Morranúrimë: The Elven Dark Moon of Heat

morranurimeAugust 2020

In many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, it’s now hot, humid, and “muggy”. In the South (United States), it’s a time when people traditionally indulge in front porch sitting; too muggy indoors to just chill, too hot outside to just chill, makes for a lot of time sittin’ around talkin’, or just sittin’, and thinking’, or just sitting’. During any Dark Moon, it’s Time for just sitting, being still, and allowing yourS’elf to Be—and to be flushed, filled, and inwardly outfitted by Spirit, in order to be enabled to shift into the next phase of your growth. The Dark Moon of Morranúrimë, (aligned with the Ainur, rather than one of the Valar), is such a Time, enabling you to (finally) experience what you’ve been building toward all loa (year) long—Harvest. During this Moon, we receive the culmination of their help to us during this loa, as we empty ourselves of “to-do”, and “got to…” urges, and inclinations, so we’re open for some valuable introspection.
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During the Dark Moon, we take time to look inwardly; using the Tao Te Ching as a means of focusing our thoughts profoundly enhances the experience. This Morranúrimë aligns in Enquë (Chapter) 33. It compares the nature, and values of contrasting mind sets, intentions, and consequent character. In the below excerpt, after each character example, a person (Elf, or human) from the Legendarium has been cited, respectively. Many of you who are new to Silmarillion, and Tolkien’s deeper works than “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings”, may be unfamiliar with some of them; if so, the respective books are indicated in { } beneath them. Ponder each one you’re familiar with; for those that are new to you, do a compound search for [person]+[book], [or go to Tolkien Gateway, http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Main_Page, search there), and you’ll find interesting summaries that may give you enough frames of reference to appreciate the examples. (Some character traits, written about men, have been extrapolated to Elves. There are other examples that may be more meaningful for you; it behooves you to explore the Legendarium to find them too.)
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“Se istayë néri na maitë
Se istayë immo harya tercen.”
(He who knows men is clever;
He who knows himself has insight.)
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Feanor;
Finwë.
{Silmarillion}
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“Se orturiyë néri harya sahtië;
Se orturiyë immo na anwalë tulca.”
(He who conquers men has force;
He who conquers himself is truly strong.)
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Turin;
Beren.
{Children of Hurin;
Lay of Beren, and Luthien}
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“Se istayë yassë enetiës farëa n’ alya,
Ar se himyayë altapenna i tië Altatië na
nér tulunca selmandëo.”
(He who knows when he has got enough is rich, 
And he who adheres assiduously to the path of Tao is 
a man of steady purpose.)
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Aragorn;
Samwise.
{Lord of the Rings}
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“Se lemyayë massë utúviës anwarya már tercola ando,
Ar se firayë mal atalantëaqua úasa anwa coiviëanda.”
(He who stays where he has found his true home endures long, 
And he who dies but perishes not enjoys real longevity.)
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Elrond;
Olorin/Gandalf.
{Lord of the Rings}
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The Cusp of Harvest
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This Morranúrimë, occurring at the end of Úrimë, rather than the beginning, is on the cusp of Harvest. Enquë 33 invites you to ponder yourS’Elf, the person you’re about to pour out to the world in real time, through its critical lens. Are you like the fiery Feanor, or faithful Finwë; hot-headed, defiant Turin, or passionately, and fearlessly devoted Beren? All LoTR examples are to be valued; accordingly, know when you have enough, assiduously adhere to the Path; if you’ve found your true home, even if you must leave you heart there, retreat to somewhere else, and return later, let your mind, and heart be settled there; if your Harvest during this loa means you must give up the whole world, and die to the life you’ve known for a long time, (perhaps one that you decades to build for yourself), focus most on the Divine Peace that comes with the experience rather than the feeling inherent to disruption of your life—it’s not disruption, it’s redirection in right alignment with your Highest S’Elf, and you’ve already done the hard part, I.e. growing into the person you’ve become.
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Hopefully, you’re feeling good about being like the above favorable characters; if not, at least you’ve grown into a better version of you during this loa, and you now have insight into possible Dream Seeds for the next loa.
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May the love of the Ainur descend upon you,
may the fully ripening heat of the Secret Fire rise from the heart of Arda, through your roots, and out through every cell of your body,

may the Wisdom that informs the stars guide you,
may the Joy of Love enfold, infill, and uplift you, now, and throughout Harvest, enabling you to Be the Harvest you’ve longed for during the past 11 months,
may the Road rise to meet you, and be always smooth before you, and

may the stars empower you to fully feel, and express your part of the Song with every breath, and every step you take.
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Laita
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Written by Tárainime Alyras,
Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.
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Reference:
Ashton-Smith, Roger Francis. (2010). “Altatië: The Great Way ~ The Elven Tao Te Ching”. [To be published by] Elven Spirituality Press

