As i contemplate the Moon Chandra shining outside my window i cannot resist to write once again about her. My intention to write about meditating on the Blue Moon allows me to expound on a concept so dear to those in the practice and studies of Yoga: the concept of Time Kala.
The meditation on the Blue Moon is about our perception of time. What would we do if we had more time to complete that unfinished project?
Every two or three years we are experiencing an extra Full Moon. That is an extra chance for realization and manifestation. A lunar phase cycle corresponds methaphorically to an evolutionary cycle: from darkness – New moon – to light – Full moon . From unmanifest to manifest. Therefore with an extra Moon cycle we are given an extra chance to bring about manifestation.
The first full Moon after the longest day of the year – Summer Solstice – is celebrated as Guru Poornima.
It is a special day when all spiritual aspirants and devotees in India and around the world are grateful for the sage Vyasa ,that represents the first Guru as he edited the four Vedas and other divine scriptures, and their respective gurudevs ( spiritual teachers , enlightened masters). It is a timefor paying respect to one’s teachers with meditation, chanting and prayers. Alternative ways of celebrating are observing the vow of silence and studying the books or writings of your Guru, or mentally reflecting upon his teachings. It is a good time to begin your spiritual lessons. Traditionally, spiritual seekers commence to intensify their spiritual ‘sadhana’ from this day.
The Guru ( literally means one who leads “from darkness to light”) is a spiritual preceptor whose teachings enlighten us in the journey of life. Our very first Guru is our Mother, that has literally taken us from the darkness of the womb into the light of existence as human beings. Continue reading “The Light of Devotion. Full Moon Guru Poornima!”→
Aloha ! Another amazing alignment is on its way in these endless series of planetary conjuctures of 2012. After last month New Moon/ Solar Eclipse followed straightafter by Full Moon/ Lunar Eclipse today 19 June 2012 is New Moon and a few hours away tomorrow will be Summer Solstice . This is going to be the last New Moon of the cycle of the Uttarayan in 2012.
The year in the vedic traditon is divided into two halves the Uttar-Ayan (“Northern Arrival of the Sun”, marks the return of the sun in the Northern Hemisphere) from Winter Solstice to Summer Solstice and the Dakshināyan ( literally means ” The Sun is moving towards South”) from Summer Solstice to Winter Solstice.
On the 21 June we are going to step in the second half of the year, the Dakshināyan.
Tomorrow is the end of this cycle of the increase of daylight in the Northern hemisphere.
Whenever the Summer Solstice is upon us we are at a turning point. Our system is going to ” stop and restart”. Moreover in this occasion as we are experiencing New Moon and Summer Solstice in the arc of few hours there is a great chance to work through the unconcious patters that are driving our life that we call Karma.
Tonight an astronomical phenomenon of great planetary and stellar alignment is about to happen . The New Moon will reach apogee ( its farthest point from Earth ) and will eclipse the Sun in a way to create a visible “Ring Of Fire”. This is called annular eclispe , from the Latin “annulus” or ring .
The path of the eclipse will hover above the upper part of the Pacific tectonic plate called “the Ring Of Fire”. Yet another alignment into the alignement!!
The Ring Of fire ( annular Eclipse ) will pass above the “Ring Of Fire ” ( Pacific Tectonic Plate) . Fire activating Fire! What to expect?
Whether this event has a tangible effect on the Earth Magnetic field or not is debatable. Nonetheless the visual impact of this occurrence on our consciousness is undeniable! The orb of the sun, that we consider the planetary source of light and life force , will change into a Ring of Fire. This means that wherever the Solar Eclipse is visible there will be a ring of flames around a black hole in a eerie black sky, rather than the usual radiant orb of the Sun. Now even if that will last only a few minutes and not all of us will be able to experience it in person i still believe that we will be affected by it.
If unable to experience this solar eclipse we can still attune ourseves to this event in the sacred space of meditation.
For a moment bring up a picture of the sun in your mind , maybe browse for one on your computer or smart phone and then try to recreate that image within you. In particular see if you can visualise that with your eyes closed in the space between your eyebrows. That is called Broomadhya or Brumadhya ( simply means mid point between the brows) and it said to be the gateway to the Third Eye centre Ajna ( corresponds to the Pineal Gland). Focusing our awareness here again and again makes us gradually more capable for visualisation. This practice is one of the possible entry points to a state of meditation. As we are meditating on the Solar eclipse / New Moon we start by forming an image of the sun in the screen of the third eye. Then we shift into visualising the image that you can see above of a ring of light that circles around a black hole. In this special transition and alignment of the Dark Moon in the path between Earth and Sun we imagine that the black hole represents an opportunity for the conscious and subconscious mind to coalesce!
Personally i will be creating a space where i can offer in my vision all that needs reversal to the temporary black hole in the sun .
Tonight, as we go into the sacred space of the heart through meditation, we have an bigger opportuity to stop and restart if you want to do so …otherwise just enjoy the magnificient sky show!
Beltane is one of the four great Fire Festivals ( in the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius). In the ancient Celtic calendar, Beltane is celebrated to ushering in the light half of the year, a time of fertility and abundance. In the standard calendar, Beltane is May 1. Astronomically, Beltane is May 5. Celebrations include bonfires lit to honor the solar god Belos, rites of cleansing and purification for prosperity. Also going out in the woods ( in the olden times!) to collect flowers, symbol of the richness of Spring!
Here i include an image of the Maypole. During this festival boys and girls would dance in opposite directions holding the end of a coloured ribbon of the Maypole ( symbol of fertility) so weaving a multicoloured tapestry around the pole. Hope you will dance with your loved one(s!) and offer them flowers to honour this day of renewed abundance in Love!
Beltane used to mark the beginning of summer and was when cattle were driven out to the summer pastures. Rituals were performed to protect the cattle, crops and people, and to encourage growth. Special bonfires were kindled, and their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective powers. The people and their cattle would walk around the bonfire, or between two bonfires, and sometimes leap over flames or embers. All household fires would be doused and then re-lit from the Beltane bonfire. Doors, windows, byres and the cattle themselves would be decorated with yellow May flowers, perhaps because they evoked fire. In parts of Ireland, people would make a May Bush; a thorn bush decorated with flowers, ribbons and bright shells.