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THE UNIVERSAL FESTIVAL CALENDAR

July 2014

 

STAR OF THE SEA

Greetings and blessings, and welcome to the Universal Festival Calendar for July, 2014. With this issue the UFC begins its 17th year since it first appeared in July 1998. This Mythic Prelude will be briefer than most, because the gathering momentum of the year requires lightness, inventiveness, flexibility and humor in the months from now through December, when Round 6 of the Uranus -Pluto squares brings new opportunities for perceiving that the crucial changes that come now are in the field of consciousness itself, not in the things, structures, rules and institutions that slow the pulse of feeling and cloud our eye for opportunity.

 

There was a time on our planet when we could see this easily and at once, as our lives were connected to the soil and the river, the Sun and the sea, and had not yet become cluttered, stressed and dulled by mental complexity, noise, and pressure to do everything but be happy. The time of reaffirming true priorities in communal celebration, exploration and reattunement of sacred places is here now, and for the year to come, and this is why registration is now open for Sacred Sounds Egypt 2015, which Leslie Zehr and I will guide again in February-March. The journey will aim at much more than inspiring experiences of ceremony and song in ancient sacred spaces from the Giza, Saqqara and Dashour pyramids to the majestic temples of Luxor, Dendera, Abydos and Isis' own birth chapel at Philae, and the chanting of the Divine Name atop Mt. Sinai. It is time now, as the long-lost wisdom of Egypt returns, the Hermetic tradition is perceived anew for what it was and is, and the showdown between freedom and ignorance comes to its climax, to sing the chants of liberation and light in the places where they sounded for the millennia when the ancient Mediterranean cultures revered Egypt as the happiest, healthiest and holiest civilization ever known. It is also time to restore due reverence to Lady Isis when her name has been subjected to outrageous disrespect. More on this in a moment.

 

In the sacred calendar of ancient Khemt (aka "Egypt"), the month we call July spans the ending of Mesore, the last month of the harvest season, when the fields are parched and cracked under the fierce solar heat of Horus; and the New Year begins with the grand festival of the Five Neters at the beginning of the month of Thuthi, sacred to the thrice-mighty Lord Djehuti ("Thoth"), whose guidance as the greatest of philosophers, priests and kings resets the rhythm of the year and times the opening of the floodgate of new life. There is more on this week-long festival below in the Daily Listings for July 13 - 19.

 

While Djehuti's role in recalibrating the numbers in the sacred year was of high importance, his festival on July 19 was actually a double festival that shared sound and space with the annual marriage rite of Isis and Osiris, whose union heralded the annual inundation that came a week later with the heliacal rising of Sothis ("Sirius"). The appearance of this star, sacred to Aset ("Isis") at dawn just before the Sun on July 26, meant that the Nile would now flow the color of brick-red riverbed dust for several days (the plague of "blood" in Exodus), then return to her healthiest Isis blue as the life cycles of the river, and all lives she touched, resurged again. For thousands of years the month we now call July meant the ascendancy of water and the sacred feminine in the person and archetype of Isis as Lady of the River, birth giver, master of medicine, universal Mother and Star of the Sea. She pointed mariners toward safe harbor, and souls in search of truth toward the clearing of the heart and the stilling of the mind into the profound silences that engender the Body of Light.

 

Remember silence? Have any experience of it lately? Not probable, as one of the key control techniques of the archons' power agenda is not only to generate a torrent of distractions and lies, but to deliver them in such a relentless current of noise that our planet may now have a billion or more electronically overstimulated people who have never heard silence at all, and would be intensely uncomfortable, even terrified if they did, as though the absence of any and all beeping, buzzing, rattling and roaring must be unnatural, and should be filled with something, anything, as soon as possible.

 

So the pounding and static of "news" and opinion gets louder and faster by the day and seemingly by the hour now, as anyone and everyone is accused of every conceivable crime, conspiracy and cynical secret objective. Not that conspiracies are mere fantasy, as we saw years ago in "Conspiration Theory."

