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ANKHUR CALENDAR

ARKUTHIAN CALENDAR

 

Old Norse Day's of The Week vs Arkuth's Day's of The Week

Old Norse Meaning/Translation Arkuth's Name Modern Day
Mánadagr Moon's day Múnday Monday
Týsdagr Tyr's day Tyrsday Tuesday
Óðinsdagr Odin's day Odinsday Wednesday
Þórsdagr Thor's day Thorsday Thursday
Frjádagr Freyja's day Freyjasday Friday
Laugardagr Washing day Lágarday Saturday
Sunnudagr Sun's day Solday Sunday

Old Norse Calendar vs Arkuth's Calendar

The calendar is peculiar in that the months always start on the same weekday rather than on the same date. Hence Þorri always starts on a Friday sometime between January 19 and January 25. Arkuth however will be using a same date scheme, yet retain the old Norse months and time slots and will also incorporate a 360 day calendar year (See Arkuthian Astrology).

Old Norse Meaning/Translation Arkuth's Monthly Name Modern Season/Time of Year
Mörsugur Fat sucking month Surg 1-30 (Dec 16 - Jan 15) mid December - mid January
Þorri Frozen snow month Pori 1-30 (Jan 16 - Feb 15) mid January - mid February
Góa Góa's month Guai 1-30 (Feb 16 - Mar 15) mid February - mid March
Einmánuður Single month Einor 1-30 (Mar 16 - Apr 15) mid March - mid April
Harpa A forgotten goddess Hape 1-30 (Apr 16 - May 15) mid April - mid May
Skerpla Another forgotten goddess Serp 1-30 (May 16 - Jun 15) mid May - mid June
Sólmánuður Sun month Solm 1-30 (Jun 16 - Jul 15) mid June - mid July
Heyannir Hay business month Heya 1-30 (Jul 16 - Aug 15) mid July - mid August
Tvímánuður Second month Tánor 1-30 (Aug 16 - Sept 15) mid August - mid September
Haustmánuður Autumn month Hánor 1-30 (Sept 16 - Oct 15) mid September - mid October
Gormánuður Slaughter month or Gór's month Gorm 1-30 (Oct 16 - Nov 15) mid October - mid November
Ýlir Yule month Yule 1-30 (Nov 16 - Dec 15) mid November - mid December

Pronunciation Chart

  • ð is pronouned th in common english (this, that etc)
  • á is pronounced aw in common english (law, saw etc)
  • ö is pronounced aw in common english, but short (law, saw etc)
  • ó is pronounced oh in common english (wohnen, ohio)
  • ý is pronounced fr in common english (rue, fruit)
  • ú is pronounced ue in common english (sue, true)
Spring Equinox - Idunblot (March 20/Einor 5)
Summer Solstice - Lithasblot (August 1/Heya 15)
Autumn Equinox - Winternights (October 30/Gorm 14)
Winter Solstice - Yule (December 20/Surg 5)

Holidays/Festivals

Jul

Surg 5-15: (December 20 - 30) Celebration of the New Year; a festival of 11 nights.  This is the most important of all Arkuthian holidays.  On the night of December 20 (5th of Surg), the god Freyr rides over Arkuth on the back of his shining boar, bringing light and love back into the world.  Jul signifies the beginning and end of all things; the darkest time (shortest hour of daylight) during the year and the brightest hope re-entering the world.  During this festival, the wild hunt is at its greatest fervor, and the dead are said to range Arkuth in its retinue.  The god Odin is the leader of this wild ride; charging across the sky on his eight-legged horse, Sleipnir; a very awe-inspiring vision. 

Thurseblot  (Thor's Feast: Full Moon of January)

Minor feast honoring Thor, the protector of Midgard.  During this time, the height of the Storm season, Thor's power is invoked to drive back the frost Jotuns so that Spring may return to Midgard.

Disting

Pori 16: (February 2) Festival of the Idises, when the effects of Winter are beginning to lessen and the world prepares itself for Spring. Disting is characterized by preparing the land for planting.  Disting is the time when the cattle are counted and one's wealth was tallied; thus making it a festival of finance as well.  It was said that new calves born during Disting were a sign of great prosperity for the coming year.

Valisblot (Vali's Feast)

Pori 29: (February 14) Valisblot, or Vali's Feast is the festival celebrating Odin's youngest son; other than the name Vali associated with "Valentine."  The hero Svenfjotli, son of Sigimund, was reputed to have been born at this time, and often blots are drunk to him as well.

Idunblot

Einor 5-6: (March 20-21) Festival of Idun, the Goddess of spring.  This is a festival of renewal, rejoicing and fertility, although for most of the northern Arkuthians, the forces of winter are still at full sway. Rabbit is the symbol of this festival as well because of it's re-emergence during this season, and for its reproductive ability. 

Einherjar

Serp 15: (May 30) Minor festival honoring the warriors who fell during battle and who have ascended to Valhalla's halls. 

Sigurdsblot

Serp 24: (June 9) Minor festival honoring Sigurd (Sigifrith or Siegfreid), the great hero who slayed the dragon Fafnir and won back the treasure of the Rhine.

Midsummer

Solm 5-6: (June 20-21) Celebration of the Summer Solstice, when the power of the Sun is at its height.  It is at this time that most foreign trade is conducted, as well as shipping, fishing expeditions, and raiding.  Thus, Midsummer is the festival of power and activity.  It is not without its dark side as well.  Midsummer is recognized as the longest day of the year; thus, the year began to age after this time and the days grow progressively shorter. 

Lithasblot

Heya 15-16: (July 30 - August 1) The harvest festival; giving thanks to Jörd (Ertha) for her bounty. Often alms are given to the unfortunate at this time. Lithasblot has long been associated with ceremonial magic and magical workings.

Harvest End (Mabon)

Hánor 7-8: (September 22-23) Mabon is a minor blot acknowledging the end of the Harvest Season, also associate with mead-making.  Most people hold off the full celebration of this holiday, though, until the main festival of Winternights.

Winternights

Gorm 14-17: (October 29- November 2) The beginning of the winter season for Arkuthians.  Remembrances of the dead and one's ancestors are made during this feast.  Winternights is a ceremony of wild abandon and it marks the end of the summer season of commerce and travel and the beginning of the winter season of hunting.  Much divination was done during Winternights to foretell the fates of those entering the coming year.  It was said that if one sits on a barrow-mound (grave) all night long on Winternights, one would have full divinatory, shamanic (galdr and seith), and bardic (skaldr) powers . . . that is, if one retains one's sanity!  Winternights marks the beginning of the Wild Hunt, which would continue until Walpurgisnacht.

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