Tir Im, from Carvin Knowles: The Fellowship’s Album, In Elven Lands

Tîr Im
Music & Lyrics by Carvin Knowles

Tîr im elë nallon lasto lammen lasto lin
sinomë lomë quanta oi huini lasto lin
A Värda ortan calma amancala telperin
Tintallë beleg grothess bragol rille pata im
Quelle si mornië lienva aurë,
auta i lomë aurë entuluva. Ea.

(English Translation):
Watch over me, I cry, hear my voice, hear my chant.
In this dark place, full of infinite gloom, hear my chant.
O Varda, lift up your lamp of blesséd silvery light
to shine in this mighty cave a sudden brightness for my path.
This is the end of the darkness: the daylight is coming.
The dusk is passing, sunlight shall come again.

Caitlin Elizabeth: voice, cello
Kate St. Pierre: voice
Carvin Knowles: voice, gong

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(Copyright 2006)

Needs, & Wishes


Introduction

Tië eldaliéva (T-e) has been mandated to affect a great Work, and to implement a very grand vision. Organizationally, we’re committed to doing it right, the first timeThe costs inherent to fulfilling, and sustaining the Work in the framework of the vision are very high; like all 501(c)(3) organizations, we totally rely on public, and private support to enable us to fund those costs. In light of our above-stated commitment, we can either do the “same ol'” fundraising struggle for survival, diverting, and draining our time, energy, and resources seeking donations, rather than actually doing the Work; or, we can (a) grow as a self-sustained entity, via marketing of T-e generated media, literature, and merchandise, and (b) turn to the wealthy 3% of the world to help us to hit the ground running; (particularly to those who also love, and resonate with Tolkien’s Elven writings, and expressions). We have chosen the latter option.

Speaking frankly to real estate wealthy persons*, for a moment: COVID-19, and the world’s response to it, have plunged us into the first few months of what’s likely to be a precipitous, and extended economic downturn. During the past several years of steadily rising property values, you have probably experienced remarkable capital gains; and, during the past couple of years, as you have begun to see the rising property values trend level out, you may have begun to consider how to sell, or otherwise offload property in ways that retain most of your capital gains, in the event the markets experience remarkable, sustained property devaluations. Now, (especially since small business have only just begun vacating leases in droves, nationwide), the downturn is increasingly diminishing the value of many operations-ready, perfectly fine facilities; hence, now may be the perfect time for you to consider contributing your property to a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, for their operational benefit. Such a bequest/gift would allow you to offload such properties, and keep the capital gains you’ve accrued without paying taxes on them. Making such a contribution to us, would greatly enable us to do the Work right, the first time. (Please see the below “References…” we have provided for you to better understand the value of this opportunity for you!)

 

The Nature of Our Work, & Vision

Our Work is to establish a genuine, vitally resonant Elven spiritual tradition elevating Divine Resonance throughout the entire planet, for everyone. The aesthetic aspects of our vision arise from J.R.R. Tolkien, himself; inspired by his original Middle-earth art, and the art he inspired within many others.

 

Organizationally, (and for decades longer than the average age of our community members), our leaders have been individually cultivating what became our collective vision, and purpose,  (concurrently also acquiring the professional experience, and expertise required to successfully lead a mid-size company team of people to manifest it– given personnel, and sustained operational resources). If you’re feeling motivated to materially assist us in acquiring those resources, and you need a clearer picture of what we need, and how we would like the supply for some of these needs to look, this document is intended to help to make our current situation clear, on an ongoing basis; we’ll progressively update it as we grow.

 

General Financial Position (July 24, 2020)

As of the recent close of [the trustees first] Annual Meeting, we established the personnel, technical, and brick-and-mortar resources we require to meet to demands of our founding donors—who collectively represent the upon us demands by the global Tolkien-based Elven Community—the annual cost of which is a few thousand dollars less than one million ($1,000,000.00 USD). Our present financial holdings, exclusively acquired from cash donations, is less than $500.00 USD, and our present debt is approximately $2000; (entirely owed to the trustees). That’s where we are nearly fourteen months after receiving the donation(s) requiring us to become a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and church.