 

HOW IT ALL HANGS TOGETHER

 

As you know, or at least strongly suspect, everything that is going on now is a vast, complex plan among the Illuminati, the Jesuits, the FBI, CIA, NSA, TSA and the NFL, Freemasons, the Vatican, the City of London, the British Crown, Wall Street, the Banking Cartel, the Medici, the Rothschilds, the Rockefellers, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg Group, the Bohemian Grove, the White Brotherhood, the Black Hand, the Silver Streak, the Purple Gang and the Golden Dawn, the Mafia, the P2 Lodge, the First Circle, the Second Opinion, the Third Degree, the Fourth Reich, the Fifth Column, the Sixth Sense, the Seventh Seal and the Eighth Chakra, the Vril Society, the Thule Society, the Old Man of the Mountain, the Club of Rome, the Prieurie de Sion, MI6, Mossad, the KGB, the Elders of Zion, the Corporation That Must Not be Named, Skull and Bones, Thomas Pyncheon, Opus Dei, the guy who sold me the Ford Tempo, the Galactic Federation, the Knights Templar, the Ku Klux Klan, Episkopon, the Society of Thoth, the Skopzi, Carbonari, Thuggee, Burschenschaften, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and those people who are never home on Hallowe'en, all linked in combination, conspiracy, collusion, intrigue, synergies, plots and stratagems so complex, and so artful yet well hidden (as in the banner image above, by Devin Vaughn), that only the Eye in the Pyramid can see all the connections, provided that from moment to moment it is not being jiggled by HAARP frequencies or clouded by chemtrails.

 

Is there a central intelligence, or at least a single will, coordinating it all? And is it simpler, really, than almost anyone imagines? Yes. Now it can be told. The whole shebang, the entire baleful black chrysanthemum, is in fact a front created by three bespectacled, bulbnosed, broad-bunned brothers in navy blue gabardine pants, operating out of a small warehouse in the eastern United States. They are, as it turns out, the grandsons of the "real"-life brothers Kurt Vonnegut wrote about in Slaughterhouse Five, who ran what was officially a used book exchange, and also sold under-the-counter pornography and sex toys. The sons of this original trio, wanting to do something more ambitious and socially impactful, created a natural food store that did as well as such a thing can in a society that sees little profit potential in good health. Now the three grandsons -- named Bud, Bert and Bernie, like their forebears -- are operating a much riskier enterprise than sex videos, selling ephedra, MMS, cannabis oil and other remedies that can heal anything and everything.

 

So they must naturally keep them hidden from the FDA, the Bush family (owners of Pfizer pharmaceutical), the rest of Big Pharma and the other elements of the IMI, or Illness Maintenance Industry -- see the "Aquarian Medicine" chapter in Surfing Aquarius -- who are determined to enact the Codex Alimentarius. In the end, they will ban all access to natural foods and medicines, and eliminate all alternatives to Voldemort Inc. and other purveyors of GMO foods, who are as we speak collaborating on a new SuperSoma. Each one of the conspirator firms will market this cocktail of prednisone, aspartame, sugar, corn syrup and liquid styrofoam under different names, in order to create the appearance of the kind of competition that has not happened in decades, ever since the major media companies were bought by multinational conglomerates who suppress any and all news not only about their own member firms, but -- as they are linked by interlocking boards of directors -- but about the other malefactors too.

 

HONOR THY MOTHER

 

What is the surest sign that all of this is about to liquefy, clarify, evaporate and blow away? How do we know that in this pivotal year of 2014, the whole astonishingly intricate structure of control is about to disintegrate, maybe in December, maybe in the fall, or the summer, or this month, or at any moment now, as people everywhere watch the world's moneyed elite cavort in their face paint and clown clothes at the World Cup?

 

For those who honor the sacred feminine and revere the Goddess, and see Her return and re-empowerment as essential to the health of all humanity and the Earth, the ultimate outrage has now been perpetrated, as the name of the Lady Herself has been co-opted by the Sunni jihadist organization ISIS, for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which is overrunning Iraq about as fast as its covert sponsors in the US government will help this to happen, in order to achieve their double aim of keeping control of the oil, while stoking as much chaos and agony as possible, for the sake of keeping everyone frustrated, furious and terrified, and thereby disunited and powerless. All of this remains hidden, as always, under the usual self-righteous propaganda, and even the most desperate lies, such as the one trumpeted last week from the UK by The Telegraph, which claimed that ISIS had seized -- wait for it -- Saddam Hussein's stockpile of chemical weapons! Another sign of just how rotten the whole structure of control is, how flimsy the quivering house of cards, is that lies that were exposed as false years ago now get trotted out and trumpeted again.

