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Full Moon in Scorpio April 2013 Cosmic Weather Forecast

By Curtis Lang with Jane Sherry on Apr 25, 2013

Cosmic Fireworks and Buddha's Birthday

Welcome to the Thursday April 25, 2013  Scorpio Full Moon, Taurus Solar Festival, Wesak edition of the Satya Center Cosmic Weather Forecast.

Statue of Buddha, Kamakura, Japan, courtesy Wikimedia, phot in public domainWarm greetings from your Editor, Curtis Lang and your co-editor, Jane Sherry. 

The global spring spiritual festival of Buddha’s Birthday, Enlightenment and Death is called Wesak, and this Festival occurs this year on Thursday April 25, 2013, the day of the Scorpio Full Moon eclipse and the Taurus Solar Festival.

A Personal Note

On a personal note, Jane and I have spent three of the last eight weeks in Florida, where Jane’s amazing 91 year old Father, Paul Sherry, died of pancreatic cancer a couple of weeks ago.

Paul chose the same month to die as Hugo Chavez and Margaret Thatcher, just after Comet Panstarrs lit up the sky, and just before the Scorpio Full Moon Festival highlights the mysteries of death and transformation. He died just after the Passover Full Moon and just before Easter, an auspicious time to make his transition.

Paul worked at Bloomingdale’s in Boca Raton, Florida full time in the men’s department until December 23, of last year, after 26 years of service there, when he quit at age 91 for health reasons. Paul was an honorable man who did his best to fulfill his dharma in this lifetime, with the style and flare so typical of the Cocktail Generation who conquered the world for America. We love you Paul!

Full Moon in Scorpio Taurus Solar Festival & Buddha’s Birthday

This Full Moon is the Festival of the birth, death and enlightenment of Gautama Buddha.

Astrologically this is an exceptionally potent Full Moon in Scorpio Festival for all of us because there is a partial eclipse, and eclipses are thought to potentize the energies of the Full Moon while also providing a kind of reboot of our nervous system, and our auric bodies as well.

This Full Moon also features Saturn and the Moon in Scorpio opposed by the Sun and Mars in Taurus, not an auspicious combination of stars by anyone’s reading. 

This combination of stars speaks of a brush with death, sorrow, confrontation, fear, frustration, anger, unsatisfying retaliation against enemies and deep mysteries that have not been even slightly unraveled yet.

Americans are experiencing all these emotions in the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings. 

This month’s Scorpio Full Moon would be a great time for prayers, good energy, mantras and other loving thoughts you might send-off for victims of the Boston bombings, and for all our ancestors. 

Our challenge this Full Moon Festival is to overcome fear, take courageous risks to advance the onset of the Forces of Light and Love, patiently endure the frustrations of a time when oppositions create a kind of Cosmic gridlock in the stars, and meditate deeply upon matters of human death and transformation. 

This can lead to empowerment.

Tibetan WheelThe Buddha himself was set upon the eight-fold path to Enlightenment when he accidentally gained access to the reality of human mortality and suffering, which his noble parents had sought to protect the young prince from ever seeing first-hand.  

This Wesak we can follow him directly by reflecting upon the consequences of human mortality and suffering. 

I will call that a blessing.

In the East, Wesak is a yearly Festival commemorating the birth of Gautama Buddha, his spiritual enlightenment, and his transcendent journey beyond the manifested universe.

In the West, the Festival of Wesak is a Global Celebration of the work being done by the Ascended Master Teachers in Spiritual Worlds and by the New Group of World Servers, also known as Lightworkers, in the physical realm on planet Earth. 

Over the last one hundred years, the Celebration of Wesak has become a World Festival of Spirituality, of tremendous import to a variety of spiritual seekers, meditators, Lightworkers and others who practice outside the Buddhist community. Wesak is now a major celebration for spiritually minded people in India and America alike.

The 20th century Theosophist, clairvoyant, spiritual teacher and esoteric astrologer Alice Bailey discussed the new global tradition of the Wesak Full Moon Festival in her booklet, “The Wesak Festival: A Technique of Spiritual Contact”.

“As one studies the world situation today, it becomes apparent that the secret of synthesis has been lost. Humanity is divided – one section against another section; the East versus the West; one race against another race; one nation against another nation,” Alice Bailey explains. “Men need to get back to the ancient knowledge that our planet is intended to demonstrate the essential unity of humanity, and that the energy which should manifest is that of integration and coherence. When this is truly realized our present world problems will adjust themselves, and the basic world rhythm will be re-established and stabilized.”

