Thirteen Moons in Motion: A Dreamspell Primer (Section I)
By José & Lloydine Argüelles (Valum Votan & Bolon Ik)
A Season Of Apocalypses: The Gregorian Calendar Unmasked
Excerpt: To think about the Gregorian calendar is to think about the unthinkable. But if you don’t take the time to start thinking about it now, you may forfeit the only time you’ve got… The fact of the matter is that the Mayan calendar contains the teaching of fourth- dimensional time that has eluded modern science, immersed as it is in the unexamined grip of third-dimensional Gregorian time. The nub of the Mayan teaching is the application of the 13:20 frequency to the creation and implementation of the Calendar of the Thirteen Moons.
1. Thinking about the Unthinkable
Of all the unexamined assumptions and criteria upon which we base and gauge our daily lives as human beings on planet Earth, by far the greatest and most profoundly unquestioned is the instrument and institution known as the Gregorian Calendar.
A calendar, any calendar, is commonly understood as a system for dividing time over extended periods. A day is the base unit of a calendar, and the solar year is the base extended period.
The length of the solar year is currently reckoned at 365.242199 days. The Gregorian calendar divides this duration into twelve uneven months – four months of 30 days, seven of 31 days, and one of 28 days. On the Gregorian calendar the accrued quarter day is handled by inserting February 29th every four years. This is not necessarily the most logical, nor only way of handling the accrued quarter day.
“30 days hath September, April, June, and November; all the rest have 31; except for February which has 28.” So goes the folk rhyme underscoring the illogical nature of the Gregorian calendar. By contrast, a far easier and more logical way to divide the solar year would be by thirteen 28-day months with one extra free day.
The point is this: there is no logical or scientific relation between the exact length of the year and the use of the Gregorian calendar to measure and divide that length.
Nonetheless, the Gregorian calendar is held up as the most perfect instrument for dividing time, and is in use worldwide as the official standard. Although the lunation-based calendar of Islam, the Hindus, Jews, and Chinese are still used for religious or ritual purposes, in daily economic and political affairs the Gregorian calendar prevails throughout the planet. How and why did this happen? What is the Gregorian calendar and where did it come from? Why do we continue to use it? Indeed, what is the relationship between calendars and human behavior?
If one looks under the heading ‘calendar,’ in the Micropaedia of the most recent Encyclopedia Britannica (1985), a full 80% of the article is devoted to the Gregorian calendar. This exemplifies the unquestioned authority granted to the Gregorian calendar. What is the basis of this authority?
All authority granted to this calendar is actually an allegiance to a late medieval Christian timing device. The authority of this device is held by the Vatican, geographically the smallest political state on the planet, yet given full political protection by the major Western powers (the G-7: USA, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, plus Japan).
The Gregorian came about as the result of a Papal Bull issued by Pope Gregory in 1572 and implemented October 5-15, 1582. The historical context in which this calendar became the fixed standard is of the greatest significance. On the one hand, European power, instigated by acquisitive material greed and the Church’s need to gather all souls under its cross, had literally straddled the globe. Henceforth, no one could receive the ‘blessings’ of Christianity without receiving the Gregorian calendar.
In Europe itself, the Gregorian calendar succeeded at the precise moment when the final mechanization of time was being achieved. By AD 1600 the twelve-month year and the 60-minute hour had become the standard of time.
Thus, accompanying and giving form to the very origins of modern materialistic science was the final codification of the third-dimensional timing frequency, the 12:60. needless to say, the authority and impact of this timing frequency was never questioned much less realized. Though men like Kepler and Galileo were persecuted by the Church, they did not question the authority of the calendar. And so it has been with virtually all men of science to accept without question this calendar by which they live.
It is to the fundamental discredit of all modern science and the society governed by its principles that it has continued to unquestionably accept living under what is essentially a medieval yoke of time. The Gregorian calendar is a hypnotic spell which holds all the unresolveable issues of history hidden in its illogical sequence of days, weeks, months, and years. Following this calendar can only lead to the place where we find ourselves today: a season of apocalypses, where disaster, ignorance, and error perpetuate themselves in grinding mindlessness.
The dark apocalyptic disasters of history can only repeat themselves under this medieval yoke of time. This is how Sarejevo could be the flashpoint of World War One in AD 1914, and an unresolved battle-ground in AD 1992. On an even vaster scale under this medieval yoke, we see how Babylon at the beginning of history, is now the stage-set for the end of history in present day Iraq.
Accepted by the consensus community of Europe and the United States by the 1750s, the Gregorian calendar also proved the perfect template for the maxim ‘time is money,’ by which all modern life is valued or, more precisely, devalued. Interest banking and the tax structure of all modern states follow the illogical construct of the Gregorian calendar: all the loopholes are for those with money and power, and the rest is to keep you confused.
Clearly, history is not democratic, and democracy itself is a hoax to keep us in the illusion of power and security. History is the scrip of those in power, and whoever holds the power writes the history. No one was even asked about the Gregorian calendar, and so we all follow it as if this were the only way to deal with time.
