The Hidden Almanac for
Wednesday May 27th, 2015
Episode 261
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Next episode: 2015-05-29


Today we recall the invention of the Troyzantine Calendar. It is the Feast Day of Cactus Flowers, and in the garden, there is milkweed.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is May 27th, 2015.

It was on this day in 1547 that a new calendar was introduced in Troyzantium. Following the unsuccessful (and largely unsatisfying) conclusion of the Spice Wars, the city-state sought to reorganize themselves to remove the influence of the empire and Imperial thought. The calendar began with the spring solstice and featured twelve 30-day months with three ten-day weeks each. The first and last days of the week were treated in the manner of “weekends” and the fifth day was also usually given to laborers as a day of rest.

Solstices and equinoxes were considered separate, “extra-monthly” days, and were celebrated as such. A fifth (and occasionally sixth) day was added at the end of the year, called “Troyzantine Day” and was an occasional of patriotic celebration.

The Troyzantine calendar persisted for some years, but fell out of favor among tradesmen, as it was difficult for merchants to juggle two competing systems in their heads. It is now observed primarily as a matter of curiosity. By the Troyzantine Calendar, today is Potato Day, in the Month of Tides.

It is the Feast Day of Cactus Flowers.

In the garden, the purple milkweed has finally bloomed. It took three years for it to send out more than a single stalk. Now it has finally produced four stems, two of which have flowers. They are large, violet, and very beautiful. In a just universe, monarch butterflies would come and lay eggs upon it, but the monarch migration has been spotty for many years now. Still, one does not like to abandon hope.

Meanwhile the CharmX people have cleared the slab. It is now revealed as being approximately five feet by five feet, with two irregular cuts, giving it six sides of differing lengths. The writing etched on it runs alongside the edges, indicating that the cuts were of deliberate design. There are no hinges. They are discussing whether to open it, and what manner of hazmat suits and animal sacrifices would be required to do so safely.

There are various mail-order catalogs that will sell you monarch larvae, but I must say, I do not know if they are terribly effective migrants. The migration hinges on unknown factors—scientists suspect ley lines are involved—and stationary populations do not seem to feel the same pull. I have so far avoided buying any such larvae. The world is full of so many things that we can affect, it is a poor use of time to tilt at windmills that we cannot.

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That’s the Hidden Almanac for May 27th, 2015. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013 through 2015, Ursula Vernon.

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