Aries Solar Festival [part two]
Subtle Meanings of the Full Moon in Libra 2007
Malvin Artley concludes his examination of the subtle meaning of the Full Moon in Libra for 2007. Here Malvin discusses the effects of the symbolic degrees and the underlying planetary aspects, explaining how the Cosmic Hierarchy is calling us to awaken!
The full moon of Aries took place on the 3rd of April at 3:16 AM AEST (April 2nd at 17:16 UT). As is customary, the symbol for the degree of the Sun gives the basic statement underlying the figure. It reads:
“An unexploded bomb reveals an unsuccessful social protest”
Talk about a 'loaded' symbol! This symbol speaks of frustration, of reacting wildly to restraint but also of the necessity thereof and of refusal to conform. What is it in our life with which we must deal and confront but would do almost anything to avoid? By whom or by what do we feel controlled and frustrated at every turn? The human persona is rebellious to change, resistant in the earlier stages to the control imposed by a higher power (the Soul) and recalcitrant when it comes to things or people who demand unwanted attention. We humans are such a lovable lot at times.
What this symbol clearly states is that our protests, no matter how vociferous, will go unheeded and will be unsuccessful until we either make the required changes within ourselves or conform to the greater order and work within that system to institute change. If we are unwilling, then it may be that we simply have to 'leave the state' until such time as conditions are more amenable to us, if that ever happens. Whatever happens, we have to make some sort of fundamental change in our life or either simply let go of our pet issue and get on with the business of living. There is another message here that is not so obvious, however, and that is to forget the outer circumstances and look at what it is within us that wants change, why, and what we must do to affect it. It is not about 'the State'. It is about us, our obligations to the outer world, what we must 'give unto Caesar' and where we could be more understanding of ourselves and the processes of others. Tough love, indeed. The seeds of revolution are implied in this symbol.
The symbol for the degree of the Moon shows what is being reflected back to us and what it is from the past which we must release in order to move forward. It reads:
“Children blowing soap bubbles”
There are three things of importance in connection with this symbol. The first is that we must be imaginative if we are to find a way out of impasses. Any personal impasse implies a limited pattern of thinking that binds one to old habits and desires that are usually better left behind anyway. Imagination invokes the Soul and brings in intuitive awareness, but these insights often fly in the face of established ideas. Secondly, there is a warning with this symbol as it relates to the full moon figure not to get lost in fantasy and ignore the realities going on around us. Play is important and it has its place, but to play too much keeps us from the real business of living. We need to see ourselves and outer circumstances truly. Lastly, and most importantly, ideas tend to be given life in the mind but all-too-often only drift around in our heads, only to disappear as quickly as they come. The lower mind tends to be like that – ephemeral and inconsistent, always darting from one interesting thing to the next.
The message of Aries is to bring ideas into physical reality, and to do that we must first recognize the inherent value of an idea, capture its essence and then focus upon it long enough to give it form and substance. Perhaps the best questions we could ask ourselves in relation to this symbol is what part of our life do we live in fantasy, when do we need to play and to be serious and how do we make our ideas become something of real substance in the outer world, rather than a simple passing fancy? Curiously, there is an implication of revolution in this symbol as well as in the previous one. What might seem a passing thought can become a powerful force for change if we seize upon it rightly.
Planetary Aspects Benefit Business
An analysis of the full moon figure lends full support to what has just been outlined. There are two main aspect patterns to consider in this regard. The first and most obvious one is the Grand Trine involving the Sun, Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter was almost at its retrograde station on that day and Saturn was retrograde as well. Under 'normal' conditions, this would be a brilliant Grand Trine for business and all sorts of big projects. It is a 'money trine' par excellence, when all planets within it are in direct motion, and all business people should benefit from its influence. The only problem is that it is largely stuck in terms of planetary motion, implying that there will be a lot of good ideas around but frustration around getting things off the ground.
Saturn retrograde has a strong implication in money woes as well as problems with men and authority figures in general. Unfortunately, it is a frustrating dynamic, but with huge potential if a way can be found to release that pent-up energy. Fortunately, that 'relief valve' comes from the tight conjunction of Mercury, Uranus and the North Node which squares Jupiter and is quincunx to Saturn. The key to releasing the beautiful and powerful energy of the Grand Trine in this figure thus comes from unusual associations with people and/or ideas, although the two usually go hand in hand. Pay attention to everything, for that passing thought or seemingly banal conversation you overhear on the bus may be the very key to what you need to unlock a huge potential for you. The other way of releasing the potential of the Sun/Jupiter/Saturn Grand Trine is through the Moon, and more specifically through the methods described by the symbol for its degree – play, imagination, 'becoming as little children' and getting lost in the moment from time to time and where appropriate.
