Scorpio Full Moon, Wesak and Taurus Solar Festival 2024 Cosmic Weather Forecast

Welcome to the April 2024 Cosmic Weather Forecast by Curtis Lang with Jane Sherry. Here in Winston Salem a thick patina of golden tree pollen fills the air, covering our car and the outdoor furniture on our balcony. We enjoy spectacular spring sunrises every day!

Sunrise in Old Salem, April 2024, photo by Jane Sherry
Sunrise in Old Salem, April 2024, photo by Jane Sherry

We enjoy a peaceful, tranquil life in a city full of trees and gardens, but it's not that way for the majority of people around the world, who are threatened daily by climate change induced extreme weather events and a multitude of bloody wars.

As the American author, ethnobotanist and psychonaut Terence McKenna famously said in 1992, "The apocalypse is not something which is coming. The apocalypse has arrived in major portions of the planet and it's only because we live within a bubble of incredible privilege and social insulation that we still have the luxury of anticipating the apocalypse."

Blowback from the Mars/Saturn Conjunction in Pisces

On April 1, the day Mercury went retrograde in the fiery sign of Aries, an Israeli airstrike on the Iranian Embassy in Damascus, Syria killed several Iranian commanders and diplomats, provoking a further escalation of the Gaza war. 

Iranian Consulate in Damascus After Israeli April Fool's Airstrike 2024
Iranian Consulate in Damascus After Israeli April Fool's Airstrike 2024
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In response, on April 13th, three days after the incendiary Mars/Saturn conjunction in Pisces, Iran launched hundreds of missiles and drones at targets in Israel, including the military base where the F-35s that leveled the Iranian embassy in Damascus are based. 

This was Iran's first direct attack ever on Israel.

In last month's newsletter, I anticipated escalation in the Gaza war when I wrote that "Mars and Saturn conjoin in Pisces on April 10th, two days after The Great American Eclipse. A Mars/Saturn conjunction traditionally symbolizes expanding warfare, new threats of war, and natural disasters, so the potential for fruitful Libran negotiations in the Middle East and Ukraine wars appears minimal at this time."

"Especially with Mercury retrograde as of April 1st," I continued, "there is substantial danger that mental miscalculations combined with incendiary new provocations will result in the escalation of the dangerous, bloody conflicts in the Middle East and in Ukraine."

"The stars indicate that the aggressor in any escalation will probably be unable to achieve their objectives, and could be subject to substantial blowback from poorly executed strategies and tactical blunders, characteristic of military operations initiated during Mercury retrograde," I concluded.

Iranian Missiles Over Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, April 13th, 2024, Wikimedia
Iranian Missiles Over Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, April 13th, 2024, Wikimedia
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As I predicted, miscalculations by the Israelis resulted in escalation, blowback and increased tensions in the Middle East.

Even worse, the Israeli attack undermines the rule of international law and the global convention that embassies and consulates should be held harmless during times of war, a convention that has been honored for thousands of years.

"Since the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by Hamas, an Iranian ally, and Israel’s subsequent bombardment of the Gaza Strip, there has been escalation after escalation and miscalculation after miscalculation, raising fears of a retribution cycle that could potentially become an all-out war," The New York Times commented,  four days after Iran's counterattack on Israel.

Meanwhile the International Court of Justice has ruled that it's 'plausible'  that Israel has committed genocide in Gaza. Israel's scorched earth attacks on Gaza would be impossible without the ongoing help of the United States, so the United States is clearly an accomplice in genocide.

America's post World War II "rules based order" is clearly crumbling before our eyes, as we stand on the precipice of World War III.

Of more immediate concern, Israel and Iran are now poised on the verge of a catastrophic war, and as of today, April 22nd, the potential for further escalation and for a wider war that would engulf the Middle East and drag Lebanon, America, Russia and China into the conflict has risen exponentially.