 

:: Main Considerations ::

Commercial Property Bequest/Gift: The Gift of WorkSpace!

Our primary consideration is the acquisition of operations-ready, perfectly fine commercial property, and a developed ranch enabling us to establish both administrative headquarters, and an Elven “Esalen”; our “Rivendell”. [We need facilities wherein we’re able to enter, set up, and fly; to hit the ground running, and quickly grow.] Generally, the geographical scope of our search is the coastal counties of California between Sonoma County, and Ventura County (except San Mateo County; more specifically, the dashed-line, lower central-upper southern coast area indicated within the inset in the CA map may be the part of CA for us to initially grow most efficaciously.). Let’s look at that from a two-tier perspective, I.e. from the needs of both Tië eldaliéva, and Yána eldaliéva.

Tië eldaliéva. T-e needs operations-ready commercial property accommodating
— 6 administrative offices,
— an audio recording studio,
— a video recording studio,
— a sound healing center,
— a dance studio,
— a meeting room suitable for up to 14 people to [COVID’] comfortably meet, with
— grounds for gardens, in a location that’s
— upwind, and at least four hundred (400) yards from the nearest major highway, or thoroughfare.

Yána eldaliéva (Y-e). Y-e requires a verdant, developed, operations-ready ranch to accommodate
— the building of our primary sanctuary,
— to establish an Esalen-like Elven community devoted to serious study, and development of Elven spirituality (in both intra-faith, and inter-faith contexts), and
— to establish permaculture operations that sustainably both build the land, and enable us to provide healing foods, herbs, and medicinal supplements to our global community, and to underserved, public communities primarily throughout the State of California; a location that is, likewise,
— upwind, and at least four hundred (400) yards from the nearest major highway, or thoroughfare.
{Note: Although we’re generally seeking a location for our Y-e base along the CA coast, we will graciously receive, and enthusiastically grow upon a property bequest meeting the above criteria in any other US state, or US Department of the Treasury-compliant nation.}

Seven (7) Years of T-e Jobs Funding

We need to create jobs, and pay more than 20 people to basically implement our Vision as reality. With a full crew, sailing T-e will cost nearly $1M annually; with no salary being “high”. Our projected budget spanning our next 7 years is $10M, which is simply required for us to grow, to accommodate hiring 3-4 new people, and to provide all personnel with annual, regionally average cost-of-living wage increases.

 

:: Our Wish List ::

A Class B Motorhome
To accommodate intrastate, and interstate trustee travel, as we investigate potential property bequests.

Funding for Training
To accommodate the costs of the trustees learning new skills enabling them to best fulfill our fiduciary duties during the first generation of Y-e.

Funding for “ElfCon”
To accommodate (COVID-19 respecting) annual Elven conferences, on par with the well-known “ComicCon”.

Funding for Annual Elven Music Festival
To accommodate an annual Coachella-like event exclusively presenting Elven sacred, and [Conscious] secular music.

Residential Property Bequests
Additional bequests of two (2) , single-family houses to accommodate the live/work activities of the current CA trustees.

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References for Wealthy, Non-Cash Donors

Contributing Real Estate to Charity: How Donors May Be Able to Eliminate Capital Gains Tax on Real Estate

Commercial Property Donations to Charity

Should you donate real estate to charity?

How to Donate a House—and Why You Might Want to Really Do It

Donating Real Estate to Charity? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly for Donors and Charities

[From the IRS} Non-Cash Donations

 

* Persons, (individuals, corporations, and/or banks), who can charitably donate a $10M USD commercial property, or a $40M USD developed ranch, and comfortably enjoy applying the entire tax deduction, either immediately, or,  up to fifty percent (50%) of their annual tax liability over the span of the ensuing 5 years. 

 

 

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The foregoing constitutes a charitable solicitation on the part of Tië eldaliéva Elven Spiritual Path, and Sanctuary Charitable Trust, operating as Tië eldaliéva Elven Spiritual Path Charitable Trust; EIN: 841953054. All material contributions to the Trust are entirely tax deductible.

 

 

Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.

 

“Become The Force” Release Bodes Well for Those In Tolkien Elven Spiritual Path Also!

