* 6/1: Mindfulness Day–Zen Buddhist day for mindfully seeing the interdependence of all things at all times.
* 6/1 to 6/30: June dedicated to Old Roman Goddess Juno – partner of Jove (God of Happiness), protector of marriage and family, and punisher of abusive and adulterous spouses.
* 6/6: First appearance of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Compassionate Mother who answers all pleas (France 1830).
* 6/7 to 6/15: Vestalia–Old Roman festival honoring Goddess Vesta. Women made food offerings at the sacred hearths of home and temple.
* 6/8 (11:56 a.m. EDT): New Moon.
* 6/8: World Oceans Day–Day to recognize the world’s dependence on the oceans for food and medicine; day to advocate for the sustainable management of all ocean resources and for an end to the pollution of the oceans with toxins and trash.
* 6/8 eve: Old European feast of the Triple Goddess (Goddess of the Moon and the Seasons), marking the transformation of the Virgin into the Mother.
* 6/8 to 6/11: Iroquois Strawberry Ceremony–in thanksgiving for the strawberry harvest. Iroquois consider themselves kin to all of Nature.
* 6/11 eve to 6/12 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Athena – as protector and defender.
* 6/13: Old Egyptian feast of Neteret Hathor, Goddess of Love and Fertility.
* 6/13: Christian feast of St. Anthony (d. 1231), guardian of the poor and the powerless, and guide of social justice activists.
* 6/15: Suijin Matsuri–Shinto rite honoring the Kami of Water.
* 6/15 eve: Vigil for lost fathers; night of mourning and healing.
* 6/16: Fathers’ Day–Day to give love and thanks to all fathers; day for all fathers to celebrate fatherhood and contemplate their sacred duty to provide for the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual needs of their children.
* 6/17: Day to celebrate Starhawk’s work in reclaiming the Goddess and raising Goddess-consciousness. She teaches an eco-egalitarian form of Wicca.
* 6/20 to 6/21: Inti Rayni–Inca festival honoring Sun God Inti.
* 6/20 to 6/21: Feast of the Great Spirit/Great Mystery that encompasses Mother Earth and Father Sky – honoring Deity as Orenda (Iroquois), Asgaya Galun Lati (Cherokee), Wakan Tanka (Lakota) & Awonawilona (Zuni).
* 6/20 to 6/23: Lakota Sun Dance–Festival of prayer, fasting, dancing, and healing in honor of Sun God Wi; offerings are also made to Maka/Mother Earth and Haokah/Father Sky. Lakotas believe all Deities are aspects of Creator Takuskanskan.
* 6/21 (1:04 a.m. EDT): Summer Solstice–Marks the beginning of Summer and the longest day and shortest night of the year; celebration of the light with dancing around a bonfire.
* 6/21: Beginning of Cancer (the Crab/Scarab).
* 6/21: Taoist festival honoring Shang-Ti/Heavenly Emperor, Father of Justice and Law, and manifestation of the Te (Virtuous Inner Power). Also celebrates the peak of the masculine Yang half of the year and the Shen of Fire, South, and Summer; prayers are made for strength and maturity, and offerings are made to the ancestors.
* 6/21: Old Slavic Kupala–Goddess Morana and God Jarilo marry, bringing peace and ensuring a good harvest.
* 6/23 (7:32 a.m. EDT): Full Moon (Red Moon).
* 6/23: Day Tibetan and Mahayana Buddhists do good deeds and chant the name of Buddha God Amitabha/Omito/Amida to gain entry to His Pure Land and aid in attaining nirvana.
* 6/23 eve: Nisfu Sha’ban–Muslim night of repentance for all harm done.
* 6/24: First appearance of Our Lady of Medjugorje, Queen of Peace, Mother of All Peoples (Yugoslavia 1981).
* 6/24 to 6/27: Zuni Corn Dance–for fertility and rains to aid the maize, bean, and squash crops. Prayer sticks are planted in the fields.
* 6/29 to 7/3: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Haurvatat, creator and protector of water.
* 6/30: Oharai/Grand Purification Festival–Shinto rite exorcising evil from the world.
THE MYSTIC’S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2013
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2012 Marija Miovski