“Unfortunately, as yet, the race as a whole is not group conscious, and therefore average humanity cannot be trusted to work, think and plan for the group,” Bailey continues. “Men are as yet too selfish. In this fact, there is, however, no cause for discouragement, because to those who have a wide world vision it is also become definitely apparent that group consciousness and group responsibility are already something more than simply a lovely vision.”

Cosmic Weather Forecast: Stormy, Volatile, Vast and Fast Changing Patterns

Wesak is always the moment in the yearly seasonal round when we experience the Scorpio-Taurus polarity. Taurus, associated with the planet Venus, is about abundance, beauty, joy and material pleasures at the most basic level. Scorpio is ruled by the planet Mars and is associated with deep mysteries and transformations, death, sexual union, and states of consciousness that transcend the egoistic personality.

The opposition of Scorpio and Taurus highlights the tension between the desire for a graceful, abundant life, and the fearful transformations that we may have to undergo in order to achieve our most precious material and spiritual goals.

The keynote for the 2013 Wesak Full Moon Festival is learning to balance Scorpionic risk and Taurean reward. As a species and as individuals we are being challenged to take a closer look at the risks and rewards associated with our behavior.

We are at a time of tremendous change, tremendous challenge, tremendous risk and tremendous opportunity. 

We are all challenged at the material, mental, emotional and physical levels to be prepared to take risks and to be able to exit our comfort zones in an orderly and graceful manner in order to be free and positioned to take advantage of extremely attractive golden opportunities that will soon offer us entirely new pathways to explore in life. 

We are challenged to become active explorers, to let go and let loose, but we have to balance what might gain from the exploration against its total cost, including the costs to others and to the planetary eco-system that sustains human life.

At the same time we are conscious of tremendous risks associated with any and all deviations from conventional wisdom in all areas of life. 

When we see hundreds of millions around the world suffering, it becomes imperative to act, even when the risk is great, because the rewards for helping in various small ways to alleviate that suffering dwarf that great risk that frightens us. That is why we must be courageous to be explorers of life.

This Wesak Festival occurs with the Full Moon at 5°45’ Scorpio, as we celebrate the Taurus Solar Festival at 5°45’ Taurus.

Mojave Gold Nugget weighing 156 ounces courtesy Wikimedia, photo in public domainThe Sabian symbol for this degree of Scorpio is -- The Gold Rush Tears Men Away From Their Native Soil

What motivates people to take great risks in search of great rewards? 

The desire for a better, more abundant life produces an inner force so strong that it overcomes the individual’s attachment to home, family, established custom, community and the security and safety we find in living within established boundaries and fulfilling appointed duties and social roles.

The strength of that inner force of desire is often based upon a feeling that the old ways of life no longer have the power to provide a life of abundance, security and safety. 

The danger of this influence is that individuals can be overcome with fear and greed, and that under the influence of these negative emotions, it is possible to justify crimes of all kinds against humanity, from environmental depradation to theft, murder and more.

We live in a global society that lives by a simple rule: Winner Take All! 

The Winner Take All society provides unprecedented rewards for the 1% who have exceptional talent, exceptional will forces, and/or exceptional wealth and power which can be leveraged to acquire more and more. 

On the other hand, the Winner Take All society provides a sliding scale of punishments for all those in the 99%. 

If you are upper-middle-class you will be taxed as an oligarch, and you will probably enjoy few of the political privileges of the true oligarchs in the 1%, making it hard for you to avoid onerous taxes, obtain favored inside information for investment purposes, or influence politicians to obtain lucrative contracts or legislation designed to enrich you and your business.

If you are middle class you will be treated as a second-class citizen, whose opinions are completely unimportant, and all the social benefits you have paid taxes to obtain over the years will be slowly removed from the social contract. 

Can you depend upon social security or Medicare to provide for your old age? Yet you paid taxes for your whole adult life to support these programs.

Can you depend upon the banks and Wall Street firms to protect your savings and offer you a reasonable return on deposits and investments? I know, you’re laughing as you read this, so please take a moment to review this amusing website entitled Justice Banking, and be sure to click on the "customer appreciation video" by Animal Kingdom, a Brit band.

Can you depend upon the medical system to keep you healthy throughout your life at a reasonable cost?

Can you depend upon government agencies to guarantee oversight of the environment, or provide clean water, clean air, healthy food, and other necessities of life?

Of course not. Only the extremely wealthy can afford these types of social goods.

And if you are one of the working poor, the disabled, the elderly, or one of the millions without work, without hope, without a future, you are criminalized by the society. You are always just one step away from jail. In Ohio, debtors are being thrown into jail. In New York, hundreds of thousands of non-Caucasian people are stopped, frisked, and arrested for possession of tiny amounts of marijuana every year. If you are poor, and especially if you are not white, you are assumed to be a potential criminal. There is no presumption of innocence in a criminal justice system that relies upon profiling and arrest quotas to measure efficient policing. And so it goes.

