PRELUDE  TO

THE UNIVERSAL FESTIVAL CALENDAR

September 2015

 

Golden Sun, Black Star

 

Hail, and welcome to the Universal Festival Calendar for September 2015, the month when anything and everything is expected to go bright in the day and bumpy in the night, as we come to collapses and eclipses, shivers of money, swoops of fear, swooshes of fevered faith and those rope-a-dopes of hope and hurry that come when people are certain that the jig is up and the Lord is nigh. First the overture to our program. We take you now to the Last Church of the Universal Cataclysm in Porkbottle, Mississippi, where the Rev. Billy Bob Dobomp -- he bears an uncanny resemblance to Rev. Jimmy Swaggart, and is often mistaken for him --- has his crowd heated, hamped and hittled into glistening entheosis and tootilation.

 

Rev. Billy Bob Dobomp: Yes! Do you want to know what will come? (Voices: Yes! Oooh!) Shall I speak to you (Aieee!) the message of the crumbling and deliverance? (Oh yes! Whooahh!) Are you ready? (Oh yeah!) Is it time to testify (Haah!) and satisfy (Wheeee!) and drop the balm of bliss and blessing? (Yohooh!). People ask me every day and every moment, Rev. Billy Bob Dobomp, what's going to happen? (Say it!) And it is, and let us be in stillness, listen now (Hush. All color washes to black and white): that the moment of awakening and ascension will arrive in majesty and wonder, mystery and fire and thunder, with a soouund like the zipper on the trousers of the Lord. And He shall take the Earth, and He will shake it, and bake it, and snap crackle pop it, and ba lop boppa looma ba lop bam boom! Where will you be on that day, when the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and (Trumpet fanfare) Oh! glory glory, look and listen, it's happenin' now!  Let us rise to the skies like infield flies as we leave the ground, we claim those golden crowns and we sing those joyous sounds!

 

At least this is how it went in the passive panting Age of Pisces, when Savonarolas and Hitlers and others could swing great masses of the willing into a foam and fury, like leaves that each look little in the air until they whirl down in that righteous wind from the Tree of Life itself and crest into that irresistible river that swells and sweeps us to Paradise Itself. But now, in the more active and awakened Age of Aquarius, as we shall soon see, we are no longer the sticks and bubbles in the river. We are the weave and the wind itself, directing the current of co-creation where we will in the service of the new world that is the clay and canvas for our love and artistry.

 

If you read these UFC pages regularly, then you know how important the ongoing 90° "square" of Uranus in fiery, assertive Aries and Pluto in the earthy weight of Capricorn has been since it first formed in 2012, and has continued in the years since to shake forth the unstoppable, revolutionary changes that must come in our governments and economies, our churches and societies, our cultures and symbols, but above all in our perception of the shared consciousness that unites us in a more clearly perceived field of intention, so that we are able to see for the first time that our heart currents are immensely impactful. We cause from moment to moment the shocks and flow of the field. When we are at peace, so is the world. When we are in turmoil, the stones tumble and the oceans roll. To understand this better, and see what we must create now, it will be useful to look for a moment at the planet cycles that most affect us now.

 

The Miner Gets Under the Wall

 

In his long orbit of 248 years, Pluto spends 15 years of each cycle in the sign of Capricorn. This sign, ruled by Saturn, is the practical, solid home of methodical procedures and organization, of the professional dimension and the weight of reality on Earth itself. When Pluto is in Capricorn, this means that the lord of death and regeneration, the cosmic garbage engineer and miner, causes structures to fall by digging and blowing away all that holds it up from below. The two intervals of Pluto in Capricorn before our present one (2008 - 2013), tell us what we can expect now. From 1760 to 1775, the end of the Seven Years' War brought France to eclipse, England to dominant empire and Prussia to power under Frederick the Great, and led in North America to the first battles that would bring in 1776 both The Wealth of Nations and the Declaration of Independence.

