Getting Started
Learn how to read, use and print your EarthCycles Calendar.

Welcome to the EarthCycles Calendar Guide.

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 the phenonmeon that rythmically 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 spining around the sun. However, in the past, great civilizations divided time using not just this, 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. As such, we're able to represent several calendar traditions, the spin of the planets and the cycles of several magnificient creatures. This way, getting to know your calendar is a way to get to know your own planet and its solar neighbourhood a little better!
Knowing and understanding the cycles around us deepens our immersion in the ecosystem and solar system of which we are an inextricable part. That's the vision of the EarthCycles calendar-- to make our spin around the sun on planet Earth that much more connected, immersed and meaningful.
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