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The Japanese Nuclear Crisis & The Spring Equinox Cosmic Weather Forecast 2011

By Curtis Lang and Jane Sherry on Mar 18, 2011

Welcome to the Pisces Solar Festival and the Virgo Full Moon, Spring Equinox, Saturday March 19, 2011 edition of the Satya Center newsletter and Cosmic Weather Forecast

Warm greetings from your Editor, Curtis Lang and your co-editor, Jane Sherry.

On Thursday March 10, 2011, an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck Japan at 9:46:23 pm Pacific Daylight Time [PDT]. This earthquake was followed by a devastating tsunami that cut off power to six nuclear power plants located in the northeastern part of Japan, resulting in a nuclear crisis caused by overheating which threatens to create multiple Chernobyls if the situation spirals out of control.

Jane and I are humbled by the suffering of those in our sister country of Japan, especially in light of the tremendous gifts the Japanese have given to American culture, from Sony TVs to Lexus sedans, and from the animated movie Princess Mononoke by Hayao Miyazaki  to the practice of Reiki.

Reiki is a Twentieth Century Japanese system of natural healing and spiritual enlightenment, introduced to the world by Dr. Mikao Usui. Usui called his system Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho , which means The Usui System of Reiki Healing.

Jane and I are Reiki practitioners, and we are Reiki Masters, and like all those who are Reiki practitioners or teachers, we send our warmest love, our deepest prayers for healing and an abundant flow of Reiki energy to the people of Japan with much gratitude.

Throughout the days to come, through the Full Moon, and past the Equinox, for the next month let us meditate together, pray together, and send energy, Reiki, and blessings to the Japanese people and to the elementals, the devas, the nature spirits in Japan, especially in the radiation-afflicted areas.

Let us each do these practices in our own time and in our own way and let us all know that by doing this we are indeed working together, co-creating a continuing thread of love and light weaving through time and space that will illuminate the history that brought us to this time of crisis, enlighten us in the present moment, and help create a brighter future for all those who are suffering in Japan, and for all the rest of us as well.

Let us all send love offerings, healing prayers and mantras, and abundant material support to our suffering neighbors in Japan.

Astrologer April Elliott Kent discusses the miserly response to the Japanese disaster in her Full Moon in Virgo newsletter on the website Mooncircles.

Kent says, ". . .this morning I read that charitable giving in the wake of last week’s catastrophes in Japan is a fraction of the levels seen after comparable disasters. Almost a week after the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, charitable donations stood at almost $25 million. This figure is startlingly low compared to $228 million raised in the same amount of time for Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake; $248 million after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005; and $227 million after the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami."

For information on a vast array of four-star rated charities involved in relief efforts for the Japanese people, here's the Charity Navigator Guide to Relief Efforts for Victims of the Japanese Tsunami and Earthquake.

These types of disasters create repercussions in the realms of subtle energy. In the astral realm a tsunami of negative emotions can arise in those who are suffering, and then people around the world who are awakening, and who are sensitive to subtle energies, are feeling the fear and suffering as if it were their own. Lightworkers are also vulnerable to excessive identification with the pain and suffering of this catastrophe's victims, amplifying the stress levels of the collective consciousness.

It is important during times of crisis for Lightworkers to perceive the negative emotions being released by the victims rather than repressing their feelings, and then to allow these negative energies of the collective consciousness to pass through them, never holding on.

Jane and I have written a very helpful guide to Psychic Self Defense which should provide helpful tips and techniques for energy workers beset by negative energies during this crisis.

On a subtle level we are all family, and we share a group mind with our brothers and sisters in Japan, although we are unaware of how connected and inter-connected we are, how symbiotic our relationship, how much like a dysfunctional family split apart by inner conflicts, we really are.

But when a disaster like this occurs, those who are sensitive feel the event in their bodies, it invades their dreams, it is perceived directly as the Earth trembles and island nations slip and slide on tectonic plates anchoring them to their true Mother.

Then those of us in California remember that the Japanese are our neighbors, they are our family. We feel them even in their absence when life-changing passages occur, just as we feel the highs and lows of parents, children, and loved ones, even and especially pets, even at a distance.

This awareness of the interdependence of all living beings is one truth that arises from contemplation of our own thoughts and emotions in the wake of the disaster in Japan.

The same tsunami that devastated Japan came ashore here in Northern California the other day in an attenuated form, merely wrecking several million dollars worth of boats in Santa Cruz, south of San Francisco, and upwards of $25 million of damage in Crescent City, north of San Francisco.

Now those of us who live in California are acutely aware that we also live on the Ring of Fire around the Pacific Ocean where so much geophysical stress is located, and where frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

We are acutely aware that if the situation at the Japanese nuclear reactors goes "pear-shaped" as the engineers say, then we in the Golden State could soon be displaying an unwanted glow, wind across the waters.

We are family with all those who live around the Ring of Fire.

This awareness of the interdependence of all eco-systems on the planet is one truth that arises from contemplation of the geological structure of the Earth in the wake of the disaster in Japan.

Jane and I believe that by seeing the spiritual meaning in our lives, even the most devastating events in our lives can become opportunities for growth and for accelerated spiritual development.