And why not? The same people who bought them before might buy them again.

 

CREATING MATTER FROM LIGHT

 

Or not. The lies can only get so arrogant before the insult is deeply and personally felt. And not all of the news that really is news -- because someone wants to suppress it -- can be smothered. Consider only a few of the stories that now come inexorably to light, in spite of all the archons' efforts to ignore them and hope they'll go away. Whole Foods, having refused to get with the program of labeling products containing GMO, has been slammed with an $800,000 penalty for overcharging California customers. Rallies against the Federal Reserve are erupting in Germany. And get this: on June 17, the first meeting of  the G77 + China, attended by thirty heads of state and delegates from 133 nations, convened in Bolivia. After a keynote address by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the conference proceeded to approve resolutions that aim to destroy the US-dominated New World Order, and along with it the relentless agendas of domination, manipulation and control through economic warfare, political destabilization, assassination and every other trick that the power elite has used to enrich and empower itself at the world's expense.

 

Did anyone hear about any of this on the 6:00 news? Of course not. Any more than they've heard of Jeremy Rifkin's speech "A World Beyond Markets,"  about the new economy of the collaborative commons that can now make capitalism all but obsolete. Or The Synchronicity Key, David Wilcock's 2013 book about the universe as a coherent holographic field of consciousness in which all beings, know it yet or not, resonate in the same Divine Frequency. Or consider these manzanas, courtesy of The Guardian, for whose survival and health Goddess be praised. Under the Earth's surface, scientists at Northwestern University have discovered, there may be a water reservoir three times the size of our oceans, so that at the very least, our understanding of our planet's formation and composition, even our relationship with Water herself, may now be radically transformed.

 

And scientists at Imperial College London claim to have cracked a problem posed 80 years ago by Gregory Breit and John Wheeler, who hypothesized that under the right conditions, photons of light can be made to produce electron and their antimatter equivalents, positrons. Thus, thanks now to laser technology, we shall know within a year whether matter can be created from light. The implications are of course innumerable and astonishing. And for another time. When we know whether they'll use split lasers to produce an avocado, a rhinoceros or a police commissioner, or whether a mirror ball could be used to create a galaxy.

 

So many brilliant possibilities. Yes with all due respect to the brilliant minds who aim to create matter from light, in the end technology will be no substitute for what the human mind can do by itself, and could do thousands of years ago. We are at the point of being about to go direct. Just as the internet and social media are only steps on the way to the telepathy that grows among many of us now, making matter from light with the help of machines will be entertaining and perhaps useful until we rediscover the alchemy the Khemitians mastered long ago, of refining the physical body into the khu, or light body.

 

The most appropriate response to all this is silence, so that this may be the first UFC prelude that doesn't recommend you start singing and keep singing, ideally in community. There is always need and time for that. But now it is best to listen for the the subtler pulses, align with their vibrations and even if we can only imagine them, we can still: Keep Holding That Frequency!

 

THE UNIVERSAL FESTIVAL CALENDAR

DAILY LISTINGS

July 2014

 

July 1, Tuesday

The Romans called this month September ("seventh") until it was named July in honor of the famous statesman Julius Caesar by his adoptive son Octavian, who would claim the title Augustus and name the eighth month for himself, thereby pushing September to its present position as the ninth month. Caesar, who is usually said to have been born on July 12 or 13 in 100 BC, may be the most celebrated Cancerian in history, though he was clearly atypical, likely having a formidable fornax of Leo fire in him too. Among the many acts that made Caesar one of history's most acclaimed artists of power was his reform of the Greek (originally Egyptian) solar calendar into the Julian calendar that was to be the timekeeping standard for the ancient Mediterranean and Christian world for the next 1600 years.

 

From ancient times, when the Romans called July 1 the Kalends of July and through the middle ages as well, it was said that if rain came on the first of July, the next four weeks would be rainy too.

 

This date has gained additional importance in modern times as the anniversary of the day (1968) when the nations of the world committed themselves to halt the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

 

On this day Mercury “goes direct,” reversing his backward movement of the last three weeks, so that from now recent blockage, delay, confusion and general weirdness in the Mercury-ruled areas of transportation, commerce and communications will lift somewhat. But not entirely. Mercury will clear his retrograde shadow – that is, return to the zodiac point where he first went retrograde – on July 16. Until then, it’s still best to double-check the nuances and numbers, rather than assume anything.

