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September, 2004
Named after septem, Latin for “seven”  (Note: The early Latin calendar was 10 months)
Astrological Sign: Virgo (Virgin, Aug. 23–Sept. 22)
 
Celestial Highlights for the month of September:
Summary:
During this month, the morning sky is definitely the center of the action.
On the 1st, Venus and Saturn hang out close together one-third of the way up the eastern sky at 5:30 a.m., with Mercury far below them but getting higher each dawn as this innermost world begins its best morning showing of the year.
On the 10th, an eye-catching triangle formed by the Moon, Venus, and Saturn hovers high above an extremely close conjunction of Mercury and Leo's blue star, Regulus.
On the 13th, Mercury meets the crescent Moon.
From the 12th to the 14th, binoculars show Venus very near Cancer's Beehive star cluster.
Autumn begins with the equinox on the 22nd at 9:30 p.m. PST.
 
Mercury
Named for the Roman messenger god, who flew from Olympus on winged heels, this little planet flits back and forth from morning sky to evening sky, several times a year. Unfortunately, it never strays far from the Sun in our sky, so it's tough to find in the glare. From the northern hemisphere, the best times to see it, in the morning twilight, is the early part of this month, when it looks like a moderately bright star low in the southeast shortly before dawn, getting higher each dawn as this innermost world begins its best morning showing of the year. On the 10th, an extremely close conjunction of Mercury and Leo's blue star, Regulus will occur. On the 13th, Mercury meets the crescent Moon.
 
Venus
Venus, the dazzling star in the morning twilight, outshines all the other stars and planets in the night sky. Venus and Saturn will be in conjunction the 1st of September, close together one-third of the way up the eastern sky at 5:30 a.m.. On the 10th, an eye-catching triangle formed by the Moon, Venus, and Saturn hovers high above an extremely close conjunction of Mercury and Leo's blue star, Regulus. Binoculars show Venus very near Cancer's Beehive star cluster from the 12th to the 14th.
 
Mars
After last year's spectacular appearance in the summer and autumn sky, Mars passes behind the Sun in September. It reemerges in the pre-dawn sky by around Halloween.
 
Jupiter
The largest planet in our solar system is a commanding presence in the night sky for much of the year. It looks like an intensely bright cream-colored star, shining brighter than anything else in the night sky except the Moon and Venus. It will disappear "behind" the Sun in September, but will still be visible in the evening twilight, during the first week of September. Jupiter then returns to view, before dawn, by the middle of October.
 
Saturn
Saturn looks like a golden star in the morning twilight. It spends the entire year in Gemini, although it flirts with the border to Cancer in the fall before reversing direction and moving back toward the center of Gemini. Saturn and Venus will be in conjunction the 1st of September, close together one-third of the way up the eastern sky at 5:30 a.m.. On the 10th, an eye-catching triangle, formed by the Moon, Venus, and Saturn, hovers high above an extremely close conjunction of Mercury and Leo's blue star, Regulus.
 
Uranus
Although it's the third-largest planet in the solar system, it's so far from the Sun that you need binoculars to see it. It spends the year in the constellation Aquarius. It staged its best appearance in August, but will still be visible in the evening twilight, during the first week of September.
 
(August 29) to September 11: Old Egyptian New Year – Old Egyptian festival marking the return to Egypt of Goddess Isis and God Osiris, and the rising Nile River.
Wednesday, September 1:  Conjunction of Venus and Saturn.
Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year - Orthodox Christian
 
Thursday, September 2: Moon enters Taurus 
Mercury goes retrograde.
 
Sunday, September 5: Moon enters Gemini

Monday, September 6: Last Quarter Moon
Krishan Jayanti – Hindu

Tuesday, September 7: Moon enters Cancer
 
Wednesday, September 8: Nativity of the Theotokos              
Nativity of Mary - Orthodox Christian celebration of birth of the Virgin Mary.
  
Friday, September 10: Moon enters Leo
The Moon, Venus, and Saturn form an eye-catching triangle that hovers high above an extremely close conjunction of Mercury and Leo's blue star, Regulus.
 
Sunday, September 12: Moon enters Virgo
Sunday, September 12 - 14: Venus nears Cancer's Beehive star cluster. Best viewed with binoculars.
Lailat al Miraj - Islam
Old Egyptian festival of Neteru Amen and Hapi. Offerings were made to secure a good flooding of the Nile River.
 
Monday, September 13: Mercury meets the crescent Moon.
 
Tuesday, September 14: New Moon
Moon enters Virgo
Tuesday, September 14 - 17: Iroquois Squash Ceremony - Thanksgiving for the squash harvest. Iroquois rites also include the secret Little Water Ceremony for preserving the potency of medicine and Dark Dance for appeasing spirits.
Elevation of the Life Giving Cross - Orthodox Christian
Holy Cross Day - Christian
 
Wednesday, September 15: Moon enters Libra 
Wednesday, September 15 - 16: Old Egyptian Wag Festival - Honoring the dead and Neter Osiris . Food was brought to the tombs and shared with the dead.
Boedromion Noumenia - Old Greek festival honoring all the Gods and Goddesses. Flutes were played, prayers were said, offerings of barley, olive oil, incense, and food were burned in an offering hearth, and libations of water and wine were made.
 
Thursday, September 16: Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year begins at sundown. A time of introspection, abstinence, prayer and penitence. The story of Abraham is read, the ram's horn is sounded, and special foods are prepared and shared.
September 16 - 17: Old Egyptian festival of Neter Thoth, God of Knowledge and Wisdom.
 
Friday, September 17: Moon enters Scorpio
Friday, September 17 eve - 18 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Athena - as protector and defender.
Saturday, September 18: Ganesh Chaturthi – Hindu
Saturday, September 18 eve - 19 eve: Feast of Old Greek Deities Aphrodite and Hermes - Day to honor the divine feminine and divine masculine in harmony.
 
 
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Sunday, September 19: Moon enters Sagittarius

Sunday, September 19: Old Egyptian Great Procession of Neter Osiris - The image of Osiris was transported on a bark to the tombs.
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September 19 eve - 20 eve: Genesia - Old Greek festival in which offerings were made for the dead.
 
Monday, September 20 eve to 21 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis - The huntress, destroyer of life. Also celerated as the Roman Goddess Diana and the Slavic Goddess Diwitsa.
 
Tuesday, September 21: First Quarter Moon
Moon enters Capricorn.
International Day of Peace – A day to demonstrate for peace with justice throughout the world. Also known as “U.N. International Day of Peace.”
 
Wednesday, September 22, 9:30pm PST:  The Fall (Autumnal) Equinox begins. There will be equal amounts of day and night. Also called: Mabon, Michaelmas. It is the main Wiccan time of harvest and a festival of thanksgiving, the beginning of Autumn and preparation for cold weather. It is a time of ritual harvest offerings, introspection, meditation, chanting and offering ritual thanks, facing the four directions of North, East, South, and West.
Sun enters sign of Libra.

Wednesday, September 22 - 23: Coya Rayni - Inca festival honoring Moon Goddess Quilla. The focus is on purging sickness and evil.
Thursday, September 23: Moon enters Aquarius
 
Friday, September 24: Indigenous Peoples' Day – A day for celebrating the life-affirming spiritual traditions of indigenous peoples world-wide. Also known as “Native Americans Day”, “First Nations Day.”
 
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Saturday, September 25: Moon enters Pisces 
PeaceFest – A sacred festival of global peace and harmony, a day of atunement. Join other musicians, dancers, artists and healers by bringing your instruments to the PeaceFest, in support of global healing and transformation. Experience and participate in sacred circles and ceremonies, devotional singing, drums for peace, free form dancing, yoga, and tai chi.
Over the past 25 years The Global Peace Foundation has been gathening national and international support for an inspired project: the conversion of Alcatraz Island into a Global Peace Center.
The event will be held at Speedway Meadows, located in the very center of Golden Gate Park, in San Francisco. Admission is free.
 
PeaceFest 2004 Highlights:

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Saturday, September 25: Yom Kippur – Jewish
                       
Sunday, September 26 eve - 27 eve: Demokratia - Old Greek festival celebrating democracy, constitutional government, and justice under law. Zeus Agoraios, Athena Agoraias, and Themis were honored.
 
Monday, September 27: Moon enters Aries
Monday, September 27 eve – October 6 eve: Greater Eleusinian Mysteries - Old Greek festival recalling Goddess Demeter's search for Her missing daughter Kore. Devotees fasted, ritually bathed in the sea, processed by torch-light to the temple, and made ritual offerings. They honored Demeter (as Mother Nature), Goddess Kore (as the harvested grain), and God Dionysos (as the harvested grape) for bringing life, death, and rebirth.
 
Tuesday, September 28: Full Moon. Also known as Harvest Moon, the traditional name for the Full Moon in September.
Moon enters Aries.
Beginning of Old Egyptian Akhet/Inundation month of Menkhet/Paopi, dedicated to Neteru Amen-Ra-Atem and Amenet-Rait-Mut. Priests and priestesses read hymns of thanksgiving to the Neteru (Gods and Goddesses).

September 28 – October 6: Navajo Sing – A festival in thanksgiving for the harvest. Estsanatlehi/Changing Woman is believed to represent life, and is manifested in the harvest.
 
Wednesday, September 29: Michael and All Angels – Christian. Also known as Mass of the Archangels.
         
Thursday, September 30: Moon enters Taurus 
Lailat al Bara'ah - Islam
Sukkot begins - Jewish Feast of Tabernacles which celebrates the harvest and the protection of the people of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness dwelling in tents.

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October, 2006
Named after "octo", Latin for “eight”  (Note: The early Latin calendar was 10 months)
Astrological Sign: Libra (Scales, Sept. 23–Oct. 22)
 
Celestial Highlights for the month of October:
*** This is the year's worst month for planets! ***
 
Moon
It will be a challenge to search out the lowest and hardest to see crescent moon in 18 years. On the 23rd, the one day old moon is so far south that it sets before the sun. The two-day-old Moon is equally impossible to see. This is lowest, hardest-to-see crescent Moon in 18 years. On October 16, the waning crescent Moon passes near the planet Saturn.
 
Mercury
Barely visible above the horizon, Mercury reappears briefly, low in the evening twilight sky. Named for the Roman messenger god, who flew from Olympus on winged heels, this little planet flits back and forth from morning sky to evening sky, several times a year. Unfortunately, it never strays far from the Sun in our sky, so it's tough to find in the glare. Mercury meets with Venus on the 20th and 31st  -yet this will be difficult to observe, before making a more visible meeting with Jupiter, from the 25th through the 28th. On October 25, Mercury and Jupiter will make a close approach (as viewed from Earth). Look low after the sun sets. Mercury will be directly below Jupiter.
 
Venus
Venus, usually the dazzling star, will be barely visible in the evening twilight, early in the month, but by month's end, be even more difficult to view as it vanishes into the Sun's glare.
 
Mars
Mars is just too close to the Sun to be easily observed this month. Barely visible in the morning twilight, Mars reaches conjunction with the sun on the 23rd, before slipping behind the Sun.
 
Jupiter
Jupiter, in Libra, will continue to be viewed low in the evening twilight through the end of October. The largest planet in our solar system, will also be visible in the morning twilight. By month's end, Jupiter will be difficult to view as it vanishes into the Sun's glare, but not before making a meeting with Mercury, from the 25th through the 28th. On October 25, Jupiter and Mercury will make a close approach (as viewed from Earth). Look low after the sun sets. Jupiter will be directly above Mercury.
 
Saturn
In the constellation Leo, is easily visible, but not until 2:30am. Saturn looks like a golden star in the eqstern morning twilight.  On October 16, Saturn passes near the waning crescent Moon.
 
Uranus
Although it's the third-largest planet in the solar system, the greenish planet is best viewed with binoculars, under a clear, dark sky. Located in Aquarius, Uranus is Visible in the evening twilight. For you first-timers, Uranus will be visible (with binoculars) on October 4th, about one Moon diameter above the waxing Moon.
 
Orionid Meteor Showers
Stay up for the Orinids on the 21st! The medium-intensity Orionids is an average shower producing about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower will peak on the 21st, but some meteors can be seen from October 15 - 29. This is a great year for the Orionids. The new moon means the darkest possible sky. Those in dark locations will be able to see even the faintest meteors. Best viewing will be to the east after midnight.

Saturday, September 23 to October 2: Navaratri/Durga Puja - Hindu festival of Great Goddess Maha Devi as Durga, protector of the powerless. Celebrates Her destruction of evil and restoration of cosmic order.
 
Saturday, September 30 to October 7: Navapad Oli - Jain period of fasting; recitation of holy scripture; and meditation on the principles of right knowledge, right faith, right conduct, and right penance.
 
Sunday, October 1: Moon enters Aquarius.
 
Sunday, October 1 eve to 2 eve: Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement - Jewish day of fasting, making reparation for harm done, and helping those in need.
 
Monday, October 2: Mercury enters Scorpio.
                                     Feast of the Guardian Angels - A day to honor one's personal guardian and guide.
                                     Dassehra - Recounts the rescue of Hindu Goddess Sita (avatar of Lakshmi) by God Rama (avatar of Vishnu) from an evil demon.
 
Tuesday, October 3: Moon enters Pisces.
                                     Day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu God Vishnu. Flowers, incense, lamps, and vegetarian food are offered; bells are rung and drums beaten.
 
Tuesday, October 3 eve 6 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.
 
Wednesday, October 4: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Orunmila, Orisha of Wise Counsel and Protection.
                                           Christian feast of St. Francis of Assisi, and Animal Blessing Day.
 
