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Nov 07 2018

New lunar year and cycle

  28 Cadal, 3044       164·19·12·28       17 Blotmonath, 1574  


So, we’re nearly there. Tomorrow night will be the occasion of this year’s Oidhche Shamhna, and at midnight the calendar count will tick over from 164.19.12.29 to 165.1.1.1. Here is the calendar for the first month of the new year, Samhain. Slàinte Mhath.

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Nov 05 2018

Celtic Calendar Special Holidays

  26 Cadal, 3044       164·19·12·26       15 Blotmonath, 1574  


Celtic Calendar Special Holidays

We still have a few days to go before the new Celtic year (and lunar cycle), and I will post nearer the time with the calendar for the new month.

Meantime, I have been reading some interesting sites, including Trials of a Féinnid, a blog about Celtic reconstructionism and related subjects and faiths. This site mentions some of the possible Celtic holidays that may have been observed by ancient Celts. A number of these are based on the four cross-quarter days in the solar calendar, except that instead of the usual fixed dates that these are observed by modern Pagans, it is surmised that these would occur on the nearest dark moon to the usual dates. This equates, in the Celtic lunar calendar, to the first day of the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th months. I have used some of the ideas in that blog to apply the names of the holidays, albeit translated into the equivalent Scots Gaelic (Gàidhlig). For the coming year, these holidays are as follows:

  • Féill na Shamhna (fail nuh how-nuh) – 9th November, 2018
  • Là Fhéill Brìde (lah ail breedge) – 6th February, 2019
  • Bealtainn (Bell-town) – 5th May, 2019
  • Là Lùnast (lah loo-nust) – 2nd August, 2019
  • Oidhche Shamhna (uych-uh how-nuh) – 28th October, 2019

More details on Celtic holidays will be posted as and when ideas come to mind. Also, although the above mentioned blog does not seem to be being updated any more, it’s a very interesting read with some interesting concepts relating to Celtic traditions and how these may be preserved and practised.

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Oct 20 2018

We’re back!

Published by under Calendars

  10 Cadal, 3044       164·19·12·10       29 Winterfylleth, 1574  


Well, we’re back! In this, the last month of the 164th metonic lunar cycle of my Celtic calendar, I have decided to start publishing the monthly calendars again. It’s a wee bit of work, but worth it I think. We’ll see how it goes

So, as I say when I started the Celtic calendar I organised the calendar into 19-year cycles so that the rules of the calendar could be correctly applied, and the "count" reflects this with the year number as the second element, and the cycle number at the beginning. When I started we were in, I think, year 4 or 5 of cycle number 164. Now have reached year 19 and we are in the last month of that year. On 9th November we shall enter cycle 165. So, on this momentous occasion, here is the calendar for the current month: Cadal

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Nov 11 2015

Happy New Year

Published by under Calendars

  30 Eadràn, 3041       164·16·13·30       20 Blotmonth, 1571  


So, after a long year of 13 months we come to the end of 3041 (year 16 of the current cycle). 3042 will be a standard year with 12 months and no additional days. Have a nice evening and a wonderful new Celtic year.

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Mar 20 2015

Spring is here, and welcomed by an eclipse

Published by under Astronomy,Calendars

  30 Uarain, 3041       164·16·5·30       1 Ostermonth, 1571  


Today is the start of spring in the northern hemisphere, and in the United Kingdom it was greeted by a rare partial eclipse, with between 84% and 98% of the Sun obscured by the Moon at maximum eclipse. Here are some pictures that I took of the eclipse this morning.

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Aug 13 2014

New Dynamic Calendar

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  17 Eilmì, 3040       164·15·10·17       23 Wedmonth, 1570  


There is now a dynamic calendar (rather than the manually created ones that are available as PDFs) at this link. The calendar shows the current standard (Gregorian) month with Celtic dates and events for each day automatically. You can also scroll forwards or backwards to see the calendar for other months, and click the month name heading to return to the current month.

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Jan 20 2014

Pictish Calendar for 3040

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  19 Riùr, 3040       164·15·3·19       1 Solmonth, 1570  


A new calendar showing the full current year arranged into traditional fortnights can be found here.

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Jan 03 2014

Important Dates in 2014

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  2 Riùr, 3040       164·15·3·2       14 Afteryule, 1570  

Some important dates in 2014

  • 31-Jan: Chinese New Year (Year of the Horse)
  • 05-Mar: Start of Lent
  • 31-Mar: Hindu Lunar New year
  • 20-Apr: Easter (Western & Orthodox)
  • 27-Jun (sunset) to 27-Jul (sunset): Ramadan
  • 27-Jun (sunset): Eid al-Fitr
  • 24-Sep (sunset): Jewish New Year (5775)
  • 01-Oct (sunset): Start of Hajj
  • 03-Oct (sunset): Eid al-adha
  • 03-Oct (sunset): Yom Kippur
  • 24-Oct (sunset): Islamic New year (1436)

Solar Events

  • Northward equinox: 20-Mar-2014 @ 16:57 UT
  • Northern solstice: 21-Jun-2104 @ 10:51 UT
  • Southward equinox: 23-Sep-2014 @ 02:29 UT
  • Southern solstice: 21-Dec-2014 @ 23:03 UT

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Dec 21 2013

Happy Yule

Published by under Calendars

  18 Dumhainn, 3040       164·15·2·18       1 Afteryule, 1570  

Happy Yule

It is Yule today, the Winter Solstice and shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere. This day marks the beginning of the new solar year and is therefore a time of celebration and merriment as we look forward to the days getting longer again and what the new year will bring us. In my Anglo-Saxon calendar it is 1570, and a calendar for the year can be downloaded at the link below.

1570 Calendar

Special Dates in 1570

  • Yuletide: 1-12 Afterlithe (21-Dec-2013 to 01-Jan-2014)
  • Mid-winter: 15 Solmonth (03-Feb-2014)
  • Ostara: 1 Ostermonth (20-Mar-2014)
  • Egg Moon: night of 26/27 Ostermonth (14/15-Apr-2014)
  • Mid-spring: 16 Thrimilch (05-May-2014)
  • Litha: 1 Afterlithe (21-Jun-2014)
  • Mid-summer: 16 Wedmonth (06-Aug-2014)
  • Harvest Moon: night of 18/19 Holimonth (08/09-Sep-2014)
  • Mabon: 1 Wintering (22-Sep-2014)
  • Mid-autumn: 16 Blotmonth (06-Nov-2014)

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Dec 20 2013

It’s Yule tonight

Published by under Calendars,General

  17 Dumhainn, 3040       164·15·2·17       30 Foreyule, 1569  

It’s Yule tonight. Get ready for a whole new year.

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