 

July 2, Wednesday

Roman Catholic feast of the Visitation. This holy day commemorates the moment when Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, perceived the mission accepted by the Virgin Mary in bearing divinity into the world, and catalyzed one of the great feats of poetic inspiration in history. It is said that when Elizabeth grasped the nature of Mary's future and praised her as exalted among all women, Mary fell into a silence of humility and bliss, then joyously chanted for the first time the words of the divine love poem known in Latin as the Magnificat.

 

July 3, Thursday

The dog days, in which the Sun aligns with the position of the Dog Star Sirius, traditionally the hottest time of the year, begin today.

 

This day is Rosa Mundi (Rose of the World) day in the Palestinian Calendar.

 

July 5 - 12 (8 days)

Among Mahayana Buddhists, one of the year's great festivals of Tara/Kwan Yin/Kannon, honoring her qualities of compassion, mercy and healing. During these days, which culminate at the Full Moon of the 6th lunar month, devotees focus on their commitment to live in service and carry the principles of Tara into practice. Om Tara Tu Tare Ture Soha.

 

July 6, Sunday

In the Tibetan Buddhist calendar, this 10th day of the 6th lunar month is the birthday of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), the great teacher who founded the Old Sect (Nyingma-pa) lineage, revealed the Bardo Thodol, or Tibetan Book of the Dead, and the "direct path" method of enlightenment by intuitive realization. It’s best to check the timing of this feast, and other Tibetan holy days, with your local Buddhist community, as celebration dates can vary widely among Tibetans, and can be affected by Chinese disinformation.

 

Birthday (332 CE) of the Roman emperor, military genius and stoic philosopher Flavius Claudius Julianus, who was also a prolific author said to exceed all the Augusti except Marcus Aurelius in beauty of writing. He is best known to history as Julian the Apostate for his having attempted to restore the old Olympian religion some 40 years after Constantine named Christianity the state religion of the Roman empire. From the day he died at 29, in battle outside the Persian capital of Ctesiphon, it has been unclear whether the fatal blow came from the enemy cavalry, or from a Christian soldier in Julian's own ranks.

 

Also in a wonderful synchronicity this year, the birthday of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama (1935), living incarnation of Avalokiteshvara, Bodhisattva of Compassion, comes on the same day as the birthday of Padmasambhava.

 

July 6 - 12 (1 week)

Among the Cherokee and other Native peoples of the American Southwest, the four-day festival of the Green Corn Dance, honoring the maize goddess Selu and praying for an abundant harvest, begins today, a week before the Capricorn Full Moon on 7/12.

 

July 7, Monday

In Japan, this day is Tanabata, festival of the lovers, sacred to the kami of the stars. For more on this myth, see Crossing the Water.

 

In the Celtic tree calendar, 7/7 begins Holly Month, said to be favorable for balancing the polarity of male and female.

 

July 8 - 12, (five days)

The ancient Lithuanian people, who once lived throughout central Europe, celebrate the Binding of the Wreaths in the days just before the first Full Moon following the Summer Solstice (6/26). In this rite, couples who are about to marry at the Full Moon dance within wreaths made out of greenery and flowers, and wear flower crowns symbolizing the fertility of the God and Goddess newly united in marriage.

 

July 9, Wednesday

In the Baha'i calendar, this date commemorates the martyrdom of the Bab.

 

In the Islamic calendar, sunset on this day will probably begin the holy month of Ramadan, which should continue until Aug. 7. Timing can only be estimated here because like most Muslim holy days, Ramadan becomes official only when the New Moon is sighted and verified. The holy month is a time of purification through fasting during the daylight hours, alms giving and forgiveness, and the repair of broken heart cords. For more on Ramadan, see What’ll You Have?

 

July 10, Thursday

On this day (1057), Lady Godiva pulled off, in more ways than one, an act of civil disobedience that remains among the most celebrated in history. Determined to persuade her husband Leofric to lift heavy taxes and other oppressive burdens from his people, the Lady rode skyclad through the town square, to the amazement and admiration of all. Leofric got the message. Tax cuts ensued.

