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Germanic Lunar Year Calendar

The word “month” comes from “moon”. But our months do not correspond to the period from new moon to the next new moon. This is however the case with the Germanic Lunar Year Calendar. The first day of each lunar period (or “Monath”) is always the new moon day, and the fifteenth day (or shortly after) is always full moon day.

Within Wholly Science, the moon that orbits our home planet named Terra is referred to as Luna. As the current Gregorian calendar hinders us to become aware of the impact of Luna, Wholly Science reinstated the Germanic Lunar Year Calendar.

The ancient Germanic people divided the year into two halves: Summer and Winter. Precisely in the middle of each half, a great celebration took place. The Midsummer Feast was named “Litha”, and the Midwinter Feast “Yule”. The lunar period in which this celebration falls has the designation of “Before” at the beginning of its name, and the next one has the designation of “After” at the beginning of its name. Every second or third year has thirteen lunar periods instead of twelve, in order to correctly track both the solar and the lunar cycles. Wholly Science named this thirteenth lunar period as “Extra-Litha-Moon”. For the designation of the remaining eight lunar periods, Wholly Science remained as close as possible to the authentic Germanic names:

  • After-Litha-Moon
  • Aran-Moon
  • Witu-Moon (last lunar period of the summer half)
  • Windume-Moon (first lunar period of the winter half)
  • Gor-Moon
  • Before-Yule-Moon
  • After-Yule-Moon
  • Horning-Moon
  • Rhetha-Moon (last lunar period of the winter half)
  • Eostre-Moon (first lunar period of the summer half)
  • Winni-Moon
  • Before-Litha-Moon
  • Extra-Litha-Moon

Next to these pure “moonths” (or months), Wholly Science also clarifies the names of the days of the week:

  1. Luna-day
  2. Mars-day
  3. Mercury-day
  4. Jupiter-day
  5. Venus-day
  6. Saturn-day
  7. Helios-day

Today’s date according to the Germanic Lunar Year Calendar is , .


Below, the starting date of every next lunar period is listed, starting with the last one of the year 2016.

This article on the Germanic Lunar Year Calendar by Johan Oldenkamp, originally written on January 16th, 2017, is also available in German, Italian, and Dutch.

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