Since Halloween triggers images of witches, goblins, and moonlit nights, I thought this would be a perfect time to review The Lunar Calendar. This early review also allows you time to buy it, if you so choose.
This picture does not do justice to the lovely black & white cover. You’ll have to take my word for it!
The Lunar Calendar is not your traditional calendar, with demarcated pages of the days of the week for each month. As the calendar notes in the back section (I am paraphrasing), women were the first calendar makers and the first calendars were actually lunar. Since women, even 50,000 years ago, noted there was a correlation between menstrual cycles and phases of the moon, this calendar is especially useful to women tracking their cycles for pregnancy and menopause, as well as the lunar month in general. (See sample calendar page below.)
Recognition of the relationship between fertility cycles and the moon gives rise to a Goddess-centered consciousness which does not segregate art from science nor the sacred from the secular.
Perhaps equally important is the fact that in every culture there seems to be a recognition of the moon as a universal symbol of this Goddess-centered consciousness. Unfortunately, the lunar calendar was outlawed by Julius Caesar before the Common Era and then in the 5th century A.D. was declared heretical.
Our modern calendar, based on the sun, is known as the Gregorian Calendar. (Of course, many traditional calendars do note when the moon is cycling from a new moon to a full moon, but it is still not designed lunarly.) Then, thirty-eight years ago Nancy Passmore began publishing The Lunar Calendar, a very useful tool, especially for women, because it records the moon’s many changes, which are linked with our own menstrual cycles. It also can be cross-referenced to the more familiar calendar of days and dates, month by month. And Nancy has provided two pages that explain how the calendar works, or as she calls these pages: â€œHow to Use Your Lunacy!â€
(I realize that the size my Word Press allows is too small to read.The next size is too large for the page. I just wanted you to see the layout of the pages.)
What I love about the calendar is the whole idea that it is based on women’s cycles. I also love the black and white photos, the poems, and the spiritual tone of the calendar. I have scanned one that I like, called Julia, about a mother’s love for her child. (The art work accompanying it shows a stylized female goddess figure with a fetus inside the mother’s belly, drawn by Cathy Weaver Taylor.)
Julia by Carolyn Surrick
ten years ago
as the shining moon
crossed the sky
(She was the last full moon
before spring’s first night out)
I met you
deep inside me
my dear one, my love
without the brilliant, luminous one
would I have known you?
you were conceived in magic
spirit, soul and flesh
in the shadow
of winter’s end.
The Lunar Calendar has a great deal of information packed inside its pages, both before and after the actual monthly cycles. The publisher relies on contributions and sales of the calendar to keep the calendar going.
To order your own Lunar Calendar, go to www.thelunapress.com. If you wish to order by phone, the number is: 617-327-8000 or by mail: PO Box 15511, Kenmore Station, Boston, MA 02215-0009. The calendar is printed in the USA.
P.S. The Lunar Calendar makes a great Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, etc. gift for any woman, even yourself! It is artfully crafted as well as utilitarian. The cost is $24 (plus postage) and something you will want to keep even beyond the year for which it was created, because of all the interesting information contained in the calendar. I highly recommend this calendar as a special way of keeping track of the days and months of 2014, starting with the new moon cycle in December 2013.
P.S. As publisher Nancy Passmore says in her correspondence: “Look up!”