Designs 1: The Cakra (stardate) Tempometer
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   This is how the clock moves:
    red star: the hands (earthspin)
    yellow star: the celestial sky (one turn a year).

Click for more detail of the scale and a wristwatch-model of the meter the original drawing.

See also the first running running tempometer on the internet in function. It goes with a form with which one, with one's longitude filled in, can set the Tempometer to the time of one's local sun (includes a webmaster's download).

See also the software-design for the Tempometer making for a system clock turned into a sundial.

See also the Wiki-page for the Tempometer

1 Stardate (general information):

The design concerns a concept of time-management characterized by reducing the complexity of standard management by means of taking a common denominator to all possible concepts of cultural time. In fact the meter is an astrarium, a clock that can be programmed by means of a computer, showing the relative positions of the heavenly objects next to which on a digital display in principle any concept of cultural time can be shown. The basic idea that led to the design is the need for clarity in favor of a worldconcept of timeconsciousness. Although at first instance if might be difficult to read the time from the meter only to the old conditionings of clocktime, with little practice it will soon be clear that loyalty to the objective position of the earth relative to the sun and the stars is a natural, unequivocal and simple affair.


The secret of the meter lies in the scale that represents the order of the day in 24 hours as well as the order of the year in 12 months, 24 15-day periods and 6 days to indicate a two-month season. This way there is only one division of time for as well the clock as the calendar, at the same time having the differentiation of the clock improved dramatically. The first gives the advantage of matching weekdays with dates ending the confusion of a double division of dates and weekdays, while secondly , where the old clock could only differentiate within a period of twelve hours, the stardatetimer differentiates for the period of a whole calendaryear. Thus only after one year having the same position of the clock repeated, to each moment within the period of a year a unique time identity is created without running into multiple scaling. The movement of the clock with that is double: the hands move clockwise (small hand one turn a day on a 24 hour scale) while the scale makes one turn left during a year. This is represented by the animated logo of the The Order: the yellow star symbolises the celestial sky with the yellow star moving left while the earth-spin of the hands moves right symbolised by the red star.The digital display is meant for the purpose of adaptation to the current system of timemanagement . The meter, offering with that a clear choice of timemodes to compare with the "cakra " representation of the astrarium scale, safeguards any consciousness of time be it natural or cultural. The basic idea to the consciousness is that to have the chance to compare ones favorite mode of time with the astrarium representation, can rescue the individual person and possibly mankind as a whole from the unconscious of onesided (and egotistically opposing) concepts of timeconditioning. Cakra is sanskrit for wheel or disc. The name refers to the rotating celestial sky. Because the scale shows stardays and not the familiar suntimedays the meter is called stardate. The stardate-calendar is transposed to a sundate-(cakra-)calendar (see tables) and displayed in the lower digital display set by the timemode calendar.*


2 Tempometer:

The stardate-timer is called tempometer because it measures the tempo of the spin of the celestial sky (the scale-disc) relative to the earth (small hand) and the sun (the noonposition is indicated by the middle yellow triangle ). Once every 70 years the celestial sky, because of the precession of the equinox, is shifted for one starday. This is indicated under birthday (the meter can be reprogrammed to be fixed on the celestial sky in a mode called eternal, but that gives the disadvantage of having the seasons shifting throughout the calendaryear, a practice abolished by gregorian reform.)*

3 The stardate disc:

The stardate scale-disc shows the celestial sky to which the division of the year equals that of the day. It shows 366 stardays divided in six two-month seasons of sixty days (see for precession at 2). Each season has a separate starday to begin with.The middle yellow triangle normally indicating on the stripes is one day before that positioned in between the stripes (original drawing only). One season consisting of four fifteenday-periods makes eight weeks with four extra '15th-days'.Each day the disc with the yelow star makes one step to the left making one turn a year as in the animated logo of The Order to indicate the progress of the sun relative to the stars (the stardate). Transposing the stardate division of 366 days to a sundate division one attains to a (cakra ) sundate calendar only differing from the stardate calendar by missing the midsummer starday that indicates the beginning of the fourth season (see tables). This is displayed in the lower digital display in the timemode calendar (overriding the calendar of the timemode set) and cakratime.*

4 The sun-ring:

The position of the sun is indicated by four triangles on the sun-ring. The middle yellow triangle indicates the position of the sun at noon, while the other two yellow triangles indicate the time of sun-rise and sun-set. The black triangle indicates the middle of the night. Under the time-mode moon the noonposition of the the sun is indicated by the middle stripe (20) only, while the triangles are then used for indicating the position of the moon. The moonfase is separately indicated by 21.*

5 Scheme-ring:

The outer scheme-ring is to indicate at what (sun-)time of the day one wants to wake up, exercise, prepare breakfast, take breakfast, go to work, take a break, etc.(here indicated by green dots). To each position a separate alarm can be set.*

6 The small hand:

The small hand moving to the right like the red star in the animated logo of The Order shows the position of the earth from the point of view of one's own longitude, indicating on scale the star-hours of a star-day. The small hand makes one turn a day on the 24-hour scale.This is done in real sidereal time.*

7 The big hand:

The big hand shows the progress of star-hours in a star-day. On scale this is indicated in 48 star-minutes.*

8 The thin hand:

The thin hand shows the course of a star-minute consisting of 48 star-seconds.*

9 The seasons:

The universally applicable indications of the two-month seasons around the scale mean: After the Southern solstice, Upward along the Equinox,Before the Northern solstice, After the Northern solstice, Downward along the Equinox, and Before the Southern solstice. Depending on the latitude locally these seasons can be labeled early summer, late summer,autumn, early winter, late winter and spring.*

