Year 2015
Calendar
By Month...  JAN ~ FEB ~ MAR ~ APR ~ MAY ~ JUN ~ JUL ~ AUG ~ SEP ~ OCT ~ NOV ~ DEC
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Year 2015
Calendar
By Tradition...
Jewish - Kabbalah
Holidays - 2015
Christian -
Ecumenical Mysticism /
Wisdom Tradition

Holidays - 2015
Unitarian Universalist
Holidays - 2015
Muslim - Sufi
Holidays - 2015
Baha'i Holidays - 2015
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Hindu Holidays - 2015
Jain & Sikh
Holidays - 2015
Buddhist Holidays - 2015
Taoist & Shinto
Holidays - 2015
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African &
Middle-Eastern
Holidays:
Ancient Egyptian,
Santeria, Zoroastrian - 2015
Native American
(Iroquois, Navajo

& Pueblo)
& Meso American
(Inca, Mayan & Aztec)
Holidays
- 2015
Pagan Holidays:
Old Religions of Europe

(Greek, Roman, Slavic,
Celtic, Anglo-Teutonic
& Norse) - 2015
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Deep Ecology /
Environmentalist
Dates
- 2015
Social Justice /
Human Rights /

Feminist
Dates
- 2015
Peace /
Disarmament
Dates
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Solar & Lunar Cycles,
Eclipse & Helions
- 2015
Meteor Showers - 2015
Visible Planets - 2015
Astrological Periods - 2015
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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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April 2015...