Despite warnings by the US to exercise restraint after the Iranian counterattack, "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would decide whether and how to respond to Iran’s major air assault earlier this week, brushing off calls for restraint from close allies," according to ABC News.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2018, Wikimedia
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2018
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Israel's initial response to the Iranian counterattack was to initiate drone and missile attacks on the Iranian city of Isfahan, and on numerous sites in Iraq and Syria, some of which contained Iranian military assets, according to a report in Al-Jazeera

Isfahan is home to Iran's fleet of American made F-14 Tomcat fighter jets, and also contains prominent sites housing Iranian nuclear facilities, "including its underground Natanz enrichment site, which has been repeatedly targeted by suspected Israeli sabotage attacks," as reported by the Associated Press.

The Israeli attacks on Iran, Syria and Iraq came after Iranian General Ahmad Haghtalab warned Israel  that if Israel attack or invades Iran, Iran will respond by targeting Israel's nuclear facilities and will act to obtain and develop its own nuclear weapons as soon as possible.

That would definitely cross an Israeli red line, and escalation would be swift and catastrophic for both parties. 

We can only hope that as we approach the Taurus Full Moon and the Wesak spiritual festival celebrating the birth of Lord Buddha, that a spirit of peace will enter the hearts of these intransigent belligerents.

Plotinus, detail from Raphael's fresco, The School of Athens
Plotinus, detail from Raphael's fresco The School of Athens
Raphael , Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

2024 is a time of great stress wherever we live and it's normal to be anxious about developments in the Middle East and around the world.

Let's take a look at what the configurations of the stars have to say about the month to come.

As the Greek Platonist philosopher Plotinus said, “The stars are like letters that inscribe themselves at every moment in the sky. Everything in the world is full of signs. All events are coordinated. All things depend on each other. Everything breathes together.” 

Scorpio Full Moon, Wesak and Taurus Solar Festival 2024 Cosmic Weather Forecast

On Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 7:49 PM EDT the Full Moon occurs at 4º18' Scorpio, opposite the Sun positioned at 4º17'59" Taurus, creating a potent T-Square with the dominator planet Pluto, residing at 2º05' Aquarius.

Chart for Scorpio Full Moon, April 2024

For the collective consciousness, Pluto in Aquarius is all about intense loyalty to group associations, and there is a pronounced tendency for individuals under the influence of this aspect to unthinkingly conform to the imperatives of the collective.

Moon square Pluto aspects indicate the potential for a complete absorption of the individuality in the group mind, and a compulsive desire to achieve security in the group's home territories, at any cost.

Where Pluto is involved, every conflict is perceived as an existential crisis for the entire collective. Every slight is perceived as a major attack. Every shadow in the background of life is perceived to be a demonic presence.

The collective consciousness responds by demonizing all those belonging to groups considered antagonistic to the collective, and by launching ill-considered holy wars against those others, who are seen as existential threats to collective security, homeland and family.

This belligerent, single minded focus on collective security can easily lead to dictatorial behavior on the part of individuals and the group as a whole.

Individuals under the influence of Sun square Pluto aspects can display extremely willful, even authoritarian behavior toward others, in their single-minded pursuit of their goals and the goals of the group with whom they identify. 

Obviously this Full Moon's potent T-Square could activate fears related to homeland security in the group consciousness of nations, religions, political parties, and other groups, and these deep seated insecurities could easily be transformed under Plutonic influences, into extremely belligerent behavior toward other groups and individuals perceived to threaten that security.

Pluto, painting by Franz von Stuck, 1909
Pluto, painting by Franz von Stuck, 1909

In other words, this is a bellicose Full Moon T-Square in Fixed Signs, with the potential for continued battles between combatants locked into intractable positions around the world.

This month we are also likely to see more evidence of unyielding polarizations that divide political parties competing with one another in the 64 nations preparing for elections during 2024. 

There is little in this chart that points to positive prospects for peace, love and understanding on the world stage.

