Wesak is the Midpoint of the two-month Higher Interlude, the Most Powerfully Creative Time of the Year ~
Unusual things can happen at the Full Moon when the lunar orb passes through the Earth's magnetotail. Then for five days (including two days before and two after the Full Moon), solar plasma flows strongly through the Earth-Moon connection, and the Moon becomes so charged electrically that Moon dust floats over the lunar surface. This is the science; the metaphysics is that solar prana and consciousness are drawn most strongly through the Earth - and through us - when the Moon is Full.
The Wesak Festival is celebrated during the twelve hours leading up to the exact time of the Full Moon of Taurus (when the Sun is in Taurus and the Moon is in Scorpio). It is said that the Buddha was born, achieved enlightenment, left Earthly existence, and returns each year at the Wesak Full Moon. The primary Wesak ceremony is enacted in a Himalayan valley at this Full Moon, the crest of a tide of world invocation. The tradition is that for eight minutes the Buddha conducts a powerful stream of Divine energy to the world. Then the Christ distributes this power at the next Full Moon’s (Sun in Gemini, Moon in Sagittarius) Festival of Humanity.
May Eve / May Day
On May Eve and May Day, 40 days after Spring Equinox, the Clio muse gate opens and the 40-day period of the Moon sphere Yesod begins. Now we begin to ascend the Tree of Life that grows anew each year. Water and fire rituals clear the psyche so we can realize what we want to be.
Practices include full body water immersion, fire gazing, passage between twin fires and clockwise (Sunwise) circle dancing. Fire purifies the mental body as water purifies our feeling nature. Whole body water immersion clears emotional memories; in ancient Greece Hera re-emerged from her sacred pool where her youthfulness and virginity were restored.
Ritual passage between twin fires (candles can work) clears energy awry and renews good health, physical and psychic. Twin fires at entrance ways clear the way into a space. Dancing Sunwise (clockwise) around a May Pole or Liberty Tree sets the psyche free to dream the future and realize destiny. “To everything there is a season, turn, turn, turn . . .”
This is a turning, changing time. Blessings to all!
The annual two month “higher interlude” begins at the Easter/Passover Full Moon. Called the Festival of Shamballa, this high point of the zodiacal year begins with the Full Moon on Saturday April 4 at 8:05 am EDT. The vital force of spring pours forth from the chalice of the Easter Moon, and creative energy is at its highest potential at this time of year. The two month period that follows is opportune for realizing Selfhood, for becoming consciously involved in the new zodiacal year, the new cycle of creation. Soul purpose and group consciousness are illumined through the Full Moons of Sun in Aries, Taurus and Gemini.
The year cycle is seeded now and set to unfold its magic. This Sun in Aries Full Moon powers the way forward. We begin to live our new story. This Easter Full Moon is the time of year when the Spring goddess Eostre and her magic rabbit bring the new “World Egg” containing all that is to be. (Look for the Rabbit in the Moon egg the next few evenings.)
The Full Moon energies flow for at least three days following the exact time of the Full Moon. Illuminating dreams and inspiration come as revelations filter down into consciousness. Spiritual forces are active, synchronicities flow, and important "chance” encounters occur. Needs felt and requests made invoke response from Angels, Nature spirits, and other universal helpers in this special time.
According to folklore, the first Spring Full Moon has been called the Worm Moon. It heralds rising temperatures, thawing ground, earthworms and robins. In the mythic tradition of Great Britain a worm is a baby dragon. The dragon symbolizes energy of Nature that pulses into new life at each Sunrise and at every Spring Equinox. The expression “the early bird catches the worm” is coded instruction about catching and claiming energy of the dragon at break of day and at the beginning of the Spring season.
Breakthroughs in understanding occur and new dimensions of being will be realized under the coming Spring Full Moons (Aries, Taurus, and Gemini). Spiritual forces will respond to meet the challenges of the time. Through meditation, release of physical tension, prayer and action, it is possible to achieve “critical mass intentionality” (a term coined by Deepak Chopra) needed to bring healing, harmony, and worldwide prosperity.
