This is re-posting of an old article originally entitled 'Vanquish The Vatican' and published on February 4th, 2005
Of all the conventions which shape the modern world our interpretation of time is paramount. We live, work and play according to the rules of ‘man-made’ or Gregorian time.
Clocks wake us up, tell us when to go to work, when to come home, when to eat and when to sleep; they control our lives entirely. The truth is we are so used to the dominance of mechanised time that most of never even question its’ validity; from birth to death we equate ticks that follow tocks with the sound of unswerving inevitability.
Our understanding of the fourth dimension (time), which is inextricably linked to the processes of universal evolution, has been commandeered, misrepresented and spoon-fed back to us in the form of the Gregorian calendar. This system, which supposedly helps us live our lives, is not only hopelessly illogical but perpetuates humanities alienation from universal truth. Our ultimate measuring stick is composed of such irregular and inappropriate units they corrupt the very nature of mankind.
The history (for it was men who invented this nonsense – some argue, to establish a male patriarchy) of our perverse, 12 month, calendar can be traced back to the Babylonians, the Sumerians, and then to the Romans where ‘time’s arrow’ took a turn for the worse. The actual word ‘calendar’ comes from Latin meaning ‘account book’ and it was in Rome that a calendar was first imposed on society to assist the collection of taxes. It was here, in the days of Julius Caesar, that the concept ‘time is money’ was born.
Caesar’s ‘Julian’ calendar originally had 10 months, to which he added his own month ‘July’. Not to be outdone, Augustus Caesar added ‘August’, although at that time August only had 30 days whilst February had 29, so Augustus took the 29th day from February and added it to August so it would have 31 days like July. These preposterous egocentrics explain why September is the 9th month not the 7th, as the name implies, and why October, November and December are similarly misrepresented.
The 12 month Julian calendar was inherited by the Christians some time around the 6th century then, in 1582, Pope Gregory the 13th reformed the 12 month calendar and it became known as the Gregorian calendar. It can therefore be argued that it is the Vatican’s calendar and the world lives on Vatican time.
The point though is the lack of reason, logic or intuition upon which this system is based. It remains devoid of methodology which stifles usability as attempts to calculate which days of the week correspond to days of the month make clear. It has no rational grounding, other than 365 days corresponding to one solar orbit, and therefore lacks any significant context: Why does a ‘new year’ begin on January the 1st? What relevance does that day have? Why isn’t the 1st day of the year on the solstice? What practical purpose do we have for months of differing lengths other than to disseminate global confusion? And why, in the UK, do we still change our clocks twice a year to encourage ‘day-light saving’ when it means children must walk to school in the dark?
The ultimate purpose of a ‘calendar’ is not to keep accounts but to synchronise. The Gregorian calendar disconnects humanity from the cycles of the planets and galaxies; from the universal order of ‘natural time’ and therefore nature itself. Jonathan Bate observes in his insightful book ‘The Song of the Earth’ that ‘thinkers from Rousseau (1) to the late-twentieth-century Greens have proposed that man’s presumptions of his own apartness from nature is the prime cause of the environmental degradation of the earth’ (2).
Our artificial time has twisted our perception of reality sufficiently for the Oxford English Dictionary to define nature as ‘the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, and the landscape, as opposed to humans or human creations’(3). Are we really ‘opposed’ to the plants, the animals and the entire system which led to our existence? Have we really out-evolved our environment to such an extent that we are no longer part of it?
The imposition of artificial time has perverted our fundamental perceptions of reality. Robert Greenway (4) concludes that if we can learn to ‘…live within the understanding that we are nature, that we cannot be separate from nature, and that an interactive awareness of our naturalness is the first step towards a vast range of wisdom now closed to us… we can return to the communion that this historic period of objectification has [denied] us’.
The Gregorian Calendar provides the main metaphysical frame of reference for humanity and as such its’ influence is unprecedented. It is single-handedly responsible for the perception that ‘time is money’ which perpetuates materialistic cultures in which greed and exploitation dominate.
