1. Why does the 13 Moon calendar begin on July 26?
For many ancient peoples, including the Dogon and Egyptians of Africa and the Maya of Central America, the great star Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, was the galactic marker. The heliacal rising of Sirius – July 26 – commenced the Egyptian year, and established the 1460-year Sothic cycle - the return of Sirius to the same place in the sky. During this same time, the .25 extra day per year accumulates for a total of exactly 365 days, or an additional year. Hence, the full Sothic cycle is 1461 years. Note that the Sothic measure is fractal as well. In other words, every four 365-day years there are exactly 1460 days, but in that time there is one accumulated day, hence 1461 days! This is why Sirius presents the logical galactic time marker.
2. What are the origins of the 13 Moon calendar in Mayan culture?
The Thirteen Moon calendar was originally known by the Maya as the Tun Uc, the "moon count" or "count of seven" (7 x 4 = 28). The correlation date on the Gregorian calendar, July 26, is also derived from the prophetic tradition of the Chilam Balam or Jaguar Priests. This date on the Julian calendar was July 16, and was first correlated with the heliacal rising of Sirius at 19.5 latitude north in the Mayan temple site of Edzna in AD 692. This also corresponds to the dedication date of the tomb of Pacal Votan in
3. Is the 13 Moon calendar the same as the Mayan calendar?
No. It is incorrect to call the Thirteen Moon calendar the Mayan calendar because it isn’t a local indigenous ethnic calendar. The 13 Moon calendar is a universal template that has been used by many cultures, including the Maya whose version of it was called the Tun Uc. The 13 Moon calendar does utilize the universal mathematics that underlies the Mayan calendar, but to say the 13 Moon calendar is Mayan is like calling electricity American because Thomas Edison is credited with figuring out how to use it (though the credit should actually go to a Serbian, Nikola Tesla). Yes, the Mayans mathematically knew the correct timing cycles of nature, but the mathematics of the correct timing cycles of nature aren't Mayan, they are universal laws of nature.
4. How do you reconcile the Long Count with the Dreamspell?
The 13 Moon calendar, sometimes called the Dreamspell calendar, is actually a synchronization matrix. The Mayan Long Count is a count of days that concludes December 21, 2012.
Keep in mind that at the height of their civilization, the Maya used up to 17 calendars operating simultaneously. The 13 Moon calendar is a tool for synchronizing cosmic cycles. A main function of the 13 Moon/28-day calendar is multiple calendar and symbolic systems coordination. The 13:28 day matrix synchronizes all calendars and systems of thought including the Tzolkin, the Maya long count, the lunar calendars and the Gregorian calendar, not to mention I Ching, Futhark runes and the Tarot.
“Dreamspell” is a psychomythic term that simply refers to the common dream a people is living. So the dream that the people of the Earth today are commonly living is called the Dreamspell of History. The purpose of the 13 Moon calendar is to leave the Dreamspell of History and enter into what’s called the Galactic Dreamspell and that means we are going into galactic consciousness. The Earth is part of the Solar System. The Solar System is part of the Galaxy and humans have the potential to evolve their consciousness telepathically into galactic consciousness.
To read more about Long Count and Dreamspell, click here.
5. In the 13 Moon calendar, why doesn't each moon (month) begin on the full or new moon?
This is because the 13 moon calendar uses the mean or average measure of the moon, 28 days. The 28-day cycle is the cycle of the moon making one orbit around the Earth - when seen from space. This is the median between the 29.5-day synodic cycle of the moon (new moon to new moon) and the 27.1-day sidereal cycle of the moon (returning to the same position in the sky) - both the synodic and sidereal cycles are lunar measures as seen from Earth. Hence, the perfect measure of Earth’s solar orbit uses the 28-day lunar standard (13 x 28 = 364). The moon orbits the Earth 13 times in one year.
6. How is leap day accounted for in the 13 Moon calendar?
First of all it is important to understand that the concept of Leap Day is a function of the Gregorian calendar. This was created to account for the orbit of earth around the sun which is slightly more than 365.225 days. There are many ways to reconcile the accumulation of this extra day every four years. Keep in mind that different calendar systems have handled this in different ways. Creating a leap day, such as in the Gregorian calendar is one way to handle this. This is the one solution that has been programmed into our sense of time and we are deeply conditioned by it.
