“On the Calendar of the Society of the Covenant”
By Yves Dupres, Adept of the Order of Lore, 24 years since the Return of the Light
Before the Liberation of Manz, we did not know day, only night. The Mammonon kept the world blanketed in an eternal night, and it was not until we took control of the Tower of Law and freed a small section of the world from their power, that we first saw the sun. We were awe-struck, standing there, at the end of a tremendous battle, the largest yet we had managed against the demons, yet no one could speak as we stared up at a blue sky and a blinding disk of light. The Light had been revealing the future and other secrets to us for generations as it sought to help us overthrow the demons, and now we were suddenly basking in its glory. You must forgive me, for I am not doing the moment justice, but I do not know how to recreate that feeling of seeing the divine, of feeling its invisible fingers brush your face, after growing up with it only being a theoretical concept.
We did not know day or night, and that first sunset, we grew apprehensive that something had gone wrong, that the demons had returned. And then the moon rose for the first time, and we learned that the Light works in cycles, in patterns. It took us a few years to map things out properly. The seasons did not return until after the fall of Moloch, and the Mammonon lost control over the world. The seasons were written of in Le Sept, and in books we found when we liberated Inverness and discovered the library there, but we had no concept of them until the world started changing in front of us. It has been an amazing blessing of the Light to go from never-ending night, never-ending chill and grey, to a world of color, of light, of ever-changing days and nights.
Before the liberation of Raioume, time had been marked using devices created by the demons called chronometers. They measured out time in a decimal system. The device had four sets of numbers on its front, and each set would run from 01 to 00, or one hundred. The set on the far right ran very quickly, and once it hit one hundred, it would cause the set to its left to increment by one, and then it would reset and start over. Once the set to its left would hit one hundred, it would cause the set to its left to increment, and so on. We used them during the war to coordinate attacks and plan logistics, but it didn’t tell us anything beyond where we were in the present, and so our sense of the past is hazy and murky. Once the demons lost control of an area, the chronometers would stop working. We gradually built this calendar to mark time ourselves.
Developing a calendar has taken years of research by a team of adepts from the Order of Lore, and I must say, we are very proud of our efforts. The Gran Mater herself, Marie Chenault, congratulated each of us in person at the ceremony wherein the calendar was set into motion. We have created a system which will allow for the Order of Labor to plan for the future, the Order of Law to coordinate their troops, the Order of Life to observe the natural patterns of growth and decay, the Order of Light to weigh the future against the past, and for ourselves in the Order of Lore to record the present into the past accurately, creating a history for future generations, something that we lack today. I hope that this primer proves useful in educating the masses on how our calendar works.
Day and Night
The base unit of the calendar is the day, wherein the Light watches over us through the blanketing light of the sun, and then reveals its mysteries to us through the changing moon. A day begins at sunrise and runs through to the next sunrise, the rising of the sun being the miracle we appreciate each day. The days are numbered by each moon, and are recorded thusly.
The moon runs through phases, growing to full and then waning to nothing. This cyclical pattern reminds us of the mutability of the Light, indeed of life itself, which bears us both bright and dark moments as we journey through it. The calendar is organized by moons. Each moon runs for 28 days, and each specific moon bears the name of an Aspect of the Light it had come to represent. In addition to the set of 28 days, each moon has two to four sacred days, known as the Anna Perennas, days within each moon consecrated to the living aspect of the Light who revealed the truth to us and ultimately sacrificed her life so that we might become free. Anna Perennas are holidays, special days to hold festivals, to celebrate our lives on this great world. On regular moons, these days bracket the full moon, which occurs on the fourteenth day of the moon. Anna Perennas also bracket the solstices, the longest and shortest days of the year which mark the beginning, mid-point, and end of the calendar year, as well as the 24th day of Samen, which is the anniversary of the Return of the Light. In addition, our researchers have determined that there is an additional Anna Perenna which is added after the full moon of Zabiana every four years, which we have dedicated to Le Gran Dame Mathieu for discovering Le Sept and bringing us in contact with the Light.