The objective now is to realign our consciousness, with the synchronic order of natural time, by changing our metaphysical frame of reference and acknowledging ‘time’ as something other than ‘money’. This single issue lies at the heart of the “crisis of perception” which Fritjof Capra (5) suggests is the single root of our contemporary ecological crisis. The entire system of artificial time is fundamentally flawed; to progress, or arguably, for humanity to ‘survive’, we need a different system. Thankfully one based on natural time, which is not linked to any specific religion, has been tried and tested for thousands of years. It uses 13 months of 28 days, and is know as the 13 Moons (i).
What are the 13 Moons?
As far back as 3000 BC the majority of the world used a calendar based on the planetary cycles. It was very pervasive, the Druids, the Incans, Mayans, ancient Egyptians, Polynesians, Europeans, Chinese and the Lakota peoples all used a 28-day count. The length of time, from new moon to new moon, is called the synodic cycle and is 29.5 days in length.
However, the sidereal lunar cycle which measures the moon from where it reappears in the same place in the sky is only 27.1 days in length. So 28 days is the average lunar cycle. It is no coincidence the female menstruation cycle is also 28 days, the length of each of the 13 months or ‘moons’ in the 13 Moon count. Because every month in this system is equal in length relating days of the week to days of the month is easy: Every 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd is a Monday (or ‘Dali’ in 13 Moon notation) and every 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd is a Tuesday (Seli) and so on.
Thirteen months of twenty eight days make 364 days and so the 365th day of the Thirteen Moon year is known as the ‘Day Out of Time’ (July the 25th). As the extra day outside the 52 weeks of the thirteen moons, the Day Out of Time is no day of the week or month at all. It is a day of freedom for reflection, forgiveness and the celebration of 'Time as Art'!
July the 26th, the ‘synchronisation’ or New Year’s day corresponds to the rising of the great star Sirius, thus synchronising 13 Moon time, and those who follow it, with the cycles of the galaxy. To the Maya, time was not mechanical or linear, time was the frequency of synchronisation. Synchronicity is the key theme of the 13 Moon count represented by the Seven Cycles of Synchronic Time (ii). The more harmonized cycles involved in a system, the greater its’ synchronicity and the 13 Moon count incorporates numerous cycles from four days to 104,000 years with many sub-cycles in-between.
Unsurprisingly, a system with such history and detailed synchronicity based on observable galactic cycles has been suggested as a replacement for the Gregorian calendar many times before. During the 1890’s, people debated the need for a new calendar to begin the 20th century. In 1900, a conference was organized in Eisenach, Germany, for the study of Gregorian calendar reform. Throughout the conference the Vatican’s response was intense in the defence of the current calendar due to their unswerving belief that any type of calendar reform should respect the succession of the seven-day week.
This argument, which basically thwarted any serious reform, was a clear expression of the power of the Catholic Church to maintain its’ calendar as the world standard. Then, In 1923, the ‘League of Nations’ (predecessor to the UN) called for Calendar reform. More than 500 proposals were received by 1931 of which the 13 month, 28 day count emerged as a clear favorite with 90% of organisations polled advocating it should replace the Gregorian calendar.
Yet again, extreme religious resistance from the Roman Catholic church ensured that world-wide adaptation of this logical alternative was halted. The ‘day-out-of-time’ or ‘null day’, as it was known, was objected to strenuously by the Vatican since it did not respect the seven-day week that was set in motion when ‘God created the Universe’. If that happened, they warned, the world would fall into social chaos, catastrophe, terrorism and war. Their unwitting faith in, and insistence on, the construct of mechanised time fulfilled their very own prophesy.
By the beginning of World War II the movement to reform the calendar was in disarray and the atomic bombs of 1945 changed the priorities of the League of Nations. In 1956, the UN shelved any further discussions about calendar reform. But the 13 Moon cycle still spins. A huge movement is underway all over the World, and especially in South America, to realign humanity with the synchronic order of the 13 moon count. Kofi Anan knows all about it and applauds the idea but, unsurprisingly ‘his hands are tied’.
