The Story Behind The Ehoah Phrases – Words To Draw Connections With Our Place In The Cosmos

The Story Behind The Ehoah Phrases – Words To Draw Connections With Our Place In The Cosmos January 27, 2015

Those who have followed this blog for a while would have inevitably came across this,

Image Credit: Rua Lupa
Image Credit: Rua Lupa

And the just as inevitable question arises, “Where did that come from?”

Then I begin thinking, “Now where the heck do I start this explanation?”

I suppose it starts, like anything else, with the beginning. Back to when I was a college student in the Wildlife Technician Program to be exact – being about 6 years ago from today. Having been studying nature with such intensity for sometime tends to rub off on you in life outside of school studies, and when studying nature and discussing nature with colleagues we have to speak in specifics so the message gets across efficiently t0 get our work done. The specificity is accomplished with a wonderful tool – the scientific language, also known as Latin. In my case it was through taxonomy and astronomy that it was applied.

I hear some people say that it isn’t needed, we already have names for those things. Usually this is from someone who hasn’t worked in these fields, because if they had they would likely have encountered the very problem that essentially caused the scientific language to become established.  Primarily being common names being different from place to place. Where I am the most common example is Ironwood, which is known by my American counterparts as American Hop Hornbeam. But people wouldn’t know that we were talking about the same tree if we used those common names, so those in the wildlife studies universally called this tree Ostrya virginiana. No matter where you go on earth, if you say that name to another person who works with wildlife (particularly in temperate climates), they’ll know what tree that is. It just takes a bit of practice and memorization to nail it down.

So from there I started to consider how other things could use the scientific language to make understanding easier and unexpectedly found myself considering it with my frustrations with studies in astronomy and how it related to our planetary environment – trying to think big picture.

Now I am sure you’re thinking what I was thinking at the time too, “Surely they already have that covered and I am just over thinking it.” So I had continued for quite a while thinking that I was over thinking it, but I couldn’t shake the thought that it could become simpler than how it currently was. So I finally took a stab at it and came up with the Ehoah Phrases you saw at the beginning of this post.

So now comes the why. Why was there any sense that it could be made simpler, this just looks more confusing. It may look confusing at first, but its use cuts a lot of corners when it comes to discussing the topic of solar-earth events (also called Solterra Events).

For example, why is the Tropic of Capricorn called what it is? Then you’d have to go into this whole explanation on the cycle of the constellations, its angles between them and the earth, then add the subtext that its now out of its original alignment so it doesn’t have the original accuracy and had to be adjusted for and will continue needing adjusting for into the future.

Original Image by Przemyslaw “Blueshade” Idzkiewicz, used under Creative Commons. Adapted by Rua Lupa.

Now, for the Borealis Sol Axis – why is it called that? Borealis is for the Northern Hemisphere (one word instead of two), and Sol Axis is for the farthest north the sun and earth reach 90 degrees (This is important because it is at that point that the northern hemisphere experiences its longest day of the year, and between the two Sol Axis of each hemisphere is the Tropics where the season’s light and temperature difference remains mostly consistent). This is also something that remains consistent overtime and wouldn’t need readjusting in the future.

So in essence I’ve moved the references away from the less reliable distant stars, to the more direct, reliable, and relied upon host star – our sun, Sol. The source of energy for all life on earth (except perhaps for some extremophiles). The main Latitude lines around our planet that have the most significance to us are there in the first place because of the planetary relationship with the sun and thus named them accordingly. The Solar-Earth Event names are no different.

Some reading this may likely already recognize the words Lux and Nox – Latin used elsewhere in popular books and movies. They simply mean Light/Day and Dark/Night. Why are they used here? Well, the yearly cycle has four major annual Solar-Earth events that most of the world experiences – The longest day, the longest night and midway between each. It very much is like our daily cycles in life – Night, Dawn, Day, and Dusk. So they are likewise named – capitalized to emphasize that it is a specific event. Equinox already exists, meaning Equal Night, but you have to define which by adding an extra descriptor – Vernal (Spring) Equinox or Autumnal (Autumn) Equinox. This is easily bypassed by changing the second component to the name – Equinox stays ‘equal dark’ for the dusk of the year (the autumnal equinox), and Equilux for ‘equal light’ for the dawn of the year. From there the events in between these main four have Trans added followed by the upcoming Solar-Earth Event, simply meaning ‘transition to (add solar-earth event)’.

So in total you use 9 individual component words to make up all the names: Borealis, Australis, Polus, Sol, Axis, Equi, Lux, Nox, and Trans. You could also add Equator to the mix for a total of 10.

This compared to Northern, Southern, Hemisphere, Tropic, Capricorn, Cancer, Antarctic, Arctic, Circle; Summer,Winter/June,December/Northern,Southern; Solstice, Vernal, Autumnal, Equinox, Cross-quarter (then add all the variable names of the cross-quarters which we’ll just count as four more for simplicity’s sake) – totaling about 21 word components minimum. Which looks more confusing now?

Lastly, how do you reference the whole planet’s solar-earth experience when it only describes what the one hemisphere is experiencing (The northern summer solstice as Borealis Lux, while the southern hemisphere is experiencing winter solstice as Australis Nox)? That is where using just solstice and equinox comes in handy, but when it comes to the cross-quarters it can get tricky. So the approach I’ve taken is using the names for where the earth is experiencing the most sun and follow that through the year. So it goes, Australis Lux, Borealis Transequilux, Borealis Equilux, Borealis Translux, Borealis Lux, Australis Transequilux, Australis Equilux, Austrails Translux, and it cycles through again. Basically using only the ‘lux’ named events.

The intention was for this to be for universal use, like how the scientific language is already used, and that common names would remain. Even having these names have common name versions such as Nox being The Long Night in English, La Longue Nuit en Francais, y La Larga Noche en Español. Or to that effect. In the end it is meant to helps us see the bigger picture of our interconnections on this planet and with our host star.

So there you have it, the explanation behind the Ehoah Phrases.

Addendum: Caniformia – Ursa 7 / 12015 H.E. (March 26/2015)

The Ehoah Phrases had been renamed ‘Solterrestriale Vocabulum’ / ‘Solar-Earth Terms’ and been released into the Public Domain.

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