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Separate Voodoo & Santeria Calendar 2009
Separate Hindu/Tantric Calendar 2009
Separate Buddhist calendar for 2009

   This year I have added more birthdays of Magi and more astrological data; as far as I know all dates and times are GMT.
We are also beginning a parallel group working of the Norse Runes, studying the 24 futhark in 12 monthly pairs and forming them into magical bind-runes.  Buddhist and Hindu holidays are appended below.


12/31/08    Saturn turns retrograde

FEHU (F): Wealth, Cattle.
A rune of golden energy, power, fertility, growth, expansion and success. Wealth in the form of both herds of cattle and of money. Linked to the Vanir (fertility gods).

URUZ (U): Aurochs; Rain.
This now-extinct wild ox was a symbol of wild animal power and phallic vitality, and also of life-giving rain.

1/1/09    New Year’s Day, World Peace Day 

1/4/09    Earth at perihelion, closest approach to the Sun

Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers born (January 8, 1854, d. November 20, 1918); Peter J. Carroll born (January 8, 1953).

1/11/09    Full Moon, Mercury turns retrograde

Clark Ashton Smith born (January 13, 1893, d. August 14, 1961)

Robert Anton Wilson born (January 18, 1932, d. January 11, 2007)

1/19/09     Sun enters Aquarius

Karl Germer born (January 22, 1885, d. October 25, 1982)

1/26/09    New Moon, Annular Solar Eclipse, Elevenstar, Chinese New Year 4707 (of the Ox). Truth/Kether: the entire concept of Universal Healing for humanity through the awakening manifestation of N'aton as World-Soul.

Rasputin born (January 22, 1869, d. December 29, 1916)

THURISAZ (TH): Giant; Thorn.
The power of both attack and defense, linked to both the dangerous storm-giants and the protective thunder god Thor and his hammer. Also a phallic symbol.

ANSUZ (A): Ancestral God, Aesir, Odin.
The primary rune of magick and spells. Odin is king of the gods, speaker of poetry and wisdom, shamanic ecstasy. The Aesir are sky-gods.

Imbolc / Candlemas Sabbat (February 1 & 2)
2/1/09    Mercury turns direct

Johann Adam Weishaupt born (February 6, 1748, d. November 18, 1830)

2/9/09    Full Moon, Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Pamela Colman Smith born (February 16, 1878, d. September 18, 1951)  John Balance of COIL & Psychic TV born (February 16, 1962, d. November 13, 2004)

2/18/09     Sun enters Pisces

Founding of the British Society for Psychical Research (February 20, 1882)

Sybil Leek born (February 22, 1917, d. October 26, 1982)

2/24/09    New Moon, Elevenstar. Will/Chokmah: healing all the diseases, epidemics, famines and other horrors externally afflicting people.

Moina Bergson Mathers born (February 28, 1865, d. July 25, 1928)

        MARCH RUNES:
RAIDHO (R): Riding, Way; Wagon, Chariot.
Represents the rhythmic course of life, and the sun-goddess. Linked to rhythm in ritual and music.

KENAZ (K, C, Q): Torch, fever.
The primary rune of Fire, and the craft and skill of the blacksmith, shaman, warrior or lover. Lust.

March 1:  Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn founded (1888),
Covenant of the Goddess founded (1975)

Arthur Machen born (March 3, 1863, d. December 15, 1947)

3/6/09    Venus turns retrograde

3/8/09    Saturn at Opposition, closest approach to Earth

3/11/09    Full Moon
March 11:  Feast of the Martyrdom of St. Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Order of the Knights Templar (1314)

March 12:  Feast of the Martyrdom of the gnostic/pagan St. Hypatia

Edgar Cayce born (March 18, 1877, d. January 3, 1945). Manly Palmer Hall born, (March 18, 1901, d. August 29, 1990).

