Year 2009
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Year 2009
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By Tradition...
Jewish - Kabbalah
Holidays - 2009
Christian -
Ecumenical Mysticism /
Wisdom Tradition

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Unitarian Universalist
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Muslim - Sufi
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Baha'i Holidays - 2009
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Hindu Holidays - 2009
Jain & Sikh
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Buddhist Holidays - 2009
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African &
Middle-Eastern
Holidays:
Ancient Egyptian,
Santeria, Zoroastrian - 2009
Native American
(Iroquois, Navajo

& Pueblo)
& Meso American
(Inca, Mayan & Aztec)
Holidays
- 2009
Pagan Holidays:
Old Religions of Europe

(Greek, Roman, Slavic,
Celtic, Anglo-Teutonic
& Norse) - 2009
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Deep Ecology /
Environmentalist
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Social Justice /
Human Rights /

Feminist
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Peace /
Disarmament
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Solar & Lunar Cycles,
Eclipse & Helions
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Meteor Showers - 2009
Visible Planets - 2009
Astrological Periods - 2009
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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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February 2009...

* 1/30 to 2/8: Iroquois Mid-Winter Ceremony. * 1/31 eve to 2/2 eve: Imbolc/St. Brigid's Day. * 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. * 2/1 to 2/14: Old Greek festival of God Dionysos, in which vines were pruned and sprinkled with wine, accompanied by ritual singing and dancing. * 2/1 to 2/28: February dedicated to Old Roman God-Goddess Februus-Februa - purifier and protector of the home. Homes were cleaned and blessed, offerings of reparation were given, and peace was made. * 2/1 to 2/28: Ethnic Equality Month--Time to honor all peoples and their positive traditions; time to meditate on the equality of all peoples, on the respect due to them, and on God-Goddess manifesting as African, Asian, Oceanic, Middle Eastern, European, Hispanic, and Native American. * 2/2: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Oya, Orisha of Death and Rebirth. * 2/2: World Wetlands Day--Day to celebrate the complex living community of water, plants, fish, birds, and mammals that live in wetlands world-wide; day to give thanks for wetlands for moderating the impact of flooding. * 2/2: Death day of Marija Gimbutas (1994), archeologist who studied Old European Goddess-God spirituality. * 2/3: Devi Puja--Day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu Goddess Maha Devi. Flowers, incense, lamps, and vegetarian food are offered; bells are rung and drums beaten. * 2/3: Setsubun--Shinto rite in which good fortune is invoked and evil exorcised. Shinto try to live in harmony with the cosmic forces of the Kami. * 2/4: Vigil for peace, religious tolerance, and equal rights for all in Sri Lanka - after 26 years of civil war. * 2/6: Day to mourn all the women and children who have been subjected to female genital mutilation. * 2/7: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that you, and all that is, are in the process of transformation. * 2/7: Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as Mulk - Sacred Dominion. Baha'is believe in the oneness of all humanity. * 2/7: Birthday of Frederick Douglass (1817), non-violent advocate for the rights of African Americans. * 2/8 eve to 2/9 eve: Tu BShevat--Jewish Festival of Trees, celebrated with tree plantings and orchard blessings. * 2/9 (9:49 a.m. EST): Full Moon (Cold/Seed Moon). * 2/9 to 2/17: Navajo Sing--Festival in preparation for the coming agricultural season; celebrated with prayer, chanting, dancing, and healing. * 2/10: Day the Supreme Court concluded that the First Amendment Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, in conjunction with the Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection Clause, prohibits the government from favoring one religion over another and prohibits the government from favoring or disfavoring religion (1947). * 2/11: First appearance of Our Lady of Lourdes, Lady of healing waters (France 1858). * 2/11: Day the first woman was