* 8/21 eve to 9/20 eve: Elul--Jewish month of self-reflection, peace-making, and renewal. Elul-Rosh Hashanah Truce (through Yom Kippur). * 8/25 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. * 8/31 eve to 9/3 eve: Eid al-Adha--Muslim festival of sacrifice to Allah for the good of all. * 9/1: Day to pray about, commit to, and act on, lifestyle and consumption changes to stop extinction, waste, overharvest, pollution, and climate change. * 9/2: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that harm to the Earth and sentient beings results from ignorance of interdependence. * 9/2 eve to 9/3 eve: Old Greek festival honoring Athena Polias and Zeus Polios as protectors of city and state. * 9/3: Day gender discrimination was outlawed world-wide (1981); day to mourn all manifestations of sexism. * 9/4: Labor Day--Day to reflect on the sacredness of all work and the value of ethical, meaningful employment. * 9/6 (3:03 a.m. EDT): Full Moon (Harvest Moon). * 9/6: Birthday of Efua Dorkenoo, African women’s rights activist and mother of the global movement to end female genital mutilation (1949). * 9/6: Day Latin American Catholic Bishops espoused Liberation Theology (1968). They believed that the Gospel requires Christians to aid the poor and oppressed in the struggle for economic and social justice. * 9/6 to 9/14: Navajo Sing--Festival in thanksgiving for the harvest. Estsanatlehi/Changing Woman is believed to represent life, and is manifested in the harvest. * 9/8 (OC 9/21): Birthday of Blessed Mary, catalyst of liberation and redemption. * 9/8: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as ‘Izzat - the Almighty. * 9/8: Animal Day--Day to honor all creatures of the land and to meditate on Deity manifesting as animals. * 9/8: Death day of Mother Ann Lee (1784), mystic and founder of the Shakers, who worshipped with ecstatic dance and song, and believed Deity to be Father, Son, Mother, and Daughter. * 9/9: Christian feast of St. Joachim, father of Blessed Mary and grandfather of Blessed Jesus; guide of grandfathers and elderly men. * 9/9: Vigil for respect for the human rights of all in North Korea. * 9/9 eve: Vigil for lost grandparents; night of mourning and healing. * 9/10: Grandparents’ Day--Day to give love and thanks to all grandparents; day for all grandparents to celebrate their age and contemplate their sacred duty to share their wisdom with the young. * 9/10: Birthday of Thomas Thayer (1812), Universalist who believed Deity to be at work in evolution and continuing Creation. * 9/11: Day to mourn all victims of terrorism. * 9/11 to 9/17: Green Building Week. * 9/12 to 9/16: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Spenta Armaiti, creator and protector of Earth. * 9/13: Day to mourn the subjection of women and girls in the U.S. to rape, domestic violence, and other gender-based violence. * 9/13: Day Israelis and Palestinians committed to peaceful coexistence (1993); vigil for true peace, justice, religious tolerance, and human rights for all in the Middle East. * 9/14: Birthday of Margaret Sanger (1883), non-violent advocate for education, autonomy, and responsibility concerning sexuality, reproduction, and birth control. * 9/15: Democracy Day--Day to celebrate democratic systems of government throughout the world. * 9/16: Ozone Preservation Day--Day to recognize that the survival of humanity is dependent on preservation of the ozone layer (a fragile shield of gas that protects the Earth from the harmful rays of the Sun). * 9/16: International Coastal Cleanup Day. * 9/17: Christian feast of St. Hildegard von Bingen (d. 1179), mystic who sang praises to the Holy Spirit as Grace (Caritas) and Wisdom (Sapientia). She recognized the Holy Spirit to be the feminine aspect of the Holy Trinity, and found Her everywhere in Nature. * 9/17: Constitution Day--Day the U.S. Constitution was signed (1787), ensuring that the U.S. would be a democracy governed by the rule of law. * 9/19: Appearance of Our Lady of La Salette, Mother of the Harvest (France 1846). * 9/20 (1:30 a.m. EDT): New Moon. * 9/20 to 9/23: Iroquois Squash Ceremony--in thanksgiving for the squash harvest. * 9/20 eve to 9/22 eve: Rosh Hashanah/Jewish New