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The Mystaran Year
Most Mystaran calendars consist of twelve months of 28 days each. These months are divided into 4 weeks of 7 days. Each day of the week has a name, but the weeks themselves do not.
NM = New Moon, FQ = First Quarter, FM = Full Moon, LQ = Last Quarter.
Most nations have adopted the Thyatian calendar, which is dated from the crowning of their first emperor, Zendrolion Tatriokanitas. It is currently the year After Crowning 1016 (AC 1016).
The name of the months and days depends on the nation. A few examples for the months follow
*: marks the first day of the year.
Following the introduction of Madame Feliona of Nouvelle Averoigne for our yearly horoscopes in the almanac, the response from our readers was overwhelming: Madame Feliona's writings and predictions were insightful, enlightening, and astoundingly accurate. Due to the clamour from our valued readers, we have consulted her again for more of her predictions on what the stars hold for Mystara in this year.
"Let us first discuss how to determine your star sign, or as I prefer to call it, your totem sign. There are twelve constellation around our planet, forming an almost perfect circle around our sun. They are, in order, Manticore, Hydra, Centaur, Basilisk, Chimera, Gorgon, Griffon, Dragon, Salamander, Pegasus, Warrior and Giant. Legend has it that each of these constellations represents a race of creatures created by one of twelve Immortals. When the first and noblest of each race died, its soul was raised to the heavens by the Immortals, to watch over all mortal creatures for eternity.
"Legends vary over who these twelve Immortals were, and which of them were the patrons of each race. It is widely believed the Dragon Constellation was placed in the heavens by the Great One, Patron of Dragons, although some tales put Ka the Preserver as the creator of the dragons. Ixion the Sun-Prince is generally considered the patron of the Centaur, but other myths place his as the father of the Salamander Constellation. The Warrior Constellation, which represents the human race, was said to be placed in the skies by Vanya, Diulanna, Petra, or again, Ixion. For our purposes, it is not necessary to discuss these esoteric mysteries, as not even the greatest arcane scholars can fully comprehend the Immortal ways.
"Now, there are many astrologers out there with different styles of how to determine your totem sign, but I believe (and this is backed by extensive studies and personal research) that my way is most accurate. At the time of your birth, you may trace a straight line from the sun to Mystara to the constellation directly behind. This constellation is your guardian totem, which will watch over you and your destiny. Each totem corresponds to a month in our calendar, so you can simple determine your star totem by knowing in which month you were born."
Date of Birth
Cunning, ardent, brave.
Shrewd, self-centred, resourceful.
Vigorous, strong, generous.
Robust, passionate, domineering.
Confident, charismatic, possessive.
Reserved, private, studious.
Warm, practical, steadfast.
Ambitious, cold, independent.
Calm, practical, miserly.
Enterprising, flighty, imaginative.
Astute, efficient, courageous.
Selfish, strong, stubborn.
"You will notice that certain traits are assigned to each star sign. Most people born under a sign will inherit these traits, traits that match the soul found within the constellation. However, these traits will also be influenced by your ascendancy and influence, allowing a large variety of personalities. Your ascendancy and influence play no role in determining your destiny, however; that is controlled solely by your star sign."
Proud, authoritarian, predictable.
Leans toward Lawful alignment.
Earthy, steady, rational.
Leans toward Neutral alignment.
Creative, mercurial, unpredictable.
Leans toward Chaotic alignment.
Philosophical, versatile, tempestuous.
No particular alignment tendency.
Time of Day
Sun is up
Winds of Law
Fortifies lawful temperaments, sways neutral dispositions toward good, curbs chaotic personalities.
Moon is up
Winds of Chaos
Undermines lawful tendencies, sways neutral dispositions toward chaos, intensifies chaotic behaviour.
Both are up
Winds of Wisdom
Tempers all dispositions with prudence, caution, and common sense.
Neither are up
Bodes either great luck or great hardship for the child.
"So how do the signs determine your destiny? This is a secret known only to the Immortals. And yet, the Immortals have given us clues to this, and a select few mortals are gifted with this wisdom, to interpret and guide your destiny. I am one of those few and I will share a bit of this to you.