With America still very much under the influence of its Pluto return in 2024, there is the potential for the United States to be unconsciously motivated to engage in war with a variety of enemies, real and imaginary, that it perceives to threaten its global hegemony.

It is very worrying that President Biden has imposed new sanctions on Iran in response to its April 13th missile attack on Israel after the Israeli bombing of the Iranian consulate in Damascus.

As we approach the climax of America's Pluto Return this fall and winter, the only thing that Republicans and Democrats can agree on is that they must continue to spend freely to prolong and widen the wars in Ukraine and Gaza.

U.S. Representative Mike Johnson (LA-04) met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the prime minister's official residence in Jerusalem. The discussion, which also included U.S. Representative Jim Jordan (OH-04)
U.S. Representative Mike Johnson (LA-04) met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the prime minister's official residence in Jerusalem in February 2020. The discussion also included U.S. Representative Jim Jordan (OH-04)

Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson was finally able to pass a foreign aid bill providing $95 billion for the Ukraine War, a few billion to prepare Taiwan to fight China and $26.4 billion in aid for Israel to "defend itself against Iran and its proxies, and to reimburse U.S. military operations in response to recent attacks." 

President Biden and many Democrats have voiced support for the bill, and President Biden says he will sign it when it reaches his desk. 

Clearly, President Biden has no interest in furthering a diplomatic settlement in Gaza, or in Ukraine, and his actions can only serve to embolden the more radical extreme Israeli leaders who would like to widen the war and directly attack Iran.

Why do both Republicans and Democrats embrace this bellicose foreign policy? Whatever happened to American diplomacy in support of a rules based order that would avoid the need for war?

"The entire foreign policy community in the United States now shares the basic tenets of neoconservatives," explains Professor Michael Brenner, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). "Actually, the scripture is Paul Wolfowitz’s notorious memorandum of March 1991 wherein he laid out a comprehensive, detailed strategy for systematizing American global dominance. Everything that Washington is doing, and thinking, now is derivative of that plan."

President George W. Bush and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz in the Oval Office, March 16, 2005
President George W. Bush and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz in the Oval Office,
March 16, 2005.
See page for author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

"Its core principles: the United States should use all the means at its disposal to establish American global dominance; to that end, it must be ready to act preventively to stymie the emergence of any power that could challenge our hegemony; and to maintain full spectrum dominance in every region of the globe. Ideals and values are relegated to an auxiliary role as a veneer on the application of power and as a stick with which to beat others," Brenner continues. "Classic diplomacy is disparaged as inappropriate to this scheme of things."

"For Biden himself, a confident, assertive, hard-edged approach to dealing with others derives naturally from belief in Americanism as a Unified Field Theory that explains, interprets and justifies whatever the US thinks and does," Brenner concludes. 

I remember when Democrats proclaimed George Bush, Jr. and his neoconservative foreign policy gurus to be crypto-fascists in the run up to the 2008 election, when it became apparent that they had lied about Saddam Hussein possessing weapons of mass destruction, and led us all into an ignominious, massively destructive Iraq war by promoting a pack of lies. 

Iraq War Collage, Wikimedia
Iraq War Collage
Derivative work: TheFEARgod, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Now of course, Bush's neoconservatives are prominent analysts on Democratic leaning MSNBC, and the Clinton-Biden wing of the Democratic Party, which is in complete control, utilizes neoconservatives as primary tools to implement their Imperial foreign policy.

A case in point is Victoria Nuland, formerly Dick Cheney's right hand woman, who just "retired" after a failed stint as Biden's point person in Ukraine.

Knowing that both Red and Blue politicians in America plan to pursue their continued plans for global domination through war rather than diplomacy, we know that it's important to pray for peace, to stand up for peace, to oppose genocidal wars and to make every effort to resist the war machine as best as we can during the month of the Wesak Full Moon celebrating Buddha, the Prince of Peace and Unity Consciousness.

