Welcome to Satya Center’s April 2012 Cosmic Weather Forecast, brought to you by your Editors, Curtis Lang and Jane Sherry.
The Full Moon occurs this Friday, April 6, 2012 at 17° 23’ of Libra, opposed by the Sun at 17° 23’ of Aries. The Full Moon coincides with Good Friday, the day we mourn the death of Jesus Christ, in preparation for the Sunday April 8 Festival of Easter.
The Jewish Feast of Passover, celebrating the Liberation of the Hebrew nation from bondage to the Egyptian Pharaoh, begins this Saturday, April 7 and ends Friday April 13 this year.
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, the weather is cool and spring-like, changeable and blustery. Our rainy season, which normally takes place in winter, is only now delivering much-needed precipitation.
Meanwhile, throughout the US we have just experienced the warmest March ever, with over 3000 record highs in cities from the East Coast through the Rocky Mountains.
Although no direct correlation can easily be drawn between this freakish weather pattern and global climate change, we have seen enough over the last few years to be concerned. Extreme weather events are becoming the new normal.
From Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans to the floods in Pakistan that displaced millions of people to exceptionally frigid winters in Europe, disappearing Arctic sea ice, and the dwindling of the Himalayan glaciers, which feed the rivers in India and China that billions depend upon for food and water, even the most casual observer can see that something strange is happening to global weather patterns.
The Feast of Passover
This year Passover coincides with a month of extreme weather in the US, weather that reinforces perceptions of apocalyptic global environmental change, and Passover 2012 also partakes of the unique energy signature of this month’s Full Moon Solar Festival, which represents a blending of the energies of Aries and Libra. As we shall see, all these energies are interconnected in a very meaningful way.
Aries is the sign of self-empowerment, resolute determination and individuation, while Libra is a sign of relationship, diplomacy, and dynamic equilibrium, especially social equilibrium, or more broadly, social justice.
Often it is necessary to sacrifice some degree of individual self-determination and certain selfish motivations in order to achieve social justice through the art of balanced relationships. Yet that self-sacrifice by individuals within a group can result in group empowerment by facilitating the achievement of group goals that could never be achieved by individuals acting strictly in their own self-interest.
Aries is the “Lamb of God”, as well as the Ram, the “Lamb of God” that is sacrificed for the Passover Feast, at the time of liberation.
The Feast of Passover is a beautiful example of the path of Group Empowerment through Self-Sacrifice.
Passover of course is the festival commemorating the Exodus of the Jewish people from bondage in Egypt. The Jewish Festival of the Passover, which begins at sunset on April 7th, is one of the three Festivals of the Pilgrim, or Shalosh Regalim, when devout Jewish people from all over the world traditionally make a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem.
The people of Israel were slaves, but they had to risk their lives, their homes, and their future in the pursuit of freedom and self-empowerment.
The path they took was insanely rugged, and none of them could have imagined how it would unfold. As individuals, the Israelites had to exhibit a blend of the energies of fiery, determined Aries and cool, diplomatic group-centric Libra.
To obtain their release from the Pharaoh, their extremely fiery but diplomatic Prophet Moses used the power of ceremonial magic and prayer to the Divine to overcome the world-renowned magic of the Egyptian High Priests.
“Who is Yahweh, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go?” asked the Pharaoh, according to the Book of Exodus in the Old Testament of the Bible.
In answer, Moses and Aaron approached the Royal Throne and Aaron’s rod was transformed into a serpent. Pharaoh’s High Priests then turned their staffs into serpents, but Aaron’s serpent devoured the Egyptian snakes.
The Pharaoh refused to release the Israelites from bondage. In response, Moses delivered a series of messages from Yahweh, the Lord of the Israelites, each of which culminated in a plague on the land of Egypt.
The final curse resulted in Divine intervention that inflicted unacceptable losses on the Egyptians, specifically the deaths of their first-born in a plague that spared the Jewish people who marked their doors with lamb’s blood, so that the Avenging Angel of the Lord would spare their houses. Pharaoh agreed to release the Israelites.
Although the Egyptian army followed the Jewish people on their path out of slavery, the Lord parted the Red Sea so the Jewish people could pass safely into their long 40 year exile in the desert, but when the Egyptian army entered the passage in hot pursuit, the waters closed upon them. The Israelites were finally free to go their own way.
But this was only the beginning of the trials and tribulations of the Israelites.
