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The Wesak Full Moon Festival

The Wesak is a Full Moon Festival occurring during the sign of Taurus (April 19 - May 19). 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.

 

The Wesak Full Moon Festival ~ Partial Lunar Eclipse
Festival of Shamballa ~ Festival of the Buddha
Full Moon Exact: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 12:57pm PDT (19:57 UT)

Image:
Astronomy Magazine / Tim Boyle

Tim Boyle imaged the Moon shining behind a large statue of Buddha in Tsukuba, Japan. Boyle captured this view about 1 mile from the statue February 2, 2007. No explanation was given for the red "flame" above the Buddha's head.

 

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 2013 the Wesak Full Moon occurs Thursday, April 25, at 12:57pm PDT (19:57 UT). This Wesak Full Moon is partially eclipsed by the shadow of our Earth for those living in the Eastern Hemisphere.

... the full moon barely clips the Earth’s dark shadow (umbra) for 27 minutes, to present one of the shortest partial eclipses in the twenty-first century. This will be the last time that the moon touches the Earth’s dark umbral shadow until the total lunar eclipse of April 15, 2014.

We in the Americas will miss out on tonight’s lunar eclipse. Even so, everyone worldwide will get to see a full-looking moon shining near the golden planet Saturn from dusk till dawn. So there’s a little something for everybody tonight.

Source: EarthSky.org ~ Full Eclipse Article with Maps

 

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. Review map below.

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.

 


The Wesak Full Moon with Saturn at Its 2013 Best
Full Moon Exact: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 12:57pm PDT (19:57 UT)
Festival of Shamballa ~ Festival of the Buddha

Image: Distant Suns / Adobe Photoshop

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east–left, west–right, north–top, south–bottom

The Moon moves eastward, toward the constellation Scorpius.

Note: For those living in San Francisco the exact Full Moon takes place overhead about an hour after high noon. The Moon is located in the same constellation for other parts of the world; this constellation, in differing time zones, lies in a different location above or below the horizon.

 

Reflections ~ Libra

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.

The path that is trodden by the Server is the path of fire that passes through his heart and leads to the head. It is not on the path of pleasure, nor on the path of pain that liberation may be taken or that wisdom comes. It is by the transcendence of the two ... that the goal is reached ... The Rays and The Initiations / The Path pg. 761 ... Online Reference

The Libran Way synthesizes duality with compassion and the right use of opposites. Libra leads between the two great lines of force, allowing the scales of justice to come into balance.

Note: The Libran star, Zuben Elgenubi, is about revenge/forgiveness. The Wesak Moon is moving toward this star as the hours unfold. Review map above. Can you put out any fires of revenge? Who can you forgive?

 

Reflections ~ Saturn

Saturn is officially at its brightest, biggest and closest for 2013 on Sunday, April 28, at 1:00am PDT (08:00 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 this 5 minute Star Gazers Video.

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 February 18, 2013 and is stationary direct July 7/8, 2013.

When Saturn is retrograde, our soul also follows an internal process of reflection and it goes back to our roots and initial intentions. Our battle during this process is to make our goals compatible with its objectives, and with our spiritual integrity. Saturn Retrograding by Sandra Alvim

... we have a great opportunity [during Saturn's retrograde] to reformulate structures of belief that may be holding us back and to build new structures that easily support authentic expressions of our true radiant divine nature. Shamanic Astrology 11/05

Saturn's retrograde motion is moving Saturn closer to Virgo's brightest star, Spica. Review map above. This star symbolizes the sacred womb of the Virgin, nourishing the seed of our innate divinity and spiritual awareness. It is important to note that the lengthy retrograde relationship of Saturn and Spica is prompting humanity to give birth to beliefs and forms that can embody, exteriorize the unfolding Christ consciousness.

Though Saturn's retrograde motion fosters an intimate relationship with Spica, this motion technically occurs in the sidereal constellation of Libra.  Saturn in Libra brings about right judgment, what is fair in any given situation. Note: Sidereal Heavens shows the constellation border shared by Libra and Virgo *, just east of Spica.

 

Reflections ~ Partial Lunar Eclipse

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon is Full and passes through the ecliptic. It is a time of endings, culmination points and major changes. Expect to feel the strong effects of an eclipse two days before and three days after it occurs.

A lunar eclipse is a supercharged Full Moon. The blocking of the Moon's reflection of the Sun's light by the Earth suggests that our material viewpoint stands in the way of our "seeing the light". It serves as a reminder that we need to realize how we are held in the dark by virtue of our perspective. Zodiac Arts

 

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.

The Wesak Moon interacts with the star Zuben Elgenubi, bringing up humanity's struggles with revenge and forgiveness. Retrograde Saturn near the Wesak Full Moon and in a close approach to Earth 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 partial eclipse supercharges this Full Moon. We see darkness instead of expected light. The order of our lives is changed by uncertainty. We are challenged to change our limited material perspective, to incorporate streams of new information from the great unknown.

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.

Wesak Safeguarding

 

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.

2013 Wesak Full Moon Global Meditation
SouledOut.org invites you to join us in meditation
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 12:57pm PDT (19:57 UT)
or choose a time within 12 hours before
or after the full moon to participate.

 

Three Major Planetary Festivals
These occur with spring's 3 Full Moons ~
The Festivals of Easter, Wesak and Goodwill.

 

The Work of Buddha, Christ and Humanity

 

Through The Buddha, the wisdom of God streams forth.
Through The Christ, the love of God manifests in humanity.
It is this wisdom and love which renews
humanity each Wesak. Be Blessed!

 

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