Perspectives On Moon Cycles And Moon Calendars
Aluna Joy Yaxkin
January 1996

"...The 13 annual moon cycles must also be taken into account. Each cycle consisting of four phases: full moon, waning moon, new moon, and waxing moon. It must be noted that our initiation year is to commence on March 21, the first day of the yearly count. After this date, when the first full moon is visible, we will start counting the lunar cycles and, after 13 full moons, the lunar cycle will be completed". Quote from a sacred text from the Maya Mystery School and Mayan Elder, Hunbatz Men.

If humanity is destined to merge with natural time, is it not logical, appropriate and even necessary to follow the natural cycles of the moon? Aboriginal peoples around the globe have been living by the moon for eons. They haven't read books and/or complicated moon calendar plans, and yet are still in sync with the natural lunar cycles. HOW you ask? They just go outside, look up, and observe the actual Moon.

The actual length of a moon cycle on Earth is roughly 29 1/2 days. Their are many stone monuments marking natural cycles of the moon, such as Chaco Canyon's Sun Dagger. The Maya's Dzilbilchaltun and Chichen Itza also mark the moon cycles with the light of the first full moon following the Spring Equinox. In Machupicchu the sun boat also marks natural moon cycles.

In comparison, the popularized 13 moon calendar works solely with the mathematics of 28. (13 moons of 28 days per year) Important and profound as these sacred numbers are to Mayan Cosmology, these calendars are not in alignment with natural moon cycles, nor are they helping humanity to align with natural time. Yet I feel the peaceful intention proclaimed in this new movement is an honorable one.

By design these 13 Moon, Gregorian style calendars still have a beginning / end date including a linear left to right format, encouraging its inherent materialistic focus and commercial use. There is no visual reference to the spiraling cycle of time to help activate our inner natural clock. It is easy to continue to make our appointments on a seven day work week. To confuse things even further, Sunday through Saturday are different that the ones society is using on the current Gregorian calendar.

The natural Moon cycle used by the Maya are spiraling and unending. Lunar cycles are used and understood by all natural cultures in the Americas. This is called Ingenious Astrology. From the Lakotas of the north to the Inca in the south natural time is based on actual observations of the sky. The seven day week (Mon. Tues.. Wed...) is not used by the Maya. A 7 day week cuts the sacred manifestation force of 13 in half causing obvious discontent in humanity. Monday blues a common symptom of this.

It is logical to conclude that if we align with natural lunar cycles by observing the actual phases of the moon, we will come into sync with natural lunar timing frequencies. The same would be true with solar cycles and other cycles based on stars and planets. It is simple! All we have to do is go outside and look up!

Authors note: In my continuing journey toward truth, I am constantly reminded that we need to integrate information from many directions to see a larger and more encompassing picture. We need to enter the new world with open minds. We are challenged to accept only what feels true, regardless of outer opinions. In this article, I have shared my truths and perspectives. I share these ideas as a student of truth and hope you accept them as such.

For further study - Read articles on Indigenous Astrology by Aluna Joy - March 96 and October 96.

Aluna Joy Yaxk'in . . . A Star Messenger - Earth Oracle - Soul Reader - Sacred Site Junkie was literally born awake and in the company of her guides, the Star Elders. Today she has evolved into an author, spiritual life coach, sacred site guide, alternative historian, ordained minister and modern mystic. In the Inca world, Aluna is considered a Qawaq (cow-wak), a clairvoyant or seer of living energy. Aluna acts as a spiritual archaeologist using her clairvoyant / clairsentient gifts to excavate current messages from the masters of ancient, enlightened cultures to uncover what affect this has on humanity and the collective consciousness. She is well known for her down to earth, accepting attitude that makes each one feel like they have come home. She inspires and encourages others to recognize and accept their own authentic divinity and connection to the Creator. "Our groups are family, and each one is a teacher and also a student. We work together as a team to unravel the sacred mysteries of life." Aluna coined the term "sacred site junkie" because she is one herself. After her first trip to Tulum, Mexico, her life changed dramatically, and she was sent on an entirely different path in life. Since this time, her work has been influenced by uncountable shamanic experiences in sacred sites of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Peru, Bolivia, Egypt, Greece, England, Australia and New Zealand. Aluna has been leading groups in the Maya world since 1986, the Inca world since 1996, and the Egyptian world since 2008, and the mystical world of Avalon (England and Scotland) since 2007. Aluna offers Star Elder Sessions, formulates Sacred Site Essences and a free newsletter. She is the author of "Mayan Astrology" and her articles have been published worldwide. Website: Facebook: YouTube:

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