The Wesak Full Moon Festival
The Wesak is a Full Moon Festival occurring during the sign of Taurus (April 20 - May 20). An ancient legend says the Buddha, for a brief period, renews His touch and association with the work of our planet at this time. This Full Moon Festival of the Buddha releases forces of enlightenment from our highest spiritual planetary center, Shamballa. These forces spark initiation and are stepped down for humanity through the Buddha, the Christ and the Spiritual Hierarchy. The Wesak Festival, a time when the Buddha and the Christ come together in a sacred ritual, is spiritually known to be the supreme moment in the annual cycle.
Each spring during the sign of Taurus, we have the opportunity to tap into the channel of direct communication between humanity and Deity, and celebrate the evolutionary blessings that come to all of humanity. It is important that groups of all faiths unite globally to invoke the divine in everyone. Together we are the Chalice, the Holy Grail on Earth, prepared to receive the outpouring of potent energies from on High.
In 2014 the Wesak Full Moon occurs Wednesday, May 14, at 12:16pm PDT (19:16 UT). This Wesak Full Moon travels with nearby Saturn, which is at its best apparition for 2014.
The Full Moon's Position
The Wesak Full Moon always occurs in the constellation of Libra the Balance. Libra was once a part of two constellations, Scorpius and Virgo. The following map shows these 3 constellations.
During the time of Julius Caesar the Romans created Libra as the twelfth constellation to represent Roman justice. They made the two bright Zuben stars, the two pincer claws of Scorpius (Chelae in this image), into the arms of Libra the Balance. Libra was once considered the scales of the goddess of Justice, which Virgo the Virgin represented.
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The Moon moves eastward, toward the constellation Scorpius.
Libra demands justice and the perfect point of equilibrium, where neither spirit nor matter dominates. It's as if the "missing pincer claws" of Scorpius create Libra's razor edged path.
Reflections ~ Saturn
Saturn is officially at its brightest, biggest and closest for 2014 on Saturday, May 10, at 11:00am PDT (18:00 UT). This close approach of Saturn to the Earth is called opposition and during this time Saturn can be observed from Earth all night long, opposite the Sun (sunrise - sunset). Learn more from EarthSky.org's article, Saturn closest, brightest, opposite the sun May 10.
This means Saturn is potently influencing humanity before, during and following the Wesak Full Moon. Saturn is a tough taskmaster who uses limitation, pain, restriction and right timing to expand our consciousness. This Lord of Karma stands at the Gates of Initiation ready to put all who approach to the test.
Saturn is retrograde now. It began its easterly, backward motion March 2, 2014 and is stationary direct July 20, 2014.
Saturn in the constellation Libra brings about right judgment, what is fair in any given situation.
Note: Saturn in its retrograde, westerly motion, is slowly moving toward the Libran star, Zuben Elgenubi, with its closest approach July 20 - August 20. Review map above. In addition Mars, retrograde in Virgo the Virgin, begins its direct easterly motion May 19. Mars moving eastward toward Zuben Elgenubi has its closest approach to this star around August 20, the same time Saturn is also in closest proximity to the star. Review the map above to see the current location of Mars in Virgo.
The star Zuben Elgenubi stimulates both revenge and forgiveness. Use the next few months to ponder how these attributes manifest in your life. Can you put out any fires of revenge? Who can you forgive? What are the energies of evolution sparking in your life?
BTW: Mars has an intimate and lengthy relationship with Virgo the Virgin, as it transits this constellation (easterly, westerly and easterly again) from December 2013 to mid-July 2014. Mars in Virgo quickens the spiritual life, the innate Divinity of humanity. The Virgin in turn nurtures and shields this hidden Divinity until spiritual birth can occur.
Wesak Energies ~ In Summary
At the spiritual high point of the year, when the Forces of Enlightenment pour into the world and the fires of initiation rage, the Wesak Full Moon is demanding we balance upon the razor edged path of spirit and matter. As we look for unity beyond duality, we begin to synthesize the pairs of opposites with compassion. Spirit and matter come into a balance where neither dominate, enabling us to bring forth "cutting edge" ideas, make spiritually aligned choices, and take action that transforms our world.
Retrograde Saturn in a close approach to Earth, positioned near the Wesak Full Moon and moving toward Zuben Elgenubi is bringing up humanity's struggles with revenge and forgiveness. Saturn is potently impressing and testing us now, insisting we do what is fair and just in any given situation, requiring we create beliefs and forms that enable our innate Divinity to manifest on Earth.
The Full Moon during the sign of Taurus provides an opportunity for enlightenment, to attune to the penetrating Light of the Path. This is a time of the illumined mind. The Wesak Moon opens a channel of direct communication between humanity and Deity. Unity or oneness with Divinity enables humanity to rise up from the initiatory fires, blessed and whole.
The Holy Grail of All Faiths
The Full Moon during Taurus is an opportunity to participate in an ancient, living, sacred ritual and celebrate the blessings that come to all of humanity at this time. It is important that groups of all faiths unite globally, invoking the divine in everyone. Together we are the Chalice, the Holy Grail on Earth, prepared to receive the outpouring from on High.
Wesak Full Moon Global Meditation
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