The Israelites had to wander in the desert for decades after their harrowing escape through the Red Sea, again with magical intervention by their God, Yahweh. Yet all these tribulations were merely the stepping stones to attainment of their own Kingdom of Israel and the establishment of their City of God, Jerusalem.
Empowerment through Self-Sacrifice. Short-term pain for long term gain. As a nation addicted to athletics, we should understand the logic of this path well. For the Israelites it was long-term pain for even longer term gain.
Global Climate Change and the Exodus from the Status Quo
Our global civilization is currently in the same position as the Jewish people in bondage in Egypt. The Israelites were slaves to the most powerful Imperial nation of their time, with the largest military-industrial complex, and the most advanced technology available.
Today we are all in bondage to a rational materialist global culture of cruel hierarchy, greed and Imperial militarism that is threatening to destroy the livelihoods of billions of people enslaved to the financial and political manipulations of global elites even as it destroys the environment that sustains human life on Earth.
We are all poised to pass over into a new global civilization, so this month we can all benefit from learning more about the Passover Festival, and from entering more deeply into the consciousness of the Jewish people at their time of Exodus.
We are currently confronted with prophecies of doom, such as those that were delivered to the Pharaoh of Egypt. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projects that global climate change will cause sea levels to rise 5 feet on average over the next 90 years, and that 700 million climate refugees will be seeking new homes by the year 2050.
The British Meteorological Office predicts that fully 1/3 of the Earth’s surface will be desert by the year 2100, and fully 1/2 of the Earth will suffer drought.
Although global climate change is a topic of political debate in America, with many conservatives refusing to believe the scientists who are delivering our modern prophecies of doom, America’s military leaders and its powerful, globally feared intelligence community are preparing for a series of resource wars and environmental battles without end. They certainly believe the scientists should be taken seriously.
In 2004, the Pentagon commissioned a study entitled “An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications for United States National Security”, which had this to say: “Nations with the resources to do so may build virtual fortresses around their countries, preserving resources for themselves . . . As famine, disease and weather-related disasters strike due to the abrupt climate change, many countries’ needs will exceed their carrying capacity. This will create a sense of desperation, which is likely to lead to offensive aggression in order to reclaim balance. . .Europe will be struggling internally, large numbers of refugees washing up on its shores, and Asia in serious crisis over food and water. Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life. Once again, warfare would define human life.”
In 2007, a group of American military leaders, including General Anthony Zinni, former Commander in Chief of US Command Central, and two Admirals and a US Army general, produced a report for the CNA Corporation designed for use by the Pentagon. This report, entitled “National Security and the Threat of Climate Change” provided a blueprint for a global security nightmare. “Climate change acts as a threat-multiplier for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world,” the report explains. “Many governments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East are already on edge in terms of their ability to provide basic needs: food, water, shelter and stability. . . Projected climate change will exacerbate problems in these regions. . . The US may be drawn more frequently into these situations to help to provide relief, rescue and logistics, or to stabilize conditions before conflicts arise.”
Another 2007 report authored by former CIA Director James Woolsey and a host of other political luminaries, entitled “The Age of Consequences: The Foreign Policy National Security Implications of Global Climate Change”, outlines three different global scenarios, which unfold depending upon the degree of climate change, and envisions major global problems to result not from resource wars but rather from the collapse of governments around the world.
“In a world that sees two meter sea level rise, with continued flooding ahead, it will take extraordinary effort for the United States, or indeed any country, to look beyond its own salvation,” the report contends. “All of the ways in which human beings have dealt with natural disasters in the past . . . could come together in one conflagration: rage at government’s inability to deal with the abrupt and unpredictable crises; religious fervor, perhaps even a dramatic rise in millenial end-of-days cults; hostility and violence toward migrants and minority groups, at a time of demographic change and increased global migration; and intra- and interstate conflict over resources, particularly food and fresh water. Altruism and generosity would likely be blunted.”
Now is the time for action! We must all become conscious of the need to blend the energies of the Ram and the Scales, Aries and Libra. Now is the time for each of us to willingly sacrifice some of our material goals and comforts so that humanity may free itself from the yoke of endless consumption, unbridled competition and individual self-gratification which is currently despoiling the Earth. Together we can be free! The only alternative is a war of all against all that would destroy global civilization.
