|With the infliction of the church, two
calendars were in use; the church's official solar, "Julian" calendar,
and the peasants un-official "Lunar" one.
Lunar calendar's thirteen 28-day months, had four 7-day weeks apiece,
marking new, waxing, full and waning moon-sabbaths 13 x 28 = 364
nights, with one extra day to make total 365. The weeks were still
lunar, but they no longer neatly fit into the Solar month system. It
is notable here to state that is why the old nursery rhymes,
fairy tales ballads etc typically referred to a "year and a day" as of
course these have Pagan heritage.
It has always been known that calendar consciousness
was developed first in women, because of their natural menstrual body
calendar correlated with the moon's cycles. It is actually through
this that woman taught man the concept of "time". (which was the
beginning of the end...but that's another story).
Among the women of the planet, regardless of which
continent; they knew that the first calendar was based on their
menstrual cycle, including the Maya calendar. even the Romans called
the calculation of time "mensuration" - knowledge of the menses. By
the way, Gaelic for menstruation and calendar are the same - "Miosach
For fear of disrupting the Goddess' transitions
through the moon's phases, activities of some kinds were forbidden on
the seventh day of each lunar phase; thus sabbaths became unlucky or
taboo. Because it was a time honoured custom, even the christian's god
had to "rest" on the seventh day.
The Hebrews took their calendar from Chaldea, the
legendary home of Abraham, whose older name was Ab-sin -
"Moon-Father". Chaldeans were credited with the invention of
Astrology, as they were moon -worshippers.
Even saints' days of the church were established by
menology - literally "Knowledge of the moon". Because of this, such
Pagan celebrations as Ostara (now the most important christian
celebration, Easter) relied totally on the cycle of the first full
moon after the Spring Equinox, which was the moment the Goddess slew
and reconceived the savior, or vegetation God for a new season.
More confusion regarding the Lunar calendar Vs. the
Solar one. Menstrual calendars reckoned the day from noon to noon,
with the midnight hour in the central position. The solar one however,
reckoned the the day from midnight to midnight. So you can see, the
pre-christian world gave night precedence over day. So you can
appreciate the confusion and arguments when the likes of Adonis was
born after 10 months of gestation, which he was...10 lunar months, the
normal 280 days.
Whether it was the Germanic tribes, Celts, Gauls,
Druids etc, they all calculated months, years and birthdays in such a
way as to make the night precede the day, knowing this, and knowing
that chrisitan holy days were copied from Pagan ones, you can see that
12 hours were displaced by the reckoning of the solar calculation. Therefore the older Heathen version of each festival was celebrated on
the "Eve" of its christian counterpart.
From this arose the so called
devilish rites of May Eve, Midsummer Eve, Lammas Eve, All
Hallows Eve and Christams Eve...which incidentally was taken
from the Pagan Yule, and to a late date was still called the "Night of
Witch persecutors pretended the Witches copied
their sabbats from christian feast days, when in fact it was the other
way around; the church took over the Pagan feasts of Halloween, May
Day, Lammas, Imbolg, Mid-summer, Easter Yule and so on.
Tying in Witches and the Lunar calendar even
further; the thirteen months of the menstrual calendar also led to the
Pagan reverence for the number 13..and the christians detestation of
it. Witches covens are supposed to be in groups of 13 in honour of the
Some say thirteen was a bad number because Jesus was
the thirteenth in the group of apostles, thus the thirteenth
member of any group must be put to death (poor guy)!
In closing, the general symbols of ancient
matriarchy were known as night, the moon, and the number 13, while the
church instead , favoured the patriarchal new system which endorsed
the day, sun, and the number 12.