So we recommend that you read an article entitled Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami 2011 by Philip Lindsay of the Esoteric Astrologer website, which puts these mind-numbing events into a spiritual context.

"Tsunami is a Japanese word meaning ‘harbour wave’, no doubt coined from this nation’s extensive experience with them. The latest earthquake and tsunami has caused Japan’s biggest crisis since World War II," explains Lindsay.

"The devastation has taken many lives, created several nuclear plant crises and not only plunges the already ailing Japanese economy into further jeopardy, but impacts upon the whole world," continues Lindsay.
"Obtaining an esoteric perspective of events allows us to move past the outer maya that enshrouds these kind of tragedies."

"It is probably the first time that a tsunami has been filmed live and so thoroughly as it approached the Japanese coast, capturing the subsequent deluge and destruction upon the coast," Lindsay points out. "Most of it was probably filmed on Japanese video cameras! Yet apart from any voyeuristic info-tainment in some media, the coverage has been a good thing, connecting the rest of the world instantaneously to the plight of the Japanese people, allowing an outpouring of compassion and assistance. It has also raised issues in many nations about the dangers associated with nuclear technology. Hence events like this, whilst painful for many, bring the world closer together in a recognition of its common humanity, leading to a greater sharing of resources and international co-operation – materially and spiritually."

We inhabit many cycles of time simultaneously, and some scientists say that earthquakes and other major geological events occur in cycles. They say that clusters of similar events surround major geological events, and that by studying the occurrence of these clusters of events, one can look for them in the future and perhaps use their incidence as an early warning system, enabling the geological forecaster to predict future earthquakes.

The same geologist who predicted the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake four days in advance says in a startling video on YouTube that this Full Moon is a period of extremely high risk for earthquake activity in Northern California.

"SuperMoon" Full Moon in Virgo Lunar Festival

This Saturday at 11:10 am PDT (2:10 pm EDT) the Full Moon occurs at 28˚ 28' Virgo, and is known as a "SuperMoon" because the moon will be at its closest approach to Earth during its elliptical orbit at this time.

The Moon will appear huge when it rises at sunset, and "being so close to the vernal equinox, this SuperMoon occurs within hours of the moment the full moon crosses the celestial equator from north to south, just as the Sun crosses in the opposite direction," explains astrologer Noel Tyl, who coined the term SuperMoon many years ago. Tyl associates such a SuperMoon with geophysical stresses, including earthquakes and tsunamis. There was a SuperMoon in February as well, and the Japan earthquake and tsunami occurred between these two highly charged lunar events, but outside of the window of maximum import as divined by Tyl.

The Sabian Symbol for 29˚ Virgo says, "A seeker after occult knowledge is reading an ancient scroll that illuminates his mind.

After a crisis one should seek to realign the renewed consciousness with the primordial Revelation of the Truth of Man."

This is excellent advice for all of us as we deal with the aftermath of this month's worldwide turmoil, which highlights the ongoing crisis of our globalized industrial civilization.

The impact of last week's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan has reverberated around the world, and has revealed some very disturbing truths about our host planet Gaia and also about human civilization in the early years of the 21st century.

We humans are reminded that we are tiny, impermanent visitors to this blue-green planet, and that our Mother Earth has a life of her own, which dwarfs humanity's existence. When Earth changes affect our Mother, all humanity is affected.

Reuters news agency reports that this earthquake and tsunami altered the Earth itself in profound ways.

Last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan actually moved the island closer to the United States and shifted the planet's axis. 

"The quake caused a rift 15 miles below the sea floor that stretched 186 miles long and 93 miles wide," reports Liz Goodwin, in a March 14 Reuters dispatch. "The areas closest to the epicenter of the quake jumped a full 13 feet closer to the United States, geophysicist Ross Stein at the United States Geological Survey told The New York Times."


"The 9.0 magnitude quake (the fourth-largest recorded since 1900) was caused when the Pacific tectonic plate dove under the North American plate, which shifted Eastern Japan towards North America by about 13 feet (see NASA's before and after photos at right)," Goodwin continues. "The quake also shifted the earth's axis by 6.5 inches, shortened the day by 1.6 microseconds, and sank Japan downward by about two feet. As Japan's eastern coastline sunk, the tsunami's waves rolled in."

We all know the rest of the story by now. The earthquake and tsunami resulted in a catastrophe of global proportions. There are over 10,000 dead or missing, hundreds of thousands without homes, and now a slow-motion nuclear meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which houses six nuclear reactors.

The UK Telegraph warns of a potential “nuclear nightmare” and considers the Fukushima crisis the second worst nuclear disaster in history.

“The Fukushima crisis now rates as a more serious accident than the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island in the US in 1979, and is second only to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, according to the French nuclear safety authority. After insisting for three days that the situation was under control, Japan urgently appealed to US and UN nuclear experts for technical help on preventing white-hot fuel rods melting.”