Buddha Carving in Mountainside, Thailand, Photo by jessica rigollot on Unsplash
Buddha Carving on Montainside in Thailand
Photo by jessica rigollot on Unsplash

On the psychological level, each of us can make an effort to resist the social pressure to demonize, condemn and attack an entire group of people for the crimes or sins of a few members of that group. Instead let us practice a loving kindness meditation.

If the people of the United States had been able to confront their own shadows and resist the call to declare war on the entire Muslim world after 9/11, and limited America's counterattack to the actual members of Al Qaeda, we could have avoided twenty years of ceaseless bloody warfare, which resulted in around 4.5 million casualties, around half a million civilian deaths, and the displacement of around 38 million refugees.

Likewise, if the Israeli government limited its counterattack to members of Hamas rather than targeting the entire civilian population of Gaza in a potential genocidal series of attacks, we could avoid the prospect of a long, wide, bloody and potentially uncontrollable Middle East war.

It is important to know that despite the depressing and ominous geostrategic outlook, on a personal level there are a number of positive aspects this Full Moon that speak to our higher natures, and indicate the potential for an extremely fruitful, beneficial Wesak Festival celebration. 

Buddha under the Bodhi Tree at Shwezigon Pagoda in Nyaung U, Myanmar
Buddha under the Bodhi Tree at Shwezigon Pagoda in Nyaung U, Myanmar
Christophe95CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Like Buddha under the Bodhi tree, each of us is beset by an array of scary demonic presences this year during Wesak. That's been par for the course during America's Pluto Return.

But if we ask for grace and guidance, and unite with our Guides and Teachers this Wesak Full Moon, we will surely achieve success in the long term, individually and collectively, in the pursuit of our highest spiritual and material goals, despite the frightening global developments we see around us, and despite the pervasive fear, greed and rage permeating the collective consciousness at this time.

For your convenience, we offer our Complete Guide to Wesak in our blogpost entitled Wesak: Buddha's Birthday & the Shamballa Gathering.

You'll find background on the Eastern and Western versions of the Wesak celebration, and step by step instructions for participating in this global celebration of Love and Light.

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

That vast web, comprising all components of the space-time continuum, was first envisaged in Hindu philosophy in 900 BC, in the Atharva Veda, as Indra's Net

Visualization of Indra's Net

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Indra's Net is an infinitely large net which hangs over the palace of the Hindu Deva Indra, Lord of the Gods. Indra's palace is located on Mount Meru, the axis mundi of Buddhist and Hindu cosmology. Indra's Net has a multifaceted jewel at each vertex, and each jewel is reflected in all of the other jewels.

This symbolic depiction of the Universe hints at the interdependence of all that exists, and points to what modern science has discovered to be the holographic nature of the Universe.

Each jewel within Indra's net contains a perfect reflection of every other jewel, just as every bit of information in a hologram contains all the information comprising the entire image.

Indra's Net has been used to illustrate the concepts Śūnyatā (emptiness), pratītyasamutpāda (dependent origination), and interpenetration in Buddhist philosophy.

Scholar Reclining and Watching Rising Clouds, Painting and Poem by Wang Wei

Scholar Reclining and Watching Rising Clouds, Poem by Wang Wei
Poem and painting, once mounted together as one fan, exemplify the collaboration between imperial patron and court painter. Emperor Lizong’s calligraphy cites a verse from Wang Wei’s (701–761) poem, Walking to where the water ends, I sit and watch when clouds arise.
Ma Lin’s response is this painting which illustrates the Buddhist concept of Sunyata or emptiness. 

Indra's Net shatters the illusion of the individual self because each individual sentient being arises as an interdependent aspect of the entire Universe, and what appear to be individual qualities can be seen as mere emptiness, merely reflections of reflections arising from the interplay of various biological, mental, and karmic forces at play within and surrounding the individual in time and space. 

Free of the illusion of the independent, individual self, we realize our radical dependence upon all the elements of the Universe, Universal Life Force Energy and the entire web of life comprising all sentient and non-sentient beings, past, present and future. We are part of that and that is who we are.

