When my daughter, Maya, was three years old, she started to learn about the days of the week at Montessori school and something inside me just went – UG. I wanted her to stay in no-time, where one day bled into the next and the passage of moments was marked by meals and goodnight snuggles, holiday traditions and planting seeds in the garden. My wild & free self longed for this, while my pragmatic self understood this was, obviously, impossible – short of moving outside of civilization itself.
So I settled for making a wheel of the week, color coded like the rainbow to show my mini me, that time does not come in a line, as our calendar would suggest, but is a wheel that moves in cycles, repeating over and over again. We did not write the alphabetical symbols on the calendar, we just referenced Monday was red day, Tuesday was orange day and on and on. She accepted this explanation so simply, and I began to reflect about the myths I had discovered about time and the ancient methods I’ve come to study since.
When I discovered the way the Gregorian calendar came to be, I had an incredibly profound awakening. If something as fundamental as time itself was being misconstrued, what other information so impactful to EVERYTHING was also not quite right? As I researched, I understand that this calendar, adopted by so many cultures, shifts people away from nature’s rhythms, creating chaos. Our strange discomfort that something is off hardly ever gets identified because hardly anyone questions a universally recognized system.
The Julian calendar (on which the Gregorian calendar is based), was imposed by Roman Emperors (and later Catholic Popes) and literally & intentionally, moved entire cultures out of synchronization with nature, while turning time into a one dimensional line instead of the multi-dimensional experience of being unified harmonically with All That Is. The modern day calendar, profoundly and fundamentally, keeps us disconnected from nature herself. The advent of digital devices is further serving to erase the round clock, with it’s elegant gliding hands, to numbers on a screen. Many cultures still use a lunar or lunisolar calendar, however, the Gregorian has become the international standard for civil purposes.
As I gazed at the little rainbow wheel Maya and I had crafted to represent the week, I realized time, well, it was on my mind. We had just entered the much hyped year of 2012, renewing my fascination with the advanced Mayan method of observing the cycles of time. I began to wonder how to teach Maya about time, while integrating my understanding of moon cycles & solar seasons, as well as the other planets. Our little rainbow wheel was still beckoning me, and I was seized with an intuition that chakra energy must also correlate somehow to time. In fact, I discovered (with a quick google search) there is an entire ancient body of knowledge dedicated to chakras & time called Kalachakra.
And so, I went to sleep that night, pregnant with ideas, knowing I had to create a calendar that would be an open invitation, a first step from Gregorian, or Father Time, to understanding cyclical time filled with energetic influences. We needed a bridge toward a new relationship and experience where Father Time could walk with Mother Time for awhile. I awoke on the Spring Equinox of 2012 with the words “Rainbow Bridge Calendar” & images flashing through my mind. A rough draft wireframe was channeled through into Adobe Illustrator in late night binge sessions. I laid the design away until just before the much prophesied Winter Solstice was practically upon us. I had purchased a Mayan related 13 moon calendar by now, and was surprised to discover that indigenous cultures have long referred to a rainbow bridge. In another three day session, I again felt called to birth this calendar into being. She was printed for the very first time on the morning of December 12th, 2012 and blessed in ceremony that evening.
I updated the layout for a more graceful appearance for 2014 and in 2015, at customer request, I scaled the size up to 18×24. For 2016, I refined the design slightly, choosing fonts that were more legible and renamed it from the Rainbow Bridge Calendar to Spiral Spectrum Cosmic Calendar.
I’m excited to begin sharing through this website more information on the cycles of time and my personal experience shifting back into sync with nature, as much as possible in a culture so oriented toward the Gregorian.
Stay tuned for the spiraling evolution….