THE TIMING OF PASSOVER AND EASTER
Passover begins with the first Full Moon following the Spring Equinox. Easter is on the first Sunday following the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox. This is the day of the resurrected son and renewal of the light in Christian tradition, and it is the time of the resurrection of the Sun god Hu for the Druids.
Jesus followed the ancient Jewish celebration tradition. The Last Supper was a Passover seder. Jesus is called the last lamb of the sacrifice because his ritual drama signaled an end to the Age of the Ram (Taurus) and the ushering in of the compassionate age of Pisces when animal sacrifice is superceded. Greeting the Passover Sun is about sacrificing personal desire and remembering world need recalling our soul's purpose.
Passover commemorates the Jews’ escape from bondage. Crossing the Red Sea (the astral waters of Mars, ruler of Aries) is an annual experience, a recurring opportunity to gain freedom from emotional bondage.
Sunrise is the power time in early Spring, the reason for meeting the Sun on high ground at Spring Equinox, during Passover and on Easter morning
The old pagan traditions are the nourishing roots of the Christian religion. Meeting the early Spring Sun on the mountain is a custom rooted in these ancient traditions. The death and rebirth of Attis were celebrated at this time in ancient Rome: his death was mourned and his attendants celebrated his resurrection when the tomb was found empty after three days. This myth is at the foundation of the Christian mystery.
JESUS AND THE AGE
The Christian avatar holds a special place in the cosmic scheme because Jesus lived at the close of the Age of Aries (the ram of Abraham) and the beginning of the Age of Pisces (age of the fisher of souls). Jesus lived at the beginning of this 25,920 year cycle of precession, the cycle that Plato called the Great Year. Whatever comes at the beginning seeds the whole cycle. The spirit, love and consciousness that came through Jesus and Mary at the onset of the Age of Pisces carry through around the wheel, the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end.
FOR INFORMATION on the total lunar eclipse on Saturday 4/4 (the Passover / Easter Full Moon), see Kelley Hunter’s article “Dragon of Destiny Eclipse” at http://heliastar.com/ .
Excerpted from The Writings of Steve Nelson
The cycle of the year ebbs and flows like the ocean. The Spring tide comes in and the new Zodiacal year begins. Summer Solstice is the peak of the year wave; Winter Solstice is the trough of this wave. Life energy is most outgoing at the peak of the year cycle, most turned inward at the bottom. Fall and Winter are yin seasons when it is natural to look within. Spring and Summer are yang seasons more apt for acting out. Yin and yang forces of Nature come into magical balance at the Equinoxes. The Moon cycle that follows the Equinox picks up this energy and carries it into life expression. This Spring Equinox (March 20, 6:45pm EDT) and the Spring New Moon following (April 18, 2:57 pm EDT) are times ideal for sowing seeds of harmony and prosperity to come to fruition in the growing season.
A different planet rules each Zodiacal year. Jupiter has been planetary ruler during this year going out (2014). Mars becomes ruling planet at this Equinox and will power Jupiter’s expansion. Some effects of the Mars year are already being felt. The full effect becomes apparent in stages as the Zodiacal year begins. Although on one level Spring begins as the Sun enters Aries, our feeling nature may remain in Piscean end-of-cycle mode until the first New Moon in Aries. The Cherokee honor this Spring New Moon with Sunrise river bathing. Then a New Fire is begun on the ceremonial altar that will be the source of fire throughout the year, a perpetual flame for the tribe. The Cherokee call themselves “people of one fire.” They are one of the seven Iroquois tribes of Native Americans who Edgar Cayce said carry the ancient ritual traditions that are to be restored.
Although this Zodiacal New Year begins with the Sun entering Aries on Friday, March 20, the first lunar cycle following the Spring Equinox is almost a month away at the Aries New Moon April 18. Our current Jupiter-ruled Zodiacal year will linger, adding enlightenment and further expansion to fuel the Mars-ruled Zodiacal year that fully begins with the Aries New Moon.
A MARS YEAR: “Taking action to set things right” is a Mars year keynote. Individuals and groups will be working this year to correct social injustices brought to light. Any problems we see won’t be solved by focusing too directly on them. It is time to give attention to the qualities and energies that improve our lives which makes our world better. This is a pivotal time in an important year, a creative seed time for planting good psychic seeds beginning with the Spring Equinox and continuing through the Spring tide. Creation begins at the level of thought. Thoughts seeded and cultivated now will have influence throughout the year. What is planted in the “inner garden” will flower later through the year and in years to come.
