The African Calendar

Tedx – Re-Aligning with the African Calendar

The Calling and Astrology

My guides led me in a very unusual direction, one that made me worry no one would take me seriously because astrology is often considered a Western pseudo-science. However, I learned that astrology actually developed from an African science throughout my initiation.

Fascination with the Cosmos

It started with a fascination with the sky. I spent a lot of time watching the stars, reading about constellations, and trying to understand why the stars move the way they do. Through dreams and visions, I realized I was being called to learn and understand the cosmos in a deeper way.

Ancestral Knowledge and Cosmology

The Western world’s explanation of the cosmos is a watered-down and simplified version of what our ancestors innately knew. They had a very advanced way of teaching cosmology, understanding the cosmos, and using it as a timekeeping system. It was how they tracked time, knew when to sow, when to harvest, and when to celebrate the beginning of a solar cycle.

Solar Worship and Divine Principles

Ultimately, in our blood runs the DNA of solar worshippers. Our ancestors believed that the sun was God because the sun gives life, sustains life, and holds the solar system together. They didn’t have the modern understanding of God as a man; rather, God was a creation system containing both masculine and feminine energy. The masculine was represented by the sun, and the feminine by the moon, incorporating the elements of fire, earth, water, and air.

Egyptian Conquest and Greek Influence

The Conquering of Egypt by Alexander the Great led to Greek and Roman influence in Egypt, or Kemet, which became part of the Roman Empire. This is when Greek philosophers emerged, who were students of African teachers, leaders, and scientists.

Important Monuments

Two monuments help illustrate this point. First, there is Inala, a term coined by the great Zanusi Babao Mut. Western scientists call it Adam’s Calendar, a rock formation in Mpumalanga that illustrates the solstices and equinoxes, the four most important days of the year. Our New Year is on the 21st of September, the spring equinox, when the day and night are equal, signifying rebirth and the beginning of the solar cycle.

The summer solstice is the longest day and hottest day of the year, while the winter solstice is the shortest day and coldest day of the year. Inanga, directly translating to “birth of the sun,” and “Pang” meaning “sunrise,” through our language, you can understand how important the sun was to our spirituality and way of life. In ancient Medu Neter, the language of Kemet, gods were called Neter, directly translating to nature, as our gods were principles of nature.

My second favorite monument is the ancient Dendera in Egypt, now located in the Louvre Museum in Paris. The Dendera Zodiac is the original zodiac wheel and provides detailed information on understanding the cosmos. It tells us that we have two Sun Signs, not just one.

Dendera Zodiac. Louvre, Paris, France / Egypt

Personal Discovery and Astrology

Through my study of the ancient Dendera, I discovered that I have two Sun Signs: Taurus and Aries. Initially, I didn’t accept Aries until I understood its natural principles. Aries, or Assa, is named after a constellation and represents the Spring Equinox, symbolizing leadership and innovation.

The Complexity of Seasons and Sun Signs

The complexity arises because the Northern and Southern Hemispheres have opposite seasons. For example, someone born in the season of Taurus in the Northern Hemisphere is actually born in the season of Scorpio in the Southern Hemisphere. This significant shift helps understand astrology better, especially for those in the Southern Hemisphere, like astrologers in Australia who have a better grasp of this concept.

Decolonizing Astrology

For us, understanding and decolonizing our minds from Westernized systems is crucial. This led my spirit guides to urge me to decolonize astrology as well, helping us understand why we are so misaligned and how we can reclaim our understanding.

The Importance of Knowing Ourselves

It’s important for people to know themselves to experience radical healing. My guides led me to astrology, the purest form within cosmology, to gather information and understand our misalignment with astrology. This understanding highlights astrology as an African science, art form, and knowledge system.

African Calendar and Timekeeping

The African calendar begins with the ancient Dendera, our original timekeeping system. Our seasons were based on astrological houses, giving us 12 seasons. The Roman calendar’s shift to the Gregorian calendar and its Western names have nothing to do with our original understanding.

The Power of Names and Language

Decolonizing our system of timekeeping is essential because the names we use have power. Using names that don’t resonate with us renders us powerless over certain aspects of our time and place.

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