by Robert Wilkinson
Yes, this is an amazing Cosmic moment in time! Due to the degrees where last month's and this month's Full Moon falls, we have been blessed to have TWO Wesak Festivals this year. Traditionally the Wesak Festival is considered the Full Moon of May since it celebrates the birth and enlightenment of the Buddha, Himself a Sun in Taurus and Moon in Scorpio. However, for the first and last time in many years, we're having two Full Moons, one in April and one in May, triggering the first and last degrees of those signs.
This Wesak falls on May 19, 7:11 pm PDT, 10:11 pm EDT. That means it's May 20 in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. A quick look finds Scorpio rising in Santa Monica and Vancouver, Sagittarius in NYC and Miami, Aries in Amsterdam, London, and Johannesburg, Taurus in Istanbul, Gemini in Tallinn and Baghdad, Cancer in New Delhi and Perth, Leo in Melbourne, and Libra in Maui.
I already gave you an extensive article about the meaning of the Wesak, Full Moons in general, and the Three High Moons of each year in the article Global Spiritual Astrology in April-May 2008 - It's the Full Moon of Taurus-Scorpio, also known as The Wesak Festival! Please read or re-read it, since it elaborates on what this global Spiritual festival is all about and offers links to celebrations at Mt. Shasta and Europe.
When you're done there, you might also check out the article I posted the next day titled "The Four Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Path of the Buddha." These are the core of the Buddha's teaching of the nature of suffering and the ways that everyone on Earth can use to transcend suffering one way and another. You can get there by clicking on the link just above the title of the Wesak article.
And because the New Moon preceding the Full Moon always represents the seed forms that are brought to surface at and after the Full Moon, please check out The Taurus New Moon of May 2008 - Seeding the Wesak Festival. This can help focus what blessings are being offered to us in the near future.
This Full Moon falls at 30 degrees Scorpio and Taurus, the final degree of the sign. The April Wesak fell at 1 degree of the same signs. Rudhyar says that the first degree sets the "tone" of a sign, and the last degree is the fulfillment of that potential in a perfected form as a transitional energy leading naturally to the first degree of the next sign.
So we've had an outpouring of initiating Taurus realization energies that led us to understand the fundamental energies in self. others, and situations. Then we had the New Moon at 16 Taurus which set the second half of Taurus into motion in seed form, itself the beginning degree of that span. Now we get another Full Moon at 30 Taurus-Scorpio, fulfilling a perfect three-fold harmony of those energies being released into our world.
The Solar degree symbol of this second Wesak is "A peacock parading on an ancient lawn." It speaks of presenting our excellence in ways that demonstrate our ability to embody shared ideals. The display results in a collective quickening to "inner or eternal values." Dr. Jones says the keyword is ALOOFNESS and when positive it's said to be a degree of dramatizing some racial heritage or using "lessons of history in some special fashion." The formula is Sustaining, Ideal, Efficient, Generalizing, Spiritual, and Inspired. Rudhyar states the degree is the final one in the Span of Enjoyment, and the Individual-Mental level of Confirmation.
The Lunar degree symbol of this second Wesak is "The Halloween jester," a degree of releasing energies to gain refreshment or freedom from trying to live an ideal beyond one's potential. It's about finding new modes of contact with others to "achieve a more genuine spiritual sensitiveness." Dr. Jones says the keyword is SPONTANEOUSNESS and when positive it's said to be a degree of a gift for making one's desires and ambitions of value to others. The formula is Sustaining, Ideal, Universal, Generalizing, Spiritual and Inspired. Rudhyar states the degree is the final one in the Span of Appreciation, and the Individual-Mental level of Faith.
It would seem that the coming Buddha-nature realizations about to be poured out across the world affecting the next year will be sustaining, ideal, universally efficient, and Spiritually inspired. We should be able to give our "displays" a spontaneous quality demonstrating our excellence in ways that relieve pressure and further contacts. Shared ideals seems to be a theme, as does putting on a show to manage energies that need release.
These should help us express whatever new directions we were shown at the New Moon. You will recall its theme requires that we not get frustrated that old knowledge and concepts cannot confirm our new life conditions. I would think that means we shouldn't try to apply previous standards or old ways of judging and evaluating to current necessities, or when we're confronted with stuck people or situations. This Full Moon should help us find safe forms to manage the pressure.
Some things to think about in these hours at the eve of another great outpouring of Spiritual energies. Aum Mani Padme Hum.
Copyright © 2008 Robert Wilkinson