Months in the Witch World

In The Magestone the Years Since the Betrayal are introduced as the Alizonder way of tracking time. These years are placed along side the year names of the Dales and so make keeping track of events and ages somewhat easier. Along with the Years Since the Betrayal both Alizonder and Dale months are introduced and reinforced. Here is a rough listing of the months and their order based on the contexts of different books.

There were some notes left behind for both months and years that the Norton estate gave to Jay P. Watts (aka Lots-a-Watts) and were compiled by Juanita Coulson - both devoted fans. The notes may be found here. I have included these as best I may below, marking them with an asterisks.

Order in year Dales Calendar Days in month Season Alizon Calendar Days in month Season
1 Month of the Snow Bird 28 Winter First Whelping Moon 28 Winter
2 Month of the Hawk1 28 Spring Moon of the Dire Wolf 28 Winter
3 Month of the Crooknecked Fern 28 Spring Moon of Cordosh 28 Spring
4 Month of the Fringed Violet 28 Spring Moon of the Spotted Viper 28 Spring
5 Month of Willowcarp2 28 Summer3 Moon of the Fever Leaf 28 Spring
6 Month of the Golden Lacewing*4 29 Summer Moon of the Split-Tusked Boar* 28 Summer
7 Month of the Silver Crowned Bee* 28 Summer Moon of the Torgian Foals * 28 Summer
8 Month of the Anda Wasp* 28 Autumn?5 The Second Whelping Moon6 28 Summer
9 Month of the Shredbark Tree7 28 Autumn Moon of the the Hooded Crow* 28 Summer/Autumn?
10 Month of the Crested Owl* 28 Autumn Moon of the the Bloodwine* 28 Autumn
11 Month of the Firethorn8 28 Autumn Moon of the Dart Venom * 28 Autumn
12 Month of Peryton9 28 Autumn/Winter? The Hunger Moon* 28 Autumn/Winter?
13 Month of the Ice Dragon 28 Winter Moon of the Knife 29 Winter

Notes

The months mentioned in The Magestone have at least 26 days in them (p.210, 217, 227). If the Witch World has about 365 days the year could be divided into twelve 30-day months (with extra days in some) or thirteen 28-day months with one month having one extra day. The Magestone seems to imply that both Dales and Alizon calendars have thirteen months based on how the days line up in the book. A list of months in the Discussion section shows how this would work out.

Kasarian arrives in Es Port on the Seventeenth Day of the Month of the Snow Bird (p. 249). "Morfew suggested the Storm Seeker would likely require four to six weeks for its passage…We therefore calculated that Kasarian should have arrived at Vennesport late in the Month of the Hawk or early in the Month of the Crooknecked Fern" (p. 250). This means that the Month of the Snow Bird, Hawk, Crooknecked Fern, and Fringed Violet must follow one another in that order.

The spring season for the Dales/Estcarp starts a month earlier than it does in Alizon: "I awoke, they told me, the following day, which the Lormt folk termed the Second Day of the Month of the Fringed Violet, the last Moon of their Spring Season. I was taken aback.10 Morfew ensured me that it was indeed the First Day of the Moon of the Spotted Viper, the second of our three moons of the Spring Season." (The Magestone pp. 242-243) Since Alizon is further north this makes some sense.

In The Magestone Mereth is traveling oversea in the Month of the Firethorn (p. 1). "Then, nearly two months ago, in the Month of the Shredbark Tree, Dame Gwersa's letter reached me at Venesport" (p. 5). Kasarian leaves Lormt for Es City on the Third Day of the First Whelping Moon (p.215) and arrives there on the Thirteenth Day of the same month. Though this journey takes time due to snow, it is likely that Mereth, being old, would have taken a similarly slow course to reach Lormt. It is later mentioned that it takes Kasarian some thirty-four days to reach Venesport by ship (p.226). Those at Lormt also expect the voyage to take four to six week by sea (p. 250). Since Mereth does not give the exact day in her first journal entry, it is hard to tell exactly how long it takes her to reach Lormt. Her first journal entry there is on the 4th and 5th Days of the Ice Dragon - though it cannot yet be the Year of the Lamia since in previous books (The Crystal Gryphon) the Month of the Snowbird is the first month of the year. In any case her journey is likely to take four to six weeks by sea and possibly another couple overland. If she left around the middle of the month of the Firethorn it could have taken her the rest of that month and all the next before she reached Lormt.

Discussion

Both the Dales and Alizon have a thirteen month system.11 Below are the months and days as mentioned in The Magestone. Those days that are not specifically mentioned have asterisks by them. This mainly applies to those days in months not covered or days near the end of the month - if a passage mentions it is the twenty-sixth day of the month but no other days before it, it is a safe bet the other twenty-five days exist.