"Each constellation is in the area of the sky at a given time. This area of influence of the constellation is the house. Of all the stars in each constellation, there is one that shines a bright fiery red. This is considered the 'eye' of the constellation, or, the star. The other stars forming the houses tend to be more fixed and regular in their travel across the sky, but the stars fly through the heavens at a different pace altogether. Throughout the history of Mystara, sudden or abrupt changes in the paths of these stars always signal a cataclysmic or world-changing event.
"A person's destiny is affected by the star of her totem sign, its location and path through the other houses, as well as the stars visiting and travelling through the house of her own totem sign. The interplay of these cosmic energies are extremely complex, and it takes only the wisest and most experienced of mystics (such as myself) to be able to interpret their relevance accurately.
"As I have explained earlier, each star travels though the houses in different paths and at different speeds. Each constellation also has favourable or unfavourable relationships with the others constellations. Many astrologers use different terms to explain this dynamic of energies. I prefer to use the terms 'friendly' and 'unfriendly' for stars, and 'hospitable' and 'inhospitable' for the houses. Some astrologers believe these alignments and compatibilities are fixed and set, but others, such as myself, believe they are subject to change over a period of time. Only the Immortals themselves determine this for sure."
Speed of Travel
5 houses per year
11 houses per year
9 houses per year
3 houses per year
2 houses per year
3 houses per year
7 houses per year
6 houses per year
1 house per year
5 houses per year
7 houses per year
8 houses per year
Horoscope for AC 1017
"In general, this will be a very eventful year for many people. At the start of the year, four houses will be void, meaning no star will be visiting that house: the Houses of the Pegasus, Warrior, Giant and Manticore. This signifies that a person born under that sign will be left to his own devices, for better or for worse. Some will see this lack of visiting stars as restful, quieting, and liberating from distracting energies; others will view it as confusing or lacking in direction. With four void houses, four houses will be twice-visited, meaning two stars will be visiting the house at the same time: the Houses of Centaur, Basilisk, Chimera, and Gorgon. This can be quite off-putting, with the energies of two or three stars pulling and pushing you in different directions. Three of these twice-visited houses will have their own star residing in their own house: the Houses of Centaur, Basilisk, and Gorgon. This is highly favourable as your energies would be at home and you would be most comfortable in expressing them. Still, this is not as favourable as having only your own star in its proper house. Only the Dragon will be in that highly auspicious situation this year."
Manticore: The void in the House of the Manticore means no new energies will be introduced into your life. While this favours the uninterrupted continuation of routine work and ongoing projects, this does not bode well for starting new ventures. The House of the Chimera, where the Manticore Star is situated, lends a confidence to consolidate your own resources, material or otherwise, although you may not reap your rewards until later. By the autumn equinox, the results of your efforts will become apparent. Love and already established relationships will deepen, but new ones will result to little or nothing of consequence in the long run.
Hydra: The imaginative Pegasus Star flies into the House of the Hydra this year, bringing in lots of fresh, brilliant, even bizarre thoughts. Luckily, the Hydra Star is in the friendly House of the Gorgon, which backs up your new ideas with a serious reserve and a well-studied calculation, so that these inspirations will not remain mere flights of fancy. Artistic, intellectual, and even wizardly pursuits are highly favoured, and will culminate on the full moon of Eirmont. Long-held spiritual and philosophical beliefs may be challenged if you are not open to new ideas. Travel will be exciting and enlightening.
Centaur: With the Centaur Star returning to its own house, this is your year to shine! Whereas last year, you had to remain balanced and focused, especially with new ventures, now is the time to be the vigorous and dynamic Centaur that you can be. Everything you touch will turn to gold! (Remember that Ixion the Sun-Prince rules the Centaur.) And do not fear going overboard with your sun-kissed generosity! Thanks to the friendly visit from the practical and steady Griffon Star in the House of the Centaur, you will find moderation easily and naturally.
Basilisk: If last year, you had to remain detached and impersonal in your affairs, now is the time to let loose that passion and fervour the Basilisk in known for, as the Basilisk Star is in its own house this year. Love is sure to blossom! But the friendly Giant Star at the cusp of the House of the Basilisk will remind you not to be manipulative and domineering in your zealousness. Your own overpowering emotions may destroy you in the end. Avoid drinking and other excesses during the summer solstice.
