with someone else.
  • If you’re going through emotional pain, go outside and enjoy a local restaurant or park.  Spending time in your environment outside can help settle down an upset heart or head when you need it.

And there you have it, my predictions for the coming year!  May 2018 treat you well, and may this be a blessed year for us all!

Prayer for the New Year

It always makes me chuckle when I inadvertently stumble across something useful in the course of unrelated research.  Like, I’ll be looking for one thing, and even though I find something (maybe at best) tangentially related and ultimately unhelpful to my original goal, there’ll be something that just kinda screams “HEY, LOOK AT ME, I’M RIGHT HERE, LOOK AT ME”.

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One such thing happened recently, as you might be able to tell.  When I was thinking of ideas for geomantic holy days not too long ago, I was stuck on trying to come up with a feast day for Hermes Trismegistus.  Although I eventually settled on April 4 of the Gregorian calendar (which happily borrows the feast day of St. Isidore of Seville), I was briefly considering using an Egyptian calendar to calculate a celebration of Thoth, the Egyptian form of the god.  The idea didn’t quite work out, but I did learn a fun amount about the Coptic calendar, which is a direct descendant of the calendar used since ancient Egyptian times (even with fundamentally the same names!).

One thing about the Coptic calendar is that its New Year doesn’t match up with the European one.  Rather, it starts on 1 Thout, which historically coincided with the heliacal rising of Sirius and marked the beginning of the flood season on the Nile, but after the Julian calendar reforms, has slightly drifted away day by day over the many long years.  Nowadays, the Coptic New Year starts around September 11ish (and every century or three, the date will advance by a day or so).  Because of its connection with the beginning of the flood season, the Egyptian name for the New Year was originally Ni-Yarouou, or the “Feast of the Rivers”, but over time, this was confused with the name for the unrelated Persian New Year Nowruz (which happens at the spring equinox in their calendar).  As a result, the modern Coptic name for the New Year is Nayrouz.

In the course of trying to learn more about what’s done religiously according to certain dates of the Coptic and Egyptian calendars (which share more than a few festival dates, much like how the Europeans preserved old pagan festivals in the Christian calendar), I came across a discussion of the Feast of Nayrouz, which also included a prayer that stuck out to me and begged for meditation and use.  Given that our own calendar is coming to a close for 2017 and the New Year of 2018 is starting in a few days, I decided to adapt this prayer for something of a more general, Western use.

O God, grant us to celebrate the Feast of the New Year that we may ask for a blessed year for all humanity, and that every man and woman has the experience of Your marvelous day.  Thus will all enjoy the brightness of Your glory every day in the New Year.  Allow me, O God, to celebrate the Feast of the New Year; let me experience this joyful faith and the truth of everlasting unity with You.  Let me celebrate the feast of the martyrs as I am able, that I may testify for Your truth.  Change my life to be full of joy with You, even in the moments of my repentance.

Wondrous is the Son who paid the price of my passage to Your divine bosom!  I see You, my beloved Lord, coming to me; you have chosen me to share in Your glory; you offered Yourself as a joyful sacrifice of love.  Come quickly, o Lord!  Our hearts are enflamed with Your love; our hearts ask for nothing and no one except You.  Grant me to become an icon of You with a blessed heart full of love to all humanity, that I may become a font of joy to everyone.

Wondrous is the Holy Spirit who renews me into a heavenly bride, carrying me as if with the wings of a dove that Heaven may celebrate my wedding!  Your dwelling in me, o Holy Spirit, renews my nature; you transform my dark tomb into a holy sanctuary, you convert my darkness into exceeding brightness!  Grant me with all my brethren to fly and be with You in Heaven!

You see me, my Lord, rejoicing in You, and You become delighted in me.  The heavenly angels see me coming to You, and they welcome me.  They receive me with exceeding joy to join them in praising You.  The sinners see me full of joy, and they become filled with hope.  They see me rejoicing, and they join me in my continuous repentance.  The prophets and the apostles and all the martyrs see me, and they praise You for letting me accompany them in Your kingdom!

What a wonderful thing, that You delight in me, and all Your creation in Heaven and on Earth!  But the Devil runs away before me as he sees Your divine joy enlightening me and shining upon my face!  Glory to You, the source of joy and victory.

Grant, O Lord, that I may celebrate this and every new day of this and every new year all my life, that I may proclaim Your joyful renewal of us and the world, and that I may always be joined with You in Your tremendous love that I see You anticipating with longing for me.

Amen.

