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. Laita – blessings to you all!
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, along with the beings called “fays” in the Lost Tales Volume 1, including Tinfang Warble (NOT to be confused with the “Fair Folk” which is another name for the Elves)
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 2nd – Arda, 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.
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 approximately 1 1/2 days on either side of the New Moon), and referencing the new calendar, below, for each respective lunar observance.
For 15 years, the Elven Spiritual Path used 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). Because of Dave’s research that is still aligned with the Legendarium, and the fact it was even easier, the new calculations of each month are hereinbelow updated, and easy to reference. We did a video (see hereinabove) to the public for details that will be linked to his white paper, and other white papers used are for Patrons. We approved the use of the new calendar as specified below in Spring of 2021 and further updated as per the video in 2022.
NOTE: If any of these are a repeat of the prior month’s event (for instance, if there are two Isilnarië’s in a row), the one for the firstly-occurring date will stay the same (staying with this example, -narië), and the repeated one at the secondly-occuring date will use the “-naroialë” suffix/designation, which means “of the Flame Imperishable.” So, in other words, the second/later date, in this example, would be called Isilnaroialë.
History: For many years, Tië eldaliéva used the suffix “-maiaron” for this occurrence, which means “of the Maiar.” However, in 2022, for more consistency in the calendar with Dave’s latest research, we decided to move the Maiar to accompany the Ainur for the month of Urimë (hereinbelow, which is August 1-30th). Tië eldaliéva opted to designate the occasional (and random) extra moon to the Flame Imperishable, as in the Legendarium, the Flame Imperishable burns continuously and ever-on in the Creation of Eru (the Universe), and remains and will always remain “behind all things” in the Creation.
December 31st to January 29th:
Narwain “New sun” (Q. Narvinyë)
Lunar Observances (LO): Cuerannarvinyë, Isilnarvinyë, Morrannarvinyë
Valar Focus (VF): Aulë the Smith
January 30th to March 1st:
Nínui “Watery” (Q. Nénimë)
LO: Cuerannénimë, Isilnénimë, Morrannénimë
March 2nd to March 31st:
Gwaeron “Windy” (Q. Súlimë)
LO: Cueransúlimë, Isilsúlimë, Morransúlimë
VF: Manwë Sulimo
April 1st to April 30th:
Gwirith “Youthful” (Q. Víressë)
LO: Cueranvíressë, Isilvíressë, Morranvíressë
VF: Tulkas Astaldo
May 1st to May 31st:
Lothron “Flowering” (Q. Lótessë)
LO: Cueranlótessë, Isillótessë, Morranlótessë
June 1st to June 30th:
Nórui “Fiery, sunny” (Q. Nárië)
LO: Cuerannárië, Isilnárië, Morrannárië
VF: Varda Elentári
July 1st to July 31st:
Cerveth “First Harvest” (Q. Cermië)
LO: Cuerancermië, Isilcermië, Morrancermië
August 1st to August 30th:
Úrui “hot” (Q. Úrimë)
LO: Cueranurimë, Isilurimë, Morranurimë
Focus: Ainur and including the forming of the Valar and the Maiar. (Noting the important of the Maiar as well)
August 31st to September 30th:
Ivanneth “Fruit-giving” (Q. Yavannië)
LO: Cueranyavannië, Isilyavannië, Morranyavannië
VF: Yavanna Kementari
October 1st to October 30th:
Narbeleth “Sun waning” (Q. Narquelië)
LO: Cuerannarquelië, Isilnarquelië, Morrannarquelië
October 31st to November 30th:
Hithui “Misty, foggy” (Q. Hísimë)
LO: Cueranhísimë, Isilhísimë, Morranhísimë
VF: Estë the Gentle
December 1st to December 30th:
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 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. Each of these days of the week have a designated “point” of the Septaquetra (the Vesica Pisces-styled Septagram we use in our symbol and have designated the Tolkien Elven Star to differentiate from the acute Septagram/Heptagram which is often called the Fairy/Faerie Star or the Otherkin Star). These points also align with the directions as well as the Valar pairings (one of which is not a pair but works well with the designated direction). This is revealed in more detail in our email freebies in the PDF “Ritual of Enderi” if you wish to subscribe!
Day 1 – Elenya “stars-day” *(Saturday, Saturn/Lumbar) (4:00 point)
Day 2 – Anarya “sun-day” *(Sunday, Sun/Anar) (8:00 point)
Day 3 – Isilya “moon-day” *(Monday, Moon/Isil) (2:00 point)
Day 4 – Aldúya “trees-day” *(Tuesday, Mars/Carnil) (7:00 point)
Day 5 – Menelya “Heavens-day” *(Wednesday, Mercury/Elemmirë) (12:00 point)
Day 6 – Valanya “Powers-day” *(Friday, Venus/Ëarendil) (10:00 point)
**”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, at the 5:00 point, aligned with Jupiter, or Alcarinquë. Planet Elven names from http://folk.uib.no/hnohf/vocab.htm
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.
P.S. Dave/Aikanar/Eluyon, the author of said Calendar Article can also be found at www.westofwest.org. Also, in 2022, he did a handful of other documents for the video above for Patrons via Patreon – the post with the white paper PDF attachments is here (Patrons log in): https://www.patreon.com/posts/62889248
10 thoughts on “Elven Calendar”
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.
Oh Linda, that is awesome! Thanks for leaving a comment here, and you may wish to know that Emily was only able to print PART of the interview. You can see the entire interview here: http://wp.me/pGSyr-1M – ENJOY!
This is such a beautifully designed page……… I just like looking at the images before anything else.
Oh THANKS Carole – so glad you stopped by 🙂
I’m enjoying the reading. It’s great!
Thanks so much Belinda!
What about including the Three Númenórean Prayers? It would be interesting a discussion about where to place them in our calendar.
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!