Hello Sky Watchers,
April 18, 11:57am PDT marked the beginning of the 2015 Wesak lunar cycle that ends May 17, 9:13pm PDT. Forces of enlightenment from our highest spiritual planetary center, Shamballa, are released during this lunar cycle's Full Moon Festival, May 3/4. The Wesak Festival is the second of the three major planetary Full Moon Festivals that occur in the spring. The first, April 4, aligned with the Christ (Easter), the second, May 3/4, aligns with the Buddha (Wesak) and the third, June 2, with the spiritual and Divine nature of humanity (Goodwill). These Festivals form a spiritual high point of the year.
The Wesak Full Moon exact at 8:42pm PDT Sunday, May 3 (03:42 UT Monday, May 4) can be seen traveling with Saturn across the sky. Map
Lunar Theme: Aspirations "Our April 18, 2015 New Moon ... conjoins the magnificent Andromeda Galaxy, our nearest galactic neighbor and exemplar of optimal human development ... The New Moon lies on the shores of early sidereal Aries where the eastern Piscean fish leaps upward from the waters of Pisces. This New Moon's placement impels us to actualize a far greater potential and greater personal achievement ... we must first release or bring to resolution any limiting mental-emotional patterns of the past ... by maturing internally and aspiring externally. This lunar cycle may also inspire deep emotional clearing and physical cleansing, simultaneously encouraging relinquishment and attainment—the art of becoming all we can be" Click the lunar theme link for more insights by Nick Fiorenza.
The folks at SouledOut.org invite you to celebrate the current lunar month by participating in the Wesak Full Moon Festival Global Meditation, celebrating the Festival of Shamballa ~ the Festival of the Buddha.
April 19-21, Sunday-Tuesday at Dusk
Watch a sunset; look for 3 planets, Crescent Luna, a star and a star cluster!
You'll need a clear WNW horizon and right timing to see all celestial bodies.
Map: Mercury/Mars/Venus/Crescent Moon/Aldebaran/Pleiades
Venus, the Pleiades and Aldebaran get more gorgeous as the sky darkens.
Be sure to bring binoculars for a helpful viewing aid and a special treat. Look for earthshine!
Lyrid meteors best before dawn April 22 and 23
Saturn at Its Best ~ May 2015
Saturn's Ring Tilt and Satellites
The Wesak Full Moon and Saturn
Image: Solar System Simulator