LIONSROAR.COM – Celebrating WESAK/VESAK, or “Buddha Day”
Vesak, also known as “Buddha Day” falls on May 5 this year. It marks the birth, enlightenment, and death of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, born 2,600 years ago. These three significant events in the Buddha’s life are all said to have happened on the same day many years apart.
Vesak is observed on different days year-to-year, as celebrations are planned for the first full moon of May, the month of Vesakha in Hindu and Buddhist calendars. Buddhists in China, however, follow the Chinese lunar calendar to plan their Vesak celebrations, and observe the holiday on the eighth day of the fourth month of the lunar year. If it’s a leap year, the day often falls in June.
In each place where Vesak is celebrated, devotees typically assemble in their local temples for a ceremonial hoisting of the Buddhist flag and a singing of hymns praising the three jewels. Offerings of flowers, candles, and burning incense are made. From there, the method of celebration varies from place to place. Paper lanterns are lit and released into water and sky in South Korea and Indonesia, while extravagant light displays illustrate the Buddha’s life in Sri Lanka.
Universal Prayers of All Faiths (Preparing for the Wesak)
Though for some, Wesak appears to be a Buddhist practice, it is universal in nature. People from various backgrounds, races and religions gather together every year to take part in this great act of service and to receive the tremendous amount of spiritual energies and blessings that pour down on earth to accelerate their spiritual development. Vesak meditation is a universal act of service to humanity. Spiritual practitioners, teachers and masters from all over the world, with various religions, backgrounds and cultures, make themselves available, to participate in this great world service.
The legendary ceremony is carried out at the time of the Full Moon in the Great Himalayas, Nepal: May 5, 2023 at 10:34 pm (4:49 PM, UTC). The Light of Illumination is said to be poured out by the Buddha as a blessing to Water during the first eight minutes.
Following is the Great Invocation offered by millions around the world. Those who participation in the prayers call upon the return of the savior and world teacher of their own Faith. The Wesek is referred to as the “high watermark of Spirit” when ALL water on Earth receives the blessing. A common tradition is an offering of flowers released into moving water, reciting The Great Invocation along with personal prayers of gratitude for the renewal of Heart, Mind, Body and Spirit.
The Full Flower Moon
The Full Moon for this month will occur early in the month on Friday, May 5th. The New Moon will happen later in May on Friday, May 19th.
MOONGIANT.COM – MAY 5, 2023, FULL FLOWER MOON
May is most notable for being the turning point in the year where temperatures rise and a vast variety of flowers come into full bloom, letting the world break out into a riot of color. As such, May’s full moon has come to be known as the Full Flower Moon. The Anishnaabe tribe also called it the Blossom Moon. In Northern America, you can expect to see flowers such as bluebells, sundrops, violets, and so on, as well as lush greenery to go with the blossoms. The Apache and Lakota peoples named May’s full moon the Green Leaves Moon, while the Mohawk tribe called it the Big Leaf Moon. But there is one specific plant that’s very important during the May season – and it is, in fact, not a flower.
This plant is corn, an important staple food for Northern American peoples. According to the Algonquin tribes, May’s full moon is the Corn Planting Moon. For Native American tribes, this is the perfect time for them to start preparing the fields for farming and sowing the seeds saved up from last year. Appropriately, the Abenaki culture refers to May’s full moon as the Field Maker Moon, while the Haida tribe calls it the Food Gathering Moon. Apart from corn, other foods such as beans, squash, and potatoes are planted during this time. The Cherokee tribe called May’s full moon the Anisguti Moon, or the Planting Moon, and would traditionally perform a Corn Dance during this period to encourage a fruitful corn harvest.
Full article at link above includes times in various locations around the world.
Astrology – May 5, 2023 Lunar Eclipse, HindustanTimes
May 5, 2023 marks the first lunar eclipse of 2023, and it also happens to be the Full Flower Moon. Lunar eclipses are significant in astrology because they represent the culmination of a cycle that began six months ago. This particular Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio will be an emotionally complex opposition, and it will oppose the fixed sun in Taurus, making it difficult to choose between stability and emotional release.
The article includes a forecast for how this Lunar Eclipse effects each of the 12 signs of the zodiac.
Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2023 – Sky & Telescope – Sky & Telescope
What time is the lunar eclipse on May 5?
By Joe Rao published 2 days ago
The spectacle will be visible from much of the Eastern Hemisphere.
On May 5, the moon almost drops completely below the Earth’s shadow, in the process sampling only the shadow’s outermost part — called the penumbra — which is not only pale but grades to even paler outward, away from the dark, central part of the shadow, known as the umbra. As such, this event is called a penumbral lunar eclipse.
The penumbral lunar eclipse will begin at 11:13 a.m. EDT (1513 GMT) on Friday (May 5) and will peak at 1:24 p.m. EDT (1724 GMT). The eclipse will end at 3:31 p.m. EDT (1932 GMT) when the moon emerges from the Earth’s shadow.
SYNCHRONICITY WITH THE MAYAN CALENDAR
May 5, 2023 falls on 8 Deer/MANIK on the Tzolk’in calendar of Human Creation, the Holy Day that observes and celebrates the Mission of the Mayan priest who counts the days, carries out the rituals and ceremonies ordered by Time, and offers prayers on behalf of the whole.
8 Deer/MANIK falls in the 13-day cycle guided by Sun/AHAU, a Time guided by the Supreme Lord of Creation in the 3rd uinal of Movement in the 260-day Tzolk’in round.
Spacewweather.com-Solar Activity, 05/04/2023
SOLAR FLARE AND CME (UPDATED): Reversed-polarity sunspot AR3296 (described below) exploded on May 4th (0844 UT), producing an M3.9-class solar flare. The extreme ultraviolet flash lasted for nearly 3 hours:
The explosion also hurled a CME into space. In fact, multiple overlapping CMEs flew into space shortly after the explosion. Take a look. Each CME is debris from a different blast–only one came from AR3296. But which one?
NOAA analysts have taken a stab at disentangling the storm clouds. They believe that a halo CME originally thought to be Earth-directed is actually a farside event; it could be heading directly away from us. Of greater interest is a CME at the 9 o’clock position, which appears to be debris from the M3.9-flare. This CME might pass close to Earth on May 7th, with either a near miss or a glancing blow.
SYNCHRONICITY WITH THE HEBREW CALENDAR
By Hebrew tradition this day is observed as Pesach Sheni, a Holy Day which began at sundown on Thursday, 4 May 2023 and ends at nightfall on Friday, 5 May 2023. Pesach Sheni is referred to as the Second Passover, 30 days beyond the first Passover. Pesach Sheni means “Second Passover [Sacrifice].” It marks the day when someone who was unable to participate in the Passover offering in the proper time would observe the mitzvah exactly one month later. Pesach Sheni symbolizes a Second Chance, achieved by teshuvah, the power of repentance and “return.” Source: Chabbad.org
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May 5, 2023 (05/05/2023)