Year 2011
Calendar
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Year 2011
Calendar
By Tradition...
Jewish - Kabbalah
Holidays - 2011
Christian -
Ecumenical Mysticism /
Wisdom Tradition

Holidays - 2011
Unitarian Universalist
Holidays - 2011
Muslim - Sufi
Holidays - 2011
Baha'i Holidays - 2011
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Hindu Holidays - 2011
Jain & Sikh
Holidays - 2011
Buddhist Holidays - 2011
Taoist & Shinto
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African &
Middle-Eastern
Holidays:
Ancient Egyptian,

Santeria, Zoroastrian - 2011
Native American
(Iroquois, Navajo

& Pueblo)
& Meso American
(Inca, Mayan & Aztec)
Holidays
- 2011
Pagan Holidays:
Old Religions of Europe

(Greek, Roman, Slavic,
Celtic, Anglo-Teutonic
& Norse) - 2011
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Deep Ecology /
Environmentalist
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Social Justice /
Human Rights /

Feminist
Dates
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Peace /
Disarmament
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Solar & Lunar Cycles,
Eclipse & Helions
- 2011
Meteor Showers - 2011
Visible Planets - 2011
Astrological Periods - 2011
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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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October 2011...

* 9/28 to 10/6: Navaratri/Durga Puja. * 10/1: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that fear and hatred of others results from ignorance of interconnectedness. * 10/1: Vigil for freedom of religion in China. * 10/1 to 10/7: World Wildlife Week--Time to celebrate fish, cetaceans, amphibians, reptiles, birds, rodents, mammals, marsupials, and primates in all their diversity. * 10/2: Feast of the Guardian Angels; day to honor one’s personal guardian and guide. * 10/2: Non-Violence Day--Day to assess your exposure to violence in all its forms and to purge it from your life. Avoid mean aggressive people and conflict-driven "entertainment". * 10/2: Birthday of Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi (1869), Hindu advocate for human rights and self-reliance, who practiced active non-violent resistance to injustice. * 10/3: World Habitat Day--Day to recognize the necessity of sanitary, non-toxic, and environmentally-sustainable shelter; day to advocate for adequate shelter for all. * 10/3 eve to 10/4 eve: Proerosia--Old Greek festival in which fruits of all the harvest were offered to Goddess Demeter. * 10/4: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Orunmila, Orisha of Wise Counsel and Protection. * 10/4: Christian feast of St. Francis of Assisi (d. 1226), and Animal Blessing Day. * 10/4: World Animal Day--Day to focus on the health and happiness of the animals who share our lives. * 10/4 to 10/7: Tewa Deer Dance--celebrating the cosmic duality of feminine and masculine. The Tewa recognize gender equality and honor both male and female ancestors. * 10/4 to 10/12: Navapad Oli--Jain period of fasting, recitation of holy scripture, and meditation on the principles of right knowledge, right faith, right conduct, and right penance. Jainas honor Arihantas (conquerors of passions), Siddhas (liberated souls), Acharyas (spiritual leaders), Upadhyayas (spiritual teachers), and Sadhus (renouncers). * 10/5: Day honoring Zen Buddhist philosopher Bodhidharma (470-543), who believed one could attain Buddhahood by realizing one’s own Buddha nature. * 10/5: Walk to School Day--Have your kids start hiking or biking to school every day for their health, the health of neighborhood residents, and the health of the planet! * 10/6: Dussehra--Hindu festival recounting the rescue of Hindu Goddess Sita (avatar of Lakshmi) by God Rama (avatar of Vishnu) from an evil demon. * 10/7: Vigil for peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in Afghanistan. * 10/7 eve to 10/8 eve: Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement--Jewish day of fasting, prayer, reconciliation, making reparation for harm done, and helping those in need. * 10/8: Fall Migratory Bird Day--Day to celebrate the migration of nearly 350 species of birds between nesting grounds in North America and playgrounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean; day to watch for migrating birds and to advocate for preservation of migratory birds and their habitat. * 10/8 eve to 10/11 eve: Thesmophoria--Old Greek festival commemorating the transformation of Goddess Kore (Queen of the Living) into Persephone (Queen of the Dead), when She eloped to Elysium with Her partner, God Dionysos/Plouton, accompanied by Goddess Hekate and spirits of the dead. * 10/9: Vigil for peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in Uganda. * 10/10 to 10/16: National Wildlife Refuge Week--Time to recognize that the survival of humanity is dependent on the survival of other species, and the survival of all species is dependent on preservation of their respective habitats. * 10/11 (10:06 p.m. EDT): Full Moon (Indigo/Wise-Crone Moon). * 10/11: Birthday of Eleanor Roosevelt (1884), advocate for world-wide recognition of the rights of all. * 10/11: Opening of Vatican II Council, during which the Catholic Church committed to