Pisces New Moon Mandala
March 2, 2022
Love Rises and Responds
“The day will come when,
after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation,
we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.”
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“It is love alone that leads to right action.
What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will.”
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti.
“When we see God in each other we will be able to live in peace.”
~ Mother Teresa
“Hatred ever kills, love never dies.
Such is the vast difference between the two…
The duty of a human being is to diminish hatred and to promote love.”
“Hurt people, hurt people.”
~ Richard Rohr
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,
my mother would say to me,
‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
~ Mr. Rodgers
Ash Wednesday occurred on the day of this new moon. Christians all over the world began their 40 day Lenten pilgrimage in prayer, fasting and almsgiving and to contemplate how love rises and responds in and through each of them. This year, as part of my prayer experience, I downloaded a mandala-like poster from Praying in Color and am using it with The Prayer Wheel, written by Patton Dodd, Jana Riess, and David Van Biema, is about an ancient method of prayer that combines The Lord’s Prayer/Our Father, with the Gifts of the Spirit, the Sacraments, and the promises and blessings of the Beatitudes. Daily bite sized pieces each day to contemplate how love rises and responds in me.
On this day, and at this time, the invasion of the Ukraine tragically continues. What struck me most, and continues to strike me is how love is rising to respond and meet the needs of those fleeing their war torn country. Organizations from all over the world are popping up to assist. The outpouring of empathy and compassion is love’s response. The rise of the many to help… to assist… to aid in large and small ways is love’s response. From driving people from the boarder to sending aid, from cooking meals to providing shelter and more…. love responds. Love rises. And, responds.
The primary symbol in the new moon chart is the conjunction – 5 of them! Five Unions! So lots of circles and the number 5. Five is the number of Mars, the aggressor. The number Five for me has always been about change, getting out of a rut. The aggression that the world is experiencing now is most certainly unwanted change and is giving me an opportunity to see another side of this energy. Some of us may be feeling the “pain” as well as we have passed the mid-point of Lent. Fasting from something we enjoy can often make us short-tempered and cranky – Pales in comparison to what is happening in the Ukraine, yes, but tension none-the-less. (Macrocosm/microcosm.) Change can be war-like in it’s energy, especially if we dig in our heels or are opposed to the change being experienced. Sometimes we have no choice but to defend. Other times it is best to go with the flow and see it through. In the Ukraine the lines are quite marked… easier to see. Much more grey perhaps are our own transgressions. The question in every situation, then, is: How would love respond?
In this mandala, exploding stars represent the tension, anger, frustration, the raging war that is outside but can also occur within. Bubbles represent the love that rises and overwhelmingly responds to that energy – pictured here in many colors, represents the many, and various, ways love rises and responds. The flower at the center is created with interconnecting hearts that incubate loving ideas and dreams. Every action begins with a thought… a dream. The three sets of rings bring light and assist in the flow of love to meet the need. Magenta, or mulberry in this case, represents “universal harmony and emotional balance. It promotes compassion, kindness and cooperation.” I had originally thought teal for the background color. Teal is the color of the high heart. At the last minute, and for no particular reason, I felt prompted to change it to magenta. Interesting that the color designated for Lent is this same reddish-purple.
Rather than fueling the anger, the frustration, the hatred, etc., I choose to hold a higher vibration as best I can. To assist, I, like Mr. Rogers, look for the helpers. I so admire them. They bring such beauty of spirit and tremendous courage and generosity… those who stay… those who rush in… those who rise to the occasion and bring love in its many forms. No doubt we have met helpers on our own paths, in the guise of family and friends, a lovely neighbor perhaps? Perhaps we, too, have been privileged to have assumed the role of Helper at some point in our own lives? May we be as kind to ourselves and to those around us in our own struggles.
As we near the end of Lent and as the troubles of the world continue, the big question, then, in this holy season and at this turning point in time: How will love rise and respond… in me? In you? In us? In we?
Love, Hugs and Blessings,