Yes, we all sense that we are living in a system that creates a constant sense of crisis, along with a constant sense that there are golden opportunities available, but only for a tiny fraction of the population.

We are living in a society that is failing 99% of us, and that threatens to strip us of our rights as citizens if we have not sufficient wealth and power to protect ourselves from the parasite classes at the top of our social pyramid.

The Winner Take All Society uproots individuals from their homes, their families, their communities, their traditional values, and their accustomed ways of living.

As in a gold rush town of the 1840s, where miners cheat, steal and kill to reach their goals, life is cheap in the Winner Take All Society, and sophisticated crime becomes the path to riches. 

The Winner Take All Society tends to reinforce negative human tendencies of anger, fear, greed and aggression. We are in danger of being plunged into the next phase of the Winner Take All society, a society that embodies the War of All Against All. 

This is a moment of supreme spiritual warfare on planet Earth. There are spiritual forces that desire nothing more than to derail the evolutionary path of humankind which leads ultimately to a society ruled by Loving Wisdom. 

These forces wish to starve the souls of human beings by concentrating their Universal Life Force Energy in the lower chakras, and engaging humanity in an unbridled war for resources on a planet in need of environmental healing.

If humanity becomes embroiled in a War of All Against All, in which each human being acts upon the impulses of fear, anger, aggression and greed which are promoted so vigorously by the current popular culture across the globe, humanity’s soul development will be stunted. 

In fact, we are in danger of losing our core virtues of compassion, community, and higher consciousness in a world focused upon survival issues, personal aggrandizement, ego-inflation, and rampant narcissism. 

This is the objective state of human civilization in the year 2013. We are in danger of entering into a long Dark Age, a neo-feudal society ruled by Imperial warlords, financial aristocrats, Barons of resource extraction, celebrity politicians and Lords of the Internet Cloud, who live above the law and profit by the ongoing theft of money, liberty and blood from the 99% of society.

The Winner Take All Society rests upon an unsustainable philosophical foundation -- The War of All Against All -- and creates a society fractured by unbearable class, race and gender conflicts, increasingly intense competitive economic pressures, and heightening tensions between nations, states, cities, and rural communities for increasingly scarce resources, like oil, gas, water, minerals, and good land, in a world feeling the first blows of global warming, rising sea levels, increased coastal storms and widespread desertification.

Here in America, we have solutions to these problems. 

YA-5C (A-5B) Vigilante bomber, photo courtesy Wikimedia, public domain

America’s War on Terror is in fact a global war for full-spectrum military dominance of air, earth, sea and space, which will allow America to survive and thrive in a world of environmental challenges, the breakdown of nation-states, and increased military competition among national state actors for increasingly scarce vital resources over the next century.

On an individual level, Americans are stockpiling gold, guns and dried food in elaborate bunkers designed to act as fortresses of last resort during a global social breakdown, protecting the inhabitants from their neighbors and from any environmental or political refugees that may appear on the horizon.

According to the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey, Americans own an estimated 270 million guns, making US citizens the most heavily armed in the world. The US Dept. of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has registered 488,000 machine guns and over 2,000,000 “destructive devices” such as hand grenades owned by Americans.

As the pressures on working people, students, and those with emotional or mental instability increases with each passing year, in our Winner Take All War of All Against All Society, it’s not surprising that in a nation so heavily armed there are spectacular examples of mass violence. 

One would expect to see them rising over the last few years, given the global economic crisis that began five years ago, in 2008, and threatens to deepen in the near future.

Recent history bears out this grim expectation.

The mass murder of 26 children and teachers in Newtown, Connecticut in December of 2012 startled the nation. The Newtown massacre followed on the heels of the July 2012 Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, in which a gunman killed 12 and injured 58 others watching a screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

USA Today reports that  “A USA TODAY analysis of FBI records has identified 186 mass killings since 2006. That includes 146 mass shootings, which are defined by the FBI as incidents where four or more people are killed. Nearly half of those involved someone killing family members. 

The bloody trend is toward more and more extreme gun violence year after year.

Yet the American people and their leaders show no intention of using the legal system to regulate and control the ownership of guns in their highly weaponized society.

Fortress America -- Home of the Planetary War Machine

In 2013 America is an increasingly militarized society in every way. America has stationed military personnel in 130 countries around the world.

America is at war in Afghanistan, supporting one faction of a civil war in Syria, and engaged in low-intensity and/or covert military type operations in many nations around the world. 

“According to testimony by [Navy Admiral Eric] Olson before the House Armed Services Committee [in 2011], approximately 85 percent of special operations troops deployed overseas are in 20 countries in the CENTCOM area of operations in the Greater Middle East: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen,” reports Nick Turse in Salon.

