July is named after Julius Caesar, the Roman Emperor.
In 46 BC, Julius Caesar replaced the luni-solar Roman calendar system as one solar calendar. He consulted with Alexandrian astronomer Sosigenes and created a regular year that was divided into 12 equal months. These months were adjusted by adding ten days to the pre-Julian solar calendar of 355 days, creating a new calendar year of 365 days. Two extra days were added to the months Ianuarius (January), Sextilis (August) and December, while one extra day was added to Aprilis (April), Iunius (June), September and November. An additional leap day was added to Februarius (February) every four years to account for the fact that a solar year is actually 365.25 days long. This new calendar was then named the Julian calendar. The Roman senate changed the name of the seventh month of Quintilis to Julius (July) in his honor.
July is the perfect month to celebrate our freedom and independence by reconnecting with the cycles of nature.
In The United States of America, July is the month we celebrate our independence. Following are the opening words of the Declaration of Independence, signed July 4th, 1776….
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The phrase “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” have always resonated deep within me. It is like a call to action to understand our true nature as human beings living together on this amazing earth.
We have much happiness to pursue in July a we reconnect with the laws of nature!!