Wednesday, October 4 to 7: Tewa Deer Dance - Celebrating the cosmic duality of feminine and masculine. The Tewa recognize gender equality and honor both male and female ancestors.
 
Thursday, October 5: Moon enters Aries.
 
Friday, October 6: Full Moon (aka Harvest Moon).
 
Friday, October 6 eve to 14 eve: Sukkot & Shemini Atseret/Feast of Ingathering & Assembly - Jewish thanksgiving for the fruit harvest. Originally, a dance procession was made to vineyards and wine was offered to Deity. Also commemorates the years in the wilderness after leaving Egypt.
 
Saturday, October 7: Moon enters Taurus.
                                       Mindfulness Day - Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that fear and hatred of others results from ignorance of interconnectedness.
                                       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.
 
Monday, October 9: Moon enters Gemini.
                                     Columbus Day - Commemorates Europeans' colonization of America (1492). A day to mourn Native American victims of conquest and oppression (past and present), make peace, and celebrate empowerment of Native Americans.
 
Tuesday, October 10: Mahayana Buddhist festival of Bodhisattva Tara/Kuan Yin/Kannon - Celebrates Her attainment of Bodhisattvahood. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are aspects of Adi-Buddha - the masculine and feminine, transcendent and immanent, omniscient and omnipotent, primordial and eternal Absolute.
 
Wednesday, October 11 eve to 14 eve: Apaturia - Old Greek festival in which newcomers and children were welcomed into the community.
 
Thursday, October 12: Moon enters Cancer.
 
Thursday, October 12 to 16: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Ameretat (Immortality), creator and protector of vegetation.
 
Friday, October 13: Moon enters Leo.
                                   Final appearance of Our Lady of Fatima, Lady of Oracles and Miracles.
 
Saturday, October 14 to 28: 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. Toasts of mead, ale, and cider were made in honor of the Deities.
 
Saturday, October 14 eve to 15 eve: Simchat Torah/Rejoicing in the Law - Jewish festival celebrating the Torah.
 
Sunday, October 15: Makahki/Hawaiian New Year. Hawaiians believe the Akua (Gods and Goddesses) were created by Papa/Mother Earth and Wakea/Father Sky, who themselves were created from the chaos of Po.
                                      Christian feast of St. Teresa of Avila, mystic who loved Deity passionately.
 
Monday, October 16: Moon enters Virgo.
                                       The waning crescent Moon passes near the planet Saturn.
                                       Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as 'Ilm - Knowledge.
 
Tuesday, October 17: Beginning of Old Egyptian Akhet/Inundation month of Nehebkau/Khoiak, dedicated to Neteru Isis and Osiris. Priests and priestesses made offerings of incense, holy water, and perfumed oils to the Neteru (Gods and Goddesses).
                                        Old Egyptian feast of Neteret Hathor, Goddess of Fate.
                                        Shukaku Matsuri - Shinto rite offering thanks and first fruits of the rice harvest to the Kami.
 
Wednesday, October 18 to 21: 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. Hindus' life goals are ethical living, passionate love, prosperity, and spiritual devotion.
 
Thursday, October 19: Moon enters Libra.
 
Thursday, October 19 eve: Laylat al-Qadr/Night of Power - Commemorates the first revelation of the Qur'an to Muslim Prophet Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel in 610 CE. The Prophet Muhammad is the Father of Islam.
 
Friday, October 20 eve to 21 eve: Khalkeia - Old Greek festival honoring Goddess Athena and God Hephaistos for their gifts of crafts and technology.
 
Friday, October 20: Day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu God Shiva. Flowers, incense, lamps, and vegetarian food are offered; bells are rung and drums beaten.
 
Saturday, October 21: New Moon.
                                         Orionid Meteor Showers - The medium-intensity Orionids is an average shower producing about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower will peak on the 21st, but some meteors can be seen from October 15 - 29. This is a great year for the Orionids. The new moon means the darkest possible sky. Those in dark locations will be able to see even the faintest meteors. Best viewing will be to the east after midnight. 
                                          Kali Puja - Hindu festival honoring Great Goddess Maha Devi as Kali - decay, death, and transformation.
 
Sunday, October 22: Moon enters Scorpio.
                                     Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on the Buddha's teachings and strive to fulfill the Precepts.
 
Sunday, October 22 eve: Old European feast of the Triple Goddess (Goddess of the Moon and the Seasons), marking the transformation of the Mother into the Crone.
 
Sunday, October 22 eve to 23 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Hekate, who guides all through transitions and crisis.

Monday, October 23: Moon enters Sagittarius.
                                        Sun enters Scorpio.
                                        Mars enters Scorpio.
 
Monday, October 23 eve to 24 eve: Maimakterion Noumenia - Old Greek festival honoring all the Gods and Goddesses. Flutes were played, prayers were said, offerings of barley, olive oil, incense, and food were burned in an offering hearth, and libations of water and wine were made.
 
Monday, October 23 eve to 26 eve: Eid al-Fitr - Muslim festival celebrating the end of Ramadan. The Five Pillars of Islam are confession, prayer, alms-giving, fasting, and pilgrimage.
 
Tuesday, October 24: Venus enters Scorpio.
                                        Feast of Raphael, Angel of Healing.
                                        Yoruba/Santeria feast of Orisha Erinle, Healer of the Sick and Injured.
 
Wednesday, October 25 eve: Jupiter and Mercury will make a close approach (as viewed from Earth). Look low after the sun sets. Jupiter will be directly above Mercury.
 
Wednesday, October 25 eve to 26 eve: Feast of the Charites - Day to honor the Old Greek Goddesses of beneficence.
 
Thursday, October 26: Moon enters Capricorn.
 
Thursday, October 26 eve to 27 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Aphrodite - Day to honor peace and compassion.

Friday, October 27: Jnan Panchami - Day that Jainas celebrate knowledge, education, and holy books with recitations, meditation, and worship.
 
Saturday, October 28: Mercury goes retrograde.
                                         Old Slavic feast of Baba and Dedo, protectors of families and elders.
 
Saturday, October 28 to November 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.
 
Saturday, October 28 to November 15: Old Egyptian Sokar Festival/Khoiak Ceremonies. It commemorates Neteret Isis seeking out and finding the scattered remains of Neter Osiris.
 
Sunday, October 29: Moon enters Aquarius.
 
Monday, October 30: Day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu Goddess Maha Devi. Flowers, incense, lamps, and vegetarian food are offered; bells are rung and drums beaten.
                                       Tibetan Buddhist fast of Bodhisattva Goddess Tara. All are equal in Her circles; She is worshipped with meditations on mandalas and chanting of mantra.
 
Tuesday, October 31: Moon enters Pisces.
                                        A day to mourn the women tortured and killed as "witches" because of their independence, wealth, wisdom, or religion.

Tuesday, October 31 eve to November 6 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.
 
Tuesday, October 31 eve to November 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).
 
Tuesday, October 31 eve to November 2 eve: Old Sumerian fast recalling the descent of Inanna (Goddess of Life) to the Underworld. Ereshkigal (Goddess of Death and Rebirth) detained Her until She agreed to have Dumuzi (God of Life and Death) remain there each Winter.

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November, 2004
Named after "novem," Latin for "nine" (Note: The early Latin calendar was 10 months)
Astrological Sign: Scorpio (Scorpion, Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
 

Celestial Highlights for the month of November: 
Venus and Jupiter, the night's two brightest "stars," celebrate Jupiter's predawn return with a tight conjunction on the 4th
and 5th, above Virgo's brightest star, Spica.
The crescent Moon joins them on the 9th, occulting Jupiter as seen from parts of North America. The next morning presents a
vertical lineup (top to bottom) of Jupiter, Venus, the Moon, and Mars.
Meanwhile, Saturn begins sliding backward in retrograde motion, visible in the morning twilight.
Mercury is barely visible above the extremely low, slender crescent Moon and Scorpius's red star, Antares, on the 13th around
5:00pm.
The erratic Leonid meteor shower is not expected to be visible this year.
 
October 31 eve to November 2 eve: Old Sumerian fast recalling the descent of Inanna (Goddess of Life) to the Underworld. Ereshkigal (Goddess of Death and Rebirth) detained Her until She agreed to have Dumuzi (God of Life and Death) remain there
each Winter.
 
October 31 eve to November 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).
October 31 eve to November 6 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.
 
Monday, November 1: Moon enters Cancer
All Saints Day - Christian day for honoring saints, known and unknown. A Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church
where saints have special formal status. In general, saints are persons with reputation for unusual lives of holiness and devotion to God.
 
Tuesday, November 2: All Souls' Day - Catholic Christian
Day of the Dead
November 2 eve - 5 eve: Apaturia - Old Greek festival in which newcomers and children were welcomed into the community.
 
Wednesday, November 3: Moon enters Leo
 
Thursday, November 4: Waning Quarter Moon
Venus and Jupiter, the night's two brightest "stars," celebrate Jupiter's predawn return with a tight conjunction on the 4th
and 5th, above Virgo's brightest star, Spica.
 
Friday, November 5: World Community Day - A day for celebrating the unity behind diversity and remembering we are all one people, all children of the one universal Deity of many names and aspects.
Old Egyptian festival of Neteru Amen-Ra-Atem and Amenet-Rait-Mut. Their images were transported on a bark from Karnak to
Luxor.
 
Saturday, November 6: Moon enters Virgo
 
Sunday, November 7: Saturn goes retrograde
 
Monday, November 8: Moon enters Libra
 
Tuesday, November 9: The crescent Moon joins Venus and Jupiter, the night's two brightest "stars," near Virgo's brightest star, Spica, occulting Jupiter. The next morning presents a vertical lineup (top to bottom) of Jupiter, Venus, the Moon, and Mars.
 
Wednesday, November 10: Moon enters Scorpio
Laylat el qadr - Islam
 
Thursday, November 11 eve - 12 eve: Khalkeia - An old Greek festival honoring Goddess Athena and God Hephaistos for their gifts of crafts and technology.
November 11 to 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.
 
Friday, November 12: New Moon
 Moon enters Sagittarius
Birth of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i celebration of the birth of their teacher and Messiah. Refrain from work.
Quds Day - Islamic time of proclaiming solidarity in support of oppressed Muslim people.
Diwali - Sikh
Diwali (Deepawali) - Hindu
 
Saturday, November 13: Mercury is barely visible above the extremely low, slender crescent Moon and Scorpius's red star, Antares, around 5:00pm.
November 13 eve - 14 eve: Maimakterion Noumenia - An old Greek festival honoring all the Gods and Goddesses. Flutes were
played, prayers were said, offerings of barley, olive oil, incense, and food were burned in an offering hearth, and libations of water and wine were made.
 
Sunday, November 14: Moon enters Capricorn
Eid ul Fitr ('Id al-Fitr)  - end of  Ramadan - Islam. A 3 day Islamic fast marking the close of Ramadan. It is a festival of 
thanksgiving to Allah for enjoying the month of Ramadan. It involves wearing finest clothing, saying prayers, and fostering understanding with other religions.
 
Monday, November 15: Nativity Fast begins (through Dec 24) - Orthodox Christian
 
Tuesday, November 16 eve - 17 eve: Feast of Old Greek Deities Aphrodite and Eros - A day to honor love and passion.
 
Wednesday, November 17: Moon enters Aquarius
November 17 - 18: Leonid Meteor Shower: The near quarter moon will make viewing difficult, if not impossible, in the early
evening. Look for this shower radiating from the constellation Leo well after midnight, when the moon has set.
 
Thursday, November 18: Waxing Quarter Moon
Fast for an Abundant World Harvest - A day to fast and commit to action to help prevent deaths from malnourishment
world-wide.
 
Friday, November 19: Moon enters Pisces
 
Sunday, November 21: Moon enters Aries
Sun enters Sagittarius
Feast of Christ the King - Christian celebration of the preeminence of Jesus over all earthly authorities.
Pres. of the Theotokos in the Temple (Orthodox)
 
Tuesday, November 23: Moon enters Taurus
 
Wednesday, November 24: Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom - Sikh time of remembering the execution of Teg Bahadur by the Moghul Emperor in India.
 
Thursday, November 25: Thanksgiving - Interfaith. A day to give thanks for the abundance of our land and for our food, clothes, shelter, and health. A celebration of the created earth. Celebrated in the USA.
 
Friday, November 26: Full Moon. Traditional Names for November's Full Moon: Frosty Moon, Beaver Moon.
Moon enters Gemini.
Day of Covenant - Baha'i celebration of the covenant given in the last will and testament of Baha'u'llah.
Guru Nanak Dev birthday - Sikh honoring of the birth of the first Sikh teacher who lived from 1469 -1539 c.e. Sacred
readings, prayers, hymns, meals together.
  
Saturday, November 27: Beginning of Old Egyptian Akhet/Inundation month of Nehebkau/Khoiak, dedicated to Neteru Isis and Osiris. Priests and priestesses made offerings of incense, holy water, and perfumed oils to the Neteru (Gods and Goddesses).
Old Egyptian feast of Neteret Hathor, Goddess of Fate.
 
Sunday, November 28: Moon enters Cancer
Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha - Baha'i celebration of the rising of the spirit of Abdu'l-Baha to the heavenly dwelling.
November 28 - December 24: Advent -  Christian (First Sunday) A time of preparation for observing the birth of Jesus Christ. Advent begins on the Sunday nearest November 30 and is the beginning of the Christian worship year. Advent is observed with the lighting of advent candles, display of wreaths, and special ceremonies. Advent also anticipates the coming again to earth of Jesus Christ. The season continues through December 24. 
 