3/20/09     Sun enters Aries
Vernal Equinox/ Ostara Sabbat   (March 20, 2009)
The Equinox of the Gods (March 20th) Anniversary of the beginning of the Aeon of Horus declared in 1904, and the date used to formally mark the Thelemic New Year. Also International Astrology Day and the official Rosicrucian New Year.

Jane Wolf born (March 21, 1875, d. March 29, 1958)

William G. Gray born (March 25, 1913, d. 1995)

3/26/09    New Moon, Elevenstar. Love/Binah: healing all the internal fears, misunderstandings, paranoia and hatreds as well as all individual skeletal structures.

Joseph Campbell born (March 26, 1904, d. October 30, 1987)

        APRIL RUNES:
GEBO (G): Gift; Wedding.
The grain-goddess as Giver; sacrificial offerings; the primary rune of love-magick.

WUNJO (W, V): Joy, pleasure, delight;  meadow, pasture.
Rune of joyful life, and the golden apples of the goddess Idunna that grant immortality.

April 1:  Feast of All Fools & Annual Crowley Veracity Debate

Aeon of Maat declared on April 2, 1948 by Frater Achad (Charles Stansfeld Jones, 1886-1950)

4/4/09    Pluto turns retrograde

Founding of the Church of All Worlds (April 7, 1962; later chartered by the IRS on 6/18/70)

The Three Days of the Writing of the Book of the Law (April 8th, 9th, & 10th). At noon upon these legendary days in 1904, Crowley received the three chapters of Liber AL vel Legis. This may be celebrated with ritual readings of each chapter on its day.
4/9/09    Full Moon

4/17/09    Venus turns direct

4/19/09    Sun enters Taurus

4/22/09    Earth Day

Marjorie Elizabeth Cameron Parsons Kimmel born (April 23, 1922, d. July 24, 1995)

4/24/09    New Moon, Elevenstar. Harpocrat/Daath: projecting universal waves of healing through the astral dream-sphere.

Foundation of the Horus/Maat Lodge (April 26th, 1979)
& the HML Website (1994)
Sri Gurudev Dadaji Mahendranath born (April 29, 1911, d. August 30, 1991)

May Eve / Walpurgisnacht (April 30)

        MAY RUNES:
HAGALAZ (H): Hail, hailstone, world-egg.
The seed or creative power of the storm, and the union of the primal powers of fire and ice.

NAUTHIZ (N): Need, necessity, constraint; need-fire.
The sacred fire annually rekindled; also the negative forces like hunger and cold, with which humans must constantly strive. The Forgotten Ones.

Beltane Sabbat / May Day    (May 1)
Foundation of the Order of Illuminati (May 1, 1776)

Victor Neuberg born (May 6, 1883, d. May 31, 1940)

5/7/09    Mercury turns retrograde

5/9/09    Full Moon        

5/17/09    Saturn turns direct

5/20/09     Sun enters Gemini

Kenneth Grant born (May 23, 1924)

5/24/09    New Moon, Elevenstar. Pan/Chesed: healing the planet’s financial and trade networks, and our endocrine systems.

5/29/09    Neptune turns retrograde  

5/30/09    Mercury turns direct

May 30:  Feast of the Martyrdom of St Joan of Arc, burnt at the stake (1431)

        JUNE RUNES:
ISA (I): Ice; bridge, jewel.
Ice is the contracting and crystallizing power solidifying the universe (paired with expanding energy of Fire). May also be linked to rainbow bridge Bifrost.

JERA (J, Y): Year, good harvest; eagle.
The cosmic cycle of the yearly harvest completed in festival. Eagles and ravens are Odin’s birds.