But we must also know that the path to a New Age of balance and social justice is long and arduous, and we must recall that even Moses never set foot in the Promised Land. We must be prepared to leave the predictable comforts and predictable limitations of our current lifestyles behind us forever, for the time of Exodus from our status quo culture is fast approaching. One way or another.
As we contemplate a future of imminent global climate change and resource wars, with hundreds of millions of environmental refugees around the world, perhaps we can reflect upon the ten plagues of Egypt and resolve to make the sacrifices needed to free ourselves and our children and their children from a future of extraordinary suffering.
Of course it is the world’s corporations and military organizations that are the biggest consumers of fossil fuels, the biggest polluters. Individual austerity is a political and environmental trap because it is only through collective action to curtail the greed of giant corporations and the belligerence of the world’s military-industrial complexes that we can restore balance to the Earth.
It is only through political activism on a mass scale that we can force status quo politicians and the world’s reactionary forces, who deny the reality of global climate change, to accept the need to invest trillions of dollars in energy efficiency, retro-fitting of the world’s houses, buildings and auto fleets, and development of sustainable energy technologies, green architectural developments, and large-scale renovations of the global energy grid that will enable individuals to produce their own energy and contribute to overall electrical capacity.
That too requires sacrifice, of our time, our energy, and our money. It requires a fearless willingness to confront our modern day Pharaohs -- the financial Titans of Wall Street, the monolithic trans-national corporate giants, the mind-bending propaganda wizards of Madison Avenue, and the generals who command the military-police surveillance state that is currently preventing the birthing of a new Green Economy and a new politics of environmental sanity and social justice.
As all of us, of all spiritual paths, celebrate Passover this week, let us all pray and meditate upon the fact that this global transition we are now entering, like the Exodus of the Jewish people, will in all likelihood be lengthy, difficult, and demanding.
We will all need Divine intervention to successfully navigate to the New Age and a new paradigm of compassionate community, equality, and environmental sustainability that puts the needs of people above the greed of financiers and politicians and the the ambitions of ruthless military leaders around the globe.
We know that the door is open, we are as ready as we need to be, and we are at the springtime of the year.
We are being forced into a rushed passage into the New Age, but we know that with the Grace of the Divine, together the world's people will cast off the yoke of the modern day Pharaohs and, courageous as the Jewish people were at the time of the Exodus, we stand ready to make the hazardous journey from this moment of fear and failure into a Promised Land that awaits us all -- a New Age and a new global civilization of peace, love and understanding.
The collective consciousness is well aware at the Soul level that we are approaching the end of industrial civilization, the end of the present World Order and the need to totally restructure our human civilization. Yet our world leaders are focused on one thing – maintaining their power and maintaining the status quo which has been so beneficial to them.
We are being asked to rise to the occasion, to ascend beyond our previous limits as individuals and as groups, to assist in the global transformation that is coming, and to guide our leaders toward a compassionate, equitable and sustainable future. We are learning that our leaders will not guide us into the New Aeon, instead in Aquarian fashion, it is the people who will show the way.
The task is monumental. Can we succeed? We are not dependent upon top-down leadership to save our children from environmental catastrophe. Together. . .even though Obama let us down, even in spite of Obama’s pathetic record of capitulation to the forces big oil and big money that fuel environmental degradation, YES, WE CAN!
This Full Moon take the opportunity to meditate upon the concept of Passover, and upon the current turning point in humanity’s evolutionary journey that is perfecting during this decade of unprecedented change.
You can meditate upon the qualities of the Lamb of God, the perfected Aries personality, tempered by the best qualities of the complementary sign of Libra, and ask your Guides and Teachers to help you manifest these qualities in your own life during the coming year.
The Three Spring Full Moon Solar Festivals of the New Age of Aquarius
This Friday’s Festival is the first of the three Great Universal Spring Spiritual Festivals we celebrate every year.
In April, humanity celebrates the Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival which coincides with the Christian Feast of Easter. In May, we celebrate the Scorpio Full Moon Taurus Solar Festival, which corresponds to the Buddhist Festival of Wesak, which commemorates the birthday, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha. In June Lightworkers celebrate the Sagittarius Full Moon Gemini Solar Festival, known as the Festival of Humanity, which focuses on all that humanity shares in common, all that creates the feeling of brotherhood and sisterhood that unites us all, transcending bloodline, racial heritage, national identity and religious background.
These Three Festivals were brought to humanity by the Theosophist Alice Bailey in the mid Twentieth Century. On September 7, 1875, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott founded The Theosophical Society.