November 30: Mercury goes retrograde
St. Andrew's Day

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December, 2004
Named after "decem", Latin for “ten”  (Note: The early Latin calendar was 10 months).
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius (Archer, Hunter, Huntress,
Nov. 22–Dec. 21)
 
Celestial Highlights for the month of December: 
Mercury will be visible in the evening twilight, from December 1 - 4, and in the morning twilight, from December 16 - 31.
Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will be visible in the morning twilight, from December 16 - 31.
On the predawn morning stage, Venus ventures close to Mars from the 5th to the 7th and close to Mercury starting on the 26th in a leisurely three-week conjunction that becomes extraordinarily compact in January. The event caps Mercury's period of fairly good visibility that began in midmonth.
Saturn rises by 7:00 p.m. in midmonth, becoming brighter and telescopically larger as it heads for its mid-January opposition (closest approach to Earth).
Uranus, visible with binoculars in the evening twilight, from December 1 - 4.
Winter, and the longest night of 2004, arrives with the solstice on the 21st at 4:42 a.m. PST, even though the year's earliest sunset occurs two weeks earlier.
Tuesday, December 21, 4:42am PST, Sun enters sign of Capricorn (the Goat).
Geminid Meteor Showers - December 7 eve - 15 eve (peaks Tuesday, December 14). The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation of Gemini. Ideal moonless conditions prevail for the reliable one-a-minute, all-night Geminid meteors on the night of the 13th -14th.
Ursid Meteor Showers - December 17 eve - 24 eve (peaks Wednesday, December 22.
 
Saturday, December 4: Moon enters Virgo.
 
Sunday, December 5: Sundays of Advent continue - Christian 
 
Tuesday, December 7 eve - 15 eve: Geminid Meteor Showers (peak Tuesday evening, December 14th).
 
Wednesday, December 8: Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) - Buddhist celebration of the time when Prince Gautama took his place under the Bodhi tree, vowing to remain there until he attained supreme enlightenment.  
Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary - Roman Catholic (Christian) day of
celebrating the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was preserved from original sin all of her life. A day of obligation and required church attendance.
Hanukkah begins at sundown.
December 8 - 15: Hanukkah - Jewish Festival of Lights. It commemorates the Maccabean recapture and rededication of the Jerusalem Temple in 165-164 b.c.e. Special readings and praise songs focus on liberty and freedom. The eight candle Menorah is lighted. 
December 8 - 26: Old Egyptian Sokar Festival/Khoiak Ceremonies. It commemorates Neteret Isis seeking out and finding the scattered remains of Neter Osiris.
 
Saturday, December 11: Moon enters Sagittarius.
 
Sunday, December 12: New Moon.
Sundays of Advent continue - Christian. 
Advent Fast begins - Orthodox Christian.
Feast day - Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian.
Virgin of Guadalupe. Also called: "Feast day", "Our Lady of Guadalupe" 'First  Appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe", "Mother of God" and "Mother of the Oppressed" - Catholic Christian. Honoring of a legendary appearance of the Virgin Mary, at the former shrine of Aztec Moon Goddess Coatlicue (Mexico 1531).
 
Monday, December 13 - 15: Geminids Meteor Shower. This will be a great year for the Geminids. The moon will be totally absent after sunset so even the faintest meteors can be seen. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation of Gemini. Look to the East after midnight.
December 13: Feast of the Light-bringer--honoring Goddess as Juno Lucina (Old Roman) and 
Lucia (Old Swedish). Both merged with the Christian feast of St. Lucia.
December 13 eve - 14 eve: Poseideon Noumenia - Old Greek festival honoring all the Gods and Goddesses. Flutes were played, prayers were said, offerings of barley, olive oil,
incense, and food were burned in an offering hearth, and libations of water and wine were made.
 
Tuesday, December 14 eve: Geminid Meteor Showers peak. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation of Gemini. Look to the East after midnight. Ideal moonless conditions prevail for the reliable one-a-minute, all-night Geminid meteors on the night of the 13th -14th.
 
Wednesday, December 15 eve - 16 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Athena - as protector and defender.
 
Thursday, December 16 eve - 17 eve: Feast of Old Greek Deities Aphrodite and
Hermes. A day to honor the divine feminine and divine masculine in harmony.
 
Friday, December 17: Mercury goes retrograde.
December 17 eve - 24 eve: Ursid Meteor Showers (peak on the 22nd).
December 17 - 23: Saturnalia/Opalia - Old Roman festival honoring God Saturn (the weak Sun) and Goddess Ops (the fallow Earth). Celebrated with gift-giving, revelry, and abolishment of all class distinctions.
 
Saturday, December 18: Moon enters Pisces.
 
Sunday, December 19: Mercury retrograde ends 10:28pm, PST.
Last Sunday of Advent - Christian.
 
Monday, December 20 eve - 21 eve: Feast of God Poseidon, Goddess Amphritrite, and all Old Greek Gods and Goddesses of the seas. 
 
Tuesday, December 21, 4:42am PST: Winter Solstice. Winter begins (in the northern hemisphere). The Sun is at its lowest point in the sky and it will be the shortest day of the year. 
Sun enters sign of Capricorn (the Goat).
Winter Solstice (Wicca) . Also called: Christmas, Yule (Christian), Jul, , solar/secular New Year, Saturnalia. This is a time to celebrate the birth of the new Solar year and the beginning of Winter in the northern hemisphere. The ancient pagan custom began the day with a sunrise ritual, with the ringing of bells or chimes, then visits with friends and family to exchange warm greetings and gifts. It is a joyous, colorful festival accented with singing, feasting, evergreen wreaths, candles, Yule trees, mistletoe, holly, and burning Yule logs. A celebration of the darkness with dancing near the hearth fire.
Christmas - A season of the Christian year following Advent and preceding Epiphany.
Yule - Christian.
St Thomas the Apostle - Christian.
December 21 - 22: Old European Festival of Evergreen Trees. Merged into International
Arbor Day. Celebrated by planting trees and hanging wreaths (symbols of eternal life).
December 21 - 25: Old Egyptian festival of Goddess Isis, the Magna Mater (Mother of God and Mother of All) giving birth to God Horus.
December 21 - January 9: Hopi and Zuni Soyala New Year Festival of purification and renewal. Homes are cleaned, fires doused, and personal restraint is observed.

Wednesday, December 22: Ursid Meteor Showers peak.
 
Friday, December 24: Christmas Eve - Christian celebration of the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. It is observed with worship, candle lighting, manger scenes and festive meals.
 
Saturday, December 25: Christmas Day (Nativity of Jesus) - Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Observed by prayers, exchanging of gifts, and family parties.
Feast Day of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian.
December 25 eve - January 5 eve: Yule - Old Anglo-Teutonic festival honoring Freyr and Freyja (Deities of Fertility) and the new-born Balder (God of Light), son of Frigg and Odin. Celebrated with evergreens, fires, and feasting.
 
Sunday, December 26:  Full Moon. Traditional and unique names for the full moon in December: Before Yule Moon, Long Night Moon.
Moon enters Cancer.
Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) - Zoroastrian
Death of Prophet Zarathushtra (Zarathosht Diso) (Fasali)  - Zoroastrian
Saint Stephen's Day - Christian remembrance of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr. 
December 26 - January 1: Kwanzaa - Interfaith. An African American and Pan-African
holiday celebrating family, community and culture, Kwanzaa is observed in many religious communities. Seven life virtues are presented. 

Monday, December 27: St John, Apostle & Evangelist - Christian
Beginning of Old Egyptian Proyet/Emergence month of Shefbedet/Tobi. Priests
and priestesses read hymns of praise to the Neteru (Gods and Goddesses).
December 27 eve - January eve: Rustic Dionysia - Old Greek festival honoring God Dionysos as patron of drama, poetry, music, and inspiration.
 
Tuesday, December 28: Holy Innocents - Anglican Christian day of solemn memory of male children killed by King Herod in the attempt to destroy Jesus. 
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, Joseph - Catholic Christian celebration of the love between
the family of Jesus.
 
Friday, December 31: Feast of Father Time, who ultimately overcomes us all.
December 31 eve to January 1 eve: Old Greek festival in which offerings were made to the Wind Gods of the eight directions.

 

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January, 2005
(named after Janus, the god of doors and gates)
Astrological Sign: Capricorn (Goat, Dec. 22–Jan. 20)
 
Celestial Highlights for the month of January:
Venus and Mercury, gather as bright planets in the predawn east and are very close together, 30 to 45 minutes before dawn, in an exceptionally long-lived conjunction best seen during the first half of the month. Hovering just above them is Mars, not quite as bright as nearby Antares, in Scorpius. Mars quickly moves into Ophiuchus for the rest of the month.
Monday, January 1 – 5: Quadrantids Meteor Shower peak Tuesday, January 4, radiant in constellation of Bootes (The closest bright star is Gamma Bootes). They're called the Quadrantids because they were originally found in a now defunct constellation "Quadrans Muralis". Look to the Northeast 4:00am to 6:00am. The bright Moon will be above the horizon almost the entire night, so this is not the best year to view the Quadrantids. Under ideal conditions it’s possible to see 120 meteors an hour.
Monday, January 3:  Earth at Perihelian (shortest orbital distance between Earth and the Sun, 0.983 Astronomical Units).
Jupiter, in the constellation Virgo, starts rising before midnight.
Saturn in opposition (closest approach) Thursday, January 13, is at its biggest and brightest. Visible in the constellation Gemini, it will be high overhead at midnight.

Saturday, January 1:  The Solemnity of Mary - Western Christian Religious Festival 
           
Sunday, January 2: Epiphany - Western Christian Religious Festival  
                     
Monday, January 3: Last Quarter Moon
 
Tuesday, January 4:  Moon occults Jupiter 
 
Thursday, January 6: Epiphany (traditional) - Western Christian Religious Festival .        
Theophany. Orthodox Religious Festival 
                             
Sunday, January 9: Venus enters Capricorn
Mercury enters Capricorn
The Baptism of the Lord - Western Christian Religious Festival
 
Monday, January 10: New  Moon
 
Tuesday, January 11: Vesta enters Aries
 
Thursday, January 13: Saturn in opposition (closest approach), is at its biggest and brightest. Visible in the constellation Gemini, it will be high overhead at midnight.
 
Sunday, January 16: Second Quarter Moon.
Sunday, January 16 - 17: An unusually large sunspot, roughly to the size of Jupiter, has just appeared on the Sun and can be easily seen, indirectly, by using a pair of binoculars. BUT DO NOT LOOK THROUGH THE BINOCULARS. Cover one of the lenses with its lens cap and point the binoculars towards the Sun while focusing its image on a sheet of white paper on the ground. Also, an unusually large ejection of solar plasma obsrved from the same sunspot just may trigger auroral activity (the Northern Lights) over the next day or two, in moderate latitudes.
 
Wednesday, January 19: Sun enters Aquarius

Seashore Labyrinth, IJmuiden, Netherlands
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Photo by Selma Sevenhuijsen

Septuagesima - Western Christian Religious Festival
 
Tuesday, January 25: Full Moon. Traditional and Unique Names for the Full Moon in January: Old Moon, Moon after Yule.
Tu B'Shevat - Hebrew Festival
 
Saturday, January 29: Mercury enters Aquarius
 
Sunday, January 30: Sexagesima - Western Christian Religious Festival 
                    
Monday, January 31:  Moon occults Jupiter 

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February, 2005

Named after Februalia, a time period when sacrifices were made to atone for sins.
Astrological Sign: Aquarius (Water Bearer, Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)

Celestial Highlights for the month of February:
Venus and Mercury, last month's predawn performers, are now too close to the Sun to be seen.
Mars, in Sagittarius all month, is still not very bright as it climbs higher in predawn twilight.
Brilliant Jupiter is up in the east by 10:00 p.m. and out all night thereafter.
Saturn is February's highlight world, nicely up in the northeast at nightfall and high overhead at 10:00 p.m., almost
directly above blue-white Sirius, the only star that outshines the ringed world.
The Moon hovers close to greenish Uranus on the 9th (binoculars needed), near Saturn on the 19th, and alongside Jupiter on
the 26th.
The year's brightest concentration of stars - centered on Orion - now hovers prominently high at nightfall.

Tuesday, February 1:  Last quarter Moon. 

Jupiter goes retrograde.

Oimelc / Brigid / Imbolic (Northern Hemisphere) - Pagan/Celtic.

Tuesday, February 1 - 14:  Old Greek festival of God Dionysos, in which vines were pruned and sprinkled with wine, accompanied by ritual singing and dancing - Pagan.

Tuesday, February 1 - 28: February dedicated to Old Roman God-Goddess Februus-Februa, purifier and protector of the home. Homes were cleaned and blessed, offerings of reparation were given, and peace was made.

Wednesday, February 2:  Venus enters Aquarius.

Candlemas - Christian.

Yoruba/Santeria feast of Oya, Orisha of death and rebirth. Yorubas/Santeros believe the Orishas are emanations and messengers of the one Deity, Olodumare - African.

Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Orthodox Religious Festival

Groundhog Day - According to legend, if the groundhog sees its shadow, you should expect 6 more weeks of winter, and if it doesn't, winter is over and you should expect milder conditions. Years ago, there was a German legend that referred to a bear or badger foretelling the weather on February 1st. While the German legend seems to be the origin of our Groundhog Day, no one knows how the animal was changed from a bear or badger to a groundhog.

Wednesday, February 2 - 8:  Carnival/Meat Fare - Christian time of feasting, dancing, and revelry. Ends on Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras, final day before Lent.
 
Thursday, February 3:  Moon enters Sagittarius.

Thursday, February 3 - 4:  Setsubun-Sai (Bean Scattering Festival) - Shinto rite in which good fortune is invoked and evil exorcised.

Wednesday, February 5:  Moon enters Capricorn.

