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Malvin is the author of Bodies of Fire: An Exploration of the Lesser Chakra System. He has authored numerous articles and was a member of the faculty of the University of the Seven Rays, a non-profit organization dedicated to the teaching of the Trans-Himalayan tradition as expressed through the books of Alice Bailey, Helena Blavatsky and others.
His primary focus over the past 25 years has been on the sciences as they express occultism and with bridging work between the two. His special interests are the human subtle energy system and all the chakras, or energy centres, physics and technology, astronomy and all aspects of Chinese occultism. He has done extensive work with Chinese astrology and the cycles they use and seeks to synthesize the great Western and Oriental systems on such matters.
Malvin lives in Adelaide, South Australia. He also works in the engineering trades and sends out periodic emails about astrological happenings and developments. Click here to subscribe to Malvin's periodic letters.
Cancer Solar Festival 
Cancer Solar Festival 
Year of the White Tiger
The Cancer Solar Festival
at the Full Moon Eclipse in Capricorn 2010
Malvin Artley, our regular esoteric commentator, presents the Cancer Solar Festival, 2010, an Eclipse of the Full Moon in Capricorn. This is Cancer's Full Moon, as the Moon is full in the sign opposing the Sun. The Full Moon of Cancer (the Full Moon at Capricorn 4º 46') takes place on the 26th of June 2010 at around 11:40 UT (GMT).
I have given over a lot of time recently to reflect on my life and to see what has real meaning for me and what is best laid aside. The clock and the months and years tick on and time has a way of slipping into memory. Events since the start of this lunar year (Year of the Iron Tiger) have been going pretty much as expected and maybe one of the things that has been coming to me is a uniquely Tiger-esque quality/experience/quirk: I want to be certain that the things that matter to me are not left undone when I leave this life for the Heavenly Fields. Tigers are renowned for having regrets later in life if they feel they have failed to fulfill their sense of destiny. Now, I am not a Year Tiger (i.e. born in the year of the Tiger), but the qualities of any given year have their way of making imprints upon our consciousness. In conversations with several of my close friends they have stated that they been having similar musings as I have of late: “Does what I am doing with my life have any meaning?” There is a general sense among people I know that it is time to get on with things and that one does not necessarily have all the time in the world any longer. It is not that there is any sense of impending doom or the like. Rather, the sense about the place, in a manner of speaking, is that life could be lived more earnestly and pointedly, and especially that, in the words of B.B. King and the rest of the world's great philosophical and religious thinkers, “Life should have Soul”.
Levity aside, one of the things that stands out to me at the moment in terms of what I see and hear in the world is the clear idea that life can change dramatically in an instant and that one should devote at least a very significant part of one's day every day to those activities and practices that give one's life a sense of real purpose: a sense of spiritual destiny and movement forward along those lines. Every decision and action in every moment sets one up for the future, and not simply the future of this life. This life is actually not the key consideration in the larger scheme of things, although the choices we make now can set us up pretty well for future lives. These days there is no security in worldly matters (money, home, jobs, governments and the like, even the very ground that we walk upon) and that the only thing we can ever really rely upon and that will bring us any long-term and lasting happiness is our own peace of mind. It is this peace of mind toward which all the great teachers and religions of the world, and even our life experience, direct us. It is that peace of mind that ensures happy future lives, along with this one.
In our innermost nature we are blissful, radiant and peaceful, and in the bliss of the womb of the Great Mother, the aura of our local universe, we find the nurturing and care we need as we progress toward the ultimate realization of our own divine nature. It is that bliss and sense of care that lies at the root consciousness of every Cancerian type, which is at the root of all sense of community and which, curiously enough, gave birth to human consciousness countless millennia ago. Every choice we make to realize that light and bliss gets projected onto the world and creates a corresponding change in and lifting of outer life. So, here is the thing: How do we nurture that light and sense of blissful joy in ourselves and help others to realize that same state of being, and what is the world showing us about all that at the moment? It is that very question which is presented to us at every Cancer solar festival.
I just mentioned that the Year of the Iron Tiger is going as expected, so in that regard it might be helpful to look at what has happened in the last six months to get a sense of where the year is headed. In the Chinese New Year letter for this year I mentioned that there would be a higher than likely number of transport accidents or disasters, and that has come to pass, although it is not the number of crashes that has risen per year, but the number of fatalities per crash. There have been three major air crashes so far this lunar year—the Afriqiya Crash, the Air India Crash and the Polish Air Crash—and the year was presaged on the 25th of Jan by the Ethiopian Air Flight 409 Crash. We just heard here in Australia of the crash of the light plane in the Congo where the executives of the Sundance Resources Co. perished. In the four large crashes combined close to 450 lives were lost, and we are only halfway through the year.
