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ABOUT THE UNIVERSAL FESTIVAL CALENDAR
The Universal Festival Calendar first appeared in July, 1998 as an e-mail newsletter, and has also been published online since May, 2000. It incorporates data from astronomy and astrology, Moon cycles and the sacred days and festivals of many spiritual traditions, in order to identify monthly and annual power points, when human ascension efforts are well aligned with the celestial dynamics of our galactic stage machinery, and the life cycles of Mother Earth. The UFC aims to assist the spiritual evolution of Earth and her people by providing information useful for planning global meditations, ceremonies and gatherings that support the aim of awakening enough human beings to bring about the lifting of human consciousness into higher frequencies of mercy, compassion, wisdom and love.
We welcome and are grateful for suggestions by readers whose ideas have improved the Calendar, and made it more accurate and comprehensive.
THE UNIVERSAL FESTIVAL CALENDAR
Seeing What is Possible
Hail, and welcome to the Universal Festival Calendar for November, 2016. This Scorpionic month of death and regeneration marks the annual passing of what must now wither, the turning of colors from the green of growth and the heart chakra to the yellow of courage and fear, the orange of desire and the deep venous red of blood and survival.
The Celts were among the ancient peoples who saw the days from Hallowe’en to the Day of the Dead on Nov. 2 as an annual hinge point that opens the door from dark to light, death and rebirth, doom and potential. This is why the Celtic New Year began, still does, with Samhain on Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 5, which commemorates, fittingly enough, the incendiary event of Guy Fawkes Day.
Like all the great feasts that the Celts called days of beginning, when the energy of each new season is highest – though they later came to be called “mid-season” or “cross quarter” festivals between
the solstices and equinoxes – Samhain is a fire festival. Imbolc (Feb. 1) is the fire of quickening toward new life in the Spring, Beltaine (May 1) is the fire of passion and sexual love, and Lughnasad/ Lammas (August 1) is the alchemical fire that grows the wheat and bakes the new bread.
Samhain was one of the major Celtic and Roman feasts, along with the Saturnalia at the Winter Solstice and the irrepressibly sexy Beltaine that the Roman Catholic church was determined to replace with its own holy days, in the same way that it built new churches of the Virgin Mary over the old temples of Athene-Minerva in Europe and Pachamama in South America. And while Samhain is now observed by Wiccan, Celtic and other pagan practitioners in a manner very similar to its traditional spirit as a Scorpionic rite of death and regeneration, it has largely been superseded in nominally Christian countries by All Saints’ Day, called All Hallows in the old days, which is why the night before Nov. 1 was called All Hallows Eve, abbreviated to Hallows Even and then to Hallowe’en.
One thing that stayed the same between ancient pagan and more recent Christian practice was that at the turning of October into November, the blazing renewal of the year on Nov. 1 was preceded by the year’s darkest and most fearsome night, the last night of the old year, when all the toxic grudges, wounds and fears and psychic sludge were concentrating toward release the next day. it was said that spirits could pass freely between the worlds of the living and the dead, and ghouls and ghosts were free to roam and rumble throughout the Earth.
Few ventured out on Samhain Eve or Hallowe’en unprotected by a Celtic cross, later a crucifix, or some other charm or bugbear chaser. Imagine that, many centuries ago before Hallowe’en became the most popular commercial holiday in the United States, and children dressed as skeletons, devils, pirates, spooks and Harry Potter characters go around collecting candy from their neighbors, and the worst risk anyone runs is that the kids will go zipping around the room like birds, and have trouble getting asleep from all that sugar and chocolate.
When was Hallowe’en in the Middle Ages as scary as it was going to get? When it came on a pitch-dark Black Moon night, as it does now, in the days following Oct. 30 and 31, before the thin crescent of the New Moon appears. What else is uncommonly scary now? You probably know a whole litany by now, if you follow these UFC pages regularly, and you know we are now at the historic crisis point of the showdown battle between humanoid, reptilian and dark extraterrestrial forces that strive mightily and endlessly to keep us in the lower emotional band of mental darkness and emotional slavery, and are seeking to depopulate our planet by some 90%, and on the other side the beings of evolving spiritual consciousness and love who disconnect from the archons’ matrix of poisonous food, medicines, political processes, polemics and propaganda.
