THE KALENDAR is a spiritually and philosophically endowed timepiece spanning 3,000 years of the world’s past, present, and future. Incepted at 1 CE and winding down at the year 3,000 CE, The Kalendar’s year begins at the solstice on Black Stone 1 (December 22) and ends with the Yule’s arrival on Silver Stars 41 (December 21). The calendar year contains nine months comprising 40 or 41 days apiece; each month is divided into three trimonths of 13 or 14 days each, and the trimonths are divided into two weeks of 6 or 7 days each; each day is divided into two halfdays. In all there are 729 distinct calendar stations, each given a particular meaning in the intellectual edifice of Integral Magic and the metalanguage of Lingua-U.
THE 729 STATIONS are each assigned a hexagram describing the subtle energy signature — a mix of Yang (⚊), Yin (⚋), and Yung (𝌀) marks — for that particular station. For example, the first halfday of the Kalendar at Black Stone 1 AM is 𝌆⚌ and the last halfday at Silver Star 41 PM is 𝍖𝌅. The subtle energy marks are arranged sequentially so that when Yang is represented by 0, Yin by 1, and Yung by 2, then the chronology depicts the digits in the base-3 counting system from 0 to 222222 (equivalent to 0 to 728 in base-10 counting). This particular calendar originated with the Tai Hsuan Ching of Master Yang Hsiung, the Chinese sage who created a philosophy comprised of three subtle energies over 2,000 years ago in the tumultuous last days of the Han Dynasty. Hsiung’s classic epic poem, known as the The Canon of Supreme Mystery, is actually a divination manual that can be used for practical decision-making in harmony with the energies of the universe, conceived as ternary forces. (Michael Nylan, Hsiung’s most eminent translator, has described Yang Hsiung as a sort of Thomas Aquinas of ancient China, forging a creative synthesis of five distinct schools of Chinese thought including Taoism, Confucianism, and Yin-Yang Theory.) The descriptions of each Kalendar station include ŋʊŋon, logically coherent “fables” or metastories concerning matters of cosmological, anthropological, and spiritual significance.
LINGUA-U, THE UNITIVE METALANGUAGE, describes all the subtle energy markers of The Kalendar. The markers themselves are called metawords, and they are assigned phonetic values in a systematic fashion. The unigram metawords are denoted with three cardinal vowels, the bigram metawords are denoted with eight secondary vowels and one cardinal vowel, and the ternary metawords are denoted with consonants. These symbols are called Principles, Elements, and Letters respectively. Thus the symbol ⚏⚋, comprised of three Yin marks, may be pronounced by its Principles as /i/+/i/+/i/, by an Element and a Principle as /ə/+/i/ or /i/+/ə/, or by the Letter K as /k/. Additionally, there are 81 metawords the length of four subtle energy marks, known as tetragrams or Thrones. Metawords the length of five subtle energy marks, known as pentagrams or Seats, are 243 in number. The hexagrams, six marks long, are also known as Masters.
INTEGRAL MAGIC is the thought-framework used for interpreting The Kalendar and relating its insights to other philosophies, artworks, spiritual literature, and systems of magic. The Kalendar is known as an Integral Konstruct, one of several defined within the Integral Magic system of thought. The term “Integral Konstruct” refers to the fact that the system is correlated to key elements of the Integral or Evolutionary philosophical school, in particular the insight that individual and collective human consciousness evolves through stages or levels of development. In Lingua-U, correlates to these evolutionary structures are known as grammatical person-perspectives, reflecting insights which have been studied by Jane Loevinger, Susanne Cook-Greuter, and Terri O’Fallon. The Kalendar includes all nine grammatical person-perspectives of Lingua-U as corollaries of the nine calendar months. Thus, from the standpoint of an Integral philosophy, each calendar month may be seen as revealing insights about each of nine structures of consciousness ranging including magical, mythic, rational, pluralistic, integrative, para-mind, meta-mind, overmind, and supermind (to use terminology given by Ken Wilber’s Integral Spirituality).