There are twelve moons to a year. Traditionally, we celebrate the start of the new year at the solstice which occurs on the 21st day of Selene, the shortest day of the year, but for the calendar’s sake, we start the year with the beginning of the next month, the 1st day of Hecate. We count backwards to the year that the Light returned to us— that half a year we technically consider a zero point, and mark the 1st year since the return of the Light from the 1st day of Hecate after that point.
The Names of the Moons
The moons are named after the different aspects of the Light who revealed themselves to the Order of Light during the Bellum Mammonum, helping us overthrow our masters and overlords. Each aspect of the Light represents a different facet of ourselves, as we are, after all, but reflections of the Light that burns within us all. We hope that the educators and magisters throughout Raioume will use these aspects in their lessons, so that future generations will learn the lessons of the Light that we learned in darkness.
The first aspect of the Light is Hecate. Hecate has two Anna Perenna days around the full moon. Hecate is the darkest aspect of the Light, and the aspect held most sacred by the Order of Law. Hecate teaches us that we must do things that that are repugnant to us if the whole of the world is to survive. Hecate occurs at the height of winter.
The second aspect of the Light is Zabiana. Zabiana has two Anna Perenna days around the full moon, except for years divisible by four, at which point it will have one Anna Perenna day before and two after. Zabiana is the mother who shelters us, who guides us, who leads us out of danger, even if we cannot see it. Winter begins to end with Zabiana.
The third aspect of the Light is Eostra. Eostra has two Anna Perenna days around the full moon. Eostra is the eldest sister, wisdom through experience coupled with youth. Eostra reminds us that growth occurs through change. Winter ends with Eostra and spring begins.
The fourth aspect of the Light is Irene. Irene has two Anna Perenna days around the full moon. Irene is the middle sister, caught between adulthood and childhood. Spring fully blossoms within Irene.
The fifth aspect of the Light is Maia. Maia has two Anna Perenna days around the full moon. Maia is the youngest child, whose impulses lead to first hand knowledge of the world around us. Maia is held as sacred by the Order of Labor. Maia is full spring.
The sixth aspect of the Light is Thea. Thea has two Anna Perenna days around the full moon, and then two more around the solstice occurring on the 21st. Thea is the aspect of the light embodied by children, the new generation who will learn from the previous generation, who remind them of who they once were. Thea is held sacred by the Order of Light. Spring ends with the solstice and summer begins within Thea.
The seventh aspect of the Light is Epona. Epona has two Anna Perenna days around the full moon. Epona is the maiden, the young adult experiencing life on her own, exploring the world and seeking out its mysteries. Epona is held sacred by the Order of Life. Summer blossoms within Epona.
The eight aspect of the Light is Samen. Samen has two Anna Perenna days around the full moon, then two more around the 24th, commemorating the Return of the Light. Samen is the ripening, the fulfillment of the promise, the young adult finding their way in the world. Samen continues the prospect of summer.
The ninth aspect of the Light is Ceres. Ceres has two Anna Perenna days around the full moon. Ceres is the mother, the regeneration of the world and ourselves. Ceres marks the division between summer and autumn, and the harvest occurs during Ceres.
The tenth aspect of the Light is Kore. Kore has two Anna Perenna days around the full moon. Kore is the middle-aged woman, the sunset of our years, enjoying what life offers through the lens of experience. Kore is held sacred by the Order of Lore. Autumn blossoms through Kore.
The eleventh aspect of the Light is Juno. Juno has two Anna Perenna days around the full moon. Juno is the grandmother, shepherding her daughter and her grandchildren into safety. Autumn continues through Juno.
The twelfth and final aspect of the Light is Selene. Selene has two Anna Perenna days around the full moon, and then two more around the solstice on the 21st. Selene is the crone, who watches the gate between this world and the next with her accumulated wisdom. We all must die, and it is Selene who gathers us to her breast when we do. Autumn becomes winter within Selene, the solstice being the shortest day of the year.