According to Blavatsky’s account, the two Spiritual Teachers were directed to do so by two eastern Adepts or Masters, Morya and Koot Hoomi, who had achieved the Ascension Initiation at the close of the Eighteenth Century, becoming “Ascended Masters”, who, although incorporeal, could communicate with humanity at will telepathically, and could work with subtle energies on both the material and higher frequency planes of existence for the benefit of human evolution.
In Isis Unveiled, Blavatsky wrote of these Ascended Masters that “unburthened of their terrestrial tabernacles, their freed souls, henceforth united forever with their spirits, rejoin the whole shining host which is bound together in one spiritual solidarity of thought and deed and called the ‘anointed.’"
The “Anointed Ones”, or Ascended Masters, come from all religious and spiritual traditions, East and West. These are the “Mahatmas” or “Great Souls” who have attained Self-Realization and released their karma. Such exalted Beings are given the opportunity to merge with the Divine, in which case their individualities cease to exist on every level. The Ascended Masters have chosen to maintain a subtle presence in this material Universe, on the higher frequency levels of Being, so they can continue to be of service to humanity. Illustrious examples of these Ascended Master Teachers include Kwan Yin, Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha, St. Germain, Dwaj Kuhl, Maha Chohan, and many, many others.
These Great Guides and Teachers who have achieved the Ascension Initiation, are part of a grand Cosmic Hierarchy of Spritual Guides and Teachers, Angelic Beings and Devas and who work tirelessly to optimize and equilibrate the ongoing evolution of the material Universe, to relieve human suffering, liberate humans from the bondage of ego-consciousness, and accelerate the spiritual evolution of the human race in accordance with the Divine Plan of Love and Light designed to Liberate all Sentient Beings throughout this Creation.
The Theosophical Tradition sought to harmonize the Wisdom School Teachings of East and West and thus create a Global Spiritual Tradition that would be universal and accessible to Lightworkers and Seekers of all religions, nations and races.
Alice Bailey, who was at one time a high-ranking member of the Theosophical Society, received information concerning these Three Spring Full Moon Solar Festivals through telepathic dictation from an Ascended Master known as D.K., later identified as “The Tibetan” Dwaj Kuhl.
Alice Bailey’s writings established the forms and functions of the great Seasonal Spiritual Festivals that would serve to unite humanity during the coming Age of Aquarius, when a New Age of Universal Spiritual Truths would unite humanity. Bailey made extensive use of the term “New Age” in her writings, and many have called her the Mother of the New Age spiritual movement.
Bailey’s writings reflecting The Tibetan’s Wisdom Teachings on the Universal Spiritual Tradition of the New Age of Aquarius established the Three Spring Full Moon Solar Festivals as a distillation of Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, and Christian/Catholic teachings. These three Major Global Festivals and nine other Full Moon festivals are based upon the knowledge and appreciation of the waxing and waning of Cosmic energies month by month and season by season throughout the year.
Thus these Festivals help us to synchronize our lives with the seasonal cycles of life on Earth, and with the Universal forces that sustain and regulate those cycles. By meditating and performing acts of selfless service during the time of these seasonal Full Moon Solar Festivals, we become more sensitive to the subtle energies of the seasonal cycles, and more receptive to Mother Earth’s participation in the grand universal cycles of inflowing and outgoing Cosmic Energies that regulate the patterns of the seasonal cycles themselves.
In addition, these New Age Festivals are designed to help Lightworkers and Spiritual Seekers worldwide to align themselves with the subtle energies emanating from the Hierarchy of Ascended Masters who represent all of humanity’s religious and spiritual traditions.
These Ascended Masters pour forth an enhanced stream of Love and Light during these monthly Full Moon Solar Festivals, which is accessible to all Lightworkers and receptive souls during these sacred times of the year.
Meditators and Lightworkers will also benefit by tuning in to the frequency of the Ascended Master Teachers with whom they have a special affinity during these Festivals, and can telepathically access Universal Wisdom Teachings configured to conform to their own individual worldviews and mental maps of the world, their own specific spiritual needs and inner questions, during these magical moments of intense spiritual activity.
The Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival of Love and Light
The Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival highlights relationships and the power of Love.
The Sun in Aries accentuates the drive to individuation, and at this time of year, the power of the individual will forces in humanity are vastly strengthened. Aries is a fire sign, the sign of the pioneer, the risk-taker, the way-shower, the ground-breaker, and sometimes of the me-first individualist.