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There has been interesting recent developments in what can be termed as “pop culture spirituality.”  Watkins Publishing in the UK introduces “Become the Force,” the brand new book release from popular YouTuber (and now Author) Daniel M. Jones, a millenial from Wales with an adult diagnosis of Aspberger’s Syndrome, a highly-functioning form in the autistic spectrum!  It is co-authored by Theresa Cheung, an author who has written many books on a range of spirituality and wellness topics.  And it’s been getting a LOT of press, from the likes of Time Magazine, The BBC, Good Morning America, The Guardian, USA Today and a plethora of mainstream radio and television stations – and we LOVE this!  He founded The Church of Jediism in 2007, just two years after the founding of Tië eldaliéva, the Elven Spiritual Path.

While there are clearly differences between Jediism and the Elven worldview of Professor JRR Tolkien’s Legendarium, how can anyone ignore the similarities?

In fact, we cannot ignore the similarities between Jediism and the Elven Path for an important reason!  Dr. Markus Altena Davidsen, a highly-esteemed Dutch academic in alternative religious studies had original intentions of studying Jediism, particularly since its rising popularity is even measurable.  He decided to change the emphasis of his studies to study the Elven Path and our related “sister group” Ilsaluntë Valion, because of this main reason:

George Lucas based Jediism on existing ancient Eastern-based belief systems, outside of his texts, whereas Tolkien’s actual Middle-Earth writings themselves can be interpreted as a standalone spiritual path basis for those wishing to learn the Elven lore and then apply that wisdom.

Wait – that’s the DIFFERENCE, isn’t it?  The similarities are that both Jediism and the Elven Spiritual Path would be both considered spiritual belief systems based on (seemingly) popular culture.  After all, can it be wondered that when the Greeks were learning of their massive mythology, weren’t they current events for them before they became ancient? 😉  There is something to be said for being able to RELATE to your spiritual systems in a very real way!  Story is story!

Learn more by reading Dr. Davidsen’s Doctoral Thesis (Or, if 525 pages seems daunting, scroll down for the “Summary” – and it is indeed an excellent summation!)

Congratulations Daniel and to the Church of Jediism – we here at Tië eldaliéva, the Elven Spiritual Path, wish you much success in your endeavors!

Calantirniel on the Guardian Gateway II Telesummit!

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Just in time for Cuiverë Quendivawow!

The Telesummit Goddess, Kim Wilborn strikes again with the FREE Guardian Gateway II Telesummit!

Perhaps you recall me sharing the now-complete Tarot Telesummit for September of 2013 on AstroHerbalist.com.  I spoke on the fifth card in the Major Arcana, the Hierophant and experienced really amazing response.

So, I (Calantirniel) am checking my email and discover Kim is now exploring further the idea of spiritually connecting with high-vibration beings, and this caught my attention.  I thought, “I wonder  if Kim and her audience are ready for the amazing energies available through the Elven Path, particularly those of the Elven Star Queen, Varda Elentari.”

Kim was so excited, and I know ALL of you will be excited too!  So, I have been placed on the schedule, along with other amazing speakers whose spiritual practices incorporate these archetypal portals to Source for life improvement in many areas!

**UPDATE** I am also excited that the music of Jessica Rae Butler Peng will be featured!

When:  November 11-22, 2013

Calantirniel speaks LIVE on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 1pm Pacific Time (4pm Eastern Time)

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Here are all the teachers and their topics (times and dates vary – see TimeAndDate.com for your time zone).

Theolyn Cortens – Your Guardian Angels Needs You!

Lisa Allen (Calantirniel) – Varda Elentari, the Elven Queen of the Stars

Calista – Wonder of Unicorns

Christine King – Connecting With the Animal Guardians of Ancient Egypt

Smadar Lorie – The Secret Hidden Power of the Crystal Guardians

Christiana Gaudet – Flower Power! Guidance, Inspiration, and Support from Flowers

Ferol Humphrey – Full Presence: Learn How to Channel Archangels

Judika Illes – Saints: Miracle Workers From Beyond the Grave

Melissa Kitto – 3 Secrets to Communicating With Your Angels: How Angels Will Help You Experience the Pure Joy of Living Your Life Purpose

Dr. Monique E. Hunt – I Work With Spirit Guides, and You Can, Too!

