* 1/1: New Year’s Day (Gregorian Calendar). * 12/22 to 1/10: Hopi & Zuni Soyala New Year Festival of purification and renewal. * 12/25 to 1/5: Yule--Old Anglo-Teutonic festival honoring God Freyr, Goddess Freyja, and God Balder. * 12/31 to 1/4: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Vohu Manah, creator and protector of animals. Vohu Manah is one of seven male and female divine emanations of Deity Ahura Mazda. * 1/1: World Peace Day--Day to meditate for peace throughout the world. * 1/1: Ethics Day--Day to commit to cultivating personal honor. * 1/1: Day the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect freeing Confederate slaves (1863); day to mourn African victims of slavery and racism (past and present), make peace, and celebrate empowerment of African Americans. * 1/1: Day the first woman was ordained an Episcopalian priest in the U.S. (1977). * 1/1: Day Pope John Paul II exhorted Christians to respect Nature, to preserve natural resources, and to stop environmental destruction (1990). * 1/1 to 1/4: Tewa Turtle Dance--celebrating life and the first Creation, when Sky Father embraced Earth Mother and all life was conceived. * 1/1 eve to 1/4 eve (1/3 peak): Quadrantid Meteor Showers. * 1/1 to 1/6: Shogatsu/Shinto New Year’s Festival--The Kami (Nature Spirits) of the four directions are honored, and prayers for happiness, good health, and prosperity are made. * 1/1 to 1/31: January dedicated to Old Roman God-Goddess Janus-Jana, who knows both past and future. * 1/4 (7:00 p.m. EST): Earth Perihelion--when the Earth is closest to the Sun. * 1/4: Day ethnic discrimination was outlawed world-wide (1969); day to mourn all manifestations of racism. * 1/5: Avian Day--Day to honor all creatures of the air and to meditate on Deity manifesting as birds - Goddess as Babd/Crow (Old Celtic), Lilith/Owl (Old Sumerian-Hebrew) & Holy Spirit/Dove (Christian); and God as Horus/Hawk (Old Egyptian) & Hilina/Thunderbird/Eagle (Haida). * 1/5: Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib, tenth Sikh guru (1666). He believed that only those who love find Deity, and exhorted Sikhs to show compassion for humanity. * 1/5 eve: Feast of Old Roman Goddess Befana, the old woman who flies on a broom, bringing gifts to all good children. * 1/6 (OC 1/19): Epiphany--Christian feast recalling the adoration of Child Jesus by the Magi, and the beginning of Rabbi Jesus’ ministry of love to humanity - when He changed water into wine at Cana. * 1/7: Koshogatsu--Shinto rite honoring Goddess Izanami, partner of God Izanagi. They created Nature and the Kami. * 1/7: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful of the peace, joy, and beauty of the moment. * 1/7: Orthodox Christian Christmas. * 1/8: Death day of Galileo (1642), astronomer; day to mourn the persecution of scientists by religious authorities. * 1/9 (2:30 a.m. EST): Full Moon (Black/Death-Crone Moon). * 1/12: Day genocide was outlawed world-wide (1951); day to mourn all victims of genocide. * 1/13: Death day of George Fox (1691), founder of the Quakers. Quakers experience Deity within and practice egalitarianism, social activism, and peacefulness. * 1/14: Makar Sakranti--Beginning of Hindu pilgrimage to holy rivers to bathe and pray, to purify themselves of their sins. Hindus' life goals are ethical living, passionate love, prosperity, and spiritual devotion. * 1/14 to 1/25 (I 1/20): Old Norse Mid-Winter Feast--Offerings were made to the Deities (particularly Jord, Thor, and Freyr) for growth of crops. * 1/15: Feast of the Black Christ. * 1/15 (Obs. 1/16): Birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929), Baptist preacher and non-violent advocate for the rights of African Americans. * 1/15: First appearance of Our Lady of Banneux, Virgin of the poor, the sick, and the suffering (Belgium 1933). * 1/15: World Religions Day--Day to contemplate all religions as different paths to the one universal Deity of many names and aspects. * 1/15 to 1/17 (A 2/25 to 2/27): Raising Heaven--Old Egyptian Festival honoring the unseen Neteru Amen and Amenet. Egyptians perceived the many Gods and Goddesses (Neteru) to be aspects of the one God-Goddess Neter-Neteret. * 1/17: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Ogun, Orisha of Strength, Endurance, and Perseverance. Yorubas/Santeros believe the Orishas are emanations and messengers of the one Deity, Olodumare. * 1/19: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as Sultan - Sovereignty. Baha’is believe in the oneness of Deity. * 1/20: Beginning of Aquarius (the Water Bearer). * 1/22: Day the Supreme Court recognized women’s right to reproductive autonomy (1973). * 1/22 eve to 1/23 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Hekate, who guides all through transitions and crisis. * 1/22 eve to 1/25 eve: Old European Lunar New Year--Celebration of the Triple Goddess (Goddess of the Moon and the Seasons) being transformed from the Crone into the Virgin; celebrated with ritual bathing of divine images. * 1/23 (2:39 a.m. EST): New Moon. * 1/23 eve to 1/24 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. * 1/23 to 1/26: Hsih Nien/Suhl/Tet--Chinese and East Asian Lunar New Year (Year 4710: the Dragon). * 1/24 eve: Rosh Chodesh--Jewish women gather to worship the Shekhinah, the feminine manifestation of Elohim, the one universal Deity; and to pray and act for peace, social justice, and environmental healing, to bring about Tikkun Olam (reparation of the world and reunification of the Divine). * 1/24 to 2/1: Sementivae--Old Roman festival of sowing, honoring Earth Goddess Terra, Grain Goddess Ceres, and Seed Goddess Proserpina. * 1/27: Death day of John James Audubon (1851), ornithologist and conservationist. * 1/27 to 2/4: Iroquois Mid-Winter Ceremony--for continuation of all life-sustaining things. Iroquois believe Awenhai/Sky Woman created the Sun, Moon, and Stars from Her body. * 1/28: Sarasvati Puja--Hindu festival honoring Goddess Sarasvati, who represents wisdom, intellect, and knowledge, as well as inspiration, arts, and music. Hindus believe all Gods and Goddesses are aspects of the one Great God-Goddess Maha Deva-Maha Devi. * 1/29: Birthday of Thomas Paine (1737), Deist who recognized the inherent rights of all men and women, and opposed non-democratic government. Deists believe Deity to be consistent with Nature and reason. * 1/29: Birthday of Vladimir Soloviev (1853), Orthodox Christian mystic who bewailed humanity’s alienation from Holy Wisdom and from Nature, Her manifestation. * 1/31: Day for meditation on Tantric Buddha Deities Amitayus and White Tara, who grant good health and long life. In Tantric Buddhism, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are symbolic abstractions and aspects of Adi-Buddha - the masculine and feminine, transcendent and immanent, omniscient and omnipotent, primordial and eternal Absolute. * 1/31: Birthday of Fr. Thomas Merton (1915), Catholic mystic and poet, who found Deity in stillness and silence. * 1/31 eve to 2/2 eve: Imbolc/St. Brigid’s Day. * 1/31 eve to 2/4 eve: Mid-Winter/Groundhog’s Day/Candlemas.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Permission to use and distribute these excerpts is granted for non-commercial purposes, provided the following information is included:
THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2012
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2011 Marija Miovski