The other main aspect pattern in this figure is not obvious on the surface and, unless one knows about 'minor' (the term should be 'harmonic') aspects it would not even get a mention. I always look for interlaced and interlocked patterns of such aspects in a figure, for they denote special qualities and areas or modes of special talents that the standard aspects do not describe. The particular pattern to which I refer in this figure is one of three interlaced and interlocked septile-series triangles involving the Sun, Neptune, Pluto and the South Node. Furthermore, just five hours before the full moon, the Moon completed another such triangle, being at the base of a septile yod with the Uranus/Node conjunction at the apex. This yod is an exact reflection of another septile yod in the interlaced pattern with the sun and Neptune as the base and the South Node at the apex. This is a rare configuration, and it is very occult in its action and implication. I wrote at some length about septile patterns in the 2005 Aries letter. In that letter the following was stated about septile patterns:
- They are strongly implicated in the charts of people who have revealed the hidden side of nature.
- They are implicated in the charts of people who either work with or impose order.
- They are often found in the charts of people who stand as examples for the shape of things to come.
- They are found in the charts of people who work with cycles of destiny, either consciously or unconsciously.
The preceding points are especially true when regular patterns of linked septiles occur in a chart.
If we look at the planets involved in the septile patterns we find two of the main planets of occultism involved – Neptune and Pluto. Pluto clears the way for the sublime Light of Neptune. It brings about freedom from the past and the end of illusion. Neptune is Lord over Pluto and governs its orbital movement, so all outer occurrences that have the stamp of Pluto upon them are actually precursors of Neptunian enlightenment to come. This last point was covered in the 2005 Pisces letter. Any time we find both planets involved in a septile pattern then we can be certain that a rare opportunity for insight is to be bestowed if we are open to it. One could say that Pluto is the herald of expanded intuition, which Neptune represents. With the Sun completing the triangle, we find a high degree of impressionability, especially with Neptune as the midpoint of the triangle. The highest expression of this triangle, then, is the natural seer. It can give us a doorway into things of which we have yet to conceive or would not ordinarily perceive. The inner realms can be opened to us if we were to rightly use the dynamic of this full moon figure. We might think the time for that has passed since the Aries Festival has come and gone, but I assure you that is not the case. There are true revelations to come this year and new benchmarks to be set in human consciousness and relations. All we need do is to turn to 'the Christ within' – our own Souls – and the way will be made clear.
On the downside of this septile pattern, the Moon's South Node is at one point of another triangle and the Moon itself is disseminating the qualities contained in the yod described previously. What this means is that old psychological patterns, if adhered to, will trip us up if we try to move forward with things, ignoring the inner promptings given us from the higher Self. In other words, if we give ourselves over to escapist tendencies or outmoded forms of expression, then the inner process described by the septile patterns here could possibly lead to falls from grace, health problems, a lack of energy or, in extreme cases, martyrdom.
What is being described here is what has been called the 'Icarus Effect' by a good friend of mine – we see a grand vision, are full of inspiration, try to ascend toward that which we desire but fall to earth instead because we have ignored certain fundamentals and weak points within ourselves or those close to us – not done our homework, in other words – and wind up crashing because of our own folly or blindness to our issues. As a warning here, be aware that martyrdom is a distinct possibility this year and is strongly indicated. Watch the news and, if you are in a dangerous area, be mindful and cautious. This full moon will work to the extreme on either pole. We will see people rise to the occasion and have brilliant insights into issues at hand, thus raising the bar for everyone (furthering evolution and society) and setting new and better structures into place, or we will see people completely losing the plot and crashing around us because they simply cannot handle the vision or energy that has been let loose into their system.
Calling Us to Awaken
Be very clear: the period over the last two months has seen a strong increase of Light in the world. As a result, weaknesses are highlighted and strengths are bolstered. Because of increased energy the world seems a frenetic and strange place now, but it will settle and we will find that we are in a better place as a result if we have followed our inner guidance correctly. If we have not, then the Wesak period will bring further shocks. If we have, then the Wesak period will bring a powerful movement forward in terms of one's life direction. The septile patterns and the Grand Trine are calling us to great things, symbolically speaking. Really, our Souls are calling us to awaken. I don't know of many people who like to hear an alarm clock go off in the morning, but we are being aroused from our spiritual slumber in a lot of ways so we can start with a new sort of dispensation/life in the year(s) to come. Our Souls are calling us to awaken.