ecumenism, freedom of religion, and social justice (1962). * 10/12 (Obs. 10/10): Columbus Day--Commemorates Europeans’ colonization of America (1492); day to mourn Native American victims of conquest and oppression (past and present), make peace, and celebrate empowerment of Native Americans. * 10/12: Day the first woman was ordained a Methodist minister in the U.S. (1880). * 10/12 to 10/16: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Ameretat, creator and protector of vegetation. * 10/12 eve to 10/19 eve: Sukkot/Feast of Ingathering--Jewish thanksgiving for the fruit harvest. Originally, a dance procession was made to vineyards and wine was offered to Elohim. Also commemorates the years in the wilderness after leaving Egypt. * 10/13: Final appearance of Our Lady of Fatima, Lady of Oracles and Miracles (Portugal 1917). * 10/14 to 10/28 (I 10/22): Old Norse Winter Nights Feast--The ancestors were remembered and offerings were made to the Deities (particularly the Norns, Freyja, and the Disir) to survive the season. * 10/15: Makahki/Hawaiian New Year. Hawaiians believe the Akua (Gods and Goddesses) were created by Papa/Mother Earth and Wakea/Father Sky, who themselves were created from the chaos of Po. * 10/15: Chinese Buddhist festival of Goddess Kuan Yin; celebrates Her attainment of Bodhisattvahood. * 10/16: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as ‘Ilm - Knowledge. * 10/16: World Food Day--Day to recognize the necessity of affordable, healthy, and environmentally-sustainable food; day to advocate for adequate food for all. * 10/16 eve to 10/19 eve: Apaturia--Old Greek festival in which newcomers and children were welcomed into the community. * 10/17: Shukaku Matsuri--Shinto rite offering thanks and first fruits of the rice harvest to the Kami. * 10/18 (A 11/28): Old Egyptian feast of Neteret Hathor, Goddess of Fate. * 10/18: Day the Clean Water Act was enacted (1972); day to give thanks for the water we drink. * 10/18 eve to 10/26 eve (10/22 peak): Orionid Meteor Showers. * 10/19 eve to 10/20 eve: Shemini Atzeret/Feast of Assembly--Jewish festival of praise and thanksgiving for life-giving rain. * 10/20: Day the Granth Sahib (Adi Granth), the holy scripture of the Sikhs, was recognized as eternal guru (1708). Sikhs believe the infinite and formless Deity should be sought within one’s self. * 10/20 eve to 10/21 eve: Simchat Torah/Rejoicing with the Torah--Jewish festival celebrating the Torah. * 10/21: Day military attacks on civilians were outlawed world-wide (1950); day to mourn all civilian victims of war. * 10/23: Beginning of Scorpio (the Scorpion). * 10/21: Day the Marine Mammal Protection Act was enacted to protect marine mammals from harassment, hunting, capture, and killing (1972). * 10/24: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Orisha Erinle, Healer of the Sick and Injured. * 10/24: Feast of Raphael, Angel of Healing. * 10/24: Day the United Nations came into being to facilitate world-wide peaceful cooperation (1945). * 10/24: Day the first woman was ordained a Presbyterian minister in the U.S. (1956). * 10/24 to 10/26: Diwali/Lunar New Year/Festival of Lights--Hindu festival for Goddess Lakshmi (source of health, fertility, and prosperity) and Her consort, God Vishnu (the preserver); focus is on peace-making and new beginnings. * 10/24 to 10/30: World Disarmament Week--Time for peaceful activism to help end the arms race. * 10/26 (3:56 p.m. EDT): New Moon. * 10/26: Kali Puja--Hindu festival honoring Great Goddess Maha Devi as Kali - decay, death, and transformation. Hindus believe all Gods and Goddesses are aspects of the limitless, attributeless, immanent, and transcendent Brahman. * 10/27 eve to 11/25 eve: Dhu al-Hijjah--Muslim month of pilgrimage to honor Allah, the one genderless universal Deity, at the shrine of the holy Kaaba Stone in Mecca. * 10/28: Day the world’s nations committed to biodiversity and ecosystem conservation (1982). * 10/28 to 11/3: Isia--Old Romano-Egyptian festival recalling Set (God of Destruction) killing God Osiris; Goddess Isis mourning Him, resurrecting Him, and conceiving God Horus with Him; and Osiris becoming Lord of Amenta, realm of the dead. * 10/31: Jnan Panchami--Day that Jainas celebrate knowledge, education, and holy books with recitations, meditation, and worship. * 10/31: Day to mourn the women tortured and killed as “witches” because of their independence, wealth, wisdom, or religion. * 10/31 eve: Halloween--Night that the dead return to visit their families; celebrated by children, dressed as spirits, going door to door for treats. * 10/31 eve to 11/2 eve: Old Sumerian fast recalling the descent of Inanna (Goddess of Life) to the Underworld. Ereshkigal (Goddess of Death and Rebirth) detained Her until She agreed to have Dumuzi (God of Life and Death) remain there each Winter. * 10/31 eve to 11/2 eve: Samhain--Old Celtic/Welsh New Year and feast of Cerridwen (Goddess of Death) and Beli (the Holly King - God of the Waning Sun). * 10/31 eve to 11/7 eve: Mid-Autumn/Day of the Dead/Hallowmas.

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THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2011
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2010 Marija Miovski
www.WheeloftheYear.com