These latter, more serene characters grow more sophisticated as we choose our battles widely — if we choose to fight at all, and we understand that the more we empower currents of dread and rage with more attention and feeling than they deserve, the stronger they get and the weaker and more distracted we become. This is why those who are most obsessed with the US presidential election of Nov. 8 are the least aware of anything that is really going on, and believe that this disgraceful media event is anything more than political junk food and entertainment for the addictive. Never has it been more obvious to those who are awake that American presidents are not elected, but groomed, greased and scammed into office by the interests of manipulation, power and control who pull the strings from above the stage.
Never has the controllers’ scenario of the Lesser of Two Evils been as cynical and poisonous as it will be on Nov. 8, as those who still think “democracy” still exists in America are relentlessly pressured rather than inspired to choose between the corrupt criminal in the blue suit and the corrupt criminal in the gray suit. Both claim to “fight for us” while they serve the power elite whose aims go much deeper than control of the money. They aim to stoke the fear of not having money among those who can’t yet see money as energy, and who panic when an ATM goes down, as crowds of people did yesterday across America when the Asda supermarket chain ATM system either crashed, or did a test run of what is soon to come when banks seed surging, lethal fear by refusing to disburse the money that they claim is theirs under the law, not yours or mine.
Americans are not allowed to say what follows here. But it’s about time. You can vote for the pathological liar and bankster suckup in the blond bouffant, or the unfastened self-inflating balloon wearing the orange rug, and one way or the other, you’ll get a shill for the Illness Maintenance Industry (see the Aquarian Medicine chapter in Surfing Aquarius), for media that are more perilous than pork for helping people get stupid, for robbery in everything from the debt economy to taxes to police stopping you on the highway to steal your money, for weapons manufacturers who thrive on spreading perpetual war, and the rest of the Death Culture that it is time for us to kill before it kills us, as it clearly aims to do.
What to do? Should we vote? No. Don’t do it. We’ve got our whole lives ahead of us, even if you’re 72, like me. We can mourn. Shed a tear for the death of the dream, of the beacon of liberty and justice that America used to be. Work in service to those who need it, build community, and accept our responsibility now to replace what does not work with what can. We’ve come to the end of the Age of Hierarchy, Secrecy and the Illusion of Scarcity, and of hoping that things will get better of we follow this or that leader who promises Change, but delivers only chump change when he gets into office. It’s time for us to step into our role.
Time to get with the Aquarian goal that Jiddu Krishnamurti articulated a lifetime ago, “. . . to bring about in the human mind the radical revolution. The crisis is a crisis in consciousness, a crisis that cannot any more accept the old norms, the old patterns . . . [It is time] to see if we cannot radically bring about a transformation of the mind, not accept things as they are, but to understand it, go into it, examine it, give your heart and your mind with everything you have to say now, the way of living differently, because in these days there is no leader, no teacher, no leader, guru, no master, no savior. You yourself are the teacher and the pupil, you’re the master, you are the guru, the leader, you are everything. To understand is to transform what is.”
It looks impossible, right? A bigger, braver stretch than most human beings are willing to make, caught as we are in the numbness of theistic religions, patriotic lies, pop culture, consumer comfort and the rest of material life in the realm of the senses. Yet not only can it be done, but it’s already happening. It’s in the numbers, as Ken Carey presented them 21 years ago in The Third Millennium:
“Long before the moment of collective awakening there will have been established a sufficient core of people functioning on higher frequencies of awareness to enable the harmonic currents of their respective amplified radiations to displace the influence of those who may react in fear, both at the moment of collective awakening and beforehand. The frequency radiations or vibratory emissions of fear are not harmonious. Their effect on collective human consciousness increases at an arithmetical rate (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) for each additional person whose bahavior is centered in fear, but they do not build in the kind of geometric progression (2, 4, 8, 16, etc.) that is characteristic of the harmonic radiations of love.
“Before the final instant of planetary awakening, the radiations of love will constitute the predominant vibrational influence on collective human consciousness, even while a numerical majority remains centered in historical orientation. That condition is now very near.”
If it was very near in 1995, where is it now? It’s everywhere, if we know where to look. It’s in Iceland, whose people had the brilliant courage to boot and jail their banksters, and to weather all the empty threats and tricks that ensued. It’s in other actions: one not as frivolous and funny as it looks, one ancient and still effective, others persuasive and inspiring. It’s in Minnesota, where Duke, a 9-year-old Great Pyreneees dog, has been elected to his third term as honorary mayor of the town of Cormorant. Duke is said to have the highest approval ratings in the country, and no wonder, when city administration can now be done by honest people who just want to do good local government as an effective team, without the perks of celebrity and bribery.