Very quietly the War on Terror continues to heat up, worldwide.

So it’s not surprising that when two young Chechen-Americans are accused of planting bombs at the Boston Marathon which exploded during the race, killing 3 people and injuring 282, there are calls to curb immigration and a knee-jerk suspicion of all Muslims rises to the surface of the national consciousness yet again. 

It is important to note that despite unprecedented security measures at the Boston Marathon this year, two young men who appear to have acted on their own rather than as part of a larger group of political terrorists, were able to do so much damage with some home-made pressure cooker bombs.

America’s multi-trillion dollar expenditures on Homeland Security and the militarization of big-city police departments did nothing to thwart this attack, which flashes a green light to crazies, terrorists and extremists of all varieties and demonstrates that low-tech mass bombings are easy to implement and extremely effective as long as the bombers are willing to die.

In this case, the attack resulted in the lockdown of one of America’s biggest cities for nearly a day, and generated worldwide media coverage. 

I believe there is a message for America in these recent bloody mass murders and in the Boston Marathon bombing. 

More and more police and military personnel with more and more power over civilian authorities and civilian life still cannot guarantee personal security for citizens in 21st century urban centers. 

Only a radical change in human social relations, human consciousness, and human political arrangements and structures can bring us the peace and security we so desperately crave and seek to create through the use of overwhelming state power, controlled violence, ubiquitous surveillance and other systems of control.

The fault lies not simply in the individuals who perpetrate acts of wanton violence but also in the nature of social relations which distort the individual in unwholesome ways to unwholesome ends.

It is time to rethink the current social contract. It is time to reject the Reagan-Thatcher political consensus, the current neo-liberal economic model, and the Utopian laissez-faire capitalism of Ayn Rand, and end the failed social experiment we have been subjected to over the last 30 years. It is time to overturn the neo-Feudal rule of the 1% and transform the Winner Take All War of All Against All Society.

It is time for America to consider ending the War on Terror and sitting down to make peace with Muslim leaders while entering into agreements with them to use standard police powers to eliminate terrorist organizations in return.

In the name of the War on Terror America has spent many trillions of dollars, Americans have given up a wide array of heretofore inviolable civil liberties, and Americans are engaged in a long-term global confrontation with the multi-billion person strong Muslim civilization, that could continue for the next hundred years.

The War on Terror has not gone that well for America, so far. We are now 12 years into this war in Afghanistan, and are looking for an exit strategy. Our original enemy, the Taliban, have reasserted control of much of the southern part of the country near Pakistan, which is not co-incidentally the site of the world’s largest poppy-growing region. The American puppet, I mean Afghani President Karzai, finds his reputation sullied by the fact that his brother is a major operator in the international poppy/heroin industry.

American soldiers complain that they cannot trust the Afghani police forces who are supposed to be a key pillar of the American exit strategy. America will supposedly hand off responsibility for protecting Afghanistan from a resurgence of Taliban rule or the rise of some new warlords to the Afghani police forces. Good luck with that. 

America was officially at war with Iraq from 2003-2012, nearly nine years. We supposedly started the war to eliminate weapons of mass destruction controlled by Saddam Hussein, who was said by our President to be associated in some vague way with the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11/2001. There were no such weapons.

Opponents of the war argued that the war was for control of Iraq’s massive oil reserves in a time of increasing anxiety about the apparent plateauing of oil and gas production worldwide during a time of unprecedented population explosion, scary climate changes, and massive growth of the fossil-fuel dependent middle classes around the world.

If that was so, and a number of establishment thinkers and ex-politicians have admitted that there is at least some truth to the argument, then this was certainly a key reason that Iraq had been targeted for regime change for years prior to 9/11 by American strategists of a certain political persuasion.

If oil had anything to do with American motives for starting the Iraq war, there has been only one main outcome of that war on oil markets. A great deal of potential Iraqi production has been effectively shut out of markets, because of all the fighting throughout the country, which has not by any means abated since the American “withdrawal”. So oil prices have been kept artificially high as a result.

I suppose that benefits Exxon and the oil barons of Texas who were friends of the Bush family, so who is to say that American oil interests were damaged by the war? As continued low-intensity civil war in Iraq between Sunni Muslims, Shi’ite Muslims and Kurds threatens to break Iraq up into separate Arab and Kurdish countries, the Americans may well find their oil companies can make good deals with the Kurds. 

On February 13, 2013, UPI reported that “Exxon Mobil, the world's biggest oil company, is pushing ahead with its controversial drive to develop oil fields in Iraq's independence-minded Kurdish enclave despite fierce opposition from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's central government in Baghdad.”