consecrated an Episcopalian bishop in the U.S. (1989). * 2/12: Birthday of Charles Darwin (1809), biologist and evolutionary; day to meditate on the unity of science and spirituality. * 2/13: Birthday of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (1835). He advocated a peaceable form of Islam that rejects violent jihad. He believed he was a divine reformer and the Mahdi, who would rid the world of evil in the end days. * 2/13 to 2/15: Lupercalia/St. Valentine's Day--Old Roman festival of God-Goddess Faunus-Fauna; merged with the Christian feast of St. Valentine - celebrating love of all kinds. * 2/14: Tell your true love how much you love him/her! * 2/15: Nehan--Zen Buddhist celebration of the Buddha's paranirvana (483 BCE). Forms of Buddhism include Hinayana (Theravada), Mahayana (Zen/Japanese and Pure Land/Chinese), and Vajrayana (Tantra/Tibetan). * 2/15: Birthday of Susan B. Anthony (1820), non-violent advocate for the rights of women and African Americans. * 2/17: Toshigoi--Shinto rite honoring the Kami and offering prayers for a bountiful rice harvest. The Kami are manifestations of the one universal, primordial and eternal, immanent and transcendent Deity, Kuni-Tokotachi-no-Kami. * 2/17 to 2/18 (A 3/30 to 3/31): Old Egyptian festival of Neteret Bastet, Cat Goddess who protects the home and fosters domestic harmony. * 2/18: Death day of Michelangelo (1564), painter of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel (where Our Father is shown embracing Our Mother while reaching out to humanity). * 2/18: Birthday of Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836), Hindu mystic who fervently loved Great Goddess Maha Devi - Mother of God, Mother of Nature, Elemental Matter, and Cosmic Power. He recognized Her immanence in all, and knew Her to be a manifestation of the one universal Deity. * 2/18 to 2/24 (OC 2/16 to 2/22): Carnival/Meat Fare--Christian time of feasting, dancing, and revelry. * 2/19: Beginning of Pisces (the Fishes). * 2/19: Day President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the internment of loyal Japanese Americans during World War II (1942); day to mourn Asian victims of internment and exclusion (past and present), make peace, and celebrate empowerment of Asian Americans. * 2/20: Social Justice Day--Day to affirm that social justice is a moral imperative, encompassing equal rights, freedoms, and protections under law. * 2/21 eve: Vigil for lost children; night of mourning and healing. * 2/22: Childrens' Day--Day to give love and thanks to all children; day for all children to celebrate their youth and contemplate their sacred duty to learn all they can, to aid their parents whenever needed, and to become responsible adults. * 2/22: Caristia--Old Roman festival for renewing family ties and patching up quarrels. * 2/22 (Obs. 2/16): Birthday of George Washington (1732), first president of the U.S. * 2/22 to 2/23: Mahashivaratri--Hindu fast, night vigil, and feast for God-Goddess Shiva-Shakti (union of Will and Power), who dances to create, destroy, and re-create the Universe. Tantric Hindus believe Shiva is within all men and Shakti within all women. * 2/23: Sojong Day--Tibetan Buddhist day of fasting, confession, and reparation for harm done. * 2/24 (8:35 p.m. EST): New Moon. * 2/24 to 2/27: Iroquois Maple Ceremony--in thanksgiving for the Maple tree and its sugar. * 2/25 eve to 2/26 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. * 2/25 to 3/11: Losar/Tibetan Buddhist New Year (Year 2136: the Earth Ox) & Monlam Chenmo/Great Prayer Festival--Commemorates miracles performed by the Buddha. Rituals, dances, and sculptures are offered to drive out evil spirits and to protect and benefit all sentient beings. * 2/25 to 4/11 (OC 3/2 to 4/10): Ash Wednesday (Pure Monday) and Lent--Christian time of purification by self-reflection, peace-making, reparation for harm done, and helping those in need. * 2/26 to 3/1: Ayyam-i-Ha--Baha'is prepare for the Fast with festivities, gift-giving, and helping those in need. * 2/28: Old Slavic Velja Noc/Great Night/New Year's Eve--Spirits of the dead visit their living relatives, overseen by Veles, Lord of the Dead. Morana and Jarilo are born of Solntse (Goddess of the Sun) and Perun (God of the Sky).

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Excerpted from
THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2009
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2008 Marija Miovski
www.WheeloftheYear.com