Thursday, 31 July 2014

Chökhor Düchen ~ 31st July/1st August 2014

….~ ☸~ First turning of the Wheel of Dharma ~ ☸~….

Karma Multiplied day x 10 million (positive or negative)

☼ On the 4th day of the 6th Tibetan Lunar Month, as a growing sensitive Moon begins to make the lunation's first advantageous sextile aspect to our source of light and life, the radiant Sun, we celebrate ‘The First Turning of the Wheel’ by Lord Buddha with Chökhor Düchen. Chökhor Düchen is one of the years’ most important Buddhist festivals.

Setting the Dharma wheel into motion – after not having taught for seven weeks since his enlightenment – and encouraged by his students, Indra and Brahma, Buddha began with his teaching on ‘The Four Noble Truths’.

Four Noble Truths:
☸ 1. The reality of suffering (Dukka).
☸ 2. The cause of suffering is attachment (to desire, aggression or ignorance (Samudaya)).
☸ 3. The cessation of suffering IS attainable (Niroda).
☸ 4. There is a path to the cessation of suffering (Magga, through the 8-fold path).

Gothama Buddha chose to illuminate his followers upon a waxing moon. The Sun-ruled Lionheart Leo is now in helpful aspect to the purifying Virgo Moon moving into harmonious Libra. With the growing light of this moon we can experience an increase of clarity, intuition, and emotional insight about our self (Leo Sun). Personal courage to reach the equanimous mind is also strengthen and, by extension, our relationships (Libra Moon) can be loving and kind, wanting the best for all beings.

Dedicating all merit and positive actions of body, speech & mind (word, thought and deed) that I/we create today, to heal the suffering, wherever it is found with a blessed Chökhor Düchen May all beings be free from suffering! 

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Many thanks to unknown artist of Buddha’s hands in Dharmacakra mudra _/

Sunday, 27 July 2014

☉ ☽ ♃ ♌ Sun-ruled Leo New Moon conjunct Cosmic Guru, Jupiter

“The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be.” ~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

☉ ☽ ♃ ♌ The new Sun-ruled Leo Moon is conjunct the cosmic Guru, Jupiter, at 23:40 bst, 26th/27th July. demonstrating how to shine the infinite radiant LoveLight. In Spiritual astrology, this almighty conjunction between solar system stars, Sun & Jupiter, also accents individual Spirit connection to the student-teacher relationship, i.e. who or what provides the bigger picture for the heart-mind to rest in loving truth? And what do we impart to others through our own creative achievement?

☼☽¸¸.•*¨*•☆ The Moon with the Leo Sun and Jupiter is, according to Alice A Bailey, akin to a crisis of the collective soul seeking liberation. With Jupiter inflating the Soul crisis through the illustrious Sun in fiery Leo’s burning grounds, world affairs must be dealt with a Divine and noble wisdom that teaches each and every being is a sacred shining star. In the ‘Kingdom of Souls’, Jupiter is our hallowed teacher, the Lama initiating the path of discipleship for the World Server; while the Sun illuminates our natural Spirit, strength and courage to remain happy, confident and optimistic.

Jupiter also provides drama’s overview; and now in playful loving Leo (for a whole year!) this New Moon is the start of a direct focus upon one’s self, with steadfast strength to self-consciousness, recognising individual accomplishment in the interconnection of self with nature and the divine, finally free from ego’s restraint; though one should now note that self-cherishing is not the same as loving oneself! The former fears and compares, while generous LOVE allows, forgives, and shines like the stars that we are.
( LOVE!!!!...¸.☆*°☆.․:)
•♪♫☆ ALWAYS!.☆¨
․ ․ ․ `'*°☆.¸.☆
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Dakini Day! 21st July ॐ_/♥\_ॐ_/♥\_ॐ_/♥\_

_/✿\_ ~ > Taking refuge in the Divine Feminine, Dakini bliss is found within the practice of compassion as well as within our sangha and family, and communing within our environment, our truth, our love.

As we come to the end of this Cancerian lunation there is much to contemplate as two heavyweight planets, Saturn and Uranus, switch direction, reminding how impermanence itself can even lead to ‘the suffering of change’. Taskmaster Saturn is now going forward after four-and-a-half months of retrograde motion. So look to mid-degrees Scorpio in your horoscope and see what, exactly, is now going ahead with greater responsibility and Saturn’s wisdom and skill. And to appreciate the interconnected web of life, Uranus internalises the focus of mid-degrees Aries (and by extension all Cardinal signs: Libra, Cancer & Capricorn), to be expressed in five months’ time, on the New Moon at Winter Solstice.

