Kangso, Jupiter and a Bright Full Moon
Jupiter sitting next to a bright full moon was the beautiful sight greeting me when I opened the front door yesterday morning. Cradled by clouds, with an icy halo, she shone with potent expectancy and power.
* • .¸ This full moon at the end of November brings the energy that leads to abundance & wealth.
My picture doesn’t do her justice; but she was like the bull’s eye in the constellation of Taurus, blazing bright.
The dot at her lower left hand corner is actually Jupiter, which the largest of all the planets. Representing the Lord of Plenty, he shows the way to to a rich and abundant life.
Being in Taurus reinforces this. There was a lunar eclipse in Gemini on the 28th November, “in the stormy Hyades star cluster found dappled along the face of Taurus, the Bull.” (Dark Star Astrology) This gives the feeling of being in of eye of the storm; so a good time to watch our minds, and make sure those stormy emotions don’t take ahold and lead us into trouble.
But it’s also a time when our minds are sharp. So if we can reign in those strong passions, and use them as fuel, directing them to a desired end, success could well be ours.
This is, after all, a moon of prosperity and beneficence.
And that’s the thing; we need resources, but if we don’t share them, they mean nothing. It’s the giving mind that creates abundance in return.
“From giving comes wealth” the Protector Nagarjuna said.
Then there’s Jupiter next to her. He draws us “towards a sense of fullness and offering a grander, more expansive vision of reality. He expresses the qualities of abundance, freedom, growth and fertility; broadening our horizons and bringing relief from the restraints that cause us to view the world in narrow, constricting terms.” (Skyscript)
Our normal view that material wealth brings happiness; and that we have to hoard our money and possessions to be rich, is indeed narrow and constricting. Happiness comes from within.
Happiness a mind, so cannot be produced from external sources, it can only come from the previous moment of mind. And miserliness causes misery, not joy. We can be sat on a pot of money, but what good does it do us?
See Economic Crisis ~ What Would Buddha Do? here, for more on this, and there’s bound to be more on the joy of giving in the run-up to Christmas…
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It’s Protector Day in our Buddhist tradition, traditionally known as Kangso. All this felt very blessed.
Kangso is a special puja, or prayers to Dorje Shugden, our Dharma Protector. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Buddha Manjushri. Blazing with the light of auspiciousness, he protects us on our spiritual path.
One of his retinue is Ratna Shugden, whose to job is to increase our “life span, merit good fortune” and “all good qualities“. He rides a “heavenly palomino horse” and is “completely pure happiness with a supremely radiant form“. (Kangso Prayers)
How very cool is that ? 🙂
Jas Baku – November full moon
Tibetan sand mandala
Ratna Shugden thanka
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