Mindfulness Day - Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that you, and all that is, are in the process of transformation.

Wednesday, February 5 - 6:  Feast of Old Egyptian Goddess Isis, the Healer, recalls Set (God of Challenges and Chaos) poisoning child God Horus, and Isis intervening, defeating Set, and healing Horus - Pagan.

Sunday, February 6:  Mars enters Capricorn.

Quinquagesima - Western Christian Religious Festival.

Monday, February 7:  Moon enters Aquarius.

Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as Mulk - Sacred Dominion. Baha'is believe in the oneness of all humanity.

Monday, February 7 eve to 10 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 - Pagan.

Tuesday, February 8:  New Moon.

Sojong Day - Tibetan Buddhist day of fasting, confession, and reparation for harm done. Buddhists study sacred texts, meditate, pray, chant mantras, and make devotional offerings to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Observed primarily by monks and nuns. Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on the Buddha's teachings and strive to fulfill the Precepts.

Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) - Western Christian Religious Festival.

Wednesday, February 9:  Moon enters Pisces.
                      
Wednesday, February 9 eve - 10 eve:  Anthesterion Noumenia - Old Greek festival honoring all the Gods and Goddesses. Flutes
were playedm, prayers were said, offerings of barley, olive oil, incense, and food were burned in an offering hearth, and libations of water and wine were made - Pagan.

Wednesday, February 9 - 12:  Hsih Nien/Suhl/Tet - Chinese and East Asian Lunar New Year (Year 4703: the Rooster).

Wednesday, February 9 - 24:  Losar/Tibetan Buddhist New Year (Year 2132: the Wood Bird) & Monlam Chenmo/Great Prayer Festival. Commemorates miracles performed by the Buddha. Rituals, dances, and sculptures are offered to drive out evil spirits and to protect and benefit all sentient beings.

Wednesday, February 9 - March 24:  Ash Wednesday (fast day) and Lent - A Christian time of purification by self-reflection, peace-making, reparation for harm done, and helping those in need. Some also abstain from meat on Fridays.

Wednesday, February 9 eve - 19 eve:  Muharram/Muslim New Year (Year 1426) & A'ashurah. The Prophet Muhammad is the Father of Islam.

Thursday, February 10:  Remembrance day for Muhyi ad-Din Ibn El-Arabi (d. 1240), Sufi saint who honored Deity as a unity manifested in all Nature, both genders, and countless forms.

Friday, February 11:  Moon enters Aries.

Juno enters Pisces.

First appearance of Our Lady of Lourdes, Lady of healing waters (France 1858) - Christian.

Saturday, February 12 eve - 13 eve:  Feast of Old Greek Deities Aphrodite and Eros - Day to honor love and passion - Pagan.

Saturday, February 12 - 20:  Iroquois Mid-Winter Ceremony - for continuation of all life-sustaining things, celebrated with tobacco offerings, confession of offenses, singing, drumming, dancing, name- giving, and dream-telling.

Sunday, February 13:  Moon enters Taurus.

Sarasvati Puja - Hindu festival honoring Goddess Sarasvati, who represents wisdom, intellect, and knowledge, as well as inspiration, arts, and music.

Sunday, February 13 - 15:  Lupercalia/St. Valentine's Day - Old Roman festival of God-Goddess Faunus- Fauna. Later merged with the Christian feast of St. Valentine - celebrating love of all kinds.

Monday, February 14:  Beginning of Old Egyptian Proyet/Emergence month of Paenrenenutet/Pharmouthi, dedicated to Neteret Renenutet and Neter Nepri. Priests and priestesses made offerings of food and drink to the Neteru (Gods and Goddesses) to ensure that all people had abundant food and drink.

Monday, February 14 eve - 15 eve:  Pagan Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis (Roman Diana/Slavic Diwitsa) - as creatrix, midwife of birthing creatures, protector of the young, and punisher of child abusers.

Tuesday, February 15:  First Quarter Moon.
                     
Moon enters Gemini.

Nehan - Zen Buddhist celebration of the Buddha's paranirvana (483 BCE). Forms of Buddhism include Theravada, Tantra (Tibetan), and Mahayana (Zen and Pure Land).

Wednesday, February 16:  Mercury enters Pisces.

Tibetan Buddhist fast of Bodhisattva Goddess Tara. All are equal in Her circles. She is worshipped with meditations on mandalas and chanting of mantra.

Thursday, February 17:  Toshigoi - Shinto rite honoring the Kami and offering prayers for a bountiful rice harvest.

Thursday, February 17 - 18:  Old Egyptian festival of Neteret Bastet, Goddess of Domestic Harmony. Her image was transported outside the temple on a bark.

Friday, February 18:  Moon enters Cancer.

Sun enters Pisces.

Saturday, February 19:  Ashoura - Muslim / Islam

February 19 eve - 22 eve:  Anthesteria - Old Pagan Greek festival honoring Dionysos as Plouton, God of the dead, and welcoming the visiting dead from Elysium. The new wine was presented to Dionysos, and libations were made.

Sunday, February 20:  Moon enters Leo.

Triodon - Orthodox Religious Festival

Monday, February 21:  Chiron enters Aquarius.

Tuesday, February 22:  Caristia - Old Roman festival for renewing family ties and patching up quarrels - Pagan.

Wednesday, February 23:  Full Moon. Traditional and Unique Names for the Full Moon in February: Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Wolf Moon, Big Winter Moon, Horning Moon, Ice Moon, Red Cleansing Moon, Storm Moon, Sun Moon, Quickening Moon, Wild Moon.

Moon enters Virgo.

Purim Katan - Hebrew Festival.

Wednesday, February 23 - March 3:  Navajo Sing - Festival in which fields are blessed in preparation for planting. Navajos believe Estsanatlehi/Changing Woman wields the power to constantly create and change the world.

Thursday, February 24:  Day Mahayana and Tibetan 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.

Friday, February 25:  Moon enters Libra.

Norriture Rituelle des sources tÍt d' l'eau - Voudon

Saturday, February 26:  Venus enters Pisces.

Saturday, February 26 - March 1:  Intercalary Days - Baha'is prepare for the Fast with festivities, gift-giving, and helping those in need.

Monday, February 28:  Moon enters Scorpio.

Monday,  February 28 eve - 7 eve:  Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries - Old Pagan Greek festival celebrating the marriage of Goddess Kore and God Dionysos, following their return from Elysium. Dionysos was identified with Plouton at Eleusis. While Demeter believed Her to daughter to have been abducted and raped by Dionysos-Plouton, from the perspective of Kore-Persephone and Dionysos-Plouton, it was an elopement. Devotees dedicated themselves to service of Goddess and God after being purified by water and fire - Pagan.

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March, 2005
Named after Mars, the Roman god of war
Astrological Signs: Pisces (the Fishes,  February 19 - March 20)
                                    Aries (the Ram/Ewe/Lamb,  March 21 - April 19)
 
Celestial Highlights for the month of March:
Mercury offers its best display of the year. Straight above the sunset point, in the faint constellation Pisces, it's the only "star" low in deepening twilight, 40 minutes after sunset. The Moon acts as guide on the 11th, floating just left of the ruddy planet. Mercury will be most brilliant when it's on the far side of its orbit, during the first 10 days of the month.
Mars will be visible in the morning twilight, in the second half of the month.
Jupiter rises after nightfall and is visible throughout the night, in the second half of the month.
Saturn stands high overhead and will remain visible most of the night.
Uranus will be visible with binoculars in the morning twilight, in the second half of the month.
The Moon hovers near Saturn on the 18th and 19th, and near Jupiter on the 25th and 26th.
Spring begins with the vernal equinox on the 20th, at 4:33 a.m. PST.
 
Tuesday, March 1:  Day the production and use of landmines was outlawed world-wide (1999). A day to mourn their victims. Landmines maim or kill approximately 26,000 civilians each year, including 8,000 to 10,000 children.
 
Wednesday, March 2:  Moon enters Sagittarius.

Wednesday, March 2 - 20:  Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as 'Ala' - Loftiness, followed by the Fast. A time of 
purification by fasting from sunrise to sunset.
 
Thursday, March 3:  Last quarter Moon.
                                     Girls' Festival - Shinto festival honoring girls.
Friday, March 4:  Moon enters Capricorn.
                                 Mercury enters Aries.
 
Saturday, March 5:  Mindfulness Day - A Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that you are connected to each and every sentient being that has ever existed.
                                     Taoist day commemorating the birth of Taoist Lao-Tzu. Taoists seek enlightenment and live in harmony with
Nature.
                                     Navigium Isidis - Old Egyptian festival honoring Goddess Isis as Lady of the Moon and Ruler of the Sea, 
celebrated with the launching of a boat of offerings.
 
Sunday, March 6:  Moon enters Aquarius.
                                  Christian feast of the Blessed Mary, partner of St. Joseph and mother of Blessed Jesus. Honors her as
nurturer, teacher, protector, and guide of all mothers.
 
Tuesday, March 8:  Moon enters Pisces.

Tuesday, March 8 - 9:  Mahashivaratri - A Hindu fast, night vigil, and feast for God-Goddess Shiva-Shakti (union of Will and
Power), who dances to create, destroy, and re-create the universe. Tantric Hindus believe Shiva is within all men and Shakti
within all women.
 
Wednesday, March 9:  Day slavery was outlawed world-wide (1927). A day to mourn its continued existence.
 
Thursday, March 10:  New Moon.
                                        Moon enters Aries.
                                        Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on the Buddha's teachings and strive to fulfill the Precepts.

Thursday, March 10 - 13:  Iroquois Maple Ceremony - In thanksgiving for the Maple tree and its sugar. Iroquois believe
Awenhai/Sky Woman bore the twin brothers Thahonhiawakon/Order and Tawiskaron/Chaos.

Thursday, March 10 - 16:  Old Egyptian festival of Neteret Renenutet (Goddess of the Harvest) and Neter Nepri (God of Grain).
A harvest offering was made.
 
Friday, March 11 eve - 12 eve:  Elaphebolion Noumenia - Old Greek festival honoring all the Gods and Goddesses. Flutes were played, prayers were said, offerings of barley, olive oil, incense, and food were burned in an offering hearth, and libations
of water and wine were made.
 
Saturday, March 12:  Moon enters Taurus.
 
Sunday, March 13:  Birthday of Joseph Priestley (1733), Unitarian who found Biblical basis for belief in a unitary Deity, and recognized Jesus to be Deity's Great Prophet.

Sunday, March 13 - 14 eve:  Feast of Old Greek Goddess Athena - as protector and defender.
 
Monday, March 14:  Sikh New Year (Nanakshahi Era 536 begins). Accession of Guru Har Rai Sahib, seventh Sikh guru, commemorated.

Monday, March 14 eve - 15 eve:  Feast of Old Greek Deities Aphrodite and Hermes - A day to honor the divine feminine and
divine masculine in harmony.
 
Tuesday, March 15:  Moon enters Gemini.

Tuesday, March 15 - 21:  Old Anglo-Teutonic festival of Goddess Ostara, celebrating the annual rebirth. Her Hare gave gifts of
eggs, signifying rebirth.
 
Wednesday, March 16:  Beginning of Old Egyptian Shomu/Harvest month of Paenkhons/Pakhon. Priests and priestesses made offerings to the Neteru (Gods and Goddesses) to ensure that there would be good health and long life for all.

Wednesday, March 16 - 17 eve:  Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis - as protector of wild animals and vegetation.
 
Wednesday, March 16 - 20:  Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Spenta Mainyu, creator and protector of humans.
 
Thursday, March 17:  First quarter Moon.
                                        Moon enters Cancer.
                                        St. Patrick's Day - Old European festival marking rebirth of the Green Man/Green George (God as deciduous
vegetation). Merged with the Christian feast of St. Patrick.
 
Friday, March 18:  Hindu day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu Goddess Maha Devi. Flowers, incense, lamps, and vegetarian food are offered; bells are rung and drums beaten.
                                   Tibetan Buddhist fast of Bodhisattva Goddess Tara. All are equal in Her circles. She is worshipped with
meditations on mandalas and chanting of mantra.

Friday, March 18 eve to 3/19 eve:  Asklepieia - Old Greek festival honoring Asklepios, God of healing, and Hygieia, Goddess of health.
 
Saturday, March 19:  Mercury goes retrograde.
                                        Christian feast of St. Joseph, partner of Blessed Mary and foster-father of Blessed Jesus. Honors him as
nurturer, teacher, protector, and guide of all fathers.
                                        Death of Guru Hargobind Sahib, sixth Sikh guru, commemorated.
                                        Yoruba/Santeria feast of Osanyin, Orisha of deciduous vegetation.

Saturday, March 19 - 23:  Quinquatrus of Minerva - Old Roman festival of Goddess Minerva (Greek Athena) - as font of artistic
inspiration.

Saturday, March 19 eve - 24 eve:  City Dionysia - Old Greek festival honoring God Dionysos as patron of drama, poetry, music,
and inspiration. Actors performed sacred drama, poets recited hymns, musicians played instruments, singers sang songs, and
dancers danced.
 
Sunday, March 20:  Moon enters Leo.

Sunday, March 20, 4:33am:  Spring (or Vernal) Equinox. The first day of spring, the time when the vertical rays of the sun
crosses the equator, making night and day of equal length on all parts of the earth. Celebrates first, annual, and perpetual creation with egg hunts and exchanges.
                                                   Mars enters Aquarius.
                                                   Sun enters Aries.
                                                   Palm Sunday - A Christian feast marking Savior Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem to teach love and justice for
all humanity and to sacrifice Himself for the liberation and redemption of all.

