* 2/27 to 3/12: Losar/Tibetan Buddhist New Year (Year 2144: the Fire Bird) & 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. * 3/1: Great American Weigh In--Day to commit to a healthy diet and daily exercise. * 3/1: Day the production and use of landmines was outlawed world-wide (1999); day to mourn their victims. * 3/1 to 3/31: Gender Equality Month--Time to honor both genders; time to meditate on the equality of women and men, on the respect due to both women and men, and on Goddess-God manifesting as woman and man. * 3/1 to 4/15 (OC 2/27 to 4/7): 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). * 3/2: Beginning of the Prudhoe Bay oil spill (2006), which showed why oil pipelines are a threat to the environment. * 3/2 to 3/20: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as ‘Ala’ - Loftiness. Followed by the Fast - time of purification by fasting from sunrise to sunset. ‘Ala’ Truce (through Naw Ruz). * 3/4: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that you are connected to each and every sentient being that has ever existed. * 3/4 eve to 3/5 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis - as creatrix, midwife of birthing creatures, protector of the young, and punisher of child abusers. * 3/5: Old Romano-Egyptian festival honoring Goddess Isis as Lady of the Moon and Ruler of the Sea. * 3/5: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on and emulate Bodhisattva Goddess Green Tara’s loving-kindness to self and others. * 3/5: Day commemorating the birth of Taoist Lao-Tzu (570? BCE). Taoists live simply and tranquilly, respect life, and recognize the equality of all. * 3/8: International Women’s Day--Day to mourn victims of gender-based oppression and misogyny (past and present), make peace, and celebrate women’s empowerment. * 3/8: Vigil for peace, democratic government, and respect for the human rights of all in Syria, where “Islamic State” commits abuses in the name of religion. * 3/8 eve to 3/12 eve: Jewish fast of Esther, Shabbat, and fest of Purim--Recalls a planned massacre of Persian Jews and their deliverance by Queen Esther; time for helping those in need. * 3/8 to 3/13: Holi--Hindu festival celebrating the courting of God Shiva by Goddess Parvati, and the efforts on Her behalf by Kama (God of Love) and Rati (Goddess of Passion). * 3/9: Day slavery was outlawed world-wide (1927); day to mourn its continued existence. * 3/9 eve to 3/12 eve: Anthesteria--Old Greek festival honoring Dionysos as Plouton, God of the Dead, and welcoming the visiting dead from Elysium. * 3/10: Death day of Harriet Tubman (1913), who risked her life to guide slaves to freedom. * 3/12 (2:00 a.m.): Daylight Savings Time begins - set clocks ahead 1 hour. * 3/12 (10:54 a.m. EDT): Full Moon (Leaf/Seedling Moon). * 3/13: Birthday of Joseph Priestley (1733), Unitarian who found Biblical basis for belief in a unitary Deity, and believed Jesus to be Deity’s Great Prophet. * 3/14: Sikh New Year (Nanakshahi Era 549 begins). * 3/15 to 3/21: Old Anglo-Teutonic festival of Goddess Ostara, celebrating the annual rebirth. Her Hare gave gifts of eggs - signifying rebirth. * 3/16: Chinese Buddhist festival of Bodhisattva Kuan Yin; celebrates Her “birth.” She declared women the spiritual equals of men. * 3/16 to 3/20: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Spenta Mainyu, creator and protector of humans. * 3/17: St. Patrick’s Day--Old European festival marking rebirth of the Green Man (God as deciduous vegetation); merged with the Christian feast of St. Patrick. * 3/18: Day the first bat mitzvah occurred - in Reconstructionist Judaism (1922). * 3/18: Day the first woman served as imam, leading a public, mixed-gender, Muslim congregation in Jum’ah prayer, and delivering the sermon (2005). * 3/18 eve to 3/25 eve: Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries--Old Greek festival celebrating the marriage of Goddess Kore and God Dionysos, following their return from Elysium. * 3/19: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Osanyin, Orisha of Deciduous Vegetation. * 3/19: Christian feast of St. Joseph, partner of Blessed Mary and foster-father of Blessed Jesus - honors him as nurturer, teacher, protector, and guide of all fathers. * 3/19 to 3/23: Old Roman festival of Goddess Minerva - as font of artistic inspiration. * 3/20 (6:29 a.m. EDT): Spring Equinox--Marks the beginning of Spring and point of equal daylight and darkness; celebrates first, annual, and perpetual Creation with egg hunts and exchanges. * 3/20: Old Slavic Jare--God Jarilo reunites with Goddess Morana. Their love and happiness bring the world light, warmth, and fertility. * 3/20: Vigil for peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in Iraq, where “Islamic State” commits abuses in the name of religion. * 3/20: Day Pope Francis urged members of all religions and those who have no religion to unite to defend peace, justice, and the environment (2013). * 3/20 to 3/26: National Wildlife Week--Time to watch for wildlife in the wild. * 3/21: Zoroastrian New Year and celebration of Divine Spirit Asha Vahishta, creator and protector of fire. * 3/21: Nowruz--Persian New Year. * 3/21: Naw Ruz--Baha’i New Year (Year 173) and feast honoring the one Deity as Baha - Splendor. * 3/21: Beginning of Aries (the Ram/Ewe/Lamb). * 3/21: Taoist festival honoring the Shen (Deities) of Water, East, and Spring; prayers are made for growth. Taoists seek enlightenment and live in harmony with Nature. * 3/21: Haru-no-Higan--Day Japanese Buddhists mark the time of change by meditating on the impermanence of death. * 3/21: World Forest Day--Day to celebrate the complex living community of trees, plants, birds, and mammals that live in forests world-wide. * 3/22: World Water Day--Day to recognize the world’s dependence on clean fresh water. * 3/23: Vigil for the protection of women in Pakistan from “honor killings”, dowry killings, female infanticide, domestic violence, rape, acid attacks, and other gender-based violence. * 3/25: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Oshun, Orisha of Passion and Fertility. * 3/25 (OC 4/7): Annunciation Day--Christian feast commemorating Blessed Mary’s fiat - choosing to conceive Child Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. * 3/26: Christian feast of Blessed Mary, partner of St. Joseph and mother of Blessed Jesus - honors her as nurturer, teacher, protector, and guide of all mothers. * 3/26: Birthday of Joseph Campbell (1904), who found Deity within all religions and myths. * 3/26: Day production and use of biological weapons was outlawed world-wide (1975); day to mourn their victims. * 3/27 (10:57 p.m. EDT): New Moon. * 3/27 to 3/30: Iroquois Thunder Ceremony--in thanksgiving for the rains. Iroquois believe Awenhai/Sky Woman descended from the Sky and created Earth. * 3/28: Death day of Scott Cunningham (1993), who taught a reverent, ethical, egalitarian, and ecological form of Wicca. * 3/28 eve to 3/29 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. * 3/28 to 4/5: Navaratri--Hindu festival honoring Great Goddess Maha Devi as Gauri - life, growth, and fruition. Tantric Hindus recognize gender equality and reject caste. * 3/29: Birthday of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise (1819), who founded Reform Judaism. * 3/30: Day the U.S. Constitution’s 15th Amendment went into effect, recognizing the right of all ethnic peoples to vote (1870). * 3/31: Transgender Visibility Day--Day to mourn the discrimination, harassment, and persecution that transgender people are subjected to. * 3/31: Birthday of Cesar Chavez (1927), who won recognition of migrant workers’ rights through organization and non-violent protest. * 3/31: Vigil to mourn China’s annexation of Tibet (1959) and the killings, torture, and religious persecution of Tibetan Buddhists.
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THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2017
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2016 Marija Miovski