It’s here where I live in Peru, where the farmers have long known how to join forces against the ones who want to oppress them. If capitalists want to get rapacious again, as they did not long ago when they tried to charge the farmers money for the water that their ancestors were getting for free log before Wiracocha drove his golden rod into the ground and founded Cusco, the campesinos have an answer that is simple and deadly effective. They organize a paro (a “stop”) by placing tree trunks and boulders across the highway between Cusco and Macchu Picchu, thereby blocking the main artery of the country’s tourist industry until the crooks back off. No wonder Peru has enacted a ten-year moratorium on GMO seeds, protecting itself from The Corporation That Must Not Be Named, which has recently merged with Bayer in order to legalize and market cannabis oil. But this is a story from another time.
It’s in Spain, where, as Derrick Broze reported on Oct. 13 for Waking Times, “Spain Hasn’t Had a Federal Government for the Last 9 Months and People Love It.” After having held two national elections in 2016, neither of which could place in power either a majority party or a coalition, Spain has operated with all federal business in the hands of a caretaker government, and has handled essential services efficiently and harmoniously. One benefit is that without a national government Spain can’t pass oppressive, exploitative new laws. “No politicians, no thieves,” goes one often-heard refrain, and a recent poll showed that only 2.3% of the people think that the lack of a federal government is not their country’s biggest problem.
It’s tempting to wonder what the famous Don Quixote, shown in the banner image above, would have thought about this. If he were alive today, 401 years after Cervantes published the second part of his story, would the “ingenious gentleman” have recommended that Spain’s next election give its people the simple choice between having a government and not having one? Would he have felt the same way about religion, as the man who remarked more than once that “The Devil often lurks behind the cross?” Perhaps, because as the picture of him here shows, he can see what is “real” on the land in front of him and below him — but up in the clouds are the energies of spirit, the heroes and adversaries who show what is possible to those who dare to see them and engage.
Once we see things in this way, our priorities are certain to shift, as they’re shifting now. For more and more of Earth’s people, the lurid media event of the US election on Nov. 8 is not nearly as important as what is going on at Standing Rock in North Dakota, where opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline are placing their bodies on the line against militarized police, and are working in tandem with supporters to pressure the banks who’ve funded the pipeline project, and to launch a social media campaign to address the kind of question that matters to us now. Who matters more to us: a billionaire owner of a baseball team, or the people and land of th Missouri Valley, and the culture and traditions of the Sioux people who hold this place sacred? Images like this one show what is possible now.
We can choose to hold a fight, or hold the light, and it becomes clearer to us which one has the power to move us out of fear and into love, where we are meant to go, as we carry out our shared mission. We hold the light. We learn and sing the songs of peace.
Hold fast. Honor silence. Keep Holding That Frequency.
THE UNIVERSAL FESTIVAL CALENDAR
Oct. 31 – Nov. 3 (4 days):
One of the year’s four great “midseason” festivals, this one at the midpoint between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice. These days have been a critical weather marker from ancient times, as this is the week, called Hallowmas in Christian Europe, when the birds fly south, the animals migrate and hibernate for the winter, and the crops flame out in glory, yielding new food and the seeds to grow anew in the spring just before they die and decay into winter. As this moment in nature marks the onset of mortality, it has always been, in the imagination of human beings everywhere, a time of meeting between the living and the dead.
These red days of autumn pass like maple leaves in the stream, and are among the most passionate times of the year for people whose emotional bodies are engaged. Among the other festivals held all over the planet at this point in the year:
The Celtic New Year feast of Samhain, which actually begins Oct. 31, continues until Nov. 27. The time of increasing darkness from now until February is under the protection of Cailleach (the “veiled woman”). Note the resemblance to “Kali”: the Witch at her most severe, the dark side of the Wise Woman aspect of the Triple Goddess.
In the Khemitian (aka ancient Egyptian) calendar, these three days are the Isia, the Feast of Aset (Isis), which commemorates the dismemberment of Ausar (Osiris) by his brother and murderer Set, and the healing and love skills of Aset in collecting and reintegrating the King’s body, bringing Ausar back to life a second time — after having already revived him once after Set first killed Ausar by apparently suffocating him inside a wooden box. The love union of Aset and Ausar after this second resurrection produces the solar hero Hor (Horus), who will seek to kill his father’s murderer — the Hamlet plot first appears on Earth — and to restore balance in the Realm between order and chaos, life and death.