Sunday, March 20 - 21:  Old Sumerian festival celebrating the return of Dumuzi (God of Life and Death) from the Underworld to
be with Inanna (Goddess of Life) for the verdant part of the year.
 
Monday, March 21:  Naw Ruz - Baha'i New Year (Year 161) and feast honoring the one Deity as Baha - Splendor.
                                      Hindu day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu God Vishnu. Flowers, incense, lamps,
and vegetarian food are offered; bells are rung and drums beaten.
                                      Haru-no-Higan - A day Japanese Buddhists mark the time of change by meditating on the impermanence of
death.
                                      Naw Ruz - Zoroastrian New Year and celebration of Divine Spirit Asha Vahishta, creator and protector of
fire.
                                      Taoist festival honoring the Shen (Deities) of Water, East, and Spring; prayers are made for growth.
                                      Shunki-Korei-Sai - Shinto rite honoring ancestral spirits.
 
Monday, March 21 - 25:  Holi - A Hindu festival celebrating the courting of God Shiva by Goddess Parvati, and the efforts on
Her behalf by Kama (God of Love) and Rati (Goddess of Passion). Shaivas are devoted to God Shiva in all His aspects.
 
Tuesday, March 22:  Moon enters Virgo.
                                      Venus enters Aries.
 
Wednesday, March 23 eve - 25 eve:  Jewish fast of Esther and fest of Purim. Recalls a planned massacre of Persian Jews and
their deliverance by Queen Esther. A time for helping those in need.
 
Thursday, March 24:  Feast of Gabriel, Angel of Truth.
                                        Maundy Thursday/Last Supper of Savior Jesus. He washed the feet of His male and female disciples, gave
them bread and wine as His body and blood, and told of the Paraclete (Our Mother, the Holy Spirit) who would come after Him.
 
Friday, March 25:  Full Moon. Traditional and Unique Names for the Full Moon in March: Crow Moon, Hertha's Moon, Lenten Moon, Moon of the Snow-blind, Moon of Winds, Plow Moon, Renewal Month, Sap Moon, Seed Moon, Worm Moon.
                                   Moon enters Libra.
                                   Passion Friday - A Fast day to mourn the torture and killing of Savior Jesus by civil and religious
authorities, and to contemplate the sacrifice made for the liberation and redemption of all.
                                   Annunciation Day - A Christian feast commemorating Blessed Mary's fiat: choosing to conceive Child Jesus by
the power of the Holy Spirit and to become catalyst of liberation and redemption.
                                   Day Mahayana and Tibetan 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.
                                   Yoruba/Santeria feast of Oshun, Orisha of passion and fertility.
 
Saturday, March 26:  Day production and use of biological weapons was outlawed world-wide (1975). A day to mourn their victims.
                                       Holy Saturday - A vigil remembering Savior Jesus in His cave tomb. Some fast during the day. In the
evening, fire and water are blessed, and the Holy Spirit is entreated to bring about regeneration and renewal.
                                       Day commemorating the birth of Zoroastrian Prophet Zarathustra (628 BCE).
 
Sunday, March 27:  Moon enters Scorpio.
                                     Easter - Originally the name of a pagan festival, where eggs were blessed and distributed. Is now an annual
Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. Easter is always held on the first Sunday, after the first full moon, after the Spring Equinox.
 
Monday, March 28:  Mahayana Buddhist festival of Bodhisattva Tara/Kuan Yin/Kannon. A celebration of Her "birth." She declared women the spiritual equals of men.
 
Tuesday, March 29:  Moon enters Saggitarius.
 
Thursday, March 31:  Moon enters Capricorn.
                                        Vigil to mourn China's annexation of Tibet (1959) and the killings, torture, and religious persecution of
Tibetan Buddhists.

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April, 2005
Named after "aperire", Latin for "to open" (as in buds)
Astrological Sign: Aries (the Ram) March 21 - April 19 
                                   Taurus (the Bull) April 20 - May 20
 
Celestial Highlights for the month of April:
 
Mercury is a morning star difficult to see.
Venus is invisible behind the Sun.
Mars, now in Capricornus, is still a predawn object in the east but is slowly brightening; it's near the Moon on the 4th.
This is Jupiter's month, as it reaches opposition, in the constellation Virgo, on the 3rd. Now rising at sunset, the night's
very brightest "star" at magnitude -2.5 dominates the southeast before positioning itself halfway up the southern sky at midnight.
Saturn is high up at nightfall and then slowly sinks into the west, setting by 2:00 am.
Lyrids Meteor Shower - From April 20 eve to 23 eve observers can expect to see between 10 and 15 meteors per hour during its peak (April 21st) when the radiant is high in a dark sky. The meteors are bright and leisurely in motion. The radiant point is near Vega, the constellation Lyra's brightest star.
Penumbral Lunar EclipseThe year's first lunar eclipse is a deep penumbral event visible from most of the Western Hemisphere. First and last penumbral occurrences occur at 12:50am, April 24 (April 23 eve) and 5:00am, April 24, respectively. Penumbral eclipses are difficult to observe. Nevertheless, a subtle yet distinct shading should be visible across the northern half of the Moon, especially during the one hour period centered on maximum. Greatest eclipse occurs at 2:30am. 
 
Friday, April 1: Last Quarter Moon.
                             Veneralia - Old Roman festival celebrating Venus (Goddess of Peace) vanquishing Mars (God of War) with love.
She nurtures peace, friendship, and love; and punishes war-mongers, hate-mongers, and false friends and lovers.              
                              Old Slavic feast of Lada and Lado, protectors of lovers and youth.
 
Saturday, April 2: Moon Enters Aquarius.
                                  Jupiter at Opposition (closest approach) - The Sun, Earth, and Jupiter are in alignment. When any outer
planet achieves this special position, it remains visible all night and shines at its brightest.
                                  Mindfulness Day - Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that the joys and suffering of others are your joys
and suffering.
 
Tuesday, April 5: Moon Enters Pisces.
 
Wednesday, April 6: Day the Hutus began genocidal massacres of Tutsis in Rwanda (1994). Over 800,000 were killed. A vigil for true peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in Africa.
 
Thursday, April 7: Moon Enters Aries.
                                  World Health Day - Day to pray for healing of all those chronically and seriously ill. A day to advocate
for adequate health care for all.
                                   Day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu God Shiva. Flowers, incense, lamps, and
vegetarian food are offered; bells are rung and drums beaten.
 
Friday, April 8: New Moon.
                              Hana Matsuri - Zen Buddhist celebration of the Buddha's birth (563 BCE). The Buddha taught an eight-fold
path to enlightenment - right views, right aspiration, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right contemplation.
                              Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on the Buddha's teachings and strive to fulfill the Precepts.
                              Hana Matsuri/Shinto flower Festival - Shinto rite honoring the Kami of Flowers.
Friday, April 8 eve - 9 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Hekate, who guides all through transitions and crisis.
Friday, April 8 - 11: Iroquois Thunder Ceremony - in thanksgiving for the rains. Iroquois believe Awenhai/Sky Woman descended from the Sky and created Earth.
 
Saturday, April 9: Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as Jalal - Glory.
Saturday, April 9 eve - 10 eve: Mounikhion Noumenia - Old Greek festival honoring all the Gods and Goddesses. Flutes were
played, prayers were said, offerings of barley, olive oil, incense, and food were burned in an offering hearth, and libations
of water and wine were made.
Saturday, April 9 - 17: Navaratri/Gangaur - Hindu festival honoring Great Goddess Maha Devi as Gauri - life, growth, and
fruition. Shaktas are devoted to Great Goddess Maha Devi in all Her aspects. Tantric Hindus recognize gender equality and reject caste.
 
Monday, April 11: Moon Enters Gemini.
Monday, April 11 eve - 12 eve: Feast of the Charites - Day to honor the Old Greek Goddesses of beneficence.
 
Tuesday, April 12 eve - 13 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Aphrodite - Day to honor peace and compassion.
 
Wednesday, April 13: Vaisakhi/Indian Solar New Year - Hindus ritually bathe in the Ganges River to purify themselves. Hindus' life goals are ethical living, passionate love, prosperity, and spiritual devotion.
 
Thursday, April 14: Moon Enters Cancer.
                                     Anniversary of the creation of the Sikh Khalsa (1699). Initiates of the Khalsa seek harmony with the
divine through introspection and service to the dispossessed. Both men and women are initiated equally.
Thursday, April 14 eve - 15 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis (Roman Diana/Slavic Diwitsa), who represents the feminine
in Nature and protects women throughout their lives. Women recognized the transitions in their lives and honored female fertility.
Thursday, April 14 - 25: Old Norse Summer Days Feast - Offerings were made to the Deities (particularly Odin, Frigga, Thor,
and Sif) for peace and plenty. Toasts of mead and ale were made in honor of the Deities.
 
Friday, April 15: Venus enters Taurus.
                                Beginning of Old Egyptian Shomu/Harvest month of Khentkhety/Paoni. Priests and priestesses made offerings to the Neteru (Gods and Goddesses) to ensure that there would be love and happiness for all.

Saturday, April 16: First Quarter Moon.
                                    Moon Enters Leo.
                                    Day for meditation on Tantric Bodhisattva Deities Avalokitesvara and Green Tara, consciousness and
empowerment of Compassion. Buddhists recognize the equality of all sentient beings.
Saturday, April 16 eve - 17 eve: Feast of God Poseidon, Goddess Amphritrite, and all Old Greek Gods and Goddesses of the
seas.
 
Sunday, April 17: Day Cambodia fell to the Khmer Rouge, who caused the deaths of more than a million civilians (1975). A vigil for true peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in Asia.
Sunday, April 17 - 18: Ramanavami - Birthday of Hindu God Rama (avatar of Vishnu), protector of beloved wife, Goddess Sita
(avatar of Lakshmi). Vaishnavas are devoted to God Vishnu and His avatars.
Sunday, April 17 - 24: Navapad Oli - Jain period of fasting; recitation of holy scripture, meditation on the principles of
right knowledge, right faith, right conduct, and right penance; and reverence for Arihantas (conquerors of passions), Siddhas (liberated souls), Acharyas (spiritual leaders), Upadhyayas (spiritual teachers), and Sadhus (renouncers).
 
Tuesday, April 19: Moon Enters Virgo.
                                   Sun enters Taurus.
                                   Day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu God Vishnu. Flowers, incense, lamps, and
vegetarian food are offered; bells are rung and drums beaten.
                                   Day Nicaragua's 9-year civil war ended (1992); vigil for true peace, justice, and respect for the human
rights of all in Central America.
 
Wednesday, April 20 eve: Lyrid Meteor Showers - Radiating from the constellation Lyra.
Wednesday, April 20 eve - 21 eve: Mawlid al-Nabi - A day commemorating the birth of Muslim Prophet Muhammad (570). He
conceived Deity to be a compassionate, genderless unity.
 
Thursday, April 21: Moon Enters Libra.
Thursday, April 21 eve: Lyrid Meteor Showers peak.
Thursday, April 21 - May 2: Ridvan - Baha'i celebration of Baha'u'llah's declaration identifying himself as the New Prophet.
Baha'u'llah believed Deity to be male, female, and beyond gender.
 
Friday, April 22: Earth Day - Day to honor the Earth and to meditate on Deity manifesting as Mother Earth.
                                Day the world's nations guaranteed asylum to those persecuted in their homelands on account of their
ethnicity, religion, or political opinion (1954).
                                Day commemorating the birth of Mahavira Vardhamana Jnatrputra (599 BCE), founder of the Jain faith. Jainas
practice harmlessness, simplicity, and charity to attain enlightenment and unity with Deity.
Saturday, April 22 eve: Lyrid Meteor Showers. 
 
Saturday, April 23: Moon Enters Scorpio.
                                    Yoruba/Santeria feast of Ogun, Orisha of self-reliance and industrious labor.
Saturday, April 23, 11am - 5:30pm: Earth Day Berkeley - Festival and Eco-Motion Parade. Civic Center Park, Martin Luther
King, Jr. Way, Center Street, Berkeley. Free. Saturday, April 23 eve: Lyrid Meteor Showers.
                                           Penumbral Lunar Eclipse - The year's first lunar eclipse is a deep penumbral event visible from most of the Western Hemisphere. First and last penumbral occurrences occur at 12:50am, April 24 (April 23 eve) and 5:00am, April 24, respectively. Penumbral eclipses are difficult to observe. Nevertheless, a subtle yet distinct shading should be visible across the northern half of the Moon, especially during the one hour period centered on maximum. Greatest eclipse occurs at 2:30am. 
Saturday, April 23 - May 1 eve: Passover/Pesach - Jewish festival recalling their deliverance from slavery in Egypt and
celebrating freedom from oppression. Observed with dietary restrictions, the Seder meal (representing their hardships), and recitation of the Haggadah (relating the Exodus).
 
Sunday, April 24: Full Moon. Names for full moon in April: Full Pink Moon, Full Sprouting Grass Moon, Full Egg Moon, Full Fish Moon.
                                 Day Mahayana and Tibetan 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.
Sunday, April 24 eve - 25 eve: Mounikhia - Festival of Old Greek Goddess Artemis (Roman Diana/Slavic Diwitsa), honoring Her
as the Moon.
 
Monday, April 25: Moon Enters Sagittarius.
 
Tuesday, April 26 - May 3: Mayan Rain Festival - honoring Rain God Chac and His attendant Chacmool, and welcoming the fructifying rains.
 
Thursday, April 28: Moon Enters Capricorn.
                                     Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as Jamal - Beauty. Baha'is believe in the oneness of all religions.
Thursday, April 28 eve - May 3 eve: Floralia - Old Roman festival devoted to Flora, Goddess of Flowers.
 
Friday, April 29: Day production and use of chemical weapons was outlawed world-wide (1997). A day to mourn their victims.
 