How bad could this emergency be? It's hard to know when the Japanese government is covering up the truth, but Dr. Michiko Kaku, a theoretical physicist at the City University of New York, had this to say on March 16:

“The worst-case scenario is a steam/hydrogen gas explosion which blows the reactor vessels apart, sending uranium dioxide fuel rods and radioactive debris into the air. This might happen if the core is fully exposed for a few hours, which is a distinct possibility. This is what happened at Chernobyl, when such an explosion blew about 25 per cent of the core’s radioactive by-products into the air.”

There is also the possibility that the spent fuel rods, which are kept in containment pools of water near the reactors, may overheat and then release tremendous amounts of radioactive material into the air. It appears that the water in at least one of these pools has vaporized to a great extent, as of this writing, and that the situation is critical.

What could happen if the spent fuel rods ignite?

"An October 2000 report from the Sandia Labs in Albuquerque painted a grim picture of the consequences from a pool fire," reports Jeffrey St. Clair, in an article on the Counterpunch website. "The report [on the Shearon Harris plant in North Carolina], which was kept under wraps for two years by the NRC, found that a waste pool fire could spread radioactive debris over a 500-mile radius, including Cesium-137, a carcinogen linked to birth defects and genetic damage."

Dr. Helen Caldicott, a famous international analyst of all things nuclear and a tireless veteran of the anti-nuclear movement, called the situation in Japan an “absolute disaster”, according to an article on the Global Research website by David Donovan.

“The situation is very grim and not just for the Japanese people,” said Dr Caldicott.

“If both reactors blow then the whole of the Northern Hemisphere may be affected,” she said. ". . .In the northern hemisphere, many millions could get cancer”.

“Only one reactor blew at Chernobyl and it was only 3 months old, with new cores holding relatively little radiation; these ones have been operating for 40 years and would hold about 30 times more radiation than Chernobyl’s.”

Dr Caldicott cited a report from the New York Academy of Sciences, which said that over 1 million people have died as a direct result of the 1986 melt-down at Chernobyl, mostly from cancer. She said authorities had attempted to “hush up” the full scale of the Chernobyl disaster. The official 2005 figure from the International Atomic Energy Agency was just 4,000 fatalities.

In the Chernobyl disaster, nuclear fallout appeared as far away as England, and Swedish farmers discovered radioactive trace elements in crops and farm animals. The bulk of the fallout was carried about 1,000 miles from the site of the meltdown.

Because the Japanese government has not released any hard figures on the amount of radiation leaking from the Fukushima reactor complex or the amount measured in nearby areas, it is very difficult for independent analysts to offer meaningful forecasts or probable scenarios with any degree of accuracy.

This type of situation calls upon our powers of discernment.

This week a horde of websites referenced a map of the jet stream purporting to be from the Australian Radiation Services which shows that the fallout from Fukushima would travel from Japan to California -- probably in just a few days, perhaps arriving as early as this Friday, March 18.

The debunking website Snopes.com offered an article warning about the authenticity of this map, which did not come from the Australian Radiation Services at all, but rather is a Photoshopper's concoction designed to spread misinformation among an uncritical public.

The Australian Radiation Services website says: "Australian Radiation Services is aware of information about radioactive contamination being spread from the Japanese nuclear reactor incident released under the ARS logo and name.  We wish to be clear that this information has not originated from ARS and as such distance ourselves from any such misinformation."

The jet stream does travel across the Pacific from Japan to the West Coast. However the jet stream is approximately five miles above the surface. Nuclear weapons release tremendous volumes of radioactive material in giant mushroom clouds, and these types of explosions do carry radioactive material into the jet stream, but the slow-motion Fukushima meltdowns are not at present impacting the jet stream in a major way, according to the best sources I have seen so far.

As I understand it, based upon my limited research thus far, it appears that in the event that fuel rods ignite or in the worst case scenario envisioned by Dr. Michiko Kaku, there would be so much radioactive material released that some of it would find its way into the jet stream and the end result would be what Dr. Caldicott warns about -- the potential contamination, to some unknown extent, of the entire Northern Hemisphere.

Here in Northern California, where the tsunami destroyed a few million dollars worth of boats and a few structures near the water in Santa Cruz and Crescent City, everyone is hyper-aware of the fact that we live on the "Ring of Fire" which extends around the Pacific Rim, and is home to most volcanoes and earthquake activity in the world.

Potassium iodide tablets have been sold out in our area, and there is a global run on hand-held, affordable radiation detectors on the Internet. Just try to buy one and you'll be told there's a three month wait for many models. Reports on the Internet show that there are similar runs on anti-radiation pills and devices in Russia and China, Japan's near neighbors.

There is a panic setting in across the globe. It is interesting to note that in the wake of this unprecedented catastrophe, donations to provide relief to the Japanese people are running at about 1/10 of the level that was recorded after the Haitian earthquake or after Hurricane Katrina.

It appears that in this case fear is the predominant emotional reaction rather than loving compassion.

Personally, I find this all quite interesting. We human beings, in our species-centric pride, tend to measure all things in our Universe by our own height and weight, so to speak. The Japanese crisis reminds us that the Earth, our Mother, is subject to transformations on a scale that the human mind can barely comprehend, and that we human beings are not Lords of Earthly Creation, but just tiny sparks of Divinity residing in extremely impermanent physical bodies, subject to forces that dwarf our own powers, hopes, plans and dreams.