Aside from the main dynamics of the figure as outlined above, we find that this is not a particularly happy chart with regard to personal matters. To those steeped in the esoteric side of things, this is to be expected of the three great spiritual festivals (Aries, Taurus and Gemini). This time of year is when we are called upon to greater service and self-forgetfulness as a result. In this particular figure the lack of personal focus is shown by the t-square with Venus apex and the Saturn/Neptune opposition, as well as Saturn opposing the midpoint of a Chiron/Neptune conjunction – in itself a particularly sad configuration. Look back at the full moon on the 3rd. Were you happy, or were you bound by duty and/or necessity? Venus/Saturn is big on duty, short on happiness. Still, an obligation fulfilled is one less burden we have to carry through life, which means greater freedom in the long term. The Saturn/Neptune opposition speaks of our search for 'lost time'. How much time have you had to do all the things you have wanted to of late? These aspects are not particularly good for business, either (re: Grand Trine) and there are many businesses here in Adelaide that are struggling at the moment. This is not to say that it will stay that way for the year. Certainly not. However, what is highlighted by this figure is where work needs to be done now to set things right in order that plans can unfold in a more prosperous manner over the months to come.
The only remaining aspects that stand out are the sextile between Mars and Pluto, Jupiter's square to the nodal axis and the sextile between Mercury and Venus. The Mars/Pluto sextile is a saving grace in the chart aside from the Grand Trine, and it gives abundant energy and ego drive along with an indomitable will to push through obstacles. Jupiter's square to the nodal axis warns of us being thrown off course through excesses, taking on too much and jumping into things out of timing. The Mercury/Venus sextile is good for all communications and aesthetic considerations and aids in conflict resolution, being an aspect that denotes 'speaking professions' (diplomats, teachers, sales people, media persona and the like). In the end, this is a powerful figure that holds within it a lot of spiritual promise and it can give people the capacity to change their lives in a very meaningful, unusual and big way. If there are obstacles to that, those will be dealt with under the impress of the next full moon – the Wesak Festival. If we are on track, so-to-speak, we will be propelled forward, literally. The Wesak period tells us of our purpose in the coming year, whereas the Easter Festival tells us where we can love and serve more fully. The way we love and serve is being put to the test now through our present situation. The purpose of all that is happening now will be revealed to us shortly.
Peace and Quiet
The past weeks have been a 'full' time in many ways. Everyone I know feels unduly stressed in some area of life and stretched almost to the breaking point. Because of that people around us seem preoccupied, self-absorbed and ill-tempered. Things do not seem to go our way at times and we wonder “Why me!?” Basically, we are all in the same boat. I used to ask my Dad every year at birthdays and Christmas what he wanted for his gift and the answer was always the same – Peace and quiet. I could go with a bit of that right now. I haven't raised four children like he and my mom did, but I know what he meant all those years. His answer is still the same, by the way, even though now it is a family joke. In times like these we should all give ourselves periods of what I have come to call 'Dad time' – periods of rest and quiet, aside from our normal hours of sleep. Take a holiday, turn off the phones, stay away from emails – give yourselves a real break. Life right now reminds me of an old saying we used to throw around jokingly in my university days – It's been real and it's been good, but it hasn't been real good! We are all being pushed to change our lives in a big way, ready or not. We may as well take the good from what is happening and see the possibility in it and the gift to come rather than think that the Fates are toying with us. Life really never really does that anyway.
In the Chinese New Year letter for this year I forecast that the first few months of the year would bring testing times as we finished up a few little items carried over from the Year of the Dog. Well, here it is. Things will begin to slowly or quickly sort themselves out after Saturn goes direct on Friday. Just see the present period as one of a big 'spring clean' by the Soul. That is all this period has been, you know? I can see quite a lot of good to come from what is happening now and people will be in a much better place when it is all said and done. Then we can begin in earnest to enjoy what is on offer in the Year of the Pig. Aries is about beginnings. I hope for all of you that something fresh and new presents itself if it has not already. There really is a lot to enjoy in this world of ours and it starts at home. Aries is also about individuality and self-effort. If we keep good company within ourselves, then the world will follow suit. Do something good for yourselves every day. We each deserve that. Ah! Peace and quiet. Thanks for the suggestion, Dad. I think I will finally take your advice!
18 Apr 2007
Here endeth the lesson...
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