Mar 20 2015

Spring is here, and welcomed by an eclipse

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  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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Jan 01 2014

Calendars for Lunar Year 3040

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  29 Dumhainn, 3040       164·15·2·29       12 Afteryule, 1570  

Below are the calendars for the Pictish lunar year of 3040 P.E.

  1. Samhain
  2. Dumhainn
  3. Riùr
  4. Naghaid
  5. Uarain
  6. Cuithe
  7. Geamhain
  8. Siùfainn
  9. Eacha
  10. Eilmì
  11. Aodhrain
  12. Cadal

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Dec 21 2013

Happy Yule

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  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

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  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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Nov 01 2013

Happy New Year – 3040

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  27 Cadal, 3039       164·14·12·27       11 Blotmonth, 1569  

Happy New Year – 3040

The new Celtic lunar year of 3040 (year 15 of the current cycle) begins on Monday, November 4th. As is often the case, this new year coincides with the Hindu festival of Diwali, which takes place on Sunday, 3rd November. 3040 will be a standard year of 354 days, i.e. alternate months of 30 and 29 days and no added days or months. The months in the coming year will begin on the following dates:

  1. Samhain – 4th November, 2013
  2. Dumhainn – 4th December, 2013
  3. Riùr – 2nd January, 2014
  4. Naghaid – 1st February, 2014
  5. Uarain – 2nd March, 2014
  6. Cuithe – 1st April, 2014
  7. Geamhain – 30th April, 2014
  8. Siùfainn – 30th May, 2014
  9. Eacha – 28th June, 2014
  10. Eilmì – 28th July, 2014
  11. Aodhrain/Eadraiginn – 26th August, 2014
  12. Cadal/Orain – 25th September, 2014

3041 P.E. will begin on 24th October, 2014.

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Aug 08 2013

Eilmì – “Claim” Moon

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  1 Eilmì, 3039       164·14·10·1       18 Wedmonth, 1569  

Month 10 – Eilmì – “Claim” Moon

The Celtic lunar month of Eilmì starts today, the tenth month of the year. Click the link below for the calendar for this month (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Eilmì Calendar

Eilmì signals the oncoming autumn. As there are four full moons in the summer this year, this month’s full moon is called the “Blue Moon”, delaying the Harvest Moon for a month. In the Islamic calendar the month begins with “Eid al-Fitr”, the feast that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, and in the Jewish calendar the month ends with “Rosh Hashanah”, the Jewish new year, beginning on the evening of 5th September/29th Eilmì.

In other calendars

  • Hebrew: Elul, 12th month of 5773
  • Hijri: Shawwal, 10th month of 1434
  • Hindi: Sravana, 5th month of 2070
  • Saxon: Blue Moon, 3rd and extra moon of summer
  • Chinese: 7th month, Year of the Snake

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Jul 09 2013

Eacha – “Horse” Moon

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  1 Eacha, 3039       164·14·9·1       19 Afterlithe, 1569  

Month 9 – Eacha – “Horse” Moon

The Celtic lunar month of Eacha starts today, the ninth month of the year. Click the link below for the calendar for this month (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Eacha Calendar

Horse moon occurs in high summer, and is equivalent to the Saxon moon of Grain Moon, the second full moon of summer. This month also marks the Islamic fast of Ramadan, which begins at sunset on 8th July and ends with the feast of Eid-al-Fitr on the evening of 7th August. The solar cross quarter day of Lughnasadh, the halfway point between the north solstice and the southward equinox, also takes place on 7th August.

In other calendars

  • Hebrew: Av, 11th month of 5773
  • Hijri: Ramadan, 9th month of 1434
  • Hindi: Ashadha, 4th month of 2070
  • Saxon: Grain Moon, 2nd moon of summer
  • Chinese: 6th month, Year of the Snake

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