Our amazing global industrial civilization has empowered humanity to perform many technological feats that would have appeared to be sheer magic to our ancestors, but even so, our current way of life is very clearly changing in ways so profound we cannot imagine the outcome.

The Age of Oil, as we have often remarked on this website, is coming to an end after over one hundred years of wars for control of scarce hydrocarbon resources. Those wars resulted in the creation of the first truly global Empire of Oil. The American Empire.

"The U.S. Military (Department of Defense) is the largest single institutional consumer of energy in the world, and more than 80% of its energy budget was spent on oil in 2008," says Ashvin Pandurangi, in his article When the Lights Go Out on the Automatic Earth website. "It relies on oil for almost all of its critical functions, from transporting its troops to providing them with food, toothpaste and toilet paper, as well as the manufacture of weapons and armor, among other things. This institution, combined with a network of major financial institutions and a few dozen primary defense contractors (Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Blackwater (aka Xe), etc.), represent the core of global elite power structures and their most valuable mechanism of oppression."

The American Empire has brought us a globalized neo-feudal social architecture which has brought us such wonders as the Internet, jet-set vacations for the middle classes, suburban car culture, the hypnotic drone of mass media and mass advertising, globalized supply chains and sweatshop couture, and industrialized agriculture. All these wonders have their downside, including global climate change, dwindling energy resources, endless war and the increasing militarization of societies around the globe.

Over the last few years it has become increasingly clear that current oil and gas resources are inadequate to fuel both the American Empire in its current form and the aspiring new global economic super-states of China, India, and Brazil. 

Competition for these scarce resources has resulted in the cultural and political destabilization of the entire Middle East. This month we saw political turmoil spread from Tunisia and Egypt into Libya, a key player in the global oil markets. For the first time in memory, Saudi Arabia's oil-rich Sheikhs had to crush dissenters with military force, on their own soil and in the neighboring kingdom of Bahrain.

These new developments have once again pitted Sunni Moslems, who are the ruling classes in these countries, against Shiite Moslems, who are more numerous but less affluent segments of Middle Eastern societies. The same social split in Iraq resulted in a nasty civil war that has yet to come to an end, despite years of American "peace-keeping operations".

The BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico further highlighted the fact that increasingly desperate attempts to tap new sources of oil and gas in deep undersea locations create unacceptable environmental risks, and yet governments and oil companies around the world continue to pursue risky development strategies in locations as precarious as the platforms in the Gulf offshore from Texas and Louisiana.

Many members of the globalized elite, including America's President Obama, advocate the building of a new generation of nuclear power plants to replace dwindling supplies of oil and gas and sustain business as usual in the Age of Oil.

There is no indication from President Obama or the Democrats in Congress that they understand that the nuclear energy option is no longer viable for America.

"A few months ago, President Obama signed some 8.5 billion dollar loan guarantees for a nuclear reactor construction project for U.S. nuclear corporation Southern Company, in partnership with the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)," reports Keith Harmon Snow, in an article titled Nuclear Apocalypse in Japan: Lifting the Veil of Nuclear Catastrophe and Cover-up on the Global Research website.

"Of course, the Price Andersen Act, passed in 1957, indemnifies nuclear utilities and reactor operators from all lawsuits, financial liability or related responsibility," Snow explains.

"Everything suggests that it will be business as usual. Destabilization, destruction, war and catastrophe have always been turned into a big business for the United States of America," Snow continues. "Across the ocean tens of thousands of people are protesting in Germany and France and Briton. Here, even the discussion is off course. The wrong questions are being asked and the wrong people are answering them. Instead of talking about limits to growth, the focus is on expansion, profits, trade and so-called progress."

"Perhaps the worst horror of all is that people trapped in the contaminated zones are now being shunned by outsiders, including aid organizations," Snow concludes. "Radiation fears, mingled with a sick sense of abandonment, reported the Los Angeles Times, as people are afraid to help them. People in the evacuation zones - elders and those without fuel or transport -- are getting no help, and no information. We should be humbled."

This week's disaster in Japan revealed the tremendous fear that accidents involving nuclear power trigger in the human psyche. For the last thirty years, since the anti-war and anti-nuclear weapons movements of the Eighties dissipated, mainstream culture has pretended that nuclear war was impossible, because the Cold War between the USSR and America had come to an end.

This rather complacent mindset ignores the reality that Pakistan and India have enough nuclear weapons to irradiate one another fully many times over, and the capability to destroy one another's capital cities within mere minutes in a first strike that would be undetectable to the other side until far too late to retaliate or evacuate before disaster struck. As this week's events have demonstrated, a massive release of radioactive material, as in a war or major nuclear power accident, could easily contaminate half the Earth, resulting in millions of casualties over decades of time.

During the 9/11 strike against Manhattan, Jane and I lived in the suburbs of New York, and on that day one of the airplanes that flew into the Twin Towers sped over the Indian Point nuclear power plant, only a half hour from Manhattan, and a few miles from our home. Although we were made acutely aware of the risks by these catastrophic events, political leaders of the American Empire remain blissfully confident of their ability to contain these risks while pursuing never ending war in countries around the world and simultaneously building a new generation of nuclear reactors.

