16 June 2021
The Times –
They Are A- Changin'
The order is rapidly fadin'
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'
– Bob Dylan –
Our recent essays have been about Magic leading to a focus on Mothers
and the wonders and magic they regularly perform. One repeated point
which appears in the midst of those writings is how much mothers of the
world do and how little honor they are accorded. Mothers Day is a
compliment, but a modest and quick one.
From our standpoint, that holiday is just a starter. We haves concluded
that the time is right to find more and wider ways to share praise for
the Mothers of All Beings, most especially our own human ones. We have
an idea how to make that happen. Over the next few paragraphs, we will
lay that simple possibility before the reader.
You may be aware that ships – as well as other prized items – have long
been named after women. All sorts of trophies and awards have taken
Then, there have been hurricanes named exclusively for females from
1945 to 2000. Hardly a compliment. The times have changed enough to
balance things by the World Meteorological Organization adding male
names to identify cyclones and hurricanes.
Naming of storms is only one of many things in a similar vein which has
changed over the generations and centuries. During their Revolution,
the French found reason to change the names of the months of the year -
from 1793 to 1805. They reinvented the calendar with these months:
Autumn - Vendemiaire, Brumaire, Frimaire; Winter - Nivose, Pluviose,
Ventose; Spring - Germinal, Floreal, Prairal; Summer - Messidor,
In the present day, there are a number of calendars around the world.
But, the modern West uses the Gregorian instigated by Pope Gregory XIII
in 1582. His calendar modified the Julian calendar of Julius Caesar,
which itself had reformed the Roman calendar of prior times. The
Gregorian calendar made the Julian more accurate by adding an extra day
every four years to keep closer tab on the Earth’s rotation around the
The Gregorian calendar today is still supplemented by lunar cycles to
determine religious festivals and national holidays like Easter. None
of the calendars are perfect. There is room for improvement.
It seems to this writer that the French Revolutionaries had a worthy
idea when changing the names for calendar months of January, February,
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November,
December. Those names still seem lacking in substance and meaning. The
latter four months names are based on numbers, others for Roman
emperors, ancient gods, and some with undetermined origin. Maybe we can
find more suitable names. What do you think?
The times in the West are a-changing with women beginning to finally be
accorded publicly their rightful places. So, this writer thinks we
ought to consider changing the names of the months in tandem; and thus
give due to the women and especially to the mothers of the world.
MONTH: The word itself is derived, at least in the West, from the word
Moon. And, women and mothers are quite connected with Mother Moon
through obvious cycles and other links not quite so apparent.
Dare we give up our weakly-named months – January to December? How
about changin’ them to names of women and mothers, Moon sisters in
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