An evolutionary interpretation (sometimes called “the Western model”) is not the only valid way to look at the calendar nodes. In the involutionary interpretation (loosely speaking, “the Eastern model”), each of the calendar months corresponds to one of the nine squares of the Lo Shu Magic Square. Magic Squares contain numbers which sum to the same amount regardless of whether you are looking at its rows, columns, or diagonals. The rows of The Kalendar are known as Tiers; the columns are known as Columns; and the diagonals are known as Transversals. Rows are counted top-to-bottom, columns from left-to-right, and diagonals from top-left to bottom-left. You may notice that the First Tier comprises the months of the Black Stone, the Red Jewel, and the Brown Sword (which basically correspond to the magical, mythic, and rational structures of collective consciousness in Integral philosophy), and the Second Tier relates to the Golden Egg, White Horse, and Green Bowl (for the pluralistic, integrative, and para-mind altitudes of consciousness). Although the terms “first-tier”, “second-tier”, and “third-tier” are used by some Integral philosophers to refer to structures which can be looked at from a similar lens, the use of these terms (First Tier, etc.) in Integral Magic is distinct. In general, “movement” in consciousness from one station to another on The Kalendar is not seen as merely an advancement in a horizontal (Tier) direction, but a process involving simultaneous non-local connections to all stations sharing fundamentally similar structures of subtle energy, regardless of whether those stations are located in a relative row, column, or diagonal direction.
The term “Super-Integral” is used in Integral thought to refer to structures or stages of consciousness evolved beyond the usual characterizations of integrative levels (e.g., beyond the Turquoise vMEME in the Spiral Dynamics model or the Turquoise altitude in AQAL Theory). The Kalendar is Super-Integral in the sense that it is an Integral Konstruct (i.e., Turquoise-based model) which includes insights in its construction from perspectives from para-mind, meta-mind, overmind, and supermind consciousness (or psychic, subtle, causal, and nondual states of realization as interpreted from a Third Tier angle). In plain language, it isn’t just a magical system, mythic rendering, rational edifice, postmodern heuristic, or cross-paradigmatic meta-framework. It is a way of looking at worldviews from all of these different sorts of perspectives as contributing to a larger whole based on religio-spiritual knowledge, holarchical modelling, and linguistic reinvention. The Kalendar is not the only possible Integral Konstruct capable of synthesizing insights from the Third Tier, but I think if you study it diligently over time you will probably come to agree with me that it is an uncommonly elegant and enchanting vision of the Real as it appears through a particular ternary (i.e., post-dual or nondual) meta-vision. Although the concept of a Trinity or Trimurti or Triune has been present in Christianity and Hinduism and Chinese philosophy for more than 2,000 years, the Kalendar is the first systematic attempt to derive a ternary-based worldview which shows a simultaneously holistic perception and comprehension of Thought (Lingua-U), Time (The Kalendar), and Space (The Atlas of Uvoha, another Integral Konstruct of Integral Magic).
THE MYTHOS. The Kalendar is the first of several forthcoming interrelated Integral Konstructs to be published by Joe Perez, Worldview Artist, under the rubric of Integral Magic. Perez published the first poem of the Kalendar, called “Dec. 22: Bible” on December 22, 2012 CE, in response to the winding down of the Mayan Haab. (That poem was later incorporated into the first book of a work of sci-fi/fantasy called The Kalendar Series: Book One, The Black Stone.)
Perez, a descendant of ancestors inclusive of Native Americans who were probably Mayan or Aztec in origin, envisions The Kalendar as a project continuous with the impetus of the world’s indigenous philosophies to harmonize human action with nature and cosmic energies. He was inspired in his creative endeavors by a spiritual presence which he calls the Archangel Queibriel, who gave him the letters K-L-N for his creation in 2010 CE (when he was forty years old). Perez, born on the day of maa’i or “Muhammad” in the Kalendar (September 3 PM), noticed that the Islamic Prophet also received a calling from an Archangel on his fortieth year on the tenth year of a new century to write a book called K-R-N, some 1,400 years earlier.
Perez first wrote of his calling to become “some sort of prophet” in his spiritual autobiography, Soulfully Gay (Integral Books/Shambhala), written when he was just 33 years old. Soulfully Gay tells the story of a young man who had a disturbing spiritual breakthrough on his 30th birthday, in September 1999 CE, for which he was hospitalized. To regain his mental health, he repressed the memories of his shocking experiences until three years later, when he began to do shadow work in a men’s community as he studied Integral philosophy (and as his physical health collapsed, leading him to fear death was imminent). Ken Wilber wrote in the Foreword: “Joe Perez’s book is perhaps the most astonishing, brilliant, and courageous look at the interface between individual belief and cultural values that has been written in our times. By a homosexual, or a heterosexual, or any other sexual I am aware of.”