Saturday, April 30: Moon Enters Aquarius.
                                    Mars Enters Pisces.
Saturday, April 30 eve - May 5 eve: Mid-Spring/May Day/Walpurgis - Celebrates sacred love and the flowering vegetation by
gathering flowers and dancing around a Maypole.
Saturday, April 30 eve - May 2 eve: Beltaine--Old Celtic/Welsh feast of Blodeuwedd (Goddess of Flowers) and Llew (the Oak
King - God of the waxing Sun).
Saturday, April 30 - May 4: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Khshathra Vairya (Power), creator and protector of the
Sky. Zoroastrians worship the one transcendent and immanent Deity Ahura Mazda, who is symbolized by a sacred fire.
Saturday, April 30 eve - May 5 eve: Mid-Spring/May Day/Walpurgis - Celebrates sacred love and the flowering vegetation by
gathering flowers and dancing around a Maypole.

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May, 2005
Named after the Old Roman Goddess "Maia", the goddess of growth of plants
Astrological Sign: Taurus (the Bull) April 20 - May 20
                                  Gemini (the Twins) May 21 - June 20
 
Celestial Highlights for the month of May:
Mercury is visible, in the morning twilight, for most of the month.
Venus, in Taurus, reemerges as an evening star, May 8th, extremely low in the west a half hour after sunset. The Moon can be
seen alongside it on the 8th, as a thin crescent. Venus will be visible for the remainder of the month.
Mars, visible after midnight, in Aquarius, hovers next to Uranus from the 14th to the 17th. Use binoculars to view the
orange-and-green planetary combo. The Moon joins Mars on the 31st.
Jupiter is the bright evening star, nearly all night long. It is closely joined by the Moon on the 19th.
Saturn is visible in the evening twilight, in the west, setting around midnight.
Uranus is visible in the morning twilight.
The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower, which is active from April 21 to May 12, reaches maximum activity May 4-5. Seen to the
east-southeast, in the constellation Aquarius, two hours before dawn, the Eta Aquarids is a worthy springtime shower. Created by debris from Halley's Comet, the bright meteors are very swift, with long yellow trails, and an occasional fireball. Expect to view about ten meteors per hour.  

Thursday, April 28 eve to May 3 eve: Floralia - Old Roman festival devoted to Flora, Goddess of Flowers.
 
Saturday, April 30 eve to May 2 eve: Beltaine - Old Celtic/Welsh feast of Blodeuwedd (Goddess of Flowers) and Llew (the Oak King - God of the waxing Sun).
 
Saturday, April 30 to May 4: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Khshathra Vairya, creator and protector of the Sky. Zoroastrians worship the one transcendent and immanent Deity Ahura Mazda, who is symbolized by a sacred fire. Also known as
Mid-Spring.
 
Saturday, April 30 eve to May 5 eve: Mid-Spring/May Day/Walpurgis - Celebrates sacred love and the flowering vegetation by gathering flowers and dancing around a Maypole.
 
Sunday, May 1: Christian feast celebrating the sacred marriage of Blessed Mary and St. Joseph. Also honors St. Joseph as the Laborer.
 
Sunday, May 1 to May 4: Zuni Green Corn Dance - Welcoming back the Corn Maidens, who flee the land during the Winter.
 
Monday, May 2: Moon enters Pices.
                               Birthday of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib, fifth Sikh guru, commemorated. Guru Arjan compiled the Adi Granth, the
sacred scripture of the Sikhs and built Harimandir, the Holy Temple of the Sikhs, at Amritsar.
 
Monday, May 2 to May 4: Rogation Days - Christian days of prayer for bountiful crops, sustainable development, and healing of environmental abuses.
 
Tuesday, May 3: Taue Matsuri - Shinto rice-planting festival.
                               Dakinis' Day - Day Tantric Buddhists make offerings to Mother Tantra. A day to unite will and power to
manifest positive social change and environmental healing.
 
Wednesday, May 4: Moon enters Aries.
 
Wednesday, May 4 - May 5: The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower - Active from April 21 to May 12, reaches maximum activity May 4-5. Seen to the east-southeast, in the constellation Aquarius, two hours before dawn, the Eta Aquarids is a worthy springtime
shower. Created by debris from Halley's Comet, the bright meteors are very swift, with long yellow trails, and an occasional fireball. Expect to view about ten meteors per hour.
 
Thursday, May 5: Ascension Day - Christian feast marking Lord Jesus' ascension into Heaven.
                                  Cinco de Mayo - A day celebrating Mexico's struggle for independence. A day to mourn Hispanic victims of
exploitation (past and present), make peace, and celebrate empowerment of Hispanic Americans.
                                  Boys' Festival - Shinto festival honoring boys.
 
Friday, May 6: Moon enters Taurus.
                             Holocaust Remembrance Day - A day to mourn Jewish victims of genocide and anti-Semitism, make peace, and
celebrate empowerment of Jewish Americans.
 
Saturday, May 7: Mindfulness Day - Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that everything you do, or fail to do, affects all sentient beings.
                                 Shiva Vrat - A day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu God Shiva. Flowers, incense,
lamps, and vegetarian food are offered; bells are rung and drums beaten.
 
Sunday, May 8: New Moon.
                              Christian feast of St. Julian of Norwich (d. 1419) - A Mystic who believed Deity to be Father and Mother,
everywhere in everything.
                              Siddhartha Buddha Day - A day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on the Buddha's teachings and strive to fulfill the
Precepts.
 
Sunday, May 8 to May 11: Iroquois Corn-Planting Ceremony - In thanksgiving for the corn seed. Iroquois believe Awenhai/Sky Woman created the Sun, Moon, and Stars from Her body.
 
Monday, May 9: Moon enters Gemini.
                               Venus enters Gemini.
 
Monday, May 9 eve to May 10 eve: Thargelion Noumenia - Old Greek festival honoring all the Gods and Goddesses. Flutes were played, prayers were said, offerings of barley, olive oil, incense, and food were burned in an offering hearth, and libations of water and wine were made.
 
Tuesday, May 10: Remembrance day for Rabi'a al-'Adawiya (d. 801), Sufi saint and preacher. She loved Deity passionately. Sufis seek Truth through love, wisdom, and action. Rabi'a lived in Iraq. She rejected worship motivated by the desire for heavenly reward or the fear of punishment. She insisted that love is the sole valid form of worship.
 
Wednesday, May 11: Moon enters Cancer.
                                        Akshay Tritiya - Final day of Jain fast. A day of Jain pilgrimage. Jainas honor Arihantas (conquerors of
passions), Siddhas (liberated souls), Acharyas (spiritual leaders), Upadhyayas (spiritual teachers), and Sadhus (renouncers). Jainas who have undertaken fasts are rewarded with sugar cane juice.
 
Thursday, May 12: Moon enters Leo.
                                    Mercury enters Taurus.
 
Thursday, May 12 eve to May 13 eve: Feast of Old Greek Deities Aphrodite and Eros - Day to honor love and passion.
 
Saturday, May 14 eve to May 16 eve: Thargelia - Festival honoring Old Greek Goddess Artemis and God Apollo in which the community was purified. Greek ethics inscribed on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi: nothing too much; know thyself; aid friends; control anger; avoid unjust acts; acknowledge the sacred; pursue learning; praise virtue; avoid enemies; cultivate kinsmen; pity supplicants; accomplish your limit; when you err, repent; appreciate your time; worship the divine; accept old age.
 
Sunday, May 15: Beginning of Old Egyptian Shomu/Harvest month of Ipet-hemet/Epip. Priests and priestesses made offerings to the Neteru (Gods and Goddesses) to ensure that there would be security and protection for all.
                                Pentecost/Whitsunday - Christian feast celebrating the descent of Our Mother, the Holy Spirit, upon the male
and female disciples of Lord Jesus. Honors Her as the Paraclete - Grace, Wisdom, Justice, and Providence.
                                Yoruba/Santeria feast of Ochossi, Orisha of animals. Yorubas/Santeros celebrate with divination and food
offerings.
 
Monday, May 16: First Quarter Moon.
                                  Moon enters Virgo.
                                  Tara Puja - Tibetan Buddhist fast of Bodhisattva Goddess Tara. All are equal in Her circles. She is worshipped with meditations on mandalas and chanting of mantra.
                                  Devi Vrat - A day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu Goddess Maha Devi. Flowers, incense, lamps, and vegetarian food are offered; bells are rung and drums beaten.
 
Tuesday, May 17: Moon enters Libra.
                                  Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as 'Azamat - Grandeur. Baha'is recognize ethnic equality.
 
Wednesday, May 18: Feast of Old Greek God Pan, who represents the masculine in Nature and protects men throughout their lives. Men recognized the transitions in their lives and honored male fertility.
 
Thursday, May 19: Old Celtic/Irish feast in which sacred healing wells and springs were adorned with flowers in honor of Goddess Brigid, daughter of Mother Goddess Danu and Father God Dagda.
 
Thursday, May 19 eve to May 20 eve: Day commemorating the death of Abdul Qadir Jilani (1166), Sufi saint, who was renown for his compassion, particularly for the poor. Jilani was founder of the Qadiri order, and was known as Ghauth al-'Azam, the "Great Helper". On this day annually, members of his order recite the Qur'an and distribute food to pilgrims and the poor in his honor.
                                                                     Vishnu Vrat - A day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu God
Vishnu. Flowers, incense, lamps, and vegetarian food are offered; bells are rung and drums beaten.
 
Saturday, May 20: Moon enters Scorpio.
                                   Sun enters Gemini.
 
Sunday, May 22: Trinity Sunday - Christian celebration of the one universal Deity as Holy Heavenly Father, Holy Spirit Mother, and Holy Christ Child.

Sunday, May 22 eve: Declaration of the Bab - Night Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad announced his identity as the Bab. The Bab foretold
the coming of Baha'i Prophet Baha'u'llah.
 
Monday, May 23: Full Moon. Full moon names for May: Full Flower Moon, May Full Corn Planting Moon, Full Milk Moon.
                                  Moon enters Sagittarius.
                                  Birthday of Guru Amar Das Sahib, third Sikh guru, commemorated.
                                  Saga Dawa Duchen - Tibetan Buddhist festival celebrating the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of Buddha
Siddhartha Gautama.
                                  Amitabha Buddha Day - A day Mahayana and Tibetan 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.
                                  Birthday of Margaret Fuller (1810). Transcendentalist and feminist who argued that women, as well as men,
have immortal souls.
 
Wednesday, May 25: Moon enters Capricorn.
 
Thursday, May 26: Corpus Christi - A Christian day for veneration of Christ Immanuel in the Host - divine immanence in the grain.
 
Friday, May 27: Moon enters Aquarius.
 
Saturday, May 28: Mercury enters Gemini.
 
Sunday, May 29: Moon enters Pisces.
                                Old Egyptian festival of Neteru Amen (God of Transcendent Powers) and Hapi (God of the Nile River). Offerings
were made to ensure the needed flooding of the Nile River.
                                Ascension of Baha'u'llah - Death day of Baha'i Prophet Baha'u'llah.
 
Monday, May 30: Last Quarter Moon.
 
Tuesday, May 31: Moon enters Aries.
                                  Christian feast of Our Lady, Queen of Heaven.

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June, 2005
Named after Junius, Latin for the goddess Juno, protector of marriage and family, and punisher of abusive and adulterous
spouses.
Astrological Sign: Gemini (Twins, May 21 - June 20)
                   Cancer (Crab/Scarab, June 21 - July 22)
 
Celestial highlights for the month of June:
Mercury is visible, low on the horizon, from June 11 to June 30, in the evening twilight, right after sunset.
Venus is visible in the evening twilight, in the constellation Gemini. The Moon joins it on the 7th, forms a triangle with
Venus and Saturn on the 8th.
Mars is visible in the morning twilight. The Moon joins it in the early hours of the 29th.
Jupiter is visible in the evening twilight. The Moon joins it on the 15th.
Saturn is visible in the evening twilight. The Moon joins it on the 9th.
Uranus is visible in the morning twilight, with binoculars.
Summer arrives with the solstice on the 20th, at 11:46pm, PST.
A brilliant three-way meeting of Mercury, Venus, and Saturn happens 30 to 60 minutes after sunset on the 24th, low in the
west.
Venus and Mercury merge close together on the 25th, and on the 26th they seem to merge into one dazzling "star," with Saturn
just below.
 
Wednesday, June 1 to June 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.
 
Thursday, June 2: Moon enters Taurus.
 
Friday, June 3: Venus enters Cancer.
                             Sacred Heart of Jesus.
 
Saturday, June 4: Mindfulness Day - Zen Buddhist day for mindfully seeing the interdependence of all things at all times.
                                 Day to mourn the massacre of the peaceful, pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China
(1989).
                                 Immaculate Heart of Mary.
 
Sunday, June 5: Moon enters Gemini.
                              World Environment Day - A day to mourn the harm done to Mother Earth (past and present), make reparation, and
celebrate Her beauty.
                              Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as Nur - Light.
                              Day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu God Shiva. Flowers, incense, lamps, and
vegetarian food are offered, bells are rung and drums beaten.
 
Sunday, June 5 eve to June 6 eve: Celebration day for Muhyi ad-Din Ibn El-Arabi (d. 1240), Sufi saint who honored Deity as a unity manifested in all Nature, both genders, and countless forms. 
 
Monday, June 6: New Moon.
                                First appearance of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Compassionate Mother who answers all pleas.
                                Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on the Buddha's teachings and strive to fulfill the Precepts.
                                Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day).

Monday, June 6 to June 11: Iroquois Strawberry Ceremony - In thanksgiving for the strawberry harvest. Iroquois consider
themselves kin to all of Nature.
 
