* 1/1: New Year’s Day (Gregorian Calendar).
* 12/21 to 1/9: Hopi & Zuni Soyala New Year Festival of purification and renewal.
* 12/25 to 1/5: Yule–Old Anglo-Teutonic festival honoring God Freyr, Goddess Freyja, and God Balder.
* 12/31 to 1/4: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Vohu Manah, creator and protector of animals. Vohu Manah is one of seven male and female divine emanations of Deity Ahura Mazda.
* 1/1: Ethics Day–Day to commit to cultivating personal honor.
* 1/1 to 1/4: Tewa Turtle Dance–celebrating life and the first Creation, when Sky Father embraced Earth Mother and all life was conceived.
* 1/1 eve to 1/4 eve (1/3 peak): Quadrantid Meteor Showers.
* 1/1 to 1/6: Shogatsu/Shinto New Year’s Festival–The Kami (Nature Spirits) of the four directions are honored, and prayers for happiness, good health, and prosperity are made. The Kami are manifestations of the one universal, primordial and eternal, immanent and transcendent Deity, Kuni-Tokotachi-no-Kami.
* 1/4 (9:00 a.m. EST): Earth Perihelion–when the Earth is closest to the Sun.
* 1/6: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on Buddha Deities Amitayus and White Tara, who grant good health and long life. In Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are symbolic abstractions and aspects of Adi-Buddha – the masculine and feminine, transcendent and immanent, omniscient and omnipotent, primordial and eternal Absolute.
* 1/6 (OC 1/19): Epiphany–Christian feast recalling the adoration of Child Jesus by the Magi, and the beginning of Rabbi Jesus’ ministry of love to humanity – when He changed water into wine at Cana.
* 1/7: Koshogatsu–Shinto rite honoring Goddess Izanami, partner of God Izanagi. They created Nature and the Kami.
* 1/7: Mindfulness Day–Zen Buddhist day for being mindful of the peace, joy, and beauty of the moment.
* 1/7: Orthodox Christian Christmas.
* 1/12 to 1/20: Navajo Sing–Festival in preparation for the coming agricultural season; celebrated with prayer, chanting, dancing, and healing.
* 1/14: Makar Sakranti–Beginning of Hindu pilgrimage to holy rivers to bathe and pray, to purify themselves of their sins. Hindus believe all Gods and Goddesses are aspects of the limitless, attributeless, immanent, and transcendent Brahman.
* 1/13 to 1/25 (I 1/20): Old Norse Mid-Winter Feast–Offerings were made to the Deities (particularly Jord, Thor, and Freyr) for growth of crops.
* 1/14 to 1/16: Old Egyptian Festival honoring the unseen Neteru Amen and Amenet. Egyptians perceived the many Gods and Goddesses (Neteru) to be aspects of the one God-Goddess Neter-Neteret. * 1/15: Feast of the Black Christ.
* 1/15: First appearance of Our Lady of Banneux, Virgin of the poor, the sick, and the suffering (Belgium 1933).
* 1/20: Beginning of Aquarius (the Water Bearer).
* 1/22: Day the Supreme Court recognized women’s right to reproductive autonomy (1973).
* 1/24 to 2/1: Sementivae–Old Roman festival of sowing, honoring Earth Goddess Terra, Grain Goddess Ceres, and Seed Goddess Proserpina.
* 1/26 eve to 1/29 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.
* 1/27 eve: Rosh Chodesh–Jewish women gather to worship the Shekhinah, the feminine manifestation of Elohim, the one universal Deity; and to pray and act for peace, social justice, and environmental healing, to bring about Tikkun Olam (reparation of the world and reunification of the Divine).
* 1/27 eve to 1/28 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Hekate, who guides all through transitions and crisis.
* 1/31: Birthday of Fr. Thomas Merton (1915), Catholic mystic and poet, who found Deity in stillness and silence.
* 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 2/3 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.
* 1/31 to 2/8: 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.
THE MYSTIC’S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2017
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2016 Marija Miovski