Malvin Artley has been a practising astrologer for the past 10 years. He is an
accredited member of the American Federation of Astrologers.
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.
The Festival of The Angels [Festival of Redemption -- part two]In this the second part of his marvellous article, Malvin discusses the nature and role of Angelic Beings and the multitudes of the unseen world. Our own role and task under the energies of Virgo are also outlined. Malvin also publishes a regular astrological newsletter, to which you can subscribe by clicking the link at the end of this article.
The Subtle Meanings of the Full Moon in Pisces
The fact that this full moon occurs just before the 2nd anniversary of the Twin Towers tragedy in the country of my birth is of no small moment, either. There is a clearing of the air that is needed in very many aspects of what really happened regarding the terrorist attacks there. The truth of the matter will come out and then a more positive healing can take place. There has been a deep rend in the subconscious of the US and all matters of security and the feeling of invincibility have been shaken up. This shaking up was needed, although the necessity for the tragedy is questionable. We have some idea now, as a country, what many peoples in the world go through on a regular basis. Hopefully we will be able to heal the past and move on. Hopefully, too, we will be able to reorient ourselves to the true ideals upon which the country was founded, for Mars has a rulership over ideals and Pluto tears down those which are obstructive and no longer needed, as was earlier stated. The sense of self for America is in for big changes over the next few years.
What of the Angels, though? The type of angelic essence with which Virgo works is of an ethereal nature at all levels of our being. As most of you know, we are far more than our dense body "Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter" another popular master was heard to say. Indeed, there is a dense or tangible part of us at every level of being as well as an etheric or ethereal counterpart. It is this etheric body at any level with which Virgo is connected, especially the higher aspects of that type of matter. This is the evolutionary part of any body. The tangible portions are automatic and static, for the most part. They are what is termed "involutionary". The etheric body is where the real changes take place within us. It is this body which determines the type of tangible body we have at whatever level. It is literally true that we are angelic to some degree at every level of our being. Even the densest part of us is composed of angelic essence. It is simply disguised. It is this last fact and statement which is the esoteric basis behind the scientific concept of "The Wave/Particle Duality" of modern physics.
I thought it would be helpful to know how this evolutionary angelic essence appears in other parts of nature besides humanity. We will start with the small and work upward, and also from the denser to the most rarified. But, I will have to keep this very brief; it is such a vast subject.
We have all heard of Fairies, or the Little People. Such little beings do exist and can be readily seen by people who have clairvoyant and etheric sight. They are the small evolutionary angelic essences which go toward the care, evolution and sustenance of all the other kingdoms in nature. They eventually move on either into the animal kingdom or into the ranks of the greater Angels. They are all etheric at physical levels, are quite innately intelligent and are very curious about what goes on around them, much like animals are. There are many grades of them.
At physical levels there are fairies of many types and of many colors, but the predominant shade is violet. There are a great many of violet hue who work with all the inanimate objects we see around us. Then there are a great many of green hue that work with the plant kingdom. These are primarily known as elves, and they build and paint the flowers. There are quite a number of radiant little beings who inhabit the fields and woods, and then there are the ones who work with the fruits, vegetables and all other verdant plant life. There is also a group of air and water fairies. These are predominantly white in color. All of these can be seen by those people possessing etheric sight.
There are counterparts to these at astral levels as well and those can be seen clairvoyantly. We need to be careful to distinguish these at any level from what are known as elementals, which are not evolutionary. Their numbers are legion. They are known as brownies, pixies and gnomes when connected with mineral life. Fire elementals are known as salamanders. Elementals of the water are known as undines, while air elementals are called sylphs. The elementals are known by other names in other cultures, such as peris, djinns, trolls, satyrs, fauns, kobolds, imps, goblins, etc. There is generally much unclarity in the understanding of these matters and the term "elemental" is often used interchangeably with the more evolutionary small devas which, strictly speaking, is not correct. The distinction lies in the fact that the little devas work with evolutions or kingdoms in nature, whereas the elementals are strictly connected with an element and have no real consciousness of their own.
Most people have no clue as to the real wonder of the world around us, simply because we have lost perspective and ability to properly focus--literally and figuratively. Just beyond the veil we have erected lies the most astounding world of light, amazing color, luminosity and absolute fecundity of life. There is literally not one square inch of space on this planet that is not imbued with this light. The sheer multitude of the Angelic host, both large and small, is staggering and far outnumbers our own and connected evolutions (animals, etc.). Every plant, every stone, every animal, every continent and even every person has some sort of luminous, angelic being or Being connected with it and thus forming its true essence. The Angels are form, and all forms are angelic in their very essence.
