Jardin de Paz Mundial, Patagonia, Argentina.
“We don’t want to know your name, where you come from, what you did….if you want to stay, we want you to live in this present moment, with your energy, right here, right now,” said Mano, or ‘hand’ in Spanish.
That was one of the first things said to me when I arrived at Jardin de Paz Mundial (Garden of World Peace), a Trece Lunas (13 Moons) community in Argentina. It might not sound like such a peaceful opening line, but I knew this experiment wasn’t going to be easy. I’d walked for over three hours in the baking midday sun to find the garden, my backpack covered in sweat, my body red from exertion – when I finally saw La Bandera de La Paz (The Banner Of Peace); the official flag for members of the Planet Art Network and World Thirteen Moon Calendar Change Peace Movement – a sign which promotes natural time-living and planetary peace.
I stood over the lush valley for a moment, breathing, listening to the wind coming through the hills and contemplated for the hundredth time what the hell I was doing. Looking down I saw a large wooden warehouse – the communal kitchen, where up to 30 of us at one point shared meals every day – a few smaller huts and tents scattered around for inhabitants, and the farm, where I spent all of my days, marked with lovely, fresh, vegetables. I followed the inner tug once more and went down the hill.
I will never forget the impact of entering that kitchen – the earth, the fire, the dogs, the children – and into such an unknown, magical way of life. Even though I was only with the community for one moon (one month), the calendar imprinted on my soul so strongly that I have followed it every day since I left, some 10months ago.
Natural, physical cycles of the sun, the moon, and the stars, have inspired calendars for centuries, with various ancient civilisations following a 13-month calendar. But the Gregorian calendar that we are familiar with today, adapted in October 1582 from Julius Caesar’s version to catch up with the sun moving ahead of the Roman calendar, dismisses the moon, banishes the stars and replaces them with a structure that surrounds work, time and money, for as long as the sun shines. The irregular ‘system’ – which encompasses the entire world – together with the mechanical 60-minute time creates a frequency that the community call 12:60 (12 months, 60 minutes). Living like this, we have forgotten the rhythm of the earth.
The 13 Moon calendar is a much more natural way to live, counting 28 days each month (the average measure of the Moon’s synodic and sidereal cycles) which makes 364 days (13 x 28) – plus one day (365). This plus day, or ‘day out of time’ (July 25th) is a day of no karma, a day to celebrate life, peace and culture, to forgive and acknowledge all that has passed in the previous year and all that is to come in the new year, starting on July 26th through art, music, food, dancing and meditation. The new year coincides with the heliacal rising of the brightest star in the sky, Sirius.
On a basic level, the 365 day-cycle synchronises the earth’s journey around the sun with the cycles of the moon: if you just live by the cycles of the moon, it is a much more harmonious alternative to the irregular calendar we have. There is no grand upheaval or change of routine as it is an easy transition for us earthlings – simply be aware of how you feel and what happens when there is a new moon and a full moon. But the magic of the 13 Moon calendar, also known as Dreamspell, and what makes me want to visit one of the communities deep in the Patagonian mountains, is that the people living here are not just living by the moon, but by codes, numbers and symbols handed down to us from the mystical, highly intelligent beings of the past; the Maya. The people are here are playing and living within a highly-charged energy field full of synchronicities.
Professor, artist, activist, José Argüelles took the codes, numbers, cycles, and more, given to us by the Maya to create this calendar in 1989, and piece together the missing links in present society. Although the calendar is fairly young, the wisdom it embodies is timeless and declares that ‘time is art’, not money.
As many of us feel the changes socially, spiritually, and physically in the most highly prophesised year of all time, 2012 is a spectacular time to step up, take control of our lives, follow the signs, have complete faith in the mystery all around us and importantly share with others the truth of our existence, to love, to learn, to play, to evolve.
Daily use of the calendar, or synchronometer, which measures synchronicities, deepens our awareness of people, coincidences and events, and raises our frequencies out of the hum-drum of daily life, showing us a completely new world. By vibrating in this way, we change our thought-patterns and life-patterns – and connect to all that is around and to the Law of Time.
Moving from the 12:60 program and on to the 13:20 frequency (13 moons, 20 symbols: the Harmonic Module/260-day Tzolkin of the Maya) we are consciously manifesting magic into our reality. It’s time to take the first step. Like the zodiac signs, we all have a galactic signature. This is our key into fourth-dimensional time and to understanding our essence. It is time to find your Galactic Signature (not to be confused with the Long Count Mayan calendar)….
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Kristina Georgiou worked for Metro newspaper and is currently a freelance writer, most recently working with Positive News and Spirit & Destiny magazine. She writes about holistic health, food, travel, music, the environment - and in particular the 13 Moons calendar, a modern 'natural time' method of living, based on the mathematical insights of the Maya. This she learnt while travelling in South America, and she enjoys giving readings and making arts and crafts aligned with this consciousness. Her passion is music - she is most happy singing or playing instruments, or studying geology and astronomy, travelling, working with the Earth, living with communities, immersing in local culture, writing poetry and spending time with her beloved Greek Cypriot family. She enjoys campaigning for the environment, community and future.
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