The following is the Elven Calendar, or “Loa“ in Elvish that is used by those who adhere to Tië eldaliéva, the Elven Spiritual Path, or who in some way practice a form of Tolkien or Elven Spirituality based on the writings of Professor JRR Tolkien from the Elven viewpoint of the back-stories, providing a very solid Tolkien/Elven cosmology in a way that can be applied to spiritual practice. This calendar is the result 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
Yestarë (Elven New Year, begin Tuilë, Season of Spring): March 28th – Vairë the Weaver
Nost-na-Lothion (Birth of Flowers, begin Lairë, Season of Summer) May 22nd – Vana the Ever-Young
Yavië (begin Yavië, the Elven Autumn) August 2nd – Arda, our Earth
Enderi (Middle Days, begin Quellë, Season of Fading) September 25-27th (all 3 days) – Oromë
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, New Moon (Cueran), and Dark Moon (Morran) observances were improvised and incorporated into what may be termed as our “Lunar Observances“.
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
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
June ~ Nórui “Fiery, sunny” (Q. Nárië)
LO: Cuerannárië, Isilnárië, Morrannárië
VF: Varda Elentari
July ~ Cerveth (Q. Cermië)
LO: Cuerancermië, Isilcermië, Morrancermië
August ~ Úrui “hot” (Q. Úrimë)
LO: Cueranurimë, Isilurimë, Morranurimë
September ~ Ivanneth “Fruit-giving” (Q. Yavannië)
LO: Cueranyavannië, Isilyavannië, Morranyavannië
VF: Yavanna Kementari
October ~ Narbeleth “Sun waning” (Q. Narquelië)
LO: Cuerannarquelië, Isilnarquelië, Morrannarquelië
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 Week (Enquié)
While most of us in Tië eldalieva, 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)
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
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.
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