* 4/21 to 5/2: Ridvan--Baha’i celebration of Baha’u’llah’s declaration identifying himself as the New Prophet. Ridvan Truce. * 4/26 to 5/3: Mayan Rain Festival--honoring Rain God Chac and His attendant Chacmool, and welcoming the fructifying rains. * 4/28 eve to 5/3 eve: Floralia--Old Roman festival devoted to Flora, Goddess of Flowers. * 4/30 eve to 5/2 eve: Beltaine--Old Celtic/Welsh feast of Blodeuwedd (Goddess of Flowers) and Llew (the Oak King - God of the waxing Sun). * 4/30 to 5/4: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Khshathra Vairya, creator and protector of the Sky. Zoroastrians worship the one transcendent and immanent Deity Ahura Mazda, who is symbolized by a sacred fire. * 4/30 eve to 5/5 eve: Mid-Spring/May Day/Walpurgis--Celebrates sacred love and the flowering vegetation by gathering flowers and dancing around a Maypole. * 5/1: Christian feast celebrating the sacred marriage of Blessed Mary and St. Joseph. * 5/1: Law Day--Day to celebrate rule of law (and freedom from rule by force). * 5/1: Birthday of Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881), Catholic mystic and evolutionary who experienced the union of consciousness with all Nature. * 5/1: Day Pope John Paul II affirmed that capitalism must be tempered by social justice and restrained by human rights and environmental laws (1991). * 5/1 eve to 5/2 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis, who represents the feminine in Nature and protects women throughout their lives. * 5/1 to 5/4: Zuni Green Corn Dance--welcoming back the Corn Maidens, who flee the land during the Winter. * 5/1 to 5/31: May originally dedicated to Old Roman Goddess Maia; later dedicated to Christian Lady Mary - Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate. * 5/2 eve to 5/6 eve (5/4 peak): Eta Aquarid Meteor Showers. * 5/3: Taue Matsuri--Shinto rice-planting festival. * 5/3: World Press Freedom Day--Day to recognize the importance of a free, independent, pluralistic media world-wide, as a fundamental human right and essential to democracy. * 5/3 eve to 5/4 eve: Feast of God Poseidon, Goddess Amphritrite, and all Old Greek Gods and Goddesses of the seas. * 5/4: National Day of Prayer--Day to pray for freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and separation of religion and government throughout the world. * 5/4: Birthday of Horace Mann (1796), advocate for universal nonsectarian education. * 5/5: Cinco de Mayo--Day celebrating Mexico’s victory over occupying French forces; day to mourn Hispanic victims of exploitation (past and present), make peace, and celebrate empowerment of Hispanic Americans. * 5/6: Shepherd’s Day--Day to meditate on Deity as Lord of Animals. * 5/6: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that everything you do, or fail to do, affects all sentient beings. * 5/8: Christian feast of St. Julian of Norwich (d. 1419), mystic who believed Deity to be Father and Mother, everywhere in everything. * 5/9: Day the world’s nations committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which are causing climate change (1992); day to mourn the failure to reduce these emissions. * 5/10 (5:43 p.m. EDT): Full Moon (Flower/Corn-Planting Moon). * 5/10: Death day of Theodore Parker (1860), Unitarian slavery abolitionist and social justice activist. * 5/10 eve: Nisfu Sha’ban--Muslim night of repentance for all harm done. * 5/12: Day the first woman was ordained a rabbi in Conservative Judaism (1985). * 5/13: Day the Humanist Manifesto was published (1933). It exhorts people to affirm life, not deny it; engage life, not flee from it; and work towards the happiness of self and all. * 5/13: Spring Migratory Bird Day. * 5/13 eve: Vigil for lost mothers; night of mourning and healing. * 5/14: Mothers’ Day--Day to give love and thanks to all mothers; day for all mothers to celebrate motherhood and contemplate their sacred duty to provide for the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual needs of their children. * 5/14 (Obs. 5/2): Israel’s Independence Day (1948). Israel’s founding document promises ethnic, religious, and