Holiday Calendars transform time into a dimension through which we dream. By assembling our cultural clocks into a single Mythouse Calendar, the hope is to activate the part of the self that, first and foremost, identifies as human; to teach that human identity about its world of holidays; and to, ultimately, transcend the maps for dream-time itself.
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All over the world and for as long as we can remember, our time has been filled with myth and ritual. The solar day and planetary week, the lunar month, myths of the stars, seasons and solstices, the zodiac, months, holidays and week make for a dream-like medium through which we journey.
What Corbin calls the "World Imagination", the mundus imaginalis, is organized around our clocks, each of which reads the same time. When we look at our holidays together, themes of spring and autumn begin to clarify. Winter holidays are filled with lights in the dark. Return of vitality is celebrated each spring, and the fall is stuffed with harvest feasts.
Clocks are not timelines. Seasons, months, weeks, days -- the cycles of time repeat. We see this in the holidays, rituals and myths that find their grounding in our calendars.
The Eternal Return of time is a rhythm of renewal that repeats across every level. This healing poetry of life has been precious to the human dream for as long as we can remember. Holiday calendars have come and gone. Their rhythms of renewal have not. Holidays from the same season and different cultures can point us to time beyond our calendrical maps, to the moon beyond our fingers, to dream time itself.
The Mythouse Calendar is a conduit for participation in what Eliade would call "Sacred Time," or "Mythic time." It gives us a way to look beyond a single tradition to vibe inside a common current. This is the clock we have made together, and the more we share time, the more this human dream will serve our human identities.