Year 2012
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Year 2012
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By Tradition...
Jewish - Kabbalah
Holidays - 2012
Christian -
Ecumenical Mysticism /
Wisdom Tradition

Holidays - 2012
Unitarian Universalist
Holidays - 2012
Muslim - Sufi
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Baha'i Holidays - 2012
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Hindu Holidays - 2012
Jain & Sikh
Holidays - 2012
Buddhist Holidays - 2012
Taoist & Shinto
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African &
Middle-Eastern
Holidays:
Ancient Egyptian,
Santeria, Zoroastrian - 2012
Native American
(Iroquois, Navajo

& Pueblo)
& Meso American
(Inca, Mayan & Aztec)
Holidays
- 2012
Pagan Holidays:
Old Religions of Europe

(Greek, Roman, Slavic,
Celtic, Anglo-Teutonic
& Norse) - 2012
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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
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Meteor Showers - 2012
Visible Planets - 2012
Astrological Periods - 2012
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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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March 2012...

* 2/22 to 4/7 (OC 2/27 to 4/6): Lent. * 3/1: Day the production and use of landmines was outlawed world-wide (1999); day to mourn their victims. * 3/1 to 3/31: Gender Equality Month--Time to honor both genders; time to meditate on the equality of women and men, on the respect due to both women and men, and on Goddess-God manifesting as woman and man. * 3/2: Beginning of the Prudhoe Bay oil spill (2006), which showed why oil pipelines are a threat to the environment. * 3/2: Day to mourn the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti for proposing reform of Pakistan's blasphemy law (2011). * 3/2 to 3/20: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as ‘Ala’ - Loftiness. Followed by the Fast - time of purification by fasting from sunrise to sunset. * 3/3: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that you are connected to each and every sentient being that has ever existed. * 3/3 eve to 3/4 eve: Day commemorating the death of Abdul Qadir Jilani (1166), Sufi saint who was renown for his compassion, particularly for the poor. * 3/3 eve to 3/6 eve: Anthesteria--Old Greek festival honoring Dionysos as Plouton, God of the Dead, and welcoming the visiting dead from Elysium. * 3/4: Civics Education Day. Democracy can exist only with an educated electorate. * 3/4 to 3/9: Holi--Hindu festival celebrating the courting of God Shiva by Goddess Parvati, and the efforts on Her behalf by Kama (God of Love) and Rati (Goddess of Passion). Shaivas are devoted to God Shiva in all His aspects. * 3/5: Navigium Isidis--Old Romano-Egyptian festival honoring Goddess Isis as Lady of the Moon and Ruler of the Sea; celebrated with the launching of a boat of offerings. * 3/5: Day commemorating the birth of Taoist Lao-Tzu (570? BCE). Taoists live simply and tranquilly, respect life, and recognize the equality of all. * 3/6 eve to 3/8 eve: Jewish fast of Esther and fest of Purim--Recalls a planned massacre of Persian Jews and their deliverance by Queen Esther; time for helping those in need. * 3/7: Great American Weigh In--Day to commit to a healthy diet and daily exercise. * 3/8 (4:40 a.m. EST): Full Moon (Leaf/Seedling Moon). * 3/8: International Women’s Day--Day to mourn victims of gender-based oppression and misogyny (past and present), make peace, and celebrate women’s empowerment. * 3/8: Vigil for peace, democratic government, and respect for the human rights of all in Syria. * 3/8 to 3/16: Navajo Sing--Festival in which fields are blessed in preparation for planting. Navajos believe Estsanatlehi/Changing Woman wields the power to constantly create and change the world. * 3/9: Day slavery was outlawed world-wide (1927); day to mourn its continued existence. * 3/10: Death day of Harriet Tubman (1913), who risked her life to guide slaves to freedom. * 3/11 (2:00 a.m.): Daylight Savings Time begins - set clocks ahead 1 hour. * 3/11: Chinese Buddhist festival of Bodhisattva Kuan Yin; celebrates Her “birth.” She declared women the spiritual equals of men. * 3/12 eve to 3/19 eve: Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries--Old Greek festival celebrating the marriage of Goddess Kore and God Dionysos, following their return from Elysium. * 3/13: Birthday of Joseph Priestley (1733), Unitarian who found Biblical basis for belief in a unitary Deity, and believed Jesus to be Deity’s Great Prophet. * 3/14: Sikh New Year (Nanakshahi Era 544 begins). * 3/15 to 3/21: Old Anglo-Teutonic festival of Goddess Ostara, celebrating the annual rebirth. Her Hare gave gifts of eggs - signifying rebirth. * 3/16 to 3/20: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Spenta Mainyu, creator and protector of humans. * 3/17: St. Patrick’s Day--Old European festival marking rebirth of Viridios/the Green Man/Green George (God as deciduous vegetation); merged with the Christian feast of St. Patrick. * 3/18: Christian feast of Blessed Mary, partner of St. Joseph and mother of Blessed Jesus - honors her as nurturer, teacher, protector, and