In the Norse calendar, these days are sacred to Baldur, the handsome young Adonis/Attis counterpart in Teutonic myth, as his annual moment for death and disappearance into the Earth approaches.
In the southern hemisphere, the first days of November are the spring festival of Beltaine. As Robin Mutoid writes from Australia, from early October “I clearly see the whites and pinks of plum and cherry blossom petals scattering and shining in the bright Spring light and as the birdsong, raucous with new growth and energy, caresses the Air.” The year may be entering the season of death and decay up north, but Down Under, and all over the southern hemisphere, life is surging now.
Nov. 1, Tuesday:
In the Wiccan calendar, sunset on this day begins Hecate Night, celebrating the most formidable aspect of the Triple Goddess.
In Haiti, Nov. 1 is the Feast of Ghede, Loa of the Dead. Days of the Dead and ancestor festivals are held in many other Native American traditions on this day.
In the USA, daylight saving time ends at 2:00am on this first Sunday in November. Set clocks back one hour.
Nov. 1 – 2, Tuesday – Wednesday:
In Roman Catholic and some other Christian calendars, All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1 is followed by All Souls’ Day, a time of prayer for departed souls who have not yet achieved sainthood.
Nov. 2, Wednesday:
In the annual ritual play at the temple of Ra at Heliopolis, the crew of the boat that carries the Sun through the heavens speak on the principles of cosmic and earthly order, thereby reaffirming divine law in a speech contest judged by gods and men. As a teaching piece, this is one of the most important ritual plays in the year.
On the same day at the temple of Hetheru (Hathor) in Dendera, devotees of the netert of love and beauty celebrate one of her great annual festivals (month of Koiak, day 17).
Rastafarians observe the Coronation of Ras Tafari as Emperor Haile Selassie I, King of Ethiopia in 1930. The priests mark the advent of the messiah with Biblical reading and hymns.
In Mexico, where Nov. 2 is the old Aztec Day of the Dead, this is the Dia de los Muertos, celebrated with raucous festivities honoring the dead. Millions of people wear skull hats and skeleton suits, and gather to sing, dance and play the Comedy of the Dead.
Nov. 2 – 3, Wednesday – Thursday:
Southern Taurid meteor shower peaks in the evening of 11/2 Hawaii Time, in the morning of 11/3 UT. The New Moon is just beginning to wax now after the Black Moon of Oct. 30, so viewing will be fair to good.
Nov. 3, Thursday:
In the Celtic calendar, Nov. 3 is said to be an especially favorable day for new journeys and enterprises. Hunters often utilized it.
The Irish celebrate this day as the feast of the great prophet and visionary St. Malachy, the “Irish Nostradamus.”
Nov. 4, Friday:
This day is the Baha’i feast honoring the Deity as Qudrat — Divine Power.
Nov. 5, Saturday:
Remember, remember the fifth of November / Gunpowder, treason and plot. / We know no reason why gunpowder treason / Should ever be forgot.
Nov. 5 is best known in English-speaking countries as Guy Fawkes Day, which commemorates the arrest and execution of the man who in 1605 led the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the British Parliament. This event, marked with fireworks and the burning of “the old Guy” in effigy, superseded an earlier Celtic Samhain rite in which images of the sufferings and evil spirits of the old year were burned to purify the new year. While officially seen as a mentally unfastened incendiary, Fawkes has always been beloved by those who favor increased freedom at almost any cost. Best new retelling of his story: the Wachowski brothers’ film V for Vendetta.
In Mayan calendar systems, this day begins the Uinal Before Dawn, the twelfth of the 20-day Uinals in the current cycle of the Tzolkin, or 260-day calendar (13 Imix, Tzolkin 221). The symbolic bird for this uinal is the Quetzal, the symbolic planet Venus as Morning Star, embodiment of the beauty of the new day.
Nov. 7, Monday:
An important day in modern spiritual history, as it was on this day in 1993 that the Re-Imagining Conference emphasized the importance of the feminine principles of Holy Wisdom (Sophia) and the sacredness of female spirituality within the mainstream Christian tradition.
Nov. 8, Tuesday:
In the Celtic tradition, this is the day each year when Gwynn ap Nudd, god of light born of darkness and king of the fairies, opens the door to his kingdom. This day is observed especially at the psychic portal of Glastonbury Tor, one of Britain’s most important sacred sites.
