North European Pagan Calendar

Each ancient peoples calendars form an important cultural underpinning! For the Peoples of the North, our Calendar is scarcely known today.
The people of the North have tracked time, cycles and seasons long before other dominating groups rewrote all history texts to revolve around themselves at the expense of many unique peoples.
Today, the Gambanereiði Statement is pleased to restore aspects of our wonderful Norse Calendar to you again.

Like many ancient peoples, our calendars correlated to the seasons and, reminded us always of our close life affirming connection with nature's cycles. Understanding the flexibility of time and its operations, our Folk recorded the passing of days in concert with the natural cycles, chosen celestial bodies and our activities of the seasons.

The month names in our Pagan Calendar are not arbitrary. Each is a reflection of our living and working close within the cycles of the seasons: a mirror to our lives.    Our Pagan Calendar Months are:

Snowing or Snow Moon   
Horning
Lencten
Ostara
Shearing
Fallow
Haying
Lammas or Harvest
Shedding
Hunting
Ember
Yule

Our forefathers were taught that the rich winter coat is often taken in May. Hence we have the name Shearing honouring the event of removing the wool then. It lets the sheep be more comfortable throughout the short summer. In a northerly latitude, were you to shear in August and the wool not have regrown fully by the first real cold of September or early October, there would be consequences to the sheep (same for goats, since goathair was used too and still is). All these terms reflected practical life.

July was Haying. Why? Because when the rainfall is minimal, yet the days are still long, the hay dries in the fields. It is cut and laid out to dry, so that it will not rot in barns or sileages. This requires the hot, sunny weather of July. These terms were not arbitrary, but reflected how people lived.

One might wonder was Lammas or Harvest coincides with August and our thoughts of summer. Why? Because in a land of short summers, you did harvest your food in August. You let it lay fallow until the next planting in spring. Also today's arbitrary calendar miscalculations over time have gradually become further out of sync with nature's own rhythms.

The reason one Hunted in October was that it was a time that winter storms (for those who fished as well) made long fishing trips more hazardous. It was the time that animals would be more active, just before hibernation, and therefore when they were more likely to be spotted as the foliage had fallen away. Hunting follows shortly after Shedding, when the animals' coats change then, too.

All our life rhythms were driven and centered around the natural progressions and preparations of the seasons. It was a reflection of our living with the cycles of the seasons, a mirror to our lives.

The names of our days of the week in the Pagan Calendar are each God Honored:
Woden's Dag
Frey's Day
Tyr's Day
Baldur Day
Odin's Day
Day of Thor (correlates to Thursday)
Day of Frey and Freyja (correlates to Friday)
Vidar's Day (correlates to Saturday)
Day of the Norns

One of the Pagan Chronology (P.C.) designations was begun by Ásatrú pioneer Else Christensen. The Pagan Chronology dates back to about the time of the standing stones at Carnac, in Brittany. These were erected 77 centuries ago and its recording means that there was a high culture already in existence 77 centuries ago. Pagan Chronology, P.C., dating is a year designation abbreviation that, if written, is sometimes used in this modern era to correct the later replacement systems of B.P. or A.D. in the year format.

Hence, a date written in the Aryan European format might look like this:

30th Walpurgisnacht, 7718
13th Lencten 7709 P.C.
Day of the Norn's 7th Fallow, 7618 Pagan Chronology
17th Fallow, Odin's Day, 7618 P.C.

Here are some of Our Year designations one sometimes sees written:
P.C.   Pagan Calendar
C.E.   Christian Era
B.C.E.   Before Christian Era
For example, "Early runic writing has been found on the walls of a mountain pass between Italy and Austria. It dates from about 200 B.C.E. (Before the Christian Era)"
B.P.   Before Present
For example, one could have written 2200 B.P. (Before Present), which notation is gaining amongst anthropologists and historians.
Either notation method works, but it is good to reference it.
JdF   Alternatively, this site also recognizes the date format one sees sometimes written by the National Socialists in which the years are designated based on the Leader's birthday, such as    119 Jahren den Fürher (JdF)   This designation was commonplace in some locations before its expression only invited harm to one's person.

To learn more about North European culture, we also recommend these Articles & Folkway Teachings:
Norse Blessing at Mealtime
Meditative Paradigms of Seiðr-tru (all sections)

     Contextual Background of the Seiðr Meditations
     Preparing to do the Seiðr Meditations
     Doing the Seiðr Meditations
     Cognitive Seiðr Meditations - Awakening Potential
     Advisory Seiðr (Teutonic Folkways)
Breathing The Runes
Soul Seasons 2
Surprising Revelation
Teutonic Cosmology of Personhood from the Völuspá
Norse Orðrs - from the Top
The Device - Aryana other file formats



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We encourage you to benefit from and copy this work. Under no circumstances should this ancient sacred work of oral tradition be altered, plagarized or with "expert" arrogance re-interpreted. Our Folk traditions are older than you are and, unlike today's media, do not contain distortions to fit current alien beliefs. If they don't fit you, respect our Folk and our Gods enough to leave them alone and find another theology that is your own!

Please remember that we are not universalists and do not believe that the principles contained herein would be of benefit to "all mankind."
We trust the ingenuity and resourcefulness of other peoples to come up with their own evolutionary strategies.
Ours assumes self-control, limiting one's consumption of natural resources and production of offspring, not overrunning and exhausting the earth, and other ethics of a distinctly North European flavor. This work should certainly be shared with other North Europeans.
All we ask is this: if you copy this work, have the honor to use it whole, as this is more representative of the greater body of spiritual writings from which it is excerpted and will avoid the taking of parts out of context.