by Robert Wilkinson
It seems that there is some confusion about whether the Wesak (Vesak) Festival happened yesterday or a month ago. I can explain.
I was made aware of this by a comment left on the site back then. Now through a friend of the site I find there's still some confusion out there about which Full Moon Eclipse was actually "the true" Wesak. I wrote her this explanation (with one minor correction to clarify something):
The confusion is because many in the East use some form of Sidereal system of planetary computation. That's where (according to what school you're in) you subtract anywhere from 22 to 28 degrees from the positions and call them "the real" positions. So last month's Full Moon at 6 Taurus-Scorpio was in Sidereal Aries, and this one, at 5 Gemini-Sag, is in Sidereal Taurus.
However, given this ALL stems from the AAB teachings, and they were written primarily for Westerners by a Westerner taking dictation from a Jivanmukta (who never specified in any work whether he was speaking of the Western Tropical or Eastern Sidereal system), then we just don't know what His intention was.
This is never a problem when the Full Moon falls between 22-30 degrees of their signs, since that puts the Tropical and Sidereal Lunations in the same sign axis.
So I've been telling them that last month was the Western Wesak and this month is the Western Christfest, and as for this month being the Eastern Vesak, well, the more prayers the better! Of course, those who celebrate Vesak in the East do not celebrate the Christfest, and know absolutely nothing about the Three High Moons, since that ALL came from the AAB teachings.
As you know, I use the Western Tropical system for my planetary positions. I have several valid objections to Sidereal astrology that cannot be denied or refuted. That said, a great Vedic Astrologer is just as good as a great Western Astrologer. That cannot be denied either. It's just a matter of approach.
All our prayers and meditations are good for the world, regardless of what we call the ceremonies we participate in. I hope some of you took the time to check out the video, since it really does pull it together.
I began doing the Great Invocation at least once a day from May 1976 on for many years, and it is still a part of my meditations to this day. We don't need a Wesak or Christ Fest or even a Full Moon to attune to the higher spiritual intention of the Whole. It just takes focus, acceptance, and getting out of our own way.
The pace quickens....
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