Sheelagh Newberry – Everyday Angels

Sue Storm – Angels for Prosperity

Heather Woodward – Connect with Your Spirit Guides and Ancestral Guardians

Janet Boyer – The Regenerating Phoenix

Evergreen Amundson – Earth Guardians Wisdom

Michelle Skye – Merfolk ~ Blessings of Spirit, Balance in Nature

Heather Rodriguez & David Caren – Saint Germain: Alchemy and Transformation – Using the Violet Flame in the Aquarian Age

Raven Many Voices – Dragons

Anayah Joi Holilly – Archangels

Kim Wilborn – Connect to Your Guardian Team and Create a Life You’ll Love

GuardianGateway.com AstroHerbalist.com ElvenSpirituality.com Meditation Downloads

If that isn’t exciting enough – the MP3 downloadable recordings for a limited time are only $27.00 for the entire set!

For the second option at only $10.00 more, you get amazing bonuses, including a bonus from me, Calantirniel:  a PDF Ebook featuring my story of discovering the Star Queen archetype!

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Bonus Ebook with Option 2 Purchase – Limited Time 75% OFF!

A version of this article was featured in the now out-of-print Llewellyn’s 2008 Witches’ Companion – and it is also yours if you purchase the second $37.00 option, again for a limited time – this is around 75% off!

This is also a GREAT time to announce our own FREEBIE offer!

If you sign up for updates on the progress of the highly-anticipated Elven Spirituality book, you receive not one but TWO FREE GIFTS!  Find out more by visiting the Freebie/Updates Link – and we look eagerly forward to your participation – and feel free to share this post!

Calantirniel’s Interview with Emily Carding, Author of Faery Craft!

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Grab it: Faery Craft!

Good News!  Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd. has just released Faery Craft, a beautiful book by UK Author and Artist Emily Carding!  In the Summer of 2012, Calantirniel (Lisa Allen) was interviewed, and a good portion of this interview is actually published in the book.  A recent opportunity to view the paperback version of the complete book itself, after so much anticipation, was not disappointing in the least!

Faery Craft is beautifully put together; the art is whimsical and deeply stirring at the same time, and the written portions do not lack substance – a “must-purchase” item for anyone who collects books on Faerie Lore – not just from a historical value, but that is also applicable to our lifestyles.

Thank you, Llewellyn, for granting permission for publishing on our blog not only for the purposes of Faery Craft‘s promotion, but also to allow those already interested in spiritual paths from the Elven viewpoint of Professor JRR Tolkien‘s origin stories of Middle-Earth to enjoy this interview in its entirety!  Emily’s questions are bolded/italicized, Calantirniel’s answers follow.  Enjoy!

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When did you first realise that there was more to Tolkien’s work than simply fantasy?

It was entirely unexpected, that is for sure!  It was in April of 2005, when I finally got around to reading The Silmarillion on my husband’s suggestion.  The original idea of reading the Elven origin stories was to educate me particularly about the Elven archetype shown in Tolkien’s more popular stories.  However, when I actually read the words, I could actually feel something happening to me and at first, it was sort of scary.  It is hard to explain, but it would be likened to my blood, my DNA just opening up and “singing” – and an overwhelming message was relayed to me that this was not imagination – this was REAL!  I attempted to rationalize this feeling away, and tried to tell myself (like anyone else would) that this wasn’t happening and that these were just made-up stories, but this feeling got stronger and more insistent the more I tried to refute it, and I finally arrived at the conclusion that not only were these stories real, but that this was the spiritual direction I was supposed to explore!  I was not prepared for this at first, and wondered if others felt this way when they read these materials too.  Luckily, after searching online for a couple weeks or so, I found people who were not embarrassed to have arrived at the same conclusion as me!  That was the humble beginnings of Tië eldaliéva, the Elven Spiritual Path.  Frankly, we thought others must have done this before.  While we had found evidence that some parts of Tolkien’s works were integrated into other existing pagan-themed traditions during the 1970’s at the earliest, we failed at finding any tradition based wholly on what Tolkien termed “the Legendarium” or the whole of the Middle-Earth stories.

Why is the message of his books relevant today?

I was also curious about this question – not just “Why me?” but “Why now?”  In digging deeper with the Legendarium writings, it is apparent that the age cycles that Tolkien presented could be overlaid or correlated with those that have different origins, and we are not the first to discover this.  Virtually everyone now knows the significance of 2012 being a huge turning point for the planet, shown not only by world mythologies (especially the Mayan one, which narrowed the dates down the most) but also by science.

Within the approximate 26,000 year cycle that our solar system revolves around Alcyone, the “Central Sun,” the year 2012 could be likened to a solstice point.  So for 13,000 years the energies flowed one way and this is the turning point for them to flow the other way.  While the prophecies for this time are understandably rather dramatic, I remain hopeful and have made a conscious decision to live with my heart rather than my head – and that is what everyone can do to welcome this time in the best way possible.  For those that the Elven Path resonates, it is one method to live through your heart!

