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Full Moon in Libra, Aries Solar Festival 2013 Cosmic Weather Forecast

By Curtis Lang and Jane Sherry on Mar 27, 2013

Celestial Fireworks in the Cosmic Weather Forecast

Welcome to the Wednesday March 27, 2013  Libra Full Moon, Aries Solar Festival, Passover, Holi and Easter edition of the Satya Center Cosmic Weather Forecast.

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

Full Moon Over Claverack, photo by Jane SherryThe Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival highlights relationships and the power of Love. And this week’s Full Moon is extremely powerful so be ready for events to rock your world.

The Jewish Feast of Passover, celebrating the Liberation of the Hebrew nation from bondage to the Egyptian Pharaoh, begins this Tuesday March 25 and ends Tuesday April 2 this year. Read our article about the spiritual significance of Passover for 21st century humanity!

A highly combustible Full Moon occurs at 06° 52′ Libra on 27 March 2013, 02:28 AM PDT, or 5:28 am EDT. This Full Moon will be a quite a volatile Cosmic event, because Luna in Libra lights up in a confrontational direct opposition to Sun, Uranus, Venus, and Mars in Aries. 

The Full Moon this year co-incides with the Hindu Festival of Holi. Read our article on Holi to appreciate the spiritual significance of this beautiful Festival. Holi is a venerable and potent festival of regeneration, resurrection, renewal and new life, celebrating the Victory of Lord Vishnu, Sustainer of the Universe, over the King of Demons, and the Victory of Eternal Light over Darkness.

This Libra Full Moon Festival is the first of the three great springtime Full Moon Spiritual Festivals celebrated by Theosophists, Lightworkers, and spiritual seekers from all religious and spiritual traditions worldwide.

This Libra Full Moon Festival, which normally occurs around the time of the spring equinox, precedes the Festival of Easter. The date for Easter is based on the Christian solar calendar. Easter always falls on the Sunday after the paschal full moon, which occurs on or just after the spring equinox. This year Easter falls on Sunday March 31st. For a deep look into the spiritual significance of the Easter Festival, and some beautiful meditation practices, read our article on Easter: Uniting with the Cosmic Christ and Honoring the Divine Mother.

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, the weather is cool and spring-like, changeable and blustery. Our rainy season, which normally peaks in March, is not delivering much-needed precipitation this year. Reservoirs are thankfully at a high level because of last year’s heavy rains and snowfall.

Meanwhile, throughout the Eastern and Midwestern US we have just experienced a cold and stormy start to spring. This is the complete opposite of last year, when we had the warmest March ever, with over 3000 record highs in cities from the East Coast through the Rocky Mountains.

Although no direct correlation can easily be drawn between this freakish weather pattern and global climate change, we have seen enough over the last few years to be concerned. Extreme weather events are becoming the new normal.

The Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival of Love and Light

LibraThe Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival highlights relationships and the power of Love. 

The Sun in Aries accentuates the drive to individuation, and at this time of year, the power of the individual will forces in humanity are vastly strengthened. Aries is a fire sign, the sign of the pioneer, the risk-taker, the way-shower, the ground-breaker, and sometimes of the me-first individualist. 

The seasonal cycles we can observe in the natural world mirror the fiery, active nature of the Aries personality. In the Northern Hemisphere, when the Sun enters Aries, usually a couple of weeks before this Festival occurs, the Spring Equinox heralds the approach of a time of blossoming flowers, blooming trees and vivifying rains. Conditions are ripe for the planting of seeds, the tending of sprouts and preparations for another year’s agricultural cycle. Humanity feels the quickening of dormant life within the Earth, after winter’s cycle of hibernation and involuted energies. Spirits rise, sexual energies are aroused, and we greet a new astrological year with a sense of renewal and anticipation. 

The Solar Festival of Aries coincides with the Full Moon in Libra, the sign of relationships, dynamic equilibrium, diplomacy and tact. Libra is the polar opposite of Aries, and Libra energies are the perfect complement for Aries individualism and impetuosity.

The Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival is the Festival of Resurrection, and at this time we celebrate the Sacrifice, the Suffering, the Death and the Triumphant Rebirth of Jesus Christ, at the time of the Sacred Feast of Easter.

The Resurrection is a Miracle of Love. The Divine Love manifested in the Self-Sacrifice of Jesus Christ created a new energy signature within the etheric body of planet Earth, which corresponded to a new spiritual pathway in the collective consciousness of all human beings. This new pathway provided a template for a new way of life for suffering humanity -- an Ascension path that leads through Love to Forgiveness, the conquest of all human failings, and the Self-Expression of the Divinity which is the true face of human nature in all its glory.

