The 13-Moon Calendar for a Healthy Planet

 
The Maya believed a healthy way to live was to expand their awareness and synchronize with the natural world. Modern civilization has become obsessed with consumption; we have forgotten that we are only one piece of the earth's life force. Why not change to a time keeping system that synchronizes humanity into the natural world?

The Maya believed a healthy way to live was to expand their awareness and synchronize with the natural world. Modern civilization has become obsessed with consumption; we have forgotten that we are only one piece of the earth's life force. Why not change to a time keeping system that synchronizes humanity into the natural world?

A calendar is a standard of measure. The calendar we use right now does not have even rational units of measure, the number of days in a month have no meaning. The clock is based on 12, and the 12-month calendar, of course is also based on 12, which is a measure of space. In an interview, Dr. José Argüelles from the Foundation for the Law of Time states, “What's that got to do with time? Those little hands going around this thing in space. That's not time. The 12-month calendar is irrational and the 60-minute hour is mechanistic. So you have a civilization that is a totally irrational civilization based on the mechanization of everything.”

There have been several movements to reform our calendar system in the past, beginning in 1842 with French Positivist Philosopher Auguste Comte. He made a study and said, “The most rational calendar for a measure of the solar year is going to be 13 months and 28 days.” The moon goes around the earth 13 times a year, and it’s also the basis of the female biological cycle. So in the 1920’s with the backing of the International Chamber of Commerce, with members such as Eastman Kodak (Kodak film), they went to the League of Nations who announced that on January 1st 1933 the world would have a new calendar. Based on the 500 submitted proposals, unanimously the most popular was the 13-month/28-day calendar (Argüelles 2003).

The problem was that the Vatican did not like the idea of a null day at the end of the 13-month/28-day year (13x28=364). They said that, “If we had a null day, a day that was no day of the week or month at all, that would break the succession of the seven-day week that was set in motion when God created the Universe…If we break the succession of the seven-day week, then the world will fall into social chaos, catastrophe, terrorism and war” (Argüelles 2003). This stalled things until World War II started, and by 1956 the UN had stopped any further discussion on calendar reform.

In 1989 Dr. José Argüelles began the movement again, to change our calendar to one based on the Mayans 13-month/28-day calendar. A change in people’s values can be strongly influenced by transitioning from mechanistic time to natural time, changing the basic timing on which modern civilization operates, its macro program. Time is no longer money time becomes art.

Following a time keeping system that brings humanity fully into sync with the natural world is a dream for changing people’s basic values and consumption patters. This would be the fastest way to really change our development patterns into one where the natural world is seen as integral to the healthy functioning of an urban settlement, not an inert resource for our consumption. Bringing humanity to a place of harmony, allowing the earth's life force to transcend and redefine is boundaries.

Arguelles, Jose. Open your Mind to a New Time. The Foundation for the Law of Time. 2003. www.tortuga.com
 http://www.philzone.com/interviews/jose/jose.html

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