gender equality. * 5/15: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Ochossi, Orisha of Animals. Yorubas/Santeros celebrate with drumming, ecstatic dancing, and possession trance. * 5/15: Family Day. * 5/17: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as ‘Azamat - Grandeur. Baha’is believe in the oneness of all religions. * 5/17: Day the Supreme Court concluded that ethnic-based segregation of schools violates the U.S. Constitution (1954). * 5/18: Feast of Old Greek God Pan, who represents the masculine in Nature and protects men throughout their lives. * 5/19: Old Celtic/Irish feast in which sacred healing wells and springs were adorned with flowers in honor of Goddess Brigid, daughter of Mother Goddess Danu and Father God Dagda. * 5/19: Day the first woman was ordained a rabbi in Reconstructionist Judaism (1974). * 5/19: Endangered Species Day--Day to advocate for preservation of endangered species and their habitats. * 5/20: Day the Supreme Court concluded that, under the U.S. Constitution, freedom of religious belief is absolute, but the freedom to act on that belief is subject to nondiscriminatory laws intended to promote public safety and health (1940). * 5/20: Day the Supreme Court recognized that discrimination against lesbians and gays violates the U.S. Constitution (1996). * 5/21: Beginning of Gemini (the Twins/Lovers/Partners). * 5/21: Dakinis’ Day--Day Tantric Buddhists make offerings to the Dakinis and Mother Tantra; day to unite will and power to manifest positive social change and environmental healing. * 5/21: Cultural Diversity Day--Day to celebrate cultural differences. * 5/21: Death day of Jane Addams (1935), social worker, feminist, and peace advocate. * 5/22: Biological Diversity Day--Day to recognize that the survival of humanity is dependent on the survival of the many diverse species on the Earth. * 5/22: Vigil for peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in Yemen, in the throes of civil war. * 5/22 to 5/24: Rogation Days--Christian days of prayer for bountiful crops, sustainable development, and healing of environmental abuses. * 5/23: Birthday of Margaret Fuller (1810), Transcendentalist and feminist who argued that women, as well as men, have immortal souls. * 5/25 (3:44 p.m. EDT): New Moon. * 5/25 (OC 5/25): Ascension Day--Christian feast marking Lord Jesus’ ascension into Heaven. * 5/25: Day Pope John Paul II reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s commitment to ecumenism (1995). * 5/25 eve: Old European feast of the Triple Goddess (Goddess of the Moon and the Seasons), marking the transformation of the Virgin into the Mother. * 5/25 to 5/28: Iroquois Strawberry Ceremony--in thanksgiving for the strawberry harvest. Iroquois consider themselves kin to all of Nature. * 5/26 eve to 6/24 eve: Ramadan--Muslim month of purification by self-reflection, fasting from sunrise to sunset, peace-making, and helping those in need. Ramadan Truce (through Eid al-Fitr). * 5/27: Birthday of Rachel Carson (1907), biologist who began the environmental movement. * 5/29: Memorial Day--Day to honor all soldiers who fought honorably and died in war, to mourn all of war’s victims, and to contemplate all the horrors of war. * 5/29: Vigil for peace, freedom of religion, and respect for the human rights of all in Nigeria, where Boko Haram commits abuses in the name of religion. * 5/29: Death day of Baha’i Prophet Baha’u’llah (1892). Baha’u’llah believed Deity to be male, female, and beyond gender. * 5/29 eve to 5/30 eve: Feast of Old Greek Deities Aphrodite and Eros--Day to honor love and passion. * 5/30 eve to 6/1 eve: Shavuot/Feast of First Fruits--Jewish festival of thanksgiving for the first fruits of the grain harvest. Originally, loaves of bread were offered to Elohim. * 5/31: Christian feast of Our Lady, Queen of Heaven. * 5/31 eve: Vigil for lost spouses/partners; night of mourning and healing.
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THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2017
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2016 Marija Miovski