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Cherokee calendar "Nvda Disesdi" (Cherokee: ᏅᏓ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ) The Cherokee calendar is a combination of a Venus calendar, solar calendar and a lunar calendar. It was the responsibility of the Cherokee day keeper to coordinate these three calendars in order to calculate the time of ceremonies. The Cherokee Venus calendar is of 260 solar days with 13, 20 day months, which is the Cherokee 20 day signs. A Cherokee month is a 28 day lunar month with 13 months equaling 365 days. The new moon is the first day of every month. A Cherokee week is 13 solar days. A solar year is 360 solar days. Plus 5 or 6 solar days until the heliacal setting of the Pleiades. There are 20 day signs that repeat continuously. The 52 year cycle of the Pleiades is called "the mouth of the rattlesnake".

Cherokee new year

The Cherokee new year or "the great new moon" is the first new moon in autumn, after the setting of the Pleiades star cluster. The first of the month is a Sabbath day of quiet reflection and prayer. Fasting is encouraged, and the very observant fast for 4 days: as the moon is empty of light for those days, they are empty of food. Work, cooking, sex and childbirth were prohibited during the empty moon days, "Un-time" or "Non-days". A childbirth during these days was unlucky. It is believed that the mother and child were simply hallucinating, and thought the birth was on a "non-day". The Leonids meteoric shower around that time of the year sets off fireworks to celibate the new year. Hunting Moon is the first month of the year. In modern times in order to avoid the fluctuations of the lunar calendar, the date of the new year has been set to November 1 Gregorian.

Cherokee lunar months

  • Hunting Moon, ga-no-ha-li-do-ha
  • Snow Moon, gu-ti-ha
  • Cold Moon, ka-na-wo-ga
  • Bone Moon, go-la
  • Wind Moon, u-no-le
  • Flower Moon, a-tsi-lv-s-gi
  • Planting Moon, ga-tli-s-ga
  • Green Corn Moon, se-lu i-tse-i-yu-s-di
  • Corn Tassel Moon, u-tsi-s-da-ta
  • Ripe Corn Moon, se-lu u-wa-nv-sa
  • Fruit Ends Moon, u-da-ta-nv-a-gi-s-di-u-li-s-dv
  • Nut Moon, u-da-ta-nv
  • Harvest Moon, tsi-ya-tlo-ha

The 13 months or moons coincide with the 13 Cherokee moons ceremonies.

Cherokee days of the week

The Cherokee day begins at sunrise. The 13 day week begins on Hummingbird. The week has the same name as the day sign that falls on the first day of the week.

  • 1-Hummingbird, Wa-le-li
  • 2-Butcherbird, Ga-na-de-gi
  • 3-Lark, No-qui-si
  • 4-Quail, Gu-que
  • 5-Sandpiper, A-gu-va
  • 6-Woodpecker, Da-la-la
  • 7-Bat, Tle-ma-ha
  • 8-Green Heron, Ka-na-s-go-wa
  • 9-Snowbird, Du-di
  • 10-Blackbird, Tsi-s-qua-li-s-da
  • 11-Bluebird, Tsa-qua-la-de
  • 12-Purple Martin, Tlu-tlu
  • 13-Woodcock/Snipe, Da-s-qua-lo-di

Cherokee day signs

The 20 day signs represent the 20 days of the Venus month. These day signs are named after observable features in the sky, which are reflected on earth, and are also memory aids for oral teachings.

  • Turtle, da-g-si
  • Whirlwind, a-ga-lu-ga
  • Hearth, o-ya
  • Dragon, u-k-te-na
  • Snake, i-na-dv
  • Twins, di-ni-tla-wa
  • Deer, a-wi-u-s-di
  • Rabbit, no-qu-si e-qua
  • River, yv-wi ga-na-hi-da
  • Wolf, ka-na-ti
  • Raccoon, gv-li
  • Scratcher, ka-nu-ga
  • Reed, i-hi-ya
  • Panther, sa-ho-ni
  • Eagle, u-wo-ha-tli
  • Owl, u-gu-ku
  • Heron, gu-wi-s-gu-wi
  • Flint, da-wi-sga-la
  • Redbird, do-tsu-wa
  • Flower, a-tsi-lv-s-gi

Ephemeris

Ephemeris according to Raven Hails book Cherokee Astrology. This gives the Gregorian calendar 2012-2013 dates corresponding to the 1st day of the Cherokee week (Hummingbird) along with its day sign.

