Monday, July 25, 2011

On the 13-Moon Calendar

There was a time, from about 2003 to 2006 or so, that I was convinced by the argument pro using the 13-Moon Calendar.  In honor of the "Day out of Time" (July 25 Gregorian), I thought it would be appropriate to voice my current feelings on the subject matter.  

I believe that the Gregorian calendar is energetically artificial and based on a hypostasis that is exclusively Western and christian, and I feel that it is a good idea to have a fresh calendric start with something new, or at least something that integrates all calendric systems of the world, dividing the major seasons into minor parts (as in the ancient Chinese), applying the sexegenary cycles, the celestial and terrestrial branches, Mayan symbolism, I'Ching, and so on.  Now this I believe would be a major project to be discussed by an international committee of all kinds of specialists, scientists, diviners, and spiritual people from all backgrounds, and should be presented to the world gradually. Perhaps it would go over as well as the metric system did in the U.S., but even if it never goes over, it would be nice to at least have that kind of all-inclusive calendar as an option, or alternative reference.  

But the thirteen-moon Dreamspell-based calendar seems to have been the work of a single man, and I feel that it's still something that is bare bones, is too controversial, and requires far more work; work that integrates much more.  Would I thus prefer a calendar based on one man's work, or would I prefer the current Gregorian?  I've decided that I still prefer the warped grid that we currently have over this one, because it also has its problems.  This is not to say that I have not had magickal experiences with the 13-moon calendar; I certainly did, and there were many wonderful synchronicities.  Therefore I don't preclude it and I don't believe that it should be rejected outright; it should be integrated into an all-inclusive system.  Who knows what kind of synergies that might arise?