One Journey, Many Paths~November

* 10/28 to 11/3: Isia–Old Romano-Egyptian festival recalling Set (God of Destruction) killing God Osiris; Goddess Isis mourning Him, resurrecting Him, and conceiving God Horus with Him; and Osiris becoming Lord of Amenta, realm of the dead.

* 10/30 eve to 11/2 eve: Thesmophoria–Old Greek festival commemorating Goddess Kore eloping to Elysium with God Dionysos, accompanied by Goddess Hekate and spirits of the dead. * 10/31 eve to 11/2 eve: Samhain–Old Celtic/Welsh New Year and feast of Cerridwen (Goddess of Death) and Beli (the Holly King – God of the Waning Sun).

* 10/31 eve to 11/7 eve: Mid-Autumn/Day of the Dead/Hallowmas–Festival marking the transformation of life to death – the end of the agricultural year, departure of migrating and hibernating animals, and decay and death of vegetal and animal life. Observed by remembering departed ancestors and contemplating one’s own mortality.

* 11/1: All Saints Day–Day Christians remember all the virtuous dead, known and unknown.

* 11/2: Aztec Day of the Dead–Day for honoring the departed and Mictlancihuatl-Miclanteuctli, Goddess-God of the Dead. Aztecs believe all Gods are united in Great God Ometeuctli, all Goddesses are united in Great Goddess Omecihuatl, and the Great God and Goddess are united in Ometeoltl.

* 11/2: Hopi & Zuni Ancestors’ Day–Food offerings are put into rivers and lakes in honor of the ancestors.

* 11/2: All Souls Day–Day Christians remember all the beloved dead.

* 11/3: World Community Day–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.

* 11/3: Christian feast of St. Martin of Porres (d. 1639), healer and advocate of social equality and inter-ethnic harmony; guide of healers and human rights activists.

* 11/4 (1:23 a.m. EDT): Full Moon (Wolf/Hunting Moon).

* 11/4: Mindfulness Day–Zen Buddhist day for mindfully seeing and acting with compassion for the Earth and all creatures.

* 11/4: Day commemorating the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (1469), founder of the Sikh faith. Sikhs attempt to merge the human spirit with the Divine Spirit by reciting Akal Purakh, one of Deity’s sacred names.

* 11/5 (2:00 a.m.): Daylight Savings Time ends – set clocks back 1 hour.

* 11/7: Election Day–remember to vote!

* 11/7 eve to 11/10 eve: Apaturia–Old Greek festival in which newcomers and children were welcomed into the community.

* 11/10: Lha Bab Duchen–Day Tibetan Buddhists celebrate the Buddha’s descent from heaven after teaching the Dharma there.

* 11/11: Veterans Day–Day to honor all warriors who have defended us against evil of all kinds..

* 11/11 to 11/17: Old Anglo-Teutonic fast marking Hod (God of Darkness) unintentionally killing Balder (God of Light), and his true love Nanna (Goddess of Flowers) dying of a broken heart. The dead were honored.

* 11/12 to 11/15: Tewa Buffalo Dance–focused on healing. Tewa rites honor Mother Earth, Father Sky, and the four directions and elements of life – air of the North, earth of the East, fire of the South, and waters of the West.

* 11/13: Kindness Day–Day for practicing random acts of kindness to strangers, and for committing to make kindness the basis for all encounters every day.

* 11/14 eve to 11/20 eve (11/17 peak): Leonid Meteor Showers.

* 11/16: Day the world’s nations agreed to protect the oceans and their creatures from pollution and over-harvest (1994); day to mourn continuing pollution and over-harvest.

* 11/18 (6:42 a.m. EST): New Moon.

* 11/18 to 12/1: Hopi & Zuni Shalako Festival–welcoming back to the pueblos the Kachinas/Kokos – Spirits of Nature and the ancestors that provide protection, health, fertility, and food. Kachina/Koko Dances invoke the Spirits into masked dancers.

* 11/20: Remembrance day for Meister Johannes Eckhart (d. 1328), Christian mystic. He taught the four ways of the mystic’s journey – the creating, positive, negating, and transformative ways.

* 11/22: Beginning of Sagittarius (the Hunter/Huntress).

* 11/23: Thanksgiving Day–Day to give thanks for the abundance of our land and for our food, clothes, shelter, and health.

* 11/26: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on Bodhisattva Goddess White Tara, who guides the dead to Buddha Amitabha’s Pure Land, where all will find salvation.

* 11/29 eve to 11/30 eve: Mawlid al-Nabi–Day commemorating the birth of Muslim Prophet Muhammad (570). He conceived Deity to be a compassionate, genderless unity.

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