If America wanted to weaken Iraq by Balkanizing the country, creating ethnic conflicts that would destroy the nation over time, and thus render its resources more readily available, perhaps the Iraq war was successful to some extent, after all.

There are numerous contradictions in current American policy, however, that strike at the heart of the ideological foundations of current policy prescriptions and strategies.

As of today, American officials express public concern that Iraq’s current government is too friendly with Iran. That is to be expected when Shi’ite Muslims are in power in both countries.

The War on Terror has triggered an all-out low-intensity civil war between Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims across the entire Middle East, South Asia, and beyond. Americans can only benefit from this civil war, which weakens their Muslim enemy considerably.

American officials blame Al Qaeda for 9/11 and for fomenting the entire global Muslim fundamentalist jihad movement, and Al Qaeda was created by Saudi Prince Osama Bin Laden, a Sunni Muslim.

Yet Americans currently back Muslim extremist opposition groups in Syria which are said by the President of France to be closely linked to Al Qaeda, and the Americans propose that leaders of this confederation be made the new government of Syria once NATO and American surrogates have deposed current President Assad.

Some American leaders are also said to fear that once their own chosen surrogates gain control of Syria, they will become allies with the Sunni Muslim Al Qaeda infiltrated Iraqi forces, and then be poised to attack the Shi’ite Muslims in several countries, perhaps even to retake Iraq.

So if the War on Terror is a success, it certainly could only be because it has created such chaos in the Middle East that the region is devolving into the status of a series of failing and failed nation-states riven by sectarian civil war based upon religious and ethnically based identity politics.

Gun in HandAt that point, with the Americans operating as self-appointed policeman for the resource rich region, American control of the flow of the lion’s share of global hydrocarbon resources would be assured for the foreseeable future, giving America a tremendous advantage at a time of potential resource shortages, famines, catastrophic climate change induced coastal storms and flooding, and low-intensity resource-driven wars.

But is this the future we want to live in, as Americans? 

Do we want to become the Imperial Overlords of Planet Earth? 

Is this not the logical outcome of the Winner Take All War of All Against All Society? We are to be the Winners in that War, at any cost, even the loss of our humanity, our culture, our freedoms, our children and grand-children, and of our own autonomy.

Do we want to live in a militarized society that is optimized for maximum destruction at home and abroad? 

The Global Gold Rush for a New Green Economy

It is time to end the global War on Terror, which is simply a symptom of the spiritual sickness of America’s Winner Take All War of All Against All Society.

We have nothing to fear but fear, aggression, greed and violence. 

We have a world to gain for our efforts.

For example, a recent study by WindWorks website calculates that for the amount spent on the Iraq war, America could be generating 40-60% of its energy needs from renewable sources.

This would have restored America to its former position of global moral leadership and incentivized other countries around the world to focus on developing renewable energy industries and transitioning away from fossil fuels. 

Instead of launching a War of All Against All for scarce hydrocarbon resources, we could be competing with one another to develop ways of mitigating the long-term effects of global climate change while incubating a multi-trillion dollar Green Community Economy that would insure America’s leadership role for the remainder of the 21st Century.

“The war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion through fiscal year 2013, according to Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. That’s trillion, with a “t”. Including future costs for veteran’s care, and so on, raises the cost to $2.2 trillion, reports Paul Gipe of WindWorks. 

“Because the war was financed with debt, we should also include a charge for interest on the debt. The Iraq war’s share of cumulative interest on the US debt through 2053 will raise the total cost of the war to $3.9 trillion.

[Instead of investing in the Iraq war,] based on a conservative estimate, the US could have built between a quarter-million to nearly a half-million megawatts of wind energy, and 300,000 to 600,000 megawatts of solar capacity,” says Gipe.

“For comparison, today there are only 60,000 MW of wind in the US, and a paltry 7,000 MW of solar,” Gipe continues.

“If we had invested the $2.2 trillion in wind and solar, the US would be generating 21% of its electricity with renewable energy,” Gipe calculates. “If we had invested the $3.9 trillion that the war in Iraq will ultimately cost, we would generate nearly 40% of our electricity with new renewables. Combined with the 10% of supply from existing hydroelectricity, the US could have surpassed 50% of total renewables in supply.”

Humanity is at the crossroads between two eras. We are exiting the era of the age of cheap hydrocarbons and entering the age of climate change.

In the era now dying, humanity had a massive energy windfall that has lasted several hundred years, from the discovery and exploitation of relatively inexpensive fossil fuels to power the Industrialization of Planet Earth.

In the era to come, humanity is being challenged by environmental changes to completely restructure civilization, and we are being confronted with a need to discover and engineer a host of new technologies and energy sources, to protect ourselves from catastrophic climate change events, to adjust to a world of expensive fossil fuels, to initiate a new era of Clean Energy.