Monday, June 6 eve: Old European feast of the Triple Goddess (Goddess of the Moon and the Seasons), marking the transformation of the Virgin into the Mother.
 
Tuesday, June 7 eve to June 8 eve: Skirophorion Noumenia - Old Greek festival honoring all the Gods and Goddesses. Flutes were played, prayers were said, offerings of barley, olive oil, incense, and food were burned in an offering hearth, and libations of water and wine were made.
 
Tuesday, June 7 to June 15: Vestalia - Old Roman festival honoring Goddess Vesta (Greek Hestia). Women made food offerings at the sacred hearths of home and temple.
 
Wednesday, June 8: Remembrance day for Moses de Leon (d. 1305), Kabbalistic mystic. He ardently loved Einsoph, the one universal Deity, made up of the Tetragrammatan (God-Goddess Yod-Heh-Vau- Heh). He also conceived of the one universal Deity
as the Tree of Life.
                                      Death day of Prophet Muhammad (632), mystical Father of Islam.
 
Thursday, June 9: Ascension.
Thursday, June 9 eve to June 10 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Athena - as protector and defender.
 
Friday, June 10: Moon enters Leo.
Friday, June 10 eve to June 11 eve: Feast of Old Greek Deities Aphrodite and Hermes - Day to honor the divine feminine and divine masculine in harmony.
 
Saturday, June 11: Mars enters Aries.
                                    Juno enters Aries.
                                    Birthday of Mordecai Kaplan (1881) - Founder of Reconstructionist Judaism. He perceived Deity to be a
genderless Cosmic Force of Nature, and promoted a Judaism that recognizes gender equality.
                                    Accession of Guru Hargobind Sahib, sixth Sikh guru, commemorated.

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Saturday, June 11: The 39th Annual Alameda Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest - Bring your shovel, bucket and creative ideas to build a unique work of art out of sand. Categories for Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture are: Ages 12 and Under; Ages 13 and Over; and Family. Registration begins at 9:00am that morning at Robert Crown Memorial State Beach (Westline & Otis Drive, Alameda). Viewing and judging of the masterpieces begin at 12:00 noon. Awards presented at 1:00pm. This event is free.
 
Sunday, June 12: Moon enters Virgo.
Sunday, June 12 eve to June 14 eve: Shavuot/Feast of First Fruits - Jewish festival of thanksgiving for the first fruits of the grain harvest; originally, loaves of bread were offered to God-Goddess Yahweh (Nehushtan-Asherah). Also commemorates Moses' receipt of the Ten Commandments.
 
Monday, June 13: Christian feast of St. Anthony - Guardian of the poor and the powerless, and guide of social justice activists.
                                  Old Egyptian feast of Neteret Hathor, Goddess of Love and Fertility.
                                  Shavuot.
 
Tuesday, June 14: Waxing Quarter Moon.
                                  Uranus goes retrograde.
                                  Day the world's nations committed to sustainable development (1992).
                                  Day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu Goddess Maha Devi. Flowers, incense, lamps,
and vegetarian food are offered, bells are rung and drums beaten.
                                  Tibetan Buddhist fast of Bodhisattva Goddess Tara. All are equal in Her circles; She is worshipped with
meditations on mandalas and chanting of mantra.
                                  Beginning of Old Egyptian Shomu/Harvest month of Mesut-Ra/Mesori, dedicated to Neteru Ra and Rait. Priests
and priestesses made offerings to the Neteru (Gods and Goddesses) to ensure that there would be strength and freedom for all.
 
Wednesday, June 15: Moon enters Libra.
                                        Suijin Matsuri - Shinto rite honoring the Kami of Water. The Kami are manifestations of the one universal, primordial and eternal, immanent and transcendent Deity, Kuni-Tokotachi-no- Kami.
 
Thursday, June 16: Birthday of Fr. Sergei Bulgakov (1871) - Orthodox Christian mystic who believed the one universal Deity to be Father and Mother, Spirit and Matter.
                                    Death of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib, fifth Sikh guru, commemorated. Sikhs visit gurdwaras (temples), where the
Adi Granth is read, hymns are sung, and a communal meal is shared.
 
Friday, June 17: Moon enters Scorpio.
                               Day a fatwa condemned "honor killings" as un-Islamic and banned the practice (2002). An "honor killing" is
the killing of a woman by her relatives because she has been raped, is suspected of sexual activity outside of marriage, is pursuing unauthorized courtship, has refused an arranged marriage, or is seeking a divorce.
                               Day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu God Vishnu. Flowers, incense, lamps, and
vegetarian food are offered, bells are rung and drums beaten.
                               Day to celebrate Starhawk's work in reclaiming the Goddess and raising Goddess-consciousness. She teaches an
eco-egalitarian form of Wicca. The Wiccan rede is: Do what you will, but harm none.
 
Saturday, June 18: Day Unitarian Universalists embraced spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions (1995).
                                    Saturday of Souls.
 
Sunday, June 19: Moon enters Sagittarius.
                                 Pentecost.
 
Monday, June 20: Sun enters Cancer
Monday, June 20, 11:46pm, PST: 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.
 
Monday, June 20 to June 21: Inti Rayni - Inca festival honoring Sun God Inti.
Monday, June 20 to June 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).

Monday, June 20 to June 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.
 
Tuesday, June 21: Moon enters Capricorn.
                                  Day Unitarian Universalists adopted seven unifying Principles (1985). Unitarian Universalists affirm and
promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
                                  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. Taoists live simply, respect life, and recognize the equality of all.
                                  Yoruba/Santeria feast of Orisha Babalu Aye, guardian of the disabled.
                 
Wednesday, June 22: Full Moon. Traditionally called "Rose Moon", "Strawberry Moon", "Flower Moon".
                                        Day Mahayana and Tibetan 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.
 
Thursday, June 23: Moon enters Aquarius.
 
Friday, June 24: A brilliant three-way celestial meeting of Mercury, Venus, and Saturn happens 30 to 60 minutes after sunset on the 24th, low in the west.
                                First appearance of Our Lady of Medjugorje, Queen of Peace, Mother of All Peoples (Yugoslavia 1981).
                                Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as Rahmat - Mercy.
 
Friday, June 24 to June 27: Zuni Corn Dance - For fertility and rains to aid the maize, bean, and squash crops. Prayer sticks are planted in the fields.
 
Sunday, June 25: Moon enters Pisces.
                                 Venus and Mercury merge together on the 25th, and on the 26th they seem to merge into one dazzling "star,"
with Saturn just below.
 
Sunday, June 26: Pallas enters Libra.
                                Venus and Mercury merge into one dazzling "star," with Saturn just below.
                                Day torture and extrajudicial killing were outlawed world-wide (1987). A day to mourn their continued
existence.
                                All Saints Day.
 
Monday, June 27: Moon enters Aries.
                                  Mercury enters Leo.
                                  Venus enters Leo.
                                  Beginning of Apostles' Fast.
 
Tuesday, June 28: Waning Quarter Moon.
 
Wednesday, June 29: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Orisha Eleggua, intercessor and ruler of destinies.
                                        Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul.
 
Wednesday, June 29 to June 3: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Haurvatat (Wholeness), creator and protector of water.
 
Thursday, June 30: Moon enters Taurus.
                                    Oharai/Grand Purification Festival - Shinto rite exorcising evil from the world and purifying devotees
from offenses committed.
                                    Vigil for peace, democracy, religious freedom, ethnic equality, and the end of slavery in Sudan - now in
the throes of civil war.
 

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JULY 2005
Named after Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.
Astrological Sign: Cancer (Crab/Scarab, June 21 - July 22)         
                                   Leo (Lion/Lioness, July 23 - August 22)
 
Celestial highlights for the month of July:
Mercury is visible, low in the western evening twilight, in the constellation Cancer, throughout the month.
Venus is visible, low in the western evening twilight, in the constellation Cancer,
crossing into Leo at midmonth.
Mars is the brightest planet in the sky, visible 1:00am to morning twilight, in the
constellation Pisces, throughout the month.
Jupiter is visible, in the southwest evening twilight to midnight, throughout the month.
Saturn is visible, in the evening twilight, July 1 - 5, before slipping behind the sun.
Uranus is visible, with binoculars, in the morning twilight.
The Delta Aquarid meteor showers are visible in the evening sky, radiating from the
direction of constellation Aquarius, July 14 - August 19, peaking on the evening of July 28.

Friday, July 1: Day the world's nations committed to stop proliferation of nuclear weapons (1968). Vigil to protest the production and use of all nuclear weapons world wide.
                            Day endangered species became internationally protected (1975). A day to
celebrate all the world's creatures.
 
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Friday, July 1 - July 7: The 35th Annual North American Rainbow Gathering of the Tribes - This year it will be held at Cranberry Glade Botanical Area, in Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia. There is no official belief system or political ideology common to participants at the Rainbow Gathering. The official purpose of the gathering is simply to pray for peace, but even that motive is optional. The range of political viewpoints range from radical leftist to extreme right wing. All people are accepted as full participants, or at least tolerated, at the Rainbow Gathering. Use this link:   www.welcomehere.org  while informative, serves website is a general listing of similar type gatherings across the continent.  Hint: The best time to arrive is two days before the event officially begins, and the best time to leave is two days before the event officially ends.
 
Saturday, July 2: Moon enters Gemini.
                                Mindfulness Day - Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that alienation and hunger for possessions results from ignorance of interconnectedness.
                                 Visitation Day - Christian feast marking St. Elizabeth's recognition of Blessed Mary's divine destiny as catalyst for human liberation and redemption.
 
Sunday, July 3: Cherokee Green Corn Dance - in thanksgiving for the maize harvest, honoring Maize Goddess Selu.
 
Tuesday, July 5: Moon enters Cancer.
                               Day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu God Shiva. Flowers, incense, lamps, and vegetarian food are offered, bells are rung and drums beaten.
                               Birthday of Guru Hargobind Sahib, sixth Sikh guru, commemorated.
Wednesday, July 6: New Moon.
                               Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on the Buddha's teachings and strive to fulfill the Precepts.
                               Birthday of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. Tibetan Buddhists believe he is a reincarnation of Avalokitesvara, Bodhisattva God of Compassion.
 
Wednesday, July 6 eve to July 7 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Hekate, who guides all through transitions and crisis.
 
Wednesday, July 6 to July 9: Iroquois Green Bean Ceremony - in thanksgiving for the bean harvest. Celebrated with tobacco offerings, singing, drumming, dancing, and feasting.
 
Thursday, July 7: Moon enters Leo.
                                 Tanabata - Shinto rite honoring the Kami of the Stars.
 
Thursday, July 7 eve to July 8 eve: Hekatombaion Noumenia - Old Athenian New Year. A festival honoring all the Gods and Goddesses. Flutes were played, prayers were said, offerings of barley, olive oil, incense, and food were burned in an offering hearth, and libations of water and wine were made.
 
Saturday, July 9: Martyrdom of the Bab - Death day of the Bab, Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad (1850).
 
Saturday, July 9 eve to July 10 eve: Feast of the Charites - Day to honor the Old Greek Goddesses of beneficence.
 
Sunday, July 10: Moon enters Virgo.
                                Chokhor Duchen - Tibetan Buddhist celebration of the Buddha's first teaching.
 
Sunday, July 10 eve to July 11 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Aphrodite - Day to honor peace and compassion.
 
Mondy, July 11: Day Srebrenica, Bosnia, fell to attacking Serbs (1995), beginning a massacre of thousands of civilians because of their ethnicity and religion. A vigil for true peace, justice, religious tolerance, and respect for the human rights of all in the Balkans.
 
Tuesday, July 12: Moon enters Libra.
 
Wednesday, July 13: Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as Kalimat - Sacred Words. Baha'is pray, meditate on sacred scripture, and act in service to the community.
 
Wednesday, July 13 to July 15: Obon - Zen Buddhist festival honoring departed ancestors.
 
Thursday, July 14: First (Waxing) Quarter Moon.
                                   Moon enters Scorpio.
                                   Tibetan Buddhist fast of Bodhisattva Goddess Tara. All are equal in Her circles. She is worshipped with meditations on mandalas and chanting of mantra.
                                   Day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu Goddess Maha Devi. Flowers, incense, lamps, and vegetarian food are offered, bells are rung and drums beaten.
                                   Old Egyptian birthday feast of Neter Osiris - partner and true love of Isis, and father of Horus; guide of all husbands, fathers, and judges.
 
Thursday, July 14 to July 25: Old Norse/Icelandic Mid-Summer Althingi - Community gathering for democratic decision making. Forseti and Tyr, Gods of Justice and Self-Sacrifice, were honored. Toasts of mead and ale were made in honor of the Deities. The Norse Nine Noble Virtues are: Courage, Truthfulness, Honor, Fidelity, Self-Discipline, Hospitality, Industriousness, Self-Reliance, and Steadfastness.
 
Friday, July 15: Old Egyptian birthday feast of Neter Horus the Elder, lover of Neteret Hathor.
 
Saturday, July 16: Saturn enters Leo.
                                  Old Egyptian birthday feast of Neter Set, God of the Desert.
 
Sunday, July 17: Moon enters Sagittarius.
                               Day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu God Vishnu. Flowers, incense, lamps, and vegetarian food are offered, bells are rung and drums beaten.
                               Old Egyptian birthday feast of Neteret Isis - partner and true love of Osiris, and mother of Horus. Guide of all wives, mothers, healers, advocates, and teachers.
 
