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There is one universally recognizable beginning to the “year,” which has historically been used to create calendar systems: the Equinox.
The Equinox occurs every year on March 20th (according to the Gregorian Calendar), and it is the time when day and night are equal on Earth. The equinox occurs at the exact moment the Sun enters the first astrology sign, Aries.
In astrology, the path of the Sun and planets, or the ecliptic, is divided into 12 signs of 30 degrees each: it all starts on March 20th with the Sun’s entrance into Aries.
However, for some reason the Gregorian Calendar that so many people use starts at a position that is irrelevant to this natural, universally recognizable point of beginning. Why? For the answer to that question, we have to look at the culture that birthed the Gregorian Calendar, the calendar’s predecessor, and the things they believed in.
In Ancient Rome, the origin of Christmas can be found as “Saturnalia”: the Sun’s annual transit into the sign of Capricorn in late December. The Roman people worshiped Capricorn/Saturn, and they made the predecessor calendar to the Gregorian to reflect that.
The Gregorian Calendar was named after Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced the system in October 1582. It was a revision to the Julian Calendar.
The real origin of January 1st as the New Year was in the Julian Calendar, of course proposed by Julius Caesar in 46 BC. It was created at the exact same time as the Saturn/Capricorn worshiping Romans were celebrating Saturnalia.
On January 1st, the Sun is not at the beginning of a sign as one might naturally suspect, but the Sun is almost in the dead center of Capricorn.
In fact, on the New Year the Sun is exactly opposite the brightest star in the sky, Sirius. The New Year seems to represent an opposition between the Sun and Sirius.
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Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, lies in the constellation Canis Majoris, south of Cancer. People say Sirius is in Cancer because although it is not on the ecliptic where Cancer is, it is horizontally aligned with the middle of Cancer.
Sirius and Cancer both represent the heart: they represent a love for nature, compassion, a love for animals, family, care, and love. The energy is very compassionate, and very opposite of the energy of power, discipline, structure, or the empire-building energies the Romans revered (Capricorn/Saturn).
Therefore, it appears that an adversarial dynamic between the heart and discipline is encoded into our New Year. It is the corporate energy, the government energy, the discipline, structure, and unemotional Capricorn energy at opposition to heart, compassion, nature, and things like that in Cancer.
While this has been known for some time, I realized something else: if the year starts with Capricorn representing month number 1, Aquarius representing month number 2, ect, that means every month encodes a numerological conflict with another energy into the calendar itself.
Every month in the Gregorian Calendar is numerologically the square to its energy. Here’s how it works.
Squaring energies in Astrology represent conflict: they are truly the most difficult aspects between two energies, even more-so than oppositions. Squaring energies are dead opposites, and represent being boxed in or trapped.
So Capricorn squares Aries in the sky: and Aries is the 1st sign. The Gregorian Calendar makes Capricorn the 1st month, so number 1 (the square to Capricorn), is encoded into Capricorn.
February, the 2nd month, is when the Sun is in Aquarius: the second sign is Taurus, which squares Aquarius.
March, the 3rd month, is when the Sun is in Pisces: the third sign is Gemini, which squares Pisces.
April, the 4th month, is when the Sun is in Aries: the 4th sign is Cancer, which squares Aries.
May, the 5th month, is when the Sun is in Taurus: the 5th sign is Leo, which squares Taurus.
June, the 6th month, is when the Sun is in Gemini: the 6th sign is Virgo, which squares Gemini.
July, the 7th month, is when the Sun is in Cancer: the 7th sign is Libra, which squares Cancer.
August, the 8th month, is when the Sun is in Leo: the 8th sign is Scorpio, which squares Leo.
September, the 9th month, is when the Sun is in Virgo: the 9th sign is Sagittarius, which squares Virgo.
October, the 10th month, is when the Sun is in Libra: the 10th sign is Capricorn, which squares Libra.
November, the 11th month, is when the Sun is in Scorpio: the 11th sign is Aquarius, which squares Scorpio.
December, the 12th month, is when the Sun is in Sagittarius: the 12th sign is Pisces, which squares Sagittarius.
In conclusion, while it’s very easy to attribute meaning to things that are mere coincidence, it is a healthy exercise for the mind to search for different ways to interpret antiquity.
It can only be beneficial for our understanding of the world to try and decode the systems that we use in every day life, that we often fail to even investigate the origins of. Knowing the origin and intention behind these systems is a valuable exercise in mindfulness.
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