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SuperMoon on the Rise – The Significance of the Wesak Full Moon, May 5

If you had trouble sleeping last night, astrologers would say that it’s a normal effect of the growing full moon.

For most of the month, the moon stands between the light of the sun, stars and constellations, and us, shielding the earth from their light. But during a full moon, when the moon is completely out of the way of the Sun, we can receive energy directly from the Spiritual Sun, and from the stars and constellations that radiate very high spiritual energy. The full moon is the mark of the time of highest spiritual energies available, and many around the world say that the Full Moon of May – or Wesak moon, is the most powerful of the year.  It is as if a door is suddenly opened wide, which at other times is more closed, and through this door, it is possible to contact energies which are otherwise not easily available. Great expansions of consciousness become possible which are not possible at other times.

The Wesak Festival  is known to all Buddhists and Hindus and to many hundreds of millions of people of the Muslim faith, and is one of the most celebrated days of the year in those cultures.  It is a day which honors Buddha’s birth, life and enlightenment.    Awareness of this day and the healing energy, which radiates through the planet, is growing in western cultures and people honor this time by gathering together in prayer and meditation.    According to metaphysical tradition, the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and left Earthly incarnation under the Full Moon of May. And the Buddha returns at this time each year to bring new light to the world.

At a hard to reach place, high in the Himalayas, Spiritual leaders gather in Wesak Valley, and hold ceremony every year at the time of the full moon of May. A vast crowd assembles along with spiritual leaders in the valley, in front of a great rock table.  Legend has it that at the time of the ceremony (full moon) the energy body of the Buddha descends to a level close to the physical plane so that humans can benefit from the tremendous love that he radiates.  And, on this day and night of Wesak (May 5, 8:35 p.m. West Coast, 10:35 p.m. Midwest, 11:35 p.m. East), esotericists around the world place crystal bowls filled with water outside, and it’s said that as the Buddha blesses the world, all waters are also blessed.


And if ancient tradition won’t convince you of this moon’s power, here’s some science on the May moon from

The biggest full moon of the year, a so-called “supermoon,” will take center stage when it rises this weekend, and may interfere with the peak of an annual meteor shower created by the leftovers from Halley’s comet.  Supermoon Saturday (also called the ‘Flower Moon,’ and ‘Milk Moon)  will be only 221,802 miles from Earth, the closest to our planet this year.

At 11:35 p.m. EDT, on Saturday May 5, the moon will officially turn full – and only 25 minutes later the moon will also arrive at “perigee,” its closest approach to Earth — a distance of 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) away.  In fact, this month’s perigee is the closest of any perigee in 2012 (they vary by about 3 percent, because the moon’s orbit is not perfectly circular). The result will be a 16 percent brighter-than-average full moon accompanied by unusually high and low tides this weekend and into the new week.


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