 

But much more relevant to our position now is the Pluto-in-Capricorn phase before that, when the years from 1512 to 1527 saw the Protestant Reformation that split the Christian world in two, the Spanish invasion that destroyed the Aztec empire, and the French sack of Florence from which the Medici bank would never recover as the Venetian ducat and the German thaler  (ancestor of dollar) superseded the Florentine florin that been the gold standard for a century and more. But the far more important changes came in our perceptions of the world and the universe, as the last voyages of Columbus were followed by the calculations of Copernicus, who determined right in this Plutonian time window (though he would not publish his paradigm-cracking work until 1543) that our planetary system is in fact heliocentric, and that the dynamics of physical space are utterly different from what Europe had believed for the last twelve centuries. This is why this famous image, of the explorer looking for the first time through the world of appearances to see the celestial stage machinery behind it, would first appear soon after the Pluto-in-Capricorn years of the early 16th century, at the time when long-enforced religious ignorance had just been turned upside down with the stunning new realization that Earth is not the center of everything, but only one world among those yet known, and those yet to be discovered.

 

A Paradigm Buster Copernicus and Galileo Could Like

 

We may now be about to hoist aboard another new understanding even more dislocating and dynamic than what we saw 500 years ago. It has taken us an immensely long time to start grasping it, as we may be about to see why the genius scientists and mythographers of ancient Sumeria created cylinder seal images like this one thousands of years ago. For the basic background on this, see the May 2015 UFC Mythic Prelude about Zechariah Sitchin, The 12th Planet and the Anunnaki, the "Ones Who Came From Heaven to Earth" to find gold, and had to create a genetically-engineered hybrid primate called an Adam (Sumerian for "worker") to mine it. While it's very common now for archaeologists and other dubious authorities to believe that Sumeria is Earth's oldest civilization -- understandably, as their physical evidence of shards and bones won't tell them how many nations and cultures have been born and have blasted themselves into smoke over many eons -- the Sumerians themselves saw this very differently.

 

Like the Maya, who see themselves as descendants from an ancient Pleiadian race who came here a billion years ago, and this is why some of the cycles in their calendars look like they happily reproduced lots of bouncing baby zeroes on those steamy Izapa nights, the Sumerians knew they were the descendants of a starseed race that came to Earth 430,000 years ago. They also  knew, as only immigrants entering our solar system from the outside possibly could, that the main orbital area consists in fact of the Sun and eleven planets, including the Moon, not the eight planets accepted by fake scientists in the International Astronomers' Union, who "demoted" Pluto a few years back. This is what happens when mole-sighted materialists insist planets are only solid objects, not the conscious energy beings astrologers know them to be. And, we dilate on this delicate business only briefly here: the reason why some astronomers are obsessed  with size, now it can at last be told, is that they have tiny penises, and one of them -- note well, not Galileo -- had to invent magnifying lenses to find his own little starry messenger there in his blue pumpkin breeches.

 

The planetary diagram between the two figures at left in this seal  is impressive enough. But the mystery and magic of the design is between the central figure and the being seated at right. The dot between them is the famous planet Nibiru, whose orbit of 3,600 years takes him well outside the main solar system. We can see the relationship better in this modern image, though Nibiru's orbit is still smaller than scale. We can also see why those people who enjoy fearwanking, and like to induce it in others, are so afraid that Nibiru will whiz into our solar system, and may already be here. Even if he doesn't collide with anything -- and the odds of this are as small as the intimate organ  mentioned just above -- his gravitational pull on other planets, including our own, could wobble a tower or two. The Sumerians apparently knew, as some modern opinionators claim as well, that Nibiru's orbit will take him only as far in as the asteroid belt. So he's not likely to bop the Earth like a giant snooker ball and smudge us red as we carom off Mars, though if you own any real estate on Saturn, a little extra insurance (not from AIG!) might not go amiss.

 

One thing, though, is still puzzling about the Nibiru model. If Nibiru really does have an orbit literally 15 times as long as Pluto's, and maybe much more elliptical, then how come Nibiru doesn't just escape the Sun's gravitation and fly off into space? Is there a chance -- and here's the possible new paradigm buster a light year wide -- that Nibiru keeps moving where he is, and has been doing it for a very long time, because his orbit is in fact related to the rotation pattern of our sun and another star who are related as binary stars. This hypothesis is being investigated now by more and more astronomers, as it might help explain anomalies that are baffling otherwise.