6/5/09    World Environment Day

6/7/09    Full Moon

W.B. Yeats born (June 13, 1865, d. January 28, 1939), Gerald Gardner born (June 13, 1884, d. February 12, 1964)

6/15/09    Jupiter turns retrograde

6/21/09     Sun enters Cancer
Summer Solstice / Midsummer Sabbat   (June 22, 2009) 

6/22/09    New Moon, Elevenstar. Shaitan-Aiwass/Geburah: healing the wounds of war, physical infrastructure, and the individual circulatory system (blood).
Anti-Witchcraft laws repealed in England (June 22, 1951)

Marcelo Ramos Motta born (June 27, 1931, d. August 26, 1987)

Theodor Reuss born (June 28, 1855, d. October 28, 1923)

        JULY RUNES:

EIHWAZ  (EI): Yew tree, Yggdrasill.
The world-tree whose branches are over heaven and roots beneath the earth; and the shamanic journey between life and death.

PERTHRO (P): Lot box, dice cup, chess piece.
The rune of the Norns, triple goddesses who weave the web of fate, chance, and destiny. Symbolic grid and/or container of the runes.

7/1/09    Uranus turns retrograde

The Dog Days of Summer, while the star Sirius/Sothis is exalted, once the time of the annual flooding of the Nile River (July 3 to August 12)

H.H. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, born (July 6, 1935)

Florence Farr born (July 7, 1860, d. April 29, 1917)
7/7/09    Full Moon, Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Lon Milo DuQuette born (July 11, 1948)

Christopher Hyatt (July 12, 1943, d. February 9, 2008)

Dr. John Dee born (July 13, 1527, d. 1608); Papus born (July 13, 1865, d. October 25, 1916).

7/21/09     Sun enters Leo
7/21/09    New Moon, Total Solar Eclipse, Elevenstar. Ra-Hoor-Khuit/Tiphareth: healing of the Whole Self, and the religio-spiritual and cardiovascular systems.

July 22:  Feast of St Mary Magdalene

Robert Graves born (July 24, 1895, d. December 7, 1985)

Carl Gustav Jung born (July 26, 1875, d. June 6, 1961)

Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky born (July 31, 1831, d. May 8, 1891)

ELHAZ (Z, X): Elk, swan, protection, eelgrass.
A complex rune, symbolizing the fylgja or follower, a hereditary guardian or animal totemic spirit; also a protective shield or outspread hand; and other meanings.

SOWILO (S): Sun; jewel, sail.
Solar power, breath and light, the Sun goddess, health, energy and wholeness.

Lughnassadh / Lammas Sabbat (August 1)

Gerald Suster born (August 2, 1951, d. February 3, 2001)

8/6/09    Full Moon, Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

August 11: Feast of St Claire of Assisi, clairvoyant, patron of television

August 12: The First Night of the Prophet and his Bride. On this day in 1903 Crowley married his first wife, Rose Edith Kelly, the Scarlet Woman who was to spark the reception of The Book of the Law and thus the inauguration of the New Aeon. 
William Breeze aka Hymenaeus Beta born (August 12, 1955)

8/14/09    Jupiter at Opposition, closest approach to Earth

Charles Godfrey Leland born (August 15, 1824, d. March 20, 1903)

8/17/09    Neptune at Opposition, closest approach to Earth

8/20/09    New Moon, Elevenstar. Babalon/Netzach: healing of relationships and sexuality in all their diversity, AIDS awareness, and our reproductive systems.

H.P. Lovecraft born (August 20, 1890, d. March 15, 1937)

8/22/09     Sun enters Virgo
Foundation of the Order of the Rosy Cross, in Paris (August 22, 1623)


TIWAZ (T): Tyr; a star.
The rune of victory. Tyr is a very old star and sky-god connected to both justice and war, and is called upon in single (judicial) combat.

BERKANO (B): Birch Tree, or Goddess.
The main rune of the goddess Freya, patron of love and sorcery; and of spring and the fertility of plant life, the green rebirth of the earth. She is queen of the Vanir or earth-gods.

Karl Kellner aka Renatus, born (September 1, 1851, d. June 7, 1905)

9/4/09    Full Moon

9/7/09    Mercury turns retrograde

Foundation of the Theosophical Society (September 8, 1875)

9/11/09    Pluto turns direct

Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim born (September 14, 1486)

Andrew Chumbley was born and died (September 15, 1967-2004)

Nema’s Birthday (September 16)    Happy Birthday!

