The Royal Calendar

Do you remember a version of this rhyme?

Thirty days hath September, April, June and November…


This traditional English mnemonic is used to remember the months of our Gregorian calendar. But it has no rhythm which suggests that it doesn’t reflect our natural, seasonal cycles. It’s a mess because we took the fractional length of the Earth year (over 365 days) and divided it unequally by a random number of periods (12 months). To remember these varying lengths, we developed the knuckle mnemonic on the grounds that using your fist was easier.

The Royal Calendar, of course, requires none of these games because it is based on a lotus pattern. This hidden matrix governs not just our seasons but also those of the solar system. Before we explore this though, it’s worth starting at the beginning…

Lily flower by night - 3D render

Far beyond recorded history mankind has measured time by the natural cycles of all the major bodies—including the Moon’s. As humans we were aware of it above us as it waxed and waned. So a lunar month was both implicit and explicit: as water beings we were innately responsive to it. These births and deaths had distinct personalities that reminded us of the human lifecycle.

Today, most of us know that we have four seasons in an Earth year. Some of us know that each season is 13 weeks long or 91 days in length. The middle day of each season is referred to as an equinox or a solstice. 13 therefore rules the number of weeks in a lunar season and the number of months (of 28 days each) in an Earth year. This can be written:

» 13 weeks of 7 days = 91 days «

» 13 months of 28 days = 364 days «

These relationships are overtly displayed in temples like Chichén Itzá where each seasonal face has 91 steps:


The Royal Calendar is based on the 13 Moon, 28-day cycle. So were the Mayan, Incan, Druidic, Native American and Chinese calendars. Every Moon in the calendar has exactly four, seven-day weeks which makes 28 days in total.  So a lunar year is made up of 13 cycles and so is an Earth year. This pattern implies that time is the universal factor of synchronisation. It distinguishes between a natural timing frequency that aligns the universal order and an artificial timing frequency which describes modern human civilisation.

The 13 Moon, 28-day calendar is the true standard of time for anyone wishing to divinely align their awareness. As a perfect measure of cosmic time, this calendar is actually a “synchronometer”. Followed daily, it gives us a new cadence to our lives. But how to convert one calendar to the other? Well, if you look carefully below you can see the Gregorian calendar dates in smaller type beneath the lunar cycle. Indeed, each of the 13 moons has a power and quality which define an annual program to synchronise our consciousness with deeper galactic cycles.


So how did we justify adding a synchronous day above to take us to to 365 days? Well, this special day falls on the heliacal rising of Sirius or July 25 in our current calendar. It means that we add a day every four lunar cycles and another day every four Earth cycles. This order and balance is called the Law of the Cosmos. The calendar is suddenly synchronous; it has moved from being mundane to being sacred:

» 4 lunar cycles + 1 day = 1 Earth cycle (365 days) «

» 4 Earth cycles + 1 day = 1 solar cycle (1,461 days) «


What we used to do, and what all advanced races still do, is to ensure that the Moon, Earth and Sun cycles work in harmony without disrupting each other. This way we start to see that an Earth year of 365.25 days is fractional: it is really a solar season that is one quarter of a solar year of 1,461.00 whole days. Now we start to see where the 28-day month really came from—it’s a harmonic of the sacred multiplier (52.18) of our planetary bodies:

» 52.18 weeks of 7 days =  1 Earth cycle (365.25 days) «

» 52.18 months of 28 days =  1 solar cycle (1,461.00 days) «

The question then becomes: what is the star that governs our solar system? Well, the Egyptians figured it out. They knew that our Sun takes 1,461 complete days to reappear in the sky in the same place (the solar cycle) and that Sirius takes 1,461 complete years to do the same thing (the Sothic cycle). Sirius, therefore, presents the logical parent star because it has a synchronistic time cycle with our Sun. It aligns us with Galactic Standard Time:

» 365.25 solar years = 1 Sothic cycle «

So while Earth travels around the Sun every 365.25 cycles, the Sun also travels around Sirius every 365.25 cycles. Indeed, these patterns are actually based on the sacred lotus that gives birth to star systems.

Earth and Moon

When the Moon “occults” the Sun during an eclipse it happens when the Moon and the Sun have the same elliptical longitude. When this New Moon eclipses the vernal equinox Sun the energy of rebirth can be profoundly felt on Earth. This implied that the Zep Tepi calendar began on a supermoon: the closest lunar approach to Earth that coincided with a vernal equinox, new Moon and solar eclipse. No surprises then, that the Egyptians chose this special alignment as the starting year for their calendar.


Above: this syzygy or “yoked together” shape looks like an hourglass

Once upon a time we thought the Earth was the centre of the universe. Even though we corrected this spacial error, our temporal worldview hasn’t evolved in line with this. In calendar terms we are still trying to place Earth at the centre of the cosmic clock by displacing the other major bodies. However, by dealing with cosmic wholes we can enlarge our context and align with deeper cycles. Prime numbers like 13 are prevalent in these rhythms because the universe prefers wholes: primes are symbolic of indivisibility and unity. As we begin a ninth Sothic cycle, remaining synchronous is a powerful way to live our lives. It is time to remember the mnemonic that reconciles our lunar, terrestrial and solar rhythms. Like a pyramid, we start from the bottom and add one day at the top:

Four swings plus one. 
Ninety one beats the drum
In their slow dance with the Sun.
Thirteen songs the Moon and Earth hum

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