 

As Out There, So Within: Healing the Black Hole in the Heart

 

This binary possibility is nothing new. Sri Yukteswar, the teacher of Paramahansa Yogananda, wrote about it almost a century ago in The Holy Science, and described a 24,000-year precessional cycle related to the four yugas. The late Carlos Muños Ferrada based his amazingly accurate earthquake predictions in part on binary star dynamics and the orbit of Nibiru, which he called Hercobulus. And Walter Cruttenden has not only developed the Sun's binary companion idea and the 24,000-year precessional cycle as well as they can be for now in Lost Star of Myth and Time, but his Binary Research Institute has offered a prize for the discovery of our Sun's twin star. Why has the other star proven so hard to find, apart from the possibility that it may not be there at all? Because it could be a dwarf star, like Sirius B, and if it's an imploded brown or black dwarf,  it could be almost impossible to see, yet so immensely dense -- a cubic inch can weigh tons -- that it could hold and balance another living star. It could even, in theory, be a black hole.

 

There has to be some artistic license in the binary star image above, and the one shown here too, in which the Sun's companion is orange or red, so the point can be seen. The implications of this are staggering, needless to say. It is possible that we live in not just one solar system, but two, one with the Sun we know and the other with the Dwarf in the Dark we may be about to find, each ringed by planets and asteroids. Astrologers can handle this, of course. We always have. We've waited patiently for astronomers to discover new planets, and stop obtusely invalidating the perfectly good ones we already have, so we can have a 12-planet system with a ruling planet for each zodiac sign. We can get ready for the whole new set of master archetypes that we're ready for now, including the Sadist, the Masochist, the Spin Doctor, the Bozo, the Anorexic, the Sniper, the Whistle Blower, the Shape Shifter and other players to be named later. And if our Golden Sun is indeed linked to an immensely heavy Black Star, this would explain much about the Shadow, and our perverse delight in fighting like hell against love and happiness. It may also give us the handle and mirror we've never had yet on how to bring peace to the world, the star system and the galaxy, by finding peace first inside the icy black hole of whatever is reptilian in our own hearts.

 

Meanwhile, as we navigate this month's tremendous perils and possibilities -- the perils imaginary, the creative possibilities far more concrete than many of us want to see -- the Anunnaki, the Illuminati, the herpetology wing of our Galactic Zoo and whoever else (for an almost complete list, see How It All Hangs Together in the July 2014 UFC) are letting it all hang out in plain sight as usual, almost daring us to see what's there and just dissolve all fear into love, so we can all be released from this endless dopiness, dread and drama and embrace each other as beloveds, the way the Pandava brothers and their mortal enemies, the kauravas, do at the end of The Mahabharata. Until we do, we will keep seeing images like this one: a Swiss banknote from the 1990's. Recognize that diagram? You're right again again. It's our solar system plus Nibiru, all right, one of the many things that are pointing our attention now toward Switzerland, where CERN intends to activate its Large Hadron Collider on, of course, Sept. 23.

 

The importance of this can hardly be overestimated, as Michael Morris showed last week at his Lifting the Veil workshop in Pisac. If you go to Google Maps and search for the terms 9/23/2015, Sixth (or 6th) Seal, First Trumpet and I, Pet Goat, all of them lead to the address of CERN and its location on Route de Meyrin in Switzerland. Other terms will likely lead there too, but few as as dramatically as the famously baleful Opening of the Sixth Seal in Revelations 6.12: "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood." Is this sure to put a lot of people in fear? Yes, certainly. It's meant to, as we saw in last month's UFC, which outlines a number of events that are planned and anticipated for September and October 2015, especially for the interval between the Black Moon/Shemitah of Sept. 13  and the "Blood Moon" lunar eclipse of Sept. 27 - 28. So, naturally -- but wait, it's not natural behavior, just a conditioned fear reflex -- a  zillion people will be asking astrologers, What's Going to Happen?

