In The Kalendar (now in its beta release), I will present a different kind of epic poem that re-presents the world as a coherent whole manifest in Space, Time, and Thought. As such, the world is not merely an object of the poem but the subject as well, a unity which comes alive through its comprehension and apprehension by the reader. Starting in October 2020, I will blog the poem on a near daily basis for one year here on this site at joe-perez.com/category/the-kalendar.[1]


Importantly, the poem is not usually meant to be read all-through in one setting. It takes the form of a mystery manual, an attempt to describe all the peculiar hexagonal symbols of the T’ai Hsüan Ching (The Canon of Supreme Mystery) of Yang Hsiüng, one of the world’s oldest philosophical classics. These hexagrams are depicted in both graphical form (like 𝍖𝌅)[2] and as Stations (such as §8.3.6 in the format of a base-9 counting system). You can read The Kalendar in many ways: spontaneously with the Spirit, as an act of lectio divina, as a fortune-telling oracle similar to the I Ching, or as a daily practice of AQAL Kalendar Meditation (more on the last choice a bit later).

sample from The Kalendar
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What do I mean by the term “mystery manual”? I mean to say firstly that it is a modern-day reimagination of the ancient mystery text that sought to unify five distinct threads of Chinese thought (Confucian, Daoist, Legalistic, Yin/Yang, and Mohism) through philosophical poetry and symbolism that challenged the brightest minds of China for centuries. Secondly, that it includes in its poetic embrace the philosophy (called “AQAL”) of one of the most comprehensive thinkers in our world (Ken Wilber) by suggesting an artistic representation of a philosophical system meant to represent a nearly universal embrace of all previous philosophical and spiritual systems.[3] And so you see, a “mystery manual” is an act of Worldview Artistry, a poetic distillation and synthesis of a vast number of ways of looking at the world that speaks beautifully and truthfully, and yet defies a rational understanding.

How to Read The Kalendar

These are the different components of each of the eight distinct elements.

The Dateline

What periods of Time is the mystery text describing? This is given in three parts: the date (in the Gregorian calendar), the time of day, and the year (on a scale from 1 C.E. to 3000 C.E.). Although these allusions are not referenced explicitly more often than so, you are free to interpret the hexagrams/Stations using any of these referents.

The Symbol

The Symbols depict a single image that is suggested by the hexagrams/Stations. Often this image’s symbolism is carried through the poetic verse, but it is not always so. Some symbols are derived from Elsie Wheeler’s clairvoyant realizations, some from Master Yang Hsiung’s divination manual, and still others from the author’s visionary stylings.

The Station

The Station provides a specific coordinate in three ways: as a numeric unit, as a calendar unit, and as a hexagram. The Station is a numeric referent for the entirety of the calendar unit, ranging from §1.1.1 to §9.9.9. The first number depicts the number of the calendar month (given that there are nine months), the second number is nearly aligned to half a calendar week (given that there are 5 weeks per month), and the final number is nearly aligned to the day of the week (given that there are 8 or 9 days per week). The calendar unit is given in the form of a half-day in a nine-month solar calendar. The hexagram is given in one of 729 representations of yin-yang plus a mysterious third symbol that I call yung. (The yung symbol generally represents “Man” in ancient chinese thought, Dao, flux, or nonduality).

The Verse

The verse is a three-line poetic expression of the totality of the calendar unit. It is a representative but not comprehensive expression of the full symbolism. It may be used in divination as the “judgment” of the divination’s outcome. As an epic poem, the verses may be read sequentially from §1.1.1 to §9.9.9 as a depiction of Space, Time, and Thought.

The Correspondences

Values of correspondence are given in this excerpt from The Kalendar book, but these are provided here without commentary. For a fuller explanation, you will need to wait for the book’s release.

Lingua-U

What letters of Lingua-U, the Unitive Metalanguage, do the calendar symbols correspond to? All of them, in every combination. The most common symbols are provided here. For example, the calendar symbol 𝍖𝌅 can be read as either uyaa or aayu because in Lingua-U the letter u is 𝌀, the letter y is 𝌅𝌀, and the vowel aa is 𝌅. Basically these letters correspond nearly to the International Phonetic Alphabet, and they depict almost every major phonetic expression in most Western and non-Western languages.