Earthquake and seismic activity has been higher than normal in the last six months, too, with respect to the number of lives affected or lost. We saw the Haiti Quake, the Chilean Quake and resulting tsunami (one of the largest quakes ever recorded), the Qinghai Quake and the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano eruption in Iceland, which had much of European air traffic grounded for a number of days. There has been huge flooding in central Europe, Brazil, the southern US, Queensland and southern France and sinkholes in Guatemala.
Scientists have just succeeded in producing the first completely synthetic genome. We have finally succeeded in creating an organism on our own. Nature has taught us well. Let us hope that we make good and proper use of the gifts we have uncovered in that regard. We also found out that our ancestors likely interbred with Neanderthals. This is a year of bold and decisive action or of complete and spectacular stuff-ups. Several of the nations of Europe are in difficult financial strife, the stock exchanges of the world are volatile and uncertain, and the Middle East is fast becoming very unstable. There is ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan and terrorist bombings in the world seem to be on the rise and deadlier.
Call of the Collective
Perhaps the biggest single disaster this year, however, has been the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico with the resultant huge oil slick that is still generating. That single event will likely go down in history as a major turning point in the life of big oil as a dominant economic force. It will also be the trigger, as I see it, of some revolutionary thinking in the realms of science, transport and energy. Necessity for rethinking current policy on such matters is upon us. We will see how inventive we can be and what the call of the collective Soul evokes in us. We need to take a brief look at this disaster, as it is important in several respects. Firstly, oil underpins a huge sector of the world economy. Secondly, one of the world's major spawning grounds and most important marine environments is confronted with possible ruin. The security of millions (possible tens or hundreds of millions) of people has been put at risk by it, and it is literally leaving a black spot on industry, government and the nature of our desires for modern convenience and way of life.
The explosion and subsequent events that led to the eventual sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, with the resulting oil slick, occurred on 20 Apr 2010 at 9:45 PM in the Gulf of Mexico (24N44, 88W23). There are several striking features to the chart, some of the most notable being the Moon/Vertex conjunction in Cancer in the 8th House (indicating a major world development in the fields of foreign finance, public sentiment, public safety and possibly crime), a strong quintile triangle involving the Moon, Mercury, Chiron and Neptune (denoting the calamitous nature of the event along with the great creative potential that can be realized through the solutions to it), an undecile triangle involving the Moon, Saturn and Pluto (denoting the initiatory nature of the event, as well as its underworld/world subconscious overtones) and the significant involvement of certain asteroids (asteroids always pinpoint specific aspects of world consciousness when in a mundane chart).
Saturn at Work
In addition, Saturn is at the apex of a yod with the Sun and Chiron/Neptune at the base, indicating the possibilities of huge financial losses, loss of face of certain officials and the very deep effect it would have on public consciousness, since the apex planet (Saturn) is in the 10th house of the disaster figure, not to mention the fact that Uranus is in opposition to Saturn from the 4th House, highlighting the need for new ideas and striking a blow at the old. Uranus in the 4th House of the figure, highlighting the shake-up of people's securities, the need for a better sense of community and showing what a lack of proper care and attention can and will wreak on the environment. The US Sun is in Cancer and in the disaster figure the Moon/Vertex conjunction is conjunct the US Mercury/Vertex conjunction. Commerce, family business along the Gulf coast and the general sense of security in the US will all be strongly affected by this event. Since the vertices of both charts are conjunct there is also the strong sense that this disaster is a date with destiny for the US. This is certainly a highly significant world event.
The sign Cancer is most often associated with family, motherhood and women in general. In that regard I have been looking recently at the 'family structure' of our solar system, specifically with regard to the minor planetary bodies, of which there are thousands. By 'planetary bodies', I mean natural bodies that orbit the Sun—asteroids, minor planets, comets and the like. There are many classes of such bodies and they tend to have a group effect, I have found, especially the comets and asteroids. I will not go into detail about my findings here, save to say that significant world events are marked by specific classes of asteroids, and the type of asteroid involved has a lot to say about the type of event that is described by their presence. A colleague and I are planning to present some of these findings in a workshop here in Adelaide within the next couple of months. It is not so much that asteroids bring these events to pass. Rather, they stand as descriptors and indicators of the types of consciousness in the world that any given event is meant to evoke or address. That is my view of them, anyway. Asteroids and comets are generally tiny, seldom more than a few kilometers across, so their net effect on world events is correspondingly small. However, these bodies represent 'fragments of consciousness', or shall we say, aspects of a more inclusive consciousness. As such, they have a lot to say about the specificity of life and events and they thus warrant our consideration.
There were a significant number of asteroids of various classes on the angles of the Deepwater Horizon chart. It is often not the case that there are so many associated with an event chart, which is surprising considering there are so many asteroids. There were nine in total for this chart in the groups I examined. The fact that there were so many on angles of the chart points to the fact that this event has a lot to say about world affairs. To name a few and without going into the classifications, we have the following, just to show how descriptive these bodies can be:
- Dædalus, the 'cunning worker”, skilled craftsmanship and striking ingenuity, and who could not bear any rivals, is on the ascendant of the figure, opposed by
- Cerberus, the three-headed hound that guarded the gates of Hades and whose task it was to prevent those who had passed on to Hades from escaping, on the descendant.