 

July 11, Friday

In the Roman Catholic calendar, feast of St. Benedict (born 480), the most influential founder abbot in the early monastic movement, whose order was invaluable in keeping the flame of learning and spirit alive during the Dark Ages after the fall of the Roman Empire. Benedict is said to have passed away on this day in 543.

 

As David Elkington notes, however, in In the Name of the Gods, Benedict may not have actually existed. His name may derive from the late Roman deity Apollo Benedictus -- blessed Apollo -- and the monastic rule ascribed to him may have been compiled by a body of monks who founded the Benedictine order.

 

July 12, Sunday, 1:26 am HT; 11:26 am UT;

Full Moon in Capricorn, moving opposite Sun in Cancer. Creative, dynamic, complementary opposition between female and male energies, more favorable for professional and service relationships than for marriages. Role reversals apply now, as masculine solar energy is most advantageous now in domestic work, and feminine lunar energy is in the domain of the spiritual master. Teaching activities by Wise Women are favored, in the season of the High Priestess.

 

This is not the easiest Full Moon of the year, as the Moon - Sun pair are aligned with many other planets, not always in harmonious terms. The great lights, opposite each other in Capricorn (Moon) and Cancer (Sun) are at a 90° "square" to a triple conjunction of Ceres, Mars and the North Moon's Node in the sign of Libra. Not only that. For some astrologers, there is a Grand Cross at this Full Moon with Uranus in Aries aligned in friction to the other three points. This Grand Cross, though much shorter than the turbulent one on April 20, is much more powerful, as other planets are combining with all these squares in the easier or "more harmonious" 60° sextiles by Sun and Moon to Saturn in Scorpio and Chiron in Pisces. Mercury in Gemini is in active, lively and creative linkage with the trio of planets and nodes in Libra. This is certainly a time when focused, non-violent yet passionate communication will dissolve differences and create alliances that offer superb chances for joint intentional work and ceremony. Let us hope there is a lot of celebration at this Full Moon by those who are aware of the countless other groups doing this on Earth now, and how they are  conscious of us, as we are conscious of them.

 

In the Islamic calendar, the evening of this Full Moon in the lunar month of Sha'ban begins Lailat Al-Bara'ah, also called Nisfu Sha'ban, the night of repentance, when the devout ask forgiveness for all wrongs done in the preceding year. Some Muslims now also observe Shab-e Br'aat, the expected birthday of the Imam Mahdi, the future Islamic Messiah.

 

In the Hindu calendar, this Full Moon in the month of Ashadh is called Guru Moon, and is traditionally celebrated as Guru Purnima. Also know as Vyas Purnima, the day commemorates and venerates the great sage Ved Vyasa. He is the Adi Guru -- that is, the root teacher, the original master -- of the Hindu Dharma, who classified the Vedas and wrote the eithteen Puranas. He is also the author of The Mahabharata.

 

For many Buddhists in India, this is Asalha Puja. Strictly speaking, the "Asalha Rite," is in September at the Full Moon in the 8th lunar month of Asalha. It is a conflation of two famous events: Siddartha Gautama's awakening into Buddhahood under the bo tree at Bodh Gaya -- this actually happened at the Full Moon of the 6th month of Vaisakhi -- and the Buddha's first discourse two months later to his five disciples at the Deer Park in Sarnath. This latter is said to be the first "turning of the wheel" of dharma, and is thus the beginning of the Buddhist faith.

 

For Theravadin Buddhists, this Full Moon is observed very much like Asalha Puja. Devotees of Theravada celebrate Dhammachakka, the Buddha's first public teaching; and Wessana, the first day of a three-month retreat during which the Buddha realized the teaching of the eightfold path.

 

July 12, Saturday

Henry David Thoreau was born on this day in 1817.

 

Reed Dance Day in some of the African tribal Calendars.

 

In the Baha'i calendar, this day honors the Deity as Kalimat, or Sacred Words.

 

July 10 - 16 (one week)

Many Japanese Buddhists, especially those living outside Japan, now celebrate the annual festival of Obon, when the families of departed ones set lanterns afloat in river, lake and sea, to affirm the soul's unquenchable light and help redirect lost souls on their way to Amida's Pure Land, the Western Paradise. See also Japan's solar Obon festival on 8/15. It's best to check local schedules, as Obon will likely be most celebrated on and around the weekend of 11 - 13 July.

