Celebrating Buddha’s birth, enlightenment & paranirvana _/☼\_
A Full Scorpio Moon at 20:16BST highlights poignant renewal when reflecting the
light of Spirit Sun in earthy Taurus – the sign of the Moon’s
exaltation. Scorpio represents rebirth, often through difficult and
trying circumstance, while Taurus is nourishing, earthy and solid. So
while the Moon traverses insightful Scorpio, this deeply profound Buddha
Moon says much about the need for emotional stability in order to see
the light and be metaphorically reborn.
This 24 degree Taurus Sun also
emphasizes a realistic approach to all our endeavors, which then helps
to develop a greater understanding of our own world, and personal
experiences. Realism overcomes illusion and delusion, as well as being
practical when dealing with karma and the result from action (in
thought, word or deed), from which there is no escape.
book "Old Path, White Clouds" Thich Nhat Hanh tells the story of the
Buddha pointing at the moon, who says "I must state clearly that my
teaching is a method to experience reality and not reality itself, just
as a finger pointing at the moon is not the moon itself. A thinking
person makes use of the finger to see the moon. A person who only looks
at the finger and mistakes it for the moon will never see the real
So while we express devotion and love of Buddha’s life
during Vesak & Buddha Purnima (and again on SakaDawa 13th June for
Tibetan Buddhists), perhaps the most important aspect is to be
realistic, and see one’s life clearly for what it is, to walk the talk,
and put Buddha’s teachings of the 8-fold Noble Path into action,
starting with the ‘right view’: Note now how you feel, what you’re
thinking, how you communicate, what you do and how you do it; be aware
that when you’re mindful of yourself in relation to the world around you
that you are self-enabled to transform something quite ordinary into
the extraordinarily beautiful and meaningful. Then watch your light of
wisdom magically grow...
Happy Vesek everyone!