The BHL Year&Day Calendar
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Let's get some more Celtic! Here's the new BHL-Calendar – rooted in Druidic wisdom

Wir werden alle etwas keltischer! Der neue BHL-Kalender wurzelt in der Weisheit der Druiden

The Year and Day Calendar

The new Birkea-Hygria-Lotusa (BHL) Calendar of the religion UTR has 13 month, each with 4 weeks, each with seven days. Additionally there is a yearday (annual leap day), just like in the Celtic tree calendar. Nearly every four years a quartday (second leap day) is added. The names of the week days are derived from our planets. To the common year a 1 is put on front, that means, 10.000 years are added. The new starting year marks the end of the ice ages. The BHL is simple and exact „over year and day“, and it avoids the problems and fooleries of other calendars. The BHL finishes the way that the calendar of the French Revolution already dared to proceed.

The Months of the BHL Calendar of the UTR

1. Seven Days and Sometimes More

The names of the seven weekdays of the BHL are taken from the seven planets of our Solar System. The first day is the Urans, who replaces the Monday. This name reminds of an old word for heaven, it shall remind us that we, with a renewed planet, strive to reach a new sky. The second day is the Marte, who replaces the Tuesday. Wednesday becomes Nepte, the day of Neptune. Thursday is now called Jovis, regarding Jupiter. Friday is replaced by Venes. Saturday becomes Sater. The Sunday is now called Gaewa, it is dedicated to planet Earth. The name is derived from the Earth's name Gaia. The new weekdays do not reflect the order of the planets, but they were chosen with respect to the old weekdays. That means that today's names like Mardi (French: Tuesday), Zaterdag (Dutch: Saturday) or Jueves (Spanisch: Thursday) are oriented towards the same planets and to their pagan names. The Moon is no more a part of this row, since it rules the month; and the Sun isn't since he shines every day. The small planet Mercury has lost it's day, but we may associate to him the yearday (yearly leap day) Wesira. The quartday Junkus is the day of the small planet Pluto. Those two leap days have no regular week days now. One short date of the BHL is written with 'x x' for recognition. For instance, the fifth day of 2016 is: 05x01x16 (day month year). The first day in a month is always the first day of a new week. That day is always a Urans, who is always the first of January of the common Christian (Julian-Gregorian) calendar. Unlike the common calendar the BHL has neither time zones nor a summer time. The time of the BHL is the ever same Greenwich mean time (GMT) in all of the world, commonly called Universal Coordinated Time (UTC). In the future we should well undertake a reform of the division of the day too.

2. The 15 green Months of the BHL

The BHL received it's name from the first letters of the first three months. The names of all the 13 months are taken from European trees and plants. Just in this period of time of overpopulation and ruinous exploitation, it is necessary to remind again the humans that they are spiritually connected to Mother Nature and must honor her, to not rid our children of their future. The Occident thus again becomes the part of the world that spiritually shows a direction to all the planet. Just like in the case of the Celtic tree calendar, it was taken care that no first letter of a name repeats, and that all common consonants are mentioned once. The first month Birkea is dedicated to the birch, the second month Hygria to the ash tree. The third month Lotusa is the month of clover, the fourth month Fukusa is that of seaweed. The fifth month Gorsia is the month of gorse, of cause. The sixth month Nardea is that of grain and grass, the seventh month Dafnea is dedicated to rosemary. Robura is the month of the oak tree, Pertha is that of the pear. Moenia belongs to the vine, Koryla to the hazel bush. Salixa is the month of the willow, and Taenia is the month of the pine. Then it is the time of the yearly leap day (yearday) called Wesira, dedicated to the 'white virgin flower' or snowdrop Galanthus. Next eventually a quartday comes up, nearly every four years, just like in the common old-time calendar, according to the exact length of day. The quartday is called Junkus and dedicated to the reeds. We may also regard those two extra days as extra months. The month of rosemary is also meant to remind of the spirituality of the Orient, and the day of Junkus of it's wisdom. In some aspects the BHL follows ideas of the progressive calendar of the French Revolution.

