* 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: Mindfulness Day–Zen Buddhist day for mindfully seeing and acting with compassion for the Earth and all creatures.
* 11/1: All Saints Day–Day Christians remember all the virtuous dead, known and unknown.
* 11/2 (2:00 a.m.): Daylight Savings Time ends – set clocks back 1 hour.
* 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.
* 11/3: 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: 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 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.
* 11/15: America Recycles Day–Day to begin systematically recycling.
* 11/16: Tolerance Day–Day to promote harmony in diversity through mutual respect and understanding of all.
* 11/16: Day the world’s nations agreed to protect the oceans and their creatures from pollution and over-harvest (1994); day to mourn continuing pollution and over-harvest.
* 11/20: Fast for an Abundant World Harvest–Day to fast and commit to action to help prevent deaths from malnourishment world-wide.
* 11/20: Remembrance day for Meister Johannes Eckhart (d. 1328), Christian mystic. He taught the four ways of the mystic’s journey – the creating, positive, negating, and transformative ways.
* 11/22: Beginning of Sagittarius (the Hunter/Huntress).
* 11/22 (7:32 a.m. EST): New Moon.
* 11/22 to 12/5: 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: Birthday of William Blake (1757), artist, poet, and mystic, who recognized the unity of all religions.
* 11/30 to 12/24 (OC 11/28 to 1/6): Advent/Festival of Lights–Christian vigil for the birth of the Cosmic Christ. Advent candles are lit; Christmas carols are sung.
THE MYSTIC’S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2014
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2013 Marija Miovski