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05:02:2013 - January 1st is Not the Start of the “True” New Year


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January 1st is Not the Start of the “True” New Year


We live in an age where is timekeeping has become an assumed background condition that we do not question. Yet nothing regulates our lives as much as the clock and calendar do. They tell us when we are supposed to work, rest, worship, celebrate and play.  So let us begin with questioning with the purported start of the Euro-western New Year.
But first lets define what is meant by a year.  A year according to the dictionary is a period of time measuring 12 months or 365 days long. More precisely a year is atemporal cycle measuring the Earth’s orbit around the Sun in said periods of smaller cycles—days and months.
And what is a cycle but a process that repeats. So a year is a temporal cycle of specified duration that repeats—so far so good.  The question for us is how do we determine the criteria for the start of the solar cycle. That question is not that easy to answer once you realize that a cycle is a circle and its impossible to determine where a circle starts or ends.
Fortunately for us perfect seamless circles are extremely rare in nature. Stars and planets are not perfectly spherical for they bulge around their midsections. And planetary orbits are not perfect circles either rather they are elliptical or ovoid like an egg. As such the Earth is nearest the Sun on January third and furthest away on July 4.
The following excerpt from another article of mine entitled In Search of a Universal New Year: In Honor of August 13th or the Day the World was Born provides us with the criteria that various cultures have used or still use to determine the start of the year cycle.
Presently there is no universal basis for what qualifies the start of a new year.  Every culture seems to have its own set of regional parameters for determining the start of the new year. The Chinese celebrate theirs in either late January or early February according their lunar calendar.
The ancient Egyptians linked the appearance of the star Sirius and the annual flooding of the Nile river in the month of July to signal the start of their new year. The Egyptian new year starts 1 month after the summer solstice.  The many cultures of India celebrate the new year on various dates during the month of April or within one month of the spring equinox.
Europe’s Nordic cultures keyed theirs to the winter solstice.  The Celtic, Samhain, now vulgarized as Halloween, is celebrated by present day neopagans, Wiccans and Druids as the start of their new year.
The Maori of New Zealand looked for the appearance of the Pleiades in May to signal the start of the new year. The Hawaiians also pegged their new year to the appearance of the Pleiades, but their new year fell in October.  The Aztec-Mexicas celebrated the new year in early March several days before the spring equinox.
And then there is Gregorian January first to mark the start of the new year for Euro-westerners. The Gregorian calendar inherited January 1st from the Roman Julian calendar.  The Romans marked January first as the new year in order to honor Julius Caesar’s exploit as the founder of the “rational calendar”.  Contrast the Roman criteria with the fact that the new year of all other cultures is related to some seasonal and/or astronomical aspect.   The foregoing is why I refer to the Gregorian calendar as an urban calendar for it reflects the whims of the city lords more than anything else.
The most common denominator for the start of the new year in most other calendrical systems is the start of the growing season or end of the harvest.  In some cases, either the solstices or equinoxes are recognized as the start of the year.  The start of the new year for cultures other than the Euro-western is more often than naught related to the agricultural, seasonal and astronomical particulars of their respective region.
Many pre-Christian cultures of Europe’s northern hemispheric latitudes recognized thewinter solstice as the start of the new year as the sun symbolically dies and is reborn on that day.
The start of the new year cycle can be viewed as universal for those in the northern hemisphere when reckoned from the winter solstice, and as defined by the atmospheric changes (rain, dryness, snow,) that accompany the gradual increase and decrease in ambient air temperature as the sun ascends and descends respectively. The same would apply to those of the southern hemisphere except that their new year would start with the summer solstice.
The process of cooling and warming is minimized in most parts of the tropical regions. The most defining aspect of seasonal variation in the tropics is dry and rainy seasons.  Nonetheless it is the sun’s to and fro movement, and its attendant affect on atmospheric conditions that drives precipitation patterns. Therefore we can safely equate the start of the new year with each hemisphere’s ascendant solstice, for it is the ascendant sun that initiates the life cycle for either hemisphere.
Thus it is the ascendant solstices that provide us with the fixed and natural starting points for each hemisphere’s respective new year as it relates to the initiation of the life cycle. Even so some cultures will focus on the particular seasonal markers of their region to signal the start the new year. Whatever the case the defining parameter for non Euro-western cultures is the start of the life cycle as it progresses from seed/bloom to harvest or from the general increase in the availability of food sources.
There is nothing to distinguish January 1st as the start of the year cycle.  It is the solstices and equinoxes that provide us with the most telling and universal markers of the year cycle. And then it is the ascendant solstice for each hemisphere that initiates the all important and supremely significant life cycle.
Belated New Year wishes to all of you in the Northern Hemisphere!!