This month, more than ever before, with the world threatened by global climate change and escalating wars around the world, it is only through a renewed sense of brotherhood and sisterhood that humanity can meet the challenges of life on 21st Century Earth. 

Alice Bailey
Alice Bailey

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

“As one studies the world situation today, it becomes apparent that the secret of synthesis has been lost. Humanity is divided – one section against another section; the East versus the West; one race against another race; one nation against another nation,” Alice Bailey explains.

“Men need to get back to the ancient knowledge that our planet is intended to demonstrate the essential unity of humanity, and that the energy which should manifest is that of integration and coherence. When this is truly realized our present world problems will adjust themselves, and the basic world rhythm will be re-established and stabilized.”

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

Let us all join together this Wesak Full Moon Festival to invoke a Spirit of Peace and Unity among all peoples. Jane and I will see you in the ethers!

As mentioned previously, there are a number of powerful positive planetary aspects that provide support for individuals on the path of Spirit, and we can tune into these potent energy signatures during the week of this auspicious Full Moon Festival of Wesak.

Hubble Captures Vivid Auroras in Jupiter’s Atmosphere, NASA Imagery
Hubble Captures Vivid Auroras in Jupiter’s Atmosphere, Image courtesy NASA

Jupiter in Taurus remains in a strong conjunction to Uranus, a positive planetary aspect that has been in force since March, and which will remain in effect through the first weeks of June. 

Jupiter, the Great Benefic, conjunct the unpredictable planet of Uranus, with its high frequency energy signature, brings unexpected flashes of diamond bright insight and electrifying opportunities to improve intractable problems in our lives. 

Grace and guidance abound during the interval in which the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in Taurus dominates outer planet energies.

For a more complete discussion of this important, game-changing aspect, see last month's Cosmic Weather Forecast.

It's all in our Libra Full Moon Eclipse, Aries Solar Festival March 2024 Cosmic Weather Forecast.

There's more good news for skywatchers! Mercury's retrograde cycle, which began on April Fool's Day, ends the day after the Full Moon Wesak Festival.

Maia, Electra, Taygete, Alcyone, Celaeno, Sterope and Merope, The Pleiades (Celestial nymphs) 1885 by Elihu Vedder.
Maia, Electra, Taygete, Alcyone, Celaeno, Sterope and Merope, The Pleiades (Celestial nymphs) 1885 by Elihu Vedder, collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art
Elihu Vedder , Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

As we move further into the Taurus Solar interval of the year, we are reminded that the Greek Earth Goddess Maia, one of the celestial nymphs known as the Pleiades, is the presiding deity of the Taurean month in the seasonal cycle. 

Maia, mother of Hermes, is the Grandmother of Earth Magic, a midwife, and one who ushers in new life as spring plant growth quickens and spreads across the face of the Earth.

Let us all celebrate her bounty by communing with the devas, elementals and nature spirits in the woods, on the mountaintops, and by the rivers, lakes and seas.  

View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow, painting by Thomas Cole, 1836
View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow, painting by Thomas Cole, 1836
Thomas Cole , Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The month of May prior to the Sagittarius Full Moon on May 23rd is relatively quiet astrologically, with some pleasant planetary aspects that could be supportive for individual efforts to make the most of the golden opportunities the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction brings our way.

This year, May is a fantastic month for a vacation in a beauty spot infused with Universal Life Force energy.
On May 7, at 11:22 PM Eastern time, the New Moon in Taurus conjuncts Jupiter, and Jupiter is in a strong sextile with Neptune, creating a dreamy, visionary, even mystical lens through which to view the world. This is a great opportunity to engage in work that involves meditation, divination or artistic creation. 

The week of May 13th through the 18th, the Sun in Taurus is conjunct Jupiter in Taurus, and both luminaries are within a few degrees of Uranus in Taurus and Venus in Taurus. 

