My Reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Calendar for 2020
Posted by Byron Pendason on , in Heathen worship, Heathenry, Reconstruction, Anglo-saxon calendar
For details on how I reconstruct my calendar, see my page on the Anglo-Saxon calendar. I will add a couple notes here, however.
This year has thirteen new moons between the previous December solstice and this year’s December solstice. Therefore, the leap month is added between the sixth and seventh months.
The months begin on the young moon, when the first sliver of the moon is visible after the new moon. I estimate this by adding 36 hours to the new moon’s time.
Æfterra Gēola begins on Friday December 27, 2019. Solmōnaþ begins on Sunday January 26, 2020. Hreþmonaþ begins on Tuesday February 25, 2020. Ēastremōnaþ begins on Wednesday March 25, 2020. Þrimilcemōnaþ begins on Friday April 24, 2020. Ærra Liða begins on Saturday May 23, 2020. Þriliða begins on Monday June 22, 2020. Æfterra Liða begins on Tuesday July 21, 2020. Weodmōnaþ begins on Thursday August 20, 2020. Hāligmōnaþ begins on Friday September 18, 2020. Wintermōnaþ begins on Sunday October 18, 2020. Blōtmōnaþ begins on Monday November 16, 2020. Ærra Gēola begins on Wednesday December 16, 2020.
Ēostre is on Tuesday April 07, 2020. Midsummer is on Saturday June 20, 2020. Winterfylleþ is on Saturday October 31, 2020. Modraniht (Yule) is on Monday December 21, 2020.
Ēostre is the beginning of summer (the Anglo-Saxons only recognized two seasons, winter and summer). It welcomes the goddess Ēostre back, and celebrates life as it returns all around in nature after the harshness of winter.
Midsummer is a celebration of the summer and life in its abundance.
Winterfylleþ is the begining of winter. We bid the goddess Ēostre farewell as she begins her journey. Since nature is beginning to die all around us, many Heathens also commemorate their loved ones who have passed on. Offerings to one’s ancestors are especially appropriate here.
Yule is the middle of winter. In ancient times, it was a time of celebration for having survived this far into the winter. Family was cherished, as they never knew who would survive through the rest of the winter and still be here in the spring time. As the gifting cycle was an important part of ancient heathen culture, gifts were exchanged to show the appreciation you had for those in your family.