Elven Calendar

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The Elven Calendrical Wheel

The Observances of Tië eldaliéva’s Elven Calendar, or Loa in Elvish, are to the Elven Spiritual Path as the anchor points for the spokes on a bicycle wheel are to the hub, and rim; the loa makes the Path functional, and practical.  The loa is the product of extensive Legendarium research that notes the Elven holidays (singularly, meryalë) both directly from Tolkien himself, along with deeply thoughtful improvisations that have been time-tested for at least 15 years.  We strive to stay well within the bounds of integrity with Professor Tolkien’s material, and we hope this inspires all of you who are pulled to practice an Elven spiritual practice, no matter what that looks like, by pausing throughout the year, and remembering while we integrate Elven wisdom that is so well displayed in the stories.  Laitablessings to you all!

 

Solar Observances

From Tolkien himself ([mostly from the Appendices in “Return of the King.”]  You may also wish to reference Dave’s article, The Quendian Calendar & Festivals, Updated, in a new window via PDF):

Turuhalmë (Elven “LogDrawing” and Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice) December 21st – The male elder silver tree, Telperion (also known as the White Tree), Isil the Moon, and the Maia Tilion who steers Isil

Solvalwaris (Purification, begin Coirë, Season of Stirring): February 1st Nienna

Mettarë / Yestarë (Last Day of the Loa, and the Elven New Year, which will begin Tuilë, Season of Spring): March 27th and March 28th Vairë the Weaver

Nost-na-Lothion (Birth of Flowers, begin Lairë, Season of Summer) May 22nd Vana the Ever-Young

Tarnin Austa (Gates of Summer, Northern Hemisphere Summer Solstice) June 21st – The female younger golden tree Laurelin, Anar the Sun, and the Maia Arien who steers Anar

Yavië (begin Yavië, the Elven Autumn) August 2ndArda, our Earth

Enderi (Middle Days, which will begin Quellë, Season of Fading) September 25-27th (all 3 days) – Oromë

Improvised by Tië eldaliéva: (see Dave’s article, linked above, on this):
Cuiverë Quendiva (First day of Hrivë, Season of Winter/Origins of the Elves) November 21st – The Elves.

 

Lunar Observances

Tië eldaliéva also improvised the Full Moons (Isil) too, using the Legendarium as much as possible, and we have included in the [soon to be published] book. Eventually, Dark Moon (Morran) and Newly-Crescent (Cueran) observances were improvised and incorporated into what may be termed as our “Lunar Observances“.  (To calculate the actual date of the Moon going dark, and the appearance of the first appearance of the newly-crescent Moon – use this website.  Use 3% or less as the orb, as anything less is not visible to the naked eye in the sky).

During Isils, we do dedicated rituals. During Morrans, we explore the magical dynamics of the respective Valië, or Vala, (and sometimes even learning the practice of Elven High Magic, which entails deep character development, and refinement). During Cuerans, we work with the respective Valië, or Vala, to sow right intentions that may directly facilitate our spiritual growth relative to her, or his influence in our lives, in the lives of the Eldalië, and/or in Arda. (In advance of the book, [in which we deeply explore both solar, and lunar observances, and how you may apply them to your life], you may join us at our Facebook page to follow the Flow of the loa through these Times, and to learn more about how to incorporate them into your personal spiritual practice.)

You can find the specific dates of the various Elven Moons by using the Gregorian calendar date specified as the Full Moon (or the Dark Moon, or the Newly-Crescent Moon, which are 1 1/2 days on either side of the New Moon), and then discover the month from the “Calendar of Numenor” reference point at the Encyclopedia of Arda Interactive Calendar.  (Some of you have asked – here are the FAQ’s for calculations of this interactive calendar).

Once you enter the date from the usual Gregorian calendar, the months in the Quenya language are here termed “Numenorean” so you know which one we use – combined with any general resource that provides dates of the Dark Moon, and Newly-Crescent Moon as well.

NOTE: If any of these are a repeat of the prior month’s event (for instance, if there are two Cuerannarië’s in a row), the one for the preceding date stays the same (staying with this example, -narië), and the repeated one at a later date uses the “-maiaron” suffix/designation, which means “of the Maiar.” We also add in the types of fairies that are mentioned in the Lost Tales 1, accordingly.