9/17/09    Uranus at Opposition, closest approach to Earth

9/18/09    New Moon, Elevenstar. Therion/Hod: the healing of communications and diplomacy, the Internet and free information flow, and the psychological and nervous systems.
Cecil Williamson born (September 18, 1909, d. December 9, 1999)

9/22/09    Sun enters Libra
Autumnal Equinox / Mabon Sabbat   (September 22, 2009)  

9/29/09    Mercury turns direct

EHWAZ (E): Horse, or twin horses.
Horses are the sacred steeds of the sun and moon, and the way of riding and of power for humans. May be linked to Odin’s 8-legged steed Sleipnir.

MANNAZ (M): Man, Human Being.
The human condition; perhaps also the moon, which is male in Norse myth. Also may be linked to the Hawk (Horus?) and to N’Aton, the collective human evolutionary genome.

Jack Parsons born (October 2, 1914, d. June 17, 1952); Arthur Edward Waite born (October 2, 1857, d. May 19, 1942); also Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday

Paul Foster Case born (October 3, 1884, d. 1954)

10/4/09    Full Moon

Ithell Colquhoun aka Soror Splendidor Vitro born (October 9, 1906, d. April 11, 1988)

A Feast for Life (October 12) Anniversary of the Prophet Aleister Crowley's birthday in 1875 (aka the Master Therion or Frater Perdurabo or V.V.V.V.V. or The Great Beast etc.)

10/13/09    Conjunction of Venus & Saturn, Jupiter turns direct

10/18/09    New Moon, Elevenstar. Hadit/Yesod: healing all family and community networks, and the digestive and urinary systems.

Grady Louis McMurtry, aka Hymenaeus Alpha, born (October 18, 1918, d. July 12, 1985)

Timothy Leary born (October 22, 1922, d. May 31, 1996)

10/23/09     Sun enters Scorpio

All Saints Day/ Hallow’s Eve/ Samhain Sabbat (October 31)

LAGUZ (L): Water, Sea, Lake; Leek.
The power of Water; waterfalls are sacred places. Also the sea, healing (often by herbs), dreams and fertility.

INGWAZ (NG):  Ing (god or hero).
Ing is a form of Frey, twin brother of the goddess Freya; he is a phallic, solar and harvest deity, linked to burial mounds, sacred bonfires, human heroes, and the wain or wagon representing the course of the sun by day.

November 1: All Soul’s Day, Day of the Dead

11/2/09    Full Moon

11/4/09    Neptune turns direct

Bram Stoker born (November 8, 1847, d. April 20, 1912)

Paracelsus born (November 10, 1493)

11/16/09    New Moon, Elevenstar. Nuit/Malkuth: healing the global and local ecology, the lymphatic system, and the body of all Nature.

Israel Regardie born (November 17, 1907, d. March 10, 1985)

11/22/09     Sun enters Sagittarius

William Blake born (November 28, 1757, d. August 12, 1827)

DAGAZ (D):  Day.
The magical or enlightened state of consciousness, cosmic paradox, and mystery; a rune of Odin.

OTHALA (O): Ancestral Property, Homeland.
Inherited property; the house, homeland, tribe or gild. Completion.

12/1/09    Uranus turns direct.  World AIDS Day.
Greater Feast for Death (December 1) Death of Aleister Crowley in 1947.
Franz Bardon born (December 1, 1909, d. July 10, 1958)

12/2/09    Full Moon

Dion Fortune born (December 6, 1890, d. 1946)

Nostradamus born (December 14,1503)

12/16/09    New Moon, Elevenstar. Ain/Ain Soph/Ain Soph Aur. Limitless Light, culmination of this cycle.

