* 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). * 5/30 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. * 6/1: Partners’ Day--Day to give thanks to your spouse/partner for precious love shared. * 6/1 to 6/30: June dedicated to Old Roman Goddess Juno - partner of Jove (God of Happiness), protector of marriage and family, and punisher of abusive and adulterous spouses. * 6/1 to 6/30: Coming Out Month--Time to celebrate all forms of love and family; time to express opposition to discrimination, harassment, and persecution on account of sexual orientation and gender identity. * 6/2: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on Bodhisattva Goddess Red Tara, protector against evil and harm. * 6/3: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for mindfully seeing the interdependence of all things at all times. * 6/3: Day the first woman was ordained a rabbi in Reform Judaism (1972). * 6/4 (OC 6/4): Pentecost/Whitsunday--Christian feast celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the male and female disciples of Lord Jesus; honors Her as the Paraclete, Grace, Wisdom, Justice, and Providence. * 6/4: Day to mourn the massacre of the peaceful pro-democracy protesters in China (1989); vigil for democracy and respect for the human rights of all in China. * 6/4 eve to 6/5 eve: Remembrance day for Khadijah bint Khuwaylid (d. 619 or 623), Mother of Islam - first convert to Islam, partner of Prophet Muhammad in monogamous marriage, mother of Fatimah, and liberated businesswoman. * 6/5: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as Nur - Light. Baha’is recognize ethnic equality. * 6/5: World Environment Day--Day to mourn the harm done to Mother Earth (past and present), make reparation, and celebrate Her beauty. * 6/6: First appearance of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Compassionate Mother who answers all pleas (France 1830). * 6/6: Day the U.S. government’s massive surveillance of Americans’ emails and phone calls, in violation of the U.S. Constitution, was revealed (2013). * 6/7 to 6/15: Vestalia--Old Roman festival honoring Goddess Vesta. Women made food offerings at the sacred hearths of home and temple. * 6/8: World Oceans Day--Day to recognize the world’s dependence on the oceans for food and medicine; day to advocate for the sustainable management of all ocean resources and for an end to the pollution of the oceans with toxins and trash. * 6/9 (9:10 a.m. EDT): Full Moon (Rose/Berry Moon). * 6/9: Saga Dawa Duchen--Tibetan Buddhist festival celebrating the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of Buddha Siddhartha Gautama (563-483 BCE). * 6/10: Day Alcoholics Anonymous was founded (1935); day to begin/celebrate recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. * 6/10: National Hoodie Day--Wear a hoodie to remember all victims of vigilante “justice”. * 6/11: Trinity Sunday--Christian celebration of the one universal Deity as Holy Heavenly Father, Holy Spirit Mother, and Holy Christ Child. * 6/11: Birthday of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan (1881), founder of Reconstructionist Judaism. He perceived Deity to be a genderless Cosmic Force of Nature, and promoted a Judaism that recognizes gender equality and rejects violence and social injustice. * 6/12: Vigil for respect for the human rights of all in Russia. * 6/13: Old Egyptian feast of Neteret Hathor, Goddess of Love and Fertility. * 6/13: Christian feast of St. Anthony (d. 1231), guardian of the poor and the powerless, and guide of social justice activists. * 6/14: Day the world’s nations committed to sustainable development (1992). * 6/15: Suijin Matsuri--Shinto rite honoring the Kami of Water. * 6/15 (or 6/18): Corpus Christi--Christian day for veneration of Christ Immanuel in the Host - divine immanence in the grain. * 6/15: Wind Power Day. * 6/16: Birthday of Fr. Sergei Bulgakov (1871), Orthodox Christian mystic who believed the one universal Deity to be Father and Mother, Spirit and Matter. * 6/17: Day a fatwa condemned “honor killings” as un-Islamic and banned the practice (2002). * 6/17 eve: Vigil for lost fathers; night of mourning and healing. * 6/18: Fathers’ Day--Day to give love and thanks to all fathers; day for all fathers to celebrate fatherhood and contemplate their