A technique for creative thought forming is to repeat a prayer mantra over and over in the mind. It may even be put to music. This mantra can be visualized as a circle with the words moving clockwise. As the recitation continues, a spiral vortex is created that calls down and brings up the principle being invoked. So for example, one might think the words: “Peace is all there is, all there is is peace” or “Peace onEarth, good will toward all.” Peace will be invoked while one of these mantras is sounded.
Invoking harmony can bring up that which is not harmonious. As this process continues, obstructing patterns of belief are cleared and peace grows within. At the core of our being is “the peace which passeth understanding.” When this is realized then one becomes a channel for peace in the world.
SPRING EQUINOX is the first of the 8 Fire Festivals in the year. Fire is key for energy clearing. Warfare erupts when the way of sacred fire is neglected; the more candles are lit, the more sacred fires burn, the fewer the fires of war. Fire has a dual purpose: it purges and transforms outmoded patterns, then empowers the purity that remains. Fire gazing with yoga “breath of fire” clears negative thought patterns. What comes to mind while fire gazing is transformed. In the Cherokee tradition, every fire is a piece of the Sun. This is essentially true from a purely scientific view. Plants gather carbon atoms from the air, join them and bend them into hexagonal carbon rings that absorb and hold light energy from the Sun, the miracle of photosynthesis. The solar energy stored in these carbon rings is released in the form of heat and light when wood burns. Our bodies are heated by calories from the food we eat. All our food calories originate in the Sun - we are solar powered! And in the words of Oprah Winfrey, “The miracle of your existence calls for celebration every day."
~ Excerpted from The Writings of Steve Nelson
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At Winter Solstice the Druids celebrated their “Festival of Liberation,” a time when the soul is set free to dream a new world. This “day out of time” belongs to none of the 13 Druid tree months but stands apart as the Day of Mistletoe. The “golden bough” or Mistletoe is gathered on this day. Mistletoe symbolizes the Sun for the Druids and it is sacred to the Norse Sun god Baldur. By tradition mistletoe prefers to grow on lightning struck oaks and in places of natural power. The gathering of mistletoe on this day may be seen as a clever way to have people be in places of power at this special time. Gathering mistletoe on its day (Sunday December 21st this year) brings us to be in a location where soul liberation can more readily occur and the path before us can be made clear.
Winter Solstice is considered especially auspicious because whatever is seeded this day determines the nature of the year. The Druid calendar year is 13 months of 28 days, a total of 364 days. Winter Solstice, the “day out of time,” is the “day” of the magical “year and a day.” This 13-month calendar appears symbolically as 13 stars with 28 rays over the eagle on the U.S. dollar bill. Much of America’s symbolism comes from Masonic tradition and a good part of this in turn derives from the Druids. Such is the ancient gnosis coded into our western world. In truth the Druid wisdom was not vanquished but was internalized in our culture, and the internal is closer to the eternal than are external forms.
Solstice means “still standing Sun.” Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere sets the course of the New Year on Earth. Winter Solstice is a moment in time (6:21 pm EST, 11:21 pm GMT Sunday Dec 21) and it is a 7-day period (Dec 18-24) when the Sun appears to rise and set at approximately the same points on the horizon. During this time the limb of the Sun touches the Tropic of Capricorn, the lowest point in the annual cycle. Winter Solstice is to the year as the New Moon is to the lunar cycle. These cycles have similar phases, so just as a new lunar cycle becomes conscious and viable when the crescent appears on the evening after New Moon so the New Year spirit or zeitgeist becomes conscious on Epiphany Jan 6.
Sunrise and Sunset are important times during the days of Solstice and megalithic structures throughout the world align with these times. Only during Winter Solstice does the rising Sun strike the deep interior wall of New Grange, a great megalithic chamber north of Dublin. Only on Winter Solstice does the rising Sun fully light the interior of Calendar One, a megalithic stone chamber in southern Vermont. In Washington DC the Winter Solstice Sun rises along Pennsylvania Avenue to illuminate the Capitol Dome. These alignments were created more for their energetic effects than astronomical symbolism.
