The Foundation New Age Calendar
Copyright © 2004 Joseph George Caldwell. All rights reserved. Permission is hereby granted to copy or repost for noncommercial use. (1 March 2004, revised 4 March 2004, 13 March 2004)
With the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, the Foundation is implementing a new, simplified solar calendar. This calendar replaced the Gregorian solar calendar in general use on winter solstice of 2003 in the Northern Hemisphere, i.e., on December 22, AD2003. That day marked the first day of year zero of the New Era (NE), or New Age.
The Foundation New Age Calendar consists of twelve months, with the traditional names, viz., in English: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December. The months numbered 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 11 consist of four seven-day weeks. Months numbered 3, 6, and 9 consist of five weeks. Month 12 consists of five weeks and one day for three consecutive years, and five weeks and two days in the fourth (“leap”) year. Year zero is a leap year (i.e., consists of 366 days).
Days of the week retain their traditional names, viz., in English: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Under the Foundation New Age Calendar, a particular day of the year falls on exactly the same day of the week, month and month day every year, e.g., the 354th day of the year is always Wednesday, December 25. Winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere falls on either the last day of the year or the first day of the year, every year. Vernal (spring) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere falls on either the last day of March or the first day of April. Summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere falls on either the last day of June or the first day of July. Autumnal (fall) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere falls on either the last day of September or the first day of October.
A given day of any month falls on the same weekday, e.g., the 13th of every month is always a Friday.
Each quarter contains exactly the same number of days, except for the fourth quarter, which has one additional day in non-leap-years and two additional days in leap years.
Except for the additional leap day at the end of every fourth year, the Foundation New Age Calendar is identical every year. Since year zero is a leap year, later leap years are those years divisible by four (except for centenary years, unless divisible by 400), as is the case with the current Gregorian calendar. Whenever in the future it is necessary to add or remove a day (so that winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere continues to fall on the last or first day of the year), it is added to or removed from the end of the twelfth month.