This Divine Love, this monumental Self-Sacrifice, celebrates the healing power of relationships, and the innate ability of humankind to transcend the individual personality, the individual will and the limited and self-limiting perspective of the ego-self. 

At the time of the Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival the Hierarchy of Ascended Masters pours forth a potent, healing stream of unconditional love and creates an enhanced energetic field supportive of all Ascension practices. 

These energies are available to all Lightworkers, meditators and seekers who choose to access this Love and Light by participating in spiritual practices of their choice during the three day period of the Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival.

You can participate in the April Festival of Love and Light by meditating upon the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, which takes place on Easter Sunday. 

You may want to fashion your own meditation practice for this Full Moon Festival just prior to Easter, or you may want to utilize a Christian practice which is part of your spiritual tradition. 

You may also want to try our suggestion for an Easter Meditation, which will bring you in contact with the Loving Wisdom and the Living Light embodied by Jesus Christ.

You can also join us in a meditation designed to bring about peace, harmony and goodwill which was designed for this Universal Planetary Spring Full Moon Festival. You'll get all the simple directions for this global group meditation a little further along in this newsletter!

Cosmic Weather Forecast

The Libra Full Moon and Aries Solar Festival is a time to reflect upon the interaction of the individual and the group in which she lives. 

Libra is ruled by Venus, and can be symbolized by a dove of peace. Aries is ruled by Mars, symbolized by the ram. The ram is a belligerent beast, strong for its size, and armed with powerful horns used to batter opponents into submission.

This Full Moon is a time for each of us to attempt the difficult and intricate task of balancing our energies and our commitments between our individual needs and desires and the needs and desires of the various communities to which we belong. 

Birds Flying in Formation, photo by Jane SherryWhen we stop to think about it, we realize that we belong to so many groups, we have so many relationships! Family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, people who serve us in stores, restaurants, and elsewhere in our lives, people with whom we share a religious or spiritual practice, people with whom we share political beliefs, our nation, our race, people who share our sexual orientation and gender, and on and on it goes.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the demands of any group, so difficult to clearly see and feel the way we are inter-connected with the group’s members, and so tempting to put our own needs first, no matter what the end result will be for the group as a whole.

The Full Moon in Libra is all about subordinating the needs of the individual to the well-being of the group, as Jesus Christ did by his death and resurrection, celebrated in the wake of this month’s Full Moon every year. Jesus sacrificed his life to offer humanity an energetic pathway to eternal life.

This particular Full Moon in Libra is opposed by Sun, Uranus, Mars and Venus in Aries, the sign of the aspiring individual, the ardent warrior, the innovator and the explorer. 

It’s safe to say that the Cosmic Weather Pattern at the moment is excessively fiery, prone to rash actions, belligerent talk and displays of machismo in all areas of life. 

North Korea is threatening to attack the United States with nuclear weapons,  once the North Koreans succeed in producing them. 

China and Japan are arguing very publicly about who owns some small islands in South Asia, and Japan is quietly moving toward developing a nuclear strike capability while China quietly reduces its purchases of Japanese goods and services, which could hammer the struggling Japanese economy. 

The war in Syria is on the verge of spilling over into neighboring states, and could yet involve some combination of NATO forces, US weapons, spooks, drones, troops and/or advisors, support for the two sides by the warring Shiite and Sunni Muslim superpowers Iran and Saudi Arabia, Israel and even the Russians.

To add to the super-combustible Cosmic Weather Pattern, Pluto in Capricorn is in square to all the planets lined up in Aries, and Pluto also squares the Full Moon. 

Uranus square Pluto is of course the signature aspect that appeared at the onset of the global financial meltdown of late 2007-08, and this aspect will dominate the heavens through May of 2013 -- and beyond. 

The square between Pluto and the Moon indicates that the collective consciousness of humanity, represented by the Moon, is wounded by the power of the Plutocracy, the 1% who rule the rest.

So these square aspects taken together indicate a time in which the rulers of the world are forcing the average people, in the aggregate, who are debtors and taxpayers, to transfer money to the bankers who have destabilized the global financial system, effectively bankrupting one country after another in Europe, and concentrating more and more wealth in the hands of fewer and fewer individuals.

The stock market is hitting new highs. The super-rich are indeed getting much richer, while the rest of us are being subjected to austerity budgets, pension give-backs, Medicare and Social Security “restructuring”, hiring freezes, wage cuts, layoffs and down-sizing.

