* 10/28 to 11/3: Isia--Old Romano-Egyptian festival recalling Set (God of Destruction) killing God Osiris; Goddess Isis mourning Him, resurrecting Him, and conceiving God Horus with Him; and Osiris becoming Lord of Amenta, realm of the dead. * 10/30 eve to 11/2 eve: Thesmophoria--Old Greek festival commemorating Goddess Kore eloping to Elysium with God Dionysos, accompanied by Goddess Hekate and spirits of the dead. * 10/31 eve to 11/2 eve: Samhain--Old Celtic/Welsh New Year and feast of Cerridwen (Goddess of Death) and Beli (the Holly King - God of the Waning Sun). * 10/31 eve to 11/7 eve: Mid-Autumn/Day of the Dead/Hallowmas--Festival marking the transformation of life to death - the end of the agricultural year, departure of migrating and hibernating animals, and decay and death of vegetal and animal life. Observed by remembering departed ancestors and contemplating one’s own mortality. * 11/1: All Saints Day--Day Christians remember all the virtuous dead, known and unknown. * 11/2: Aztec Day of the Dead--Day for honoring the departed and Mictlancihuatl-Miclanteuctli, Goddess-God of the Dead. Aztecs believe all Gods are united in Great God Ometeuctli, all Goddesses are united in Great Goddess Omecihuatl, and the Great God and Goddess are united in Ometeoltl. * 11/2: Hopi & Zuni Ancestors’ Day--Food offerings are put into rivers and lakes in honor of the ancestors. * 11/2: All Souls Day--Day Christians remember all the beloved dead. * 11/2: Day the first openly gay man was consecrated an Episcopalian bishop (2003). * 11/3: World Community Day--Day for celebrating the unity behind diversity and remembering we are all one people - all children of the one universal Deity of many names and aspects. * 11/3: Christian feast of St. Martin of Porres (d. 1639), healer and advocate of social equality and inter-ethnic harmony; guide of healers and human rights activists. * 11/4 (1:23 a.m. EDT): Full Moon (Wolf/Hunting Moon). * 11/4: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for mindfully seeing and acting with compassion for the Earth and all creatures. * 11/4: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as Qudrat - Divine Power. * 11/4: Day commemorating the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (1469), founder of the Sikh faith. Sikhs attempt to merge the human spirit with the Divine Spirit by reciting Akal Purakh, one of Deity’s sacred names. * 11/5 (2:00 a.m.): Daylight Savings Time ends - set clocks back 1 hour. * 11/6: Day a Muslim woman first defied a ban on women entering the mosque by the front door and praying in the main hall (2003). * 11/7: Election Day--remember to vote! * 11/7 eve to 11/10 eve: Apaturia--Old Greek festival in which newcomers and children were welcomed into the community. * 11/8: Birthday of Dorothy Day (1897), activist for peace, economic justice, and workers’ rights. * 11/9: Birthday of Fr. Thomas Berry (1914), Catholic priest, eco-theologian, and cosmologist, who advocated for deep ecology and eco-spirituality. * 11/9 eve: Krystallnacht--Night of the Nazi attacks on Jewish homes, synagogues, and shops in Germany, beginning the persecution that would end with the deaths of six million Jews (1938); night for meditating on the evil of all religion-based hatred. * 11/10: Lha Bab Duchen--Day Tibetan Buddhists celebrate the Buddha’s descent from heaven after teaching the Dharma there. * 11/10: Birthday of Martin Luther (1483), Christian reformer who rejected blind obedience to religious authority and recognized the priesthood of all believers. * 11/11: Veterans Day--Day to honor all warriors who have defended us against evil of all kinds. * 11/11: Death day of Lucretia Mott (1880), Quaker preacher and non-violent advocate for the rights of women and African Americans. * 11/11 to 11/17: Old Anglo-Teutonic fast marking Hod (God of Darkness) unintentionally killing Balder (God of Light), and his true love Nanna (Goddess of Flowers) dying of a broken heart. The dead were honored. * 11/12: Birthday of Sr. Juana Ines de la Cruz (1651), Catholic nun and feminist poet. * 11/12: Birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815), non-violent advocate for women’s rights. * 11/12: Birthday of Mirza Husayn Ali Baha’u’llah (1817), mystic and founder of the Baha’i Faith. * 11/12 to 11/15: Tewa Buffalo Dance--focused on healing. Tewa rites honor Mother Earth, Father Sky, and the four directions and elements of life - air of the North, earth of the East, fire of the South, and waters of the West. * 11/13: Kindness Day--Day for practicing random acts of kindness to strangers, and for committing to make kindness the basis for all encounters every day. * 11/14 eve to 11/20 eve (11/17 peak): Leonid Meteor Showers. * 11/15: America Recycles Day--Day to begin systematically recycling. * 11/16: Tolerance Day--Day to promote harmony in diversity through mutual respect and understanding of all. * 11/16: Fast for an Abundant World Harvest--Day to fast and commit to action to help prevent deaths from malnourishment world-wide. * 11/16: Great American Smokeout--Day to give up smoking to preserve one’s own health and the health of loved ones. * 11/16: Birthday of Orello Cone (1835), Universalist who believed that divine revelation comes from many sources. * 11/16: Day the world’s nations agreed to protect the oceans and their creatures from pollution and over-harvest (1994); day to mourn continuing pollution and over-harvest. * 11/18 (6:42 a.m. EST): New Moon. * 11/18 eve to 11/19 eve: Remembrance day for Rabi’a al-bint Isma’il ‘Adawiya (717-801), Sufi saint and preacher; she loved Deity passionately. Sufis seek Truth through love, wisdom, and action. * 11/18 to 12/1: Hopi & Zuni Shalako Festival--welcoming back to the pueblos the Kachinas/Kokos - Spirits of Nature and the ancestors that provide protection, health, fertility, and food. Kachina/Koko Dances invoke the Spirits into masked dancers. * 11/20: Remembrance day for Meister Johannes Eckhart (d. 1328), Christian mystic. He taught the four ways of the mystic’s journey - the creating, positive, negating, and transformative ways. * 11/20: Transgender Remembrance Day--Day to mourn those killed because of their transgender identity. * 11/22: Beginning of Sagittarius (the Hunter/Huntress). * 11/23: Thanksgiving Day--Day to give thanks for the abundance of our land and for our food, clothes, shelter, and health. * 11/23: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as Qawl - Sacred Speech. * 11/25: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Oya, Orisha of Death and Rebirth. * 11/25: Day to raise awareness of the immorality (and illegality) of violence against women and girls world-wide. * 11/26: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on Bodhisattva Goddess White Tara, who guides the dead to Buddha Amitabha’s Pure Land, where all will find salvation. * 11/26: Death day of Sojourner Truth (1883), Christian preacher and non-violent advocate for the rights of women and African Americans. * 11/28: Birthday of William Blake (1757), artist, poet, and mystic, who recognized the unity of all religions. * 11/28: Day the Women’s Ordination Conference opened, advocating the ordination of women priests in the Catholic Church (1975). * 11/29: Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People--Vigil for recognition of the state of Palestine and for recognition of all human rights of all its citizens (whether Muslim, Jewish, or Christian). * 11/29 eve to 11/30 eve: Mawlid al-Nabi--Day commemorating the birth of Muslim Prophet Muhammad (570). He conceived Deity to be a compassionate, genderless unity.
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THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2017
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2016 Marija Miovski