* 3/26 to 4/4: Navapad Oli. * 4/1: Veneralia--Old Roman festival celebrating Venus (Goddess of Peace) vanquishing Mars (God of War) with love. * 4/1: Vigil for freedom of religion in Iran. * 4/1: Day that same-sex marriage was first legally recognized (2001). * 4/2: Day commemorating the birth of Mahavira Vardhamana Jnatrputra (599 BCE), founder of the Jain faith. Jainas avoid aggression and practice harmlessness, simplicity, and charity to attain enlightenment and unity with Deity. * 4/2: Day the Arms Trade Treaty was adopted (2013), to regulate the international trade in conventional arms, to foster peace and security in areas of conflict, and to prevent human rights abusers and law of war violators from obtaining arms. * 4/2 (OC 4/9): Maundy Thursday/Last Supper of Savior Jesus--He washed the feet of His male and female disciples, gave them bread and wine as His body and blood, told them to love one another, and told of the Paraclete who would come after Him. * 4/3 (OC 4/10): Passion Friday--Fast day to mourn the torture and killing of Savior Jesus by civil and religious authorities, and to contemplate the sacrifice made for the liberation and redemption of all. * 4/3 eve to 4/11 eve: Passover/Pesach--Jewish festival recalling their deliverance from slavery in Egypt and celebrating freedom from oppression. Passover Truce: Time to cease all forms of conflict (at least temporarily), extend a greeting to your adversary, and share a seder for peace. * 4/4 (5:00 a.m. to 11:01 a.m. EDT): Total Lunar Eclipse (visible in North America). * 4/4 (8:06 a.m. EDT): Full Moon (White/Virgin Moon). * 4/4: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that the joys and suffering of others are your joys and suffering. * 4/4 (OC 4/11): Holy Saturday--Vigil remembering Savior Jesus in His cave tomb. * 4/5 (OC 4/12): Easter/Pascha--Christian celebration of Lord Jesus' resurrection by the power of the Holy Spirit. * 4/6: Day the Hutus began genocidal massacres of Tutsis in Rwanda (1994); vigil for true peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in Africa. * 4/7: Chinese Buddhist festival of Bodhisattva Kuan Yin; celebrates Her "birth." She declared women the spiritual equals of men. * 4/7: World Health Day--Day to pray for healing of all those chronically and seriously ill; day to advocate for adequate health care for all. * 4/7: Birthday of William Wordsworth (1770), poet and mystic who found connection with Deity while communing with Nature. * 4/7: Birthday of William Ellery Channing (1780), Unitarian who believed all concepts of Deity to be aspects of the one Deity, and preached religious tolerance. * 4/8: Hana Matsuri--Shinto rite honoring the Kami of Flowers. * 4/9: Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as Jalal - Glory. * 4/11: Day Pope John XXIII called for world peace, recognition of human rights, and justice under law (1963). He recognized that peace will only be realized when social justice is realized. * 4/11: Day France banned Islamic face coverings, undermining Muslim women's autonomy and freedom of religious expression (2011). * 4/12: Day the first woman was ordained a rabbi in Orthodox Judaism (2006). * 4/13: Day the Fishery Conservation and Management Act was enacted (1976); day to give thanks for the fish and seafood we eat. * 4/14: Cetacean Day--Day to honor all creatures of the sea and to meditate on Deity manifesting as sea creatures. * 4/14: Day the Sikh Khalsa was created (1699). Men and women initiated into the Khalsa seek harmony with the Divine through introspection and service to the dispossessed. * 4/14 to 4/25 (I 4/23): Old Norse Summer Days Feast--Offerings were made to the Deities (particularly Odin, Thor, and Freyr) for success, peace, and plenty. * 4/15: Tax Day--Day to give back to the community for the benefits of community. * 4/16: Holocaust Remembrance Day--Day to mourn Jewish victims of genocide and anti-Semitism, make peace, and celebrate empowerment of Jewish Americans - and Jews everywhere. * 4/17: Day Cambodia fell to the Khmer Rouge, who caused the deaths of more than a million civilians (1975); vigil for true peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in East Asia. * 4/18 (2:57 p.m. EDT): New Moon. * 4/18: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on the Buddha's teachings and strive to fulfill the Precepts. The Buddha taught an Eightfold Path to enlightenment - right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. * 4/18 to 4/21: Iroquois Corn-Planting Ceremony--in thanksgiving for the corn seed. * 4/19 eve to 4/20 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. * 4/20: Beginning of Taurus (the Bull/Cow/Calf). * 4/20: Beginning of the Gulf of Mexico oil drilling disaster (2010), which showed why oil drilling off the coast is a threat to the environment. * 4/20 eve to 4/23 eve (4/21 peak): Lyrid Meteor Showers. * 4/21: Akshay Tritiya--Final day of Jain fast; day of Jain pilgrimage. * 4/21: Birthday of John Muir (1838), naturalist and conservationist. * 4/21 to 5/2: Ridvan--Baha'i celebration of Baha'u'llah's declaration identifying himself as the New Prophet. * 4/22: Earth Day--Day to honor the Earth and to meditate on Deity manifesting as Mother Earth. * 4/22: Day the world's nations guaranteed asylum to those persecuted in their homelands (1954). * 4/22 eve to 4/23 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Aphrodite--Day to honor peace and compassion. * 4/23: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Ogun, Orisha of Self-reliance and Industrious Labor. * 4/23: Day to take your children to work to teach them the value of self-sufficiency. * 4/24: Arbor Day--Day to honor trees, to plant trees, and to meditate on Deity manifesting as trees. *  4/24: Day the genocidal massacres of Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians began in Ottoman Turkey (1915); vigil for true peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in Greater Anatolia. * 4/24 eve to 4/25 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis, who represents the feminine in Nature and protects women throughout their lives. * 4/26: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on Bodhisattva Deities Avalokitesvara and Green Tara, consciousness and empowerment of Compassion. Buddhists recognize the equality of all sentient beings. * 4/26: Beginning of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster (1986), which showed why nuclear power is not a safe energy source. * 4/26 eve to 4/27 eve: Feast of God Poseidon, Goddess Amphritrite, and all Old Greek Gods and Goddesses of the seas. * 4/26 to 5/3: Mayan Rain Festival--honoring Rain God Chac and His attendant Chacmool, and welcoming the fructifying rains. * 4/27: Death day of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1882), Transcendentalist Unitarian who believed in equality, self reliance, and the immanence of Deity in humans and in all Nature. * 4/28: Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as Jamal - Beauty. * 4/28 eve to 5/3 eve: Floralia--Old Roman festival devoted to Flora, Goddess of Flowers. * 4/29: Day production and use of chemical weapons was outlawed world-wide (1997); day to mourn their victims. * 4/30: Birthday of Hosea Ballou (1771), Deist Universalist who preached that all are Deity's beloved children. * 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. * 4/30 eve to 5/5 eve: Mid-Spring/May Day/Walpurgis.

 

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THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2015
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2014 Marija Miovski
www.WheeloftheYear.com