* 9/28 eve to 10/7 eve: Greater Eleusinian Mysteries. * 9/29 to 10/7: Navajo Sing. * 9/30 eve to 10/7 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. * 10/1: Vigil for freedom of religion in China. * 10/1: World Habitat Day--Day to recognize the necessity of sanitary, non-toxic, and environmentally-sustainable shelter; day to advocate for adequate shelter for all. * 10/1 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: 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! * 10/4: Chinese Buddhist festival of Goddess Kuan Yin; celebrates Her attainment of Bodhisattvahood. * 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. * 10/5: Day honoring Zen Buddhist philosopher Bodhidharma (470-543), who believed one could attain Buddhahood by realizing one’s own Buddha nature. * 10/6: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that fear and hatred of others results from ignorance of interconnectedness. * 10/7: Vigil for peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in Afghanistan. * 10/7 eve to 10/8 eve: Shemini Atzeret/Feast of Assembly--Jewish festival of praise and thanksgiving for life-giving rain. * 10/8 eve to 10/9 eve: Simchat Torah/Rejoicing with the Torah--Jewish festival celebrating the Torah. * 10/8 to 10/14: 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. * 10/9: Vigil for peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in Uganda. * 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. 10/8): 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 eve to 10/13 eve: Old Greek festival honoring Gaia and the Nymphs (the male and female Spirits of Nature). * 10/12 to 10/16: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Ameretat, creator and protector of vegetation. * 10/13: 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. * 10/13: Final appearance of Our Lady of Fatima, Lady of Oracles and Miracles (Portugal 1917). * 10/14 to 10/28 (I 10/27): 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 (8:02 a.m. EDT): New Moon. * 10/15 eve: Old European feast of the Triple Goddess (Goddess of the Moon and the Seasons), marking the transformation of the Mother into the Crone. * 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. * 10/16: 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 to 10/24: Navaratri/Durga Puja--Hindu festival of Great Goddess Maha Devi as Durga, Protector of the Powerless; celebrates Her destruction of evil and restoration of cosmic order. Tantric Hindus recognize gender equality and reject caste. * 10/16 eve to 11/14 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. * 10/17 (A 11/27): Old Egyptian feast of Neteret Hathor, Goddess of Fate. * 10/17: Shukaku Matsuri--Shinto rite offering thanks and first fruits of the rice harvest to the Kami. * 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. * 10/20: 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. * 10/21: Day military attacks on civilians were outlawed world-wide (1950); day to mourn all civilian victims of war. * 10/21: Day the Marine Mammal Protection Act was enacted to protect marine mammals from harassment, hunting, capture, and killing (1972). * 10/21 eve to 10/22 eve: Proerosia--Old Greek festival in which fruits of all the harvest were offered to Goddess Demeter. * 10/22 to 10/29: 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). * 10/22 eve to 10/29 eve: Hajj--Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca to honor Allah. * 10/23: Beginning of Scorpio (the Scorpion). * 10/24: Dussehra--Hindu festival recounting the rescue of Hindu Goddess Sita (avatar of Lakshmi) by God Rama (avatar of Vishnu) from an evil demon. * 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 10/30: World Disarmament Week--Time for peaceful activism to help end the arms race. * 10/25 eve to 10/28 eve: Eid al-Adha--Muslim festival of sacrifice to Allah for the good of all. * 10/26 eve to 10/29 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. * 10/28: 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. * 10/29 (3:50 p.m. EDT): Full Moon (Wolf/Hunting Moon). * 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 11/6 eve: Mid-Autumn/Day of the Dead/Hallowmas--Festival marking the transformation of life to death - the end of the agricultural year, departure of migrating and hibernating animals, and decay and death of vegetal and animal life. Observed by remembering departed ancestors and contemplating one’s own mortality.
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THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2012
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2011 Marija Miovski