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How to Digitally Record/Video a UFO sighting:


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Stabilize the camera on a tripod. If there is no tripod, then set it on top of a stable, flat surface. If that is not possible lean against a wall to stabilize your body and prevent the camera from filming in a shaky, unsteady manner.

Estabilize a camera com um tripé. Se não tiver um tripé, então coloque-a em cima de uma superfície estável. Se não for possível, então encoste-se a uma parede para estabilizar o corpo e evitar que a camera registe de maneira tremida e instável.

Provide visual reference points for comparison. This includes the horizon, treetops, lampposts, houses, and geographical landmarks (i.e., Horsetooth Reservoir, Mt. Adams, etc.) Provide this in the video whenever is appropriate and doesn’t detract from what your focus is, the UFO.

Forneça pontos visuais de referência para comparação. Isso inclui o horizonte, cimo das árvores, postes de iluminação, pontos de referência geográficos (como o Reservatório de Horsetooth, Mone Adams, etc) Forneça esses pontos no vídeo sempre que for apropriado e não se distraia do que é o seu foco, o UFO/a Nave.

Narrate your videotape. Provide details of the date, time, location, and direction (N,S,E,W) you are looking in. Provide your observations on the weather, including approximate temperature, windspeed, any visible cloud cover or noticeable weather anomalies or events. Narrate on the shape, size, color, movements, approximate altitude of the UFO, etc and what it appears to be doing. Also include any unusual physical, psychological or emotional sensations you might have. Narrate any visual reference points on camera so they correlate with what the viewer will see, and thereby will be better able to understand.

Faça a narração do vídeo. Forneça pormenores sobre a data, hora, local e direcção (Norte, Sul, Este, Oeste) que está a observar. Faça observações sobre as condições atmosféricas, incluindo a temperatura aproximada, velocidade do vento, quantidade de nuvens, anomalias ou acontecimentos meteorológicos evidentes. Descreva a forma, o tamanho, a cor, os movimentos, a altitude aproximada onde se encontra o UFO/nave, etc e o que aparenta estar a fazer. Inclua também quaisquer aspectos pouco habituais de sensações físicas, psicológicas ou emocionais que possa ter. Faça a narração de todos os pontos de referência visual que o espectador irá ver e que, deste modo, será capaz de compreender melhor.

Be persistent and consistent. Return to the scene to videotape and record at this same location. If you have been successful once, the UFO sightings may be occurring in this region regularly, perhaps for specific reasons unknown, and you may be successful again. You may also wish to return to the same location at a different time of day (daylight hours) for better orientation and reference. Film just a minute or two under “normal” circumstances for comparison. Write down what you remember immediately after. As soon as you are done recording the experience/event, immediately write down your impressions, memories, thoughts, emotions, etc. so it is on the record in writing. If there were other witnesses, have them independently record their own impressions, thoughts, etc. Include in this exercise any drawings, sketches, or diagrams. Make sure you date and sign your documentation.

Seja persistente e não contraditório. Volte ao local da cena e registe o mesmo local. Se foi bem sucedido uma vez, pode ser que nessa região ocorram avistamentos de UFOs/naves com regularidade, talvez por razões específicas desconhecidas, e talvez possa ser novamente bem sucedido. Pode também desejar voltar ao mesmo lugar a horas diferentes do dia (durante as horas de luz)para ter uma orientação e referência melhor. Filme apenas um ,inuto ou dois em circunstâncias “normais” para ter um termo de comparação. Escreva tudo o que viu imediatamente após o acontecimento. Logo após ter feito o registo da experiência/acontecimento, escreva imediatamente as impressões, memórias, pensamentos, emoções, etc para que fiquem registadas por escrito. Se houver outras testemunhas, peça-lhes para registar independentemente as suas próprias impressões, pensamentos, etc. Inclua quaisquer desenhos, esbolos, diagramas. Certifique-se que data e assina o seu documento/testemunho.

Always be prepared. Have a digital camera or better yet a video camera with you, charged and ready to go, at all times. Make sure you know how to use your camera (and your cell phone video/photo camera) quickly and properly. These events can occur suddenly, unexpectedly, and often quite randomly, so you will need to be prepared.

Esteja sempre preparado, Tenha sempre uma camera digital, melhor ainda, uma camera vídeo consigo, carregada e pronta a usar sempre que necessário. Certifique-se que sabe como lidar com a sua camera (ou com o seu celular/camera fotográfica) rápida e adequadamente. Esses acontecimentos podem acontecer súbita e inesperadamente e, por vezes, acidentalmente, por isso, necessita estar preparado.

Look up. Be prepared. Report. Share.

Olhe para cima, Esteja preparado, Relate, Partilhe.

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