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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September 2008...

* 8/30 eve to 9/29 eve: Elul. * 8/31 eve to 9/30 eve: Ramadan. * 9/1: Day to pray about, commit to, and act on, lifestyle and consumption changes to stop extinction, waste, overharvest, pollution, and climate change. * 9/1: Labor Day--Day to reflect on the sacredness of all work and the value of ethical, meaningful employment. * 9/3: Day gender discrimination was outlawed world-wide (1981); day to mourn all manifestations of sexism. * 9/3 to 9/14: Ganesha Chaturthi--Hindu festival honoring God Ganesha (son of Goddess Parvati and God Shiva) as the Challenger - creator and remover of obstacles. * 9/6: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that harm to the Earth and sentient beings results from ignorance of interdependence. * 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 eve: Vigil for lost grandparents; night of mourning and healing. * 9/7: 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. * 9/7: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on Bodhisattva Goddess Gold Tara, provider of all sustenance and necessities. * 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 - God-Goddess as Ra/Lion & Rait/Lioness (Old Egyptian); Nandi/Bull & Prisni/Cow (Hindu); God as Cernunnos/Stag (Old Celtic) & Mica/Coyote (Lakota); and Goddess as Rhpisunt/Bear Mother (Haida). * 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. * 9/10: Birthday of Thomas Thayer (1812), Universalist who believed Deity to be at work in evolution and continuing Creation. * 9/9 eve to 9/10 eve: Remembrance day for Khadijah bint Khuwaylid (d. 619 or 623), Mother of Islam - first convert to Islam, partner of Prophet Muhammad in monogamous marriage, mother of Fatimah, and liberated businesswoman. * 9/11: Day terrorists killed over 3,000 innocent civilians of many ethnicities and religions from 86 nations (2001); day to mourn all victims of terrorism. * 9/11 eve to 9/12 eve: Demokratia--Old Greek festival celebrating democracy, constitutional government, and justice under law. Zeus Agoraios, Athena Agoraias, and Themis were honored. * 9/12 to 9/16: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Spenta Armaiti, creator and protector of Earth. * 9/12 eve to 9/21 eve: Greater Eleusinian Mysteries--Old Greek festival recalling Goddess Demeter's search for Her missing daughter Kore. * 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 (5:13 a.m. EDT): Full Moon (Harvest Moon). * 9/15: International Day of Democracy--Day to celebrate democratic systems of government throughout the world, bound by rule of law, principles of human rights, and civilian control. Day to affirm democracy's compatibility with all peoples, all cultures, and all religions. * 9/15: Day the first woman was ordained a Congregational/Unitarian minister in the U.S. (1853). * 9/15 to 9/23: Navajo Sing--Festival in thanksgiving for the harvest. Estsanatlehi/Changing Woman is believed to represent life, and is manifested in the harvest. * 9/16: Mexican Independence Day--Day to celebrate the union of diverse peoples, languages, cultures, and religions into one nation. * 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). * 9/17: 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 at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (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: International Coastal Cleanup Day. * 9/21: International Day of Peace--Day to demonstrate for peace with justice throughout the world. * 9/22 (11:44 a.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/Lado betrays Goddess Morana/Lada, 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: World Car-Free Day--Walk, bike, or take mass transit everywhere! * 9/22: Day the world's nations committed to protecting the skys 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. * 9/24: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Obatala, Orisha of Peace and Justice. * 9/25 (A 11/5): Old Egyptian festival of Neter Amen-Ra-Atem, the Great God, and Neteret Amenet-Rait-Mut, the Great Goddess. * 9/26: Indigenous Peoples' Day--Day for honoring Native Americans and their life-affirming spiritual traditions. * 9/26 eve: Laylat al-Qadr/Night of Power--Commemorates the first revelation of the Qur'an to Muslim Prophet Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel in 610 CE. The Qur'an says: "Let there be no compulsion of religion." * 9/27: Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as Mashiyyat - Divine Will. * 9/27: National Estuaries Day--Day to celebrate the complex living community of water, plants, fish, birds, and mammals that live where rivers meet the sea. * 9/28: World Rivers Day--Immerse yourself and feel the flow of life. * 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--Day to reach out to neighbors and cultivate good relations. * 9/29 (4:12 a.m. EDT): New Moon. * 9/29: Feast of Michael, Angel of Protection, and Uriel, Angel of Justice. * 9/29 eve: Old European feast of the Triple Goddess (Goddess of the Moon and the Seasons), marking the transformation of the Mother into the Crone. * 9/29 eve to 10/1 eve: Rosh Hashanah/Jewish New Year (Year 5769)--Commemorates Creation of the World by Elohim, the one universal Deity; begins ten days of self-examination and penitence for harm done. * 9/29 to 10/2: Iroquois Squash Ceremony--in thanksgiving for the squash harvest. * 9/30: Christian feast of Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom), Soul of the Universe, and source of faith, hope, and love. * 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. * 9/30 eve to 10/3 eve: Eid al-Fitr--Muslim festival celebrating the end of Ramadan. * 9/30 to 10/9: 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. Tantric Hindus recognize gender equality and reject caste.

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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