guide of all mothers. * 3/18: Day the first bat mitzvah occurred - in Reconstructionist Judaism (1922). * 3/18: Day the first woman served as imam, leading a public, mixed-gender, Muslim congregation in Jum’ah prayer, and delivering the sermon (2005). * 3/19: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Osanyin, Orisha of Deciduous Vegetation. * 3/19: Christian feast of St. Joseph, partner of Blessed Mary and foster-father of Blessed Jesus - honors him as nurturer, teacher, protector, and guide of all fathers. * 3/19 to 3/23: Quinquatrus of Minerva--Old Roman festival of Goddess Minerva - as font of artistic inspiration. * 3/19 to 3/25: National Wildlife Week--Time to watch for wildlife in the wild. * 3/20 (1:14 a.m. EDT): Spring Equinox--Marks the beginning of Spring and point of equal daylight and darkness; celebrates first, annual, and perpetual Creation with egg hunts and exchanges. * 3/20: Old Slavic Jare--God Jarilo/Lado returns from Virey (the realm of the dead across the sea), to reunite with Goddess Morana/Lada. Their love and happiness bring the world light, warmth, and fertility. * 3/20: Vigil for peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in Iraq. * 3/20 to 3/21: Old Sumerian festival celebrating the return of Dumuzi (God of Life and Death) from the Underworld to be with Inanna (Goddess of Life) for the verdant part of the year. * 3/20 eve to 3/21 eve: Celebration day for Muhyi ad-Din Ibn El-Arabi (d. 1240), Sufi saint who honored Deity as a unity manifested in all Nature, both genders, and countless forms. * 3/21: Zoroastrian New Year and celebration of Divine Spirit Asha Vahishta, creator and protector of fire. Zoroastrians worship by making offerings to a sacred fire. * 3/21: Nowruz--Persian New Year. * 3/21: Naw Ruz--Baha’i New Year (Year 168) and feast honoring the one Deity as Baha - Splendor. * 3/21: Beginning of Aries (the Ram/Ewe/Lamb). * 3/21: Taoist festival honoring the Shen (Deities) of Water, East, and Spring; prayers are made for growth. Taoists seek enlightenment and live in harmony with Nature. * 3/21: Haru-no-Higan--Day Japanese Buddhists mark the time of change by meditating on the impermanence of death. * 3/21: World Forest Day--Day to celebrate the complex living community of trees, plants, birds, and mammals that live in forests world-wide; day to give thanks for forests for cleaning the air of pollution. * 3/22 (10:37 a.m. EDT): New Moon. * 3/22: World Water Day--Day to recognize the world's dependence on clean fresh water; day to advocate for the sustainable management of all fresh water resources. * 3/22 to 3/25: Iroquois Thunder Ceremony--in thanksgiving for the rains. * 3/23: Day the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1889). Ahmadi Muslims preach love for all, hatred for none. * 3/23: Vigil for the protection of women in Pakistan from "honor killings", dowry killings, female infanticide, domestic violence, rape, acid attacks, and other gender-based violence. * 3/23 to 4/1: Navaratri/Gangaur--Hindu festival honoring Great Goddess Maha Devi as Gauri - life, growth, and fruition. Shaktas are devoted to Great Goddess Maha Devi in all Her aspects. * 3/25: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Oshun, Orisha of Passion and Fertility. * 3/25 (OC 4/7): Annunciation Day--Christian feast commemorating Blessed Mary’s fiat - choosing to conceive Child Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit and to become catalyst of liberation and redemption. * 3/26: Birthday of Joseph Campbell (1904), who found Deity within all religions and myths. * 3/26: Day production and use of biological weapons was outlawed world-wide (1975); day to mourn their victims. * 3/28: Death day of Scott Cunningham (1993), who taught a reverent, ethical, egalitarian, and ecological form of Wicca. * 3/28 eve to 3/29 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis - as protector of wild animals, vegetation, and places. * 3/29: Birthday of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise (1819), who founded Reform Judaism in 1873. * 3/30: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on Bodhisattva Deities Avalokitesvara and Green Tara, consciousness and empowerment of Compassion. Buddhists recognize the equality of all sentient beings. * 3/30: Day the U.S. Constitution’s 15th Amendment went into effect, recognizing the right of all ethnic peoples to vote (1870). * 3/30 to 4/6: Navapad Oli. * 3/31: Transgender Visibility Day--Day to mourn the discrimination, harassment, and persecution that transgender people are subjected to. * 3/31: Birthday of Cesar Chavez (1927), who won recognition of migrant workers’ rights through organization and non-violent protest. * 3/31: Vigil to mourn China’s annexation of Tibet (1959) and the killings, torture, and religious persecution of Tibetan Buddhists. * 3/31 to 4/1: Ramanavami--Birthday of Hindu God Rama (avatar of Vishnu), protector of beloved wife, Goddess Sita (avatar of Lakshmi). Vaishnavas are devoted to God Vishnu and His avatars.

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Excerpted from
THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2012
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2011 Marija Miovski
www.WheeloftheYear.com