What is it about Tolkien’s elves that resonates with you?

I am not sure I could answer that question fully even after six years of involvement.  It is a discovery process and an unfoldment.  But what I can say is that ever since I encountered the elven archetype as shown by Tolkien, it always “felt” to me to be a closer expression of what I would term as elvenness than other archetypes that had been shown to me through general culture or even deeper studies of other paths.

But at first, I didn’t apply the resonation to myself – and it took others telling me more than once to make that connection.  Still, the fact that I highly resonate with Tolkien’s portrayal of elvenness does not go as far as me thinking I am an elf!  I have looked into what is termed “otherkin” and while I can appreciate the philosophy, I do not feel this is an identity – only a path to travel.  While I love the fact that some or even all humans could possibly have elven DNA, science cannot demonstrate this today.

Instead, the way I (and a handful of others) resonate with elvenness is wanting to learn the inherent wisdom and foresightedness, as well as embrace their balanced expression of beauty and harmony with nature, magick and technology.  While we are mortal humans, making it hard to be as wise as immortal elves, nonetheless we can still strive for that!  And indeed there are stories of extraordinary humans who demonstrate amazing courage and honor, despite the inherent setbacks.  And so no one gets any ideas that elves are “superior” to humans, it is clear in the stories that in the eyes of Iluvatar (the “All Father” or the All That Is), that elves, dwarves, and humans are equal to even those of the Maiar and even of the Valar, which could be equated to the elven pantheon.  Humans also have a special gift – upon death, they go immediately to Iluvatar and it is not specified afterward what happens since it is not known.

What is it the appeal of the elven path and how many now follow it?

It is unclear how many actually follow the path, but I can tell you there is interest.  The many presences on the internet since 2005 have ranged from about 70 people to the current Facebook page with over 300 “likes.”  Many of these people do not contact me with details of their level of interest, but I can tell you that I know of at least 15 other people who deeply practice a form of spiritual practice where Tolkien is the main source for their cosmology and structure.

How aware do you think Tolkien was of what he was writing?

Actually, this was shown to me by Tolkien himself.  Listening online to the Tolkien Professor, there is an introductory lecture wherein Tolkien had begun writing these stories much earlier than their publishing dates – I believe 1917 is the earliest of these writings we know of, and these were while he was in a war in a trench!  He also had pictures of how he traversed to what he called “Fearië” which is what can be likened to Faerie.

When prompted by his Inkling colleagues about questions in the stories, Tolkien did not respond with, “Oh, I need to rework that.”  He actually said, “Oh, I need to go find out.”  (emphasis added.)

There are other examples – for instance, his 1967 BBC Radio Interview revealed to an astute listener his ability to thinly skate the line he needed to skate at that time, preserving not only his practicing Catholic stance, but also his scholarly respect as a University Professor of Linguistics.  It was only after his death that we learned of all the back-stories and started putting two and two together.  I can elaborate further if you wish, since I believe there are a few other ways this shows – but these are the main ones I can think of right now.

What do you actually do? Is there a set of ritual practices or is it more organic and internal that that?

It is sort of a combination.  Through our studies of the material, we have in fact created a working ritual calendar (by “filling in” what Tolkien already started as a calendar) as well as the actual rituals.  We have applied the Legendarium cosmology as closely as we can for a practice, and it works very well.

While knowing the stories is (to me) a necessary part to really understand and integrate the energies at a deeper level, we have witnessed some open, curious people trying out the rituals and having very profound experiences of their own – and often (as you can imagine) right in-sync with the energies of the ritual that were intended!  Our rituals are based on visualization, reflection, meditation and speaking or toning (sometimes singing) things into existence, rather than the usual symbolic (or literal) fertility practices of most Pagan paths.

I will mention that while we have a very good calendar that closely matches the Legendarium materials, there are at least a few possibilities of interpretation that with great care and understanding could also work very well.  I say this so no one gets the idea that “our way” is the “only way” because it is not.

As a side note, not everyone who resonates with the Elven Path is Pagan.  We have some open-minded Christians, Agnostics and other religious (or non-religious) backgrounds involved, so the rituals need to be in a way that everyone is comfortable, and that has been achieved.