William Wynn Westcott born (December 17, 1848, d. June 30, 1925)

12/18/09    Islamic New Year 1431

12/20/09    Mars turns retrograde

12/21/09    Sun enters Capricorn
Winter Solstice / Yule / Midwinter Sabbat  (December 21, 2009)  

Rod Serling born (December 24, 1924, d. June 28. 1975)

Dies Natalis Invicti Solis, ‘Birth of the Invincible Sun’:
Mithras & Horus & Jesus, oh my!!!  (December 25)  

12/26/09   Kwanzaa & Boxing Day, Anniversary of Asian tsunami
12/26/09    Mercury turns retrograde

12/31/07    Full (Blue) Moon, Partial Lunar Eclipse, New Year.
Austin Osman Spare allegedly born (in-between Dec. 31 & Jan. 1, 1886, d. 1956)

Any time, done frequently: Healing Rituals

Vodoo & Santeria Calendar

Voodoo Holidays

January 2-4: Casse Gateaux, breaking the cakes, collective feeding of the loa/lwa.

January 6:    Fete Marassa. Day of the Kings, food offerings given to the Sacred Twins in sacred 3-bowled pots, then distributed to mortal children, especially twins.

February 25: Manger tetes de l’Eau, ritual feeding of fresh-water springs and the sources of rivers.

March 20: Legba Zaou, honoring of Legba, may include sacrifice of a black goat.

Good Friday: Souvenance festival, celebrating the Rada spirits (loa or lwa) in Souvenance, near Gonaives.

April 29: Casse Canarie, breaking the jars, ritual to release the souls of the last year’s departed into the land of the dead.

April 31: Mange-le-Morts, feeding of the souls of the ancestors.

May 12: offerings to various loas sacred to the temple or hounfort.

July 16: Saut d’Eau festival, to Simbi, Ezili Freda & Danbala; many make pilgrimage to bathe in the sacred waterfall near Mirebalais.

July 25: Plaine du Nord, festival to Papa Ogou, celebrants bathe in a mud pool near Cap Haitien.

August 14: Soukri Kongo. Weeklong ceremony honoring the Kongo spirits, at Soukri near Gonaives.

November 1-2: Fetdemo. Two-day festival beginning with bonfires to Legba, and completed by feasts for the dead and Guede held in local cemeteries.

November 25: Mange yanm. Rural festival for the yam harvest.

December 12-14: offerings to Agwe, spirit of the sea.

December 25. Fete des Membres, when initiates gather in their local societe or community. Christmas bonfires and baths, ‘to invigorate the spirits’.

Santeria Holidays

New Years Day: Seaside honoring of Yemaja
2nd weekend:  Obatala Festival - Heroes and Sheroes Celebration

Olokun Festival - Celebration of the African geniuses of all time

Ogun Festival, Spring Equinox   March 21-23

Osun Festival
Planting rituals - Earth Day - prayers for healing Mother Earth

Egun Festival - Mother's Day.
Iyaami Day - Healing the relationship with the Divine Mothers
African Liberation Day - also any celebration of struggle/resistance for people of color

Summer Solstice Fast - June 19-23
Celebration of the New Planting Season - Orunmila Festival

Oya Festival for Hurricane Season


Songo and Ibeji Festival  Autumn Equinox Fast - September 21-23
Remembrance of Death of children of color - past and present 2nd weekend in September

Yemoja Festival
The Maafa - Mourning African slave trade - October 12

Garifuna Settlement Day - November 19 in Belize
Day of Darkness - Mourning Indigenous Genocide –
4th Thursday in November

Obaluaiye Cleaning of Community (December 20-25)
Winter Solstice Fast
Kwanzaa (First Fruits) December 26-January 1
Esu party for Children - January 1
Any time, done frequently: Healing Rituals


Hindu/Tantrik Calendar

(Vikram Year  2064-2065)


Lohri: Tuesday, 13-01-2009206
Thiruvalluvar Day : Thursday, 15-01-2009
Mauni Amavasya: Monday, 26-01-2009
Vasant Panchami / Saraswati Puja: Saturday, 31-01-2009


