The April full moon, Taurus Wesak festival is this Saturday, May 5. This festival, the annual return of the Buddha to bless the Earth and the four kingdoms (mineral, plant, animal and human), is of momentous importance. On the day and night of Wesak (May 5, 8:35 p.m. West Coast, 10:35 p.m. Midwest, 11:35 p.m. East), esotericists around the world place crystal bowls filled with water in the open air. As the Buddha blesses the world, all waters are also blessed.
During Wesak, the Taurus solar festival, the Forces of Enlightenment are called upon to remove hindrances and to expand humanity’s discrimination and discernment. It is the “will of God” that we have these capacities to achieve liberation from materialism, make appropriate choices to build the new era (Aquarian Age), and “discover” the Path of Return.
Preparing the Way for the Buddha are the Great Ones (Christ, Hierarchy, disciples from many lands), using sacred song, dance, prayers, mudras and invocation around a great stone upon which is placed a crystal bowl. Wesak (blessing the waters) occurs yearly in a protected valley in the Himalayas. At the moment of the full moon, the Buddha’s presence is called forth with the words, “We are ready, Buddha, come!” As the Great Lord of Illumination appears, He distributes the blessings of God (the Will-to-Good) to the Christ (Archangel from Sirius) who, with the Hierarchy, holds it in safekeeping until the June, Gemini Festival, where it is distributed to humanity at the Festival of Humanity. This blessing of the Will-to-Good (Father principle), when distributed, becomes Goodwill (the Mother Principle) within humanity. When these two principles enter humanity’s minds and hearts, illumination and understanding come forth.
Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of May 3–9, 2012 For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries-March 21–April 20
A continuing theme is the group—your identity in the group, what you give and provide, and how to expand both self and others through group dynamics. Your future depends upon the answers to these questions, answers continuing to unfold. Here is a spiritual hint: Give all talents, gifts, interests, resources to humanity for their safekeeping and well-being. This assures yours. A blessing, like the Buddha’s, results.
Taurus April 21–May 21
The Wesak Buddha Full Moon blessing occurs each year in Taurus. Throughout your life you always seek illumination through what you do, see, think, feel and explore. Whether conscious of this or not (now you are), this theme is both your life purpose and life work. As the Buddha blesses humanity you are to receive that blessing personally then turn and bless others with your illumined mind and kind heart.
Gemini May 22–June 20
You might consider your presence the Wesak festival (in dreams (where many experience it) but only after great aspiration to participate. The Wesak festival is deeply involved with Venus, your Soul ruler, and with Mercury (Ray 4, Harmony Through Conflict), your personality-building ruler. All these energies combine to bring you to the next state of awareness and spiritual consciousness. Shall we travel to the festival together?
Cancer June 21–July 20
It’s best to maintain quiet mental contemplation so all information being received can organize itself into understanding. Realize the groups you belong to offer ways that further intuition. Group work can feel new to you, its outcomes more and more unexpected, becoming a deeply cherished experience. Much of your life is hidden on purpose. You do not know yet that you are in the deep embrace of the future.
Leo July 21–August 22
Prior knowledge of who you are in the world, your work and leadership abilities and how you affect others are being reassessed and reformed. You will reinvent yourself, calling upon hidden gifts and abilities, adapting to behaviors of those you admire, reading into yourself more and more virtues useful for the coming revolutionary times. Relationships for you are always with people unlike yourself. They are your shadow.
Virgo August 23–September 22
You have been deeply focused on daily needs and this continues for the rest of the year. Sometimes your mind turns away from simple daily living as you dream about a future of comforts, people and possibilities elsewhere. Perhaps it has to do with work, or prayer, a retreat or possibly a great service. Observe if you’re learning new values or studying something that defines a different future path.
Libra September 23–October 22
You seek a greater knowledge of someone you didn’t value well before perhaps. You seek a deeper experience of love, a newer inclusive view of the world. You seek to understand what travels will take you into other worlds into countries and places far away. For now, simply investigate what calls to you in your present environment. Life is completely different than what you expect.
Scorpio October 23–November 21
Be deeply observant of conversations and encounters, which will profoundly affect you for the next several weeks, taking you deeper into yourself and shifting your points of view. You will affect others in this way too. This involves a responsibility—being careful what you say and do, reflecting before speaking, and tending to finances and resources with focused care.
Sagittarius November 22–December 20
Clarification and explanations are needed the next month, to self, first, then others. Should you be concerned about anything, seek safe counsel. Being alone is not the best. Response and deep listening from another benefits and clarifies your perspective, helps you overcome difficulties and gain the detached (dispassionate) view. You will ponder upon relationships as they relate to your well-being.
Capricorn December 21–January 20
Capricorn Dec21–Jan20 Work and health—two themes during these times. The work is mental and physical, giving attention to detail, finding the best techniques, planning carefully. You always do a good job. Health—for those who criticize a lot—criticism hampers health. Praise vivifies health. If nervous or anxious Aconite Napellis (homeopath) soothes.
Aquarius January 21–February 18
Attempt to explain your decisions clearly. You may think you explained yourself during recent retrogrades. Actually those words remained in your head and were not articulated. Others won’t understand your actions. You need a bit of play—releasing forgotten child-like energy. Listen to others with compassion and care. Aquarians are faster than the speed of light.
Pisces February 19–March 20
It’s good to withdraw a bit, to reflect in depth what has occurred the past six years. Examine your daily life, evaluate your next steps and assess what needs have arisen resulting from a life change. Speak the truth, your deepest thoughts and feelings, allow no pressures to build. Focus inwardly. Appreciate your childhood and parents for what they gave (or did not give)—all chosen before birth. Rest more.
Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.
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