The Moon reached Her juicy fullness this morning at 7:09am, Eastern time. When the Sun is in the sign of Taurus, the Full Moon is in Scorpio. Although she will be slipping into the sign of Sagittarius by 1:22 this afternoon (EDT), this Moon is all about intensity and passion, the impulse that pulls us into the deepest part of our soul and forces us to experience life in the most profound ways possible.
Astrologer Lynn Hayes reminds us that the Full Moon occurs when the Moon is directly opposite the Sun. Although the Sun illuminates the Moon, she notes, “it is the lunar consciousness that prevails. Emotions run higher during the Full Moon, and we have greater access to the underworld of our psyche with the Full Moon in Scorpio.”
Astrologer Lisa Dale Miller agrees, and several years ago wrote, “This is the truth or dare Full Moon; a time to honor the transformative power of truth-telling and a very intense Full Moon to put into action (through ritual release) the goals you set at the New Moon. Since this Full Moon falls in a water sign, releasing your intentions near a stream, river, lake, or ocean is particularly powerful. But before you let go, have one last look at your goals. Whom do they truly serve? What will they bring to the world?”
This Moon also marks the most significant time in the Buddhist calendar. Throughout the world, millions are celebrating Buddha Purnima (Buddha Birthday), Wesak (also spelled Vesak), or also called Vesakha Puja.
This commemorates the three most important events of the Buddha’s life – his birth in 623 BCE, his enlightment, when he is said to have attained supreme wisdom, in 588 BCE, and his attainment of Nirvana at the complete extinction of his mortal self at the age of 80.
This joyful celebration is always observed on the Full Moon of the fourth lunar month (month of Vaisakh), which falls in May this year.
Siddhartha Gautama is known as the Buddha, which means enlightened, or awakened one — someone who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions. He was not a God and the philosophy of Buddhism does not entail any theistic world-view. The teachings of the Buddha are meant to liberate human beings from the misery and sufferings of life.
The Wesak festivals are celebrated with much color and gaiety. Homes may be cleaned and decorated, and local customs are incorporated. In Thailand, for example, special Wesak lanterns are made of paper and wood, and often there are large ceremonial releases of caged birds.
Chinese Buddhists incorporate elements of their country’s culture into their religious celebrations like the traditional dancing dragons. In most countries during the festival, Buddhists will visit their local temple for services and teachings, and will give offerings to the monks of food, candles and flowers.
Chanting and praying are an important part of Wesak, as well as the ‘Bathing the Buddha’ ceremony, when water is poured over the shoulders of a representation of the Buddha, serving as a reminder to purify the mind from greed, hatred and ignorance.
As if that’s not enough, this is also the Flower Moon, of which Z. Budapest writes, “The clouds roll away, the wind grows soft and warm. As the Full Moon of Taurus sails the skies, her gentle light glimmers upon a world full of flowers. In the north, the last of the fruit trees are filling the air with soft perfume…Now the trees leaf out in full vigor, and youths and maidens go into the wood to lie upon the green grass and bring in the May. All the world is in love, blessed by the smiling Flower Moon.”
Let this Full Moon’s energy flow through you today, empowering you to clear away the stubborn, hidden places where fears and regrets are coiled. Ask for the support of those you trust and love. Fall in love with your own life, for this is the perfect day for Spring cleaning your spirit.
May the sweet smiling Flower Moon bring you blessings!