ACVA Online Fall 2010
The Harvest of Abundance
Autumn Equinox, 2010
|By ACVA Online President William Levacy|
|Hello Every One,|
For the Northern Hemisphere, the Autumn Equinox "falls" this year on September 22, 2010 at 11:09 pm EDT. While the equinox means "equal nights,", the hours of night and day are usually different by about seven to ten minutes. It takes a couple more days for the day and night to actually be even time-wise (due to variables such as how we measure against the center of the sun and due to atmospheric refraction). It is also important to realize that when it is fall in the northern hemisphere it will be spring in the southern. For both the spring and fall seasons, the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west. Marking these two days of the year allowed the ancient seasonal calendar makers to find the exact cardinal directions of east and west by using the sun.
Historically, in the West, autumn is the time of harvest when the fruits of labor and love pour out in abundance. In India, this time of year marks the retreat of the monsoons with their fertile yet often flooding rains. In the Vedas of India, the autumn time was mentioned frequently. Prayers beseeched the Devas or ‘shining ones,’ as the creative forces of nature, to allow them to live at least a hundred autumns. People beseeched the Maruts, or storm gods, to spare them in the midst of the thunderous lightening flashes and torrential rains.
The autumn equinox also marked the time when the monsoons abated. The vegetation started to dry out. The threat of waterborne illnesses across the land began to lose its hold.. People could now enjoy the new dry, cooling weather in the warmth and comfort of their homes. The skies were now clear and sunny. The yogis could come out of their caves or ashrams and the sadhus could begin wandering about again.
India celebrates at least two major festivals during the autumn season. One is Navratri or the nine nights of the Divine Mother, especially Durga Devi who symbolizes primal power or “Shakti.” The other important festival, perhaps the most famous in India and around the world, is Deepavali or Diwali, the festival of lights. This festival is often associated with Lakshmi in her role as the bringer of fortune and prosperity.
In the autumn of the West, all that everyone had labored so hard to produce was now being supplied, consumed, “eaten,” and enjoyed. With thanks and gratitude, people began to reap as much or more of what they needed in the time that that they needed it. Life’s supply flowed out fully in the well-being of abundance. It was possible to share in the abundance even more through meritorious “dana” or giving.
With the tools of Jyotish, or Vedic astrology, we have the insight to know how to properly pace our lives through all the seasons. Our Jyotishi, or astrologer, can help us recognize our positive or “shubha karma”, to help us anticipate the approach of a benevolent time. We can use this time mindfully to sow the seeds of our life for ongoing abundance. Vedic astrology can also help us understand our “dush karma” or those weaker parts of our character that need reinforcing and need to be acted upon with caution. With a balanced view of our birth charts, or “kundalis,” we can evolve beyond the demerit side of our destiny. We can amplify the strengths of personality that allow us to move forward fully in time, We can anticipate and celebrate a destiny of light and overflowing fullness. Jyotish helps us harvest our abundance and make it the platform for further growth into even higher levels of health and happiness, beyond the storms of life.
This autumn period is a good time to reflect on how to fully harvest the abundance of our Being. With the new energy of this important season we can open ourselves to the possibilities of attracting more opportunities, being grateful for the situations we have more deeply, and celebrating with those blessed individuals who share in the abundance of lives. We can use the tools of Vedic astrology to help us see even more clearly and quickly into the richness of our future.
In reality, everyday should be a day of celebrating the abundance of the harvest of our blessings. Our merit or “punya” can be delivered now in a full and timely manner enrichening us greatly. We can also use this festive time to fully and graciously share our abundance with others.
As ACVA moves into the fall season, it is an opportunity to support and harvest the wonderful knowledge of Jyotish or Vedic astrology that our online courses provide. We are starting an exciting new learning option called the “ACVA Flex Model,” that allows those who are intermediate learners to test out of the first four modules of ACVA Online Level 1 and begin their learning journey in Vedic astrology at Module 5, “The Yogas of Vedic Astrology.” Call or email the ACVA registrar (email@example.com) or visit our website at HYPERLINK "http://www.acvaonline.org" www.acvaonline.org to find out more about our new programs.
On a final exciting note, ACVA Online is revising its website. We will have a new look and feel in the next couple of months, so be sure to drop by for a visit!!
Onward and upward,
American College of Vedic Astrology Online
William R. Levacy Biography:
William R. Levacy holds a B.A. in literature and an M.A. in education; has been a practitioner of Vedic astrology (or Jyotish, as it’s called in India) since 1983; and is the Dean of Curriculum at the American College of Vedic Astrology (ACVA). Bill also received a master’s degree in the Science of Creative Intelligence in 1977 in Switzerland from Maharishi European Research University, where he concentrated his studies in Vedic Science. In 1996, he received the prestigious Jyotish Kovid award from the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences (ICAS). His two decades of experience as a business consultant in the aerospace industry contributes to the practical yet personal nature of his readings.
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