One Journey, Many Paths~August

* 7/14 eve to 8/19 eve (7/28 peak): Delta Aquarid Meteor Showers.

* 7/29 eve to 8/17 eve (8/12 peak): Perseid Meteor Showers.

* 7/31 eve to 8/2 eve: Lughnasadh–Old Celtic/Irish Feast of Goddess Tailtiu and God Lugh (Deities of Sustenance and Light).

* 7/31 eve to 8/7 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.

* 8/2: Dakas’ Day–Day Tantric Buddhists make offerings to the Dakas and Father Tantra; day to unite will and power to manifest positive social change and environmental healing.

* 8/2: Feast of the Black Madonna.

* 8/4 to 8/7: Zuni Corn Dance–in thanksgiving to Mother Earth, the Kokos (Nature Spirits), and the Corn Maidens for the maize harvest.

* 8/5: Mindfulness Day–Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that desire for power over others results from ignorance of interdependence.

* 8/6 (OC 8/19): Transfiguration Day–Christian feast celebrating the revelation of Lord Jesus as the Cosmic Christ and friend to all humanity.

* 8/6: Day the Voting Rights Act became law (1965) – register to vote!

* 8/6 to 8/7: Old Egyptian festival of Neter Thoth, God of Knowledge and Wisdom.

* 8/7 (2:11 p.m. EDT): Full Moon (Grain-Harvest/Thunder Moon).

* 8/7: Gaia Consciousness Day–Day to meditate on Mother Earth as a living planet.

* 8/7 eve to 8/8 eve: Synoikia–Old Greek festival celebrating the peaceful cooperation of states. Offerings were made to Aphrodite and Eirene, Goddesses of friendship and peace.

* 8/9: World’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day–Day to celebrate the empowerment of indigenous peoples world-wide; vigil for justice and respect for the social, cultural, and political rights of all indigenous peoples.

* 8/11: Christian feast of St. Clare of Assisi (d. 1253), guide of environmentalists.

* 8/14 to 8/15: Sri Krishna Jayanti–Birthday of Hindu God Krishna (avatar of God Vishnu), beloved of Goddess Radha (avatar of Goddess Lakshmi).

* 8/14 eve to 8/20 eve: Panathenaea–Old Greek festival of Goddess Athena – as daughter of Wisdom (Goddess Metis) and font of reason.

* 8/15: Kaza Matsuri–Shinto rite honoring the Kami of Wind.

* 8/15 (OC 8/28): Assumption Day–Christian feast commemorating Blessed Mother Mary rising into Heaven and being crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth.

* 8/19: 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.

* 8/21 (11:47 a.m. to 5:04 p.m. EDT): Total Solar Eclipse (visible in North America, northern South America, western Europe, extreme western Africa, and extreme eastern Asia).

* 8/21 (2:30 p.m. EDT): New Moon.

* 8/21 eve to 9/20 eve: Elul–Jewish month of self-reflection, peace-making, and renewal. Elul-Rosh Hashanah Truce (through Yom Kippur).

* 8/22: Christian feast of Our Lady, Queen of Angels.

* 8/23: Beginning of Virgo (the Grain Maiden/Man).

* 8/23: Feast of the Furies–honoring Nemesis and the Erinyes, Old Greek Goddesses who punish murderers, abusers, and exploiters of others.

* 8/25: Old Roman festival of Goddess Ops, Lady of the Cornucopia, Bounty of the Harvest, and Sustainer of Life.

* 8/25 to 9/5: Ganesha Chaturthi–Hindu festival honoring God Ganesha (son of Goddess Parvati and God Shiva) as the Challenger – creator and remover of obstacles.

* 8/26: Day the U.S. Constitution’s 19th Amendment went into effect, recognizing women’s right to vote (1920).

* 8/27: Birthday of Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) (1910), Catholic nun who served the poorest of the poor and saw Deity in each person. She witnessed her faith by example, rather than by proselytizing, and respected those of other faiths.

* 8/27 eve to 8/28 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis – as defender of rights and liberties, and punisher of rapists and oppressors.

* 8/28: Day of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s peaceful march on Washington, D.C., for recognition of the rights of African Americans (1963).

* 8/28 eve to 9/4 eve: Hajj–Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca to honor Allah. Hajj Truce (through Eid al-Adha).

* 8/29: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on Bodhisattva Goddess Gold Tara, provider of all sustenance and necessities.


Excerpted from
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2016 Marija Miovski