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Article ID: 3192
Posted: January 6th. 2001
Days Up: 4,812
Neo-Pagan Calendars for 2001
January 1st begins a period viewed by Western Culture as the beginning of the New Year. As usual, we Pagan folk march -- no, make that dance -- to the beat of a different drummer.
Many Neo-Pagans count the beginning of the ritual year from Samhain but others begin their year at Yule and some at Harvest time (also known as Lammas). Some of us use a 13-month lunar calendar, some use a solar calendar and others go by a kind of Pagan time that they alone wot of. No matter when your year begins, it is sure to be a full one. With that in mind, here are some calendars that might help focus your energy in the coming months:
Doorway Publications: http://www.doorwaypublications.com
They print the "2001 Moon Awareness Calendar", an 8 1/2 by 11 laminated poster. This is an easy guide to all phases of the moon throughout the year. It goes from December to December and lists each phase of moon and the date it occurs within any given month. The same company sells a "Mini-Moon Calendar" which, when punched with holes, will fit into a standard sized organizer.
Llewellyn Publishing: http://www.llewellyn.com/
Llewellyn publishes a wide variety of calendars, included among them are: "The Goddess Calendar", "The Witches Datebook", "The Herbal Almanac", "The Moon Sign and Gardening Almanac", "The Daily Planetary Guide" and the "Tarot Calendar".
Here are two of my personal favorites:
Seeds of Change: http://www.seedsofchange.com.
This organic seed company publishes "The Gardencycle Journal". This is a Gardener's Day Journal which takes you from Winter Solstice to Winter Solstice. I use it to record the changes in my garden on a daily & monthly basis. It comes with some words of inspiration and many beautiful color photographs. This lovely journal helps me to understand the patterns and complex cycles taking place in my own backyard and gives me insight into the larger structure of life where I live. This calendar is not sold in stores. You'll need to order it directly from their website or through their print catalog.
We' Moon: http://www.teleport.com/~wemoon/
We' Moon products are also worth your attention. This company makes "The We' Moon Calendar & Datebook." This is many things in one package: an astrological moon calendar, an eco-feminist appointment book, a daily guide to natural rhythms, and a lunar perspective through the 13 moons of the year. Inside you'll find art and writing from women around the world on Goddess inspired themes. This inspirational calendar comes 3 ways: in spiral bound version, in a "lay flat" bound version and in an unbound version. I punch holes in the unbound version and use it in my desk-sized organizer. You can order via their website or by calling 877-693-6666.
And if you are looking for a good cause to support, I highly recommend the now famous "Ladies of Rylston" calendar. Here is what Calendars.com says about it:
"Looking for an attention-getting way to raise money for leukemia research, eleven middle-aged members of the Rylstone, England, WI - a women's service organization - decided to strip for charity. Calling their effort the Calendar Girl Campaign, the ladies drank a generous amount of red wine, and posed in nothing but pearls. The result? A stunning collection of sepia-toned photographs, adorned with the recurring image of a yellow sunflower, commorating John Baker, the husband of one of the ladies -- Miss February -- whose death inspired the project. The Ladies of Rylstone have earned a whopping $500,000 for Britain's Leukemia Research Fund, and People magazine calls them, "the U.K.'s hottest female ensemble since the Spice Girls..." This is a hard one to find but it's worth it. Calendars.com: http://www.calendars.com was out of all but the $100 autographed copies when I was last there. Happy Hunting. (Editor's Note 1/12: Thanks to email just in from B.D. Wilson we can reveal an alternative url of for hunting this calenadare down... try, http://www.grassington.co.uk/newpages/rylstone.html)
I would also recommend the Tree Free Calendar, which is made entirely of non-wood pulp. A portion of all proceeds goes to the Arbor Foundation.
If you love Susan Seddon Boulet's work, you'll want to check out the "Goddess", "Shaman", and "Signs of the Zodiac" calendars, which feature her artwork. Most New Age and Pagan stores carry her books, calendars and greeting cards.
My kitchen would not be complete without my favorite calendar called "The Wise Woman's Wheel of the Year" It is published by Blessed Be, Inc., the company that produces the wonderful "SageWoman" and "PanGaia" magazines. The layout here is simple, but the information this calendar contains will feed your body and soul throughout the year. "The Wise Woman's Wheel of the Year" celebrates a different goddess every month. It also offering recipes, rituals, goddess history, gardening tips, moon phases and a wonderful nature section called "What's happening with Mama Gaia?" Every day this calendar has a bit of wisdom, cultural information, historical high points or spirit work to offer it's readers. This is the calendar I frequently give as gifts to my friends.
You can order the The Wise Woman's Wheel of the Year calendar via the SageWoman website at http://www.sagewoman.com or by calling 888-724-3966.
Last but not least, here is a interesting website called the History of the Calendar: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/khagen/CalHist.html
It contains discussions on lunar, solar & stellar cycles and lists early calendars used by Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, Roman and Jewish societies. It also notes major changes on our Western Calendar in the last 2,000 years.
The future stands before us full of possibility and hope. With that in mind, I'll end with a blessing I learned from my Scottish grandfather:
"May the happiest days of your past be the saddest days of your future."
Blessed Be to you and yours, this year and in all the years to come.
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Sia recently completed a two year term on the Board of Directors of the Wildlife Rescue Effort. Overall, she has worked with a total of 5 different non-profit groups on a variety of social & educational issues. She has over 15 years of experience working behind the scenes at a variety of conventions and gatherings; mostly in the Neo-Pagan, Science Fiction and Feminist communities. Her academic background is in English Literature, with an emphasis on Women's Studies and Art History.
She practices in a Green Tradition and is active in several Ritual Circles in Silicon Valley and in Santa Cruz. For the last 6 years she has presented lectures and led workshops on such topics as wildlife preservation, conflict resolution and Neo-Paganism.
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