Nov. 9, Wednesday:
Mars enters Aquarius. Here his position is viewed as somewhat if not strongly favorable, if only because Mars’ fire and Aquarian air are compatible elements. While Mars is in the Uranus-ruled sign of magical effects, snazzy images from merchants of death make the war look good to the gullible, at least from way up in the sky. In positive terms, true warriors may use their masculine qualities of courage, discipline, self-sacrifice and drive to protect and serve others in a spirit of compassionate strength and mercy. This scenario can and often does go either way when Mars is in Aquarius, where Uranus the trickster owns the stage and hosts the play — especially from the day before an unusually combative, viciously-fought American election. Mars will remain in Aquarius until Dec. 19.
In the Roman Catholic calendar, this is the feast of St. Theodore Tyro, hero of one of the most celebrated martyrdom stories from the persecutions of Diocletian in the early 4th century. Theodore, a Christian officer in the Roman army decades before it was healthy to be one, used the leniency of his commander — who gave Theodore several chances to renounce his faith — as the vehicle for glowing speeches that inspired new martyrs in the decades before Constantine the Great made Christianity the state religion of the empire (336). It was reported that when Theodore was finally burned, his soul shot up into the sky in a flash of white light.
In the sacred solar calendar of the ancient Khemitians (aka Egyptians), Nov. 9 is a day of fearful, sad remembrance, as are many days in the depth of the dying season in the month of Scorpio. According to the ancient legends, it is on the 17th day of Hethara month, sacred to Het-Hor, aka Hathor, that Set pulls the murderous box trick on Ausar (Osiris), sealing and apparently suffocating the king in a gorgeously decorated casket presented as the prize in a party game. Set and his henchmen throw the box in the Nile, who carries it to the sea. Queen Aset (Isis) must now go in search of it, and her journey begins on this day with the canticle of Lamentations of Aset and Nebt-het (aka Nepththys) for Ausar. The whole story is at Hermes3 in When It Rained in Egypt.
Manly P. Hall writes in The Secret Teachings of All Ages that the day Osiris got into the box and began a journey by water – in the water month of Scorpio – was the same day that Noah and his family boarded the ark as the rain began to fall.
Nov. 10, Thursday:
Birthday of Martin Luther (1483), whose action of dispute against the Church of Rome in 1517 launched the Protestant Reformation. He was a typical Scorpio character in many respects, from his generic black Scorpio garb to the avid, eager sexuality and the decisiveness to the point of finality. The last of these is naturally associated with the 8th house of the astral wheel, home of Pluto, lord of Scorpio. This is the house of death and transformation, most comfortable for those who aim to sweep away the old and bring the new.
Born on the same day, in 1463, was another authentic genius of the 16th century. Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus (born Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim) was physician, alchemist, and tireless champion of a new medicine that would be based on practical experiment, not blind acceptance of traditional authorities. His name means “beyond Celsus,” the ancient Roman physician. Paracelsus’ public burning of Galen’s works in Basel was as revolutionary as, and likely much more theatrical than, Luther’s posting of his 95 theses at Wittenberg.
Birthday (1922) of the admired American novelist, satirist and wry teacher of compassion Kurt Vonnegut, whose often dark, stinging view of humanity is typical in some ways of other artists (notably Voltaire, born Nov. 21) who arrived on the planet in Scorpio month.
Also born on this day (1821): Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, whose stories of the dark night of the soul and deep, turbulent psychic states carry the Scorpionic themes of death and regeneration.
In the Norse calendar, 11/11 is Einherjar, commemorating fallen heroes and honoring the 432,000 spirit warriors who guard Valhalla. This was the date chosen as Armistice Day at the end of World War I, and is celebrated annually as Veterans’ Day in the United States.
Nov. 11 – 17 (one week):
This Scorpionic day of the dead coincides with another Teutonic rite of remembrance. On this day Hod, the lord of darkness, was said to have tossed a holly wand — out of playful carelessness, not malice — that pierced and killed Baldur, the beautiful young god of beauty and light. He is mourned now by his beloved Nanna, goddess of flowers, with whom he will be reunited in spring after he is born again, along with many other deities of light, on Dec. 25.
Nov. 12, Saturday:
Birthday (1817) of Mirza Husayn Ali Baha’u’llah, founder of the Baha’i faith, the first world religion to recognize officially the equality of all genders and peoples.
In ancient Greece and Rome, the festivals of Zeus and Jupiter are celebrated on this day.
Two planet ingresses occur today. Venus enters Capricorn, where she’ll stay until Dec. 7. She’ll conjoin Pluto Nov. 22 – 28, exactly on Nov. 25, making for as much erotic wildness as Venus will get in the studious sign of the karmic teacher. The heavy, serious demeanor of this sign can be leavened when Venus is ingenious, as Capricorn’s ruling planet, Saturn, is curiously enough the patron of comedy.