~ Excerpted from The Writings of Steve Nelson
September brings the Harvest Moon, which is the Moon Hare Full Moon, the most powerful lunation of the creative year. The psychic harvest parallels agricultural harvest. This is the time to gather the fruits of the field; it is time to bring in the sheaves and winnow the wheat from the chaff. Our inner field is harvested in meditation, loving remembrance, through the arts, in writing, dance, yoga, tai chi and other bio-energetic exercise that helps separate our golden wheat from the old world husks that are to be let go. This year’s harvest is a harvest of the ages, it is a global harvest as the creative fruits of the past 6 millennia are gathered into a common store from which Holy Grail like essence is given to each according to their need. All are given now what they are due to fulfill their true purpose in the new world coming to be.
What is dreamed on Monday is brought into action on Tuesday, communicated on Wednesday, expanded on Thursday, refined on Friday, becomes manifest on Saturday and is enjoyed on Sunday. Monday, the day of the Moon, is the womb of the week. Tuesday or Mardi, the day of Mars, is the time to put into action. Wednesday or Mercredi, the day of Mercury, communicates what we learn. Thursday, Thor's Day or Judi is day of Jupiter, the planet of expansion and abundance. Friday, the day of Freya or Venus, is a day for refining, making beautiful; Friday is for love. Saturday is Saturn's Day, the day we bring the vision to Earth and make practical in material ways. On Sunday, the day of the Sun, we become conscious of what has come before and we enjoy the products of this new creation come to be.
As in the days of the week, there is also a great cycle of 7000 years that began in 4000 BCE with the Millennium of the Moon. Now, at this great turn, a thousand years of Saturn is just ending and we are beginning the new golden Millennium of the Sun.
Our understanding grows as this Moon grows from Aug 25 to Sept 15 when the 3rd Quarter Moon will be at the top of the lunar wave. Our great harvest begins with the 1st Quarter Moon and the Gate of Inspiration / Melpomene Muse Gate on Sept 2-3. The 1st Quarter lends itself to discerning what is of value to bring forward and what is to be let go. The Muse Gate is a time to breathe deeply (inspire) and dance freely to liberate the soul so we can reap this great harvest of the Age. The Muse Melpomene brings us keen awareness of what makes our heart heavy and what makes heavy the heart of the world. Soon we will be given the power to eliminate what makes the heart heavy so it becomes as light as the feather of truth. The Grail King will be healed as the heart of the world is healed.
A great alchemical transformation occurs during the Sept 6-15 Moon Hare Full Moon. The magic of the Moon Hare grows as the Moon grows; emotions rise and primal energy increases toward the peak of the lunar cycle. Riding the lunar wave is like surfing, the aim is to maintain equilibrium and stay on the board to the top of the wave. Emotional energies grow stronger as the Moon grows. Balance is kept through attention to the breath and focus on the growing light within. Ching or primal energy is breathed up to the light so during Moon Hare Full Moon we can gather “the elixir of immortality.”
The Moon Hare is seen now sitting up on the Moon with ears swooped back to the right and a halo (Mare Crisium) overhead. Only the head and ears of the rabbit are seen at the 1st Quarter Moon. The Moon Hare becomes fully visible at the Moon Hare Full (Sept 6-10) when s/he is seen preparing the elixir. The Full Moon is a pitcher pouring out this elixir, we just raise our cups to receive. Each Full Moon is different according to the signs, there are 12 kinds, 12 ‘manner of fruits’ one ripening each month at the Full Moon. When we have raised our cups to receive the elixir of each of these Moons we become enlightened. It has been said in parable that we must have new bottles for new wine. Our cup is our psyche, a vessel now being alchemically refined to contain the new wine of this new time.