Broken Piggy Bank

Here in the United States, the government deficit has shrunk, but austerity politics polices the national conversation on money with an iron fist. The President still wants to go down in history as the man who was able to cut Medicare and Social Security, and reset the rules of the game in America to make the sick and the elderly much more vulnerable to predatory health care corporations and insurance companies.

To that end, Republicans and Democrats allowed self-imposed political gridlock to trigger Draconian cuts in government budgets, as a prelude to what President Obama hopes for in his dreams every night. 

“Prominent Democrats -- including the President and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi -- are openly suggesting that Medicare be means-tested and Social Security payments be reduced by applying a lower adjustment for inflation,” reports prominent Democratic economist Robert Reich in a recent article in The Huffington Post.

Putting these two programs ‘on the table’ is . . . tantamount to accepting the most insidious and dishonest of all Republican claims: That for too long most Americans have been living beyond their means; that we are rapidly approaching a day of reckoning when we can no longer afford these generous ‘entitlements’; and that prudence and responsibility dictate that we must now begin to live within our means and cut back these projected expenditures, particularly if we are to have any money left to invest in the young and the disadvantaged,” Reich contends.

“The truth is the opposite: That for three decades the means of most Americans have been stagnant even though the overall economy has more than doubled in size; that because almost all the gains from growth have gone to the top, most Americans haven't been able to save enough for retirement or the rising costs of healthcare; and that because of this, Social Security and Medicare are barely adequate as is,” Reich concludes.

Obama’s hoped-for “Grand Bargain” between the two parties involves shifting the balance of power so it favors large corporations, the financial sector, and the ultra-wealthy even more than today’s unraveling social contract allows. 

That was the result of health care reform, which actually increases the markets for over-expensive health care delivered through the same highly concentrated oligopoly of cozy health insurance industry “competitors”. 

“Health insurers are privately warning brokers that premiums for many individuals and small businesses could increase sharply next year because of the health-care overhaul law, with the nation's biggest firm projecting that rates could more than double for some consumers buying their own plans,” The Wall Street Journal reports in a March 22 article.

 Bubbles“In a private presentation to brokers late last month, United Health Group Inc., the nation's largest carrier, said premiums for some consumers buying their own plans could go up as much as 116%, and small-business rates as much as 25% to 50%,” according to the Journal article.

Health care providers are set to see huge jumps in profits as a result of Obamacare’s implementation, but our Prez wants to impose years of fiscal austerity, budget-balancing reductions in social services, and higher taxes on average Americans. 

Oh yeah, and of course there will be new government subsidies and guarantees for the giant mega-banks on Wall Street who need money from our Prez, and ultimately, from you and me, in order to pay for their big bonuses, at a time when their banks are actually zombie financial institutions totally and constitutionally unable to produce a profit without direct government support.

“On February 20th, Bloomberg News editors headlined, “Why Should Taxpayers Give Big Banks $83 Billion a Year?” and issued the first-ever thorough and current analysis of the taxpayer-subsidy to the Wall Street mega-banks,” reported Washington’s Blog on February 28, 2013. “They found that this subsidy is $83 billion this year, but they made no note of the fact that this amount is only $2 billion less than this year’s sequester cuts are estimated to be, so that all that would need to be done, in order to avoid those cuts, would be to have those mega-banks that we bail out every year forego their subsidy from taxpayers, for just one year. Unfortunately, this would be easier said than done.”

“That $83 billion subsidy this year is, according to Bloomberg’s, also approximately the amount of profits that those banks are ‘earning’ this year. So, if the mega-banks wouldn’t refund it out of what we gave them last year, then they could just refund it by paying to us [from this year’s government subsidy],” Washington’s Blog suggests.

Bad as all this sounds, Americans are still sheltered from the naked greed and political incompetence that shape financial realities in the European Union.

France has recently joined Italy, Spain, and Greece in the club of depressed nations whose economic woes threaten to destabilize the finances of the entire continent.

And with banks teetering on the brink of insolvency in the small island nation of Cyprus, which functions as a particularly attractive offshore banking haven for Russian oligarchs, the European Union has demanded that the government of Cyprus impose losses on some or all of the depositors in that country’s banks.

The government of Cyprus wants to grab bank deposits, and the chief economist of the German Commerzbank has called for private savings accounts in Italy to be similarly plundered, and other nations may be moving in that direction as well,” Washington’s Blog reported on March 21, 2013.