 

July 13, Sunday

Mercury enters Cancer. Most astrologers consider this placement neutral -- but quick, restless Mercury is never completely comfortable in the wayery, Moon-ruled sign of the home, though gossip does tend to spike while he's in the house.

 

July 13 - 19 (one week)

In ancient Khemt, one of the most sacred weeks in the Calendar, having the birthdays of Ra and the five neters who form the myths of Aset ("Isis") and Ausar ("Osiris"), and climaxing in the New Year Festival. The birth of the five "epagonal" neters is an epoch-making cosmic event that forces a sharing and realignment of Ra's power by expanding the Earth year from 360 to 365 days. For  more about this crucial cosmic event, see "The Game of Chance" in When It Rained in Egypt.

 

This is the critical time shift that makes possible the later Greek, Julian and Gregorian solar calendars. The birthdays of the neters:

 

7/13  - Birth of Ra (Month of Mesore, day 30)

7/14 - Birth of Ausar, aka Osiris, neter of vegetation, the male creative force

7/15 - Birth of Hor ("Horus") as Light Being. He will later be born in a physical body as the son of Aset and Ausar, and will grow into the falcon-headed solar hero who saves Khemt from the next neter.

7/16 - Birth of Set, lord of the red desert land, and force of chaos and destruction, brother and murderer of Ausar

7/17 - Birthday of Aset, better-know to us by her Greek name of Isis, neter of female fertility, most widely revered and beloved of all ancient mother goddesses. Sister and wife of Ausar, she restores him to life through her powers as healer, lover and magician, and bears him the solar child Hor on Dec. 25.

7/18 - Birthday of Nebt-Het ("Nephthys"), sister of these four neters, also wife of Set and lover of Ausar, to whom she bears Anup, aka Anubis. Nebt-Het is revered as the keeper of secrets, and also as the Khemitian counterpart of Venus/Aphrodite

7/19 - New Year begins with festivals of Djehuti ("Thoth") and the Marriage of Aset and Ausar, parallel to the Greco-Roman feasts of Aphrodite/Venus and Adonis, held on the same day. This day begins the season of inundation, sacred to Hapi, neter of the Nile. Month of Thuthi, ruled by Djehuti, begins. It is now seven days to the annual Nile flood.

 

July 14, Monday

On this day in 1789, the people of Paris stormed the city prison in an act of liberation that the French have celebrated as Bastille Day ever since. And on July 14 in 1988, the first crop circle appeared near Silbury Hill in England.

 

New Year's day in the Olympian calendar of the ancient Greeks.

 

This day is also St. Swithin's Day, the most celebrated — and long considered the most reliable — of all west European weather markers. For centuries people in Brittany and the British Isles chanted that if it rains on St. Swithin's Day, it will rain for forty days more; but if it's fair, we'll have forty days of sunshine.

 

July 16, Wednesday

On this day in 1251, Our Lady of Carmel was reported to have first appeared on Mt. Carmel in the Holy Land.

 

One of the two most important planet ingresses of the year comes now, as Jupiter enters Leo. This sign transit is equaled in importance by only one other this year, as Saturn enters Sagittarius in December. Jupiter's journey through fiery Leo until August, 2015 creates some dynamic and creative forces, even by the standards of this very favorable combination of Jupiter's expansion, optimism and abundance, with the Sun's creativity, capacity for leadership and flair for performance. These make Leo a far more satisfying environment for Jupiter than Cancer, which for him is more like being seated around a formica table in the kitchen of a farm family -- not that he deprecates at all those industrious, honest people who farm the Earth and feed the people. It's just that he prefers the bright lights and the Broadway production values. Now in Leo he is literally in his element (fire) and on stage in the Olympian floor show and casino. His lucky trine coming in September with Uranus in Aries makes this a time when fortune will favor the brave.

 

July 17, Thursday

In the Japanese solar Calendar, this day marks the re-emergence of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu-O-Mikuni, who had plunged the world into darkness by retreating into her cave in fury after she was ridiculed by her brother, the trickster Susanoo-O-Mikuni. Her retreat and reappearance are the Japanese version of the universal myth of the departure and return of the Light, and along with it, the life force of the Earth.