There is literally a global gold rush to create the new Green Global Community Economy going on very quietly before our very eyes. 

As of now, no one knows whether humanity will be able to manage this monumental transition gracefully, but the need is urgent. 

Scientists fear that the dynamics of runaway climate change could be catastrophic for humanity, with perhaps a billion or more people dying or living harsh lives as environmental refugees in a resource-constrained world.

Scientists agree that in a rational world a global gold rush would be underway to develop new technologies for energy conservation, new sources of clean energy, and new agricultural techniques to replace the current system of global agriculture which depends upon completely depleting the soil every year and then renourishing it yearly with a variety of fertilizers, pesticides and other inputs mainly derived from petroleum products.

Right now the entrenched interests of trans-national fossil fuel cartels and corporations, global financial speculators, and trans-national agri-business giants like Monsanto are blocking energy and money from being poured into this most needed global gold rush for a new Global Green Community Economy powered with the golden glow of Solar power.

But beneath the radar screens of the mainstream media a thousand flowers bloom.

“A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a breakthrough that has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly fuel source to the world,” reports EurekaAlert!

“This new environmentally friendly method of producing hydrogen utilizes renewable natural resources, releases almost zero greenhouse gasses, and does not require costly or heavy metals,” says EurekaAlert! “Previous methods to produce hydrogen are expensive and create greenhouse gases.”

“The new process, described by a study in the April issue of the scientific journal Angewandte Chemie, uses a cocktail of 13 enzymes to strip plant matter of xylose, a sugar that exists in plant cells,” reports Stephen Webster for The Raw Story. The resulting hydrogen is of an such a ‘high purity’ that researchers said they were able to approach 100 percent extraction, opening up a potential market for a much cheaper source of hydrogen than anything available today.”

“The potential for profit and environmental benefits are why so many automobile, oil, and energy companies are working on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as the transportation of the future,” study author and Virginia Tech assistant professor Y.H. Percival Zhang said in an advisory. “Many people believe we will enter the hydrogen economy soon, with a market capacity of at least $1 trillion in the United States alone.”

So there is immense opportunity out there for cultural visionaries, techno-wizards, free-thinkers, experimentalists, and all those who value DIY architecture and DIY solutions to life’s problems.

In fact there is no better time for creative people to live than a time of tremendous cultural change. Charles Dickens knew that.

“IT WAS the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way- in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only,” began Charles Dickens, telling his Tale of Two Cities.

Yes now is the time of neo-Feudalism and now is the time of an embryonic Green Global Community. 

Now is a time of berserkers, terrorists, warlords, Imperial global military machines, virtual warfare with drone assassinations conducted from secure locations thousands of miles from the target zone, and of the War of All Against All in our Winner Take All Society.

Now is a time of visionary scientific and technological breakthroughs, culture-jamming, crowd-sourced political activism, and now is the time for the birth of a new fusion of compassionate spirituality with concerned political engagement.

Because now the choice is not just political, it is moral, it is ethical, and it is spiritual. The choices we make this decade will impact generations of human beings to come for many hundreds of years. 

Knowing this, we are obligated by dharma to engage in actions that will remove the financier-parasites, the Imperial warlords, the agri-business gene-splicers, and the fossil fuel Barons from their positions of inordinate and undeserved power.

Sister Teresa Forcades -- the Fusion of Spirituality and Political Activism

“It is important to pray and meditate for peace, for a more compassionate and better world,” the Dalai Lama told a group of followers who visited him high in the Himalayas. “But if that is all you do, it is a waste of time. You also must take actions to make that happen. Every single day.”

The Dalai Lama would love the next story I have to tell you.

Recently Common Dreams reported about a Spanish Catholic nun who is at the forefront of a popular struggle to restore equity in her society, riven as it is by the Depression caused by austerity policies designed to facilitate the bank bailouts that have all but bankrupted the country. Those who oppose the current neo-liberal regime are called “indignados”, or “indignant ones”.

“Sister Teresa Forcades—a Harvard-educated Catalan nun who resides at the convent Sant Benet— along with economist and ‘indignant’ leader, Arcadi Oliveres, has launched a political manifesto that's amassed nearly 17,000 signatures in just two days,” reports Lauren McCauley in Common Dreams.

“The document calls for the nationalization of banks and energy firms, housing rights and tough measures against corruption,” McCauley continues. “Forcades and Oliveres also pledge non-violence asking for ‘international solidarity, not war.’”

"The current economic model, institutional and political order has failed," they write (roughly translated). "It is urgent that we create between them a new political and social model and to do so without repeating past formulas, knowing that the process is not easy nor short."