- Klotho, the spinner of the thread of human life and goddess of birth, is on the nadir of the chart.
- Chiron, the noblest of the centaurs and renowned as a great healer, squares the horizon and is conjunct Neptune, god of the seas.
- Chaos, the primeval state of existence, the mother of the elements, squares the meridian axis from the 7th House.
To go into the other asteroids for this figure would simply take too much space. The Ascendant in a mundane chart always indicates the purpose and the leaders behind the event. With the asteroid Daedalus there we see the skill and striking ingenuity at work at trying to extract the rich resources beneath the surface of the Gulf. It is opposed on the Descendent (representing obstacles, enmity, litigation and open enemies) by Cerberus, who would figuratively seek to keep the resource beneath the ground and ferociously guard his charges. The Descendant indicates the opponents to the main players in the saga. Daedalus was an architect, and interestingly the architect of the labyrinth which held the minotaur captive, representative in this case of going about his business in the most skilful manner possible, while the opposition by Cerberus shows that it was perhaps not the wisest course to drill in this particular spot or, at the very least, to take special care and be respectful of safety in the process.
The Deepest Well
It may be of interest to know that Deepwater Horizon drilled the deepest oil well in history, the one that is leaking, at a depth of 10+ miles beneath the surface. It is also of interest and perhaps worthy to note that drilling a hole that deep into the Earth's crust has the same effect as placing an acupuncture needle in a point on an acupuncture meridian—or perhaps misplacing one. If a needle is placed wrongly it can bring very deleterious results. The Earth is an organism. Practitioners of Feng Shui know that placing objects in the earth has to be done with care and precision, otherwise things can go very wrong with a site. Also, in the case of this destroyed oil rig, the deeper in the crust one goes the higher the pressure, which is simple physics, hence the enormity of the leak. The astrological statement being made is that BP should not have drilled there or should have been a lot more conservative in its estimates, or at least much more aware of the possible consequences. Daedalus was a very proud man, which got him in trouble from time to time. Being on the Ascendant of this chart, there is a statement there about not letting pride in one's work blind one to the realities of the situation and become careless. Just because one can do a thing does not mean that one should.
The meridian of a mundane chart shows the public and private face of an event. The 10th House shows authorities, prestige and heads of government. BP certainly got a black eye out of this event. Though there were no asteroids on the Midheaven of the chart, Saturn was in the 10th House, representing falls from grace in this case and highlighting the responsibilities of the officials and heads of government, while Uranus is in the 4th House. Obama is getting a bit of a black eye from this one, too. Before this event is all said and done, I think a great many heads will roll and some serious thought will be made, finally and thankfully, about oil, environment and consumer demands. The 4th House in a mundane chart indicates the land, agriculture and opposition to leaders. In this case the 4th House represented the ocean floor and the resources below it, as well as the Gulf of Mexico in general.
Vast Oilfields of the Gulf
I have heard it stated that the oilfields of the Gulf are vast—of the extent at least of the Saudi oilfields—and are nowhere near their peak, making a lie of many of the statements made about 'peak oil'. If what I heard is true, then peak oil has simply been a ruse by the powers that be to keep the oil prices artificially high. Regardless, Deepwater
Horizon represents a crossroads of a sort. This event will no doubt get the populace and leaders to rethink oil and how we go about meeting the demands of energy. This will inspire thought in a few bright souls. If one oil well out of the 3000+ already in the Gulf can bring about this sort of damage, what if we get a few more like this? Are these wells safe against seismic activity?
Are they safe against extreme weather?
We are now officially in hurricane season. One little hurricane can do a lot with a little oil. One little hurricane can ruin your whole day, to paraphrase a bumper sticker. This is all speculative, of course, but we currently have one of the most potent t-squares in recent history on Aries points. As a colleague of mine recently pointed out, Saturn is about earth and rocks, Pluto is about the depths, Jupiter does things in a big way and Uranus brings the unexpected and disruptions of old structures with it. All four of those planets are in the just-mentioned t-square. Deepwater Horizon is a perfect example of the manifestations of those energies, and both have the possibility in them of bringing down or changing some structures and offices that were long held to be untouchable
In part two of this article, Malvin Artley continues his exploration of the esoteric implications of the Full Moon in Capricorn, the Cancer Solar Festival for 2010. He discusses the meaning of the powerful forces at work that are buffeting our lives, leading to a new way of experiencing the world.
Read part two of The 2010 Cancer Solar Festival at the Full Moon in Capricorn.
Malvin Artley is an accredited member of the
American Federation of Astrologers. His primary focus over the past 25 years has been on the sciences as they express occultism and with bridging work between the two. His special interests in those fields are the human subtle energy system and all the chakras, or energy centres, physics and technology, astronomy and all aspects of Chinese occultism.
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