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Calendar

Days of the week: the common names used in the English speaking western world are actually derived from the ancient pre-Christian gods of Europe, as follows.

Sunday - Sunna's Day (goddess of the Sun, giver of life)
Monday - Mani's Day (god of the Moon, keeper of time)
Tuesday - Tyr's Day (god of justice and sacrifice)
Wednesday - Wodan's Day (ancient German name for Odin)
Thursday - Thor's Day (god of thunder, son of Odin)
Friday - Frigga's* Day (goddess of the hearth, wife of Odin)
Saturday - Saturn's Day (Roman god of agriculture)

*Some believe this to be Freya's Day.


Months of the year: although the common names used in the west are taken from pre-Christian southern European sources (i.e. Roman), some modern-day followers of Asatru/Odinism have taken it upon themselves to change the names to better align with the pre-Christian beliefs of Northern and Western Europe. We have provided both the common names and original meanings (Southern European = SE), and the realigned (Northern Europe = NE) names, as follows.

January - Janus (SE: Roman god of beginnings) / NE: Snowmoon
Febuary - Februa (SE: feast of purification on the 15th) / NE: Horning
March - Mars (SE: Roman god of war) / NE: Lenting
April - Aprilis (SE: Roman "to open", i.e. Spring) / NE: Ostara
May - Maius (SE: Roman goddess of spring) / NE: Merrymoon
June - Junius (SE: a Roman clan/or goddess) / NE: Midyear
July - Julius (SE: Julius Caesar's birth month) / NE: Haymoon
August - Augustus (SE: Augustus Caesar's birth month) / NE: Harvest
September - Septem (SE: "7", orig. the 7th Roman month) / NE: Shedding
October - Octo (SE: "8", orig. the 8th Roman month) / NE: Hunting
November - Novem (SE: "9", orig. the 9th Roman month) / NE: Fogmoon
December - Decem (SE: "10", orig. the 10th Roman month) / NE: Yule


Years of the Era: the Gregorian calendar is called the Christian calendar because it uses the birth of Jesus Christ as a starting point. The year 2000 AD, for example, represents 2000 years from the birth of Christ. "AD" - Anno domini - means "in the year of our lord." Several decades ago some of the modern-day Asatruar and Odinists got together and decided we needed our own Teutonic calendar system— one that would better reflect our European Ancestral beliefs. At the time of this decision the oldest Runic artifact discovered in Europe had been dated to 250 years before Christ. So they chose that date as the time when Odin revealed the Runes to our race (the beginning of this current Era), and counted that as year “0”, hence the “RE” stands for Runic Era. This changes the "AD" year as follows:

1999 AD = 2249 RE
2000 AD = 2250 RE
2001 AD = 2251 RE
2002 AD = 2252 RE
2003 AD = 2253 RE
2004 AD = 2254 RE
2005 AD = 2255 RE
and so forth


Significant Days: there are many special or "holy" dates within the old Ancestral calendar of Europe. So many that it would take a great book to cover them all. Here are a handful, possibly the most important ones, based primarily on their solar alignment.

Feast of Ostara - March/Lenting 20: The Spring Equinox, sacred to Freya.
Midyear Festival - June/Midyear 21: The Summer Solstice, sacred to Baldr.
Winter Finding - September/Shedding 21: The Fall Equinox, sacred to Odin.
Yule Mother Night - December/Yule 20: The the night before Winter Solstice, sacred to Frigga.
Feast of Yule - December/Yule 21: The Winter Solstice, sacred to Odin & Freyr.
Yule 12th Night - December/Yule 31: Last night of Yule celebration, sacred to the Family.


To learn more, see the book section of our online Catalog.