Regina Schröter

Lunar Cycle Calendar

When we look up to the sky during nighttime and there are no clouds, we will be able to spot the moon looking down on us. Our lifes are influenced by the behaviour of the moon (sleeplessness during full moon, changing of the tides) and our monthly calendar structure evolved from it. But yet we dont even know when it is the next time to see a full moon or if the moon is currently.

Each lunar cycle takes is usually depicted in its main phases with a length of 29,5 days on average, but shifted compared to our Gregorian months:

What if we would plan our day-to-day life following the ongoing change of the moon phases?

As our monthly calendar structure was originally inspired by the moon phases i decided to make a 12-page wall calendar. The moon phases don’t align at all with our 30/31 days per month, so each page starts with the new moon (another date each month).
Then it is further seperated into first quarter, full moon and last quarter to start all over on the next page. Each month the phases vary in length and amount per phase.

The calendar pages were printed, lasercutted and combined with a layer of transparent paper underneath to create foggy moons even with shadows on the edges.

How does this connect us humans more with nature?
Working on this project i realised how random our Gregorian calendar was set up: For example July and August having both 31 days because Julius Caesar wanted to have the same length for “his” month as the former emperor Augustus.

This monthly seperation is only man-made and no process in our natural enviroment supports the steady 30 /31 days length and rhythm.
But suprisingly the female cycle is pretty similar in length and rhythm to the lunar cycle which often led to an association of the moon to the female gender in ancient cultures.

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