Chimera: Two opposing forces mark a very difficult year for you. The unfriendly Salamander Star in your house may undermine your positive traits, while your own Chimera Star in the inhospitable House of the Salamander will only bring out the worst in you. Your confidence becomes brashness, your charisma into obsequious flattery, your rightful possession into possessiveness and jealousy. Fortunately, the other visitor to the House of the Chimera, the neutral Manticore Star, will serve to diffuse this cosmic crossfire. You will need the cunning and ardour of the Manticore to get through this year unscathed. By winter, you will feel the tension lifting.
Gorgon: The Gorgon Star makes its way home to its own house, giving you that respite from hectic activity and that private refuge you Gorgons cherish so much. In-depth introspection and personal studies, especially if started before the summer solstice, with produce many results and can be done with few interruptions. And yet, you will not be a total recluse, with a transit from the friendly Hydra Star into the House of the Gorgon. You will welcome new friends, new associates, and maybe a new love into your life. And the good thing about it is, you will not have to go out and find it. These will all come to you.
Griffon: The unfriendly Warrior Star will enter the House of the Griffon, disrupting that balance and stability you struggled so dearly for last year. Emotions will be raw and tempers may flare. Unexpected break-ups might occur even in the most steadfast and long-term quarters. But the Griffon Star will be in the friendly House of the Centaur, giving you the vitality and strength to endure even the toughest of confrontations. The Warrior Star will challenge the established and the rigid, but be positive that the removal of old structures in your life can bring about the introduction of newer, better ones.
Dragon: The Dragon Star has come full circle, from the other end of the cycle to its rightful place in the House of the Dragon. Though you may still struggle to integrate your energies scattered from the previous year though most of the winter, you will certainly become the cool and independent Dragon by the end of Thaumont. You may now focus on your personal goals and the betterment of your self. The friends and companions you have avoided in the past will come to you, in droves even, but only if you are sure of yourself and your ambitions. They will be an invaluable asset to the fulfilment of your goals.
Salamander: Conflict is the theme of your year, with your Salamander Star unwelcome in the House of the Chimera, and that same unfriendly Chimera Star residing in your own house. Tread carefully and patiently, as most endeavours may only present with insurmountable difficulties and endless dangers. But also remember that from the most challenging undertakings come the greatest reward. It would be best to ask yourself: What are the aspects of that incompatible Chimera that makes them worthwhile? What are the negative traits of my own sign that the Chimera despises so? In understanding this, troubles and disputes, especially in Yarthmont (the month of the Chimera), can be avoided.
Pegasus: With the void in the House of the Pegasus two years in a row, you may feel like you are living in a dream. Everything will have a hazy uncertainty, especially in Vatermont. Decisions remain unsettled. Partners will be wishy-washy. Even your health may suffer somewhat, making you feel neither here nor there. The new moon of Klarmont will provide some clarity, although your experiences may still have the aura of fantasy or implausibility. You will however find yourself lucky in games of chance. The Pegasus Star in the House of the Hydra bestows a much needed discernment for your visions. With some resourcefulness and hard work, you might be able to turn your dreams into reality.
Warrior: No star visits the House of the Warrior, allowing your own natural energies to flow into whatever aspect of life you choose. Although there may be opportunities, these new prospects will be short term-perfect for recreation and a bit of entertainment, but not for long-lasting endeavours. The Warrior Star can be found in the unfriendly House of the Griffon, demanding you to focus on your home and family, and tasks that require meticulous attention. If you avoid dealing with this, the risk of losing domestic and material security is great. It is not advisable to travel. A nagging illness might become full blown if not attended to early.
Giant: The House of the Giant is void, signifying much of your painstaking efforts will produce little or nothing in terms of rewards. But with the Giant Star welcomed in the friendly House of the Basilisk, reflecting some of that famous Basilisk vigour and leadership, you cannot help but pursue some bold adventure! It would be best for you to go on a vacation or take up some recreational activities. You will find this invigorating and ultimately more gratifying, perhaps in the most unexpected ways. The passion of the Basilisk will also be very valuable in the pursuit of love, especially around the month of Flaurmont.