* 6/29 to 7/3: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Haurvatat, creator and protector of water. * 7/1: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that alienation and hunger for possessions results from ignorance of interconnectedness. * 7/1: Day the world’s nations committed to stop proliferation of nuclear weapons (1968); vigil to protest the production and use of all nuclear weapons world-wide. * 7/1: Day endangered species became internationally protected (1975); day to celebrate all the world’s creatures. * 7/1: Day the International Criminal Court came into being to prosecute those who commit acts of genocide, crimes against humanity, international terrorism, and war crimes (2002). * 7/2: Visitation Day--Christian feast marking St. Elizabeth’s recognition of Blessed Mary’s divine destiny as catalyst for human liberation and redemption. * 7/2: Day discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, gender, and religion was prohibited in public accommodations, employment, and education (1964). * 7/3 (4:00 p.m. EDT): Earth Aphelion--when the Earth is farthest from the Sun. * 7/4: U.S. Independence Day--Day to celebrate the right of all peoples to exercise peaceful, democratic self-determination. * 7/4: Death day of Thomas Jefferson (1826), who ensured that the U.S. Constitution would protect basic rights and liberties. A Deist, he practiced a religion that was based on Nature, reason, and ethics. * 7/5 to 7/12: Chinese Buddhist festival of Kuan Yin, Supreme Goddess of Nature and Perfect Buddha of many emanations; celebrates Her enlightenment and Her bodhisattva vow to help all sentient beings. * 7/6: Birthday of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. * 7/7: Tanabata--Shinto rite honoring the Kami of the Stars. * 7/9 (12:07 a.m. EDT): Full Moon (Red/Mother Moon). * 7/9: Day Tibetan and Mahayana Buddhists do good deeds and chant the name of Buddha God Amitabha to gain entry to His Pure Land and aid in attaining nirvana. * 7/9: Vigil for peace, justice, democratic government, and respect for the human rights of all in South Sudan. * 7/10: Day the World Union for Progressive Judaism was founded to promote progressive values within Judaism (1926). * 7/10: Day Pope John Paul II acknowledged the evil of sexism and apologized for the Catholic Church’s past oppression of women (1995); day to mourn the continued subordination of women by the Church. * 7/11: World Population Day--Day to meditate on the social and environmental costs of overpopulation. * 7/11: Day Srebrenica, Bosnia, fell to attacking Serbs (1995), beginning a massacre of thousands of civilians because of their ethnicity and religion; vigil for true peace, justice, religious tolerance, and respect for the human rights of all in the Balkans. * 7/12: Day to meditate on the social costs of climate change. * 7/12: Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne (1690); vigil for true peace, justice, religious tolerance, and equal rights for all in Northern Ireland. * 7/12: Birthday of Henry David Thoreau (1817), Transcendentalist and naturalist who believed in individualism and living simply in harmony with Nature. * 7/13: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as Kalimat - Sacred Words. * 7/13 to 7/15: Obon--Zen Buddhist festival honoring departed ancestors. * 7/14: Old Egyptian birthday feast of Neter Osiris - partner and true love of Isis, and father of Horus; guide of all husbands, fathers, and judges. * 7/14 to 7/25 (I 7/20): Old Norse/Icelandic Mid-Summer Althingi--Community gathering for democratic decision making. Forseti and Tyr, Gods of Justice and Self-Sacrifice, were honored. * 7/14 eve to 8/19 eve (7/28 peak): Delta Aquarid Meteor Showers. * 7/16: Secular Humanism Day--Day to celebrate all life-affirming humanist, rationalist, and scientific belief systems. * 7/16: Birthday of Mary Baker Eddy (1821), founder of Christian Science, who honored Deity as Father-Mother God. * 7/17: Old Egyptian birthday feast of Neteret Isis - partner and true love of Osiris, and mother of Horus; guide of all wives, mothers, healers, advocates, and teachers. * 7/17: Day to mourn the excessive use of force by police officers; day to mourn racism in law enforcement. * 7/18: Day South Africa’s apartheid was internationally outlawed (1976); birthday of Nelson Mandela, non-violent anti-apartheid activist (1918). * 7/19: Day women demanded recognition of their equality to men in the legal, political, economic, religious, and domestic spheres (Seneca Falls, New York 1848). * 7/19 to 8/1: Old Egyptian festival marking the return to Egypt of Neteret Isis, Neter Osiris, and the rains that inundate the Nile River. * 7/22: Christian feast of St. Mary Magdalen, disciple and priestess--Savior Jesus made her His priestess by purifying her seven times; she anointed Him in preparation for His sacrifice and witnessed His torture, death, and resurrection. * 7/23 (5:46 a.m. EDT): New Moon. * 7/23: Beginning of Leo (the Lion/Lioness). * 7/23: Mayan Sun Festival--honoring Sun God Ahau Kin; celebrated with devotional offerings of food, song, prayer, and a ritual procession that symbolically travels to the four quarters of the Universe. * 7/23: Vigil for peace, democratic government, freedom of religion, and respect for the human rights of all in Egypt. * 7/23 to 7/29: Iroquois Green Corn Ceremony--in thanksgiving for the maize harvest. * 7/24: Day that aggressive war was outlawed and the right to defend victims of aggression was recognized world-wide (1929). * 7/26: Christian feast of St. Anna, mother of Blessed Mary and grandmother of Blessed Jesus; guide of grandmothers and elderly women. * 7/26: Birthday of Dr. Carl Gustav Jung (1875), founder of archetypal psychology, which explores universal concepts of Deity and their relation to the individual psyche. * 7/26: Day discrimination against the disabled was prohibited in public accommodations and employment (1990); day to celebrate empowerment of the disabled. * 7/27: Chokhor Duchen--Tibetan Buddhist celebration of the Buddha’s first teaching. * 7/27: Vigil for true peace on the Korean peninsula. * 7/28: Day the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment went into effect, guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the law to all (1868). * 7/29 eve to 8/17 eve (8/12 peak): Perseid Meteor Showers. * 7/30: Friendship Day. * 7/31 eve to 8/1 eve: Tish’a B’Av--Jewish fast day mourning the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem dedicated to Elohim. * 7/31 eve to 8/2 eve: Lughnasadh--Old Celtic/Irish Feast of Goddess Tailtiu and God Lugh (Deities of Sustenance and Light). * 7/31 eve to 8/7 eve: Mid-Summer/First Harvest/Lammas--Festival of thanksgiving for the first of the grain harvest; celebrated by offering the first fruits of the grain harvest and prayers for sustenance for all.
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THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2017
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2016 Marija Miovski