* 11/29 to 12/12: Hopi & Zuni Shalako Festival–welcoming back to the pueblos the Kachinas/Kokos – Spirits of Nature and the ancestors that provide protection, health, fertility, and food. Kachina/Koko Dances invoke the Spirits into masked dancers.
* 11/29 to 12/24 (OC 11/28 to 1/6): Advent/Festival of Lights.
* 12/1 eve to 12/2 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Athena – as protector and defender.
* 12/3: Mindfulness Day–Zen Buddhist day for mindfully seeing and acting with compassion for the poor and oppressed.
* 12/7: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on Bodhisattva Goddess White Tara, who guides the dead to Buddha Amitabha’s Pure Land, where all will find salvation.
* 12/7 eve to 12/15 eve (12/14 peak): Geminid Meteor Showers.
* 12/8: Christian feast celebrating St. Anna’s conception of Blessed Mary.
* 12/10 eve to 12/11 eve: Mawlid al-Nabi–Day commemorating the birth of Muslim Prophet Muhammad (570). He conceived Deity to be a compassionate, genderless unity.
* 12/13 (7:06 p.m. EST): Full Moon (Snow/Fire Moon).
* 12/13: Feast of the Light-bringer–honoring Goddess as Juno Lucina (Old Roman) & Lucia (Old Swedish); merged with the Christian feast of St. Lucia.
* 12/14: Christian feast of St. John of the Cross (d. 1591), whose suffering – for advocating church reform – generated mystical union with Deity.
* 12/15: Old Egyptian festival of Neteret Amenet-Rait-Mut, the primordial Great Mother.
* 12/15: Day the Bill of Rights became part of the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing fundamental rights to all (1791).
* 12/16 to 12/24: Christmas Novena/Las Posadas–Christian remembrance of the journey of Blessed Mary and St. Joseph to Bethlehem and their taking refuge in a cave-stable.
. * 12/17 to 12/23: Saturnalia/Opalia–Old Roman festival honoring God Saturn (the weak Sun) & Goddess Ops (the fallow Earth); celebrated with gift-giving, revelry, and abolishment of all class distinctions.
* 12/17 eve to 12/24 eve (12/22 peak): Ursid Meteor Showers.
* 12/21 (5:44 a.m. EST): Winter Solstice/Solar New Year–Marks the beginning of Winter and the shortest day and longest night of the year; celebration of the darkness with dancing near the hearth fire.
* 12/21 to 12/22: Old European Festival of Evergreen Trees; merged into International Arbor Day. Celebrated by planting trees and hanging wreaths (symbols of eternal life).
* 12/21 to 12/25: Old Romano-Egyptian festival of Goddess Isis giving birth to God Horus.
* 12/21 to 1/9: Hopi & Zuni Soyala New Year Festival of purification and renewal. Homes are cleaned, fires doused, and personal restraint is observed.
* 12/22: Beginning of Capricorn (the Goat).
* 12/22: Taoist festival honoring Wang-Mu/Empress Mother, Mother of Compassion and Wisdom, and manifestation of the Tao (Cosmic Power of Creation and Destruction). Also celebrates the peak of the feminine Yin half of the year and the Shen of Earth, North, and Winter; prayers are made for rest and renewal, and offerings are made to the Cosmos.
* 12/22: Tohji-Taisai–Shinto rite honoring Sun Goddess Amaterasu. Storm God Susano-o angered Her, and She withdrew into a cave until enticed out with music and dance.
* 12/24 eve: Mother Night–Christian vigil for the laboring Blessed Mary.
* 12/24 eve to 1/1 eve: Hanukkah/Festival of Lights–Jewish festival commemorating a victory in their struggle for religious freedom and rededication of the second Temple of Jerusalem to Elohim. Menorah candles are lit.
* 12/25 to 1/5: Yule–Old Anglo-Teutonic festival honoring Freyr and Freyja (Deities of Fertility) and the newborn Balder (God of Light), son of Frigga and Odin. Celebrated with evergreens, fires, and feasting.
* 12/26 to 1/1: Kwanzaa–Festival celebrating positive African traditions; emphasizes unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
* 12/29 (1:53 a.m. EST): New Moon.
* 12/31: Oharai/Grand Purification Festival–Shinto rite exorcising evil from the world. Devotees are purified from offenses committed.
* 12/31 eve: New Year’s Eve–Vigil for the new year; night for self evaluation and resolving to better oneself.
THE MYSTIC’S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2016
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2015 Marija Miovski