Months of the Common Year
The months of the common year have had different names through the centuries, depending upon the culture. These are the names commonly used as translated into English throughout the Pallathantic. The Common Year begins on Summer Solstice, considered the holiest day of the year, especially to the sun god, Amrulon. The duration of a month was originally conceived of as the lunar cycle of sunmoon which is about twenty five days long (24.366 exactly). There are about 384 days in the year.
Table of Months of the Common Year
These are the established months of the common years along with their lengths. These are traditionally ascribed to Saint Salmakhamer, although Arathracians disagree on this matter.
|Order||Month||Days||Zodiacal Sign||Season||Month Symbol||Abbreviation|
|1||Amrulmoon||26||Holy Pair||High Summer (Solstice)||Sun||Amm|
|2||Eshmoon||25 *(26)||Harp||Late Summer||Esm|
|3||Rhiomel||26||Sword||Early Autumn||Bunch of Grapes||Rml|
|4||Bralmoon||25||Winged Lion||Autumn (Equinox)||Centaur||Brm|
|7||Hearthmoon||26||Mermaid||Early Winter||Hearth or campfire||Hrm|
|8||Nightmoon||26||Musimonius, Raven||High Winter (Solstice)||Nim|
|9||Threymoon||26||Raven, Bull||High Winter||Thm|
|11||Magdymoon||26||Dragon Egg, City||Early Spring||Mgm|
|12||Gallimoon||25||City, Torch||Spring (Equinox)||Glm|
|14||Addanmoon||25 **(26)||Addan, Eagle||Late Spring||Adm|
|15||Erreclose||26||Eagle & Gate||Early Summer||Gate||Erc|
- *Every ninth year, an extra day is added to Eshmoon, bringing the length up to 26 days. This is called an 'amber year.' This count is reset at the beginning of the next century. Thus the years for an amber year are the same every century, ending in the numbers: -9, -18, -27, -36, -45, -54, -63, -72, -81, -90, -99.
- ** Every 100 years, an extra day is added to Addanmoon and to Parkmoon, respectively, bringing the length up to 26 days for each month. This is called a 'centurion year.' This happens on the year that ends in '00.'
Days of the Month
The days of the month are commonly measured from beginning to end by number. In former times, they were divided into three parts, measured from the first day, the ninth day, and the eighteenth day. The notion of a seven day period of time such as the week is foreign to most Asdarans. The closest similarity is the eight-day "week" or ogdoad of the Arathracian Calendar which is not used in the Common Year.
Nine Years of the Amber Year Cycle
There are nine years in an amber year cycle. The one hundredth year called a centurion year is not part of this cycle, but counted separately. Each year is associated with a specific creature.
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