“On the Gregorian phonograph record, January 1 is part of the program. What plays on January 1? Well in this country a lot of football ‘bowl games.’ Then at the end of January sometime, you never know exactly when, it is the Super Bowl. February programs you for Valentine’s day and President’s day. July for July 4. October for Halloween. December for Christmas and New Year’s eve. And so on. Now September 11 - 9-11 - is part of the program, too. These are just some of the more obvious examples of how that phonograph record plays during one spin - a year. Every time one of those dates draws close, whole segments’ of the population respond in pre-established ways. There are a lot more programs the calendar plays. The beginnings and endings of wars. Veteran’s day. Memorial day. April fools. Tax day. Labor day. The memories of all of these events are accumulated according to the dates in which they occur. Then everyone has personal dates that trigger their emotions and memories, too. Like the day you were born. Or the day your son died. Or when you got married … The Gregorian calendar is arbitrary and irregular. You would hardly ever think about any natural factors by using this calendar. January 1 doesn’t correspond to any solstice or equinox or anything natural at all. With a program like that, of course you wouldn’t think of the seasons or the moon when you use this calendar. It is almost as if this calendar is meant to keep you out of phase with nature … It is easy to overlook an unequal or irregular measure in time because we can’t touch or see time. But would we overlook such an uneven standard in a yardstick or ruler? And if we were to go ahead and try to make or build things with an uneven ruler, wouldn’t they come out crooked or sloppy? Maybe after awhile we would say, ‘Oh that’s all right we’ve lowered our standard to accommodate these sloppy constructions. You’ll get used to it. We’ve always done it this way.’ But would you really settle for substandard measures of objects and forms in space? Yet we put up with substandard and uneven measures in time. Thinking it doesn’t matter may already be an effect of accepting so long the uneven measure. If space affects our senses, time affects our mind. Therefore the effects of a crooked time on the mind may be far more subtle, yet far worse than the effects of a crooked space on the senses. We could all develop a crooked mind without even knowing it. Wouldn’t a crooked mind see the world in a crooked way and create problems for itself without knowing it? Not only that, but we would then think all of our problems come from some place outside of ourselves. We would always be looking for the problems out there some place.” -Jose Arguelles, “Stopping Time” (16)
“Did you know that the Gregorian calendar repeats its program precisely every 28 years? In any 28 year slice, there will always be exactly seven leap days/years. That means there are large 28 year Gregorian recordings that are playing beneath the surface of events. A significant determining point will be a good place to begin to look at these 28 year cycles and see how they are programming us. What is a significant determining point? How about the atomic bomb in 1945? Didn’t that change everything? It most certainly did. Or how about the 9-11 in 2001? So let’s count in 28 year cycles after 1945 and see what happens. First 28 years, 1973 - now here’s something: April 4, 1973, the
Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in were dedicated. 28 years later? 2001. 9-11. No more New York City . Twin events like Twin Towers Hiroshima and , two 28 year cycles earlier. How about 28 years before 1945? 1917. America enters World War I. 1945, Nagasaki ends World War II. Are we, after the 9-11, starting World War III? 28 years before 1917, 1889. Hmm. The America Eiffel Tower, world’s tallest structure in its time, three 28 year cycles before the . Do you see how the calendar repeats its programs? Do you really want another 28 years of this program?” -Jose Arguelles, “Stopping Time” (18) Twin Towers
Most girls feel embarrassed or at least inconvenienced by their onset of womanhood. First periods are accompanied by tampons, pads, teasing schoolboys and warnings or horror stories from other older women.
tribes’ people, Native Zaire Americans, and other “primitive” cultures honor their women’s first periods with puberty ceremonies. They believe each woman has incredible powers as a spiritual being and the gift of life is an important event. During her first period each girl is isolated from the tribe and taken by female relatives and friends to a special “Moon hut” to be taught about sexuality and childbearing. She is taught arts and crafts, stories are shared and wisdom is passed down. After her period of isolation she is welcomed back with a big feast in her honor. In the ancient world it was believed that women had amazing powers of healing and creativity during menstruation so they should not be wasted on everyday tasks. Menstruation was a time women spent meditating and spiritual searching.
The ancient Mayan calendar is slightly even more accurate than the Gregorian calendar we use today. They calculated the moon’s orbit of the Earth incredibly precisely (29.528395 days to our current 29.530588 day measurement). They could accurately predict solar and lunar eclipses and had amazing knowledge of astrology and the stars. Archeologist Eric Thompson asks, “What mental quirks led the Maya intelligentsia to chart the heavens, yet fail to grasp the principle of the wheel; to visualize eternity, as no other semi-civilized people has ever done, yet ignore the short step from corbelled to true arch; to count in millions, yet never to learn to weigh a sack of corn?”
The Mayan calendar measures cycles of expanding consciousness and completing one’s purposes in life. Gauging the passing days like this changes the way one thinks of life. Modern societies tend to see time as a ticking time bomb till they die, a clockwork of standardized gears cranking until they get older, rusty, useless and stop turning. The Mayans, like early Christians, believed in reincarnation which fits with their calendar. They believed all of life was a spiritual evolution and an expanding of consciousness/purpose so each day correlates as such. For instance, as I write this, today is the second day of the new “
on of Intention” (each Moon has a spirit animal and purpose). Today’s Tzolkien is “Skywalker” the 13th, which means “Explore Space, Wakefulness, the Aspiration to Unite Heaven and Earth.” Today’s Power is “Activation, today’s Action is “Bonding”, and today’s Jaguar Mo ce is “Service.” Each day also has a color, a chakra, and a symbol as well. Now, this may sound odd or appear as some new age foolishness, but this is a method of time keeping used all over the ancient world. Essen
To associate the nature of time with the evolution of consciousness seems to me a much evolved outlook. The Maya knew about the 25,920 year precession of the equinoxes in which the Earth wobbles slightly for 2160 years past each constellation of the zodiac. They even perfectly calculated the end date of this precession as December 21st, 2012 when we will be passing through galactic center which they referred to as the Dark Rift.
“The Christians set sail westward and ‘discovered’ the
New World. In a place called Yucatan, they discovered another people, the Maya. These Mayans also had a calendar, ‘a heathen’ device that was more accurate than the Julian calendar! The Christians learned from the Mayan calendar, that their calendar was ten days off! What to do? The Christians burned all of the Mayan books in 1562. Interestingly enough, ten years later in 1572, there was a new pope. He named himself Gregory XIII and declared that his first act as pope would be to correct the Julian calendar. Ten years later, 1582. Pope Gregory XIII had achieved his aim. If you went to bed on the evening of October 5, 1582, when you woke up it was October 16 - and not October 6. Pope Gregory XIII had made up for this ten days and the Julian calendar was now known as the Gregorian.” -Jose Arguelles, “Stopping Time” (18)
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