* 10/2: Non-Violence Day–Day to assess your exposure to violence in all its forms and to purge it from your life.
* 10/2: Birthday of Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi (1869), Hindu advocate for human rights and self-reliance, who practiced active non-violent resistance to injustice. Gandhi envisioned a world where women and untouchables would be empowered and respected, and where members of all faiths would live harmoniously together.
* 10/3 eve to 10/4 eve: Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement–Jewish day of fasting, prayer, reconciliation, making reparation for harm done, and helping those in need.
* 10/4: Mindfulness Day–Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that fear and hatred of others results from ignorance of interconnectedness.
* 10/4 to 10/7: Tewa Deer Dance–celebrating the cosmic duality of feminine and masculine. The Tewa recognize gender equality and honor both male and female ancestors.
* 10/4 eve to 10/7 eve: Thesmophoria–Old Greek festival commemorating the transformation of Goddess Kore (Queen of the Living) into Persephone (Queen of the Dead), when She eloped to Elysium with Her partner, God Dionysos/Plouton, accompanied by Goddess Hekate and spirits of the dead.
* 10/8 (6:51 a.m. EDT): Full Moon (Indigo/Wise-Crone Moon).
* 10/8 (4:14 a.m. to 9:36 a.m. EDT): Total Lunar Eclipse.
* 10/8 eve to 10/15 eve: Sukkot/Feast of Ingathering–Jewish thanksgiving for the fruit harvest. Originally, a dance procession was made to vineyards and wine was offered to Elohim.
* 10/11: Fall Migratory Bird Day.
* 10/12 (Obs. 10/13): Columbus Day–Commemorates Europeans’ colonization of America (1492); day to mourn Native American victims of conquest and oppression (past and present), make peace, and celebrate empowerment of Native Americans.
* 10/12 eve to 10/15 eve: Apaturia–Old Greek festival in which newcomers and children were welcomed into the community.
* 10/13: Final appearance of Our Lady of Fatima, Lady of Oracles and Miracles (Portugal 1917).
* 10/14 to 10/28 (I 10/25): Old Norse Winter Nights Feast–The ancestors were remembered and offerings were made to the Deities (particularly the Norns, Freyja, and the Disir) to survive the season.
* 10/16: World Food Day–Day to recognize the necessity of affordable, healthy, and environmentally-sustainable food; day to advocate for adequate food for all.
* 10/16 eve to 10/17 eve: Simchat Torah/Rejoicing with the Torah–Jewish festival celebrating the Torah.
* 10/17: Shukaku Matsuri–Shinto rite offering thanks and first fruits of the rice harvest to the Kami.
* 10/18: Day the Clean Water Act was enacted (1972); day to give thanks for the water we drink.
* 10/18 eve to 10/26 eve (10/22 peak): Orionid Meteor Showers.
* 10/20 to 10/23: Diwali/Lunar New Year/Festival of Lights–Hindu festival for Goddess Lakshmi (source of health, fertility, and prosperity) and Her consort, God Vishnu (the preserver); focus is on peace-making and new beginnings.
* 10/23: Beginning of Scorpio (the Scorpion).
* 10/23 (3:37 p.m. to 7:52 p.m. EDT): Partial Solar Eclipse.
* 10/23 (5:57 p.m. EDT): New Moon.
* 10/23: Kali Puja–Hindu festival honoring Great Goddess Maha Devi as Kali – decay, death, and transformation.
* 10/24: Feast of Raphael, Angel of Healing.
* 10/28 to 11/3: Isia–Old Romano-Egyptian festival recalling Set (God of Destruction) killing God Osiris; Goddess Isis mourning Him, resurrecting Him, and conceiving God Horus with Him; and Osiris becoming Lord of Amenta, realm of the dead.
* 10/31: Day to mourn the women tortured and killed as “witches” because of their independence, wealth, wisdom, or religion.
* 10/31 eve: Halloween–Night that the dead return to visit their families; celebrated by children, dressed as spirits, going door to door for treats.
* 10/31 eve to 11/2 eve: Samhain.
* 10/31 eve to 11/7 eve: Mid-Autumn/Day of the Dead/Hallowmas.
THE MYSTIC’S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2014
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2013 Marija Miovski