Also, Mercury enters Sagittarius, perhaps his least advantageous placement, where he is said to be “in detriment”, dominated by the far more powerful energy of Jupiter, who rules this sign. While in Sagittarius, Mercury plays what could be called the Dilbert aspect of doing one’s best to survive the ineptitude and indifference of a boss who did not exactly invent people skills in an earlier life. Diligent people may be chafed by the disrespect of the unappreciative, and long to break free. One of Hamlet’s seven motives for contemplating suicide, “the scorn that patient merit of the unworthy takes,” is relevant here. Until Dec. 2.
Nov. 12 – 14 (3 days):
In the Khemitian calendar, re-enactment of one of the most poignant parts of the story of Aset and Ausar (Isis and Osiris), as Aset seeks the body of the murdered Ausar, only to find that he and the box he’s in are both inside a massive tree trunk that is holding up the royal palace of Byblos. How Aset grieves for her husband, finally gets him back, and begins the process of healing and reviving him, is the ritual play for this climactic festival of the month of Koiak (days 27 – 29). The episodes of Isis in Byblos begin at Scene 12 of When It Rained in Egypt.
Nov. 13, Sunday:
In the Celtic/Druidic and Wiccan calendars, the November New Moon that follows the Dark Moon of Nov. 22 is called Dead Moon, as it falls in the Scorpio month of death and renewal, and is often close to the festivals of the dead in late October and early November. This New Moon is also called the Falling Leaf Moon.
For the Pueblo, Hopi and Zuni peoples, this New Moon is the Ancestors Festival. Food offerings are placed in lakes, streams and rivers, with prayers of thanksgiving and petition to the waters that bring life and bear away the souls of the departed.
Nov. 14 (Mon), 1:52 am HT; 11:52 pm UT:
Full Moon in Taurus opposite Sun in Scorpio. In this alignment the feminine is strengthened, as the Moon is “exalted” in the Venus-ruled sign of Taurus. This Full Moon is not the year’s most eventful, with the Moon-Sun pair forming no aspects to other planets, and this is in some ways a very good thing, as the intensity of recent lunations, and of the entire period of of Saturn in Sagittarius in a 90° square to Neptune in Pisces, now finally begins to dissolve. It can be, if human beings are willing to seek concord rather than combat, an interval of seeing positive and amicable solutions to problems that are not caused by other people, or the world, or God, or any of that, but only by our own unwillingness to listen, and open the heart. The more ceremony we can do now with the sacred energy of cacao, the better.
In Tanta, between Cairo and Alexandria, and for Sufis who come from all over the Middle East and Europe, this Full Moon is the climactic night of one of the year’s great moulids, or folk festivals. The heady chant Essayed elimen shibak madidu / Gabel yser men bilad u Rom bahadidu sings the spectacular miracle by which the 18th-century saint Sayed Badawen is said to have used his power of intention like a very long arm to pluck his friend through the ceiling of a prison in Rome and bring him back through the air to Egypt.
In the Celtic/Druidic calendar, this Full Moon in Scorpio month is called Mourning Moon, as befits the fading vitality of the year. Also Dark Moon, Fog Moon and Mad Moon, as many come unhinged now in this season of the witch.
Among the Hopi and Zuni peoples, this Full Moon is Ancestors’ Day, when families place food offerings in lakes and streams in honor of their departed ones.
This Full Moon day is Nanak Jayanti, celebrating the birthday (1469) of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib, founder of the Sikh religion. He articulated the key doctrine that divinity is to be found within oneself, and that the devotee may merge the human soul with the Divine Spirit by invoking Akal Purakh, one of the sacred names of God. While the feast of Guru Nanak is movable within the Sikh lunisolar calendar, it almost always falls in the month of Kartik (October-November).
Nov. 16, Wednesday:
In the Khemitian calendar, first day of Peret, the spring sowing season and the month of Tybi, sacred to Min, neter of love. On the same day, festival of Bastet, the cat netert, the watcher and protector.
Nov. 17, Thursday:
In the Persian Calendar, this day marks the feast of Ardvi Sura, also called Anahita, the primeval Iranian goddess associated with “the waters,” and thus linked also with wisdom, and the lunar forces of healing and fertility. Like many other goddesses whose rites have been suppressed by patriarchal authorities, in this case the Sassanid dynasty and then Islam, she remains beloved by her people.
