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Gemini Goodwill Festival
Gemini Goodwill Festival 
Wesak Festival 2011
Year of the Iron Rabbit
The Economy, Stupid!
Those words were a catch-cry of the 1992 US election and it is at the heart of what brought down George Bush's father in the election that year. Iraq and economic woes brought down both father and son, and poor economic outlook is largely what has consistently ended the reign of politician and king alike throughout recent human history. In the past few years especially there has been a lot of emphasis with the Taurus full moon on world instability and what it is all meant to show us. If we follow the threads of causes for our present scenario, much of it can be traced back to economic difficulties for the people of the world. If we look for the solution to those ills, then we must go to Gemini to find the distribution point for the Taurean impulse that comes with the Wesak moon. There are several concepts that are associated with Gemini, but the one in particular that seems to stand out most at this juncture is the 'principle of sharing', for Gemini is the first sign on the zodiac where that concept really begins to come into play, and it is a sign and a concept as well that is vitally important to humanity at this stage of human history. We will come back to that in just a bit, but to give a little background for how all the energies that come in with the full moons work in a cyclic sense, first it might be good if we took a look at the full moons in general to get a certain perspective on things.
Generally, these letters come out about the full moon periods (the two days before, the day of, and the two days after the event). If one is not an astrologer, one may well ask why there is such an emphasis in these letters on full moons and not on other astrological events, although we do look at other events from time to time. The simple answer is that at every full moon the amount of Light entering our planet is at its maximum, and as such we are presented with an opportunity for greater spiritual insight than is otherwise the case. Solar eclipses are also big events in that regard, but for other reasons which we will not go into here. Then, there are full moons—and there are full moons: some are more important than others. We will get to the whys and wherefores in a second. Each full moon is a spiritual festival of sorts. Most religious and spiritual traditions (there is a difference between the two) hold festivals around full moon periods. The reason there is so much focus on them in these letters is pretty well summed up in the following quotes:
…the twelve festivals [full moon periods] will constitute a revelation of divinity. They will present a means of bringing about relationship, first of all during three months with the three great spiritual centres, the three expressions of the divine Trinity. The [nine] minor festivals will emphasise the inter-relation of the Whole, thus lifting the divine presentation out of the individual and the personal into that of the universal divine Purpose; the relationship of the Whole to the part and of the part to that Whole will be thereby fully expressed.
Regarding the 'three months with the three great spiritual centres', we have the following, with their key words:
- April — Consecration to the Plan [The Easter full moon, or Festival of the Risen Christ]
- May — Tension and Intensity [The Taurus, or Wesak Festival]
- June — Quiet Poise [The Gemini, or Goodwill Festival]
…the invocative cry of humanity and of the... [the initiates and spiritual teachers of the world], jointly sounded at the time of the Full Moons of May and June and particularly at the Wesak Festival, will be effective if the "cold light" of the aspirants and disciples of the world and of all selfless servers, no matter who or where they may be found, is united with the "clear light" of the initiates and of those who can function freely as souls…
The two Full Moons of May and June present to you a new opportunity to participate in the release of the planetary Life from the thraldom of the Forces of Materialism.
I list all these quotes from Alice Bailey's material because they are the clearest presentation, of which I am aware, of the importance of the full moon periods, spiritually considered. I have also found the information to be true in my own application and practice, and I have heard much the same from friends and colleagues through the years.
The Taurus lunation is always a very powerful and intense full moon. The Easter full moon leads us into that. The Gemini full moon gives us pause to seek application for the other two. In one of the preceding quotes we find reference to 'the "cold light" of the aspirants and disciples' and 'the "clear light" of the initiates'. To what exactly does 'cold light' and 'clear light' refer? If we can get a handle of what those two terms mean and how to apply them, then we will have the key to the workings of any full moon period—indeed, of any spiritual event.