Deposit insurance is not a very sexy topic. But deposit insurance prevents bank runs. History teaches us that financial systems without deposit insurance are prone to massive instabilities and frequent panics.

Deposit insurance is only as safe and sound as the political system and the politicians who are the source of that insurance. 

So if people in Europe, and other parts of the world, decide that deposit insurance is more promise than guarantee -- a lot like other government programs we tend to take for granted, like say, Social Security or Medicare, then the result could be a general loss of confidence in the financial system.

Loss of confidence is always and everywhere the necessary precondition for bank runs, and for irrational fears that can drive financial markets into unreasoned and hasty panics.

The fact that the European Union is demanding that Cyprus confiscate bank deposits to pay off loans owed by Cyprus banks to much bigger banks in Berlin, London and New York, is enough in itself to cause wary investors to consider the ephemeral nature of the social contract that includes such everyday government programs as deposit insurance, Social Security, and Medicare.

Elite opinion favors returning Americans and Europeans, spoiled by the welfare state, to a more morally uplifting atmosphere of individual struggle and achievement, such as we enjoyed prior to the New Deal reforms that put a human face on the brutalist capitalism of the Gilded Age and the Roaring Twenties. 

The way to engineer that return to a Golden Age of Investor Power and, not incidentally, a Golden Age of Robber Barons, is to eviscerate those government programs that tend to protect the interests of the 99% while spending large sums of money, some of which must be collected from the 1% in one way or another. 

Lower taxes, more growth, higher highs on Wall Street, ever-ascending corporate profits. That is the conventional wisdom behind the current economic paradigm of “shared austerity” which is transferring tremendous fortunes collected from European and American taxpayers into the coffers of mega-banks around the world.

But now and then, there is push-back.

As of this writing, Friday 3/22/2013, Cyprus has become the first European Union nation to refuse to comply with bank bailout conditions and demands specified by the European Union technocrats.

Island of Cyprus, Satellite Photo Courtesy of NASA

“Cyprus is preparing for total financial collapse as the European Central Bank turns its back on the island after its parliament rejected a scheme to make Cypriot citizens pay a levy on savings deposits in return for a share in potential gas futures to fund a bailout,” reports financial blogger Tyler Durden, as of this afternoon, on Zero Hedge.

“On Wednesday [March 21], the Greek-Cypriot government voted against asking its citizens to bank on the future of gas exports by paying a 3-15% levy on bank deposits in return for a stake in potential gas sales. The scheme would have partly funded a $13 billion EU bailout,” says Zero Hedge.

In the end, it’s all about gas and the race to the finish line to develop massive Mediterranean discoveries,” Zero Hedge explains. 

 “Cyprus has found itself right in the middle of this geopolitical game in which its gas potential is a tool in a showdown between Russia and the European Union. The EU favored the Cypriot bank deposit levy but it would have hit at the massive accounts of Russian oligarchs. Without the promise of Levant Basin gas, the EU wouldn’t have had the bravado for such a move because Russia holds too much power over Europe’s gas supply,” continues Zero Hedge. 

The Greek Cypriot government believes it is sitting on an amazing 60 trillion cubic feet of gas, but these are early days - these aren’t proven reserves and commercial viability could be years away. In the best-case scenario, production could feasibly begin in five years. Exports are even further afield, with some analysts suggesting 2020 as a start date,” Zero Hedge concludes.

Investors around the world are anticipating crippling bank runs in Cyprus whenever the government allows the banks, already closed for days, to re-open.

The safety and soundness of the American financial system of deposit insurance, is, of course, backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. Treasury, and in the event that US banks went broke, and if they lost so much money that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation couldn’t pay off depositors, then certainly the U.S. Treasury would make depositors whole.

That’s why Chase Bank is so lucky that the Obama administration has allowed arcane changes in bank regulations that permitted Chase to transfer tens of trillions of dollars worth of derivative financial instruments from a division of their bank that was not covered by deposit insurance, essentially because its activities were thought to be too risky, to the Chase Bank that is covered by federal deposit insurance.

Other mega-banks were also allowed this relaxation of federal regulations, no doubt because of their proven track record of driving the American banking system into insolvency, putting the entire global financial system at risk, and engineering political solutions to the problem they created which socialized all the losses and privatized all the profits. 

And because there is a revolving door between the US Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve Board and America’s biggest banks. The same people literally run them all.

Naturally, these people are all quite trustworthy, virtually celebrities in the worlds of finance and politics, and their very presence is what provides the confidence that is required to sustain a modern financial system in the digital age.