Everything is weighed anew on the magic scale of Libra at Autumn Equinox Sept 22-25. Balance is restored without and within. Maat, the Egyptian Goddess of Justice, stands on the western horizon holding a scale with a heart on one side and on the other a feather. Maat is an empath, she can feel what makes the heart heavy. In her right hand she holds an instrument that can eliminate what makes the heart heavy so it becomes as light as her Feather of Truth. This is the ‘Goddess Eye’ framed in a golden triangle. From this Eye comes a beam of light or bolt of lightning that is empowered to free the world from evil. When the Goddess Eye retreats from the world evil reigns for a time; when the Goddess Eye returns evil is destroyed, old world astral shadow forms are broken and a new world begins.
The appearance of the lunar crescent on Sept 25 begins a 10-day / 9-night celebration when the world is created anew according to Cherokee, the ancient Chinese, Hindu and Greek mystery traditions. All say this 7th Moon of the zodiac year is when the world was first created and is recreated each year. Re-creation in spirit makes way for the New World. All fortunes turn on the tide of the 7th Moon.
Heaven and Nature sing as the world’s way forward is illumined. Morning Star Venus, Libra’s ruler, is empowered now to restore the natural divine order of Love and Peace on Earth. As the old world fades away, a new world comes to flower. Focus on the light of Morning Star Venus and breathe to receive blessings from the Goddess of Love. The Aquarian Age is just beginning and Love leads the way.
Labor Day / White Rabbit! Sep 1 – New Magic Is Afoot
Say ‘White Rabbit’ first thing today for luck throughout the month. This is a folk custom for the first day each month, the day of the Magician, the #1 card in Tarot. The Magician pulls another rabbit from his hat and this is the Moon Hare who stars in the upcoming Sep 7-8 Full Moon. Labor Day is well timed for the great harvest that is about to begin. It’s time to roll up our sleeves.
1st Quarter Moon Sep 2-5 (exact 7:11 am Sep 2) – Time to Choose
This Moon is a scythe cutting across the sky, it's time to cut free from the trappings of the past and affirm our purpose moving forward. Sacred to the Druids, the 1st Quarter is pivotal in the cycle of creation. This is a time to decide; choices now are likely right ones. Breathing deeply through the light of the crown frees energy flow up and down the spine to transform old world shadows and power our dreams.
Gate of Inspiration / Muse Gate, Sep 2-3 (1:30 pm 9/2- 1:30 pm 9/3) – Dance!
Muse Gates open every 40 days, 9 each year. Whatever blocks creative flow comes before the Gate to be let go. It’s time to release body tensions that hold outmoded ways of thinking and feeling. Breathe deeply and move freely (dance!) to shed the old and be present to the magic of this new time. The Muse Melpomene reveals all that makes heavy the heart of the world. As all this is released through dance and breath the soul of the world is healed. This harvest tide brings blessings to all.
The Moon Hare Full Moon, Sep 6-11 – Dance to the Music, Celebrate!
Each Full Moon brings revelation and opportunity for healing body, mind and soul. This is the Harvest Moon when we separate the wheat from the chaff of the year. Now the Moon Hare is seen ‘pounding out the elixir of immortality’ just as our psyches are harvesting the essence of our nature and the good of past cycle.
The Moon Hare’s ‘pounding’ can mean pounding herbs, it also means rhythmic movement as in dance or drumming. Ching or primal energy is converted into chi through rhythmic movement and the breath. In this way the psychic ‘lead’ or ching is transformed into healing chi and the gold of love and divine union occurs within. This inner alchemy is then realized in the outer world. It’s time to gather the elixir.
The Full Moon (exact 1:38 am gmt Sep 9) is a pitcher that pours out a healing elixir we now raise our cups to receive. Illuminating cosmic energies flow for 3 days following each Full Moon. Meditation, music making and dancing help open us to receive this new light. Revelations come in dreams, chance encounters and flashes of inspiration. Stay tuned.
Strange things happen at Full Moon when the lunar orb passes through the Earth's magnetotail. Then, for 5 days (2 days before and 2 after the Full Moon), solar plasma flows strongly through the Earth-Moon connection and the Moon becomes so charged electrically that Moon dust floats over the lunar surface. This is the science, the metaphysics is that solar prana and consciousness is drawn most strongly through the Earth - and through us - when the Moon is Full.
3rd Quarter Moon, Sep 15-18 (begins 2:05 pm gmt Sep 15) – Realizing Dreams
This Moon cuts away all that distracts from putting dreams into action. The 3rd Quarter Moon integrates new ideas into creative expression; it's time to follow our bliss and do what feels good in concert with the whole.
