Throughout civilization many religious festivals have been held in conjunction with the full moon. What person has not at some point stood in reverence and awe of the moon’s reflected Light coming to us indirectly from the sun? The moon represents the unconscious, invisible, yin or feminine aspect. The sun represents the conscious, visible, yang or masculine aspect. Although spiritual inspiration is available to us at any time, it is more actively present to us during the full moon period because of the alignment set up between our planet and the sun. Because of this alignment, meditations done at this “power point” of the spiritual month tend to be more fruitful – yielding increased clarity in communication.
The full moon period is actually a 5 to 6 day period- the two to three preceding days, the day of the full moon itself, and the 2 to 3 succeeding days. The 2 days prior to the full moon is best spent in preparation to let go of that which is tethering you to negative situations, people or circumstances. During the day of the full moon (and in particular at the exact moment when the moon is full), one attempts to stand in spiritual being – acting as silent open channels in alignment with hierarchical intent, focusing thoughts/intentions upon the need of humanity and the planet. The 2-3 days after the exact full moon are days of distribution of the energies received during the full moon – which according to Alice Bailey are “shed abroad in our hearts, through our group and throughout the world.”
There are three major spiritual Festivals celebrated at the time of Full Moons which form the high point in the annual cycle. These are the Festival of Easter (at the Aries full moon), the Festival of Wesak (at the Taurus full moon), and Christ’s Festival or the Festival of Goodwill (at the Gemini full moon). Many individuals and groups in all parts of the world participate in these Festivals to achieve a global shift in the consciousness of mankind.
When are these “Festivals” in 2012?
Easter Festival (Aries full moon – April 6, 2012 2:20 pm EST – 7:20 pm GMT)
Wesak Festival (Taurus full moon -May 5, 2012 10:36 pm EST/11:36 pm DST -May 6, 3:36 am GMT)
The Christ’s Festival /World Invocation Day (Gemini full moon – June 4, 2012 6:13 am EST/7:13 am DST – 11:13 pm GMT)
However, we should not neglect the purpose and effect of each full moon period throughout the year. Meditation during the nine lesser Festivals infuses the “divine attributes” into personal and global human consciousness, while the three major Festivals establish the “divine aspects.” According to ‘The Tibetan’ channeled via Alice Bailey, the aspects are well known in terms of their basic energy qualities reflecting the underlying trinity of the God-head; will or purpose, love/wisdom, and light or intelligent activity. The divine attributes are based on: harmony through conflict, concrete science, idealism and devotion, and order and organization. These qualities are just as divine in their potential perfection as the three major aspects; all twelve Festival opportunities can be used to stimulate the evolutionary spiritual growth of all kingdoms in nature.
“He who faces the light and stands within its radiance is blinded to the issues of the world of men; he passes on the Lighted Way to the great Centre of Absorption. But he who feels the urge to pass that way, yet loves his brother on the darkened path, revolves upon the pedestal of light and turns the other way.
He faces toward the dark, and then the seven points of light within himself transmit the outward streaming light, and lo! the face of those upon the darkened way receives that light. For them the way is not so dark. Behind the warriors – twixt the light and dark – blazes the light of Hierarchy.” -Alice Bailey, Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II
These twelve Festivals at the time of the full moon each month are used increasingly by people “on the spiritual path” as a means of service through meditation. Meditation opens a channel (or inter-dimensional portal) in consciousness through which energies are invoked, received and consciously directed. Energy qualified by the nature and influence of each full moon period, flows towards us on the tide of life from our solar center, the Sun. When such work is done in group meditation at the full moon Festivals (i.e., when the moon is “full” to our vision), the receptive path of energy communication is wide open, clear and unimpeded.
In 2012 the Wesak Full Moon occurs May 4-7 (exact 11:35 pm DST May 5). The Buddha is said to have been born, achieved enlightenment and left earthly incarnation under the Wesak (Sun in Taurus) Full Moon. Followers of this tradition also believe the Buddha returns each year for 8 minutes at the time of this Full Moon. Those who wish can attend the Wesak celebration in meditation to receive revelations from the Buddha. Each Full Moon, however, is a time for revelation and opportunity for healing body, mind and soul. Meditation, deep breathing, music and dance help open to receive. Spiritual energies flow strongly for 3 days following the Full Moon. Revelations come in dreams, chance encounters and flashes of inspiration.
“Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street.
I took it as a sign to start singing, falling up into the bowl of sky.”- Rumi
As more people take up the discipline of the full moon work, we can all collectively bring about real changes in the world. The power of group intention and invocation, working with selflessness for the good of the planet as a whole, is exceedingly strong. This is the premise behind much of the work of Heartmath and the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
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