Year 2012
Calendar
By Month...  JAN ~ FEB ~ MAR ~ APR ~ MAY ~ JUN ~ JUL ~ AUG ~ SEP ~ OCT ~ NOV ~ DEC
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Year 2012
Calendar
By Tradition...
Jewish - Kabbalah
Holidays - 2012
Christian -
Ecumenical Mysticism /
Wisdom Tradition

Holidays - 2012
Unitarian Universalist
Holidays - 2012
Muslim - Sufi
Holidays - 2012
Baha'i Holidays - 2012
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Hindu Holidays - 2012
Jain & Sikh
Holidays - 2012
Buddhist Holidays - 2012
Taoist & Shinto
Holidays - 2012
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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
Dates
- 2012
Social Justice /
Human Rights /

Feminist
Dates
- 2012
Peace /
Disarmament
Dates
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Solar & Lunar Cycles,
Eclipse & Helions
- 2012
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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May 2012...

* 4/21 to 5/2: Ridvan. * 4/26 to 5/3: Mayan Rain Festival. * 4/28 eve to 5/3 eve: Floralia. * 4/30 eve to 5/2 eve: Beltaine--Old Celtic/Welsh feast of Blodeuwedd (Goddess of Flowers) and Llew (the Oak King - God of the waxing Sun). * 4/30 to 5/4: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Khshathra Vairya, creator and protector of the Sky. Zoroastrians worship the one transcendent and immanent Deity Ahura Mazda, who is symbolized by a sacred fire. * 4/30 eve to 5/4 eve: Mid-Spring/May Day/Walpurgis--Celebrates sacred love and the flowering vegetation by gathering flowers and dancing around a Maypole.* 5/1: Christian feast celebrating the sacred marriage of Blessed Mary and St. Joseph. * 5/1: Law Day--Day to celebrate rule of law (and freedom from rule by force - rule of men). Where there is rule of law, the military, the police, civilian government officials, and the people are all subject to the law, and enforcement of the law is uniform. * 5/1: Birthday of Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881), Catholic mystic and evolutionary who experienced the union of consciousness with all Nature. * 5/1: Day Pope John Paul II affirmed that capitalism must be tempered by social justice and restrained by human rights and environmental laws (1991). * 5/1 to 5/4: Zuni Green Corn Dance--welcoming back the Corn Maidens, who flee the land during the Winter. * 5/1 to 5/31: May originally dedicated to Old Roman Goddess Maia; later dedicated to Christian Lady Mary - Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate. * 5/2 eve to 5/6 eve (5/4 peak): Eta Aquarid Meteor Showers. * 5/3: Taue Matsuri--Shinto rice-planting festival. * 5/3: National Day of Prayer--Day to pray for freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and separation of religion and government throughout the world. * 5/3: World Press Freedom Day--Day to recognize the importance of a free, independent, pluralistic media world-wide, as a fundamental human right and essential to democracy. * 5/4: Birthday of Horace Mann (1796), advocate for universal nonsectarian education. * 5/5 (11:35 p.m. EDT): Full Moon (Flower/Corn-Planting Moon). * 5/5: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that everything you do, or fail to do, affects all sentient beings. * 5/5: Cinco de Mayo--Day celebrating Mexico’s victory over occupying French forces; day to mourn Hispanic victims of exploitation (past and present), make peace, and celebrate empowerment of Hispanic Americans. * 5/6: Shepherd’s Day--Day to meditate on Deity as Lord of Animals - God as Dumuzi (Old Sumerian), Osiris (Old Egyptian), Pan (Old Greek), Veles (Old Slavic) & Shiva Pasupati (Hindu). * 5/8: Christian feast of St. Julian of Norwich (d. 1419), mystic who believed Deity to be Father and Mother, everywhere in everything. * 5/9: Day the world’s nations committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which are causing climate change (1992); day to mourn the failure to reduce these emissions. * 5/10: Death day of Theodore Parker (1860), Unitarian slavery abolitionist and social justice activist. * 5/12: Spring 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. * 5/12: Day the first woman was ordained a rabbi in Conservative Judaism (1985). * 5/12 eve: Vigil for lost mothers; night of mourning and healing. * 5/13: Mothers’ Day--Day to give love and thanks to all mothers; day for all mothers to celebrate motherhood and contemplate their sacred duty to provide for the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual needs of their children. * 5/13: Day the Humanist Manifesto was published (1933). It exhorts people to affirm life, not deny it; engage life, not flee from it; and work towards the happiness of self and all. * 5/14 (Obs. 4/26): Israel's Independence Day (1948). Israel's founding document promises ethnic, religious, and gender equality. * 5/14 to 5/16: Rogation Days--Christian days of prayer for bountiful crops, sustainable development, and healing of environmental abuses. * 5/15: Dakinis’ Day--Day Tantric Buddhists make offerings to the Dakinis and Mother Tantra; day to unite will and power to manifest positive social change and environmental healing. * 5/15: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Ochossi, Orisha