The seasonal cycles we can observe in the natural world mirror the fiery, active nature of the Aries personality. In the Northern Hemisphere, when the Sun is enters Aries, usually a couple of weeks before this Festival occurs, the Spring Equinox heralds the approach of a time of blossoming flowers, blooming trees and vivifying rains. Conditions are ripe for the planting of seeds, the tending of sprouts and preparations for another year’s agricultural cycle. Humanity feels the quickening of dormant life within the Earth, after winter’s cycle of hibernation and involuted energies. Spirits rise, sexual energies are aroused, and we greet a new astrological year with a sense of renewal and anticipation.
The Solar Festival of Aries coincides with the Full Moon in Libra, the sign of relationships, dynamic equilibrium, diplomacy and tact. Libra is the polar opposite of Aries, and Libra energies are the perfect complement for Aries individualism and impetuosity.
The Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival is the Festival of Resurrection, and at this time we celebrate the Sacrifice, the Suffering, the Death and the Triumphant Rebirth of Jesus Christ, at the time of the Sacred Feast of Easter.
The Resurrection is a Miracle of Love. The Divine Love manifested in the Self-Sacrifice of Jesus Christ created a new energy signature within the etheric body of planet Earth, which corresponded to a new spiritual pathway in the collective consciousness of all human beings. This new pathway provided a template for a new way of life for suffering humanity -- an Ascension path that leads through Love to Forgiveness, the conquest of all human failings, and the Self-Expression of the Divinity which is the true face of human nature in all its glory.
This Divine Love, this monumental Self-Sacrifice, celebrates the healing power of relationships, and the innate ability of humankind to transcend the individual personality, the individual will and the limited and self-limiting perspective of the ego-self.
At the time of the Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival the Hierarchy of Ascended Masters pours forth a potent, healing stream of unconditional love and creates an enhanced energetic field supportive of all Ascension practices.
These energies are available to all Lightworkers, meditators and seekers who choose to access this Love and Light by participating in spiritual practices of their choice during the three day period of the Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival.
You can participate in the April Festival of Love and Light by meditating upon the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, which takes place on Easter Sunday.
You may want to fashion your own meditation practice for this Full Moon Festival just prior to Easter, or you may want to utilize a Christian practice which is part of your spiritual tradition.
You may also want to try our suggestion for an Easter Meditation, which will bring you in contact with the Loving Wisdom and the Living Light embodied by Jesus Christ. You’ll find a section on the Easter Meditation at the end of this article.
The Easter Festival of Love and Light
This Friday April 6, 2012 is Good Friday, the day Jesus Christ was crucified, and there is a Full Moon. Two days later, Christ rose from the dead, appearing in his Luminous Light-Body to Mary Magdalene.
According to Christian doctrine, the sacrifice and resurrection of Christ balanced the Cosmic Scales, and brought forgiveness for all human beings for original sin, which had weighed heavily on the souls of all incarnated humanity for long ages of time.
At this time of the Libra Full Moon Festival 2012, something Divine seeks to restore equilibrium between humanity and the natural environment of Mother Earth. Christ is the perfected Aries personality, the “Lamb of God”, whose sacrifice takes away the “sins” or “karma” of the world, wiping out debts in a Spiritual Grand Jubilee, and preparing the way for the spiritual liberation of humanity, just as the sacrifice of the “Lamb of God” at Passover heralded the Exodus of the Israelites into freedom!
Something Divine seeks to bring peace to the warring classes of humanity.
Something so sacred, so subtle, yet so powerful that in its global balancing act it is both disruptive & healing at the same time.
At the time of this Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival, we celebrate the blending of the energies of Aries and Libra. Esoterically, Aries represents the egoistic personality, and Libra the Cosmic Equilibrium of the Higher Self.
This is a very auspicious moment indeed for our meditation practice. Now is the time to celebrate the subordination of the ego in favor of the Higher Self. Now is the time to demonstrate our willed intent to connect with the Higher Self, Christ Consciousness, through meditation, prayer, ceremony and ritual. Now is the time to surrender and allow ourselves to be guided on the path of Spirit.
On Good Friday, as he hung dying on the cross of wood, Jesus the Christ attained a world-altering spiritual victory over the personal ego which opened for all of us a doorway to the Way, the Truth and Eternal Life.
