I’ve written a little about this second calendar once before in another post. As I’ve before mentioned, I have a liturgical calendar I already follow, but it is bound up with my life history dressed up in legendary-like form with certain dates also commemorating other beings as a reflection on that story, some of whose stories I have adapted for my purposes, some stories which I’ve written myself based on other sources.
That calendar is easy enough to work with in terms of adding on side practices, but it is bound up with very specific beings and difficult to incorporate other spirits and Powers into it, and I don’t think I should.
I don’t resonate well with any other existing calendars that I have read about in the pagan or neo-pagan realms, but I am experimenting with creating a calendar based on certain themes loosely associated with my first calendar which is in turn based on the Christian liturgical year from Advent onward. The second calendar is not based on a particular mythic cycle, nor based on my specific life history because I want to open up some possibilities in terms of exploring other Powers to honor and aid me in my spiritual work.
It is basically secular, but not to the exclusion of spiritual activities or devotions.
I need the structure to do this psychologically, but I don’t want it to be too specific to a given pantheon or culture because I am still exploring Whom I may need to honor and aid me and, without neglecting my first set of spirits, I am constantly exploring potential sources for this work in both pop culture and Greek mythology which is what I am most familiar with besides Christianity and Christian-derived approaches. Also, it may help me in dealing with practical issues which I struggle with.
This calendar is as yet very undeveloped, but I’m hoping to get some feedback on how I may improve it or regarding calendars in general. This will be a very rough outline.
Here is what I’ve got so far for the second calendar for seasons:
The Resting (around November): themes of darkness, awaiting the light, rest.
Inspire (around Xmas): a time of creativity and a lighthearted attitude, themes of light
Jan 1 — New Year: A time of celebration in general.
Rapport (around Epiphany in the Christian calendar): bonding with friends, family, and spirits and gods. Cut out unwholesome relationships. Nurture the self as well.
The Dreaming: a time of reflection corresponding with Lent. Dream work, inner work, meditation.
The Sacrifice: A time to ponder personal sacrifices to be made and also dealing with inner pain. A time of transformation and tearing down. (I may need to rename this: I primarily conceptualize of sacrifice as giving presents, though depending on what this involves, sometimes that may involve pain.)
Love (in the sense of cosmic unity, attractive force, integration and reintegration) A focus on healing, growth and rebuilding. Celebrate hope and life.
Mundane time — Focus on practicalities. Take a break mentally from lofty thoughts and matters.
Halloween: honoring the dead and death itself.
Some of this is still based on my life in the sense of resonating with themes important to me and my past, and some of the themes will correspond with my cultural background at similar times of the year. But there is no particular set of stories to go with it. I wanted it to be open and flexible with the ability to incorporate ritual as needed and to explore Powers from a variety of sources as I am so called.
I also wanted it to be minimalistic without prescribed or elaborate rituals for a few reasons. I already have a set of elaborate rituals, and as much as I love them, I don’t need any more than that! I need a focus that can be minimalistic and simplistic to enable me to function spiritually in the absence of formal prayers and rituals, especially since I am OCD.
With this more secular approach to a calendar I can also open up possibilities of exploring Powers from more than one source or culture. Should none of that work out, or should those relationships transition to new relationships over time, I could use the same calendar to focus on what I need and practicalities in the absence of devotional relationships or to provide a structure for working with new Powers as best works for myself and all involved. Some Powers may be more fitting to work with at certain times of the year depending on what themes I am focusing on, but there should be flexibility.
Again, this is a very rough approach, and I may be adjusting dates and themes or adding and subtracting to what I’ve created so far, but that’s a start. I hope what I’ve written is clear enough and to get some feedback or advice on this kind of approach. The closest I’ve seen to this approach is secular adaptations of the Wheel of the Year. Any thoughts?