No one has ever considered the effects of the timing frequency or standard under which we live, nor have we ever been given the opportunity to consider, “what if?” yes, what if we lived under a different standard of time? Ask the Australian aborigine, the Amazon forest dweller, the Native American on the ‘res’ (reservation), what happened to their time and you’ll soon see that it is in the interest of the G-7 to keep us in the Vatican’s yoke.
Yes. To think about the Gregorian calendar is to think about the unthinkable. But if you don’t take the time to start thinking about it now, you may forfeit the only time you’ve got.
2. Of Moons, Mayans and the 13-Moon Calendar
Through most of its 26,000 year history, homo sapiens has followed the moon and used moon calendars. The moon is fickle and erratic. It is of nature, subtle, and elusive. By current reckoning, it turns on its axis every 29.5 days, the length of a synodic lunation, which is why we always only see one side of the moon.
A synodic lunation of 29.5 days, the duration of one moon cycle seen from the Earth, is only one of the lunation cycles from which lunar computations can be made. There is also sidereal lunation cycle of 27.33 days (taken from the duration of the moon to return to a fixed point in the sky); the 27.32 day tropical cycle (taken from the celestial longitude), and the draconic cycle of 27.2 days (taken from the time it takes the moon to return to the same node).
Right up to the 20th century pre-agricultural humans, like the Lakota, have followed a vague or unfixed moon calendar. The fact is that during one solar year there is always a 13th lunation which transits from one solar year to the next. The taboo nature of the number 13 seems to stem from the mysterious 13th moon. There is an eleven day discrepancy between the length of the solar year of 365.242199 days and twelve complete synodic lunations of 354.36706 days. The number of days in thirteen synodic lunations amounts to 383.5, a discrepancy of 18.25 days more than the solar year.
The discrepancy between days of the solar year and lunation cycles only became a problem for civilized man, for woman has always naturally carried the thirteen moons within her being. The female menstruation cycle of 28 days is the mean between the synodic lunation cycle of 29.5 days and the other lunation cycles of less than 27.5 days. Factor the mean lunation cycle of 28 days into the solar year and the result is thirteen moons, or 364 days, one day less than a mean solar year.
Once agricultural lifestyles were developed in the area of the planet now known as the Middle East, the male priesthood seized power. The question of a calendar became a matter of developing an instrument of power. The male power became associated with the sun, while the female was associated with the moon. A calendar based on the exclusivity of the solar year became paramount. The Egyptian division of the circle into 360 degrees, subdivided into twelve parts of 30 degrees each, provided the male priesthood of Egypt and Mesopotamia the norm for their celestially oriented ‘male solar’ hierarchies. This occurred some five thousand years ago, ca. 3000 BC.
Thus, in Babylonia and Egypt were born the twelve houses of the zodiac (and traditional western astrology), and the twelve-month calendar. Since twelve months of 30 days yield only 360 days, an extra five-day purification period was added on to complete the solar year. The chief function of the Babylonian priests of the calends was to correlate the cycles of the moon with the solar year. By 1500 BC, the system of the 360 degrees of the circle divided into twelve as an approximation of, or even replacement for the lunation cycles, spread to India and China. The twelve is based on the division of space – a circle, and not time – the thirteen moons.
From Babylonia and Egypt the ‘solar power’ of the circle of twelve spread to Greece, and thence to Rome. It was Priscius Tarquinus, early king of Rom, (616-579 BC) who is credited with development of the calendar from which the Gregorian is ultimately derived. The names of the Gregorian months are all Latin and come from this early Roman calendar.
By the time of the rise of the Christian Church, AD 500-1000, t he Roman calendar of twelve months of uneven days in disregard of the lunation cycles was an established fact. At the beginning of the Age of Conquest, AD 1500 it was known as the Julian calendar and was based on the synodic year of 365.25 days. The Gregorian calendar is based on the tropical year of 365.242199 days.
However minute the fractional difference is between the synodic and tropic years, it should not obscure the actuality that the Gregorian calendar is an uneven and illogical distribution of days derived from a male priesthood tradition that stems from Babylonian civilization. It is a tradition of time reckoning based on the Egyptian division of the circle, which is a division of space and not time, and in which all taboos of the number thirteen are fully incorporated.
It is precisely this power of thirteen, associated with witchcraft and the devil, that the conquering Europeans confronted head-on when they arrived in the ‘New World.’ For here was a tradition of time and knowledge even more precise and fully developed that in Europe, completely based on the thirteen. We are referring here to the calendrical and mathematical system of the Maya upon which all Mesoamerican (Mexico and Central America) civilization was based.
There was no chance of real dialogue where the Christian priests and their zealous soldiers were concerned. Men of learning were put to death, and libraries burned. The world was deprived of an understanding of time that was based not on the spatial divisions of the circle but on the lunar-galactic power of thirteen.