“Forcades is a doctor by training,” says McCauley. “She rose to prominence during the height of the global swine flu outbreak in 2009 when she argued that vaccines against the disease rushed out by pharmaceutical companies had not been properly tested for public use.”

Thinking about Sister Forcades this Wesak week started me pondering the spiritual implications of the global Gold Rush, which is the Sabian Symbol of this Thursday’s Wesak Full Moon Eclipse. 

I think Sister Forcades understood there is a spiritual gold rush on these days as well as a rush to control natural resources, and a gold rush to develop new and alternative clean energy sources.

On the spiritual level, the world needs thousands of Sister Forcades to appear on the global stage and begin to redirect our attention to the needs of the people of the world, and away from the Winner Take All Society of The War of All Against All.

The Sabian Symbol for this month’s Scorpio Full Moon is -- The Gold Rush Tears Men Away From Their Native Soil

What causes people to take great risks in search of great rewards?

Some join the gold rush out of fear. Some join the gold rush for sheer self-benefit and self-aggrandizement. Some join the gold rush to search out the new opportunities that are absolutely vital to the multi-generational success of their family and their tribe or community.

Some join the gold rush simply to minister to the needs of the miners.

We are given a tremendous influx of energy this Wesak Week if we choose to access that great Cosmic Tide washing in from Realms of Light that lie far beyond the visible stars.

Now is the time to ask for inspirational solutions to our most pressing individual and collective problems to manifest at the right time in the right way to be of maximum benefit to the maximum number of people.

Now is the time to ask our Spiritual Guides and Teachers for a map of the next year, how we can be of maximum service to the world while synchronistically accessing golden opportunities for personal growth and fulfillment of our Higher Purpose. 

Now is the time to meditate and ask to be shown the new values that promise a more abundant, peaceful life.

Now is the time to banish fear, anger, aggression and greed and to embrace the clarity of Buddha mind, the fearlessness of Vajravidarana, and the compassionate heart of Avalokiteshvara.

In this way we will be able to seize the opportunities that are about to arise out of the chaos of world events like mushrooms sprouting after long rains. 

The astrological message of the Sabian Symbol for this year’s Wesak Full Moon in Scorpio is clear -- be prepared to take great risks without fear, and great rewards can be yours.

Preparation is needed for each of us to participate in this Scorpio Full Moon's profound moment of global spiritual practice. 

This is a time for each one of us to perform the necessary purifications and spiritual practices to achieve our very best consciousness and to relate to others and to our world with all the dignity, careful consideration and diplomatic integrity that we would expect from our world leaders at their very best moments.

We offer a history of the modern Western spiritual festival of Wesak, along with a set of Wesak meditation practices in our article entitled The Global Festival of Wesak: Buddha's Birthday & the Shamballa Gathering.

Buddha taught that the individual Self, experienced as the egoistic personality, is an illusion, and that each of us is indissolubly united with the vast web of life that interpenetrates the physical and spiritual realms, extending throughout the space-time continuum, encompassing past, present and future.

Thus, when we help another being we help ourselves. When we harm another being, we harm ourselves. This is the philosophical and spiritual foundation for the practice of compassion and selfless service that defines Buddhist spirituality.

Kwan Yin Statue, Curtis and Jane personal collection, photo by Jane SherryTrue to this vision of compassionate Unity Consciousness, many of Buddha’s disciples seek to achieve nirvana (or enlightenment, or liberation) by attaining the rank of Bodhisattva. One of the most famous Bodhisattvas is Kwan Yin, pictured here on the right.

Bodhi means "awakening" or "enlightenment," and sattva means "sentient being." Sattva also has etymological roots that mean "intention," implying the intention to enlighten other beings. Thus the word bodhisattva signifies a spiritually enlightened being whose primary intention is to enlighten other beings.

One becomes a Bodhisattva after arousing the “mind of enlightenment” by taking a vow to attain supreme enlightenment for the sake of all beings. The Bodhisattva vows never to obtain nirvana for him or herself alone but to transcend this Universe only when all sentient beings have been liberated from the delusion of individual existence and attained Unity Consciousness.

Many versions of the Bodhisattva vow exist. Here is one: “The passions of delusion are inexhaustible. I vow to extinguish them all at once. The number of beings is endless. I vow to help save them all. The Truth cannot be told. I vow to tell it. The Way which cannot be followed is unattainable. I vow to attain it.”

This beautiful vow contains the seed of all Buddha’s wisdom teachings, which he spread throughout Northern India during his lifetime. To read more about the Buddha's wisdom teachings, see our article entitled Wesak Wisdom: The War Between the Ego and the Higher Self.

This week would be a beautiful time for any of us to take the Bodhisattva vow and to follow in the footsteps of the many enlightened Beings who have taken this vow in the past. 