I would suggest reciting this prayer at sunset on New Year’s Eve (with sunset marking the start of the new day in most Abrahamic traditions) or at sunrise on New Year’s Day (as more Western magicians might reckon the start of the day), perhaps in front of a lit candle and crucifix facing the east, the direction from which the Sun rises and from which the Son shall come to us once more.  Besides that, however, I would also consider there to be potential in combining this prayer with a ceremony such as the Blessing of the Vessel (another Coptic ritual, but more in the vein of PGM magic) as a more magical means of bringing down the blessing of newness and freshness into a renewed water of life, to be used in refreshing the body and soul.

No matter how you use this prayer, or whether you do at all, I hope you all have a wonderful end to this year and a splendid start of the next!  Don’t forget to clean your house and put on some new clothes, too!

Yearly Geomantic Readings for 2014

To go with my prospective and plans for 2014, I decided I wanted to do a yearly geomantic reading for myself to see what 2014 might have in store for me.  Then I thought, well gosh, why not do it for others as well?  From now through January 30, I’ll be offering a special on yearly geomantic forecasts for only US$15!  Click the button and I’ll draw up my forecast for your upcoming year!

Yearly Geomantic Forecast for 2014 — $15.00
Valid through January 30, 2014
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So, what kind of forecast would you get?  Well, let me show you with the forecast I drew up for myself!  Feel free to draw up your own forecast, especially if you’re learning geomancy, but below is my own forecast for what I predict will happen for myself through the year of 2014.

The figures obtained were:

  1. First Mother: Fortuna Minor
  2. Second Mother: Puer
  3. Third Mother: Tristitia
  4. Fourth Mother: Fortuna Maior
  5. First Daughter: Fortina Minor
  6. Second Daughter: Fortuna Minor
  7. Third Daughter: Tristitia
  8. Fourth Daughter: Caput Draconis
  9. First Niece: Tristitia
  10. Second Niece: Albus
  11. Third Niece: Populus
  12. Fourth Niece: Coniunctio
  13. Right Witness: Fortuna Maior
  14. Left Witness: Coniunctio
  15. Judge: Acquisitio
  16. Sentence: Carcer

The figures in the twelve houses are:

  1. Fortuna Minor
  2. Puer
  3. Tristitia
  4. Fortuna Maior
  5. Fortina Minor
  6. Fortuna Minor
  7. Tristitia
  8. Caput Draconis
  9. Tristitia
  10. Albus
  11. Populus
  12. Coniunctio

The sum of the chart is 100, an even number.  The Via Puncti of Fire or Water cannot be formed; the Via Puncti of Air leads to Caput Draconis as the Fourth Daughter, and the Via Puncti of Earth leads to Puer as the Second Mother.  The ascendant of the house chart is Taurus.  The Part of Spirit is in house VIII, Caput Draconis.  The Part of Fortune is in house IV, Fortuna Maior.  The significator of the querent (me) passes between houses I, V, and VI.

Overall, this year is going to be fantastic, though slow.  With the Court having three of the most favorable figures in geomancy, the theme here is going to be “gain”: 2014 will see an increase in my life generally, not necessarily financial but not precluding financial gains, either.  The Right Witness here indicates strong, independent success and being the support of others generally helping me through this year, and the Left Witness indicates lots of interaction, meeting with, and making plans with others.  The interaction of these three figures here is fantastic, which lends itself to lots of beneficial growth and access to higher and better qualities of life.  The Sentence as Carcer suggests that this year is one where things will start to be “locked down”, potentially indicating that patterns and ways of life established in 2014 will be maintained for a long time to come.

The sum of the chart here is 100, which is more than 96; thus, events this year will happen on a more-or-less slow or relaxed schedule.  Delays, generally due to building things up properly taking more time than expected, are probably going to be the norm, so I’d be well advised to always allow for more time and be a little more diligent in my own work and scheduling.  Plus, 100 is an even number, suggesting that more of the events that happen in my live will be dependent on others (things happening to me) than of my own volition and impetus (me acting on other things).  The Via Puncti of Fire and Water not leading anywhere here indicate that this year will not be fueled by any giant goals, drives, or emotional situations, which is always good for a drama-free year.  Rather, the Via Puncti of Air leading to Caput Draconis indicates that there will be new contacts and communication coming in, especially with people I will never have met before (including spirits); the Via Puncti of Earth indicate that I have some hard material goals and tasks to set myself out for, and it leading to Puer suggests that there could be troubles or conquests (or both!) when dealing with the material world this year.  Tread with caution when going outside instead of out-of-body.