Thaipusam: Sunday, 08-02-2009
Maha Shivaratri: Monday, 23-02-2009


Holi: Wednesday, 11-03-2009
Spring / Vasanta / Chaitra Navaratri begins: Friday, 27-03-2009
Hindi New Year (Saka Era 1931): Friday, 27-03-2009
Telugu New Year/ Ugadi / Gudi Padwa/ Cheti Chand: Friday, 27-03-2009


Ramanavami: Friday, 03-04-2009
Mahavir Jayanti: Tuesday, 07-04-2009
Hanuman Jayanti: Thursday, 09-04-2009
Baisakhi / Vishu: Tuesday, 13-04-2009
Bengali New Year / Bohag Bihu: Wednesday, 15-04-2009
Akshaya Tritiya: Monday, 27-04-2009


Buddha Purnima / Vaisakhi Purnima: Friday, 08-05-2009


Ganga Dashami / Dussehra: Tuesday, 02-06-2009
Rath Yatra: Wednesday, 24-06-2009


Guru Purnima / Asadha Purnima: Tuesday, 07-07-2009


Raksha-Bandhan: Wednesday, 05-08-2009
Krishna Janmashtami: Friday, 14-08-2009
Indian Independence Day: Saturday, 15-08-2009
Ganesh/Vinayak Chaturthi: Sunday, 23-08-2009


Onam: Wednesday, 02-09-2009
Shikshak Divas / Teacher's Day: Saturday, 05-09-2009
Pitr-Paksha begins: Saturday, 05-09-2009
Vishwakarma Puja: Thursday, 17-09-2009
Mahalaya: Friday, 18-09-2009
Pitr-Paksha ends: Friday, 18-09-2009
Navaratri begins: Saturday, 19-09-2009
Durga Puja begins (Maha Saptami): Friday, 25-09-2009
Navaratri ends: Sunday, 27-09-2009
Vijaya Dashami/Dusshera: Monday, 28-09-2009


Gandhi Jayanti: Friday, 02-10-2009
Lakshmi Puja / Sharad Purnima: Saturday, 03-10-2009
Valmiki Jayanti: Sunday, 04-10-2009
Karwa Chauth: Thursday, 08-10-2009
Dhanteras: Thursday, 15-10-2009
Chhoti Diwali: Friday, 16-10-2009
Diwali: Saturday, 17-10-2009
Kali Puja: Saturday, 17-10-2009
Naraka Chaturdasi: Saturday, 17-10-2009
Govardhan Puja: Sunday, 18-10-2009
Vikram New Year 2066: Sunday, 18-10-2009
Bhai Dooj / Bhai Phota / Bhav-Bij: Monday, 19-10-2009
Chhat Puja: Saturday, 24-10-2009


Guru Nanak Jayanti: Monday, 02-11-2009


Buddhist calendar for 2009

Tuesday 27 January

Losar (start)
The most important holiday in Tibet, marking the Tibetan New Year. The celebration lasts three days from today.

Sunday 8 February

Parinirvana - Nirvana day
Mahayana Buddhist festival marking the anniversary of Buddha's death. Pure Land Buddhists call the festival "Nirvana Day". Parinirvana is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8th.

Sunday 15 February

Nirvana day (alternative date)
Nirvana Day is also known as Parinirvana and is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8th. Nirvana Day is the celebration of Buddha's death when he reached total Nirvana, at the age of 80.

Saturday 9 May

Wesak or Buddha day
The most important of the Buddhist festivals. It celebrates the Buddha's birthday,
(and, for some Buddhists, also commemorates his attaining of Nirvana  and death)

Theravada New Year
New Year festival for Theravada Buddhists, celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April

Tuesday 7 July

Asala - Dharma Day
The anniversary of the start of Buddha's teaching - his first sermon ,"The Wheel of Truth ", after his enlightenment.

Tuesday 8 December

Bodhi Day
On Bodhi day some Buddhists celebrate Gautama's attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya, India.