 

Months / Lunar Observances / Respective Valar Focus

January ~ Narwain “New sun” (Q. Narvinyë)
Lunar Observances (LO): Cuerannarvinyë, Isilnarvinyë, Morrannarvinyë
Valar Focus (VF): Aulë the Smith

February ~ Nínui “Watery” (Q. Nénimë)
LO: Cuerannénimë, Isilnénimë, Morrannénimë
VF: Ulmo

March ~ Gwaeron “Windy” (Q. Súlimë)
LO: Cueransúlimë, Isilsúlimë, Morransúlimë
VF: Manwë Sulimo

April ~ Gwirith (Q. Víressë) – Moon of Youth
LO: Cueranvíressë, Isilvíressë, Morranvíressë
VF: Tulkas Astaldo

May ~ Lothron “Flowering” (Q. Lótessë)
LO: Cueranlótessë, Isillótessë, Morranlótessë
VF: Nessa

June ~ Nórui “Fiery, sunny” (Q. Nárië)
LO: Cuerannárië, Isilnárië, Morrannárië
VF: Varda Elentári

July ~ Cerveth (Q. Cermië)
LO: Cuerancermië, Isilcermië, Morrancermië
VF: Irmo/Lorien

August ~ Úrui “hot” (Q. Úrimë)
LO: Cueranurimë, Isilurimë, Morranurimë
Focus: Ainur

September ~ Ivanneth “Fruit-giving” (Q. Yavannië)
LO: Cueranyavannië, Isilyavannië, Morranyavannië
VF: Yavanna Kementari

October ~ Narbeleth “Sun waning” (Q. Narquelië)
LO: Cuerannarquelië, Isilnarquelië, Morrannarquelië
VF: Námo/Mandos

November ~ Hithui “Misty, foggy” (Q. Hísimë)
LO: Cueranhísimë, Isilhísimë, Morranhísimë
VF: Estë the Gentle

December ~ Girithron “Shuddering” (Q. Ringarë) or Frosty Cold
LO: Cueranringarë, Isilringarë, Morranringarë
Focus: Mourning of the marring of Arda by the Dark One (known as Melkor/Morgoth but not spoken due to Elven etiquette) – (Nienna helps to wash this away, which contributes to Arda-Healed).

 

Elven Day (Ré)

“A ‘day’ of the sun they called and reckoned from sunset to sunset.”  Appendix D, LOTR/ROTK

Elven Week (Enquié)

While most of us in Tië eldaliéva, the Elven Path use the 7th Day like the Numenoreans to make it easier to keep track for our respective practices (and added the respective planets as per the rules of astrology), here is further information.

“An Eldarin week employs six days rather than seven. The days all are named after important things to the culture of the people. There is no known division into “weekdays” and “weekends”; all days incorporate work and play both. Vacations or rest days are not scheduled but taken when needed, if such will not cause trouble to other people. Somehow, this loose system does not seem to fall apart into laziness as it often would with humans.”

We also incorporate this in Linde Elenlotë, the Song of the Starflower in the beginning of rituals.

Day 1 – Elenya “stars-day” *(Saturday, Saturn/Lumbar)

Day 2 – Anarya “sun-day” *(Sunday, Sun/Anar)

Day 3 – Isilya “moon-day” *(Monday, Moon/Isil)

Day 4 – Aldúya “trees-day” *(Tuesday, Mars/Carnil)

Day 5 – Menelya “Heavens-day” *(Wednesday, Mercury/Elemmirë)

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Day 6 – Valanya “Powers-day” *(Friday, Venus/Ëarendil)

**”A seventh day, introduced by Men and picked up later in a few of the scattered Eldarin communities of Ennor, is Ëarenya, the ‘sea-day'”. *This is Thursday, aligned with Jupiter, or Alcarinquë.  Planet Elven names from http://folk.uib.no/hnohf/vocab.htm

 

Seasons

This can also be accessed with the Encyclopedia of Arda Interactive Calendar.  When using the usual Gregorian Calendar date, see the “Reckoning of Rivendell” reference point for this.

QuenyaSindarinEnglish tr. Length
TuilëEthuilSpring54 days
LairëLaerSummer72 days
YáviëIavasAutumn54 days
QuellëFirithFading54 days
HrívëRhîwWinter72 days
CoirëEchuirStirring54 days

 

More Elven Calendar Resources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle-earth_calendar
http://lostworldofennor.angelcities.com/time.htm
http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/reference/linguistic_foolery/holidays.php

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

 

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Parmavalaron – Book of the Valar

 


Get To Know The Valar! 

Now that you’re familiar with the Elven Calendar, and the Calendar-Valar alignments, getting to know the Valar is the most Natural next step upon the Elven Spiritual Path. We vibrationally apply Tengwar (Elven script) to link with the Valar.  If you wish, you may learn the Tengwar-Valar Associations., and begin to experience your own Elven Journey.

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10 thoughts on “Elven Calendar

  1. Am currently reading Emily Carding’s book “Faery Craft”, so was very excited to find this website at the same time! I have always felt deeply connected to Tolkien & the Elven Path, knowing there was more to it than simply a good story. I am very happy to have found you.

    1. That is interesting Lorenzo! We are the Elven Path however, not the Numenorean Path, (for onlookers, more here – http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/t/threeprayers.html is a start). We might also have some copyright issues if they were posted, but unfortunately this link doesn’t have the source information (and if you know it, please feel free to provide the title of the book and if possible the page numbers, and please also provide the publisher and the year since there are multiple versions). It’s wonderful to hear from you!

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