For two years in a row, this calendar was successfully funded on Kickstarter! Thank you to all the backers who saw something wonderful in this unusual calendar!
Okay, one thing is normal, it has dates. And it marks time. That’s two things.
But it doesn’t start in January, pages don’t correspond with months, and it has no civic or religious holidays (except Earth Day, duh, it’s a nature calendar).
Yet it has a lot that other calendars miss. Like, any connection at all with a physical experience of time.
Nature Time Calendar starts with the beginning of the natural year—the moon cycle that contains the spring equinox.
So it starts with the new moon on February 23rd, 2020, and tracks close to 14 months, through the moon cycle ending April 10th, 2021.
Ever notice how normal calendars mark time but have no real relation to the physical world we are a part of?
This calendar isn’t boring grids of rectangles.
It integrates with the cycles of nature through the changing seasons all year long!
People used to tell how far along the month was by what the moon looked like.
A month was one cycle of the moon, and roughly twelve moon cycles pass before the seasons start repeating themselves.
Each Native American tribe named the moons after what happened every year where they lived.
This calendar starts in late February and early March, whose names include Awakening Moon, Whispering Wind Moon, Maple Sugar Moon—did you know that squirrels also make maple sugar?—and Snow Blind Moon—because the sun is getting higher and reflects off the last of the snow, blinding people.
Honor their wisdom by tuning in to the natural rhythms of the year.
Each moon cycle features a constellation, with easy-to-find instructions.
If you’ve ever wanted to pick out constellations, this is a great way to start!
Of course the calendar has to have great photos! All the photos on this site are part of this year’s calendar.
14 gorgeous photos for 14 exciting months!
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By turning pages with the new moons instead of months, you will naturally pay attention to where the Moon is in its cycle
Know what seasonal produce to expect, to eat your way around the year
Gain insight into the seasons from the Native American names for the moons
Name the moons yourself as a way to notice how each bit of the year is different from the last bit
Be a backyard astronomer with this viewing guide
Know where you are in the year by following Earth’s orbit around the Sun!
Find a new constellation every moon cycle
Start your New Year in spring, the beginning of the natural year!
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