 

But -- it is not the job of any astrologer, or any other true messenger or way shower, to tell anyone "what is going to happen (Sound Effects: whistles, laughter, bozo horns). All any astrologer can tell you is the given circumstances of the play that each of us as the responsible actor has come to play full out the scripts we wrote, and the production numbers we agreed to stage together, before we came here. The time for asking what is going to happen is over. The time for agreeing what we are going to do is here. Once we do this, and accept our shared role and responsibility, it will be much easier to see that our true wealth is in our friends, our strength is in our communities, our power and magic in the clarity and courage of our collective intentions as selflessly agreed, and fearlessly done. The only thing for it is to go on the attack, in the best and most literal sense of going right toward our objective close enough that we can touch it, for when we do, we will see how it draws and mirrors us.

 

 

 

Hail, and welcome to the Universal Festival Calendar for September, 2014. In the ancient Egyptian calendar, we would now be in the middle of the month of Ptah, which spans what is mid-August to mid-September in our modern reckoning. Ptah was  one of the primordial creator Neters whose thought and word brought the world into being. His blue skull cap shows that he is a sky being whose will brings ideas down from Heaven and into realization on Earth, and this is the very ancient meaning of the phrase "out of the blue," which we still use for a spontaneous, intuitive insight that seems to come to us from the sky, and bring the answer to a problem that the mallet of the intellect has not yet been able to crack with its usual direct, linear force. We invoke his blessing now, and not because  this month brings a greater weight and pressure of the dirt, dread and danger than is routine now in this time of ongoing struggle between the shadow forces of domination, manipulation and control that feed on fear, and insatiably want to create more of it, and the light force that seeks always to unite and liberate us through love. This month brings, in fact, as we'll soon see, a superb window of creative opportunity that offers each and all of us a chance to envision and manifest the best that we can dream and intend. More on this in a moment.

 

Singing the New World into Being

 

THE UNIVERSAL FESTIVAL CALENDAR

Daily Listings

September 2015

 

Sept. 1, Tuesday:

Feast of Ausar (aka Osiris) in the Khemitian Calendar (Paopi, month of Ptah, Day 16).

 

Celtic tree month of Muin begins. The month is ruled by Lugh, deity of light, prophecy and spiritual enlightenment, and is especially favorable for adepts who aspire to increased prophetic powers, and to the mastery of bardic poetry. The sacred tree of Muin is the Vine, and this month often aligns with Wine Moon, and also celebrates the bounty of the harvest.

 

Sept. 5, Saturday:

Most devotees of Lord Krishna will celebrate his birthday, Sri Krishna Jayanti, also called Krishna Janmashtami, on this day. As celebration days can vary among countries and local communities, it is best to check the timing that applies in each area. This feast of the most celebrated and beloved of all the avatars of Vishnu is observed with fasting until midnight and an all-day festival of chanting and music, culminating in a midnight punja followed by a joyous feast.

 

Sept  8, Tuesday:

Among the Yoruba and Santeria peoples of Africa, this day is sacred to O shun, the Orisha (divine principle) of love, compassion and healthy birth.

 

In many Christian calendars, nativity of the Virgin Mary. This holiday superseded an earlier weather marker day of which it was said that this day's weather heralded the weather of the next four weeks.

 

Sept. 10, Thursday:

Throughout ancient Europe, the day of the Horned One, of the Britannic god Cernunnos. Two weeks before the Autumn Equinox, shamanic dancers wear reindeer horns to honor and pray for an abundance of deer and other wild horned beasts whose meat, hides, horn and bones are vital to the tribe's survival during the coming winter.

 

Sept. 11, Friday:

This is New Year's Day in Ethiopia, and is also observed among Rastafarians, who honor Ethiopia as their spiritual homeland, to which they will eventually return. The day is commemorated with celebrations of Ethiopian history, Bible readings and prayer.

 

Sept. 12, Saturday, 8:42m HT; Sept. 13, Sunday, 6:42 am UT:

The Black Moon conjunct the Sun in Virgo normally brings harmonious and fruitful blendings of Earth energies. The night of the ensuing New Moon on Sept. 15 can be ideal for teaching the physical and spiritual Education of the Virgin through the Map of Love in the late summer sky. This year's Virgo Dark Moon at first looks uneventful, as the only major planet aspect to the Great lights is an opposition to Chiron in Pisces. Yet there are immense hidden resources in this combination, and in the momentous partial solar eclipse that comes now at the moment of the Shemitah in the Jewish calendar. There is much more about this, and possibilities of economic and political dislocation, and radical transformations of consciousness, in the UFC preludes for  last month, and this month.