Still, there are over 200,000 people following this cycle, a number that is increasing constantly. To these people Capra’s ‘crisis of perception’ has become a thing of the past; they reject the concept ‘time is money’ for that of The law of time. The Law of Time states that: Energy factored by Time equals Art, which accounts for the intrinsic elegance of all natural phenomena. Dr. José Argüelles considers the law of time as the reason ‘you’ve never seen an ugly sunset’(6). It is an elegant idea that suggests the value of time is how artistically you do something; how beautiful or aesthetic is the object of your labour. The Law of time therefore promotes quality over quantity with the ultimate goal that the planet becomes an ‘exquisite work of art’(7), as humanity cleans up the mess of many years of materialism.
A new sovereignty
Dr. José Argüelles, of the Foundation for the Law of Time(iii), does not believe we need governments and institutions ‘permission’ or approval to synchronise with natural time; he believes that by simply adopting the 13 Moon system ‘we will establish a new community and this community will establish its own legitimacy’. It’s a powerful concept in the spirit of Buckmister Fuller whose famous quote ‘You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete’, seems particularly relevant to implementing the Law of Time. Since ‘the calendar you follow gives you sovereignty according to that calendar’(8) followers of the 13 Moons have not only successfully created but are living in a new system; a system which no longer recognises the legitimacy of Gregorian law.
According to the Charter of Human Rights their choice, to follow the 13 Moon count, has to be respected; through a transformation of personal perception they have out-evolved the Gregorian world. And, since every institution that exists on Earth owes its legitimacy to the Gregorian calendar, to followers of the 13 Moons, those institutions are no longer legitimate. These people are therefore the potential founders of a new economy and a new world order with the potential for real democratic governance. Correcting, changing or altering the system of the Gregorian Calendar is simply not a viable option for humanity to progress towards a peaceful sustainable future.
In order to escape the metaphysical misrepresentations made by the Gregorian calendar nothing short of a different system will suffice. The 13 moon system has many levels as the ‘seven cycles of synchronic time’ imply and many of these will undoubtedly go deeper than seasoned materialists would like. However, the extent to which anybody investigates and adopts its’ underlying synchronicity is ultimately an individual choice. The historical basis and natural foundations of the system can not be denied. Nor can its’ value as a practical, standardised, logical means of measuring time.
We have the model to out-evolve the trappings of the Gregorian system, all we need to do now is use it, en mass, for the existing reality to become obsolete.
1. Rousseau, J (1754) Discourses on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality among Men, The World’s Classics, Oxford University Press, Oxford, Translation by Franklin Philip 1994
2. Bates, J (2000) The Song of the Earth, Picador, London
3. Pearsall J. (Editor) (1999) The concise Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford University Press, Oxford
4. Greenway, R. (1996) Wilderness Experience and Ecopsychology. International Journal of Wilderness 2(1): 26-30.
5. Capra, F. (1997) The Web of Life, A new Synthesis of Mind and Matter, London, HarperCollins
6. Lucente, R. (2003) Open Your Mind to a New Time, Interview with Dr José Argüelles composed and conducted Monday, February 3, 2003. www.Philzone.com
i. Due to the historical origins of the word ‘calendar’ it seems inappropriate for the 13 Moon system. There is a move to refer to ‘The13 Moon Syncronometer’ (the measure of your synchronicity) however, ‘count’ ‘cycle’ and ‘system’ are used interchangeably here for simplicity’s sake.
ii. The Seven Cycles of Synchronic time are the: 91, 4 day harmonics (the DNA Timing cycle); 73, 5 day chromatics (The Planetary People Cycle); 52, 7 day weeks (Radion flow); 28, 13 day Wavespells (Wizards Count or Dreamspell Count); 18, 20 day Vinals (Solar Wisdom Cycle); 13, 28 day Moons (Planetary Service Wavespell) and one Day Out Of Time (Inter-dimensional pause). see Tortuga for more info.