In astrology, Uranus is associated with the Heavens and the spacy chaos that requires altruism and cooperation to experience personal freedom and collective liberation. Time now, therefore, to give oneself space for a little ‘Omphaloskepsis’, which literally means "contemplating one's navel", especially powerful with the soulful Moon making her last major aspect to the Sun before a New Leo Moon (to conjunct Jupiter, making the Sun-ruled Leo Lunation a biggie!) Saturday, 26th July.

Before then, taking a cue from the Dakini Goddess, who shows compassion to all beings, there is much to be said for hugging trees, talking to plants, stroking animals, and being with those we feel close to. Whichever side of the globe, wherever you are, take time now to be in the garden, walk in the park, stroll along the beach – anywhere that allows you to feel at one with nature and feed the heart-mind with helpful positivity, and release potentially destructive emotions in a safe and nurturing setting.

AstroTech & info : If you’d like to know where the currently critical quincunx between Saturn & Uranus lies in your personal horoscope, please contact me here for rates.

Thank you _/✿\_ with love & thanks to Graham Brown for artwork ‘Flora offers flowers to the Sea’

Happy Dakini Day! ॐ_/♥\_ॐ_/♥\_ॐ_/♥\_

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Tara Moon ~ Medicine Buddha 18 -19th July 2014 _/✿\_

For the Last Quarter Cancerian Tara lunation, The Lights, Sun & Moon, are in mutual reception - meaning the luminaries get along very well: Sun in Cancer is in the Moon’s natural domain, and the Aries Moon is in the sphere of the Sun’s exaltation. Spirit and soul flow and merge and quickly, to eliminate emotional, physical or mental blocks. This mighty combination is dynamic and Cardinal in quality, and usually overcomes problems swiftly, with care and kindness.

This Last Quarter Moon is also with the South Node. Any sense of chaos, aggression or confusion could spark off a feeling of ‘Déjà vu’. A healing balance is found within a refuge, at home and/or in the dharma. This particular Last Quarter Moon urges us to consider the welfare of others, as well as look after self; Indeed, it is imperative to look after ourselves first, to build and acknowledge the strength to remove personal obstacles before we help others. This is not a cowardly move, but a fearless spiritual warrior must be clear and strong within, in order to assume the responsibility that leading the field and caring for others entails.

Now is the time to invoke the help of the powerful Goddess and healing Buddha (within), and be mindful about what we choose to nourish ourselves with, in regards to body, speech, and mind.
Tara mantra "Om Tara Tutare Ture Soha" __/\__

with ℒℴѵℯ __/\__ ☼✶•*¨*•.¸¸

Thursday, 17 July 2014

❤ ☼ Radiate a Courageous Loving Heart ☼ ❤ ~> Jupiter in Leo

Majestic Jupiter in Leo ~> July 16th 2014 – August 11th 2015

Roll out the red carpet! Sound the fanfare! Ta-dah! For today magnificent Jupiter changes signs. Leaving Cancer, where for the past year the Cosmic Gurus’ influence has been upon stabilizing support, expansive Jupiter now moves into regal Leo to develop artfulness, determination and courage. Interestingly, there's also mutual reception between the Sun and Jupiter at this time of ingress: The Sun rules Leo, but is now in Cancer, the sign of Jupiter’s exaltation, and Jupiter is now in the sign ruled by the Sun, meaning the heavens are in accord when acclaiming the powerful star-like potency of the creative Spirit.

The Sun radiates LoveLight from the heart of our solar system; and Jupiter is the great beneficent. In the sign of the brave Lion, Jupiter in Leo enhances bravery and determination, as well as the ability to open the heart to creative expression, generous romance, and majestic, playful drama. Having Jupiter in this warm and fiery sign for a whole year can encourage us to cultivate personal happiness with a tenderness that comes from the heart, so that one can be unconditionally true oneself; the downside of which can be self-seeking ego indulgence.

The Lion in Tibetan symbolism represents ‘perkiness’, which has vibrancy and the capacity to generate youthful enthusiasm, by maintaining discipline and confidence. The Buddha is often referred to as being a ‘lion among men’ meaning his might, speed and courage are outstanding. Indeed, Buddha’s teachings include ‘the lion’s roar’, expounding heroic fearlessness in any situation by remaining in the non-egotistical self-existing centre that enables resolution and transformation when being clear and precise, kind and loving.

With ℒℴѵℯ_/\_ and thanks to unknown artist for Lion Vajra

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Guru Purninima ~> Full SuperMoon July 11-12-13th 2014

Full Super Moon 11th-12-13th July __/\__

Because the Cancerian Sun is with an exalted Jupiter, planet of hope and cheer, there is every heavenly cause to be optimistic with a wonderful Capricorn Full Supermoon, to be exact at 12:25BST Saturday, 12th July. Expansive Jupiter magnifies, as well as also being the Sacred Guru who offers protective wisdom, so that one can remain confident - even in the midst of important beginnings, and possibly even more poignant endings.

