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By definition, an Almanac is an publication that includes information such as weather forecasts, farmers’ planting dates, tide tables, and tabular information often arranged according to the calendar. Astronomical data and various statistics are found in almanacs, such as the times of the rising and setting of the sun and moon, eclipses, hours of full tide, church festivals, and so on. For the needs of this grimoire, I wanted to indicates only the dates most used in Paganism for the years 2016-2060. You’ll find the dates of the Minor Sabbats (Ostara, Midsummer, Mabon, Yule) as they are moveable each year. I’ve added a list of the Phases of the Moon (New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon, Third Quarter) to allow any practitioner to choose the best time for Spellworks. Finally, as Mercury Retrograde is such an important period to consider when doing for Magick, you’ll also find its occurrences in the following pages. Below is some definitions and explanation that can helps you understand the calculation in this almanac.

Eastern Time Zone

This almanac is based on the Eastern Time Zone (ET). This time zone encompasses seventeen U.S. states in the eastern part of the contiguous United States, parts of eastern Canada, the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico, Panama in Central America and the Caribbean Islands.

Coordinated Universal Time

Coordinated Universal Time, abbreviated as UTC, is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time. It is, within about 1 second, mean solar time at 0° longitude; it does not observe daylight saving time. It is one of several closely related successors to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). For most purposes, UTC is considered interchangeable with GMT, but GMT is no longer precisely defined by the scientific community.


This almanac is based on UTC−05:00. This is a time offset that subtracts five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). In North America, it is observed in the Eastern Time Zone during standard time, and in the Central Time Zone during the other eight months (see Daylight saving time). The western Caribbean uses it year round.

Daylight Saving Time

In the northern parts of the time zone, during the second Sunday in March, at 2:00 a.m. EST, clocks are advanced to 3:00 a.m. EDT leaving a one-hour “gap”. During the first Sunday in November, at 2:00 a.m. EDT, clocks are moved back to 1:00 a.m. EST, thus “duplicating” one hour. Southern parts of the zone (Panama and the Caribbean) do not observe daylight saving time.

  • Eastern Standard Time (EST), when observing standard time (autumn/winter) is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC−05:00).
  • Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), when observing daylight saving time (spring/summer) is 4 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC−04:00).