So imagine the shock felt in New York and Washington when the United States Senate launched an investigation into alleged fraud and abuse occurring at the London branch of -- none other than Chase Bank.

The hearing on what is known to financial journalists as “The London Whale Episode”, produced some remarkable examples of live blogging that indicate that it was common practice to “cook the books” in the section of the London Chase bank that dealt in derivatives. Just the kind of derivatives that Obama recently allowed Chase to shelter under Uncle Sam’s big umbrella in case of a bad rainstorm or some other unforeseen problematic event.

“This is a story about Chase's failure to stop a rogue fund from hiding gigantic losses in its Synthetic Credit Portfolio,” says Matt Taibbi, of Rolling Stone on his Taibblog . . .”Chase has paid a stunning $8 billion in settlements in the years 2009-2012, and spent $16 billion in legal defense fees during that same period, which means that fully one third of Chase's net income has been spent on the cost of doing bad business, i.e. cleaning up after its high risk and/or illegal behavior. Since Chase is widely considered the most successful and highest-functioning of the big banks, the revelations that will come out today are a major blow to the idea that Too-Big-To-Fail banks can be functional and safe.”

“What we find out from this hearing and from the research that spurred it into existence is that the accounting procedures at a bank like Chase, particularly with regard to derivatives, are closer to being an exercise in creative writing than real accounting,” Taibbi explains. “This giant mountain of a company is made up of a core of optimistic assumptions, almost kid-like fantasies, and in some cases, outright lies. It's really incredible.”

Here we have a concrete example of excessive Aries energy misapplied! These bankers appear incapable of tempering their aggressive financial business practices with concern for the law, the safety and soundness of their own company, or the safety and soundness of the entire financial system.

Well, I predict that with several more Uranus-Pluto squares due in the next few years, the conflict between big finance and the rest of us will only continue to heat up. Most of the action will take place away from the TV cameras and won’t really be reported in any depth by the big newspapers. 

But you’ll be reading more about it here, of course. Because it’s important to begin to think defensively about your money. It’s a big scary world out there and increasingly the biggest institutions are acting like major predators without a zookeeper in sight.

It’s important to balance Libran social resonsibilities with Aries individualism, and to be willing to act in defense of community values. Jesus Christ did that, not too long before his arrest and crucifixion, when he overturned the tables of the moneychangers in the temple at Jerusalem.

Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama, photo courtesy of Voice of America, public domainThe Dalai Lama once told a group of seekers who visited him in Ladakh, a protectorate of India, north of the Himalayas, that “It is important to pray and meditate for peace, for a more compassionate and better world. 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." 

So this full moon let’s ponder the many levels of meaning we can find in the Sabian symbol for 7° Libra, which is the following: “A Woman Feeding Chickens and Protecting Them From the Hawks.”

Astrologer Dane Rudhyar, who wrote a book about the Sabian symbols, says that this symbol represents “The need to face the antagonism of ‘powers of darkness’ as one attempts to feed the mind of as yet helpless and frightened apprentices.”

We live in a time of boundless opportunities and sharply etched risks. 

For better or worse, we live in a time of transition. The only thing we know for sure is that everything is changing rapidly.  

We also know that these rapid changes appear to be leading us to the edge of a transformative paradigm shift in human consciousness. 

We know that social relations are being altered every bit as much as the global climate by the cumulative actions of hundreds of years of human “progress”. 

So we are at a time that demands discernment. There are a myriad of roads to choose from. There are no pre-existing formulas that can be applied successfully to an unprecedented moment in human history like our own.

We all sense that, and our Higher Self knows that to be true.

We depend upon our Higher Mind to reveal to us our Higher Purpose, and to guide us along the path of Spirit so we may achieve our potential, and be of maximum service to humanity, and those individuals close to our hearts.

When we are granted the vision of a new life, a new way of being in the world, a new way of living in the world, a new way of participating more fully in the world’s life so that we are no longer the center of the universe, then we can begin to build the foundations for a human society that can begin to address the tremendous crises of our time: climate change, pollution, peak cheap oil, endless unaffordable wars, the corruption of our financial systems,  the erosion of democratic institutions, racism, sexism, and all the rest.

And as is always the case during times of transition, those who envision and embody new ways of thinking, loving, and living are always going to be in conflict with those who champion the traditional ways, and are unfortunately unable to change as times demand.

That is the meaning of the Libra Full Moon this month, according to my Guides and Teachers. They are telling me to get ready to confront scary power-figures. 