The Hanged Man, that most daunting Tarot Trump, number 12, symbolizes the difficult process of re-orienting the life force from subservience to the egoistic personality to the service of the Higher Self, The Unity of the Web of Life, and the Universal Source of Creation.
This re-orientation is the goal of all spiritual practices, both East and West. Seekers have used techniques such as meditation, fasting, prayer, ceremonial magic, vision quest, and even martyrdom to subordinate the ego, purge the Self of the mind’s illusion of separation, and attain the unity consciousness that is the fruit of this Great Sacrifice.
The Hanged Man also depicts the crucifixion of the body. This is the card of surrender, the card of death by water.
Those who were crucified normally died a long, slow death from suffocation brought about by the collapse of lungs filling with water, as they found themselves unable to maintain an erect posture, sinking down with fatigue, increasingly unable to breathe.
Symbolically, it was through being filled with the element of water, which represents the emotional power of compassion manifest as unconditional love, that the ego of Jesus died on Good Friday.
Tarot Trump 13, called Death, refers both to physical death and to the death of the egoistic personality, which is an illusory death. For the personality remains after this death, but it is stripped of the illusion of control. The aspirant no longer lives to satisfy individual material desires at the expense of others, or without thought for the consequences of actions upon the larger Web of Life that comprises the great Karmic Wheel of Existence figured in Tarot Trump 10, The Wheel of Fortune.
This is the death by water that is the culmination of the spiritual exercise pictured in Trump 12, the Hanged Man. As at the moment of physical death, the ego is submerged completely in the collective consciousness of humanity and the evolutionary record of all sentient beings incarnating over time on planet Earth.
This is the true baptism of water, and this baptism leads to new life, to a true rebirth of the spirit, the flesh and the soul.
The death of the ego is long and slow, and our ability to remain constant during this process of suffering and ego-death is made possible only by a constant renewal of faith. Yet as Jesus the Christ experienced on his cross of wood, every aspirant reaches a point where he or she will cry “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?”
Each aspirant must rest assured that despite all feelings of despair and loss, the process is only purging us of the illusion of the separate self, the illusion that the egoistic personality is in control of our lives. Jesus the Christ remained Self-aware on the cross, in a spirit of total surrender.
In our spiritual practice, whatever it may be, we must also surrender to Universal forces far beyond the control of the egoistic mind, in a spirit of love, with a sincere desire that our sacrifice be offered for the salvation of the Whole, and thus we will achieve a great spiritual victory.
This rebirth, the Resurrection of Christ, is figured in Tarot Trump 14, Art or Temperance. In this card, an angel is pictured, balancing two cups with water flowing between them, or overshadowing lesser figures of the Divine Lovers in the background. This angel is the Higher Self, and the new life is a life lived in accordance with the dictates of the Higher Self.
Suddenly the aspirant discovers a new, vast creativity operating through him or through her, leading and directing the aspirant’s life in new directions. Through a series of miraculous synchronicities and felicitous encounters, this powerful force elicits flashes of loving wisdom, triggers acts of compassionate service, and fosters a continuous consciousness of the Unity that underlies the apparent dualities of material creation in this Universe.
Art or Temperance represents the infusion of spiritual energies of love and light into the material world, and their expression in acts of creativity, compassion and service that unify matter and spirit and bring to fruition the evolution of human consciousness in Self-directed acknowledgement of our true, angelic nature. In this initiation, the aspirant transcends rational humanity even as rational humanity transcended the existence of the Ape, and becomes primarily a spiritual creature living simultaneously in the two worlds, harmonizing them both through every thought, word and deed.
If you would like to know more about the Mysteries of the Tarot, you can find much of this week’s Easter material and much, much more in my article “Tarot, the Yoga of the West”, which discusses the spiritual significance of all Twenty-One Trumps.
Meditation Practice for the Easter Festival of Resurrection
After his death, and a descent into the underworld, Jesus Christ appeared to Mary Magdalene on Easter Sunday in his immortal, etheric body. At the moment of his Death, Christ had unified his own Body of Light with the etheric body of the planet, permanently infusing the energy of transcendent Self into the Earth’s aura, according to clairvoyant and spiritual teacher Rudolf Steiner.
Thus the Resurrection of Christ, which we celebrate this Easter Sunday, is the Feast of the appearance of the Immortal Light Body of Christ walking upon the Earth.