sacred duty to provide for the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual needs of their children. * 6/18: Day Pope Francis challenged the world to make the necessary changes in lifestyle, consumption, and production to avoid climate change and its expected harm (2015). * 6/20: World Refugee Day--Day to recognize the plight of the millions of people who, because of persecution, war, or environmental disaster, have become refugees: forced to leave their homes, their jobs, and their countries. * 6/20 to 6/21: Inti Rayni--Inca festival honoring Sun God Inti. * 6/20 to 6/21: Feast of the Great Spirit/Great Mystery that encompasses Mother Earth and Father Sky - honoring Deity as Orenda (Iroquois), Wakan Tanka (Lakota) & Awonawilona (Zuni). * 6/20 to 6/23: Lakota Sun Dance--Festival of prayer, fasting, dancing, and healing in honor of Sun God Wi; offerings are also made to Maka/Mother Earth and Haokah/Father Sky. Lakotas believe all Deities are aspects of Creator Takuskanskan. * 6/21 (12:24 a.m. EDT): Summer Solstice--Marks the beginning of Summer and the longest day and shortest night of the year; celebration of the light with dancing around a bonfire. * 6/21: Old Slavic Kupala--Goddess Morana and God Jarilo marry, bringing peace and ensuring a good harvest. * 6/21: Beginning of Cancer (the Crab/Scarab). * 6/21: Taoist festival honoring Shang-Ti/Heavenly Emperor, Father of Justice and Law, and manifestation of the Te (Virtuous Inner Power). Also celebrates the peak of the masculine Yang half of the year and the Shen of Fire, South, and Summer; prayers are made for strength and maturity, and offerings are made to the ancestors. * 6/21: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Orisha Babalu Aye, Guardian of the Disabled. * 6/21: Solar Power Day. * 6/21: Yoga Day--Day to commit to daily stretching for physical and mental health. * 6/21: Day Unitarian Universalists adopted seven unifying Principles (1985). U.U.'s affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. * 6/21 eve: Laylat al-Qadr/Night of Power--Commemorates the first revelation of the Qur’an to Muslim Prophet Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel in 610 CE. The Qur’an says: “Let there be no compulsion in religion.” * 6/23 (10:31 p.m. EDT): New Moon. * 6/23 to 6/26: Iroquois Green Bean Ceremony--in thanksgiving for the bean harvest; celebrated with tobacco offerings, singing, drumming, dancing, and feasting. * 6/24: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as Rahmat - Mercy. * 6/24: First appearance of Our Lady of Medjugorje, Queen of Peace, Mother of All Peoples (Yugoslavia 1981). * 6/24 to 6/27: Zuni Corn Dance--for fertility and rains to aid the maize, bean, and squash crops. Prayer sticks are planted in the fields. * 6/24 eve to 6/27 eve: Eid al-Fitr--Muslim festival celebrating the end of Ramadan. * 6/25: Day the first woman was ordained a Universalist minister in the U.S. (1863). * 6/25: Day the Supreme Court recognized that government-sponsored prayer in public schools imposes religion on students and violates the U.S. Constitution (1962). * 6/26: Day the U.N. Security Council was created to maintain world peace (1945). * 6/26: Day torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment were outlawed world-wide (1987); day to mourn their continued existence. * 6/26 eve to 6/27 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Athena - as protector and defender. * 6/28: First day of the Stonewall riot (1969); day to mourn victims of homophobia (past and present), make peace, and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender empowerment. * 6/29: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Orisha Eleggua, Intercessor and Ruler of Destinies. Yorubas/Santeros communicate with the Orishas through divination. * 6/29 to 7/3: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Haurvatat, creator and protector of water. * 6/30: Oharai/Grand Purification Festival--Shinto rite exorcising evil from the world. * 6/30: Vigil for peace, religious freedom, the end of slavery, and respect for the human rights of all in Sudan.
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THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2017
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2016 Marija Miovski