The Christ Festival [part 2]
Malvin Artley continues his discussion of the current Full Moon in Libra, the Christ Festival. It is by the very destruction of the forms that the nature spirits build that evolution proceeds, but only within the greater Law, and not the law of man. This positive, lawful destruction of form is what is indicated by the trine between the Sun and Pluto. Malvin also publishes a regular astrological newsletter, to which you can subscribe by clicking the link at the end of this article.
Subtle Meanings of the Full Moon in Libra
The implication here is that we have an opportunity this year to work more in cooperation with the building forces (angelic hosts) of Nature rather than as the destructive agents that we so often are. Paradoxically, though, it is by the very destruction of the forms that the nature spirits build that evolution proceeds, but only within the greater Law, and not the law of man. This positive, lawful destruction of form is what is indicated by the trine between the Sun and Pluto. Let us use a human analogy to make the point more clear. Is it more useful to people to destroy a house while they are still residing in it, or is it more desirable to wait until the residents have moved out and the house has outlived its usefulness? And, if the house is still livable, why demolish it at all? What we will see regarding the destruction of forms this year will be the more lawful, carefully measured demolition of useless constructs rather than the more wholesale destructiveness we saw last year. This will apply to social constructs as well as to forms of all kinds. This will also become very clearly evidenced after the Wesak Moon. There will be a major point of crisis, and then things will settle out over the remainder of the year. From this measured clearing away of the undergrowth, so-to-speak, will come a refreshing new outlook on things, as indicated by the gracious aspects of Neptune to the luminaries.
The lunar degree describes the masses of humanity and the type of energies that are reflected into the mix just described. The symbol of the boat landing in need of reconstruction is apt, given the state of world affairs. There is a crying need for fence-mending with regards to international relations. There has very definitely been a storm. In fact, the storm still rages, and is likely to reach its peak soon. But clear skies are coming, as they always do, and the “boats” of human relations will have to have a place to be moored on calmer and more sheltered waters.
There is another side to the lunar degree in this figure, too. In the chart we find a grand trine between the Moon, Mars and Neptune. This can bring a most amazing amount of emotional force to bear in the arena of world affairs. The fact that it involves the Moon indicates that the common people of the world, of which we are a part, will hold the trump card for this year in world affairs, to use the vernacular. There are elections in all the countries of the coalition this year. One regime (Spain) has fallen. Will there be another? The people see the truth of their situation this year, whereas last year the seas were turbulent and the waters muddied by conflict. The people are demanding more positive change, and they are getting it. The release points of this grand trine are the Sun, Mars and, to a lesser point, the north node of the Moon. What this means, very simply and generally, is that if things do not add up for people and they feel conflicted about the designs of their governments (as indicated by the Sun), then the will of the people is going to be provoked and there will be new governments put in place (Sun trine Pluto).
Added to the Mars release point for the grand trine is Mars being at the apex of our favorite T-square configuration with a Jupiter/Uranus opposition as the arms of the cross. This is a gambler’s configuration—and no penny-ante wagers, either. Mars square Uranus is an aspect of tremendous independence, high tension and temper (a particularly explosive and uncontrollable temper), with the possibility of accidents, especially in automobiles and airplanes. Mars square to Jupiter is an aspect of high enthusiasm and good spirits, but also of recklessness and of not knowing when to quit. It is an aspect of “riding a willing horse to death”. The Jupiter/Uranus opposition brings a good deal of the visionary with it, but the insights are fundamentally unsound. Things are seen in the large, but are not thought through. Grand visions start out full of enthusiasm, but soon collapse under their own weight because there was never a firm foundation put in place to hold them up.
There is a very ominous tone in this configuration, and it is one that I sincerely hope does not get played out in world affairs. The danger here is that, under threat of losing control, there might be certain factions in the world who will fall under the glamour of this T-square, throw caution to the wind and gamble all on their vision, using all of their resources in the process. I will not go into the possibilities, for to do so would only energize such thinking. But, the intuitive reader will know exactly what I mean here.
If there is such an upheaval, it would cause a lot of difficulty in the interim, but, again—as in so much over the past year or so—the will of the people can be the saving force in the world. Governments live and die by their constituents. The response of the Spaniards to the recent terrorist attacks there were a slap in the face to the terrorists and to the government that put them in the war to start with. There is cause for much celebration in such a demonstration of solidarity in the masses. We need to consider, too, that Saturn graces us with a trine and a sextile to the T-square arm, which helps very much to stabilize things and to give more sobriety and common sense to what is otherwise a most unstable and volatile configuration. On the other side of the coin, though, this T-square also carries a very positive side, as all aspects do. It brings with it the courage to stand up and act against all odds, the energy needed to put plans through to their completion, the ability to pierce the veil of illusion that stands between us and the higher worlds, the ability to act alone if need be and the pluck to thumb one’s nose at ill-guided authority figures when they are seen to be doing wrong. In summary, aside from being a gambler’s aspect, this is also one of the most brilliant configurations for civil disobedience that I have ever seen in a mundane chart.
The symbol for Mars in this figure is no less revealing, especially since it rules the mundane side of Aries. It reads thus:
“An airplane performing a nose dive”. 10 Gemini
What better symbol would one want for daring, for foolishness, for steadiness of nerves in the face of certain danger and for the energies of the T-square just described? Again, I will not go into the more nefarious possibilities for this symbol.
Venus is tensely aspected in this figure, being square to Uranus and in a wide conjunction to Mars. The indications are that this year will be another tense one for relationships in general, with a high need for independence with people, but it also brings the possibility of many unusual and unexpected alliances with it. In the arena of affairs of the heart, this is most definitely a time to expect the unexpected, to remain true to oneself, to be certain that only the highest good and purpose is maintained within any relationship and that the relationship between us and our own higher Selves is fastidiously maintained. Otherwise, emotional storms will come and some relationships will be the worse for wear at the end of this year.
In part three of this article, Malvin examines the role of Chiron in the process of healing and the entry into the outstanding joy of life that is so characteristic of Aries. Read part three of The Christ Festival
Aries, the Ram
Taurus, the Bull
Gemini, the Twins
Cancer, the Crab
Leo, the Lion
Virgo, the Virgin
Libra, the Scales
Scorpio, the Scorpion
Sagittarius, the Archer
Capricorn, the Sea Goat
Aquarius, the Water Bearer
Pisces, the Fishes