The Atlas

All the geographical coordinates of the Earth’s surface are detailed in The Atlas (formerly known as The New Atlas). The latitudes progress from the South Pole to the North Pole, reaching the Equator at the calendar’s midpoint. The longitudes progress from 22.5 degrees E. Long. and proceed around the globe in an easterly direction, reaching Greenwich, England at the point where Lingua-U spells the word “Line”. The starting point corresponds to Delphi, Greece, and the endpoint nearly corresponds to Sophia, Bulgaria.

Nonagon

The Nonagon is a wheel of human personality types (and more) based on the spiritual symbol of the Enneagram. Like the Enneagram, there are nine fundamental types each with two wings depicting the transitions into and out of the type. The wings take on some of the characteristics of the neighboring type on the wheel. Unlike the Enneagram, each type is seen to interact with every other type on the wheel, not just a subset of them.

AQAL

Each Station of the calendar represents a particular station in AQAL, a cross-cultural and philosophically informed depiction of human nature as it is described in developmental theories and interdisciplinary scholarly research. The calendar specifically includes the following elements of AQAL: stage (the Altitude), type (Agentic, Communal, Balanced), Quadrant (Individual in relationship to Collective, Subjective in relationship to Objective), and Zone (Interior in relationship to Exterior).[4]

Conclusion

I hope you enjoy this early version of excerpts from The Kalendar: A Supreme Mystery of Space, Time, and Thought. It’s been my great privilege to reimagine the T’ai Hsüan Ching of Master Yang Hsiung, and I hope you will explore his work further in its original or the English translation by Michael Nylan. My debt is also great to The Sabian Symbols in Astrology of Elsie Wheeler and Marc Edmund Jones, so if you are intrigued by this book then you may also wish to explore this paranormal text. Finally, if you want to learn more about Integral Theory, I recommend Ken Wilber’s A Brief History of Everything.

One of the most useful ways to enjoy this book is to treat it as a form of AQAL Kalendar Meditation. Simply read the calendar text and image daily and allow it to speak to your subconscious, conscious, and superconscious mind through openness to its essence. If you wish, and if you are familiar with Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory, you may also allow the essence to represent for you a single location on the map of human nature described by the philosophy. Over the course of a year from the December solstice to its return, you will encounter stations of the entire spectrum of consciousness from infrared/crimson to magenta to red to amber to orange to green to teal to turquoise to indigo to violet to ultraviolet, and finally to clear light/white; these altitudes will manifest to you in every quadrant and zone, and in masculine and feminine and balanced types.

Read the excerpts here.

Learn more about the artistic symbolism of the nine calendar stations here.

If you want to explore how to put The Kalendar and AQAL Integral Meditation into practice for bettering self and world, please join The Meusio and The Meusio Group, our Facebook presence.


[1] Partial and experimental versions of the text have been blogged here in 2018 and 2019. These early versions are obsolete and have been entirely supplanted by the new iteration. I first published poetry inspired by the calendar of Yang Hsiüng in social media on the winter solstice of 2012 CE, as a celebration of the end of the Mayan Haab. Additional poetry plus a fantasy novel inspired by the calendar is available as The Kalendar Series: Book One: The Black Stone. The continuing project of writing Lingua-U and The Kalendar has (so far) spanned 10 years.

[2] If your computer or device can’t display 𝍖𝌅 in this article except as empty boxes or ?? characters, then it is probably not fully Unicode 10 compatible. You will need to reference the numeric Station instead. Please note that older articles on this site have unfortunately been stripped of their proper Unicode 10 symbols during a server upgrade, and they remain damaged for the time being.

[3] Apart from Yang Hsiüng and the clairvoyant Elsie Wheeler with whom this work is in deep conversation, there are occasional literary allusions as well to other Worldview Artists (e.g., Dante, Nostradamus, Sri Aurobindo, T.S. Eliot, etc.).

[4] AQAL also makes room for two other facets of human psychology: Lines and States. For the purposes of reading the calendar, you may assume that lines correspond to either the Cognitive or Spiritual modes and the state is the affective location described by the verse and the calendar unit’s totality. Or perhaps you will prefer to give no interpretation or something else (it’s up to you).

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