Fortuna Minor in house I indicates  that I’ll generally be successful this year, with more ease than struggle, though I should be careful not to let big things slip through my fingers.  Although the Right Witness was Fortuna Maior, indicating myself throughout the year as a whole, Fortuna Minor in house I indicates  me on a moment-by-moment basis; thus, I should focus on collecting myself and my successes, tying everything into a whole, than simply getting by from one thing to the next.  The cardines of the chart, read counter-clockwise starting from house I, are Fortuna Minor, Albus, Tristitia, and Fortuna Maior.  This indicates that the year will be easy and fast-progressing at the start of the year (now until spring), then slow and thoughtful (spring until summer), then hard and difficult (summer until autumn), then fantastic and with lots of good results (autumn until the end of the year).  I’d do well to focus on myself and personal success basically when it’s cold, and once things start to heat up to start planning things out and getting them out of the way once it gets hot.  Late summer and early autumn will be the most difficult part of the year for me, generally due to the onslaught of meaningless work or endless toil that I might be mired in.

Financially, I have Puer in house II, Fortuna Minor in house V, and Populus in house XI.  Finances will be interesting to work with this year; I shouldn’t expect terribly much from investments, though I can stand to make a quick buck or two if the mood to gamble strikes me.  I’ll be able to rely on friends aplenty if I need to, but calling in too many favors may not be great for my friends and my status with them.  My own finances will be alright, though I really should be careful with them; I should definitely calm down before making any big decisions and get a second opinion first, and I should always keep an eye out for any impulse spending that I really shouldn’t be doing.

Spiritually, I have Caput Draconis in house VIII and Tristitia in house IX.  This is a fantastic time for working with spirits of the dead, land spirits, general magical fuckery, and thaumaturgy; work with Saint Cyprian, the ancestors, and other spirits “down here” or “down there” will be greatly favored, with new relationships being built.  Indeed, the Part of Spirit here indicates that this is something I should really be focusing on.  Tristitia in house IX, though, worries me somewhat; high astral work, celestial conjurations, and divination of all kinds will be difficult or too much to handle throughout the year.  Nothing will be blocked off, but this will indicate much work to bog me down throughout the year.  Tristitia appearing in house III also indicates that there will be much high work to be done around me in my local environment; with it also in house VII, this indicates a strong connection to the people I work with as well as with my boyfriend, indicating potential struggles in sharing time between my love and my work.

Otherwise, things seem pretty peachy for me.  My health will be fine, and I’ll have a good grasp on whatever happens to me (Fortuna Minor in both houses I and VI), though I should beware of upper back, spinal, and cardiovascular problems.  Things look good for moving to a new house, if not buying one outright (Fortuna Maior in house IV, with Fortuna Minor passing into conjunction with it from I to VI).  My relationship with the boyfriend will be enduring though potentially stressed (Tristitia in house VII), likely due to spiritual work (IX) or local events (III), though work with him could lead to fantstic new heights or depths.  Work will be slow and uneventful (Albus in X), with decent success and nothing to worry about.  There is talk going on behind my back (Coniunctio in XII), though it’s nothing I should worry about with for now; any talk will eventually come to my own ears and table (Coniunctio as Left Witness), so I’d do best to let others talk and simply keep on my guard for being a decent person.  As sport and health are ruled by the same figure (Fortuna Minor in I, V, and VI), I expect this to indicate my work with aikido; it’ll be something for me to pick up, though perhaps not last through the whole year.  It could be something long-lasting, given my connections with it, but only if I have the support of others; we’ll see how long aikido lasts, but it should definitely be a beneficial act for me, if not completely something to take long-term.

Let’s see how this prediction will pan out, then!  Happy New Year, everyone; now let’s make sure this new year really will be happy, fortunate, and successful for us all.

Happy Chinese New Year! Also, booze.

Today is the first new moon after the winter solstice, which also marks the beginning of the Year of the Yang Water Dragon.  大展鴻圖, 吉慶有餘, and all that jazz.

That said, the past few Years of the Dragon have also been something of a collective letdown.  I mean, the last time it was the Year of the Dragon, it was 2000, when we had that nonsensical Y2K scare; before that, it was my birth year (tsk, I mean, gosh mom); etc.  This time, we’re dealing with the 2012 apocalypse crap.  What are some of the explanations I’ve heard that’ll cause some big thing?  Here’s an infographic that runs the gamut of some of the more popular ones, although Aaron Leitch has a good explanation of something going on that’s a bit more credible in terms of the occult.

In the meantime, why not have a year-long drinking game?  Carry a bottle of alcohol with you at all times (preferably a clear drink, like a gin or vodka and sprite, if it’s a clear water bottle) and take a swig every time someone around you mentions 2012 in a serious light.  “But I want to live through this year!” you might exclaim.  Fear not!  Here are some of the results that might, er, result from such a game:

  • If you get drunk during such a conversation, you stop caring,
  • If you die from overintoxication, you stop caring.
  • If you live through the year (as will everyone else), you have a stronger alcohol tolerance and you stop caring (as will everyone else).

Basically, it’s a win/win/win situation, ergo DO EEEEEET.  (Tell me you realize whether I’m being serious about this or not.)