They are saying to be receptive to amazing new insights about new ways to do routine tasks that can save money, time and energy, and to fearlessly implement creative projects that reflect my highest ideals, and my most compassionate desires.

They are reminding me that in the Sabian Symbol, the woman has the power to protect her chickens from the hawks. Ask and you shall receive the grace, guidance, and power required to protect the chickens in your life!

Many thanks to La Luna, and Blessed Be!

The Three Spring Full Moon Solar Festivals of the New Age of Aquarius

This Wednesday’s Full Moon Festival is the first of the three Great Universal Spring Spiritual Festivals we celebrate every year.

The Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival more or less coincides with the Christian Feast of Easter, occurring in March or early April. 

In May, we celebrate the Scorpio Full Moon Taurus Solar Festival, which corresponds to the Buddhist Festival of Wesak, which commemorates the birthday, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha. 

In June Lightworkers celebrate the Sagittarius Full Moon Gemini Solar Festival, known as the Festival of Humanity, which focuses on all that humanity shares in common, all that creates the feeling of brotherhood and sisterhood that unites us all, transcending bloodline, racial heritage, national identity and religious background.

These Three Festivals were brought to humanity by the Theosophist Alice Bailey in the mid Twentieth Century.

Mme. Helena BlavatskyThe Theosophical Society was founded on September 7, 1875, by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott. 

According to Blavatsky’s account, the two Spiritual Teachers were directed to do so by two eastern Adepts or Masters, Morya and Koot Hoomi, who had achieved the Ascension Initiation at the close of the Eighteenth Century, becoming “Ascended Masters”, who, although incorporeal, could communicate with humanity at will telepathically, and could work with subtle energies on both the material and higher frequency planes of existence for the benefit of human evolution.

In Isis Unveiled, Blavatsky wrote of these Ascended Masters that “unburthened of their terrestrial tabernacles, their freed souls, henceforth united forever with their spirits, rejoin the whole shining host which is bound together in one spiritual solidarity of thought and deed and called the ‘anointed.’" 

The “Anointed Ones”, or Ascended Masters, come from all religious and spiritual traditions, East and West. These are the “Mahatmas” or “Great Souls” who have attained Self-Realization and released their karma. Such exalted Beings are given the opportunity to merge with the Divine, in which case their individualities cease to exist on every level. The Ascended Masters have chosen to maintain a subtle presence in this material Universe, on the higher frequency levels of Being, so they can continue to be of service to humanity. Illustrious examples of these Ascended Master Teachers include Kwan Yin, Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha, St. Germain, Dwaj Kuhl, Maha Chohan, and many, many others. 

These Great Guides and Teachers who have achieved the Ascension Initiation, are part of a grand Cosmic Hierarchy of Spritual Guides and Teachers, Angelic Beings and Devas and who work tirelessly to optimize and equilibrate the ongoing evolution of the material Universe, to relieve human suffering, liberate humans from the bondage of ego-consciousness, and accelerate the spiritual evolution of the human race in accordance with the Divine Plan of Love and Light designed to Liberate all Sentient Beings throughout this Creation.

The Theosophical Tradition sought to harmonize the Wisdom School Teachings of East and West and thus create a Global Spiritual Tradition that would be universal and accessible to Lightworkers and Seekers of all religions, nations and races.

Alice BaileyAlice Bailey, who was at one time a high-ranking member of the Theosophical Society, received information concerning these Three Spring Full Moon Solar Festivals through telepathic dictation from an Ascended Master known as D.K., later identified as “The Tibetan” Dwaj Kuhl. 

Alice Bailey’s writings established the forms and functions of the great Seasonal Spiritual Festivals that would serve to unite humanity during the coming Age of Aquarius, when a New Age of Universal Spiritual Truths would unite humanity. Bailey made extensive use of the term “New Age” in her writings, and many have called her the Mother of the New Age spiritual movement.

Bailey’s writings reflecting The Tibetan’s Wisdom Teachings on the Universal Spiritual Tradition of the New Age of Aquarius established the Three Spring Full Moon Solar Festivals as a distillation of Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, and Christian/Catholic teachings. These three Major Global Festivals and nine other Full Moon festivals are based upon the knowledge and appreciation of the waxing and waning of Cosmic energies month by month and season by season throughout the year. 

Thus these Festivals help us to synchronize our lives with the seasonal cycles of life on Earth, and with the Universal forces that sustain and regulate those cycles. By meditating and performing acts of selfless service during the time of these seasonal Full Moon Solar Festivals, we become more sensitive to the subtle energies of the seasonal cycles, and more receptive to Mother Earth’s participation in the grand universal cycles of inflowing and outgoing Cosmic Energies that regulate the patterns of the seasonal cycles themselves.