 

In the ancient Celtic and Druidic calendars, and also in the modern Wiccan calendar, the New Moon in the month of Virgo is called the Singing Moon.

 

In the Beth-Luis-Nion Celtic tree calendar used by devotees of the faerie path, the ninth New Moon following the Winter Solstice begins Coll, or hazel month. This month favors the activities of resourceful ones: shapeshifters and adepts who journey by means of astral projection. It has long been customary at this time to make new wands of hazel, especially for protection from storms.

 

Sept. 12 - 16  (5 days):

In the Zoroastrian calendar, days of the annual Earth Festival honoring Spenta Armaiti, who created Earth in harmony with Ahura Mazda, the supreme deity who manifests in seven male and seven female emanations (yet another instance of the number 14, equal to half the days in a lunar cycle). As in all Zoroastrian festivals, the Divine Fire is honored in all its aspects, from the illumination of sacred wisdom to the cleansing and purifying fire that destroys illusion and the residues of unkind action.

 

Sept. 13, Sunday:

In Mayan calendar systems, this day begins the Uinal of Warriors, the fourth of the 20-day uinals in the cycle (9 Imix, Tzolkin 61). This uinal, symbolized by the Quail, represents the limiting principle of reaction after the three uinals of growth that begin the Tzolkin cycle.

 

Sept. 13 - 14 (2 days):

The ancient Khemitians (aka Egyptians) celebrate the annual Festivals of Lights:

9/13:   Festival of lighting the fires of Neith, the primordial mother, oldest of the Egyptian Neterw. Neter, plural neterw (pronounced neteroo), the indigenous word from the Khemitian suf language, is often mistranslated as "god" by egyptologists, but is understood by the ancient Nile people and keepers of their lore as an elemental force of Nature in which the One manifests. This is why the words Neter and Nature are cognate. (Paopi, month of Ptah, day 27).

9/14: Feast of Lights, during which neter images and tombs were brilliantly illuminated all through the night.

 

Sept. 14, Monday:

In the Roman Catholic calendar, this is Holy Cross Day, observed in commemoration of the day in the year 335 when the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was consecrated in Jerusalem on the site where St. Helena, mother of the emperor Constantine, was said to have found the true cross, at the exact spot on the hill of Golgotha where Jesus was crucified, and also to have found the tomb where he was buried.

 

Sept.  14 (Monday) eve – 15 (Tuesday) eve:

In the Jewish Calendar, the two days of Rosh Hashanah are one of the two solemn yanim noraim, literally Days of Awe, often called the "High Holy Days," that begin the second great cycle of Jewish festivals after Pesach, or Passover.

Rosh Hashanah, the day of reconsecration and renewal, opens a ten-day atonement cycle culminating in Yom Kippur (Sept. 22 - 23). Other holy days that follow in this sacred season are Sukkoth (Sept. 28 - Oct. 4) and Simchat Torah/ Shemini Atzeret (Oct. 5 - 6).

 

Sept. 17, Thursday:

This is the birthday of one of the world's authentic geniuses: the abbess, poet, playwright, painter and composer Hildegard von Bingen (1098? - 1179), one of the very few great triple-threat artists in history.

Hildegard excelled in the media of literature, music and vidual art, producing brilliant mystical paintings, and was also the only abbess, with the possible exception of St. Agnes of Bohemia,  ever to fight successfully all efforts by the medieval Roman church to control her order and limit her influence, and she thereby kept her community free of political and commercial pressures.

If the artistry of women were valued on Earth, Hildegard would be mentioned in the company of such spiritual masters as Dante, Rumi and Vyasa.

