The Silence of the Full Moon

Yesterday night, I was sitting on the steps of my van, looking up at the sky and the big bright moon. I was lucky to be up in the mountains, so the only light was that of the moon. She seemed to have so much wisdom to offer. 

I pulled out a card from my Zen Tarot deck: Silence.

 "The silent mirrorlike receptiveness of a star-filled night with a full moon is reflected in the misty lake below. The face in the sky is in deep meditation, a goddess of the night that brings depth, peace and understanding.   Now is a very precious time. It will be easy for you to rest inside, to plumb the depth of your own inner silence to the point where it meets the silence of the universe.  There's nothing to do, nowhere to go and the quality of your inner silence permeates everything you do. It might make some people uncomfortable, accustomed as they are to all the noise and activity of the world. Nevermind; seek out those who can resonate with your silence, or enjoy your aloneness. Now is the time to come home to yourself. The understanding and insights that come to you in these moments will be manifested later on, in a more outgoing phase of your life."  - Osho Zen Tarot

"The silent mirrorlike receptiveness of a star-filled night with a full moon is reflected in the misty lake below. The face in the sky is in deep meditation, a goddess of the night that brings depth, peace and understanding. 

Now is a very precious time. It will be easy for you to rest inside, to plumb the depth of your own inner silence to the point where it meets the silence of the universe.

There's nothing to do, nowhere to go and the quality of your inner silence permeates everything you do. It might make some people uncomfortable, accustomed as they are to all the noise and activity of the world. Nevermind; seek out those who can resonate with your silence, or enjoy your aloneness. Now is the time to come home to yourself. The understanding and insights that come to you in these moments will be manifested later on, in a more outgoing phase of your life."

- Osho Zen Tarot

It is perfect, as I'm beginning a week of being on my own, housesitting for a friend in a house a little way up the woods in Santa Rosa, CA. By myself (and a cat and a dog), in a nice quiet house in nature. 

This full moon is the second in a row in Sagittarius, which is a rare event. And it is coupled with the summer equinox, which is even more rare - a once in a lifetime event apparently. The depth of the moon sits in Sagittarius, the idealist, the seeker of truth and wisdom. As the sun enters Cancer, at the yearly peak of its power. Cancer, the nurturer, the one most in touch with their emotions. 

I was at a friends' house yesterday, enjoying great company, delicious food and watching the Warriors game (but that's another story); and she said that this full moon/equinox was raising the vibrations of the planet and the people. That's how I felt this morning meditating: as much darkness that there seems to be in the world (and God knows there has been some lately), there is an invisible force of light and goodness that shines upon us, and that is much more powerful than all the darkness. Tuning into it is as simple as taking 10 minutes to sit in silence and send blessings to all living being. I felt that power this morning. I was called to softly chant: "Om Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu * Om Shanti Shanti Shanti" - that means May All Beings Be Happy And Free * Peace Peace Peace. I felt a light filling my head and flowing downward, as a surge of energy was coming from my pelvis and surging upward. Something in my heart cracked and tears filled my eyes. For a moment, I thought it was sadness. It had the same flowing quality of water making its way to the depth of my heart. I took a deep breath and saw that it wasn't painful if I let it be. It was just to deepest parts opening up more, and they were a little rusty...It was just the Universe working its magic any little opportunity I allow it to do so.