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.


The Wesak Full Moon Festival
Festival of Shamballa ~ Festival of the Buddha
Full Moon Exact: Thursday, April 21, 2016-10:24pm PDT (05:24 UT 4/22)

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 2016 the Wesak Full Moon occurs Thursday, April 21, at 10:24pm PDT (05:24 UT Apri 22).


The Full Moon's Position

The exact Wesak Full Moon is positioned at the legs of Virgo the Virgin, our Heavenly Holy Grail, as if it was birthed from the Virgin's womb and brightest star, Spica. See map below. Though at the Virgin's legs, the exact Wesak Full Moon is east of Spica and technically in the constellation of Libra. As the hours unfold, the Moon travels eastward toward the two brightest "Zuben" stars of Libra.

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 map below 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.


The Wesak Full Moon Festival
Festival of Shamballa ~ Festival of the Buddha
Full Moon Exact: Thursday, April 21, 2016-10:24pm PDT (05:24 UT 4/22)
Look for Saturn and Mars East of Moon - Late Night / Early Morning

Image: Distant Suns / Adobe Photoshop

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

The Wesak Moon moves eastward, toward the constellation Scorpius.
 Retrograde Saturn (Mar. 25-Aug.13) and Mars (Apr. 17-June 29) are both
slowly headed westward toward the constellation Libra. Saturn and Mars form
a shape-shifting triangle with red Antares, the heart star of Scorpius the Scorpion.

Note: For those living in San Francisco the exact Full Moon takes place low on the southeastern horizon, about 1 1/2 hours before midnight. 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.

In San Francisco the Wesak Moon rises Thursday evening, April 21, at 7:25pm, Mars 10:45pm and Saturn 11:15pm. See Rise/Set Times ~ Major Bodies for your area. Vary the date and time of this San Francisco Sky Chart to see a view of the whole sky beyond the veil of daylight or at night. Create a Sky Chart for your area.


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.


Retrograde Saturn - Mar. 25-Aug. 13
Retrograde Mars - Apr. 17-June 29

Both Saturn and Mars are retrograde now. When in retrograde motion the planets are in a close approach to Earth and they appear bigger and brighter than normal.

Saturn began its 2016 westward, backward motion March 25 and is stationary direct August 13. Mars began its 2016 westward, backward motion April 17 and is stationary direct June 29.

Saturn's closest approach to Earth in 2016 occurs June 3, Mars May 30.

Retrograde Saturn and Mars, in close proximity to Earth, potently influence humanity. Consider the following.

Saturn Retrograde:

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

Mars Retrograde:

When action oriented, forward moving Mars is retrograde, its backward motion frustrates us. We are paddling upstream amid a sea of obstacles. It is never a time to initiate anything new - projects, romance or legal matters. Angers and resentments run high. Internal pressures lead to outbursts and explosions. Machinery and computers easily break down. Physical vitality is low. Patience and persistence are one’s allies in dealing with the agitation and disruptions. Culled from various sources / Everything That You Ever Wanted to Know About Mars Retrograde

View Saturn and Mars in the late evening or early morning. Review map above. See Rise/Set Times ~ Major Bodies for your area.

Apr.24-26 Moon/Saturn/Mars Map ~ April Map: South Before Dawn


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 and Mars in a close approach to Earth are potently impressing and testing us now. Saturn is insisting we align with our spiritual integrity, requiring we create beliefs and forms that enable our innate Divinity to manifest on Earth. When Mars is retrograde, it's best to build rest and relaxation into one's routine and to honor one's limitations. Develop patience and persistence during this planet's retrograde.

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.

2016 Wesak Full Moon Global Meditation invites you to join us in meditation
Thursday, April 21, at 10:24pm PDT(05:24 UT 4/22),
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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