10 Upper digital display:

Above the scale there is a digital display where the different types of time (the timemodes) are shown.*

11 Lower digital display:

Below the scale there is a second digital display where the different calendars are shown varying with the different types of time. D and M indicate the gregorian days and months. Leapdays show an L when the date-disc is stopped one day for leaping once in four years. To the logic of the meter leaping is done at the end of the (astronomical) year (22 dec) while the so called centurionrule for leapcorrection is regarded more regularly by skipping one leapyear every 128 years counting from the year zero (provided the maintaining of the christian counting of years. Of course also this can be rationalized by setting the year zero to a certain position of the earth to the celestial sky in regard of the regularity of the precession). Options of calendar- and time-management can be reprogrammed at will to suit any (sub-)cultural preference for a certain meter-program (for this a socket to connect to a computer is conceived in the hardware of the meter).

The indications for the cakracalendar are: F.D. 1-24 to indicate which 15-day period one is in, while the extra 5 days for the cakra -seasons (following F.D. 4, 8, 16, 20 and 24) are indicated with the symbols of the season (except for AN). See tables for a listing of the cakracalendar relative to the gregorian calendar.*

12 Settings button:

With this button a menu is shown offering a choice of settings needed to set the timer proper by hand as far as a lack of radiographic automatic setting necessitates.*

13 Display window:

The display window shows what is demanded by the buttons above it. It is controlled by the buttons select, set and adjust.The display showing the settings offers the date (usually automatic), the standard indication of time (also automatic), eastern/western longitude and northern/southern latitude (with G.P.S. technology also automatic). The factual timereference for the meter is set under the timemode worldtime being GMT wintertime.*

14 Select button:

With the button select an item from the menu shown in the display window can be selected.*

15 Set button:

With the button set a chosen and eventually adjusted item can be put in function.*

16 Adjust buttons:

With the buttons + and - the chosen item can be adjusted in some cases.*

17 Rotations button:

With the button rotations the window shows the rotations menu by means of which the meter can be rotated several ways to have another view of preference:


Rotation special will fix the scheme settings to the disc.
Rotation special-set will turn the scheme-setting in any position wanted.
Rotation night will turn the meter upside down to have midnight indicated by a black triangle at the top.
With the indication of day the meter can be put in the normal position again showing the stardate by means of the middle yellow triangle.
Sidereal shows the position of the disc in terms of a normal clock indicating true sidereal time. Number 24 will be fixed in the upper-middle position, while the indications of the sun and dayscheme will shift day by day.
With whole hour the meter will be fixed in the upper middle with the hour running. Practically this means that the big hand will be fixed pointing upwards, with all the other indications shifting to time.
With turn the meter can be rotated in any position favored, e.g. to indicate one's own date of birth.
With the setting of automatic, the meter will automatically turn at sunset and sunrise.
With birthday, the meter will bring up the stardate that indicates the middle of the milky-way. This is needed to take the precession of the equinox into account shifting every seventy years with one starday.
With twilight the meter can be set indicating middle upper either sunrise(M) or sunset(E). To each rotation the meter will automatically match up the alarmsetting already fixed. *


18 Time mode button:

With the button time mode, the digital account of time can be set:

Local time, will interpret the position of the meter in terms of mean local time with the gregorian calendar.
World-time will give GMT excluding summertime as the standard reference of measurement for all places on earth.
True time will give digitally the time of the sun along with he gregorian calendar. In the picture an example is shown how the different settings match with an indication of true time (TT) and true sidereal time on the meter.
Cakra time will show digitally true sidereal time as indicated on the meter. Because of the slight difference between the scaling on the meter and the 24-division by the hands the match between cakra meter-time and the digital indication will show hardly noticeable deviations. The division of the year in fifteen-day periods will be shown on the lower display: the cakracalendar.The 15th day will be indicated with FD, the extra day for the season with the symbols of the season and the leapday with an L.
Zone-time will give standardtime including summertime on the digital display with the gregorian calendar.
Star time will give on display the mean of startime with the gregorian calendar.
Arabic will digitally show true time fixed on the setting sun with number twelve. Also on the lower display the mooncalender will be shown.
Kâla will give another division in minutes and seconds (75 ksana -sec. /30 laghu -min.) to a normal division of 24 hours (muhurta's.).This includes on the lower display a mooncalendar.
Chrono will turn the digital display into a chronometer to be controlled by the buttons select, set and adjust.
With calendar it is possible to override the regular display of another calendar by means of the cakracalendar.
Moon will show the position of the moon by means of the indications normally used for the sun,while the disc will keep its position so that the sun will be respected as before but indicated by the upper stripe (nr 20) and the eventual schemesetting only.*

19 Alarm/set button

With this button the menu for setting the dayscheme is displayed to which each separate setting an alarm can be set:






The indication sun m/n/e makes it possible to set an alarm to sunrise, noon or sunset separately or in combination (m, n, e, mn, me, ne, mne, none).
With standard the settings of the dayscheme can be fixed on standardtime instead of the regular truetimefixation.*

20 Stripe

This little stripe is needed to indicate the middle with certain rotations of the meter.*

21 Moonfase indicator

This indicator shows the fases of the moon and cannot be manipulated except for entering the wrong data under settings. An eclipse of the moon will result in a dark window of the indicator (solar eclipses are not indicated by the meter as they are dominant enough by themselves).*


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