Regularly reading the actual stories is another thing that we find is a good practice.  Most people have already read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) series, but have not read the back-stories.  We recommend: The Silmarillion (particularly the first portions), the Lost Tales 1 and 2, Unfinished Tales, and Morgoth’s Ring (Vol. 10 of the 12-volume History of Middle-Earth, or “HoME” series) to start with, including the Appendices.  I am rather embarrassed to say that I know the Appendices of the 3rd LOTR volume, Return of the King, better than the actual LOTR story!

If possible, hearing the stories orally adds a new level to integrating and understanding the stories, but reading aloud to yourself can be tiring, especially if you are also trying to understand the sometimes-complex nature of these stories.  If possible, we also recommend obtaining the audio version of The Silmarillion, expertly narrated by Martin Shaw.  While you can listen to the stories while casually doing other things, it is really effective when you are reading the stories and hearing them at the same time.

Other practices that are very helpful, like daily meditation for divining and/or healing work and interacting with and being in nature as often as possible.  It helps to have studies or hobbies that relate to nature in some way, such as hiking, gardening, etcetera – and it is especially helpful for these activities to cross into your profession if you can!  The creative process is also a major part of living this energy – making art in many different ways is very satisfying (especially if you are singing while you do it!).

If one wishes to go further, learning the Elvish languages – even a few words used for ritual, can really help connect one to these energies fairly quickly.  In fact we think it might be why a guy like Tolkien was able to go so deep into this place and bring forth these mytho-historical stories!  There are a few sources we have collected over time and while we do not have a formal study program, they would be available for self-study.

Another interest could be the study of the Elven “Runes” (called the Cirth) as well as the more elaborate Tengwar, which are the symbols used not only to write the languages, but also have symbolic meaning on their own.  For those of us who have applied these symbols in various ways, we have found these work for meditation, divination, magick, protection and healing work.  We also use/visualize the symbols and tone the words for the compass directions in the beginning of rituals to “set” the space (and in a way it sets our internal space more than the physical space around us).  We do not “draw” a circle with an athame or even a wand, as we find it unnecessary.

In fact, it is possible (and even preferable) to not use magical tools at all for ritual, since the symbols with visualization work wonders.  While there are examples of the elves crafting magical items in the stories (i.e. swords, rings, etcetera), we wanted something that would be accessible to everyone.

Also, for those who follow a more Christian path, they are more comfortable relating these concepts with prayer, and they find this path a safe way to connect with their ancestry and can still with a moral conscience resonate with Christ Consciousness and the Bible.  Maybe because Tolkien himself was a practicing Catholic and the fashion in which the stories are relayed makes deep sense to those of a Christian background, and there are plenty of Christian-based websites that discuss the symbolic spiritual nature of Tolkien’s works out there – they just don’t integrate these concepts in their spiritual practice.

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Tarnin Austa – The Gates of Summer

Anar – the Sun

June 21st (Solstice): The “Gates of Summer” (Tarnin Austa) is the Elven Midsummer festival which starts the prior night and anticipates the rising of the Anar, the Sun in the East, who is “steered” in the skies by a fiery Maia (meaning “Beautiful One”) named Arien.

In the Elven stories, the Sun was created by the last fruit from the female Golden Tree named Laurelin (whereas Isil, the Moon was created from the last flower from the male Silver Tree, Telperion, and “steered” in the skies by the Maia Tilion). The trees themselves (before their destruction by the Dark One) were created by Yavanna Kementari, Queen of the Earth and Giver of Fruits (in what could be seen as the “Elven Pantheon” that are collectively called the Valar). The Sun, Moon and Stars were all made by Varda Elentari, Queen of the Stars – the Elves deemed her their favorite of all of the Valar. She is the one in Lord of the Rings referred to as Lady Elbereth Gilthoniel, and her energies are very protective! She also created out of Telperion’s sap Valacirca, the Sickle of the Valar to keep the Dark One at bay – today, we know this star constellation as the Big Dipper.

The fullest description of Tarnin Austa is set in the hidden Elven city of Gondolin, as shown in this quote from JRR Tolkien’s Book II of the Lost Tales (aka HoME Vol. II):

“[…] and now at length is that great feast Tarnin Austa or the Gates of Summer near at hand. For know that on a night it was their custom to begin a solemn ceremony at midnight, continuing it even till the dawn of Tarnin Austa broke, and no voice was uttered in the city from midnight till the break of day, but the dawn they hailed with ancient songs.