In the 13 Moon calendar, this accumulated – intercalary - day every four years is observed as 0.0.Hunab Ku – and always occurs between the 22nd and 23rd day of the Galactic Moon (on what would be Gregorian February 29). This day is celebrated as an especially spiritual day since Hunab Ku refers both to the center of the Galaxy and to the Supreme Creator, One Giver of Movement and Measure. (For finding your galactic signature, if you were born on leap day before noon local time, then use February 28 - after noon local time, use March 1)
7. How do I start to follow the 13 Moon calendar?
Just start where you are! Order the Star Traveler’s 13 Moon Almanac of Synchronicity from the Bookstore page, or download a free pocket calendar here. Every 13 Moon calendar also shows the dates of the Gregorian calendar, so just find today. For example, April 25th on the Gregorian calendar is the 22nd day of the Planetary Moon in the 13 Moon calendar. Then follow the calendar every day, learn the 20 Solar Seals and 13 Galactic Tones and watch for the recurring patterns and meditate on the daily galactic signature and see what insights might come ... Go to our 13 Moon calendar Tutorial to learn more.
8. What is the Day Out of Time? Is there one in my area?
Celebrated globally since 1992, the Day Out of Time is the Planetary Peace through Culture Festival that occurs on the last day of the 13 Moon calendar (every July 25). The Planet Art Network is responsible for organizing the Day Out of Time. Visit www.planetartnetwork.info to find the Planet Art Network Node near you - get involved!
9. How do I find my galactic signature?
There are many ways to find your galactic signature. There is an online tool that you can use here. Or you can use the chart found in our free pocket calendar, which you can order here (or you can download a free black and white version here). But our favorite way to find the galactic signatures is by using the Galactic Compass from the Dreamspell - click here to download a template to create your own Galactic Compass!
10. Since the 13 Moon calendar is the new measure of the year, is there a new way to measure the day too, like a new clock?
Well, there is not a natural time clock - this is because a clock is simply a machine and over-dependence on this machine really weakens our telepathy. However, we recognize that we are a species in a time of great transition and many of us still need to use this machine to be “on time” (just try not to look at it every 10 seconds!).
So while there is not a natural time clock, there is a new way of measuring the day, called NET Time (=Noospheric Earth Time). Based on the Fifth Force Oracle of the Dreamspell, every day can be divided into four perfect quarters called "watches". The First Watch is from Midnight to Dawn, the Second Watch is from Dawn to Noon, the Third is from Noon to Sunset and the Fourth Watch is from Sunset to Midnight - this is a natural way of experiencing the flow of the day. To learn more about NET Time see the book Time and the Technosphere, or click here for a brief explanation (coming soon).
11. How can I get involved?
Start following the calendar! Study the codes and decode your friends' and relatives' galactic signatures - then you can study together and practice time is art. There is a worldwide movement called the Planet Art Network that follows the principle, Time is Art, and whose major project is the creation of the Day out of Time Peace through Culture Festival every July 25. To learn more and get connected go to www.planetartnetwork.info!
In preparation for the great transition we also recommend further study and meditation. Check out www.noosphereforum.org. Do what you can to clear your body and mind in the way appropriate for you. We prefer an organic vegetarian and/or vegan lifestyle and encourage the support of local farmers. Start a garden, plant trees. If you are able, invest in converting to solar energy and get off the grid.
If you're starting a study group in your area, contact us and we'll be happy to supply you with some free 13 Moon Pocket calendars. Here are some other tools to help you get started:
12. Do you have 13 Moon calendar software or widgets for Mac, PC, iPhone, etc? I would love to set my computer's calendar to the New Time!
Also there are two PC versions of 13 Moon calendar software available (click here to download). To get this integrated into the computer's calendar is something that many people have requested, but at this time we do not have the technical know-how to create such a tool, so if you have the skills and desire, do let us know - we'd love to hear from you!