Taking this vow will help us to follow the example of Sister Teresa in our own ways in our own lives in our own communities, for she is an example of a Catholic Bodhisattva!

Wesak Practices for the Full Moon and Beyond

Here are some ideas for those who would like to participate in this great Festival of Love and Light.

1.During the day prior to the full Moon, 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.The evening just before 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 after the full moon.

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 Lord Buddha and the Cosmic Christ, 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. Light a candle and some incense if you have these available. Play some appropriate spiritual music the evening of the Wesak Full Moon. Meditate during the evening hours whenever you have the time to do so.

In 2013, the Wesak Full Moon occurs at 3:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time, or 12:57 PM Pacific Daylight Time.

Fifteen to thirty minutes prior to this time, at the latest, 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.

If you are awake at that time, chant or pray as the Full Moon approaches. Five minutes before the Full Moon, 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.

However, all of those who wish to participate should feel free to simply tune in to this global meditation at any time during the evening of the Full Moon, and during the early morning hours, and to join in and participate. You may have some very interesting early morning dreams!

Rainbow Candle photo by Jane Sherry4.Sit in peace during the eight minutes of Buddha’s visitation (from 3:53 PM EDT to 4:01 PM EDT in 2013), and when that is over, simply give thanks. Allow yourself time to feel the inpouring flow of Loving Wisdom from the Divine Source. Once again, if you are on the West Coast or in some other time zone such that you will be sleeping at the time of the Full Moon, just meditate during the evenings prior to, during and after the Full Moon, and be sure to keep a dream journal near your bed.

5.Join in the Wesak water ceremony of communion. When you have finished your meditations, and the next morning when you wake up after the Full Moon, take up the crystal bowl nearby you and see the light reflected within the liquid. Know that light is the Path of Spirit, and that as you partake of the water of light, that light will dwell within you, lighting your path during the coming year. Mentally dedicate yourself to selfless service and healing the Earth.

You may want to anoint yourself and your family with this sacred water which has been blessed by these practices during this auspicious full moon holiday.

6.You may want to recite the Great Invocation after your Full Moon meditations and each day for the following seven days to receive the maximum benefits and energies available. Or recite any prayer of your own choosing.

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!

If you go to bed before the actual Full Moon moment, say the Great Invocation before retiring. The next morning you can get the crystal bowls you set outside, take and drink some of the collected water, and once again say the Great Invocation.

7.During the three days following Wesak, imbibe the sacred water from your crystal containers. Try to maintain a high level of spiritual practice. Maintain a constant awareness of the energy that you received during Wesak, and be prepared to share that energy with all those you meet during this time. Keep an attitude of service uppermost in your mind.

As you go about your day, listen to the people you meet, and honor them. Extend the energy of compassionate concern to them, and if you can help them, do so. In each encounter, you have the opportunity to share the living waters of life just as the Masters do in the Himalayan Valley Wesak night.

Curtis and Jane Among the RedwoodsRemain watchful for coincidences, meaningful synchronistic events and chance encounters that could be your doorway to new spiritual pathways, new spiritual allies, new guides and teachers, new spiritual communities, and new opportunities for selfless service.

Jane and I wish you strength of body, strength of will, a peaceful tranquil mind, a loving heart and a strong connection through the rainbow bridge of the antahkarana to Higher Mind, Higher Self, and Higher Purpose, and all your Guides and Teachers.

May this Wesak bring you an abundance of loving wisdom, enough to last you throughout the year to come!

 

Love and Light,

 

Curtis and Jane

 

Zen (a Path to Wisdom) Daily Dharma

 

"When the energy of love is strong in us, we can send it to beings

in all directions. But we must not think that love meditation is

only an act of imagination--we imagine our love as being like waves

of sound or light, or like a pure, white cloud that forms slowly and

gradually spreads out to envelope the whole world. A true cloud

produces rain. Sound and light penetrate everywhere, and our love

must do the same. We have to observe whether our mind of love is

present in our actual contact with others. Practicing love

meditation in the sitting position is only the beginning."

 

~Thich Nhat Hanh

From the book,"Teachings On Love," published by Parallax Press.

 

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Photo credits:

Statue of Buddha, Kamakura, Japan, courtesy Wikimedia, phot in public domain

Mojave Gold Nugget weighing 156 ounces courtesy Wikimedia, photo in public domain

YA-5C (A-5B) Vigilante bomber, photo courtesy Wikimedia, public domain

Gun in Hand, clip art

Kwan Yin Statue, Curtis and Jane personal collection, photo by Jane Sherry

Rainbow Candle photo by Jane Sherry

Curtis and Jane Among the Redwoods