Bad religions generate bad calendars

Often religion decides over the calendar. The Muslims keep to a moon calendar that does not recognize the year. The plants however keep to the year, and they have a hard time in Arabia. Jews occasionally add an entire leap month to their calendar. The Christian Gregorian calendar uses a leap week 53, that often causes confusion. The reformers of the French revolution introduced some leap days, the 'days without breeches'. The calendar of the Druids however was so exact because those Druids were spiritually much closer to nature and to the Earth Goddess. Ancient holy places like the Avebury cromlech already were designed to measure the exact length of the year.

3. Over Year and Day with the BHL

Over year and day, this is what they said in old Ireland, when they planned to meet again exactly one year later, for instance because a debt was laid off for one year. That term isn't exact, but yes, in some aspects any leap day is now 'extra'. Just like it was the case with the sketch of the Worldwide-Week-Calendar, the new BHL calendar reaches back into a very far past with it's year one. The Christian year of 2016 is now the year 12016 BHL. The Christian year 1 is now the year 10.001 BHL, sure. The year of 10.000 BHL though is the year of -1 of the Christian calendar, since the old Christian calendar made the error of forgetting the year zero. That means that the year of 1 BHL is now the Christian year -10.000. Further backwards is not how the BHL counts, and thus another weakness of the Christian calendar is avoided. But the long count of the BHL is something for the experts. Long count means that three billenia are added to the year. Seen this way, the year 1 BHL is the first year of the third billenium. Year 1 is three giga years plus one. In the long count, strictly, the year is written 3G1, or with all the cyphers. The letter G means giga here or billion years. For millions of years we write M or mega, and the thousands are called K or kilo. The first year of billenium 3 (3G) lies already more than 12.000 years ago, it was the year of 3G0. The year before was the last year of the second billenium, exactly the year 2.999.999.999.999. We might write this year in short 3G-1, but it is maybe better to first calculate back one thousand years and then forwards. That means; preferable to 3G-1 would be 2G-1K999. Tree ring calendars know exact dates from that early period of time. The third billenium is meant to mark the begin of good global warming and thus the start date of first civilizations of planet Earth. The year 1 of the long count of the BHL reaches back into a time far away, the time before the creation of our Earth Goddess in space. We might call the time before that time 'Tohu', and it is a bit blunt, and should not be limited by the sharp margins of a calendar. The very far away year 30G is the mythical year of the end of days of planet Earth.

4. The Kalends and Ides of the BHL

It is simple to divide the circle of a year. Now 13 months with 28 days lead to a total number of 364 days. Any month starts with a Urans. We may name all these 13 days of a month: the 13 kalends – after some Roman tradition. Then the 13 first days of the second half of the calendar would be called the 13 ides. Well, we have 26 fortnights. That means, the second half of any year always starts after 13 fortnights, at the day of 15x07. That is always the third Urans in the seventh month Dafnea, and it is the day 183 of the year. Those two halves of the year may further be divided into quarter-years, with 91 days each. The second quarter-year always starts at the 08x03, at the second Urans in the third month Lotusa. At the 22x10, the fourth Urans in the tenth month of Moenia, the final quarter-year of the year commences. Leap days are 'extra' and not put into consideration.

5. Who knows the Days of Celebration?

The BHL does not bring up own days of celebrations so far. Since it is exact by a day, the days of solstice are the same every year. The day of midsummer is the 05x07, the day of midwinter is the 21x13 of every year. The yearday Wesira might especially remind us of the Lares and Ga-Leta in space. It may be a good idea to take over traditions, reminders, birthdays, bank and real holidays from some old calendar to the new one. But before the time when the BHL is officially introduced we should not think of this. Surely traditionalists will turn against this novelty. The last Christians will keep to their old-time calendar, but with the BHL the time is gone where they can make all the world keep to their absurd festivities. Just like the Celts did, a Celtic neo-pagan may now divide the year into four parts. He may for instance celebrate Beltene, the water feast, at 01x02 of each year, then celebrate the spring festival at the 08x05, the high time of summer at the 15x08, and a common Rememberance Day on the 22x11.

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