For the Northern Hemisphere
May 3 - June 1, 2011
All times are local unless otherwise specified.
Night Sky Visitors ...
My 2011 sabbatical continues. In this abbreviated edition of Moon Dances I offer the following to keep you looking up and tuned to the wonders above.
Look Up! The Moon, waxing and waning, impressively promenades across the dark sky, partnering with the sparkling stars and glowing planets. Who is the Moon dancing with tonight?
Click on the Moon links for meditative insights and additional information.
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Moon enters Taurus May 4, and during the first
Reflections ~ New Moon of Wesak
With every New Moon our soul goes into meditation and aligns with the inspiration of the Nirmanakayas; a potential is enlivened and a seed of consciousness is formed deep within. Take some time to create a sacred space. A new cycle is beginning.
Review the New Moon map above. The New Moon and Sun are located in the constellation Aries, while 5 planets reside in the constellation Pisces. Andromeda and Cassiopeia lie to the north, Cetus and Eridanus to the south.
New Moon ~ Aries Constellation
The light of Aries, the light of life itself, is at the center of all beings. Aries reveals how each of us may become a vessel for divine expression. The emanating energies of Aries give birth to Divine ideas and new cycles of emerging opportunities. The New Moon and Sun positioned in Aries underscore new beginnings.
Both the location of the New Moon and Sun and the Wesak lunar cycle open a channel of direct communication between humanity and Deity, enabling aspirants and disciples to contact guiding forces for the purpose of divine expression on Earth.
New Moon ~ 5 Planets in Pisces Constellation
Mars, Jupiter, Mercury, Venus and Uranus add potency to the emanations of Pisces, the constellation of the world Savior. At its highest manifestation, Mars in Pisces has the potential to direct divine will/purpose into any situation, thus transforming lower energies. With Jupiter in Pisces "the universal application of Love for the salvation of humanity is demonstrated." Mercury in Pisces awakens intuition, relating mind and love, making way for the love-wisdom of the Christ consciousness to manifest. With Venus in Pisces wise love conquers all opposition and difference. Rebellious, telescopic Uranus in Pisces rejects the current state of reality and strips away illusions shifting us into new visions of wholeness.
5 planets in Pisces streaming forth their energies during the daylight hours, beginning around 4:00am and ending around 6:30pm, for the first 2 weeks of May, potently prompt humanity to awaken to its essential divinity to save the world.
New Moon ~ More Alignments
In addition, Nick Fiorenza points out further alignments of the New Moon that influence this lunar cycle.
This is a time of the illumined mind. It is a time to intuit new ideas, make spiritually aligned choices and take divine action.
During this Wesak lunar cycle become a receptive conscious channel for the down pouring of energies from the higher realms. Allow the mind to be illumined. Tap into the vision of your soul.
Lunar Theme: Intuit Ideas ~ Make Divine Choices ~ Take Action
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2011 Global Meditation
May 4-5, Wednesday-Thursday, look for slim smiling Luna in the west about an hour after sunset. Dusk Young Moon Map Binoculars bring out the twilit celestial bodies; be eye-safe by not looking at the Sun with binoculars!
"Let Light descend on Earth." Celebrate and align with the channel of communication that exists between humanity and Deity, especially now as the Wesak lunar cycle unfolds.
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The Moon moves eastward, toward the constellation Scorpius.
Is the Moon Fuller on Monday or Tuesday?
Exact: Tuesday, May 17 at 4:09am PDT (11:09 UT)
The Wesak Full Moon inaugurates the second of the Three Major Planetary Festivals. The Wesak Festival 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. An ancient legend speaks of the gathering of these great Beings and the Buddha's blessing at the time of the Taurus Full Moon.
Any Full Moon experience can offer us greater illumination of our essential divinity. Issues worked on since the New Moon come to a climax. If the restrictions of the past have been released during the waxing Moon, then the Full Moon can bring fulfillment. If not, the Full Moon might bring serious mental conflicts, possibly affecting the physical body.
What was conceived at the New Moon: Intuit Ideas ~ Make Divine Choices ~ Take Action (review above) now comes to fruition and is birthed into the full light of our conscious minds.
Reflections ~ Full Moon's Position
The Wesak Full Moon is positioned in the constellation of Libra the Balance. Libra was once a part of two constellations, Scorpius and Virgo. Review map above.
During the time of Julius Caesar the Romans created Libra as the twelfth constellation to represent Roman justice. They made the two pincer claws of Scorpius, the Zuben stars, into the arms of Libra the Balance. Libra was once considered the scales of the goddess of Justice, which Virgo the Virgin represented.
Hmmm ... Libra demands justice and the perfect point of equilibrium, where neither spirit nor matter dominates. It's as if the "missing claws" of Scorpius create Libra's razor edged path.
Reflections ~ Full Moon's Illumination
The Full Moon during Taurus is illuminated by the Sun in Taurus. Taurus provides an opportunity for enlightenment, to attune to the penetrating Light of the Path.
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 and offers new beginnings.
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.
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.
Full Moon Global Meditation
World Chant Day: May 17, 2011
May 17-18, Tuesday-Wednesday, though Luna looks very full Tuesday evening, she's past her exact Full phase and technically in her waning Gibbous phase. During these two nights Gibbous Luna transits Scorpius, first near the cosmic Scorpion's fiery red heart star, Antares, and finally above the stinger. Use the Full Moon map above for orientation.
In the transformative burning ground of the Scorpion, the dualities of death and life serve each other in evolution's ongoing spiral dance. The fires of Scorpius harmonize humanity with the inner Divine One. Allow the forces of initiation to bring death and new life.
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