What would you name this month, were it up to you?
This here Syncretic Calendar (aka a big mishmash of calendar systems) follows 13 months of 28 days. Each month is 4 weeks, each quarter is 13 weeks, each half-year 26 weeks and each year 52 weeks.
In terms of this Syncretic Calendar, week doesn’t refer to weekdays, that is, Saturday through Friday, it refers to periods of seven days. This year, 2017 by the Gregorian calendar, the months begin with Thursday. And so every month, every quarter, the half-year and year all begin on Thursday.
52 weeks works out to 364 days. There’s one day remaining (two in a leap year), which is also a weekday. The extra day is New Year’s, celebrated on the Southern Solstice (December 21st). New Year’s Day for Year 5 (Dec 21st, 2017) falls on a Thursday, such that next year, the weeks, month, etc. begin with Friday.
Because the Months are numbered, it is up to you what to call them. Name them, or not, entirely to your liking. I associate this month with the Spider, as they come out to weave their webs for these huge egg sacs. Around here I mostly see them in bus shelters. To the Spider!
Below, a slideshow of the months of the year. Imagine setting your weekly schedule such that every week, fortnight, month, quarter, and year follow a set rhythm, a set beat. Everything synchs up, and the change of weekdays provides variation (for those that observe them).
I’ve been following this calendar for years, and can attest to how effective it is at better linking one’s day-to-day activity with the greater changes in the seasons. The nobel prize in medicine was just awarded to the team who discovered the cellular mechanism related to our circadian rhythm. We have been living through the Industrial Era as if on the treadmill of an assembly line, always striving for mass produced efficiency. Our bodies don’t work that way. Our energy levels fluctuate throughout the day. Skipping breaks, not sleeping enough, not resting enough, not taking enough time to heal, these are all consequences of trying to live a life of constantly improving efficiency.
We can only pack so much activity into our lives, and finding the right rhythm might make it easier to find the right pace, as best suits each of us throughout our various stages of life.