 

Mercury goes retrograde in Libra -- as you know, the last thing we need, so it is wonderful that we have invited and co-created it, in this month of such turbulence and confusion, that will trigger so much fear of change and the unknown in so many. You know the drill, the grill and the spill by now: for the next three weeks, until Oct. 9, when Mercury "goes direct," we can expect misunderstandings, mechanical malfunctions, mixed messages, missed chances and blown connections, and every form of human bozosis known to God, angels and man, plus a few new ones that are not even named yet, in the Mercury-ruled areas of communications, transportation, commerce and thievery, so that some of the stupid crook stories we see in the weeks ahead will be almost thrillingly bizarre. Mercury retrograde gains additional flavors and nuances from the zodiac sign in which it transpires, so now, while Mercury is in Libra, the usual weirdnesses may be exacerbated by the inability of some to make up their minds, by the desire of others to keep more options in play than they really have, for longer than is possible -- and by the attempts that others will make to dare ambitious games with the worst possible partners and opponents. "What Was I Thinking?" will be on the minds of many people next month, though likely voiced by only a few. We will not emerge from the "shadow" of Mercury retrograde until Oct. 27.

 

Sept. 17 - 21 (5 days):

In the Khemitian Calendar, the Main Festival of Het-Hor, aka "Hathor," begins Hethara, the month named in her honor. During this month the Nile crests after its annual inundation, and begins to recede until it is dry enough for sowing in November. Het-Hor, aka Hathor, the netert who embodies the sacred feminine in her maternal, nurturing aspect, is naturally connected with the life-renewing cycle of the river, and with the climactic last days of the Virgo season.

 

Sept. 17 - 27 (11 days):

Ganesha Chaturthi, India's most joyous homage to the lord of learning.

This great annual festival honors one of the most beloved figures in the Hindu pantheon: Ganesha, elephant- headed god of letters and wisdom, son of Shiva and Parvati, mentor of gods and humans, including the famous warrior Arjuna in The Mahabharata. Over the 11 days of the festival, the devoted ones invoke and acknowledge Ganesha's help as a bringer of insight, provider of inspiration, and dissolver of problems and obstacles. The music and poetry culminate in ritual bathing of the god's image, and a feast of lights which honors Ganesha as an assisting force for studies in illumination and creative work.

 

Sept. 17 - 28 (twelve days):

In the ancient Greek lunar calendar, these days which culminate in the Full Moon in Aries -- and thus follow the Full Moon of the Eleusinian Mysteries (see Aug. 27 - Sept. 2 in August 2015 UFC) -- are the Thesmophoria, commemorating the moment at which Kore, Queen of the Living, deserts her mother Demeter, goddess of the grain, and becomes Persephone, Queen of the Dead, who rules the Underworld with Plouton, the dark form of Dionysus. This is one of the year's great Goddess festivals, sacred to the female life principle also known as Proserpina, and many other names. She descends into the underworld now to spend the dark half the year as consort of the King of the Dead, then re-emerges in spring to bring warmth and joy back to the Earth. In later antiquity, when the Julian solar calendar comes to supplant the old lunar calendar, this rite is celebrated at the end of the harvest season, in late November.

 

Sept. 18, Friday:

Saturn re-enters Sagittarius, after having spent almost six months in this sign (Dec. 23, 2014 to June 15, 2015) before retreating into Scorpio from mid-June until now. Today he returns to Sagittarius "for good," and will be here right through the day before the Winter Solstice on Dec. 20, 2017. While Saturn's placement in Sagittarius is usually not considered either advantageous or tough, we can easily see why cold, slow, methodical, industrious Saturn is hardly comfortable in the expansive, hilarious, extravagant and often excessive home sign of his large-living son Jupiter. Saturn is apt to feel here like a missionary who's stumbled into a drunken frat party, or a professor in a room full of vacuous, screaming people who want to see how many selfies they can take in one evening. He longs for the silence and solitude of his home sign, which looks light years away, though it's only two years out. In practical terms, this will be a time when the weight of sober, practical, earthy reality will be felt by those who felt they could go on forever being the wolves of Wall St., masters of empire and faces the camera loves, only to find hat the joyride lurches to a halt now. With Saturn in Sagittarius at the same time Jupiter is in detriment in Virgo, some will be amazed this month to see how fast the wind can get cold, even in September, and how suddenly the red carpet can turn sticky brown.

 

Sept. 18 - 25, eight days:

For devotees of the Jain faith, these are the days of Paryushana, one of the year's most important times of reflection and meditation on one's actions during the preceding year. This holy week is marked above all by striving for perfection in the ten cardinal virtues of forgiveness, charity, simplicity, contentment, truthfulness, self-restraint, fasting, detachment, humility and continence.