Sunday, July 17 to July 24: Mahayana Buddhist festival of Tara/Kuan Yin/Kannon, Supreme Goddess of Nature and Perfect Buddha of many emanations, celebrates Her enlightenment and Her vow to help all sentient beings. Buddhists act daily on their vows to help all sentient beings.
 
Monday, July 18: Old Egyptian birthday feast of Neteret Nepthys, estranged wife of Neter Set.
                                 Day South Africa's apartheid was internationally outlawed (1976).
                                 Birthday of Nelson Mandela, non-violent anti-apartheid activist.
 
Tuesday, July 19: Moon enters Capricorn.
                                 Old Egyptian birthday feast of Neteru Ra and Rait, Deities of the Sun.
 
Tuesday, July 19 to August 1: Old Egyptian festival marking the return to Egypt of Goddess Isis (as the star of Septet/Sirius) God Osiris (as the star of Sahu/Orion), and the rains that inundate the Nile River.
 
Wednesday, July 20: Vigil for peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in Colombia - now in the throes of civil war.
 
Thursday, July 21: Full Moon. Traditional names for full moon in July: Full Buck Moon, Full Thunder Moon, Full Hay Moon.  
                                   Moon enters Aquarius.
                                   Day Mahayana and Tibetan 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.
 
Friday, July 22: Sun enters Leo.
                              Venus enters Virgo.
                              Christian feast of St. Mary Magdalen, disciple and priestess - Savior Jesus made her His priestess by purifying her seven times, she anointed Him in preparation for His sacrifice and witnessed His torture, death, and resurrection.
 
Friday, July 22, 7:59pm PST: Mercury goes retrograde.
 
Friday, July 22 eve to July 23 eve: Synoikia - Old Greek festival celebrating the peaceful cooperation of states. Offerings were made to Aphrodite and Eirene, Goddesses of friendship and peace.
             
Saturday, July 23: Moon enters Pisces.
                                  Mayan Sun Festival - honoring Sun God Ahau Kin; celebrated with devotional offerings of food, song, prayer, and a ritual procession that symbolically travels to the four quarters of the universe.
                                  Birthday of Guru Har Krishan Sahib, eighth Sikh guru, commemorated.
 
Monday, July 25: Moon enters Aries.
 
Tuesday, July 26: Christian feast of St. Anna, mother of Blessed Mary and grandmother of Blessed Jesus, guide of grandmothers and elderly women.
 
Wednesday, July 27: Last (Waning) Quarter Moon. 
                                      Moon enters Taurus.
                                      Mars enters Taurus.
 
Thursday, July 28: Delta Aquarid meteor showers peak (visible July 14 - August 19).
 
Friday, July 29: Moon enters Gemini.
 
Friday, July 29 eve to August 4 eve: Panathenaea - Old Greek festival of Goddess Athena - as daughter of Wisdom (Goddess Metis) and font of reason.
 

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Saturday, July 30 - Sunday, July 31, 11am - 5pm: Berkeley Kite Festival - Bring your kite and/or camera for an afternoon of high-flying fun. Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina. Free. http://www.highlinekites.com/pages/FESTIVALS%252dEVENTS.html
 
 
 
Sunday, July 31: Chiron enters Capricorn.
 
Sunday, July 31 eve to August 2 eve: Lughnasadh - Old Celtic/Irish Feast of Goddess Tailtiu and God Lugh (Deities of Sustenance and Light).
 
Sunday, July 31 eve to August 6 eve: Mid-Summer/First Harvest/Lammas - Festival of thanksgiving for the first of the grain harvest. Celebrated by offering the first fruits of the grain harvest and prayers for sustenance for all.

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August, 2005
Named after Augustus Caesar in 8 B.C.
Astrological Sign: Leo (Lion, July 23 - August 22)
                                  Virgo (the Grain Maiden/Man, August 23 - September 22)
 
Celestial highlights for the month of August:
Mercury is visible, after midmonth, east, in the morning twilight. Mercury pairs with Saturn 20th - 27th.
Venus, as an evening star, low on the horizon, brightens, closely meets the Moon on the 7th, as well as Jupiter, in the final
week of the month.
Mars is visible in the morning twilight, brightens, and moves into the constellation Aries. Jupiter, in the evening twilight, sinks farther into the west and is near the Moon on the 9th.
Saturn emerges August 11, as a morning star, in the constellation Cancer, and pairs with Mercury 20th - 27th.
Uranus, visible with binoculars, in the morning twilight.
The Perseids, the year's best meteor shower, will peak on the night of August 12.

Monday, August 1: Moon enters Cancer.
                                    Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as Kamal - Perfection.
 
Tuesday, August 2: Old Egyptian festival of Neteru Amen (God of Transcendent Powers) and Hapi (God of the Nile River).
Offerings were made to ensure the needed flooding of the Nile River.
                                    Feast of the Black Madonna (Feast of the Virgin of the Angels).
 
Wednesday, August 3: Moon enters Leo.
                                          Day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu God Shiva. Flowers, incense, lamps, and
vegetarian food are offered, bells are rung and drums beaten.
 
Thursday, August 4: New Moon.
 
Thursday, August 4 - 7: Zuni Corn Dance - in thanksgiving to Mother Earth, the Kokos (Nature Spirits), and the Corn Maidens for the maize harvest. Following the harvest, the Zuni bid farewell to the Kokos and the Corn Maidens.
 
Thursday, August 4 - 10: Iroquois Green Corn Ceremony - in thanksgiving for the maize harvest. Rites include the Thanksgiving Prayer, Confession Chant, and Feather Dance.
 
Friday, August 5: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on the Buddha's teachings and strive to fulfill the Precepts.
                                  Death day of Isaac Luria (1572), Kabbalistic mystic. He taught of the Shekhina/Matronit (the feminine
manifestation of the one universal Deity) who restores cosmic order.
 
Friday, August 5 - 6: Old Egyptian Wag Festival, honoring the dead and Neter Osiris (Lord of Amenta, realm of the dead). Food was brought to the tombs and shared with the dead.
 
Saturday, August 6: Moon enters Virgo.
                                     Mindfulness Day - Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that desire for power over others results from
ignorance of interdependence.
                                     Transfiguration Day - Christian feast celebrating the revelation of Lord Jesus as the Cosmic Christ and
friend to all humanity.
 
Saturday, August 6 - 7: Old Egyptian festival of Neter Thoth, God of Knowledge and Wisdom.
 
Saturday, August 6 eve - 7 eve: Remembrance day for Sufi saint Haji Bektash (d. 1337). He initiated women into his order equally with men and advocated gender equality in Islamic society. The Bektashi order is also open to all ethnicities, nationalities, and classes. All are equal, regardless of gender or ethnicity, nobility is shown by conduct alone.
 
Saturday, August 6 eve - 7 eve: Metageitnion Noumenia - Old Greek festival honoring all the Gods and Goddesses. Flutes were played, prayers were said, offerings of barley, olive oil, incense, and food were burned in an offering hearth, and libations of water and wine were made.
 
Sunday, August 7: Gaia Consciousness Day - Day to meditate on Mother Earth as a living planet.
 
Monday, August 8: Moon enters Libra.
 
Tuesday, August 9: Old Egyptian Great Procession of Neter Osiris. The image of Osiris was transported on a bark to the tombs.
 
Tuesday, August 9 eve - 10 eve: Feast of Old Greek Deities Aphrodite and Eros - Day to honor love and passion.
 
Wednesday, August 10: Remembrance day for Nicholas of Cusa (d. 1464) - Christian mystic who believed all Creation to be the unfolding of Deity.
 
Thursday, August 11: Moon enters Scorpio.
                                         Christian feast of St. Clare of Assisi (d. 1253), guide of environmentalists.
 
Thursday, August 11 eve - eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis (Roman Diana/Slavic Diwitsa) - as defender of rights and liberties, and punisher of rapists and oppressors.
 
Friday, August 12: First Quarter Moon (Waxing Moon).
                                    Juno enters Gemini.
                                    Perseid meteor shower peaks. The year's best meteor shower, radiating from the constellation Perseus, are
best viewed after midnight.
                                    Day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu Goddess Maha Devi. Flowers, incense, lamps,
and vegetarian food are offered, bells are rung and drums beaten.
 
Saturday, August 13: Moon enters Sagittarius.
                                        Vesta enters Cancer.
                                        Tibetan Buddhist fast of Bodhisattva Goddess Tara. All are equal in Her circles. She is worshipped with
meditations on mandalas and chanting of mantra.
 
Saturday, August 13 eve - 14 eve: Tish'a B'Av - Jewish fast day mourning the destruction of the Temples dedicated to God-Goddess Yahweh.
 

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Sunday, August 14: Ratha Yatra Parade (begins 11:00am) and Festival of India (begins 1:00pm). Also known as the 39th Annual San Francisco Festival of the Chariots. An annual event by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, the festival
will be in Sharon Meadows, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California. The event also features live music, exhibits, free vegetarian feast. Reach the starting point of the parade by driving to the Park entrance at 25th Avenue and Fulton Street, parking along Fulton and walking into the Park. You may wish to park at the Festival site, around Stanyan and Haight Streets, and walk up to JFK Drive to the parade starting point.
 
Monday, August 15: Moon enters Capricorn.
                                      Kaza Matsuri - Shinto rite honoring the Kami of Wind.
                                      Dakas' Day - Day Tantric Buddhists make offerings to Father Tantra. A day to unite will and power to
manifest positive social change and environmental healing.
                                      Day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu God Vishnu. Flowers, incense, lamps, and
vegetarian food are offered, bells are rung and drums beaten.
                                      Assumption Day - Christian feast commemorating Blessed Mother Mary rising into Heaven, being crowned Queen
of Heaven and Earth, and being transformed into Our Lady, the Paraclete (the Holy Spirit) who appears everywhere.
 
Tuesday, August 16: Venus enters Libra.
 
Wednesday, August 17: Moon enters Aquarius.
 
Wednesday, August 17 eve - 18 eve: Old Greek festival honoring Athena Polias and Zeus Polios as protectors of city and state.
 
Thursday, August 18: Beginning of Old Egyptian Akhet/Inundation month of Menkhet/Paopi, dedicated to Neteru Amen-Ra-Atem and Amenet-Rait-Mut. Priests and priestesses read hymns of thanksgiving to the Neteru (Gods and Goddesses).
 
Friday, August 19: Full Moon. Traditional names for full moon in August Full Sturgeon Moon, Full Red Moon, Full Green Corn Moon.
                                   Moon enters Pisces.
                                   Vinalia - Old Roman festival of thanksgiving for the first of the grape harvest. Celebrated by offering
the first fruits of the grape harvest and prayers for sustenance for all.
                                   Day Mahayana and Tibetan 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.
 
Saturday, August 20: Birth of the White Buffalo (1994), signaling the return of White Buffalo Woman (manifestation of Star Goddess Wohpe) who gave the sacred peace pipe to the Lakota people. Lakota rites include smoking the sacred pipe, purification in the sweat lodge, and making a vision quest for wisdom.
                                        Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as Asma' - Sacred Names.
 
Sunday, August 21: Moon enters Aries.
 
Monday, August 22: Sun enters Virgo.
                                      Christian feast of Our Lady, Queen of Angels.
 
Tuesday, August 23: Moon enters Taurus.
                                      Feast of the Furies - honoring Nemesis and the Erinyes, Old Greek Goddesses who punish murderers,
abusers, and exploiters of others.
 
Thursday, August 25: Old Roman festival of Goddess Ops, Lady of the Cornucopia, Bounty of the Harvest, and Sustainer of Life.
                                        Day to mourn the Iraqi attacks on civilian Kurds because of their ethnicity (1988). Vigil for justice
and respect for the human rights of the Kurdish people. 60,000-100,000 Kurds were killed during these campaigns. Saddam Hussein will be tried for genocide and crimes against humanity for these attacks.
 
Friday, August 26: Last Quarter Moon (Waning Moon).
                                   Moon enters Gemini.
 
Friday, August 26 - 27: Sri Krishna Jayanti - Birthday of Hindu God Krishna (avatar of God Vishnu), beloved of Goddess Radha (avatar of Goddess Lakshmi).
 
Sunday, August 28: Moon enters Cancer.
                                     Day of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s peaceful march on Washington, D.C., for recognition of the rights of
African Americans (1963). Rev. King made his inspiring "I have a dream" speech at this rally.
 
Monday, August 29: Birthday of Henry Bergh (1811), non-violent advocate for animal rights. A day to advocate for laws protecting animals from abuse. Henry Bergh founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
 

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Monday, August 29 - September 5: Burning Man - An annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance. Held in the Black Rock Desert,  120 miles north of Reno, Nevada, the towns of Empire and Gerlach serve as guardians of the desert region. Burning Man is always held the week prior to and including Labor Day weekend. Their official website is:  www.burningman.com   But if you wish to truly understand and comprehend Burning Man, you need to attend the event - it's unlike anything you've ever experienced!
... But be advised, it does come at a price: 
    $ 320.00 advance ($ 360.00 box office) admission, per person (believe it or not, it costs about $271.00, divided by 8 days = $ 33.90 per day, per person, to make Burning Man happen).
    Low Income - Volunteer Tickets usually sell out early in the season.
 
Tuesday, August 30 - September 6: Paryusana Jain festival of recitation of holy scripture, fasting, self-discipline, introspection, and reserve. Jainas grant forgiveness to others, ask forgiveness of others for harm done, whether knowingly or unknowingly, during the past year, and make vows to avoid causing future harm. The festival ends with a communal meal.
 
Wednesday, August 31: Moon enters Leo.
                                            Remembrance day for Tahirih (d. 1852) - feminist, poet, scholar, and preacher of the nascent Baha'i
Faith. Baha'is recognize gender equality.

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THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2004

A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality

 

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