a paranormal pagan post
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Celebrating the Lunar Calendar
As many of you know I write about witches in my Tales of the Black Court fantasy romance series and with Halloween right around the corner, I thought it was time for another Pagan Post. When I write about witches in my romances I dip into the new Pagan traditions. That doesn’t mean I always stick with what people in the religion believe or celebrate, but it does mean that I bring in elements from new Paganism. And maybe a little from the old.
The Pagan calendar is divided up by the lunar calendar. In other words, there are thirteen months, instead of twelve, because there are thirteen full moon cycles during a year.
The days that mostly cover September fall into the “Month of Vine”. It begins September 2nd and ends September 29th. Lunar months are shorter than our Gregorian Calendar it’s how the lunar calander ends up with thirteen months instead of twelve. I love the idea of using the natural cycles of the Earth and Moon to regulate our days and nights. It makes much more sense to be able to look up in the sky and see that the month is drawing to a close, or that it is just beginning. And there is no pesky Leap Year to try to figure out.
The down side is that the lunar months shift back and forth. But maybe that’s all my perspective from my dependence on the Gregorian Calendar. Our normal calendar is very rigid. It doesn’t change much. It’s why we have the extra day every four years so we can steadfastly maintain our rigid days. It keeps us on task and on topic. Maybe we couldn’t have the organized society that we do without it?
Or maybe not.
Here is one list of names for the lunar months, starting with the New Year, which begins close to Samhain, or Halloween.
- 1/21: Celtic Tree Month of Rowan begins
- 2/18: Celtic Tree Month of Ash begins
- 3/18: Celtic Tree Month of Alder begins
- 4/15: Celtic Tree Month of Willow begins
- 5/13: Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn begins
- 6/10: Celtic Tree Month of Oak begins
- 7/8: Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins
- 8/5: Celtic Tree Month of Hazel begins
- 9/2: Celtic Tree Month of Vine begins
- 9/30: Celtic Tree Month of Ivy begins
- 10/28: Celtic Tree Month of Reed begins
- 11/25: Celtic Tree Month of Elder begins
- 12/20: Celtic Tree Month of Birch begins
And then the cycle starts all over with the months shifting according to the cycle of the moon.
What would you think if we used a lunar calendar? Does that put us in closer contact with nature? What would we do for the people who live in the Southern hemisphere? Would they still be celebrating the winter holidays in the summer or would they have their own celebrations in tune with their own seasons?
Check out next week when I look into what happens to the pagan calendar in the Southern Hemisphere.
Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com
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