Did you know that if you add up the two or three days past 28 each month, you get another month? 28 x 13 = 364, so that only leaves one day out (in non-leap years); which is called Day Out of Time, and is held as the New Year's Day of this schema. Day Out of Time was yesterday, July 25, so that got me thinking about new chapters of life, new focus, and so forth.
I do find that having months of equal length, which always begin on the first day of the week and always end on the last day of the week, makes so much more sense than the Gregorian calendar. I also like the concept that -- as Law of Time put it -- "We are now participating in what is called the biosphere-noosphere transition: When life on Earth (the biosphere) evolves into an awakened planetary mind (noosphere)." I can definitely see how this ties into some of the underpinnings of Permaculture.
I dunno, some of you guys might think this is too much woo. That's fine -- you are focusing on the practicalities of doing permaculture, which is a necessary component. Still, I wanted to bring it up as a way of rethinking our relationship with time. I saw the thread referring to "the purgatory of 9-to-5," so clearly we are aware that the view of time being foisted on us ("time is money," and all that) does not really work to our advantage. If we can find a better relationship with time, I for one am for it.
Interesting how different cultures all had their own ways of counting time, which have mostly been bulldozed by the European calendar & clock. The moon was such a prominent, visible presence in our lives for millenia, and now days and nights pass where I do not even think to look for it in a sky blocked by buildings.
Weeds are just plants with enough surplus will to live to withstand normal levels of gardening!--Alexandra Petri