In addition, these New Age Festivals are designed to help Lightworkers and Spiritual Seekers worldwide to align themselves with the subtle energies emanating from the Hierarchy of Ascended Masters who represent all of humanity’s religious and spiritual traditions. 

These Ascended Masters pour forth an enhanced stream of Love and Light during these monthly Full Moon Solar Festivals, which is accessible to all Lightworkers and receptive souls during these sacred times of the year. 

Meditators and Lightworkers will also benefit by tuning in to the frequency of the Ascended Master Teachers with whom they have a special affinity during these Festivals, and can telepathically access Universal Wisdom Teachings configured to conform to their own individual worldviews and mental maps of the world, their own specific spiritual needs and inner questions, during these magical moments of intense spiritual activity.

Spiritual Practices for the Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival

At this auspicious turning-point moment of the seasonal wheel of cycling seasons we can attune ourselves to the ascending energies of the Spring season and the Spring Equinox, manifesting in the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms.

According to the Initiates of the Wisdom School Traditions of the East and West, the Vernal Equinox is one of the four great seasonal festivals marking moments when the activity of the Sun, the sustainer of all life, is at its peak. 

Archangel RaphaelDiscover the esoteric Wisdom Teachings concerning this great Spiritual Feast in our article entitled Spring Equinox: The Archangel Raphael Initiation.

Archangel Raphael reigns over spring. Raphael commands a myriad of spirits who work on the regeneration and growth of vegetation. So at the beginning of spring establish a bond with the Archangel Raphael. Ask him to make you receptive to the virtues hidden in trees, grasses and flowers, so that this new life penetrates you as well.

We include a beautiful guided visualization practice to connect with Archangel Raphael in the article on the Spring Equinox: The Archangel Raphael Initiation. This is a beautiful meditation to perform during the three day period of the Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival.

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

1.    During the days prior to the full Moon, and for two days afterward, accelerate your spiritual practice as much as possible. Attempt to remain somewhat more quiet than normal. Listen to some uplifting spiritual music, chants or mantras, instead of watching TV if possible. Or simply make some silent time. Meditate. Pray. Ask for the grace and guidance you need to achieve your loftiest spiritual goals. Ask that you be ever more consciously connected to inner spiritual guidance. Ask that you be given golden opportunities to be of maximum service in the world. Give thanks. Perform random acts of kindness.

2.    On the evening of the Full Moon, fill any crystal bowls or vases you may have available with water, and place them outside at sunset. Allow these containers to sit outside during the night, and bring them in the following morning. Put the water from the crystal containers into sealed glass bottles. You can use this holy water, infused with the magnetic energy of the Loving Wisdom embodied by your own Spiritual Guides and Teachers, to heal your environment, yourself, and others. Place the water in a crystal bowl on your altar, or by your bed, or on your mantelpiece, and simply allow the water to evaporate. Then replace the water as needed. This will elevate the energy within your living space. Occasionally pour some of this enlivened water into your bath to purify your body and soul. Occasionally drink the water for self-healing. Offer the water to others who are in need of healing. Tell them what they are receiving. Pour this water upon the earth in areas where human beings have damaged the environment, and ask Grandmother Earth for forgiveness.

3.    In the room where you meditate, place a crystal bowl full of water on the altar or nearby you. Play some appropriate spiritual music the evening of the Full Moon. That evening try to be sitting in meditation. Connect with your spiritual guides and teachers, and with inner spiritual guidance. Ask for help with any and all issues you are currently addressing. Ask to be graced with guidance that will help you understand what is to come in the next year, and how you can be of maximum service in the world. Chant or pray as the Full Moon approaches. Then, simply enter into a deep meditative state. Try to visualize or hear or feel the presence of a vast energy grid surrounding the Earth, energized by the combined will and intent of the entire Spiritual Hierarchy and the New Group of World Servers around the world. Feel your own energy uniting with that vast collective outpouring of love and light.

 4.   When your meditation is over, simply give thanks. Allow yourself time to feel the inpouring flow of Loving Wisdom from the Divine Source. 

 

5.    Recite the Great Invocation:

THE GREAT INVOCATION

From the point of light within the Mind of God

Let Light stream forth into our minds

Let LIGHT descend on Earth.

From the point of love within the Heart of God

Let Love stream forth into our hearts

May LOVE increase on Earth.

