* 7/29 eve to 8/17 eve (8/12 peak): Perseid Meteor Showers.
* 7/31 eve to 8/2 eve: Lughnasadh–Old Celtic/Irish Feast of Goddess Tailtiu and God Lugh (Deities of Sustenance and Light). The Celts would throw seven sacred woods into a fire in honor of the Gods and Goddesses. * 7/31 eve to 8/6 eve: Mid-Summer/First Harvest/Lammas–Festival of thanksgiving for the first of the grain harvest; celebrated by offering the first fruits of the grain harvest and prayers for sustenance for all.
* 8/1 (11:27 p.m. EDT): Full Moon (Grain-Harvest/Thunder Moon).
* 8/2 (A 9/12): Old Egyptian festival of Neteru Amen (God of transcendent powers) and Hapi (God of the Nile River); offerings were made to ensure the needed flooding of the Nile River. * 8/2: Feast of the Black Madonna.
* 8/3 eve to 8/4 eve: Synoikia–Old Greek festival celebrating the peaceful cooperation of states. Offerings were made to Aphrodite and Eirene, Goddesses of friendship and peace.
* 8/4: Mindfulness Day–Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that desire for power over others results from ignorance of interdependence. * 8/4 to 8/7: Zuni Corn Dance–in thanksgiving to Mother Earth, the Kokos (Nature Spirits), and the Corn Maidens for the maize harvest.
* 8/6: Day the Voting Rights Act became law (1965) – register to vote! * 8/6 to 8/7 (A 9/16 to 9/17): Old Egyptian festival of Neter Thoth, God of Knowledge and Wisdom.
* 8/7: Gaia Consciousness Day–Day to meditate on Mother Earth as a living planet.
* 8/9: World’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day–Day to celebrate the empowerment of indigenous peoples world-wide; vigil for justice and respect for the social, cultural, and political rights of all indigenous peoples. * 8/9 to 8/10: Sri Krishna Jayanti–Birthday of Hindu God Krishna (avatar of God Vishnu), beloved of Goddess Radha (avatar of Goddess Lakshmi).
* 8/10 eve to 8/15 eve: Panathenaea–Old Greek festival of Goddess Athena – as daughter of Wisdom (Goddess Metis) and font of reason.
* 8/11: Christian feast of St. Clare of Assisi (d. 1253), guide of environmentalists.
* 8/14 eve: Laylat al-Qadr/Night of Power–Commemorates the first revelation of the Qur’an to Muslim Prophet Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel in 610 CE. The Qur’an says: “Let there be no compulsion in religion.”
* 8/15: Kaza Matsuri–Shinto rite honoring the Kami of Wind.
* 8/17 (11:54 a.m. EDT): New Moon.
* 8/18 eve to 8/21 eve: Eid al-Fitr–Muslim festival celebrating the end of Ramadan.
* 8/19: Vinalia–Old Roman festival of thanksgiving for the first of the grape harvest; celebrated by offering the first fruits of the grape harvest and prayers for sustenance for all.
* 8/20: Birth of the White Buffalo (1994), signaling the return of White Buffalo Woman (manifestation of Star Goddess Wohpe) who gave the sacred peace pipe to the Lakota people.
* 8/22: Christian feast of Our Lady, Queen of Angels.
* 8/23: Beginning of Virgo (the Grain Maiden/Man).* 8/23: Feast of the Furies–honoring Nemesis and the Erinyes, Old Greek Goddesses who punish murderers, abusers, and exploiters of others. * 8/23 eve to 8/24 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis – as defender of rights and liberties, and punisher of rapists and oppressors.
* 8/25: Old Roman festival of Goddess Ops, Lady of the Cornucopia, Bounty of the Harvest, and Sustainer of Life.
* 8/26: Day the U.S. Constitution’s 19th Amendment went into effect, recognizing women’s right to vote (1920).
* 8/27: Birthday of Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) (1910), Catholic nun who served the poorest of the poor and saw Deity in each person.
* 8/29 eve to 8/30 eve: Old Greek festival honoring Athena Polias and Zeus Polios as protectors of city and state. * 8/31 (9:58 a.m. EDT): Full Moon (Harvest Moon).
THE MYSTIC’S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2012
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2011 Marija Miovski