 

July 18, Friday

Birthday of astrologer, alchemist and mathematician John Dee (1527), the most celebrated of all occult and magical adepts in the England of Elizabeth the Great and Shakespeare.

 

Venus enters Cancer. This sign, ruler of the home and motherhood, is considered neutral territory for the love goddess, neither fizzily advantageous nor really uncomfortable. She may even enjoy burping the baby and wiping the kitchen tiles, if only for novelty's sake -- but not likely for long. Imagine Marilyn Monroe trading satin and pearls for diapers and report cards, and you get the idea of Venus in Cancer. She does not lack the maternal touch. Like all love goddesses, she bears children. But she does not become Venus the mother until she enters Libra; until then, she prefers to be Venus the lover until the last minute. She will be in Cancer until Aug. 12.

 

July 19, Saturday

This day marks the central summer of Adonis' annual appearance on Earth during the warm months. His marriage to Aphrodite/Venus is celebrated on this day.

 

July 20, Sunday

In the Mayan calendar systems, this day begins the Uinal of Light, the ninth of the 20-day Uinals in the current cycle of the Tzolkin, or 260-day calendar (5 Imix, Tzolkin 161). The symbolic bird for this uinal is the Turkey, the energy principles those of Breakthrough and Budding.

 

July 21, Monday

Roman Catholic feast of St. Victor, hero of a spectacular martyr scenario from the early history of Christianity. Victor was an army officer whose legion was stationed at Marsilia (Marseilles) when the emperor Maximian himself came to eradicate the Christian virus from the army of southern Gaul. On refusing to renounce his faith, Victor was dragged through the city streets, whipped and beaten by the mob, then tortured on the rack and thrown into prison, where he was visited by angels who sang so majestically and filled his cell with such a blaze of light that by morning, the three guards on the night watch had converted to the worship of the Christ. Maximian had the guards beheaded, handed Victor once again to the fury of the mob, then gave him another chance to spurn the "dead Jew" and honor Jupiter. Victor replied by kicking the god's image down the altar stairs, whereupon the emperor had the offending foot cut off. When Victor burst into a joyous song of gratitude, Maximian ordered him to be crushed under a mill stone, which cracked and broke apart as soon as it touched Victor's flesh. Then the order was given to behead what was left of Victor -- one can well appreciate the trepidation the executioner must have felt by now as he stepped toward his task -- but God evidently decided to waive further agony. The bodies of Victor and his guards were weighted and thrown into the depths of the sea, to prevent any veneration of their resting place, but the four saints washed ashore anyway and were enshrined in a grotto.

 

In the ancient Greek calendar, this day was sacred to the prophet and teacher Damo, who was said to have received all the secret wisdom of her father, Pythagoras.

 

July 22, Monday

Sun enters Leo, the Lion, sign of his own rulership and source of his greatest strength. The ensuing month has long been sacred to Helios/Apollo and other solar deities. Bold, forward movement is favored now as water yields to fire. The thrust of action shifts from introversion, and emphasis on domestic matters, to outer-directed aggression, considered in the most literal sense of the Latin root word: a determined movement toward the goal, an impulse to attack in the way that committed musicians, and all who pour their full passion into the creative moment, play with attack.

 

In the Roman Catholic calendar, feast of St. Mary Magdalen, one of the most devoted disciples of Jesus. According to some ancient legends, Mary Magdalen was the bride of Jesus and mother of his children, and after Jesus' departure for India, was said to have sailed with her children and St. Joseph of Arimathea to Marsilia (now Marseilles), where devotion to the Madeleine has always been especially fervent.

 

On this day the Maya celebrate their annual feast of the Sun, in honor of the god Ah Kin, on this day, and ritually enact in an elaborate circular procession the Sun's annual progress through the four quarters of the zodiac.

 

On this date the Greek Festival of Poseidon and the Roman Neptunalia are held to honor and placate the sea, and pray for protection from earthquakes.

 

In some Native American calendars, the month of the Sturgeon begins on this day.

 

July 22 - 28 (one week)

The ancient Greeks celebrate this week as the Panatheneia, or "All Athenes", honoring the beloved Goddess of Athens in her roles as giver of wisdom and sender of inspiration. Various cultural and academic competitions are held now, along with offerings and prayers for the Goddess's continued favor.