Nov. 17 – 18 (two days):
The Leonid meteor shower peaks today. The Leonids are the most highly variable of all the notable meteor showers, ranging from spectacular displays to little or no action from one year to another. This year’s will be impaired, coming as it does three days after the Full Moon.
Nov. 20, Sunday:
This day is sacred to the memory, and now marks the widening influence, of the Christian mystic Meister Eckhart (1260 – 1327), whose spiritual exercises emphasized the soul’s responsibility for self-perfecting through a fourfold process of Creation, Affirmation, Negation and Transformation. He bears a stalk of lilies not only as an emblem of purity, but because he was a notable exception to the usual truth that “it is not in the nature of the intellect to display kindness” (Omraam Mikhael Aivhanov). He was, it is reported, a rare combination of gentleness and formidable intelligence.
In the Khemitian calendar, Nov. 20 is the ceremony of Sekhmet and the purifying flame, starting a four-day cycle honoring the lioness netert in her aspect as the purifying fire (Month of Tybi, day 5).
Nov. 20, Sunday, 11:22 am HT, 9:22 pm UT:
The Sun enters Sagittarius, and the month of the Archer begins. Now that the harvest is gathered and secured, the time of looking farther ahead commences in the drawing of strategic plans. As Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, matters of mundane government and law, and also higher laws of metaphysics are emphasized now.
The identity and role of Sagittarius hinge on the question of what he has on the point of the arrow he’s aiming at the Scorpion’s heart. If it’s a poison, then the Archer threatens to kill the Scorpion. But as the Archer is actually the celebrated healer Chiron, placed in the sky by Zeus to honor his wisdom and compassion, the Archer is in fact firing a medicine arrow that can deliver the Scorpion from the sting of its own self-biting energy of excess, sexual flameout, death and transformation.
This day is important as a weather marker, as it comes a month before the Winter Solstice, and also gives the farmers one more warning to get the crop in at once. This is why many harvest festivals are celebrated now.
In the Tibetan Buddhist calendar, this eighth day after the Taurus Full Moon is Lha Bab Duchen, the autumn festival that celebrates Buddha Shakyamuni’s descent from the Tushita Heaven, where he had gone for three months, in a gesture of gratitude to his mother, to teach her, and other gods and goddesses, the secrets of release from samsara, the seemingly endless round of birth and death. This festival climaxes on the 22nd day of the 9th lunar month, when the Buddha finally descended from Heaven, after having first agreed — in response to entreaties for his return to Earth — to descend on the 15th day. As this feast honors the Buddha’s mother, it has the status of Mother’s Day in the Tibetan tradition.
Nov. 22, Tuesday:
In the Roman Catholic calendar, feast of St. Cecilia, mythic patron saint of music, an imaginary saint whose fabricated story was this: For the Christians of Rome in the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161 – 180), the beautiful and brilliant Cecilia was an inestimable prize. Daughter of the Caecilii, one of Rome’s wealthy and prestigious patrician clans, Cecilia was among the first, if not the first, Christian convert to come from the ancient nobility. Her connection with music is unclear, though it is known that, with a sure sense of drama and evangelical nerve, Cecilia chose the moment of the prothalamium — the solemn hymn at the beginning of her wedding ceremony — to announce to her would-be husband Valerian and a stunned crowd of gowns and togas that she was consecrating her virginity to “a spouse you know not of.” She was beheaded after a hot air bath that was heated to seven times its normal temperature failed to cook so much as a light sweat out of her miraculously cool body.
In some Native American calendars, the Month of the Elk begins.
The famous Hopi and Zuni festival of Shalako is usually held at this Black Moon, amid the pitch darkness that is needed for the opening of these rites. Shalako, like the Japanese On-Matsuri and many other early winter festivals, begins as sacred images — here the kachinas — are removed from their shrines under cover of deep darkness, to be cleaned and restored to their places in the kiva just before the next Full Moon on Dec. 6.
Nov. 22 – 24 (3 days):
These harvest days of November are celebrated as well as a time when hunting is good. 11/22 – 24 are sacred in the Greek and Roman calendar to the goddess Artemis-Diana in her aspect as divine huntress and destroyer.
Nov. 23, Wednesday:
In the Khemitian calendar, 9th day of the month of Tybi. Day of offerings to Sekhmet, and also of a feast of lights honoring Aset and Ausar (Isis and Osiris).
