Astrology

Astrology

Calendar

A Calendar is a system to organize days for a purpose usually related to religion, social, commercial or administrative needs or interactions.

This is achieved by grouping and labeling periods of time usually in terms of days, weeks, months and years.
The periods of time are most commonly associated or synchronized with the movements of the sun, moon, or other celestial bodies, but not the only way to determine a period of time.

OOC wise we use the Gregorian Calendar (aka Western calendar, which is the most widely used calendar) in order to schedule and count the passing of days, months, and years.

IC wise a player is welcome to use any kind of calendar they feel best fits the theme and feel of their character. In fact for the kind of setting Vaxia is, it would not be unusual for characters to be able to use multiple calendars with ease as different regions, cultures, religions, nations, etc, may have their own.

For simplicity sake Setting will not enforce any use of a calendar besides the Gregorian calendar, and that is to allow us to have a static way to track the passage of time both ICly in the relation to OOC as the IC world moves in the same time as the real world.

Lunar Calendar
A calender that is based off of the cycles of the lunar phases.

The moon in the setting of Vaxia lines up with the phases of our own moon in order to give players the means to have a way to track the lunar cycles ICly.

Solar Calendar
A calender that is based off the movements of the sun either as the planet revolves around the sun or the suns apparent position moving in the celestial sphere.

Solar calendars are fairly accurate on indicating seasonal changes due to the tracking of the equinoxes and the ability to synchronize with the declination of the sun, and can also be built on the perceive changes in the seasons.

Lunisolar Calendar
A calender that combines aspects of the lunar and solar types of calendars.

Observation Based Calendar
A calendar that is based on an ongoing observation. Also known as an astronomical calender as the chosen observation tends to be related to celestial events or other astronomical elements. These kind of calendars are considered perpetually accurate as they are always updated due to the ongoing observation, but working out when a specific calendar date would occur is very difficult.

Rule Based Calendar
A calendar that is based on a strict set of rules, usually mathematical rules. Due to this calculating a calendar date is very easy, but it suffers in its accuracy as the accuracy diminishes over time due to the planet's rotation. Thus these calendars tend to only last a few thousand years before the rules would need to be modified.

Incomplete or Complete Calendars
In addition to the above a calender may be incomplete or complete. An incomplete calender is where it does not always track each consecutive day and may lump days or months into a more larger or generic time period instead.
A complete calendar calendar that provides a way of designating each consecutive day.

Vaxian Zodiac Calendar
Some parts of the Vaxian Continent make use of a calendar that has 7 months based off when certain constellations are prominent in the sky that correlate withe one of the zodiacs. Each month is 53 days long, except for Volnar which has only 48.

This calendar is often thought useful to those that need or want a way to track certain celestial patterns.

The months are as follows, in order:

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Magical Numbers

Magical Numbers

Several numbers are commonly thought in Vaxia to be particularly magical or lucky. These include:

    Four - There are commonly held to be four basic elements: fire, air, earth, and water. However, in Shi Inkahan, four is held to be a profoundly inauspicious number, and they try to avoid doing anything in fours if they can help it.

    Five - In Shi Inkahan, five is held to be an auspicious number. Some Shinkan scholars teach that the five basic elements are actually water, wood, fire, earth, and metal.

    Seven - Some Elemental classifications add life, chaos, and electricity to the basic four. Others add different specifics, but seven is a common choice for total number. There were seven Elemental Sceptres. Until about 3005, there were seven major churches in Iskrania There are seven flood gates between GHOUL and the ocean. The city of Ramsalon has seven gates in its wall (including the river gate). There are seven main constellations corresponding to seven months in the Vaxian year.

    Nine - Nine is often seen as an evil number. Necromos had nine Apprentices. The Nine Moons Vampires use the number often, and the Tanhasaar a symbol associated with them, has nine points and nine lines. There are, according to some estimates, nine vampire clans (though this may be a stretch, because there are probably only eight, unless you count sub-clans, in which case there are probably at least ten). The Followers of Light have as their insignia a sort of asterisk with nine points, citing an association between Kosmo and the number nine.