This week we discovered that there are approximately thirty-four nuclear reactors in America similar in construction to the obsolete Fukushima nuclear complex, which is composed of aging boiling water reactors manufactured by General Electric, which were declared unsafe by scientists decades ago.

In a March 14 article in the UK Guardian, Suzanne Goldenberg reports as follows: "Government regulators knew of a heightened risk of explosion in the type of nuclear reactors used at the Fukushima plant in Japan from the moment they went into operation."

"Safety inspectors at America's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) warned as early as 1972 that the General Electric reactors, which did away with the traditional large containment domes, were more vulnerable to explosion and more vulnerable to the release of radiation if a meltdown occurred."

"Michael Mariotte, director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, said: 'The concern has been there all along that this containment building was not strong enough and the pressure containment system was not robust enough to prevent an explosion.'" 

At this point in the weekly news cycle it is clear that this crisis is far from over. The danger of a critical meltdown or of ignition of spent fuel rods remains acute.

There is a clear feeling among most people I have talked to that there will be a cover-up of the truth similar to the cover-up that occurred during and after the BP oil spill.

When the people can no longer trust the government or the news media in times of crisis, fear is the understandable reaction. As of this time, I can only say that it is important to monitor the situation. If there is a catastrophic meltdown or if spent fuel rods ignite, the whole world will be watching. If such an event does occur, it is important to know that, despite any assurances to the contrary, the entire West Coast of America, and the entire Northern Hemisphere, are in danger.

So now recent events in the Gulf of Mexico and Japan have shown that neither increased offshore drilling nor expansion of nuclear power facilities around the world present a desirable path forward in the era of Peak Oil -- an era of Peak Oil Demand.

 It is becoming increasingly clear that those who profit the most from the current neo-liberal capitalist paradigm of globalized oil-driven industrialization will have to sacrifice any high-minded concerns about the environment if they are to continue to grow the global economy. In fact, they will have to throw environmentalists over the side of the boat without any lifejackets if they are to simply to find environmentally dirty ways to maintain the status quo.

It is no coincidence, then, that the Republican party has made the gutting of environmental regulations and agencies a cornerstone of its party platform in the run-up to the 2012 elections. The Republican party prides itself on being the most robust champion of the interests of multi-national corporations, Wall Street, the military-industrial complex, and big oil companies especially. 

Japan may have to import millions more barrels of oil a year to replace the energy they've lost at Fukushima. What will that do to the price of oil as instability spreads in the Middle East? What will that oil price rise do the already staggering global economy, mired in both recession and inflation simultaneously?

Imagine how many more barrels of oil a year the world would need if the US closed all 34 of the obsolete GE nuclear power plants that are obsolete or dangerous, and of the same design and vintage at those at Fukushima? Imagine if we stopped looking for oil in deep offshore geological deposits? What would that do to oil prices and the global economy?

Well, the international supply chains would break, global agriculture would be an oxymoron, and the global military presence of the American Empire would be impossible to maintain.

The truth is that expanding the number of nuclear power plants around the world and drilling in deep offshore wells for new oil deposits are both essential to a continuation of our current civilization. However there is no reason to believe these sources of energy will prove either safe or reliable, and eventually that will make their use impossible. Then the energy crisis will definitely be upon us.

"The American imperial presence in the Middle East and elsewhere, which currently backstops a global economic system that provides the 5% of us who live in America with 25% of the world’s energy resources and around 33% of its raw materials and industrial product, has a relatively short shelf life ahead of it, and as that comes unraveled, we are all going to have to learn to live with much less," says Archdruid John Michael Greer in his recent article "The Limits of Incantation."

The good news is that the typical American uses much more energy than someone with a similar status in Europe to sustain a lifestyle that is more hectic, more competitive, less fulfilling, and much, much more wasteful than the European.

And then there's the omnivorous American war machine, which must be starved of oil to preserve global civilization. So there are clearly many opportunities available to apply energy efficiencies to the American way of life without destroying the entire global civilization.

That's a good thing, because we need time and energy and money to restructure our civilization, begin to implement energy conservation on a huge scale, to create a new sustainable economy and a new sustainable social order based on peace, not war.

All in all, it was a week that shocked us all, that caused an understandable wave of fear to sweep the global solar plexus, as we all became conscious and crystal clear about how frightening nuclear energy really is, and how our illusions of controlling this form of energy are perhaps equally dangerous.

This weekend, as we recover our wits, we would do well to recall the keynote for this Virgo Full Moon as revealed in the Sabian Symbol:

"A seeker after occult knowledge is reading an ancient scroll that illuminates his mind. After a crisis one should seek to realign the renewed consciousness with the primordial Revelation of the Truth of Man."

That Truth is one behind the many Masks of God revealed in our many religions and spiritual traditions. The Truth is that life involves suffering as well as joy. The Truth is that when we become truly aware of the suffering of others, we respond by opening our hearts. The Truth is that when our hearts open in compassion for others, and we feel their pain as our own, we respond to their need as we would respond to our own. We give freely. This weekend let us give freely of ourselves.