Of course, because of the hypnotic spell of the Gregorian calendar – the Dreamspell of history – you won’t find a discussion on the Mayan understanding of time in the Encyclopedia Britannica entry on calendars. That is the Mayan Factor, the overlooked factor in any accounting of human affairs. Yet if we remain only in the spell of the Gregorian calendar and ignore the Mayan Factor, then truly we are lost.
The Mayan timing frequency is 13:20 and not 12:60. thirteen refers to the thirteen galactic tones or powers of creation, which are also encoded in the thirteen moons or annual lunations. 20 refers to the 20 solar frequencies encoded as the 20 icons or solar seals. Upon this timing frequency was based the tzolkin or 260-kin “sacred calendar.”
Combined with the solar cycle of 365 days, the tzolkin gave the Maya the fractal yardstick by which they could construct calendars and timing systems that demonstrate the harmonic order of the solar system and galaxy in general. Within these constructs, the Maya also maintained lunar calendars and eclipse cycles of utmost precision.
Because the basis of the Mayan calendar was the 260-kin tzolkin and not the 360 degree circle, there was no need to correlate the lunation cycle to the solar year through the abstract concept of ‘months.’ The Mayan mathematic, based on an elegant and more sophisticated dot-bar notation system, is vigesimal and not decimal, that is, based on 20’s rather than 10’s. this gives the Mayan mathematical system a fractal and exponential flexibility not exhibited by the decimal or duodecimal (by 12’s) system upon which the Gregorian calendar is based.
Instead of months, the Mayan solar year is divided into eighteen 20-day periods called vinals. In actuality the eighteen vinals, plus the five day vayeb, were a means of correlating the solar year to the 13:20 based tzolkin.
Long a puzzle to western archeologists, who early on understood its amazing sophistication and complexity, the Mayan calendar and mathematics have nonetheless been regarded as an anomalous curiosity, which no application to the modern world. Again, this prejudice must be seen as a function of the 12:60 consensus reality.
The fact of the matter is that the Mayan calendar contains the teaching of fourth- dimensional time that has eluded modern science, immersed as it is in the unexamined grip of third-dimensional Gregorian time. The nub of the Mayan teaching is the application of the 13:20 frequency to the creation and implementation of the calendar of the thirteen moons.
3. Breaking the Barrier: Releasing from the Spell of History
To grasp the distinction between 12:60 third-dimensional time and 13:20 fourth- dimensional time is to break the barrier of the consensus reality of materialism which now dooms all of our planetary existence.
Being based on a twelve-part division of space which denies the power of the thirteenth moon, which is the power of time, the Gregorian calendar consigns the consensus reality which accepts it to living exclusively in the third-dimension, the plane of physical reality. In this lies the rise of the gargantuan, many-headed hydra of materialism which reduces humans to enslavement to a material technology and degrades the planetary environment without hope of any other economic lifestyle options.
To break the grip of third-dimensional time blindly and illogically incorporated in the Gregorian calendar, is to break the spell of history and to release humanity once again into the natural order of reality. The accomplishment of this monumental task may be rendered heroic and celebratory by the relinquishing of the Gregorian calendar and the acceptance of the 13-moon calendar. Thirteen is the key to the Mayan galactic codes of fourth-dimensional time, and to the annual lunation cycles by which Earth is guided in her solar path.
The solar year, incorporating mean lunation and menstrual cycles, is most logically divided into thirteen 28-day months or moons, with one extra or free day. Auguste Comte (1798- 1857, galactic signature: Red Galactic Dragon), French philosopher, founder of sociology and the school of logical positivism, first initiated the perpetual calendar of thirteen months of 28 days each. The extra 365th day he termed ‘year day,’ which was to fall between December 28 and January 1. during the 1930s a calendar reform movement utilizing the perpetual thirteen moon calendar gained wide official acceptance, only to be terminated by the Second World War.
The time has come once again. The hour of destiny calls upon humanity to relinquish addiction to prejudice and illogical traditions of all kinds if there is to be another generation. The perpetual 13-moon calendar presents itself one more time. In this presentation, the calendar of the thirteen moons is backed not only by logic, but by its link to the complete codes of fourth-dimensional time, the Mayan codes, the codes of the Dreamspell: Journey of Timeship Earth 2013.
In these codes are to be found the basis of movement through time, the means of social reorganization for the purpose of regenerating the Earth, and of allowing and granting forgiveness and equality to all. The call is out: Convene now the Planetary Calendar Councils. Disseminate the knowledge of the 13 Moons in Motion. Gather and prepare for the new time. May the day Magnetic Seed (July 26, 1993) proclaim the arrival of the Era of Universal Peace.
Thirteen Moons in Motion: A Dreamspell Primer
By José and Lloydine Argüelles (Valum Votan & Bolon Ik). PAN 1992
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Section I. A Season Of Apocalypses: The Gregorian Calendar Unmasked
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