Year (Year 5778)--Commemorates Creation of the World by Elohim, the one universal Deity; begins ten days of self-examination and penitence for harm done. * 9/20 eve to 9/30 eve: Muharram/Muslim New Year (Year 1439) & A’ashurah. The Five Pillars of Islam are confession, prayer, alms-giving, fasting, and pilgrimage. * 9/21: International Day of Peace--Day to demonstrate for peace with justice throughout the world. * 9/21 to 9/30: Navaratri/Durga Puja--Hindu festival of Great Goddess Maha Devi as Durga, Protector of the Powerless; celebrates Her destruction of evil and restoration of cosmic order. * 9/22 (4:02 p.m. EDT): Autumn Equinox--Marks the beginning of Autumn and point of equal daylight and darkness; celebrates the bounty of Mother Earth with feasting and aiding those in need. * 9/22: Old Slavic Dozhinki--At the end of the grain harvest, God Jarilo betrays Goddess Morana, and he returns to the realm of the dead. Morana’s anger and sadness causes the world to become dark, cold, and dead. * 9/22: Indigenous Peoples’ Day--Day for honoring Native Americans and their life-affirming spiritual traditions. * 9/22: World Car-Free Day--Walk, bike, or take mass transit everywhere! * 9/22: Day the world’s nations committed to protecting the sky’s ozone layer from harmful chemicals (1988); day to mourn continuing air pollution. * 9/22 to 9/23: Coya Rayni--Inca festival honoring Moon Goddess Quilla; focus is on purging sickness and evil. * 9/23: Beginning of Libra (the Scales of Lady Justice). * 9/23: Taoist festival honoring the Shen of Winds, West, and Autumn; thanksgiving is made for the harvest. Taoists believe the unity of Yin (Eternal Feminine) and Yang (Eternal Masculine) make up the psyche-matter-energy of the eternal all-encompassing Ch’i. * 9/23: Aki-no-Higan--Day Japanese Buddhists mark the time of change by meditating on the impermanence of life. * 9/23: Vigil for freedom of religion in Saudi Arabia. * 9/23 eve to 9/24 eve: Feast of Old Greek Deities Aphrodite and Hermes--Day to honor the divine feminine and divine masculine in harmony. * 9/24: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Obatala, Orisha of Peace and Justice. * 9/24: World Rivers Day--Immerse yourself and feel the flow of life. * 9/25: Old Egyptian festival of Neter Amen-Ra-Atem, the Great God, and Neteret Amenet-Rait-Mut, the Great Goddess. * 9/25: Day Pope Francis called for Christian evangelizing to focus on service to humanity - rather than conversion (2014). * 9/27: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as Mashiyyat - Divine Will. * 9/28: Birthday of Confucius (K’ung Fu-Tzu) (551 BCE). He taught that societal harmony could be realized when individuals acted with loving care for family, concern for friends and neighbors, benevolence to strangers, and respect for all. * 9/28: Good Neighbor Day. * 9/28 to 10/5: Navapad Oli--Jain period of fasting, recitation of holy scripture, and meditation on the principles of right knowledge, right faith, right conduct, and right penance. Jainas honor conquerors of passions, liberated souls, spiritual leaders, spiritual teachers, and renouncers. * 9/29: Feast of Michael, Angel of Protection, and Uriel, Angel of Justice. * 9/29 eve to 9/30 eve: Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement--Jewish day of fasting, prayer, reconciliation, making reparation for harm done, and helping those in need. * 9/30: Christian feast of Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom), Soul of the Universe, and source of faith, hope, and love. * 9/30: National Estuaries Day--Celebrate the beauty and life that lives where rivers meet the sea. * 9/30: Birthday of Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207), Sufi saint and poet. He believed the soul to be one with Deity, and thought ecstatic experience of Deity could be attained with music, whirling dance, and chanting Deity’s holy names. * 9/30: Birthday of Elhanan Winchester (1751), Universalist who exhorted people to lives of personal ethics and social reform.
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THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2017
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2016 Marija Miovski