I was thinking about this a few days ago. The calender we use in the US and most other English speaking countries is the Gregorian Calender, based off the death of Jesus of Nazareth. This year, 2012, it has been two thousand and twelve years since the supposed death of Jesus.
So, here is what I suggest for a Pagan calender:
- Eight months instead of twelve, having each of the solstices and equinoxes mark the beginning of four months and the other four being the halfway mark for each. This would mean that all the Sabbats would represent the start and end of each month, but that the calendar is connected with the movement of the Earth and not the celebrations we do to honor that.What I mean by the "start and end" of each month is that each holiday is actually two or more days of celebration. For instance, Samhain is Oct 31st and Nov 1st.
- It would still have the same 7 days a week, but each month would have roughly 6 weeks in it. Some compensation will be needed, like an extra week here or there, but 6 weeks a month.
- We can keep the same day names, since they are based off our gods anyway, but month names need to be suggested. Perhaps...
- Proserpius - (Yule) Named for Persephone, the life-death-rebirth Goddess.
- Januarius - (Imbloc) Named for Janus, God of Beginnings and Transitions.
- Februarius - (Eostre) Named for Februus, God of Purification.
- Aprilis - (Beltaine) Named for Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Sex.
- Martius - (Midsummer) Named for Mars, the God of War.
- Maius - (Lammas) Named for Maia, an Earth Goddess.
- Junius - (Mabon) Named for Juno, Goddess of many things, including vitality and wealth
- Ploutarius - (Samhain) Named for Pluto, God of the Underworld and death.
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- Proserpius - 50 days
- Januarius - 43 days
- Februarius - 47 days
- Aprilis - 41 days
- Martius - 51 days
- Maius - 41 days
- Junius - 51 days
- Ploutarius - 39 days
Which brings me to a problem. What year should I start the calendar on? The supposed beginning of Rome or the end? Perhaps the year that Britain repealed the Witchcraft Acts, which gave birth to our modern movement? I personally like the latter, making our birth the start. In that case, today would be Proserpius 8, 63 (63 because it is supposedly a new year).
This is such a crazy idea. Seriously. I hope, however, that the community might just pick it up. That would be awesome. :D
Edit: I have decided that we should do the abbreviated date as day/month/year like Europe. I also wish the US would adopt the metric system, but whatever.