Note: This is no ordinary SuperMoon (astronomical name ‘perigee syzygy’ when the Moon is closest to the Earth), as complex celestial geometry raises the cosmic love vibration to enhance spiritual development and reveal the Divine within. By creating an obvious dynamic opening for powerful transformation, dramatic change, and insightful revelation, both ‘The Lights’, Sun and Moon, pick up the ‘Cardinal Cross of the Central Spiritual Sun’, as well as making a Grand Trine and rare ‘Kite’ formation. And although there may be storms, high tides and flares, we always seem to have some kind of suffering to confront – everything is relative – Events surrounding this Full SuperMoon ask us to generate loving kindness with a harmonious heart, and to negotiate all levels of diplomatic healing between neighbours, friends or foes, seen or unseen, so that all beings can know peace.

Image is of the Kalachakra Sand Mandala, the mandala for World Peace. During this Full SuperMoon, with the union of wisdom and compassion, His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama is conferring an Initiation into this multidimensional mandala in Ladhak India. May it be of benefit to all 

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Monday, 7 July 2014

▼ Grand Water Trine ▼ ~> July 2014 _/▼\_

With three planets stabilizing and healing emotions, Sun, Moon/Saturn & Chiron form a 'Grand Water Trine' to accompany this Cancerian lunation’s Guru Rinpoche day, accenting deep feelings and psychic connections. Due to the sensitive Moon conjunct karmic Saturn, one might feel less like being in the flow, more like being ‘earthed’ or even stuck in mud. Whatever we now intuitively sense is forming, stabilizing, or even holding us back, be it career, family, or sangha, or just a sensation of being overwhelmed by the sheer amount of suffering one sees around so that one is propelled to do something about it, this particular ‘Grand Trine’ encourages us to steady-up, slow-down and pace oneself to tune into the unspoken rhythm of life, at least until the Full Capricorn SuperMoon, and possibly even until Saturn goes forward July 21st. Now is the time to take stock of precisely what we feel we are responsible for. Note, however, that any cause for concern – private, personal or professional – can be quietly overcome with dedicated diligence and practical application, as today’s Scorpio Moon conjuncts karmic Saturn. And as taskmaster Saturn rules the upcoming Full Moon, 12th/13th July, which is also Guru Purnima, the 'Teacher Moon' get ready for an upcoming initiation into conscious participation with a ‘higher’ world view.

Though this is the time for revering teachers, being recognized for any committed achievement may actually have to come from within. So if there is anything you feel is well done, give yourself the proverbial pat on the back today, and use this sense of accomplishment to create optimism for the future. _/\_

With ℒℴѵℯ_/✿\_ many thanks to Dan Goleman for his beautiful spiritual Grand Water Trine artwork. _/\_

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Medicine Buddha ~> 4-5-6th July & HHDL's birthday!

First quarter Medicine Buddha/Tara Moon in Libra: Now is the time to listen to the heart and find happiness and harmony within the core of the family – be it global family or kith and friendly kindred spirits – and prepare for the Full SuperMoon in a week's time, July 12th, when there’s a sense of destiny at work within certain, loving relationships. _/\_
This particular Moon cycle also carries the dynamic ‘Cardinal Cross of the Central Spiritual Sun’, activating deeply felt spiritual awareness in relation to one’s individual souls' journey; and how we connect with others makes all the difference to our own wellbeing. The personal blessings from developing the Libran impartial kindness and Cancerian care towards all we meet have the potential to now produce a profound karmic healing, and pacify or even heal heart and mind, body and soul. 

And if you are lucky to have clear evening skies (in the northern hemisphere), look up to see the waxing first quarter moon in the beautiful lapis lazuli blue night sky, and imbibe the blue healing vibration our cosmos gives so freely. Over the next few days one may also witness electric blue ripples in the evening sky, with a setting sun and rare noctilucent ‘night shining’ clouds. _/

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On Sunday, on his 79th birthday, His Holiness Dalai Lama is preparing the Mandala for World Peace, the Kalachakra Mandala.
Happy Birthday Holiness! _/
Kala means time and Chakra means wheel. Kalachakra is the most complex mandala representing the cosmos as a whole. Yours truly has had the supreme good fortune (when good karma ripened ) to have done this with him twice before (and also 2x with other masters), and I know how concentrated one must be in order to follow the whole 11-day process from start to finish (when sand mandala is erased and offered to water). In this photo HH is laying the first line in the Eastern Gate of the Great Bliss Mind Mandala.

~> May all beings in all realms be happy, and at peace _/\_
Have a beautiful weekend!

With ℒℴѵℯ_/✿\_ & many thanks to Dechen Ling Press for image of Medicine Buddha & to Olivier Adams for the wonderful photo of His Holiness and the initial stages of the sand mandala _/