Let us give love offerings to the Japanese people to honor them in this hour of their need.

Spring Equinox 2011!

The Equinox occurs on Sunday March 20, at 4:21 pm PDT, or 7:21 pm EST.

"The chart for the spiritual new year in 2011, at zero degrees Aries, is very powerful and positive," says Esoteric Astrologer Philip Lindsay in his Pisces 2011 Newsletter entitled Little Doritt, Little Buddha, Psychism and George Washington. "The sun in Aries makes an extremely close conjunction to Uranus, planet of revolution and change. (Uranus is also the hierarchical ruler of Aries.) Uranus and the Sun are close to the seventh house of relationships, whilst Aries esoteric ruler Mercury is in the seventh house with Jupiter. Both these planets oppose Moon and Saturn in Libra, whilst Libra the Peacemaker is also the rising sign or soul potential of the chart."

"As ruler of the Libran ascendant, Venus is well placed in Aquarius in terms of new ways of relating. As soul ruler of the Libran ascendant, Uranus is most critical, as it links the Aries personality of the chart to the rising sign, bringing the pairs of opposites into a dynamic relationship, with a potential to bring about lasting changes," Lindsay explains.

"The horoscope speaks of radical and dynamic changes in human relationships that are tailored to suit these unsettled times," Lindsay concludes. "There is a spirit of engagement and dialogue, lively to be sure, but with the promise of something new emerging that does not fall back into old survival patterns of behavior. The ongoing forward thrust of nations liberating themselves is potent."

Freedom of expression, liberation from oppressive conditions and self-imposed restrictions, and creation of innovative structures of spontaneously arising co-operation among diverse and divergent people are to be several of the keynotes for the Spiritual new year of 2011 beginning at the Spring Equinox.

For millennia the Spring Equinox has been celebrated around the world as a festival of Resurrection, the time of year when the forces of Light are ascendant. The Lords of Light attain victory. The time of darkness is over. This marks the start of the astrological New Year for those using the Western system of astrology.

Spring Festival of the Resurrection of Osiris

For the temple priests of the Egyptian dynasties, Osiris, the dying and reborn god connected with the morning star Venus, was known as “the heart of the renewed sun”. Lord of the Underworld and King of the Dead, in his role as the resurrected God, Osiris represented light, life and consciousness, the ever-renewing power of the Solar Disc.

Egyptologist E. A. Wallis Budge suggests possible connections or parallels in Osiris' resurrection story with those found in Christianity:

"The Egyptians of every period in which they are known to us believed that Osiris was of divine origin, that he suffered death and mutilation at the hands of the powers of evil, that after a great struggle with these powers he rose again, that he became henceforth the king of the underworld and judge of the dead, and that because he had conquered death the righteous also might conquer death...In Osiris the Christian Egyptians found the prototype of Christ, and in the pictures and statues of Isis suckling her son Horus, they perceived the prototypes of the Virgin Mary and her child."

Osiris was also the god of vegetation, often depicted with green skin. Egyptians created wood-framed barley seedbeds in the shape of the god, known as “Osiris gardens”. These sacred seedbeds have been found in tombs. Clearly, the plants which sprouted from these beds symbolized the resurrection of life after death.

The soul of Osiris was said to rest in his sarcophagus during the winter season, and the spring equinox marked his resurrection.

Osiris represents the eternal soul that incarnates into the physical world, dies, and yet is reborn into spiritual realms, only to reincarnate again and again in a cycle of transmigration transcending the lifespan of mere empires.

In some ways for Egyptians, as a symbol of their soul in its purest form, he represents the soul infused completely with Spirit, drained of all impurities, imperfections, and seeds of karma. In short, Osiris is in effect their version of Christ Consciousness, their own immortal, transcendent yet omnipresent Cosmic Consciousness, subtle and ever-changing, permanent yet evanescent as smoke from a blue-white flame.

Spring Festival of Holi Celebrating the Victory of Lord Vishnu

This Saturday, the 19th of March, 2011, we celebrate the ancient Hindu Spring Festival of Holi, which commemorates the victory of Lord Vishnu, Sustainer of the Universe, over the dark powers of Hiranyakashipu, the King of Demons.

In his role as the Spiritual Sun of the Universe, who sustains the peace and order of the Universe just as the sun sustains all life on planet Earth, Lord Vishnu is said to have incarnated ten times on the planet Earth, and two of his incarnations were as the solar heroes Lord Ram and Lord Krishna. These two Divine avatars have many qualities that are similar to the qualities of Jesus Christ, the Divine Christian avatar whose death and resurrection we celebrate at the same season as Holi.

In those days, the King of Demons sought to conquer the three worlds, and to displace Lord Vishnu as Ruler of the Universe. Hiranyakashipu performed great austerities and mighty feats of prolonged meditation to perfect himself and to augment his powers. While engaged in these strenuous activities, the Gods invaded and sacked the Demon King’s city and sent his wife, who was with child, to live in the ashram of Sage Narada, the Messenger of the Gods. Narada taught the Demon Queen about the Divine qualities of Vishnu and instructed her in the Wisdom School teachings of the Hindu Rishis, or Spiritual Masters. The child in her womb, named Prahlad, absorbed all this instruction.

