1/1: New Year’s Day (Gregorian Calendar). * 12/21 to 1/9: Hopi & Zuni Soyala New Year Festival of purification and renewal. * 12/25 to 1/5: Yule--Old Anglo-Teutonic festival honoring God Freyr, Goddess Freyja, and God Balder. * 12/31 to 1/4: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Vohu Manah, creator and protector of animals. Vohu Manah is one of seven male and female divine emanations of Deity Ahura Mazda. * 1/1: World Peace Day--Day to meditate for peace throughout the world. * 1/1: Ethics Day--Day to commit to cultivating personal honor. * 1/1: Day the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect freeing Confederate slaves (1863); day to mourn African victims of slavery and racism (past and present), make peace, and celebrate empowerment of African Americans. * 1/1: Day the first woman was ordained an Episcopalian priest in the U.S. (1977). * 1/1: Day Pope John Paul II exhorted Christians to respect Nature, to preserve natural resources, and to stop environmental destruction (1990). * 1/1 to 1/4: Tewa Turtle Dance--celebrating life and the first Creation, when Sky Father embraced Earth Mother and all life was conceived. * 1/1 eve to 1/4 eve (1/3 peak): Quadrantid Meteor Showers. * 1/1 to 1/6: Shogatsu/Shinto New Year’s Festival--The Kami (Nature Spirits) of the four directions are honored, and prayers for happiness, good health, and prosperity are made. The Kami are manifestations of the one universal, primordial and eternal, immanent and transcendent Deity, Kuni-Tokotachi-no-Kami. * 1/3 (12:00 a.m. EST): Earth Perihelion--when the Earth is closest to the Sun. * 1/3 eve to 1/4 eve: Celebration day for Muhyi ad-Din Ibn El-Arabi (d. 1240), Sufi saint who honored Deity as a unity manifested in all Nature, both genders, and countless forms. * 1/4: Day ethnic discrimination was outlawed world-wide (1969); day to mourn all manifestations of racism. * 1/5 (8:28 p.m. EST): New Moon. * 1/5: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful of the peace, joy, and beauty of the moment. * 1/5: Avian Day--Day to honor all creatures of the air and to meditate on Deity manifesting as birds. * 1/5: Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib, tenth Sikh guru (1666). He believed that only those who love find Deity, and exhorted Sikhs to be compassionate. * 1/5 eve to 1/6 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Hekate, who guides all through transitions and crisis. * 1/6 (OC 1/19): Epiphany--Christian feast recalling the adoration of Child Jesus by the Magi, and the beginning of Rabbi Jesus’ ministry of love to humanity - when He changed water into wine at Cana. * 1/6 eve: Rosh Chodesh--Jewish women gather to worship the Shekhinah, the feminine manifestation of Elohim, the one universal Deity; and to pray and act for peace, social justice, and environmental healing. * 1/7: Koshogatsu--Shinto rite honoring Goddess Izanami, partner of God Izanagi. They created Nature and the Kami. * 1/7: Orthodox Christian Christmas. * 1/8: Death day of Galileo (1642), astronomer; day to mourn the persecution of scientists by religious authorities. * 1/12: Day genocide was outlawed world-wide (1951); day to mourn all victims of genocide. * 1/13: Death day of George Fox (1691), founder of the Quakers. Quakers experience Deity within and practice egalitarianism, social activism, and peacefulness. * 1/13 to 1/25 (I 1/25): Old Norse Mid-Winter Feast--Offerings were made to the Deities (particularly Jord, Thor, and Freyr) for growth of crops. * 1/14: Makar Sakranti--Beginning of Hindu pilgrimage to holy rivers to bathe and pray, to purify themselves of their sins. Hindus believe all Gods and Goddesses are aspects of the limitless, immanent, and transcendent Brahman. * 1/14: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on Buddha Deities Amitayus and White Tara, who grant good health and long life. In Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are symbolic abstractions and aspects of Adi-Buddha - the masculine and feminine, transcendent and immanent Absolute. * 1/14 to 1/16: Old Egyptian Festival honoring the unseen Neteru Amen and Amenet. Egyptians perceived the many Gods and Goddesses (Neteru) to be aspects of the one God-Goddess Neter-Neteret. * 1/15: Feast of the Black Christ. * 1/15 (Obs. 1/21): Birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929), Baptist preacher and non-violent advocate for the rights of African Americans. * 1/15: First appearance of Our Lady of Banneux, Virgin of the poor, the sick, and the suffering (Belgium 1933). * 1/17: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Ogun, Orisha of Strength, Endurance, and Perseverance. Yorubas/Santeros believe the Orishas are emanations and messengers of the one Deity, Olodumare. * 1/19: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as Sultan - Sovereignty. Baha’is believe in the oneness of Deity. * 1/20: Beginning of Aquarius (the Water Bearer). * 1/20: World Religions Day--Day to contemplate all religions as different paths to the one universal Deity of many names and aspects. * 1/20 eve to 1/21 eve: Tu B’Shevat--Jewish Festival of Trees, celebrated with tree plantings and orchard blessings. * 1/20 (9:35 p.m.) to 1/21 (2:50 a.m. EST): Total Lunar Eclipse (visible in North America). * 1/20 to 1/28: Navajo Sing--Festival in preparation for the coming agricultural season; celebrated with prayer, chanting, dancing, and healing. * 1/21 (12:16 a.m. EST): Full Moon (Cold/Seed Moon). * 1/22: Day the Supreme Court recognized women’s right to reproductive autonomy (1973). * 1/24 to 2/1: Sementivae--Old Roman festival of sowing, honoring Earth Goddess Terra, Grain Goddess Ceres, and Seed Goddess Proserpina. * 1/26: Vigil for the protection of women in India from dowry killings, female infanticide, “honor killings”, domestic violence, rape, acid attacks, and other gender-based violence. * 1/26: Vigil for peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in Somalia, where Al-Shabaab commits abuses in the name of religion. * 1/27: Death day of John James Audubon (1851), ornithologist and conservationist. * 1/27: Day to mourn the anti-Islamic xenophobic rhetoric and actions of the Trump administration. * 1/29: Birthday of Thomas Paine (1737), Deist who recognized the inherent rights of all men and women, and opposed non-democratic government. Deists believe Deity to be consistent with Nature and reason. * 1/29: Birthday of Vladimir Soloviev (1853), Orthodox Christian mystic who bewailed humanity’s alienation from Holy Wisdom and from Nature, Her manifestation. * 1/31: Birthday of Fr. Thomas Merton (1915), Catholic mystic and poet, who found Deity in stillness and silence. * 1/31 eve to 2/2 eve: Imbolc/St. Brigid’s Day--Old Celtic/Irish feast of Goddess Brigid; merged with the Christian feast of St. Brigid. Fires were lit to welcome Her as She traveled about blessing fields, animals, and people. * 1/31 eve to 2/3 eve: Mid-Winter/Groundhog’s Day/Candlemas--Festival marking the transformation from death to life - the beginning of the agricultural year, awakening of hibernating animals, and return of migrating birds and fish. Observed with a candlelight procession to bless fields and seeds, recognition of newborns, and contemplation of life.
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THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2019
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2018 Marija Miovski