  • Jan. 2, 2012 - 1 Twins
  • Jan. 15, 2012 - 1 Redbird
  • Jan. 28, 2012 - 1 Rattlesnake Tooth
  • Feb. 10, 2012 - 1 Serpent
  • Feb. 23, 2012 - 1 Flint
  • Mar. 7, 2012 - 1 Raccoon
  • Mar. 20, 2012 - 1 Dragon
  • Apr. 2, 2012 - 1 Heron
  • Apr. 15, 2012 - 1 Wolf
  • Apr. 28, 2012 - 1 Hearth
  • May. 11, 2012 - 1 Owl
  • May. 24, 2012 - 1 The River
  • Jun. 6, 2012 - 1 whirlwind
  • Jun. 19, 2012 - 1 Eagle
  • July 2, 2012 - 1 Rabbit
  • July 15, 2012 - 1 Turtle
  • July 28, 2012 - 1 Panther
  • Aug. 10, 2012 - 1 Deer
  • Aug. 23, 2012 - 1 Flower
  • Sept. 5, 2012 - 1 Reed
  • Sept. 18, 2012 - 1 Twins
  • Oct. 1, 2012 - 1 Redbird
  • Oct. 14, 2012 - 1 Rattlesnake Tooth
  • Oct. 27, 2012 - 1 Serpent
  • Nov. 9, 2012 - 1 Flint
  • Nov. 22, 2012 - 1 Raccoon
  • Dec. 5, 2012 - 1 Dragon
  • Dec. 18, 2012 - 1 Heron
  • Dec. 31, 2012 - 1 Wolf
  • Jan. 13, 2013 - 1 Hearth
  • Jan. 26, 2013 - 1 Owl
  • Feb. 8, 2013 - 1 The River
  • Feb. 21, 2013 - 1 Whirlwind
  • Mar. 6, 2013 - 1 Eagle
  • Mar. 19, 2013 - 1 Rabbit
  • Apr. 1, 2013 - 1 Turtle
  • Apr. 14, 2013 - 1 Panther
  • Apr. 27, 2013 - 1 Deer
  • May 10, 2013- 1 Flower
  • May 23, 2013 - 1 Reed
  • Jun. 5, 2013 - 1 Twins
  • Jun. 18, 2013 - 1 Redbird
  • Jul. 1, 2013 - 1 Rattlesnake Tooth
  • Jul. 14, 2013 - 1 Serpent
  • Jul. 27, 2013 - 1 Flint
  • Aug. 9, 2013 - 1 Raccoon
  • Aug. 22, 2013 - 1 Dragon
  • Sept. 4, 2013 - 1 Heron
  • Sept. 17, 2013 - 1 Wolf
  • Sept. 30, 2013 - 1 Hearth
  • Oct. 13, 2013 - 1 Owl
  • Oct. 26, 2013 - 1 The River
  • Nov. 8, 2013 - 1 Whirlwind
  • Nov. 21, 2013 - 1 Eagle
  • Dec. 4, 2013 - 1 Rabbit
  • Dec. 17, 2013 - 1 Turtle
  • Dec. 30, 2013 - 1 Panther

References

  • Hail, Raven. Cherokee Astrology. Rochester, Vermont:Bear & Company,2000.
  • Wilkes, Brian. 2012 Cherokee Calendar. http://www.wilkesweb.us/calendar/
  • 13 Moons On the Turtles Back. A Native American Year of Moons, ISBN 0-698-11584-8, Putnam and Grossnet Group, 1997
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