Meanwhile, the Demon King Hiranyakashipu had performed such amazing feats of spiritual endurance that he had received the favor of Lord Brahma, Creator of the Universe. Lord Brahma granted the Demon King one wish. “I wish that I not be killed during day or night; inside the home or outside, not on earth or on sky; neither by a man nor an animal; neither by astra (arrow or spear) nor by shastra (sword or sacred scripture),” asked the Demon King. “Grant me the undisputed lordship over the material world.” His wish was granted.

The Demon King’s power grew great, and he attacked both the heavens and the Earth, demanding that all people worship him rather than the Gods. Neither men nor Gods could harm the Demon King because of his boon from Brahma, nor could anyone determine how he could be stopped from displacing Vishnu as Lord of the Universe, so mighty was his power.

Hiranyakashipu returned his Queen and his growing son to his newly rebuilt city. He asked young Prahlad what he had learned and Prahlad told him about the many virtues of Vishnu and the Wisdom School teachings of the Rishis.

This enraged the Demon King. Prahlad was so eloquent and so steadfast in his love of Vishnu that Prahlad resolved to kill him. But neither weapons, snakes, nor poison could harm Prahlad, who was under Vishnu’s Divine protection. Finally the Demon King enlisted the help of his sister, Holika, who had a magical shawl that protected the wearer from the power of fire.

Hiranyakashipu asked Prahlad to sit on a pyre in Holika’s lap. Prahlad agreed, asking Vishnu for protection. When the fire started, a great wind blew Holika’s shawl from her, and she was utterly consumed in flames, but Prahlad was protected from harm. When Prahlad emerged from the flames, it was as though a conquering God had entered the realms of death, struggled with the forces of Evil and emerged triumphant, resurrected by a miracle of Divine intervention. All this of course had occurred through the intervention of Vishnu, Lord of the Universe.

The Demon King sent Prahlad to his Demon-teacher, hoping to influence the boy to renounce his spiritual wisdom teachings and take the path of greed and personal power. The Demon-teacher tried to convince Prahlad that acquiring wealth and physical pleasures were the only worthwhile activities for a royal heir, or any warrior. But Prahlad thought to himself: "How can the pursuit of physical pleasures and wealth bring happiness? It will only lead to envy and anger."

Prahlad, the Demon-teacher and Hiranyakashypu were all sitting on the terrace of the Demon-King’s palace at that time. The Demon King lost his temper and invoked his own destruction unwittingly. Hiranyakashypu roared: "Where is Vishnu? If he is everywhere why is he not in this Pillar of my palace? If he is not here then I shall cut off your head with my sword. Let Vishnu, your Lord protect you."

Lord Vishnu had agreed to refrain from attacking the Demon King as part of the boon from Lord Brahma, but Hiranyakashypu’s rash challenge had served as an invocation of the Lord of the Universe, who no longer was bound by the bonds of his agreement with Lord Brahma. Lord Vishnu appeared from the pillar in the form of a Narasimha (who is half-man and half-lion) and killed the Demon King at dusk (which was neither day nor night), on the steps of the porch of his palace (which was neither inside the house nor outside) by restraining him on his lap (which is neither in the sky nor on the earth) and mauling him with his claws (which are neither astra nor shastra).

It is the miracle of the pyre of Prahlad that is celebrated on the Festival of Holi. On the first day of Holi, bonfires are lit at night and effigies of Holika are burnt to commemorate the trials of Prahlad and the triumph of Vishnu over the Demon King. The sacred fires of Holi are lit amidst the chanting of specific mantras intended for the destruction of all demonic forces.

Offerings of wheat and oats were made to the sacrificial fire in honor of Vishnu, marking Holi as a festival of fertility and a time when great care is taken to perform rituals of protection and make offerings designed to insure a successful harvest.

On the second day of Holi, known as Dhuleti, celebrants spend the day throwing coloured powder and water at each other. This playful activity has a spiritual and medicinal significance. The changeable weather of the spring season, alternating between cold and increasing warmth, is believed to cause viral fevers and colds and, on a more spiritual level, to cause disruptions in the smooth flow of prana, or Universal Life Force energy, throughout the body and the aura. The colored powders are traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilva, and other medicinal herbs prescribed by Āyurvedic doctors to restore the smooth flow of prana and ward off potential physical illnesses. Rangapanchami occurs a few days later on a Panchami (fifth day of the full moon), marking the end of the Holi Festival of Colors.

Holi is a venerable and potent festival of regeneration, resurrection, renewal and new life, similar to other spring festivals in cultures around the world.

Spring Equinox as Metaphor for Dawning of Higher Consciousness

Holi is also a time of apocalyptic confrontation between powers of darkness and powers of light, and at the moment of the ascent of spring, naturally the forces of Light are triumphant!

We certainly see ourselves as living in apocalyptic times in America in the 21st century. Right now in 2011, humans seem to be flirting with self-destruction in ways that could inflict casualties on a scale unknown in previous historical cycles while simultaneously rendering the earth's climate much more inimical to human life than at any time in the last 10,000 or so years.