 

Sept 19, Saturday:

For Roman Catholics, Sept. 19 is the feast of St. Januarius, Bishop of Beneventum and a celebrated martyr who went the hard way during the persecutions of Diocletian. Januarius was one of those who performed a miracle in the circus of Campania when the ravenous lions and tigers who should normally have devoured the Christians chose instead to lie down around them. Januarius and his fellow saints were then beheaded, only to steal the show in the end in one of history's most remarkable ongoing miracles. Two vials of Januarius' blood, preserved in their congealed state in the cathedral of Naples, sometimes liquefy when they are brought near the saint's head in his annual festival. This last happened in 2000. St. Januarius is better known as San Gennaro, patron of the great Italian autumn festival, a raucous celebration of sausage and merriment.

 

One of the year's great festivals of Djehuti, aka Thoth, in the Khemitian Calendar (Month of Hethara, day 3). A day-long fast is observed, broken at night with ritual foods.

 

Sept. 21, Monday::

In the Roman Catholic calendar, feast of St. Matthew, perhaps the most controversial of the Christian evangelists, as his gospel is the source of Christian beliefs about the tribulations of the "end times" in which God is expected to inflict natural disasters, plagues and other vindictiveness on the unrighteous, and their home on Earth.

 

Sept. 22, Tuesday:

For Muslims on Hajj, this 8th day of the lunar month of Dhu al-Hijjah begins the climactic last three days of the pilgrimage. It is called Waqf al Arafa because pilgrims stand together on the plain of Arafa to pray for forgiveness and mercy.

 

Sept. 22, Tuesday, 10:22 pm HT; Sept. 23, Wednesday, 8:22 am UT:

Autumn Equinox, one of the four "cardinal festivals" of the Earth year, so called because on this day the year was thought to turn like a door on a hinge (Latin cardo) as the Sun now reaches the 180° point on the zodiac wheel at 0° Libra, exactly opposite the 0° Aries point of the Spring Equinox. Autumn now begins as Sun enters Libra (the Scales), symbolizing the balance of light and darkness at the moment when the Solar energy of the year begins to wane, and Earth energy waxes toward harvest and abundance.

Like the Cancer month of early summer, the Libra season is a time when balanced, sideways movement is favored. This is more a season of weighing advantages and exploring options, and especially for bringing in and securing the harvest, than it is for launching new enterprises. Among the many festivals held throughout the planet, starting from this day:

 

The Wiccan feast of Mabon, the year's second harvest, celebrated in the weighing of the grain and fruit, and festivals of plenty, is held now in the Northern hemisphere.

 

Ancient Greek festival of Demeter, symbolized by the cornucopia, and Roman festival of Ops, the day of thanksgiving to Mother Earth for the opulence of the harvest and nature's abundance. Other autumn festivals celebrated now:

 

Taoist festival honoring the Shen, or divine principles, of Wind, West, and Autumn. Rituals held at this time celebrate the virtue of living in harmony with the rhythms of Earth and Sky.

 

Coyna Rayni, the Incan festival of rain, devoted to the purgation by water of illness and evil.

 

In some Native American Calendars, the month of the Raven begins on this day.

 

In the Japanese Buddhist Calendar, this day is Aki no Higan, when believers meditate on hakanai, the impermanence of all things in the realm of material illusion.

 

In the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East, Mihrigan, the festival of the solar god Mithras, is held today. This holy day survives today as Mihr, the month of the Autumn Equinox in the Iranian calendar.

 

Below the equator, this is the Spring Equinox that heralds the end of the dry season and the coming of the rain. Pagans in the southern hemisphere celebrate the spring feast of Ostara.

 

Sept. 22 eve to 23 eve:

In the Jewish Calendar, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, coincides with the Equinox, beginning at sunset on Sept. 22, and continuing until sunset the next day. This is a time of fasting, of righting wrongs committed over the year just past, and of giving and receiving forgiveness.

 

Sept. 22 eve to Sept. 26 eve (four days):

In the Islamic calendar, this day begins the great annual festival of Eid al-Adha, celebrated from the 10th day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah.

