An overview of the EarthCycles Calendar philosophy, vision and geometry.
Accustomed as we are to square and linear calendars, a circular calendar takes a little getting used to. However, once you get the gist, its actually all quite straightforward— and you'll wonder why you weren't looking at time this way all along!
We humans have always tracked time using cycles that rhythmically repeat— both on the ground and up in the sky. This is the core concept of the EarthCycles calendar: Earth's cycles! From a solar year, to a lunar month, to the return of the cariboo, our concepts of time have always been tied to the cycles we knew best. In the past, our ancestor's perception of time was deeply immersed with the cycles of the creatures around them, the planets, sun and stars. To the extent that a culture was able to sync with the cycles around it, societies grew rich, diverse and resilient.
Alas, our modern calendar has grown more and more separate from the cycles we once knew so well. The modern Gregorian calendars only follows one cycle: that of the Earth spinning around the sun. However, in the past, great civilizations divided time using not just this cycle, but also the migrations of magnificent creatures, the cycles of the planets, and even certain stars and distant galaxies!
Using a circular format, it is possible to visualize cycles far more effectively than a series of squares. This way the EarthCycles format can represent several calendar traditions, the spin of the planets and the cycles of several magnificent creatures. And this way, getting to know your calendar is a way to get to know your own planet and its solar neighbourhood!
That's the fundamental premise of this project:
Knowing and understanding the cycles around us deepens our immersion and positive participation in systems of which we are an inextricable part.
And that's the vision of the EarthCycles calendar-- to make our spin around the sun that much more connected, immersed and meaningful.