Late yesterday evening, Sunday, May 3, the Moon became full in the sign of Libra. When the Moon is full, it is at its strongest energy level. According to Vedic Astrology, the Moon signifies our mental/emotional state. During this time, we may feel things more strongly, especially this one, as Libra is situated between the difficult energies of Saturn and Rahu.
The full Moon in Libra is also receiving a full aspect from the exalted Sun in Aries, and the lord of Libra, Venus, is well situated in Gemini. During this time, if the pressure and negativity of Saturn, along with the instability of Rahu are impacting your emotional state, be sure and take heart in the strong Sun, which should provide the steadiness of your own heart and soul.
This full moon also coincides with Vesak, (Buddha Purnima, Buddha Jayanti), which is being celebrated today, a Buddhist festival that marks Gautama Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. Siddhartha Gautama, aka Buddha (enlightened one), lived in Nepal between the sixth and fourth century BCE. His teachings focused on messages about compassion, peace and goodwill. Teachings that are everlasting and especially relevant today. Buddha is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu by Hindus.
The dharmachakra or dharma wheel is a symbol often seen during Vesak. It is a wooden wheel with eight spokes. The wheel represents Buddha’s teaching on the path to enlightenment. The eight spokes symbolize the noble eightfold path of Buddhism.
Many Buddhists pay special attention to Buddha’s teachings during Vesak. They may wear white robes and only eat vegetarian food on and around Vesak. Many people also perform charitable deeds – giving money, food or goods to organizations that help the poor, the elderly and those who are sick.
During this festival, many Buddhists visit temples. Certain temples display a small statue of Buddha as a baby. The statue is placed in a basin filled with water and decorated with flowers. Visitors to the temple pour water over the statue. This symbolizes a pure and new beginning. Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous Vesak 2015!