The solemn ceremonies culminate four days later at the Full Moon in what may be the most important of all Islamic holy days: Kurbani Bayrami, the Night of Power, honoring the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac without reservation or question in one of history's most famous acts of submission, the literal meaning of "Islam." This act established Abraham among the spiritual heroes most revered by devout Muslims.

 

Sept. 25, Friday:

Mars enters Virgo. Like Venus in Cancer, Mars in Virgo is considered neither advantaged nor afflicted in Virgo, but this is not his most comfortable placement. In the sign of meticulous mentality, organization and detail, Mars is as happy as a jock in a library or a mafioso compelled to keep receipts. The upside is that driving, aggressive energy is available for projects that require brainwork. This can go well as long as Mars gets enough air, as he feels smothered by Virgo earth if overextended. The weeks ahead have little entertainment value for him, as he squares Saturn in Sagittarius in late September and opposes Neptune in Pisces next month, so random rage this month yields to shots in the mist and the dark in early October. Mid-October, though, when Mars conjoins Jupiter in Virgo, is an excellent target date for project and milestone completions, especially on Oct. 18. Mars is in Virgo until Nov. 8.

 

In the Roman Catholic and some other Christian calendars, this day is the feast of the Seraphim, said to be the most exalted of the nine choirs of angels, and the agents for the imparting of Divine wisdom.

 

Sept. 27, Sunday:

In the ancient Sumerian Calendar, 9/27 is the Day of Willows, festival of celebration and prayer for prosperity and abundance.

 

This day is also the Baha'i feast honoring the Deity as Mashiyyat -- Divine Will.

 

The evening of 9/27 is sacred to the ancient Celts and other central European peoples as one of the year's most important Goddess festivals, marking the transition of the Triple Goddess from Mother to Wise Woman. While most ancient communities held this ceremony now, within a week after the fall equinox, some peoples celebrated it as late as 10/9.

 

Sept. 28, Monday:

In the Khemitian Calendar,  this is the day Ausar (aka Osiris) goes forth to His main temple at Abydos. This is also the feast day of the Nile Neter Hapi, on whose day the river crests each year; and the feast of the Purification of the Hearts of the Neters. Month of Hethara sacred to Het-Hor, aka Hathor, day 12.

 

In the modern Chinese solar Calendar, birthday of Confucius, creator of one of the world's most profound and enduring ethical systems, based on relationships of love and respect in families, communities and the realm as a whole, and on the rare, enlightened principle of answering wrongs with kindness and forgiveness. Confucius understood the principles of the Aquarian Age that is now beginning.

"The Master said, Moral force never dwells in solitude; it will always bring neighbours."

(Analects IV.25, tr. Arthur Waley)

 

Sept. 29, Tuesday:

In the Roman Catholic Calendar, feast of the Archangels, sacred to Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel.

Also traditionally called Michaelmas in honor of Michael, the Warrior Angel, the Christian counterpart of Egyptian, Celtic, Greco-Roman, Norse and other warrior deities worshipped on this day since ancient times, and of the universal archetype of the winged warrior whose victory over the reptilian dragon symbolizes the ascendancy of skyborn intelligence over earthbound matter. The name of the Archangel Michael comes from "Mi Ka El" (Who is equal to God?"), the words Michael is said to have spoken just before he smote Lucifer and sent the rebel angel smoking toward the Earth.

 

Among the Yoruba and Santeria peoples, this day is the feast of Shango, the Orisha of male sexual vitality and the passion of love. Like other great Santeria festivals, this one aligns with a Christian feast, in this case St. Michael's Day.

 

Sept. 30, Tuesday:

Birthday of the Sufi poet Jelal ad-Din Rumi (1207), who practiced ecstasy through chanting the names of the Deity in poetry, song and the famous turning movement of the dervishes.

 

"Very little grows on jagged / rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up / where you are. You've been / stony for too many years. Try something different. Surrender."

(Version by Coleman Barks from The Soul of Rumi)

 

Please see An Evening with Rumi, Dan Furst's theatre piece of stories and poems by Rumi in translations by Coleman Barks and Jonathan Star. See also the videos of recent performances in Pisac, now on Vimeo.

 

Want to know how any of these days affects you? An Astrocartography reading covers not only your unique, personal planet energy lines and crossings, but the conditions of timing that are in effect for you now, and in the months and years ahead.

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