    Thirteen - Thirteen is usually considered to be the most magically powerful number in Vaxia, and tends to be associated more with neutrality and balance. There is an entire mythology centered around the battles of something called The Thirteen, which has as its symbol a dragon drawn with thirteen lines. There were thirteen Drads and thirteen Seeing Eyes. The Ramsalon and Ish Lavin Mage Guilds have thirteen Architects each. Some scholars also say there are in fact thirteen basic elements, with a full list given by ancient scrolls as Fire, Wind, Water, Earth, Life, Death, Heart, Shadow, Mind, Matter, Energy, Time, and Judgement.

    Seventy seven - 77 is a number linked to astrology and the Vaxian Calendar There are few who will claim there are this many elements or styles of magic, though it is indeed possible to stretch the list this long.

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Volnar

Volnar
Volnar is one of the constellations of the Vaxian Zodiac representing the end of the cycle of life as it comes to a close with the bitter and cruel winter's chill. The month that takes her name is the equivalent of November 14 to December 31.

Volnar's physical form is frightening, but possesses a chilling beauty, the type from which many find it difficult to look away. Her skin is pale and almost blue, and her white hair rarely moves, as though it is frozen. She usually wears blue and white robes and dresses, and carries a staff made of ice in her hand.

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Saria

Saria
Saria is one of the constellations of the Vaxian Zodiac representing the dream world, and the silent reflections upon the year that has come and gone. The month that takes her name is the equivalent of September 22 to November 13.

Saria's physical form is immensely beautiful and serene. She is a pale-skinned woman with long, blue hair and a gown as elegant and graceful as if it were crafted from moonlight itself. She is always seen with her harp in hand, playing a pleasing and soothing melody on its immaculate strings.

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Xante

Xante
Xante is one of the constellations of the Vaxian Zodiac representing the tradition of the hunt, and the bounty that the land provides for the approaching fall. He is said to always be hunting Vesta the Dragonlord. The month that takes his name is the equivalent of July 31 to September 21.

Xante's physical form is that of a platemail clad warrior. His armor is forged from what appears to be amethyst, and thus has a deep purple hue. He carries a beautiful longsword and a shield made of the same amethyst-looking substance, and has a yew bow in a holster strapped to his back. Xante's physical form has sandy-blonde hair and blue eyes.

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Zolcar

Zolcar
Zolcar is one of the constellations of the Vaxian Zodiac representing the heat and passion of the summer months. The month that takes his name is the equivalent of June 8 to July 30.

Zolcar's physical form is that of a great warrior. He is seen with a spear strapped to his back, a longbow slung over his body, and a great-sword in his hand. The unusual thing about him is that his skin is a deep red. He wears very few clothes, except for a loincloth, a pair of leather boots, and a steel helmet with long, twisted horns on it.

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Trema

Trema
Trema is one of the constellations of the Vaxian Zodiac representing the new life that the planet ushers forth in the springtime. Often associated with Mother Nature. The month that takes her name is the equivalent of April 16 to June 7.

Trema's physical form is one of great beauty. She is a tall, gentle woman with long brown hair and a seamless dress of lilac-coloured velvet. She is always adorned with flower of some kind, which change with the seasons. Trema is often rumored to be seen wandering through the forest, communing with the animals and plants.

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Vesta

Vesta
Vesta is one of the constellations of the Vaxian Zodiac representing the fury and beauty of the animal kingdom, and the new life that begins with the winter thaw. The month that takes his name is the equivalent of February 23 to April 15.

Vesta's physical form is that of a dragon, with a muscular, silver-scaled body and a pair of leathery wings on his back. On his head, Vesta wears what looks to be a helmet forged of steel unlike anything seen on earth. His claws and teeth are sharp and menacing, and it is rumored that no mortal material can withstand them.

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Altar

Altar
Altar is one of the constellations of the Vaxian Zodiac representing the beginning of the end of winter. The month that takes his name is the equivalent of January 1 to February 22.

Altar has no physical form. He is not even a real constellation, but rather one of the brightest stars that shines in the sky, aside from the sun itself. In order to manifest himself in the mortal world, it is said that he must inhabit the body of a willing mortal vessel, and so he can take on any form that fits those requirements.

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