We have been spoon-fed Western Culture since our birth. The biosphere is dying, and yet we are still celebrating ancient monogod religious holidays, like New Year on 1 January. We need to reinvent our cultural practices to help foster the Verdant Age. We can start by reinventing New Year.
New Year is an arbitrary date. After-all, when is the natural beginning and end of a circle? There isn't one. So, around the world, cultures ascribe different dates to the beginning of the New Year.
In the West, we celebrate New Year on January 1. Few people realize that this is actually a monogod celebration.
This might include a Solstice or Equinox, or Cosmos Day, the day that Earth is in syzygy with the Sun and our Galactic Core.
Or it might recognize an Anthropogenic event that is significant to Vitae-planeta, such as the beginning of the Anthropocene Epoch.
Vitans are encouraged to invent their own New Year date.
Foundation Pod New Year
Vita's Foundation Pod celebrates New Year on 16 July. The minute of the end of one annual cycle and the beginning of the next is 9.29pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).
9.29pm AEST 16 July
At that time in 1945 in New Mexico, USA the first nuclear explosion was detonated - the Trinity Bomb Test. This event is significant because radioactive contamination from atmospheric bomb tests has been identified as a potential chemical marker of the beginning of the Anthropocene Epoch, and this was the first such bomb test.
Why is it relevant to Vitae-planeta?
The beginning of the Anthropocene Epoch is the point at which humans overtook Vitae-planeta as the key driver of Earth processes.
It is fitting to align the Earth New Year with the beginning of the Anthropocene Epoch, as Vita seeks to help foster the creation of a subsequent era, where humans thrive in synergy with nature. We refer to this subsequent epoch as the Verdant Age. The sooner that starts, the better.
Commemorating the bomb test is also appropriate because there are many prognostications about the world ending in fire due to Climate Change, Armageddon, Nuclear War, etc. These ideas are widely circulated in movies and by many religious institutions.
It is therefore refreshing to create a narrative in which the fireball occurs at the beginning of the story, and leaves the end date for humanity to be decided deep into the Long Future.
Complimentary Pods are invited to accept the Foundation Pod's New Year date or to propose their own. The choice of their New Year needs to be backed by a rational justification of how this date relates to Vitae-planeta.
Trinibomtess ritual from 2021.
Video shows some fiery action from Earth New Year 2019. These events have been held 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020. A new cultural tradition is being developed that links a New Year celebration to the conversation about sustainability and the Verdant Age.