Year 2016
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Year 2016
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By Tradition...
Jewish - Kabbalah
Holidays - 2016
Christian -
Ecumenical Mysticism /
Wisdom Tradition

Holidays - 2016
Unitarian Universalist
Holidays - 2016
Muslim - Sufi
Holidays - 2016
Baha'i Holidays - 2016
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Hindu Holidays - 2016
Jain & Sikh
Holidays - 2016
Buddhist Holidays - 2016
Taoist & Shinto
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African &
Middle-Eastern
Holidays:
Ancient Egyptian,
Santeria, Zoroastrian - 2016
Native American
(Iroquois, Navajo

& Pueblo)
& Meso American
(Inca, Mayan & Aztec)
Holidays
- 2016
Pagan Holidays:
Old Religions of Europe

(Greek, Roman, Slavic,
Celtic, Anglo-Teutonic
& Norse) - 2016
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Deep Ecology /
Environmentalist
Dates
- 2016
Social Justice /
Human Rights /

Feminist
Dates
- 2016
Peace /
Disarmament
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Solar & Lunar Cycles,
Eclipse & Helions
- 2016
Meteor Showers - 2016
Visible Planets - 2016
Astrological Periods - 2016
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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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February 2016...

* 1/31 eve to 2/2 eve: Imbolc/St. Brigid’s Day--Old Celtic/Irish feast of Goddess Brigid; merged with the Christian feast of St. Brigid. Fires were lit to welcome Her as She traveled about blessing fields, animals, and people. * 1/31 eve to 2/4 eve: Mid-Winter/Groundhog’s Day/Candlemas--Festival marking the transformation from death to life - the beginning of the agricultural year, awakening of hibernating animals, and return of migrating birds and fish. Observed with a candlelight procession to bless fields and seeds, recognition of newborns, and contemplation of life. * 2/1 to 2/7: World Interfaith Harmony Week--Time to learn about the faiths of others and celebrate diversity in spiritual beliefs and practices. * 2/1 to 2/14: Old Greek festival of God Dionysos, in which vines were pruned and sprinkled with wine, accompanied by ritual singing and dancing. * 2/1 to 2/29: February dedicated to Old Roman God-Goddess Februus-Februa - purifier and protector of the home. Homes were cleaned and blessed, offerings of reparation were given, and peace was made. * 2/1 to 2/29: Ethnic Equality Month--Time to honor all peoples and their positive traditions; time to meditate on the equality of all peoples, on the respect due to them, and on God-Goddess manifesting as African, Asian, Oceanic, Middle Eastern, European, Hispanic, and Native American. * 2/2: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Oya, Orisha of Death and Rebirth. * 2/2: World Wetlands Day--Day to celebrate the complex living community of water, plants, fish, birds, and mammals that live in wetlands world-wide. * 2/2: Death day of Marija Gimbutas (1994), archeologist who studied Old European Goddess-God spirituality. * 2/3: Setsubun--Shinto rite in which good fortune is invoked and evil exorcised. * 2/3 to 2/9 (OC 2/29 to 3/6): Carnival/Meat Fare--Christian time of feasting, dancing, and revelry. * 2/6: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that you, and all that is, are in the process of transformation. * 2/6: Day to mourn all the women and children who have been subjected to female genital mutilation. * 2/6 eve to 2/7 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. * 2/7: Sojong Day--Tibetan Buddhist day of fasting, confession, and reparation for harm done. * 2/7: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as Mulk - Sacred Dominion. Baha’is believe in the oneness of all humanity. * 2/7: Birthday of Frederick Douglass (1817), non-violent advocate for the rights of African Americans. * 2/7 eve to 2/10 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. * 2/8 (9:39 a.m. EST): New Moon. * 2/8 to 2/11: Hsih Nien/Suhl/Tet--Chinese and East Asian Lunar New Year (Year 4714: the Monkey). * 2/9 to 2/22: Losar/Tibetan Buddhist New Year (Year 2143: the Fire Monkey) & Monlam Chenmo/Great Prayer Festival--Commemorates miracles performed by the Buddha. Rituals, dances, and sculptures are offered to drive out evil spirits and to protect and benefit all sentient beings. * 2/10: Day the Supreme Court concluded that the U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from favoring one religion over another and from favoring or disfavoring religion (1947). * 2/10 to 3/26 (OC 3/14 to 4/30): Ash Wednesday (Pure Monday) and Lent--Christian time of purification by self-reflection, peace-making, reparation for harm done, and helping those in need. Lenten Truce (through Easter). * 2/11: First appearance of Our Lady of Lourdes, Lady of healing waters (France 1858). * 2/11: Day the first woman was consecrated an Episcopalian bishop in the U.S. (1989). * 2/12: Birthday of Charles Darwin (1809), biologist and evolutionary; day to meditate on the unity of science and spirituality. * 2/12 to 2/20: 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. * 2/13: 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 limitless, attributeless, immanent, and transcendent Brahman. * 2/13: Birthday of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (1835). He advocated a peaceable form of Islam that rejects violent jihad. * 2/13 to 2/15: Lupercalia/St. Valentine’s Day--Old Roman festival of God-Goddess Faunus-Fauna; merged with the Christian feast of St. Valentine - celebrating love of all kinds. * 2/14: Tell your true love how much you love him/her! * 2/14 eve to 2/15 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis - as creatrix, midwife of birthing creatures, protector of the young, and punisher of child abusers. * 2/15: Birthday of Susan B. Anthony (1820), non-violent advocate for the rights of women and African Americans. * 2/17: Toshigoi--Shinto rite honoring the Kami and offering prayers for a bountiful rice harvest. Shinto try to live in harmony with the cosmic forces of the Kami. * 2/18: Death day of Michelangelo (1564), painter of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel (where Our Father is shown embracing Our Mother while reaching out to humanity). * 2/18: Birthday of Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836), Hindu mystic who fervently loved Great Goddess Maha Devi - Mother of God, Mother of Nature, Elemental Matter, and Cosmic Power. He recognized Her immanence in all, and knew Her to be a manifestation of the one universal Deity. * 2/18: Nazi Resistance Day--Day to honor those who resisted Adolph Hitler’s Nazi government during World War II. * 2/18 to 2/19: Old Egyptian festival of Neteret Bastet, Cat Goddess who protects the home and fosters domestic harmony. * 2/19: Beginning of Pisces (the Fishes). * 2/19: Day President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the internment of loyal Japanese Americans during World War II (1942); day to mourn Asian victims of internment and exclusion (past and present), make peace, and celebrate empowerment of Asian Americans. * 2/19 eve to 2/22 eve: Anthesteria--Old Greek festival honoring Dionysos as Plouton, God of the Dead, and welcoming the visiting dead from Elysium. * 2/20: Social Justice Day--Day to affirm that social justice is a moral imperative, encompassing equal rights, freedoms, and protections under law. * 2/22 (1:20 p.m. EST): Full Moon (Leaf/Seedling Moon). * 2/22: Caristia--Old Roman festival for renewing family ties and patching up quarrels. * 2/22 (Obs. 2/15): Birthday of President George Washington (1732), who ensured that the military was subordinate to the civilian government. * 2/22 to 3/1: 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. * 2/26 to 3/1: Ayyam-i-Ha--Baha’is prepare for the Fast with festivities, gift-giving, and helping those in need. * 2/27 eve: Vigil for lost children; night of mourning and healing. * 2/28: Children’s Day--Day to give love and thanks to all children; day for all children to celebrate their youth and contemplate their sacred duty to learn all they can, to aid their parents whenever needed, and to become responsible adults. * 2/28 eve to 3/6 eve: Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries--Old Greek festival celebrating the marriage of Goddess Kore and God Dionysos, following their return from Elysium. * 2/29: Old Slavic Velja Noc--Spirits of the dead visit their living relatives, overseen by Veles, Lord of the Dead. Morana and Jarilo are born. Veles steals Jarilo and raises him in Virey, realm of the dead. * 2/29: Leap year day - make it special!

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THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2016
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2015 Marija Miovski
www.WheeloftheYear.com