First, unfold the map and locate your current position.

01 Unfold the map

Unfold the HELIO COMPASS calendar and spread it out on a table. This is a time-space map of the solar system, representing each orbit of the nine planets on a scale of 1:1,000,000,000,000. A HELIO COMPASS year begins on the day of Vernal Equinox every year. Take a look at the entire year, find major seasonal divisions, and locate your current position―what day it is today.

02 An Earth year has 365 days

The Earth’s circuit around the Sun on HELIO COMPASS precisely matches the 365-day path of the Earth. On HELIO COMPASS, Earth moves counterclockwise from the Vernal Equinox, progresses at a rate of roughly one degree a day, and completes one revolution per year. To learn more about the 24 seasonal divisions that Earth passes through every 15 degrees, see the 24 Seasonal Divisions sheet. For more details about the Moon’s phases, see the supplement: Phases of the Moon.

03 Contemplate the solar system

With the Sun set in the center of the calendar, HELIO COMPASS represents each counterclockwise orbit of the nine planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto). The inner planets that revolve faster such as Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars move daily. Meanwhile, Jupiter and Saturn move monthly; and Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto yearly, due to their slower revolutions. (Pluto is now known as a dwarf planet.)

04 Appreciate an even broader view of the celestial events

When two planets align on the opposite side of the Sun or they line up in front of the Sun, these astronomical events are called planetary alignments. In the HELIO COMPASS concept, all the planetary alignments are divided into Musubi (alignments taking place when two planets are at their closest) and Hiraki (alignments occurring when two planets reach their most distant points relative to one another). To learn more about the planetary alignments throughout the year, see the supplementary Planetary Alignments leaflet. For more information about the synodic periods of each alignment, see the Instruction booklet.

05 Observe each movement

If you are aware of your current position, you may also come to understand future progress. Contemplating the entire circular calendar, consider your plans during the year. Gradually you will learn how to “read the proper time” in your day-to-day life. For the purposes of keeping an observation diary and recording some projects, we recommend using the HELIO COMPASS worksheet (sold separately).

06 For your daily life

HELIO COMPASS RULER is a simply way of identifying the annual astronomical events, such as the 24 Seasonal Divisions, Phases of the Moon, and Planetary Alignments. Use this as a handy HELIO COMPASS calendar and always take it with you.