1st Month
Month of the Snow Bird/First Whelping Moon
1/28th day of the Moon of the Knife*
2/1
3/2
4/3
5/4
6/5
7/6
8/7
9/8
10/9
11/10
12/11
13/12
14/13
15/14
16/15
17/16
18/17
19/18 <= Kasarian sails from Es Port (p. 223)
20/19*
21/20*
22/21*
23/22*
24/23*
25/24*
26/25*
27/26*
28/27*

2nd Month
Month of the Hawk/Moon of the Dire Wolf
1/28th day of the First Welping Moon*
2/1
3/2
4/3
5/4
6/5
7/6
8/7
9/8
10/9
11/10
12/11
13/12
14/13
15/14
16/15
17/16
18/17
19/18
20/19
21/20
22/21
23/22
24/23
25/24 <= Kasarian arrives in Vennesport in the Dales after about 34 days at sea by his tally. (p. 226)
26/25
27/26 <= Kasarian leaves Vennesport to Trevamper (p. 228)
28/27*

3rd Month
Month of the Crooknecked Fern/Moon of Chordosh
1/28th day Moon of the Dire Wolf *
2/1
3/2
4/3
5/4
6/5
7/6
8/7
9/8
10/9
11/10
12/11
13/12
14/13
15/14
16/15
17/16
18/17
19/18
20/19
21/20
22/21
23/22
24/23
25/24 <= Kasarian arrives at the cave Elsenar is trapped in by his counting of days. (p.231)
26/25
27/26*
28/27* <= Jonja detects Kasarian is in mortal peril on the last day of the Month of the Crooknecked Fern (p. 250 The Magestone). He is facing Elsenar and the stone (p. 251).12

4th Month
Month of the Fringed Violet/Moon of the Spotted Viper
1/28th day of the Moon of Chordosh
2/1 <= returns to Lormt after trip through magical postern. (p. 251)
3/2 <= Kasarian returns to Alizon via the postern in Lormt (p. 270)
4/3
5/4
6/5
7/6
8/7
9/8*
10/9*
11/10*
12/11*
13/12*
14/13*
15/14*
16/15*
17/16*
18/17*
19/18*
20/19*
21/20*
22/21*
23/22*
24/23*
25/24*
26/25*
27/26*
28/27*

5th Month
Month of the Willowcarp/Moon of the Fever Leaf
1/28th day of the Moon of the Spotted Viper
2/1
3/2*
4/3*
5/4*
6/5*
7/6*
8/7*
9/8*
10/9*
11/10*
12/11*
13/12*
14/13*
15/14*
16/15*
17/16*
18/17*
19/18*
20/19*
21/20*
22/21*
23/22*
24/23*
25/24*
26/25*
27/26*
28/27*

6th Month
Month of the Golden Lacewing*/Moon of the Split-tusked Boar
1/28th day of the Moon of the Fever Leaf*
2/1*
3/2*
4/3*
5/4*
6/5*
7/6*
8/7*
9/8*
10/9*
11/10*
12/11*
13/12*
14/13*
Midsummer Day/14*
15/15*
16/16*
17/17*
18/18*
19/19*
20/20*
21/21*
22/22*
23/23*
24/24*
25/25*
26/26*
27/27*
28/28*

7th Month
Month of the Silver Crowned Bee/Moon of the Torgian Foals
1/1*
2/2*
3/3*
4/4*
5/5*
6/6*
7/7*
8/8*
9/9*
10/10*
11/11*
12/12*
13/13*
14/14*
15/15*
16/16*
17/17*
18/18*
19/19*
20/20*
21/21*
22/22*
23/23*
24/24*
25/25*
26/26*
27/27*
28/28*

8th Month
Month of the Anda Wasp/The Second Whelping Moon
1/1*
2/2*
3/3*
4/4*
5/5*
6/6*
7/7*
8/8*
9/9*
10/10*
11/11*
12/12*
13/13*
14/14*
15/15*
16/16*
17/17*
18/18*
19/19*
20/20*
21/21*
22/22*
23/23*
24/24*
25/25*
26/26*
27/27*
28/28*

9th Month
Month of the Shredbark Tree/Moon of the Hooded Crow
1/1*
2/2*
3/3*
4/4*
5/5*
6/6*
7/7*
8/8*
9/9*
10/10*
11/11*
12/12*
13/13*
14/14*
15/15*
16/16*
17/17*
18/18*
19/19*
20/20*
21/21*
22/22*
23/23*
24/24*
25/25*
26/26*
27/27*
28/28*

10th Month
Month of the Crested Owl/Moon of the Bloodvine
1/1*
2/2*
3/3*
4/4*
5/5*
6/6*
7/7*
8/8*
9/9*
10/10*
11/11*
12/12*
13/13*
14/14*
15/15*
16/16*
17/17*
18/18*
19/19*
20/20*
21/21*
22/22*
23/23*
24/24*
25/25*
26/26*
27/27*
28/28*

11th Month
Month of the Firethorn/Moon of the Dart Venom
1/1*
2/2*
3/3*
4/4*
5/5*
6/6*
7/7*
8/8*
9/9*
10/10*
11/11*
12/12*
13/13*
14/14*
15/15*
16/16*
17/17*
18/18*
19/19*
20/20*
21/21*
22/22*
23/23*
24/24*
25/25*
26/26*
27/27*
28/28*

12th Month
Month of the Peryton/The Hunger Moon
1/1*
2/2*
3/3*
4/4*
5/5*
6/6*
7/7*
8/8*
9/9*
10/10*
11/11*
12/12*
13/13*
14/14*
15/15*
16/16*
17/17*
18/18*
19/19*
20/20*
21/21*
22/22*
23/23*
24/24*
25/25*
26/26*
27/27*
28/28*

13th Month
Month of the Ice Dragon/Moon of the Knife
1/1
2/2
3/3
4/4
5/5
6/6
7/7
8/8
9/9
10/Veneration Day
11/10
12/11
13/12
14/13
15/14
16/15
17/16
18/17
19/18
20/19
21/20
22/21
23/22*
24/23*
25/24*
26/25*
27/26*
28/27*

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