Subsequent to this great spiritual victory of Jesus the Christ, on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, the energy of Christ Consciousness is accessible to all aspirants through meditation upon the beautiful forms of nature, through immersion in the elements of nature, through communion with the sky, the sea, the rivers, mountains, trees, and flowers.
Sit quietly in your garden, walk slowly and thoughtfully through a park, meditate in a forest or by a running stream, and speak directly to Christ. Say his name, give thanks for his Blessing upon the Earth, and give thanks to the Earth for nurturing the spiritual evolution of human beings, and your own personal evolution.
Whether or not you are a Christian, if you have faith, if you quiet your mind, and if your intent is pure, you can hear Christ speaking directly to you, and experience a moment of Unity with the Risen Christ impulse.
Ask and it shall be made known to you, make a request and it shall be granted to you, open your heart and the chains of ego will fall away. Ask for your freedom and you shall be freed. This is Christ’s Easter promise.
Jane and I offer you our blessings this Easter Festival weekend and we ask that your Guides and Teachers and the Cosmic Christ grant you the will to seek accelerated spiritual development during these times of vastly accelerated global change. We ask further that you be given the grace and guidance you need to be of maximum service in the world, and to fulfill your loftiest spiritual goals!
Spiritual Practices for the Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival
At this auspicious turning-point moment of the seasonal wheel of cycling seasons we can attune ourselves to the ascending energies of the Spring season and the Spring Equinox, manifesting in the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms.
According to the Initiates of the Wisdom School Traditions of the East and West, the Vernal Equinox is one of the four great seasonal festivals marking moments when the activity of the Sun, the sustainer of all life, is at its peak.
Discover the esoteric Wisdom Teachings concerning this great Spiritual Feast in our article entitled Spring Equinox: The Archangel Raphael Initiation.
Archangel Raphael reigns over spring. Raphael commands a myriad of spirits who work on the regeneration and growth of vegetation. So at the beginning of spring establish a bond with the Archangel Raphael. Ask him to make you receptive to the virtues hidden in trees, grasses and flowers, so that this new life penetrates you as well.
We include a beautiful guided visualization practice to connect with Archangel Raphael in the article on the Spring Equinox: The Archangel Raphael Initiation. This is a beautiful meditation to perform during the three day period of the Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival.
Here are some further ideas for those who would like to participate in this great Universal Festival of Love and Light.
1. During the days prior to the full Moon, and for two days afterward, accelerate your spiritual practice as much as possible. Attempt to remain somewhat more quiet than normal. Listen to some uplifting spiritual music, chants or mantras, instead of watching TV if possible. Or simply make some silent time. Meditate. Pray. Ask for the grace and guidance you need to achieve your loftiest spiritual goals. Ask that you be ever more consciously connected to inner spiritual guidance. Ask that you be given golden opportunities to be of maximum service in the world. Give thanks. Perform random acts of kindness.
2. On the evening of the Full Moon, fill any crystal bowls or vases you may have available with water, and place them outside at sunset. Allow these containers to sit outside during the night, and bring them in the following morning. Put the water from the crystal containers into sealed glass bottles. You can use this holy water, infused with the magnetic energy of the Loving Wisdom embodied by your own Spiritual Guides and Teachers, to heal your environment, yourself, and others. Place the water in a crystal bowl on your altar, or by your bed, or on your mantelpiece, and simply allow the water to evaporate. Then replace the water as needed. This will elevate the energy within your living space. Occasionally pour some of this enlivened water into your bath to purify your body and soul. Occasionally drink the water for self-healing. Offer the water to others who are in need of healing. Tell them what they are receiving. Pour this water upon the earth in areas where human beings have damaged the environment, and ask Grandmother Earth for forgiveness.
3. In the room where you meditate, place a crystal bowl full of water on the altar or nearby you. Play some appropriate spiritual music the evening of the Full Moon. That evening try to be sitting in meditation. Connect with your spiritual guides and teachers, and with inner spiritual guidance. Ask for help with any and all issues you are currently addressing. Ask to be graced with guidance that will help you understand what is to come in the next year, and how you can be of maximum service in the world. Chant or pray as the Full Moon approaches. Then, simply enter into a deep meditative state. Try to visualize or hear or feel the presence of a vast energy grid surrounding the Earth, energized by the combined will and intent of the entire Spiritual Hierarchy and the New Group of World Servers around the world. Feel your own energy uniting with that vast collective outpouring of love and light.