of Animals. Yorubas/Santeros celebrate with drumming, ecstatic dancing, and possession trance. * 5/15: Family Day--Day to celebrate family and reach out to estranged family members. * 5/15: Peace Officers Memorial Day--Day to honor all police officers who served honorably and died in the line of duty, enforcing the law and protecting the people from criminals. * 5/17 (OC 5/24): Ascension Day--Christian feast marking Lord Jesus’ ascension into Heaven. * 5/17: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as ‘Azamat - Grandeur. Baha’is believe in the oneness of all religions. * 5/17: Day the Supreme Court concluded that ethnic-based segregation of schools violates the U.S. Constitution (1954). * 5/17: Day Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war ended (2009); vigil for true peace, religious tolerance, and equal rights for all in Sri Lanka. * 5/18: Feast of Old Greek God Pan, who represents the masculine in Nature and protects men throughout their lives. * 5/18: Endangered Species Day--Day to advocate for preservation of endangered species and their habitats. * 5/18: Day Fr. Matthew Fox nailed his own 95 Theses to the door of the church where Martin Luther nailed his theses, to spur an eco-egalitarian Christian reformation (2005). * 5/19: Old Celtic/Irish feast in which sacred healing wells and springs were adorned with flowers in honor of Goddess Brigid, daughter of Mother Goddess Danu and Father God Dagda. The Celts also threw offerings into the wells and springs. * 5/19: Day the first woman was ordained a rabbi in Reconstructionist Judaism (1974). * 5/20 (4:56 p.m. to 10:49 p.m. EDT): Annular Solar Eclipse (visible in North America). * 5/20 (7:47 p.m. EDT): New Moon. * 5/20: Day the Supreme Court concluded that, under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, freedom of religious belief is absolute, but the freedom to act on that belief is subject to nondiscriminatory laws intended to promote public safety, health, or general welfare of the community (1940). * 5/20: Day the Supreme Court recognized that discrimination against lesbians and gays violates the U.S. Constitution (1996). * 5/20 to 5/23: Iroquois Strawberry Ceremony--in thanksgiving for the strawberry harvest. Iroquois consider themselves kin to all of Nature. * 5/21: Beginning of Gemini (the Twins/Lovers/Partners). * 5/21: Cultural Diversity Day--Day to celebrate cultural differences (including positive traditions, language, art, song, dance, food, and clothing) of African, Asian, Oceanic, Middle Eastern, European, Hispanic, and Native American peoples. * 5/21: Death day of Jane Addams (1935), social worker, feminist, and peace advocate. * 5/21 eve to 5/22 eve: Remembrance day for Sufi saint Haji Bektash (d. 1337). He initiated women into his order equally with men and advocated gender equality in Islamic society. * 5/22: Biological Diversity Day--Day to recognize that the survival of humanity is dependent on the survival of the many diverse species on the Earth: The extinction of other species will bring about our own extinction. * 5/22: Remembrance day for Moses de Leon (1240-1305), Kabbalistic mystic. He compiled the Zohar, a Kabbalistic commentary on the Torah. * 5/22: Day to mourn Pope John Paul II’s edict barring women from the priesthood in the Catholic Church (2004). Catholic women still advocate for women’s ordination. * 5/22: Vigil for peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in Yemen. * 5/23: Birthday of Margaret Fuller (1810), Transcendentalist and feminist who argued that women, as well as men, have immortal souls. * 5/24 eve to 5/25 eve: Feast of Old Greek Deities Aphrodite and Eros--Day to honor love and passion. * 5/25: Day Pope John Paul II reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s commitment to ecumenism (1995). * 5/26 eve to 5/28 eve: Shavuot/Feast of First Fruits--Jewish festival of thanksgiving for the first fruits of the grain harvest. Originally, loaves of bread were offered to Elohim. Also commemorates Moses’ receipt of the Ten Commandments. * 5/27 (OC 6/3): Pentecost/Whitsunday--Christian feast celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the male and female disciples of Lord Jesus; honors Her as the Paraclete, Grace, Wisdom, Justice, and Providence. * 5/27: Birthday of Rachel Carson (1907), biologist who began the environmental movement. * 5/28 (OC 6/4): Day of the Holy Spirit--Christian celebration of the Holy Spirit. * 5/28: Memorial Day--Day to honor all soldiers who fought honorably and died in war, to mourn all of war's victims, and to contemplate all the horrors of war. * 5/29: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on Bodhisattva Goddess Red Tara, protector against evil and harm. * 5/29: Death day of Baha’i Prophet Baha’u’llah (1892). Baha’u’llah believed Deity to be male, female, and beyond gender. * 5/29: Vigil for peace, freedom of religion, and respect for the human rights of all in Nigeria. * 5/31: Christian feast of Our Lady, Queen of Heaven. * 5/31 eve: Vigil for lost spouses/partners; night of mourning and healing.

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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