 

Probably July  23 (Wed) sunset - 24 (Thu) sunset, depending on actual sighting of the New Moon:

In the Islamic calendar, this day 27th day of Ramadan is Laylat al-Qadr, the Night of the Opening or Imparting. It commemorates the night before the end of Ramadan when Allah revealed the entire Qur'an to the angel Jibril (Gabriel), who then dictated the verses to Mohamed, Peace be Upon Him. On this night angels are said to descend to Earth and bestow blessings. Old copies of the holy book are restored, and beautiful new copies are made ready, in time for this day. Special readings of the sacred text, in addition to the readings regularly done at worship, are held at mosques, at other public places, everywhere. This feast begins a holy festival week culminating in the last day of Eid al-Fitr at the end of Ramadan. This day is said to be more efficacious for prayer than a thousand ordinary months, and thus many devout Muslims spend the entire night and the next day in prayer.

 

July 25, Friday

In the Roman Catholic Calendar, Feast of St. James the Greater, brother of Jesus, considered by some to be the leader designated by Jesus to carry on the work of the Christian movement until James' position was later overshadowed by the more assertive evangelism of St. Paul.

James has also been identified as the Essene Teacher of Righteousness cited in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

 

July 26, Saturday: 12:43pm HT; 10:43pm UT:

The Dark Moon conjunct Sun in Leo is one of the true power points of the year, when the electrical, masculine energy of the Sun, ruler of Leo, is complemented by the Moon's magnetic, feminine energy. This Dark Moon is an active force for productive change, with Ceres in Leo conjunct Moon and Sun, as Uranus in Aries is in a 120° trine to all three. Personal and communal intentions can move rapidly toward solid, practical results.

 

In the Chinese Taoist calendar, the great annual Festival of the Ancestors will soon be celebrated, on the New Moon of the eighth lunar month.

 

July 26, Saturday

Among the Norse peoples, the festival of Asatru is celebrated on this day. It commemorates Odin's ride on the shamanic horse Sleipnir, with whose help Odin is able to enter the three worlds of the gods, living mortals and the dead. This feast thus evokes and symbolizes the experience of shamanic, transhuman states of consciousness.

 

Among the ancient Khemitians, this is the most important day of the year because it begins with the Heliacal Rising of Sirius (Sothis) -- that is, the rising of the Sirius above the eastern horizon just before dawn -- and is therefore the day that normally begins the annual Nile flood. Curiously, the Khemitians know that the flood will begin with three days of rust-red water, as the river washes away the red dust of the dry season, then flows blue-green as the riverbed clears and is ready for new teeming life. Thus it happens every year, not only at the time when Pharaoh suffers the seven plagues heralded by Moses, that the river runs red as blood for a few days.

 

In the Roman Catholic Calendar, feast of St. Anna, mother of the Virgin Mary.

 

Carl Gustav Jung, seminal psychologist and master mythographer who articulated the importance of universal archetypes in the human collective unconscious, was born on this day in 1875.

 

Probably July 28 (three days):

In the Islamic calendar, the sighting of the New Moon following the Dark Moon of July 26 is the first day of the lunar month of Shawwal. It begins Eid al-Fitr, one of the year's holiest times, which comes now just after the end of the holy month of Ramadan, by which time both body and soul have been purified by fasting, and the devoted ones achieve high energy and clarity. That's why Shawwal means "Light and Vigorous."

 

July 31, Thursday

Birthday (1831) of Madame Helena Blavatsky, author of Isis Unveiled and co-founder with Henry Steele Olcott of the Theosophical Society.

 

In the Norse calendar, feast of the trickster and fire god Loki and his consort Sigyn.

 

In the Roman Catholic calendar, feast of St. Joseph of Arimathea, guardian of the Holy Grail.

 

Finally, in calendars throughout the Earth, this day begins the season of midsummer festivals in the Northern hemisphere, midwinter festivals below the equator. These days have been celebrated in Europe since ancient times as the Celtic feast of Lughnasad and the Christian Lammastide cycle of the new bread and the first fruits of the harvest. As the Sun is now in high Summer, in the middle of the sign of Leo which the Sun rules, this time is sacred to solar and fire deities and energies of all kinds. In the southern hemisphere, this is the season of Imbolc.

 

 

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