“For years uncounted had the coming of summer thus been greeted with music of choirs, standing upon their gleaming eastern wall; and now comes even the night of vigil and the city is filled with silver lamps, while in the groves upon the new-leaved trees lights of jewelled colours swing, and low musics go along the ways, but no voice sings until the dawn.

“The sun has sunk beyond the hills and folk array them for the festival very gladly and eagerly — glancing in expectation to the East.”

For more information, see the “Loa” or the Elven Calendar post.

Llewellyn’s 2009 Spell-a-Day Almanac Entries

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These links were posted throughout 2009 and also in print in Llewellyn’s 2009 Spell-a-Day Almanac, and I thought it a great idea to post them all at once on a blog post here, for easy reference.

Llewellyn published 5 Elven Spells, and these will be linked again when we upload them (since Llewellyn no longer hosts them on their website):

* (Isilnarvinyë)

* (Yestarë)

* (Nost-na-Lothion)

* (Isilyavannië)

* (Enderi)

All of these Elven Holidays are in the older Elvish language, called Quenya.  Yestarë, Nost-na-Lothion and Enderi are explained more fully on the Elven Calendar post.

Isilnarvinyë and Isilyavannië are referring to the Full Moons that relate to that particular Elven Month.  Isilnarvinyë, the Moon of New Fire, occurs in the Elven January.  Isilyavann, the Moon of Yavanna (the Giver of Fruits) is held in the Elven September.  To find the Elven month of which a particular Full Moon is assigned, visit Encyclopedia of Arda’s Interactive Calendar, using the “Numenorean” months.  You will also notice the Elven Season of the date chosen.

These links will be available for every year, so you can enjoy these short spells and get to know some of the Valar.

Thanks for visiting – ENJOY!

Calantirniel

Artist – John Howe

Cuivérë Quendiva, the Awakening of the Quendi (Elves)

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November 21st is the Gregorian date that Tië eldaliéva (the Elven Path) has assigned this observance (which means it is not one of the seven feasts in Tolkien’s calendar in the Appendices of Return of the King). However, it is also the First Day of Hrivë, the Elven Winter. The Elven Calendar has 6 seasons, with the ones bearing the Solstices being the longest.
At midnight this night, the Pleiades (called Remmirath by the Elves, meaning Netted Road) is directly overhead. The description of the starry sky was shown in The Silmarillion to be very much like this time of year when the Elves were first awoken on Arda (Earth) in the Waters of Awakening, or Lake Cuivienen; thus, Tië eldaliéva’s reason for this observance at this time.

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According to these stories, the Elves were awoken before the creation of the Sun and the Moon. The sky then was always a twilight color with stars that were lovingly created by Varda Elentari, the Queen of the Stars, which the Elves loved indeed. In fact, it was the nearby Helluin (Sirius) that was deemed the star that actually awoke the Elves.  They arose from the waters and looked up at the stars, and exclaimed “Eä!” which in this case means “Behold!” It was the same word that “The One” Iluvatar used when bringing forth the song of creation that was indeed sung by the Ainur (likened to “angels” and were the “thoughts” of Iluvatar).

It is a time when we reconnect with the Elven Origins, and thereby reconnect to All that Is. Indeed, we remember our source and where we come from.

(See Dave’s article for deeper research on this, and stay tuned for a 2020 update – or look at our free Elven Calendar resource)

Remmirath – the Pleiades

The Elven Calendar, or Loa

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The following is the Elven Calendar, or “Loa” with what could be termed as the Solar observations.

From Tolkien:
Turuhalmë (Elven “LogDrawing”) December 21st
Solvalwaris (Purification, begin Stirring): February 2nd
Yestarë (Elven New Year, begin Spring): March 28th
Nost-na-Lothion (Day of Flowers, begin Summer) May 22nd
Tarnin Austa (Gates of Summer) June 21st
Yavië (begin Elven Autumn) August 2nd
Enderi (Middle Days, begin Fading) September 25-27th (all 3 days)

Improvised by Tië eldaliéva:
Cuiverë Quendiva (First day of Winter/Origins of the Elves) November 21st

Tië eldaliéva improvised the Full Moons too, using the Legendarium as much as possible, and will be in the book when published.  We hope to republish Dave’s in-depth Calendar article in the near future!  In the meantime, you can find the dates of the Elven Moons by using the Encyclopedia of Arda Interactive Calendar – the months in the Quenya language are termed “Numenorean” so you know which one we use.

Calantirniel

P.S. Dave/Aikanar/Eluyon, the author of said Calendar Article can also be found at www.westofwest.org.

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