Year 2008
Calendar
By Month...  JAN ~ FEB ~ MAR ~ APR ~ MAY ~ JUN ~ JUL ~ AUG ~ SEP ~ OCT ~ NOV ~ DEC
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Year 2008
Calendar
By Tradition...
Jewish - Kabbalah
Holidays - 2008
Christian -
Ecumenical Mysticism /
Wisdom Tradition

Holidays - 2008
Unitarian Universalist
Holidays - 2008
Muslim - Sufi
Holidays - 2008
Baha'i Holidays - 2008
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Hindu Holidays - 2008
Jain & Sikh
Holidays - 2008
Buddhist Holidays - 2008
Taoist & Shinto
Holidays - 2008
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African &
Middle-Eastern
Holidays:
Ancient Egyptian,
Santeria, Zoroastrian - 2008
Native American
(Iroquois, Navajo
& Pueblo)
& Meso American
(Inca, Mayan & Aztec)
Holidays - 2008
Pagan Holidays:
Old Religions of Europe
(Greek, Roman, Slavic,
Celtic, Anglo-Teutonic
& Norse) - 2008
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Deep Ecology /
Environmentalist
Dates - 2008
Social Justice /
Human Rights /
Feminist
Dates - 2008
Peace /
Disarmament
Dates - 2008
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Solar & Lunar Cycles,
Eclipse & Helions - 2008
Meteor Showers - 2008
Visible Planets - 2008
Astrological Periods - 2008
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Experiential Meditations
(for lunar cycles

throughout the year)
Empowering Meditations
Action Offerings
(to help the environment 
& further social justice)
Art as Meditation
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August 2008...

* 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 8/2 eve: Lughnasadh--Old Celtic/Irish Feast of Goddess Tailtiu and God Lugh (Deities of Sustenance and Light). The Celts would throw seven sacred woods into a fire in honor of the Gods and Goddesses. * 7/31 eve to 8/6 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 (6:13 a.m. EDT): New Moon. * 8/1: Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as Kamal - Perfection. * 8/1 to 8/7: Iroquois Green Corn Ceremony--in thanksgiving for the maize harvest. * 8/2: Feast of the Black Madonna. * 8/2: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that desire for power over others results from ignorance of interdependence. * 8/2 (A 9/12): Old Egyptian festival of Neteru Amen (God of transcendent powers) and Hapi (God of the Nile River); offerings were made to ensure the needed flooding of the Nile River. * 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. Following the harvest, the Zuni bid farewell to the Kokos and the Corn Maidens. * 8/5: Death day of Rabbi Isaac Luria (1572), Kabbalistic mystic. He taught of the Shekhinah, the feminine manifestation of Ein Soph, the unknowable infinite being that created the Universe. Because the Shekhinah has become separated from Ein Soph, there is chaos and injustice in the world. But the Shekhinah will restore cosmic order with 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 eve to 8/7 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis (Roman Diana/Slavic Diwitsa) - as defender of rights and liberties, and punisher of rapists and oppressors. * 8/7: Gaia Consciousness Day--Day to meditate on Mother Earth as a living planet. * 8/8: Vigil for democracy, religious tolerance, and respect for the human rights of all in Burma. * 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. * 8/9 eve to 8/10 eve: Tish'a B'Av--Jewish fast day mourning the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem dedicated to Elohim. * 8/10: Remembrance day for Nicholas of Cusa (d. 1464), Christian mystic who believed all Creation to be the unfolding of Deity. * 8/11: 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. * 8/11: 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 concurred. * 8/12 eve to 8/13 eve: Old Greek festival honoring Athena Polias and Zeus Polios as protectors of city and state. * 8/13: Birthday of Lucy Stone (1818), social worker and non-violent advocate for women's rights. * 8/15: Kaza Matsuri--Shinto rite honoring the Kami of Wind. The Kami are manifestations of the one universal, primordial and eternal, immanent and transcendent Deity, Kuni-Tokotachi-no-Kami. * 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. * 8/15 eve: Nisfu Sha'ban--Muslim night of repentance for all harm done. * 8/16 (5:16 p.m. EDT): Full Moon (Grain-Harvest/Thunder Moon). * 8/17: Birthday of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (1924), founder of the Jewish Renewal Movement. * 8/17: Vigil for peace, justice, religious tolerance, and respect for the human rights of all in Indonesia. * 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. * 8/20: Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as Asma' - Sacred Names. * 8/20: Birth of the White Buffalo (1994), signaling the return of White Buffalo Woman (manifestation of Star Goddess Wohpe) who gave the sacred peace pipe to the Lakota people. * 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. * 8/23 to 8/24: Sri Krishna Jayanti--Birthday of Hindu God Krishna (avatar of God Vishnu), beloved of Goddess Radha (avatar of Goddess Lakshmi). * 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. * 8/26: Day the U.S. Constitution's 19th Amendment went into effect, recognizing women's right to vote (1920). * 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: Vigil for the recognition of equal rights for women in Iran. * 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. * 8/29: Birthday of Henry Bergh (1811), non-violent advocate for animal rights; day to advocate for laws protecting animals from abuse. * 8/30 (3:58 p.m. EDT): New Moon. * 8/30 eve to 9/29 eve: Elul--Jewish month of self-reflection, peace-making, and renewal. * 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 9/30 eve: Ramadan--Muslim month of purification by self-reflection, fasting from sunrise to sunset, peace-making, and helping those in need. Ramadan Truce (through Eid al-Fitr): Time to cease all forms of conflict (at least temporarily), extend a greeting to your adversary, and share an iftar for peace.

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THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2008
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2007 Marija Miovski
www.WheeloftheYear.com