* 7/14 eve to 8/19 eve (7/28 peak): Delta Aquarid Meteor Showers. * 7/29 eve to 8/17 eve (8/12 peak): Perseid Meteor Showers. * 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. * 8/1: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as Kamal - Perfection. * 8/1: Day the production and use of cluster munitions was outlawed world-wide (2010); day to mourn their victims. * 8/2: Dakas’ Day--Day Tantric Buddhists make offerings to the Dakas and Father Tantra; day to unite will and power to manifest positive social change and environmental healing. * 8/2: Feast of the Black Madonna. * 8/3: Day to celebrate the end of strip mining and mourn the practice of mountaintop removal mining. * 8/4 to 8/7: Zuni Corn Dance--in thanksgiving to Mother Earth, the Kokos (Nature Spirits), and the Corn Maidens for the maize harvest. * 8/5: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that desire for power over others results from ignorance of interdependence. * 8/5: Death day of Rabbi Isaac Luria (1572), Kabbalistic mystic. He taught that the Shekhinah will restore cosmic order with the reunification of the Godhead. * 8/6 (OC 8/19): Transfiguration Day--Christian feast celebrating the revelation of Lord Jesus as the Cosmic Christ and friend to all humanity. * 8/6: Day to mourn those harmed by the atomic bomb attacks on Japan (1945); day to advocate for world-wide prohibition of all weapons of mass destruction. * 8/6: Day the Voting Rights Act became law (1965) - register to vote! * 8/6 to 8/7: Old Egyptian festival of Neter Thoth, God of Knowledge and Wisdom. * 8/7 (2:11 p.m. EDT): Full Moon (Grain-Harvest/Thunder Moon). * 8/7: Gaia Consciousness Day--Day to meditate on Mother Earth as a living planet. * 8/7 eve to 8/8 eve: Synoikia--Old Greek festival celebrating the peaceful cooperation of states. Offerings were made to Aphrodite and Eirene, Goddesses of friendship and peace. * 8/8: Vigil for continuing progress in Burma’s democratic evolution, religious tolerance, and respect for human rights. * 8/8: Day to mourn fracking’s exemption from regulatory control (2005). Fracking is believed to poison water supplies, pollute the air, cause earthquakes, and sicken residents in the vicinity of the wells. * 8/9: World’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day--Day to celebrate the empowerment of indigenous peoples world-wide; vigil for justice and respect for the social, cultural, and political rights of all indigenous peoples. * 8/10: Remembrance day for Nicholas of Cusa (d. 1464), Christian mystic who believed all Creation to be the unfolding of Deity. * 8/11: Christian feast of St. Clare of Assisi (d. 1253), guide of environmentalists. * 8/12: Day Pope Pius XII proclaimed the theory of evolution to be consistent with Catholic teaching and Christian faith (1950). Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis concurred. * 8/13: Birthday of Lucy Stone (1818), social worker and non-violent advocate for women’s rights. * 8/14 to 8/15: Sri Krishna Jayanti--Birthday of Hindu God Krishna (avatar of God Vishnu), beloved of Goddess Radha (avatar of Goddess Lakshmi). * 8/14 eve to 8/20 eve: Panathenaea--Old Greek festival of Goddess Athena - as daughter of Wisdom (Goddess Metis) and font of reason. * 8/15: Kaza Matsuri--Shinto rite honoring the Kami of Wind. * 8/15 (OC 8/28): Assumption Day--Christian feast commemorating Blessed Mother Mary rising into Heaven and being crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth. * 8/15: Day Japan surrendered to the Allies, ending World War II in the Pacific (1945). * 8/15: Day India was partitioned into India and Pakistan, and Kashmir joined India over Pakistan’s objection (1947); vigil for true peace, justice, and religious tolerance for all in South Asia. * 8/17: Vigil for peace, justice, religious tolerance, and respect for the human rights of all in Indonesia. * 8/17: Birthday of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (1924), founder of the Jewish Renewal Movement. The Jewish Renewal Movement seeks to fully embrace modernism, egalitarianism, environmentalism, pacifism, and deep ecumenism. It incorporates traditional prayer, meditation, joyous chant, and ecstatic dance. * 8/18: Day Islamic leaders