Balsamic Moon, Sep 18-22 – Make a Wish!
This is the Wishing Moon, a time to put wishes on the air. Also called the Witches Moon, it’s time to bring to mind those who need healing. Feeling invokes healing, the deeper we feel, the deeper we heal and the more Moon magic comes through the new lunar cycle. The Moon moves tides of emotion as it moves tides of the ocean. The outgoing tide takes away what is no longer needed, the incoming tide brings forth what is to be seeded new. Moon shadows, old life patterns, go out with the waning tide. We just breathe deeply and let go. As astral shadows dissolve, chi is set free to realize our dreams. See the lunar crescent rising before the Sun with bright Venus, the goddess of love. Venus brings blessings of new life, new inspiration and new love. Make a wish!
Autumn Equinox, Sep 22-25 (exact 2:29 am Sep 23) – Restoring the Balance
Everything is weighed on the cosmic scale at the Equinox. Balance is restored within and without as the Sun moves through Libra the sign of Maat. In her left hand Maat holds a scale that balances a heart against ‘the feather of truth.’ In her right hand Maat holds a golden triangle that frames the Goddess Eye. From this Eye comes a beam of light or bolt of lightning which eliminates whatever makes the heart heavy so it becomes as light as the Feather of Truth. This Eye exists in everyone and it is opening now. Social justice and egalitarian economic democracy are realized through the liberating equilibrating influence of Libra / Maat.
Dark of the Moon / Libra New Moon, Sep 23-25 – Follow the Light Within
The day before New Moon until Sunset the day after is ideal for house cleaning or energy work and meditation to make way for the new cycle; outer activity is well favored in the days after the new lunar crescent appears on the evening of Sep 25. Old Moon shadows give way as we connect to the light within and breathe. The day of the New Moon (exact 6:14 am Sep 24) is a cosmic spring that flows freely as we slow down. New Moon is the monthly reunion of Sun and Moon when a new pulse of divine light enters our world, the more we are quiet the more we receive.
Nostradamus calls New Moon "the day of Diana, a time for silent rest." The New Moon is a magic portal, a source of new creation and a psychic black hole much like Alice's rabbit hole. Wonders await our following the Moon Hare within. Now we can know what has been, what is, and how to realize the best that is yet to be.
Crescent New Moon, Sep 25-30 – A Time to Sow
The appearance of the lunar crescent on Sept 25 begins a 10-day / 9-night celebration in the Cherokee, the ancient Chinese, Hindu and Greek mystery school traditions. All say this 7th Moon of the zodiacal year is when the world was first created and is recreated each year. During these 9 Nights (the Hindu Navaratri) Kali is welcomed into homes to consume the old year's discord. The Cherokee celebrate their "Nuetiegwa” Big Medicine Moon. Cherokee women dance from the time the crescent appears until the Moon sets to help the world be reborn. Their dance continues several evenings 25-28. When the lunar crescent first appears at Rosh Hashanah a sacred fire is lit on a hill and the shofar, a ram’s horn, is blown signaling the beginning of the spiritual year. Re-creation in spirit makes way for the New World to be. All fortunes turn on the tide of this 7th Moon.
It's time to bring forward what we wish to be realized. Farmers plant seeds when the new lunar crescent appears, seeds become fertile on every level; new beginnings are favored now. Whatever is dreamed and initiated in this new Summer of Love brings blessings for the years to come. Moon magic is strongest from Sunset to Moonset when the Moon is in the 7th House. Meditation now opens doorways, wishes take wing, prayers bring blessings for this lunar cycle and the new creation to be.
Michaelmas, Sep 29-30 – Celebrate the Arts, Celebrate Community
Each season has its angel and its element, Michael is the angel of fire and the Fall when leaves turn fiery colors and many fire festivals occur. Michaelmas is an arts festival that brings people together to share the fruits of the creative year.
Steve Nelson is a professional astrologer who uses Tarot, name analysis, and traditional astrology to help clients understand personal myths and realize natural abilities. He can be reached at 704-375-3759 or email firstname.lastname@example.org