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2017 Irminic Liturgical Calendar
By Steve Anthonijsz
Unlike the Gregorian calendar that was established by the christian church with its arbitrary designations and mathematical assumptions, the Irminic calendar is a solar/lunar reckoning that accurately reflects both natural and spiritual phenomena. The names of the months are Old High German ones preserved in the writings of Karl der Gross (Charlemagne). Further details explaining how this calendar works may be found in Germanic Heathenry: A Practical Guide (2003) or in Heathen Timekeeping: An Examination of the Germanic Lunar Reckoning (2004), both by James “Hjuka” Coulter.
For reasons of convenience, though, a summary of the 2017 calendar as used by Irminen is presented here, alongside Gregorian equivalents (note: months begin on the appearance of the new moon, the dates of which may vary slightly by location).
Irminic Months as They Correspond to Gregorian Months in 2017
Hartmânôd (“harsh moon”): 29 December – 26 January
Hêrmânôd (“rime moon”): 27 January – 25 February
Lenzomânôd (“Lent month”): 26 February – 26 March
Ôstarmânôd (“Ôstara's month”): 27 March – 25 April
Wunnîmânôd (“blissful month”): 26 April – 24 May
Brachmânôd (“fallow month”): 25 May – 22 June
Anderbrachmânôd (intercalary month*): 23 June – 22 July
Hewîmânôd (“hay month”): 23 July – 20 August
Aranmânôd (“harvest month”): 21 August – 19 September
Skeidentimânôd (“summer's end month”): 20 September – 18 October
Gelomânôd (“yellow month”): 19 October – 17 November
Nebulmânôd (“mist month”): 18 November – 17 December
Iulmânôd (“Yule month”): 18 December – 15 January
*Anderbrachmânôd is an intercalary month used to adjust for the fact that a lunar year does not precisely line up with a solar year. Its function is similar to the “leap year” appearing once every 4 years in the Gregorian calendar.
Heilagmâl (“Holy Tides”)
Irminic heilagmâl, like the holy tides of other Heathen traditions, generally begin at the rising of the full moon. The exceptions to these are the specifically solar festivals of Iulzît and Sunnawendî which, of course, correspond with the solstices.
Landsegen: 15 Hêrmânôd (10 February)
Ôstarûn: 16 Ôstarmânôd (11 April)
Walburganaht: 15 Wunnîmânôd (10 May)
Sunnawendî: 28 Brachmânôd – 9 Anderbrachmânôd (21 June – 1 July)
Hleibmessa: 17 Aranmânôd (6 September)
Wintarnaht: 17 Gelomânôd (4 November)
Iulzît: 4 – 15 Iulmânôd (21 December – 1 January)
Minna (“Days of Remembrance”)
It is customary in Heathen traditions to remember both our loved ones and those we find inspirational on the anniversary of their deaths (often denoted by placing the symbol for the Yr Rune ᛦ next to the date). Some exceptions do exist in the case that the date of an individual's death is unknown—in such instances the date of birth is used instead. Of course, each sippâ or liut will celebrate its own unique minna. However, there are those that are generally accepted among all Irminen. These commonly accepted minna are listed below.
6 Hartmânôd (3 Jan)- Karl Maria Wiligut
7 Hêrmânôd (2 Feb)- Siegfried Adolf Kummer
27 Hêrmânôd (23 Feb)- Fidus (Hugo Reinhold Karl Johann Höppener)
10 Wunnîmânôd (5 May)- Else Christensen
16 Brachmânôd (9 Jun)- Sîvrit
3 Aranmânôd (23 Aug)- Rudolf John Gorsleben
20 Aranmânôd (9 Sep)- Hermann (Arminius)
21 Aranmânôd (10 Sep)- Stubba (John Yeowell
9 Gelomânôd (27 Oct)- Jakob Grimm
7 Iulmânôd (24 Dec)- Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson