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
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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
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- 2016
Social Justice /
Human Rights /

Feminist
Dates
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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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September 2016...

* 8/29 to 9/5: Paryusana--Jain festival of recitation of holy scripture, fasting, self-discipline, introspection, and reserve. * 9/1 (5:03 a.m. EDT): New Moon. * 9/1: Day to pray about, commit to, and act on, lifestyle and consumption changes to stop extinction, waste, overharvest, pollution, and climate change. * 9/2 eve to 10/2 eve: Elul--Jewish month of self-reflection, peace-making, and renewal. Elul‑Rosh Hashanah Truce (through Yom Kippur). * 9/3: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that harm to the Earth and sentient beings results from ignorance of interdependence. * 9/3: Day gender discrimination was outlawed world-wide (1981); day to mourn all manifestations of sexism. * 9/4 eve to 9/5 eve: Feast of Old Greek Deities Aphrodite and Hermes--Day to honor the divine feminine and divine masculine in harmony. * 9/5: Labor Day--Day to reflect on the sacredness of all work and the value of ethical, meaningful employment. * 9/5 to 9/15: Ganesha Chaturthi--Hindu festival honoring God Ganesha (son of Goddess Parvati and God Shiva) as the Challenger - creator and remover of obstacles. * 9/6: Birthday of Efua Dorkenoo, African women’s rights activist and mother of the global movement to end female genital mutilation (1949). * 9/6: Day Latin American Catholic Bishops espoused Liberation Theology (1968). They believed that the Gospel requires Christians to aid the poor and oppressed in the struggle for economic and social justice. * 9/7 eve to 9/14 eve: Hajj--Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca to honor Allah. Hajj Truce (through Eid al‑Adha). * 9/8 (OC 9/21): Birthday of Blessed Mary, catalyst of liberation and redemption. * 9/8: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as ‘Izzat - the Almighty. * 9/8: Animal Day--Day to honor all creatures of the land and to meditate on Deity manifesting as animals. * 9/8: Death day of Mother Ann Lee (1784), mystic and founder of the Shakers, who worshipped with ecstatic dance and song, and believed Deity to be Father, Son, Mother, and Daughter. * 9/9: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on Bodhisattva Goddess Gold Tara, provider of all sustenance and necessities. * 9/9: Christian feast of St. Joachim, father of Blessed Mary and grandfather of Blessed Jesus; guide of grandfathers and elderly men. * 9/9: Vigil for respect for the human rights of all in North Korea. * 9/9 eve to 9/12 eve: Eid al-Adha--Muslim festival of sacrifice to Allah for the good of all. * 9/10: Birthday of Thomas Thayer (1812), Universalist who believed Deity to be at work in evolution and continuing Creation. * 9/10 eve: Vigil for lost grandparents; night of mourning and healing. * 9/11: Grandparents’ Day--Day to give love and thanks to all grandparents; day for all grandparents to celebrate their age and contemplate their sacred duty to share their wisdom with the young. * 9/11: Day to mourn all victims of terrorism. * 9/12 eve to 9/13 eve: Demokratia--Old Greek festival celebrating democracy, constitutional government, and justice under law. Zeus Agoraios, Athena Agoraias, and Themis were honored. * 9/12 to 9/16: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Spenta Armaiti, creator and protector of Earth. * 9/12 to 9/18: Green Building Week. * 9/13: Day to mourn the subjection of women and girls in the U.S. to rape, domestic violence, and other gender‑based violence. * 9/13: Day Israelis and Palestinians committed to peaceful coexistence (1993); vigil for true peace, justice, religious tolerance, and human rights for all in the Middle East. * 9/13 eve to 9/22 eve: Greater Eleusinian Mysteries--Old Greek festival recalling Goddess Demeter’s search for Her missing daughter Kore. * 9/14: Birthday of Margaret Sanger (1883), non-violent advocate for education, autonomy, and responsibility concerning sexuality, reproduction, and birth control. * 9/15: Democracy Day--Day to celebrate democratic systems of government throughout the world. * 9/16 (3:05 p.m. EDT): Full Moon (Harvest Moon). * 9/16: Ozone Preservation Day--Day to recognize that the survival of humanity is dependent on preservation of the ozone layer (a fragile shield of gas that protects the Earth from the harmful rays of the Sun). * 9/16 to 9/24: Navajo Sing--Festival in thanksgiving for the harvest. Estsanatlehi/Changing Woman is believed to represent life, and is manifested in the harvest. * 9/17: International Coastal Cleanup Day. * 9/17: Christian feast of St. Hildegard von Bingen (d. 1179), mystic who sang praises to the Holy Spirit as Grace (Caritas) and Wisdom (Sapientia). She recognized the Holy Spirit to be the feminine aspect of the Holy Trinity, and found Her everywhere in Nature. * 9/17: Constitution Day--Day the U.S. Constitution was signed (1787), ensuring that the U.S. would be a democracy governed by the rule of law. * 9/19: Appearance of Our Lady of La Salette, Mother of the Harvest (France 1846). * 9/21: International Day of Peace--Day to demonstrate for peace with justice throughout the world. * 9/22 (10:21 a.m. EDT): Autumn Equinox--Marks the beginning of Autumn and point of equal daylight and darkness; celebrates the bounty of Mother Earth with feasting and aiding those in need. * 9/22: Old Slavic Dozhinki--At the end of the grain harvest, God Jarilo betrays Goddess Morana, and he returns to the realm of the dead. Morana’s anger and sadness causes the world to become dark, cold, and dead. * 9/22: World Car-Free Day--Walk, bike, or take mass transit everywhere! * 9/22: Day the world’s nations committed to protecting the sky’s ozone layer from harmful chemicals (1988); day to mourn continuing air pollution. * 9/22 to 9/23: Coya Rayni--Inca festival honoring Moon Goddess Quilla; focus is on purging sickness and evil. * 9/23: Beginning of Libra (the Scales of Lady Justice). * 9/23: Taoist festival honoring the Shen of Winds, West, and Autumn; thanksgiving is made for the harvest. Taoists believe the unity of Yin (Eternal Feminine) and Yang (Eternal Masculine) make up the psyche-matter-energy of the eternal all-encompassing Ch’i. * 9/23: Aki-no-Higan--Day Japanese Buddhists mark the time of change by meditating on the impermanence of life. * 9/23: Indigenous Peoples’ Day--Day for honoring Native Americans and their life-affirming spiritual traditions. * 9/23: Vigil for freedom of religion in Saudi Arabia. * 9/24: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Obatala, Orisha of Peace and Justice. * 9/24: National Estuaries Day--Celebrate the beauty and life that lives where rivers meet the sea. * 9/25: Old Egyptian festival of Neter Amen-Ra-Atem, the Great God, and Neteret Amenet-Rait-Mut, the Great Goddess. * 9/25: World Rivers Day--Immerse yourself and feel the flow of life. * 9/25: Day Pope Francis called for Christian evangelizing to focus on service to humanity - rather than conversion (2014). * 9/27: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as Mashiyyat - Divine Will. * 9/27 eve to 9/28 eve: Old Greek festival honoring Gaia and the Nymphs (the male and female Spirits of Nature). * 9/28: Birthday of Confucius (K’ung Fu-Tzu) (551 BCE). He taught that societal harmony could be realized when individuals acted with loving care for family, concern for friends and neighbors, benevolence to strangers, and respect for all. * 9/28: Good Neighbor Day. * 9/29: Feast of Michael, Angel of Protection, and Uriel, Angel of Justice. * 9/30 (8:12 p.m. EDT): New Moon. * 9/30: Christian feast of Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom), Soul of the Universe, and source of faith, hope, and love. * 9/30: Birthday of Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207), Sufi saint and poet. He believed the soul to be one with Deity, and thought ecstatic experience of Deity could be attained with music, whirling dance, and chanting Deity’s holy names. * 9/30: Birthday of Elhanan Winchester (1751), Universalist who exhorted people to lives of personal ethics and social reform. * 9/30 eve: Old European feast of the Triple Goddess (Goddess of the Moon and the Seasons), marking the transformation of the Mother into the Crone. * 9/30 to 10/3: Iroquois Squash Ceremony--in thanksgiving for the squash harvest.

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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