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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November 2008...

* 10/28 to 11/3: Isia. * 10/31 eve to 11/2 eve: Old Sumerian fast. * 10/31 eve to 11/2 eve: Samhain. * 10/31 eve to 11/6 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. * 11/1: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for mindfully seeing and acting with compassion for the Earth and all creatures. * 11/1 to 11/2: Fon/Vodou feast of Ghede, Loa of the Dead; time for honoring ancestral spirits. Fon/Vodouisants believe all Loas (Deities) originate from Co-Creators Goddess-God Mawu-Lisa. * 11/2 (2:00 a.m.): Daylight Savings Time ends - set clocks back 1 hour. * 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: Jnan Panchami--Day that Jainas celebrate knowledge, education, and holy books with recitations, meditation, and worship. * 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: Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as Qudrat - Divine Power. * 11/4: Election Day--remember to vote! The only way to ensure a healthy democracy is to have full participation by the electorate in choosing government decision makers. * 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: 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. * 11/7: Anniversary of the first Re-Imagining Conference, where worship of Holy Spirit Wisdom was introduced to mainstream Christianity (1993). * 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 advocates 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: 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 (1:17 a.m. EST): Full Moon (Wolf/Hunting Moon). * 11/13: 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. * 11/13: 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, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, nationality, or economic status. * 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. * 11/20: 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: Fast for an Abundant World Harvest Day to fast and commit to action to help prevent deaths from malnourishment world-wide. * 11/20: Great American Smokeout--Day to give up smoking to preserve one's own health and the health of loved ones. * 11/22: Beginning of Sagittarius (the Hunter/Huntress). * 11/22: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on Bodhisattva Deities Manjusri and Prajna-Paramita, consciousness and empowerment of Wisdom. Prajna-Paramita is considered Mother of All Buddhas. * 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. * 11/26: Death day of Sojourner Truth (1883), Christian preacher and non-violent advocate for the rights of women and African Americans. * 11/27 (11:55 a.m. EST): New Moon. * 11/27: Thanksgiving Day--Day to give thanks for the abundance of our land and for our food, clothes, shelter, and health. * 11/27 to 12/10: 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. * 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 for ordination of women priests in the Catholic Church (1975). * 11/28 eve to 12/28 eve: Dhu al-Hijjah--Muslim month of pilgrimage (the Hajj) to honor Allah, the one genderless universal Deity, at the shrine of the holy Kaaba Stone in Mecca. * 11/30 to 12/24 (OC 11/28 to 1/6): Advent/Festival of Lights Christian vigil for the birth of the Cosmic Christ. Advent candles are lit; Christmas carols are sung.

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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