From the center where the Will of God is known

Let purpose guide our wills

The PURPOSE which the masters know and serve.

From the center which we call Humanity

Let the Plan of Love and Light work out

And may it seal the door

where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

Let LIGHT and LOVE and POWER

Restore the Planet Earth!

The Great Invocation is the Prayer beloved by Spiritual Students on the Theosophical Path blazed by Alice Bailey, who brought us the Three Great Spring Festivals for a New Aquarian Age.

Here is what the Lucis Trust, the organization carrying her work forward into modern times, have to say about this month’s Libra Full Moon Aries Solar Festival, and about humanity’s global turning point in the 21st Century.

 Lucis Trust

“The Ageless Wisdom, and the writings of Alice Bailey in particular, make no reference to the 2012 predictions. However, they do confirm that our planetary scheme is at the approximate midway point in its evolution, just at the turning point where a balance must be struck, a reorientation achieved and new values established. In such a period, it’s not surprising that human minds are galvanised by a sense of the significance and the turbulence of this period in history. It can be viewed passively as a looming crisis over which humanity has no control, or it can be recognised as an opportunity to effect a sounder distribution of the powerful energies which the new age is releasing upon our planet.”

“To determine the exact moment when this midway point is reached is far beyond human measurements. What we do know for certain is that, in this second solar system, the quality of the second divine aspect, Love, is being perfected. Such is humanity’s present understanding of love that it is associated with attributes of emotional warmth and personal attachment, which is not surprising given the past 2,000 years of conditioning by the sixth Ray of Devotion and Idealism. On a higher level, however, divine Love manifests under the great Law of Attraction as the impulse to unification and amalgamation, to synthesis, inclusiveness, and identification with what was formerly perceived as ‘the other’. And we can see these urges working out in societies across the globe, demonstrating through movements in diverse societies for greater freedom and equality.”

“At the same time, a powerful impulse that would separate and divide, sow suspicion, hatred and fear of differences, is also visible and apparently growing stronger. In case these forces of separation discourage us, it is reassuring to know that ‘It is the theme of relationship which is the basic pattern in the evolutionary process of unfoldment in this, the second solar system’, Alice Bailey said. Within the scheme of relationships which constitute the great Chain of Being that comprises our planet and its place within the solar system, humanity occupies a unique position of responsibility. This, we should keep in mind, should not be seen as an indication that humanity is of greater importance than the other kingdoms with which it shares the planet. Rather, as the middle point in evolution humanity holds the key to the evolution of all life. Through its peculiar and specific type of awareness, the human kingdom is able to relate the higher and lower expressions of the one Life.”

“This capacity, demonstrating through a group strong enough to act as a mediator, a bridge, can help to stabilize humanity during a period when certain great decisions are being made. The widespread sense that we are reaching a turning point is founded in the esoteric recognition that our planet is facing a crisis so sweeping that it is affecting even the highest levels of existence upon our planet, in preparation for the attaining of a new balance. 

The timing of this crisis was underscored in a passage from the writings of Alice Bailey dated February 1949 which spoke of ‘the finality of the decision which the next two generations will be forced to make’. If a generation is approximately 25 to 30 years, that time of decision is now.” 

“The new group of world servers is the name given in the Alice Bailey writings to the subjective network of servers who act as a mediating group, a bridge, between the Hierarchy and humanity. Its members are all those men and women of intelligent goodwill who are actively engaged, consciously or unconsciously, in serving the divine Plan. This group includes representatives in all fields of human endeavour who are working to establish right human relations and to bring in the new ideas on which a sounder, more integrated world, in which the forces of spirit and matter are more correctly balanced, must be based.”

For those interested in more information on the activities of Lucis Trust and the New Group of World Servers, please click here.

Once again, Jane and I wish you a beautiful Full Moon meditation, Happy Easter, and a Soulful Passover. 

Rumi Meditates

Meditation Moment: Speechless

SPEECHLESS

 "Inside this new love, die.

 

Your way begins on the other side.

Become the sky.

 

Take an axe to the prison wall.

Escape.

 

Walk out like someone suddenly born into color.

Do it now.

 

You're covered with thick clouds.

Slide out the side. Die,

 

and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign

that you've died.


Your old life was a frantic running

from silence.

The speechless full moon

comes out now."

 

-- Rumi

 

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Photo credits:

Birds Flying in Formation, photo by Jane Sherry

Satellite Photo of Island of Cyprus, courtesy of NASA

Full Moon photo by Jane Sherry