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New Moon

The new moon is the first phase of the moon. Traditionally, it occurs when the first waxing crescent of the moon in visible in the sky. Astronomically, it occurs when the moon is the closest to the sun as seen from the Earth. This takes place right in the middle of the dark moon period so the moon is not visible at this time unless there is a solar eclipse when its shadow is visible against the sun.

The Gregorian Calendar

The Gregorian calendar is the modern calendar widely used throughout the world. It was an improvement upon the previously popular Julian Calendar that was off by 11 minutes causing a drift of about 3 days every 400 years. This drift upset the Christian Liturgical calendar because it caused the Vernal Equinox to fall gradually earlier and earlier, which affected the date of Easter. The Gregorian calendar was adopted by papal bull decreed by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582.

Topaz

Topaz is a silicate mineral { Al2SiO4(F,OH)2 or aluminum fluorosilicate }that forms beautiful prismatic crystals. Pure topaz is clear though topaz often contains impurities that cause the brilliant colors we know and love. Precious topaz is orange. Imperial topaz is yellow, pink or pink-orange, Blue topaz is blue, but usually pale. It is often irradiated to darken the blue color. Red and pink topaz are the rarest color varieties of this stone. Mystic topaz is colorless topaz with a layer of titanium to give it an iridescent effect.

Wheel Of The Year

The Wheel of the Year is the cycle of seasons as celebrated by several groups of NeoPagans particularly Wiccans, Druids and other groups that have Celtic roots. The Wheel of the Year is made up of 8 observances, known among Wiccans as Sabbats. Although their names and other specifics may vary by tradition, the Wheel of the Year Sabbats are Yule or Midwinter, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Midsummer or Litha, Lammas or Lughnassadh, Mabon, and Samhain.

Julian Calendar

The Julian calendar was introduced by Julius Ceasar in 45 BCE in response to the confusion of the previous Roman calendar which was very inaccurate and required regular meetings of officials to decide when days should be added or removed to keep the calendar aligned with the seasons. To further the confusion, it seems these officials sometimes added or removed days to suit their own ends, for example, they might remove a few days to get a public official they were not fond of out of office quicker.

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