# Thread: Looks like a calendar...

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First thing where I see a clear point of tangency with the sculpture is in the ideas of an arbitrary benchmark versus an absolute benchmark. I will construct the following analogy: Magnetic North is to Geodetic North as represented by the Compass in the sculpture, as the Civil New Year is to the Vernal Equinox. As I demonstrated with the Moon phases above, the Half Moons represent the transitional phases in the "lunar clock", and they have their equivalent in the Equinoxes on earth- the shadows are equal: equi nox: equal night. Through the equation of time it will be noted that the days between the solstices are unequal, since we speed up and slow down a little in a solar year while in orbit, described by Kepler. The days between the equinoxes are always half of the year: 182.6 days [.5 * 365.2424 days, or 365 days, 5 hrs, 48 min, and 46 sec]

The Vernal Equinox by my reasoning is in the "12 O'Clock" position: the place on our terrestrial clocks where we go from AM to PM and then use the same numbers over again. Again, on the sculpture, I demonstrated quite clearly that the Compass also encodes this dual meaning- referencing through the solstice angle of 240*, and also the symbolic depiction of the WM in reflection, one side light, the other dark.

These ideas are telling me that we need to rearrange our text to reflect astronomically observable events, rather than the arbitrary length of month divisions like 28,29,30, 31 days. The days between the Equinoxes give us exactly equal division of our calendar. Within that, the division of our text is going to reflect the 14 day cycle between the half moons, one which we are identifying as P (describing the moon's albedo as Pale, from the Latin QED, just like "palindrome" or "palimpsest"). I am intuiting that around these four cornerstones of the year, we to construct a "palindrome" of CT. By simple addition or subtraction of these two reflecting strings against each other- keyed by the lunar cycle which tells us whether to add or subtract the letters against each other. Via mod 26 counting "aka: slide rule Vigenere", we could construct a novel PT- totally and completely hidden in the multiple modular contexts of our calendar.

1776, the Vernal Equinox was Tuesday, March 19th at 19:40:30 local DC time. The next full moon was Wednesday. April 3rd. Easter Sunday was therefore April 7. The Autumnal equinox was Sun, Sep 22, at 08:04:33. The Summer Solstice was Thu, June 22nd, 18:42:42, and the Winter Fri, Dec 20th. 1776 is divisible by four, and not 400, so it is a 366 day year.

2. magicicada, you've given me a wealth of things to think about. I must be in a funk, because my brain isn't budging at the moment.

Let's see...I like the idea of a calendar, but I don't like as much the notion of a specific year and a leap year seems less applicable if K2 is indeed the source material for our mask.

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Yeah, I kinda fizzled too. This year's Solstice has been strangely draining- not what I expected.

I did find some interesting things. Here was the first part of the equation [mental linkage: (K1= secret info in the "twilight zone" equinoxes moon=earth) + (they buried secret information on Hale's day/equinox)= K2 may be actually only the part between March 19th and Sep 22? Including both days, that's 188 days.

Here's where the leap year thing came in. I was looking at the 19th and noticed it was also a new moon, which linked up nicely with orienting on "lunar" half months of 14 days, and only occurred on that particular civil date because of the leap year, which "pushed it back" one day, from what otherwise would have been the Saturday the 20th.

For giggles, as a speculative theory as to Sanborn's "true" intentions involving a missing character somewhere- I put in a T for Tues, at the February 29th position (the actual leap day in 1776). I then ran this modified K2 CT against the QuagIIIKRYPTOS. This is what came out: (inserted t= x) xROIFTRPTCZTROEBAJTIWDSPLAYERTWO. It occurred to me I could try a similar ruse on December if I went backwards.

Anyway, picture 13 rows of 14 lunar half weeks, which is our 188 day codetext mod 14.
I'm thinking the moon phase gives us the alternation in directions of the rows. Alternatively, they tell us whether to add or subtract in some sort of fractionation, or mod 26 offset of the existing rows.

Do anything for you?

4. Yeah, I think we might try looking at how he might handle the 29.5 day lunar cycle. It doesnt sync as there is that half to contend with. I think the most practical approach involves the convention of symmetry.

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Good point. I was using the shorthand 28/day 13/mo. As you remind me, that is not the actual cycle, just a shorthand. So how about this: The count starts on the new moon, March 19. With Mar20 as day 1, we increase for 14 days, Moon's full on day 15 (April 3), and next we have a 14 count going the other way. Really just a 30 day month divided into two 15 day weeks. Every two months we'd have to add a "lunar" day, to stay in synch. That'd be 366 days.

6. Maybe. Regardless of which day or year, id like a nice structure to hold the code.

If you start with a full phase and work in both directions then every asymmetric date pair will have a zero sum.

7. In terms of moon phase. Full moon minus full moon, half waned - half waxed, etc.

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The "Middle" of the calendar: day 183, happened to be July 1 1776.
[Historical note: The day the Declaration of Independence was completed, written and signed by the committee of 5: Adams, Sherman, Livingston, Franklin and Jefferson to present to the returning congress.]

Yep: a full moon!

So your "zeroing method" idea , is it pairing up outward from this date, two by two? or row based?

9. I'm not sure how to proceed. Gonna have to sleep on this one.