This Taurus stellium indicates a time of optimism, strength, visionary creativity, and easy access to inner spiritual guidance. This is an ideal moment for travels, near or far, that will broaden the mind, delight the senses, and open the heart to the beauty of the natural world.

The Christian Feast of Pentecost falls on May 19th this year, and we can all celebrate the infusion of the Holy Spirit into our own lives. This is an ideal time for practices designed to open us to the influence of the Higher Self. 
Pentecost, painting by El Greco
The Pentecost, painting by El Greco, 1600, Museo del Prado
El Greco , Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The miraculous events of Pentecost bear a startling resemblance to the signs of enlightenment discussed for thousands of years in the ancient Hindu tradition of yoga.

When the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles at Pentecost, they entered a higher state of consciousness, and traveled near and far, spreading their Teacher’s message of love fearlessly throughout the world. The Apostles healed many by prayer and the laying on of hands.

This was a clear example of simultaneous “kundalini” awakening. Kundalini is a Hindu term for Universal Life Force Energy. In the yogic tradition, spiritual teachers activate the kundalini energy coiled at the base of the spine, which lies dormant in their disciples, and in the bulk of humanity.

After a period of time, and with the proper guidance, a disciple who assiduously cultivates spiritual practices and lives a disciplined life may succeed in raising that kundalini energy, which travels up the spine, over time, eventually piercing the six lower chakras, coming to rest in the crown chakra at the top of the head.

Kundalini, Tantric Painting, 18th Century, Rajasthan
Kundalini, Tantric Painting, 18th Century, Rajasthan

When the yogic student succeeds in piercing the crown chakra, through the grace of the teacher, or Guru, and through personal effort, the disciple’s fiery life force energy, or kundalini, finally unites with the downpouring flow of Universal Life Force Energy from the Cosmic Source and enlightenment is obtained. In the yogic tradition this is known as the Union of Shiva and Shakti.

The crown of the head is the site on the human body where the physico-chemical changes resulting in enlightenment occur.

Often, the moment of enlightenment is accompanied by the noise of a great wind, according to yogic tradition.

In the yogic tradition, the enlightened ones transcend the limitations of the egoistic personality, and gain access to a Cosmic Consciousness that is all-knowing.

In the yogic tradition, enlightened ones obtain the ability to heal through the application of Universal Life Force Energy, to initiate others, and to work miracles, called “siddhis” by the Masters of Yoga.

Pashupatinath, Kathmandu, Nepal, Photo by Ashes Sitoula on Unsplash

Pashupatinath, Kathmandu, Nepal
Photo by Ashes Sitoula on Unsplash

The powers of the awakened Universal Life Force Energy would account for the ability of Jesus’ disciples to heal and work miracles.

For Jesus’ disciples, the crown of the head was the spot where the Holy Spirit manifested as tongues of fire, accompanied by the sound of a great wind.

From that moment on, the disciples spoke in many tongues and amazed sophisticated listeners with their subtle spiritual teachings.

But what is the scientific basis for such an energy to exist? Is this Universal Life Force Energy a metaphysical construct, a symbol, a myth?

We provide some answers to that question in our comprehensive blogpost entitled Pentecost Sunday: Speaking in Tongues, Kundalini Awakening and the Zero Point Field. Enjoy, contemplate and meditate upon this great mystery!

Curtis and Jane Selfie, Reynolda Gardens, 2023
Curtis and Jane Selfie, Reynolda Gardens, 2023

Jane and I affirm that we all receive the grace and guidance we require to attain our dearest spiritual and material goals, and that we manifest the physical strength, the will forces, the mental acuity and the spiritual vision to be of maximum service to suffering humanity during this time of global emergency.

We send you Love and Light!

Meditation Moment:  The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

William Butler Yeats, sepia-toned platinotype, by George Charles Beresford
William Butler Yeats, sepia-toned platinotype,
by George Charles Beresford

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