Archive for November, 2018

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 to 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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Nov 03 2018

The Ecliptic Calendar

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  24 Cadal, 3044       164·19·12·24       13 Blotmonath, 1574  

A new slant on perennial calendars and secular holidays

This is a nice discovery that I made when checking websites that have linked to my page. This calendar is similar to my Anglo-Saxon calendar, in that it has variable length seasons depending on the course of the sun along the ecliptic during the year. It is nice in that I could actually apply it to my calendar, with the rest days and holidays depending on the number of days in the month. Under this system today would be the 2nd Thursday of the 8th month (date: 04 / 02 / 02 / 08 / 12). If I applied it to my calendar it would be the 2nd Friday of the 11th month (Blotmonath), with the Ides holiday on Monday (5th November) and the next rest day on Tuesday (6th November).

The calendar also uses a system of ages based on the zodiacal sign of the galactic equator, so we are currently in the age of Aquarius, which began on 20th March 1988 by the calendar’s reckoning. It’s a pretty cool system and does have a practical purpose in that it illustrates the precession of the equinoxes and keeps track of it by aligning with the sun’s position on the ecliptic. There is much information at the following link: The Ecliptic Calendar.

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