One Journey, Many Paths~July

* 7/1: Mindfulness Day–Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that alienation and hunger for possessions results from ignorance of interconnectedness.

* 7/1: Day endangered species became internationally protected (1975); day to celebrate all the world’s creatures.

* 7/2: Visitation Day–Christian feast marking St. Elizabeth’s recognition of Blessed Mary’s divine destiny as catalyst for human liberation and redemption.

* 7/3 (4:00 p.m. EDT): Earth Aphelion–when the Earth is farthest from the Sun.

* 7/4: U.S. Independence Day–Day to celebrate the right of all peoples to exercise peaceful, democratic self-determination.

* 7/5 to 7/12: Chinese Buddhist festival of Kuan Yin, Supreme Goddess of Nature and Perfect Buddha of many emanations; celebrates Her enlightenment and Her bodhisattva vow to help all sentient beings.

* 7/6: Birthday of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.

* 7/7: Tanabata–Shinto rite honoring the Kami of the Stars.

* 7/9 (12:07 a.m. EDT): Full Moon (Red/Mother Moon).

* 7/9: Day Tibetan and Mahayana Buddhists do good deeds and chant the name of Buddha God Amitabha to gain entry to His Pure Land and aid in attaining nirvana.

* 7/12: Day to meditate on the social costs of climate change.

* 7/12: Birthday of Henry David Thoreau (1817), Transcendentalist and naturalist who believed in individualism and living simply in harmony with Nature.

* 7/13 to 7/15: Obon–Zen Buddhist festival honoring departed ancestors.

* 7/14: Old Egyptian birthday feast of Neter Osiris – partner and true love of Isis, and father of Horus; guide of all husbands, fathers, and judges.

* 7/14 to 7/25 (I 7/20): Old Norse/Icelandic Mid-Summer Althingi–Community gathering for democratic decision making. Forseti and Tyr, Gods of Justice and Self-Sacrifice, were honored.

Star shower

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

* 7/17: 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.

* 7/19 to 8/1: Old Egyptian festival marking the return to Egypt of Neteret Isis, Neter Osiris, and the rains that inundate the Nile River.

* 7/22: 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.

* 7/23 (5:46 a.m. EDT): New Moon.

* 7/23: Beginning of Leo (the Lion/Lioness).

* 7/23: 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.

* 7/23: Vigil for peace, democratic government, freedom of religion, and respect for the human rights of all in Egypt.

* 7/23 to 7/29: Iroquois Green Corn Ceremony–in thanksgiving for the maize harvest.

* 7/26: Christian feast of St. Anna, mother of Blessed Mary and grandmother of Blessed Jesus; guide of grandmothers and elderly women.

* 7/26: Birthday of Dr. Carl Gustav Jung (1875), founder of archetypal psychology, which explores universal concepts of Deity and their relation to the individual psyche.

* 7/27: Chokhor Duchen–Tibetan Buddhist celebration of the Buddha’s first teaching.

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

* 7/31 eve to 8/1 eve: Tish’a B’Av–Jewish fast day mourning the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem dedicated to Elohim.

* 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.

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