Year 2009
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Jewish - Kabbalah
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Ecumenical Mysticism /
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Jain & Sikh
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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
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Deep Ecology /
Environmentalist
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Social Justice /
Human Rights /

Feminist
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Peace /
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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
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throughout the year)
Empowering Meditations
Action Offerings
(to help the environment 
& further social justice)
Art as Meditation
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August 2009...

* 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. * 7/31 eve to 8/7 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: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that desire for power over others results from ignorance of interdependence. * 8/1: Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as Kamal - Perfection. * 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. * 8/2: Feast of the Black Madonna. * 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. * 8/5 (8:55 p.m. EDT): Full Moon (Grain-Harvest/Thunder Moon). * 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 the reunification of the Godhead. * 8/5 eve: Nisfu Sha'ban--Muslim night of repentance for all harm done. * 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: Synoikia--Old Greek festival celebrating the peaceful cooperation of states. Offerings were made to Aphrodite and Eirene, Goddesses of friendship and peace. * 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. * 8/10: Remembrance day for Nicholas of Cusa (d. 1464), Christian mystic who believed all Creation to be the unfolding of Deity. * 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. * 8/13: Birthday of Lucy Stone (1818), social worker and non-violent advocate for women's rights. * 8/13 to 8/14: Sri Krishna Jayanti--Birthday of Hindu God Krishna (avatar of God Vishnu), beloved of Goddess Radha (avatar of Goddess Lakshmi). * 8/13 eve to 8/19 eve: Panathenaea--Old Greek festival of Goddess Athena - as daughter of Wisdom (Goddess Metis) and font of reason. * 8/15: Kaza Matsuri--Shinto rite honoring the Kami of Wind. * 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. * 8/17: 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. * 8/19: World Humanitarian Day--Day to honor humanitarian workers world-wide, particularly those who have lost their lives in service to others; day to aid those in need of food, medicine, and shelter due to natural disaster, disease outbreak, civil unrest, or poverty. * 8/19 eve to 9/18 eve: Elul--Jewish month of self-reflection, peace-making, and renewal. * 8/20 (6:02 a.m. EDT): New Moon. * 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. * 8/21 eve to 9/19 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. * 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 9/3: Ganesha Chaturthi--Hindu festival honoring God Ganesha (son of Goddess Parvati and God Shiva) as the Challenger - creator and remover of obstacles. * 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). * 8/26 eve to 8/27 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis - as defender of rights and liberties, and punisher of rapists and oppressors. * 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 Tibetan Buddhists meditate on Bodhisattva Goddess Gold Tara, provider of all sustenance and necessities. * 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 eve to 8/31 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. * 8/31: Remembrance day for Tahirih (d. 1852), feminist, poet, scholar, and preacher of the nascent Baha'i Faith. Baha'is recognize gender equality.

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