The Door Stands Open Wide
'Cold light' initially refers in the beginning, simply enough, to emotional dispassion. That dispassion and indifference to the affairs of mundane life is the basis of any true meditative work. Following on from that, though, is the fact that in times such as the solar festivals (full moons) one always works in a group fashion, consciously or not. It is one's ability to consciously do so that eventually leads to success with one's impressions and work with the full moons. There is a catch to working with any group, however: We have to leave our personal feelings at the door, in a manner of speaking. The 'door stands open wide' for those who can do so, but the whole point to working in a group fashion is precisely that there is great occult power if one can focus the mind with others of like mind and at the same time and in the same manner. The results can be nothing short of extraordinary. True spirituality is not warm and fuzzy, though. In fact, often in true group work there is frequently personal animosity between members—until the real work at hand comes to the table—and then all are united in singular purpose, the needs of the time indicating the purpose pursued. Whether we realize or even like it or not, there are millions of people who do their best to gain real insight and do good meditative work during the full moon periods, and their backgrounds are diverse and of every faith and tradition and we should do our best to work with them in concerted effort, if we so choose. And, for the most part, they remain unknown to all except a very few intimates.
In its truest form, 'cold light' refers to what in Buddhism is called the 'mother clear light'. We experience this cold light at certain moments naturally—at birth, at death, when passing into slumber, at orgasm and when sneezing, curiously. The trick is to be able to dwell there rather than experience it as a passing moment. That is the goal of all true meditative work in the beginning stages. It is a particular focus of Buddhist meditative practice, especially in what people call 'Tibetan Buddhist meditations'. Once one achieves facility in consciously registering this mother clear light in meditation and is able to sustain it for the requisite amount of time a great door is opened and meditative work becomes quick and greatly facilitated. It also becomes possible for one to attain the higher initiatory portals. It is at this juncture that one can be of real use and service to the world at large at a subjective level. It is this level at which the bodhisattva path is begun in earnest. None of this is possible to any great effect unless a true calm abiding is achieved in meditative work. That calm abiding is indicative of the real 'dispassion' of the mind. Then, the next step before the meditator is to attain the 'path of seeing', wherein one merges with the world of the greater initiates—the attainment of what is called in the preceding quote the 'clear light'.
'Clear light' in reference to the quote is really a misnomer, but at the time the works were written there was no point of reference for the Western reader as to its true meaning. 'Clear light' in this context refers to the advanced stages of attainment of the various types of 'clear light', and there are several stages to it. Suffice it to say that we are looking at advanced stages of meditative work here, and that once a person has attained this they can, for all purposes, remain in that state indefinitely—for days, weeks, months or even years at a time. It is very common for advanced meditators to stay in 'death meditation' (these advanced states) for many days immediately after death, for instance, their bodies being in a state of suspended animation of sorts. Such a thing is a big event in Buddhist monasteries and nunneries, because it is well-known that those who have thus entered that state are undergoing advanced initiatory rites, and that they will be known upon their return in their next life as great masters—Rinpoches.
So, at the time of each full moon we have an increased opportunity to be able to contact either the cold light or the clear light and to put ourselves en rapport with the great meditators of the world. Especially at the May and June full moons this work is amplified even more. If we can align ourselves to good effect at the Wesak festival, then we receive a significant push forward in our conscious evolution. If we can abide in that light at the Gemini festival, then in the quiet poise of that time we find a means for the stabilizing and anchoring of that Wesak impulse into the world at large. That is what is before us at this Goodwill Festival. Gemini, rightly recognized and handled, leads one eventually to a recognition and attainment of calm abiding, the very antithesis of that with which Gemini is usually associated in most astrological texts. So, given all the preceding hopefully we have an idea of what is possible at each of the full moon intervals and we can thus use it in our lives and in the world to good effect. With that, let's have a look at the figure for this festival.
In part two of this article, Malvin Artley continues his exploration of the esoteric meanings of the Goodwill Festival at the Full Moon in Sagittarius for 2011.
Read part two of The 2011 Gemini Goodwill Solar Festival
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