At this seemingly apocalyptic time in history, on the day of the Vernal Equinox, the sun appears to us to be located between Pisces and Aquarius at dawn on the first day of spring. This is the scientific explanation behind the expression “the dawning of the Age of Aquarius”.

Today, at the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius, at the Spring Equinox of 2011, we are surrounded by apocalyptic events and here in America, we live in a country where roughly a third of the people believe in the imminent literal end of the world, as foretold in the Book of Revelations.

Esoteric science, as developed in the mystery schools of the East and West and handed down through oral traditions and direct experience of spiritual worlds, indicates that the time has indeed come for a new world hero to emerge.

In the Age of Aquarius, that world hero is no longer a solitary individual god, goddess or Avatar. The identity of that hero is represented by the image of the God and Goddess in rapt, loving embrace.

The Divine Lovers represent not only the balance between men and women that will characterize the new Aquarian society, but also the balance between the male and female aspects of ourselves as well as the equality and participation of all men and women in the heroic project of rectifying humanity’s monumental disruption of environmental systems, traditional social structures, and spiritual and religious traditions.

We (Curtis Lang and Jane Sherry) invite you to read our article on “The New Age of the Divine Lovers”, which discusses this transitional time in history. “Our task in the New Age is to return to the Garden of Eden within us,” the authors explain, “and to restore the Garden of Eden planet around us.”

You may also want to read Curtis' article on “The Dark Night of the Planetary Soul”, for more information on this pivotal point in world history.

The social structure of this society is a reflection of this moment in evolutionary consciousness, highly structured, hierarchical, and driven by mental considerations of perceived self-interest on the part of small elites who govern on the principles of fear, greed and obfuscation.

However, the next evolutionary step for human beings is to re-establish conscious ancient connections with the web of life, with the extended consciousness of the human over-soul, and with the multitude of spiritual beings in higher worlds, to offer in self-sacrifice their highly developed individuated consciousness to the Higher Self, and to establish the Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth.”

This is the moment of worldwide labor, just prior to the birth of a planetary human consciousness. This is the moment known to mystics as The Dark Night of the Soul.

Will humanity birth a planetary consciousness based on scientific rationalism placed in the service of elite social structures and hierarchical dominance, resulting in environmental destruction and continuous warfare or a consciousness of love and spiritual science, bringing about environmental balance and peace, bringing us untold breakthroughs in every realm of earthly existence?

That is the question, that is the transition we face, that is the opportunity, and that is the clue to the nature of our role, as midwives to the embryonic new World Consciousness.

Let us approach that birth with reverence, with confidence, with bravery, with a clear mind and a heart singing with faith, devotion and yes, surrender, to the New.

In this way, we join our life force, our soul force and our mental energies to the Divine Plan and to the legions of lightworkers and spiritual beings who prepare the way, even now, for the coming victory of the forces of Light.

The Raphael Meditation 

Archangel Raphael is the presiding Angel of Spring. Raphael is the Healer of God. This is a propitious weekend for meditation and prayer and ritual involving Archangel Raphael.

May Raphael and Raphael’s host of angels be with you at this Spring Equinox. May Raphael and his host of angels bring healing to you and to your loved ones and healing to this troubled planet during this season of waxing light.

Find a lovely place in nature, a power spot where you can see the early buds and shoots of spring coming forth upon the Earth, and where you know the nature spirits would feel peaceful, welcome, protected and infused with Universal Life Force Energy.

Give a love offering to the Earth. Bring a small crystal and leave it at this place where you know the nature spirits will be gathering, pour out a little water or beverage upon the ground in that place, toss some grain where birds and small ones can get to it.

Find a place of protection and power. Sit quietly. Breathe deeply from the stomach. Inhale through the nose to the count of 10. Exhale to the count of 5. Repeat up to 10 times. Relax for a minute.

Call upon Archangel Raphael while in prayer or meditation. Ask Raphael to surround and infuse you with the Emerald Ray of Healing. Feel this Emerald Ray within and without you. Spend a few minutes feeling your energetic connection to the earth around you, to your loved ones, and to the emerging life force energy just beginning to manifest in the form of greenery around you. Simply breathe and be, and be healed.

If you want a more controlled meditation, then try this: Visualize a super-slo-motion film clip of a seed opening and a tiny sprout pushing its way out and up, breaking through the ground, then growing into a tiny seedling and then unfurling into the flower you see popping up nearby your private meditation power spot. Visualize that flower growing brighter and bigger until its time is over. Visualize the flower's wilting and its fall. Visualize the flower disappearing over time back into the ground, and how next spring another seed of another type of flower may unfurl a tiny sprout underground which will grow into a plant with roots that feed on the nutrients in the soil containing the remains of the flower, transformed by beneficial bacteria and the action of earthworms, rain, and sun into the nourishing womb of next spring's blaze of spring.

May Archangel Raphael and your Guides and Teachers bring you the healing you need to be prepared to participate in the awesome Earth changes now underway. May you receive the grace and guidance you need to achieve your loftiest spiritual goals.

Love and light,

Curtis and Jane


Meditation Moment

"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.