Next above these in rank are the Angels equal in rank to us in evolutionary status on their own line of evolution. At the physical level these are known as "devas of the ethers". They are recognized by having a more easily recognizably angelic form and they have a symbol on their foreheads in the shape of a crescent moon. They are of three main shades--violet, green and white. The white ones are directly responsible for providing protection for the human race and are what we know as the Guardian Angels. They also oversee the water and air fairies and much that concerns the fish kingdom and are very much concerned with the care and segregation (in an evolutionary sense) of the human races. The green angels work with the vegetable life and with the sacred spots on Earth and in their work lies the safety of the human body in the form of nourishment and medicine. The violet group works with the care and evolution of the etheric bodies of humans and animals. There is always at least one angel always in contact with us, though we seldom, if ever, know it.
Angels of Virgo
It is these last angels with which we are concerned in connection with Virgo. The important thing to remember about all of the evolutionary devas is that we can work in cooperation with them to effect change. The Angels always work within God's Law, according to natural order. Their way is the way of acquiescence, and they evolve by coming under our dominion. We, on the other hand, evolve by learning the art and science of stewardship and beneficent dominion, rather than by gross and uneducated controlling of devas. All of the devas of the ethers have their counterparts on the astral plane, or plane of desiring, though we are not told if they carry a symbol on them anywhere. We should be aware, too, that all angels respond to vibration, and all sounds and colors have a profound effect upon them, especially if the sounds and colors are used in a ritualized manner. They are also contactable through the use of symbols, and it is through a language of vibration and of symbolism that they carry out their work.
Lastly, there are Angels at every level of much greater magnitude than the ones just outlined. They are of many ranks, too, but are generally parallel in evolutionary status to human initiates of higher degrees and beyond. Some of these Angels are very large, sometimes exceeding miles in size when connected with certain great groups of lives. These would be the greater species Angels, the Angels connected with large land masses and continents and the Angels of nations, for there are such Beings. There are also Angels far in advance of us who are known by names such as Arch-Angels and planetary Angels. The rankings go on apparently ad-infinitum, hence the name often given to them "The Army of the Voice".
In Virgo, angels and humans are one. Jupiter rules the higher side of Virgo and unites us all in common cause, expanding the Plan of God to include all creative agents in this world of ours in the task of constructing the Temple of Light and Love, which this planet is ultimately meant to be. People and Angels form integral and inseparable parts of this Plan. From the plane that Virgo rules, the Eye of God gazes out over all creation and guides the building of that Temple until "The Great Day Be With Us", human and Angel alike, for all Spirits are but that great Eye in their united functioning. When we come to understand unity in diversity in working toward the common Goal, then we come to know the sign of Virgo in the fullest. And, the Work goes on without rest, without pause, with only the greatest joy in the tasks at hand and with the most careful attention to the details of those tasks. Anything less gives no praise to God--this, the Virgo knows in their heart of hearts.
What is our Task?
What will our task be this year regarding matters Virgoan and Angelic? A clue can be found in the symbol for the degree of the Sun in this full moon figure: "A Ouija Board". In our quest for what lies beyond the veil we have no further to look than within our selves. All of our answers are held within us, locked away. Our consciousness as the human race is being shifted to new levels. But the key to changing ones consciousness is not in changing how one thinks. To quote the old occult adage: "If you want to change your consciousness, you have to change your bodies." Shamans have known this through the ages. The body is what limits our perception at any level of being, not our minds. We should keep in our thoughts, too, that the reasoning mind is just as much a body as our physical nature is.
We are going to be cleansed and healed in our body natures this year. Our bodies will change and become lighter, so long as we cooperate. Our consciousness will thus expand as well, to lesser or greater degree. All we need to do is remove obstructions to that, which Pluto will "help" us to do. The Angels will do the rest guided by our Spirit, Who will then mount the throne of our lower nature anew and in fuller power.
We are consciousness wrapped in a veil of angelic essence. This Festival of Virgo celebrates the work of those Angels who parallel our own evolution and who are equal with or above us in rank along their own line of evolution. At higher mental levels and above, we all merge and blend anyway, especially at the level of the Eternal Spirit. These Angels form, in fact, the spiritual essence of our bodies, and when we live to our highest Light we work with them and help eachother to evolve at greater speed and for greater Good. Let us celebrate our one-ness with this great parallel evolution and trust that the veil between us will soon be lifted, that we might once again commune with the Angels and know ourselves again as the luminous beings that we are in fact and in life.
Much love to you all,
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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.
He sends out periodic emails about astrological happenings and developments. These email messages are sent as a gift and a sharing. They are sent to people of many persuasions, not just astrologers. Blessings. Click here to subscribe to Malvin's periodic letters.
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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