‘In ceaseless motion round the purple rim(
Day after day sped by like coloured spokes,
And through a glamour of shifting hues of air
The seasons drew in linked significant dance
The symbol pageant of the changing year.’
Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, vol 34, p. 349
Part One – Purpose
The marvel of The New Way cosmology is that Thea has shown us how to join our calendar to the cosmic harmonies of our Earth, in a way that can help us experience TIME with deeper meaning – much like the ancient societies whose calendars organized the collective energies and activities to reflect the harmony and unity between cosmos and earth.
We know from their hymns that the Vedic civilization not only saw and enjoyed the perfection of the cosmos, their goal was to replicate that harmony within themselves: to become the Sun. The rotation of Earth on her axis through the ecliptic, resting on the four periods (seasons) of cosmic TIME, was at the heart of their cosmology. The yearly journey was not merely physical, but profoundly psychological. The rays of the Sun, stolen by the ‘hoarders of Truth’ describes both the solar rays and the rays of Truth-consciousness; there was no difference for these Seers. (The New Way, Volume 3, Ch 18)
Our Earth Calendar (COMING 21 DECEMBER 2021, MAKARA SANKRANTI) is based on the Gregorian Calendar for 2021-22 which is used universally throughout the world. About the Gregorian calendar Thea states (1) it is not Christian but is pagan in origin and is simply a reform of the early Julian Calendar by Pope Gregory in 1582, (2) it is a solar calendar and honors the four divisions of the Earth, the solstices and equinoxes (The Gnostic Circle, 4th ed., Ch. 13).
There are two entry points: January 1 opens the Calendar Year 2022, which has become the universal method of recording time related to all civil activities. The Cosmic Year 2022-23 starts with the zodiacal sign Aries, the Vernal Equinox, on 20 March.
The dates of importance and their timings are based on Indian Standard Time.
This is Phase One of the Calendar, developed by members of the Movement for the Restoration of Vedic Wisdom*; if this experimental design proves useful, we will continue to refine and add more dates.
This Calendar is not The Gnostic Circle. The concept of Time as developed by Thea in The Gnostic Circle is more appropriate to the person she calls an ‘initiate’ on the path of The New Way (www.aeoncentre.com theme six). The above calendar is a tool that can help the student grow into The Gnostic Circle. It was Thea’s wish that a society of knowledge emerge and adopt a Calendar which would correspond in some way with her sacred design, ‘ a more illumined manner of recording the passage of time on our planet, one that takes into consideration the gnostic development of being within the solar system’ (The Gnostic Circle, ibid, p. 194)
Thea’s graphic (below) of the ‘harmony of the spheres’ inspired the design of our Earth Calendar Science thinks the ancients had no knowledge of the motion of the spheres; however Thea states not only were they intimately connected with the cosmic harmonies of our Earth, it is highly likely that the zodiac was discovered, whole and entire, by the eye of the Rishi, and its cosmic script became their guide on the journey. Her graphic proves and illustrates the point. About this correspondence she writes specifically that
‘In the sphere the four cardinal points are equated to Cosmic Dawn (Aries), Cosmic Midnight (Cancer), Cosmic Sunset (Libra) and Cosmic Midday (Capricorn), all of which find their physical correspondence in the fact that the Earth’s orbit around the Sun is not an even circle but an ellipse. Thus midpoint in the ellipse from the Sun and at its farthest point we are in the sign Cancer, in July, Cosmic Midnight, which represents in fact the plunge into in conscience, the ‘fall’, the movement farthest away from the Divine (Sun), the birth of the ego. The movement continues around to the sign of Yoga, Libra, the other mid-way pole opposite Aries. This is Cosmic Sunset, the sign of the awakening of consciousness; it occurs at the end of September. And from here we are brought to the fullest light in Cosmic Midday (Capricorn) the beginning of January, when the Earth is at its closest physical distance from the Sun… (Symbols and the Question of Unity, p. 18)