My Reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Calendar for 2021

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 only has twelve new moons between the previous December solstice and this year’s December solstice. Therefore, it will not be a leap year, and only have twelve lunar months. If you go by the Metonic Cycle, this year is year four of the Cycle. Leap years fall on years 3, 6, 8, 11, 14, 17, and 19.

Each month begins on the young moon, when the first sliver of the moon is visible after the new moon. I estimate this for my calendar by adding 36 hours to the new moon’s time.

The Months

Month NameBegins on
Æfterra GēolaThursday January 14, 2021
SolmōnaþSaturday February 13, 2021
HreþmonaþSunday March 14, 2021
ĒostremōnaþTuesday April 13, 2021
ÞrimilcemōnaþThursday May 13, 2021
Ærra LiðaFriday June 11, 2021
Æfterra LiðaSunday July 11, 2021
WeodmōnaþMonday August 09, 2021
HāligmōnaþWednesday September 08, 2021
WintermōnaþThursday October 07, 2021
BlōtmōnaþSaturday November 06, 2021
Ærra GēolaSunday December 05, 2021

Holy Tides

HolidayDate
ĒastreMonday, April 26, 2021
MidsumorMonday, June 21, 2021
WinterfylleþThursday, October 21, 2021
GēolaTuesday, December 21, 2021

Published by ByronTheFyrnsidere

I am an Anglo-Saxon heathen living in the Midwestern USA.

7 thoughts on “My Reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Calendar for 2021

  1. For clarification, when you say a month starts on a date, do you mean it starts at sunset on that date, or that the date is the first day of that month and started on the prior sunset?

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  2. Interesting, although you understand there was no consensus amongst the different Germanic groups in Britain. They differed from each other as well as absorbing the native Brythonic customs.

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    1. There are probably many things that there was no consensus about among the Anglo-Saxon tribes. But since Bede’s calendar is the only attested calendar we have with no known competing model, I don’t really think we can really say with any kind of certainty that the calendar was one of the things in which there was no consensus.

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