This day is also the Baha’i feast honoring the Deity as Quwl, Sacred Speech.
Nov. 25, Friday:
Among the Yoruba and Santeria peoples, this day is one of the year’s holiest and most solemn festivals, honoring Oya, Orisha of death and rebirth.
In Mayan calendar systems, this day begins the Uinal of Duality, sacred to the creator couple Ometeotl and Omecinatl, the most exalted deities in the Aztec/Mayan cosmos. The period that now begins is the thirteenth and last of the 20-day Uinals in the current cycle of the Tzolkin, or 260-day calendar (7 Imix, Tzolkin 241), and marks the point at which the cycle dissolves in a duality from which the next uinal will be born in Fire. The symbolic bird for this uinal is the Parrot, the principle that of Completion.
Nov. 26, Saturday:
This fourth Thursday in November is American Thanksgiving Day.
Nov. 27, Sunday:
In the Roman Catholic calendar, this is the first of the four Sundays in the season of Advent, leading to Christmas.
Nov. 28, Monday:
n the Khemitian calendar, Nov. 28 is one of the year’s major days for festivals of the netert (fem. of neter, the “divine” forces that manifest in nature, a word that comes from neter). On this day the feasts of Het-heru (Hathor) and Sekhmet are held, along with ceremonies to preserve the purity of truth, embodied as Ma’at, the netert of Truth (Tybi day 13).
In the ancient Greco-Roman calendar, this day is sacred to Astraea, the “star goddess”, daughter of Zeus and Themis, who lived on earth during the Golden Age, then went to live in the heavens when life among humankind turned coarser. Like the day of Persephone (Nov. 25), this day represents the retreat of light and warmth from the Earth at the onset of winter. Astraea is often identified with the constellation Virgo, as shown here, and with Libra, whose scales she bears as the symbol of justice.
This day is also the birthday (1757) of the English mystical artist and poet William Blake. His is one of the significant Sagittarian dates that mark a change in emphasis from Scorpio month, with its artists of transformation (Luther, Paracelsus) dark psychological states (Dostoyevsky) and satire (Voltaire, Vonnegut) to the broad optimistic, sweeping vision of Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius, as reflected in Blake’s all-encompassing view of Heaven, Hell and Earth. “The road of excess,” he wrote, “leads to the palace of wisdom.”
In the Baha’i calendar, this day marks the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha, son of the founder of the faith, in 1921. This day, following the Day of the Covenant on Nov. 26, is the second of the two holy days that complete the annual sacred year of the Baha’i.
11/29, Tuesday: 2:19 am HT, 12:19 pm UT:
Black Moon conjunct Sun in Sagittarius. This lunation — not the same as the New Moon, when the thin crescent of the Moon reappears in the sky — is traditionally considered one of the happiest and most harmonious Dark Moons of the year. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, lord of wealth and hearty pleasures, so the first half of December has been throughout the Northern hemisphere the time when enterprises of all kinds celebrate the profits and achievements of the year, and gather the clans for feasts of love and friendship.
This Black Moon is exceedingly complex and powerful, a fitting climax to a very eventful year. The Moon-Sun combination in Sagittarius is the middle leg of a T-cross with Neptune and the Moon’s Nodes on the Virgo Pisces, making this moment very likely a climactic point in this year’s recurring rhythm of relationships (Moon-Sun and Moon’s Nodes) coming to crisis as lies and deceptions (Neptune in the lower harmonic) are aired and discovered, and, we intend, transcending the crisis into greater empathy and spiritual union (also Neptune, in his higher harmonic). This moment gains beautiful possibilities of insight and inspiration as well from a 120° trine between Uranus in Aries and a conjunction of Mercury and Saturn in Sagitttarius.
The famous Hopi and Zuni festival of Shalako is usually held at this Black Moon, when the pitch darkness that is needed for the opening of these rites will be available. Shalako, like the Japanese On-Matsuri (Dec. 15 – 17) and many other early winter festivals, begins as sacred images — here the kachinas — are removed from their shrines under cover of deep darkness, to be cleaned and restored to their places in the kiva just before the next Full Moon on Dec. 17.
In the Christian cycle of saints’ days, this day is celebrated as the feast of St. Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, Russia and Greece. The saint’s name is a variant on the Greek Andros, “the man,” an aspect of Dionysus who personified male virility. X marks the spot where this saint’s iconography is concerned, as his crucifixion is said to have added the indignity of his having been splayed on an X-shaped cross, visible as the cross of Scotland in the union jack.
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