10/31 eve to 11/2 eve: Samhain–Old Celtic/Welsh New Year and feast of Cerridwen (Goddess of Death) and Beli (the Holly King – God of the Waning Sun).
10/31 eve to 11/7 eve: Mid-Autumn/Day of the Dead/Hallowmas–Festival marking the transformation of life to death – the end of the agricultural year, departure of migrating and hibernating animals, and decay and death of vegetal and animal life. Observed by remembering departed ancestors and contemplating one’s own mortality.
11/1: All Saints Day–Day Christians remember all the virtuous dead, known and unknown.
11/2: Aztec Day of the Dead–Day for honoring the departed and Mictlancihuatl-Miclanteuctli, Goddess-God of the Dead. Aztecs believe all Gods are united in Great God Ometeuctli, all Goddesses are united in Great Goddess Omecihuatl, and the Great God and Goddess are united in Ometeoltl
11/2: Hopi & Zuni Ancestors’ Day–Food offerings are put into rivers and lakes in honor of the ancestors
11/2: Mindfulness Day–Zen Buddhist day for mindfully seeing and acting with compassion for the Earth and all creatures.
11/2: All Souls Day–Day Christians remember all the beloved dead.
11/3 (2:00 a.m.): Daylight Savings Time ends – set clocks back 1 hour.
11/3: Christian feast of St. Martin of Porres (d. 1639), healer and advocate of social equality and inter-ethnic harmony; guide of healers and human rights activists.
11/4: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on and emulate Bodhisattva Goddess Gold Tara’s conquest of desire for unneeded things.
11/5: Election Day–remember to vote!
11/10: Birthday of Martin Luther (1483), Christian reformer who rejected blind obedience to religious authority and recognized the priesthood of all believers.
11/11: Veterans Day–Day to honor all warriors who have defended us against evil of all kinds.
11/11 to 11/17: Old Anglo-Teutonic fast marking Hod (God of Darkness) unintentionally killing Balder (God of Light), and his true love Nanna (Goddess of Flowers) dying of a broken heart. The dead were honored.
11/12 (8:34 a.m. EST): Full Moon (Beaver/Frost Moon).
11/12: Day commemorating the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (1469), founder of the Sikh faith. Sikhs attempt to merge the human spirit with the Divine Spirit by reciting Akal Purakh, one of Deity’s sacred names.
11/12 to 11/15: Tewa Buffalo Dance–focused on healing. Tewa rites honor Mother Earth, Father Sky, and the four directions and elements of life – air of the North, earth of the East, fire of the South, and waters of the West.
11/13: Kindness Day–Day for practicing random acts of kindness to strangers, and for committing to make kindness the basis for all encounters every day.
11/14 eve to 11/20 eve (11/17 peak): Leonid Meteor Showers.
11/19: Lha Bab Duchen–Day Tibetan Buddhists celebrate the Buddha’s descent from heaven after teaching the Dharma there.
11/22: Beginning of Sagittarius (the Hunter/Huntress).
11/26 (10:06 a.m. EST): New Moon.
11/26 to 12/9: 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.
11/28: Thanksgiving Day–Day to give thanks for the abundance of our land and for our food, clothes, shelter, and health.
11/28: Birthday of William Blake (1757), artist, poet, and mystic, who recognized the unity of all religions.
THE MYSTIC’S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2019
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2018 Marija Miovski