4. When your meditation is over, simply give thanks. Allow yourself time to feel the inpouring flow of Loving Wisdom from the Divine Source.
5. Recite the Great Invocation:
THE GREAT INVOCATION
From the point of light within the Mind of God
Let Light stream forth into our minds
Let LIGHT descend on Earth.
From the point of love within the Heart of God
Let Love stream forth into our hearts
May LOVE increase on Earth.
From the center where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide our wills
The PURPOSE which the masters know and serve.
From the center which we call Humanity
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door
where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
Let LIGHT and LOVE and POWER
Restore the Planet Earth!
The Great Invocation is the Prayer beloved by Spiritual Students on the Theosophical Path blazed by Alice Bailey, who brought us the Three Great Spring Festivals for a New Aquarian Age.
Here is what the Lucis Trust, the organization carrying her work forward into modern times, have to say about this month’s Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival, and about humanity’s global turning point in the 21st Century.
“The Ageless Wisdom, and the writings of Alice Bailey in particular, make no reference to the 2012 predictions. However, they do confirm that our planetary scheme is at the approximate midway point in its evolution, just at the turning point where a balance must be struck, a reorientation achieved and new values established. In such a period, it’s not surprising that human minds are galvanised by a sense of the significance and the turbulence of this period in history. It can be viewed passively as a looming crisis over which humanity has no control, or it can be recognised as an opportunity to effect a sounder distribution of the powerful energies which the new age is releasing upon our planet.”
“To determine the exact moment when this midway point is reached is far beyond human measurements. What we do know for certain is that, in this second solar system, the quality of the second divine aspect, Love, is being perfected. Such is humanity’s present understanding of love that it is associated with attributes of emotional warmth and personal attachment, which is not surprising given the past 2,000 years of conditioning by the sixth Ray of Devotion and Idealism. On a higher level, however, divine Love manifests under the great Law of Attraction as the impulse to unification and amalgamation, to synthesis, inclusiveness, and identification with what was formerly perceived as ‘the other’. And we can see these urges working out in societies across the globe, demonstrating through movements in diverse societies for greater freedom and equality.”
“At the same time, a powerful impulse that would separate and divide, sow suspicion, hatred and fear of differences, is also visible and apparently growing stronger. In case these forces of separation discourage us, it is reassuring to know that ‘It is the theme of relationship which is the basic pattern in the evolutionary process of unfoldment in this, the second solar system’, Alice Bailey said. Within the scheme of relationships which constitute the great Chain of Being that comprises our planet and its place within the solar system, humanity occupies a unique position of responsibility. This, we should keep in mind, should not be seen as an indication that humanity is of greater importance than the other kingdoms with which it shares the planet. Rather, as the middle point in evolution humanity holds the key to the evolution of all life. Through its peculiar and specific type of awareness, the human kingdom is able to relate the higher and lower expressions of the one Life.”
“This capacity, demonstrating through a group strong enough to act as a mediator, a bridge, can help to stabilize humanity during a period when certain great decisions are being made. The widespread sense that we are reaching a turning point is founded in the esoteric recognition that our planet is facing a crisis so sweeping that it is affecting even the highest levels of existence upon our planet, in preparation for the attaining of a new balance. The timing of this crisis was underscored in a passage from the writings of Alice Bailey dated February 1949 which spoke of ‘the finality of the decision which the next two generations will be forced to make’. If a generation is approximately 25 to 30 years, that time of decision is now.”
“The new group of world servers is the name given in the Alice Bailey writings to the subjective network of servers who act as a mediating group, a bridge, between the Hierarchy and humanity. Its members are all those men and women of intelligent goodwill who are actively engaged, consciously or unconsciously, in serving the divine Plan. This group includes representatives in all fields of human endeavour who are working to establish right human relations and to bring in the new ideas on which a sounder, more integrated world, in which the forces of spirit and matter are more correctly balanced, must be based.”
For those interested in more information on the activities of Lucis Trust and the New Group of World Servers, please click here.
Once again, Jane and I wish you a beautiful Full Moon meditation, Happy Easter, and a Soulful Passover.
Meditation Moment: Speechless
"Inside this new love, die.
Your way begins on the other side.
Become the sky.
Take an axe to the prison wall.
Walk out like someone suddenly born into color.
Do it now.
You're covered with thick clouds.
Slide out the side. Die,
and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign
that you've died.
Your old life was a frantic running
The speechless full moon
comes out now."