Grace Lenhart is the artist behind the 2021 Moon Circle Calendar – a unique circular wall calendar created as an art piece, an empowerment tool, and measurement instrument for menstruation and moon cycles. In the story that follows she shares her journey of inspiration and creation of the calendar.
It was an ordinary day. Second grade. I looked past the beige desks to observe my teacher place the months linearly down the velcro wall. January to December placed north to south. We were memorizing the months in a line. That’s weird I thought – the year is definitely a circle.
I began drawing my own circular calendars in journals, as a compass of sorts. Summer in the north, winter in the south, spring in the east, and fall in the west. Time represented in the traditional grid structure felt squeezed and forced. Time represented in the circle, flowing and cycling, felt just right.
As time cycled on, so did I. I entered the cycles of puberty, teenage years, schooling, and young adulthood. I began tracking menstruation on apps and in notebooks, but I’d always forget about it, so I began to draw large wall calendars, in which I marked a red drop in the days corresponding with my flow. In 2016, I moved to Denver, and began teaching, and there I became deeply inspired by the cycles of the moon. Quite possibly because in the mile high city, the sky is usually clear, and clouds dissipate fast, I could find the moon nearly nightly. During my time in Denver, I came to know communities of women who were empowered to celebrate their cycles, and work with the moon with intentionality, and this strengthened my spirit.
When 2020 arrived, I had planned to leave my job teaching and travel for a while, but when the pandemic hit I found myself returning to my hometown. I started painting and creating an art business, and then spirit’s voice popped up and asked me to once again draw out the calendar. I found the biggest paper I could, and makeshifted a compass from two pencils and string, and drew it out. I didn’t know what all to include, so I sat with myself and asked ‘If I could create the ‘just right’ calendar for me what would it look like?’
And it was created! I worked with a graphic designer to translate my sketch into digital form. I searched through paper samples, and when I found a sustainably made Wisconsin paper named ‘moonstone’ I knew that was the one! The design was transferred onto a metal plate, offset printed at a local print shop, and then die cut into a circle nearly 2ft in diameter. And, so, the 2021 Moon Circle Calendar was created.
The 2021 Moon Circle Calendar is a contemporary vision of the ‘year’ in form as a circular wall calendar. I’ve created this calendar specifically for persons who are moved to track menstruation alongside the moon cycles. This calendar is meant to integrate a shift in perspective guiding us to redefine ‘time’. We are no longer marching through the grid structure of the year, instead we dance in the wholeness of the circle. We embrace time as expansion and hold ourselves in and within the cycles of our bodies and the universe around us.
To facilitate this perspective shift, the Moon Circle Calendar contains the following elements:
a long rectangular box to write intentions, events, or birthdays
a small square box to mark off a goal or intention
daily moon phases
a drop where one can track menstruation, sweat, or hydration
large middle space – a ‘blank canvas’ for you to interact with your work in the year in a meaningful way
It’s been a joy to create and share the 2021 Moon Circle Calendar. I’m pleased to offer the Moon Cycle Bakery community 10% off – just visit gracelenhart.com and use the code BAKERYMOON. Additionally – keep an eye on instagram for our Moon Circle Calendar giveaway!
I find great inspiration and peace in acknowledging the cycles of life-force that flow with, in, and around us, and I hope you do too. Wishing you all a lovely start to 2021.
In Peace & Flow,