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.

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 Fern2 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 Willowcarp3 28 Summer4 Moon of the Feverleaf 28 Spring
6 [unnamed] 28 Summer [unnamed] 28 Summer
7 [unnamed] 29 Summer [unnamed - possibly the Second Whelping Moon] 28 Summer
8 [unnamed] 28 Summer/Autumn? [unnamed] 28 Summer
9 [unnamed-possibly the Month of the Shredbark Tree] 28 Autumn [unnamed] 28 Summer/Autumn?
10 [unnamed] 28 Autumn [unnamed] 28 Autumn
11 [unnamed-possibly the Month of the Firethorn] 28 Autumn [unnamed] 28 Autumn
12 Month of Peryton5 28 Autumn/Winter? [unnamed] 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. 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 Fire Thorn (p. 1). "Then, nearly two months ago, in the Month of the Shredbark Tree, Dame Gwersa's letter reached me at Venesport" (p. 5). This would probably make the Month of the Firethorn the tenth month in the year and the Month of the Shredbark Tree the eight. 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 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.

There is a reference to a Second Whelping Moon in The Magestone p. 147 "…to fetch my hound pup Moonbeam, who had been whelped early, between the year's two regular Whelping Moons." If the Whelping Moons are about half a year apart then this could be the seventh or eighth month in the Alizon calendar.

In Songsmith Eydryth mentions she was born in the Month of the Gryfalcon. It's hard to know where this month would be located in the year.

Discussion

It seems likely that both the Dales and Alizon have a thirteen month system. 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 (p. 251). Given that Kasarian was unsure exactly how many days he'd actually been at sea due to storms: "We had spent thirty-four days at sea, by my judgement, for during the worst of the storms, it had been difficult to determine when day ended and night began" (p. 226 The Magestone) it is more likely this is the day he actually arrives at the cave since Jonja and the others at Lormt were not affected by the storms and so their accounting of days is likely more accurate.

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 Chrysalis/Moon of the Fever Leaf
1/28th day of the Moon of the ???*
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*

7th Month
Month of the Gryfalcon???/Second Whelping Moon ???
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*
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*
29/28*

8th Month
Month of the ???/Moon of the ???
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 ???
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 ???/Moon of the ???
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 ???
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/Moon of the ???
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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