declared that Muslims have a religious duty to fight climate change (2015). * 8/19: Vinalia--Old Roman festival of thanksgiving for the first of the grape harvest; celebrated by offering the first fruits of the grape harvest and prayers for sustenance for all. * 8/19: World Humanitarian Day--Day to honor humanitarian workers world-wide, particularly those who have lost their lives in service to others; day to aid those in need. * 8/19 to 8/25: Paryusana--Jain festival of recitation of holy scripture, fasting, self-discipline, introspection, and reserve. * 8/20: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as Asma’ - Sacred Names. * 8/21 (11:47 a.m. to 5:04 p.m. EDT): Total Solar Eclipse (visible in North America, northern South America, western Europe, extreme western Africa, and extreme eastern Asia). * 8/21 (2:30 p.m. EDT): New Moon. * 8/21: Day to mourn the Syrian military's attacks on Syrian civilians with banned chemical weapons (2013). * 8/21 eve to 9/20 eve: Elul--Jewish month of self-reflection, peace-making, and renewal. Elul-Rosh Hashanah Truce (through Yom Kippur). * 8/22: Christian feast of Our Lady, Queen of Angels. * 8/23: Beginning of Virgo (the Grain Maiden/Man). * 8/23: Feast of the Furies--honoring Nemesis and the Erinyes, Old Greek Goddesses who punish murderers, abusers, and exploiters of others. * 8/24: Vigil for peace, democratic government, freedom from external interference, and respect for the human rights of all in Ukraine. * 8/25: Old Roman festival of Goddess Ops, Lady of the Cornucopia, Bounty of the Harvest, and Sustainer of Life. * 8/25: Birthday of Kenneth Patton (1911), who believed Unitarian Universalism to encompass all world religions, not just Christianity and humanism. U.U.s believe reason, conscience, and experience reveal one’s spiritual path. * 8/25 to 9/5: Ganesha Chaturthi--Hindu festival honoring God Ganesha (son of Goddess Parvati and God Shiva) as the Challenger - creator and remover of obstacles. * 8/26: Day the U.S. Constitution’s 19th Amendment went into effect, recognizing women’s right to vote (1920). * 8/27: Vigil for the recognition of equal rights for women in Iran. * 8/27: Birthday of Rabbi Yisrael Ben Eliezer (Israel Baal Shem Tov) (1698), Kabbalistic mystic and founder of Hasidic Judaism. He believed that the whole Universe and all things are manifestations of Deity and that nothing can be separated from Deity. * 8/27: Birthday of Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) (1910), Catholic nun who served the poorest of the poor and saw Deity in each person. She witnessed her faith by example, rather than by proselytizing, and respected those of other faiths. * 8/27 eve to 8/28 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis - as defender of rights and liberties, and punisher of rapists and oppressors. * 8/28: Day of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s peaceful march on Washington, D.C., for recognition of the rights of African Americans (1963). * 8/28: Opening of the Second World Parliament of Religions (1993), attended by members of all the world’s religions. A Global Ethic was adopted that condemns hatred, aggression, oppression, and environmental abuses committed in the name of religion. * 8/28 eve to 9/4 eve: Hajj--Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca to honor Allah. Hajj Truce (through Eid al-Adha). * 8/29: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on Bodhisattva Goddess Gold Tara, provider of all sustenance and necessities. * 8/29: Day Against Nuclear Tests--Vigil to demand an end to all nuclear testing, including subcritical testing, to ensure a safer more peaceful world. * 8/29: Birthday of Henry Bergh (1811), non-violent advocate for animal rights; day to advocate for laws protecting animals from abuse. * 8/31: Remembrance day for Tahirih (d. 1852), feminist, poet, scholar, and preacher of the nascent Baha’i Faith. Baha’is recognize gender equality. * 8/31 eve to 9/3 eve: Eid al-Adha--Muslim festival of sacrifice to Allah for the good of all.
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THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2017
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2016 Marija Miovski