Cancer's Moon [part two]:
The Festival of the Ashram 2005
Subtle Meanings of the Full Moon in Capricorn
Malvin Artley continues his discussion of the subtle meanings of the important lunation we are now undergoing, the Full Moon for Cancer. This is a period of major change for many people and the occult benchmarks are explored in this, the second part of the article.
What is conceived in Cancer is given birth in Aries (birth occurring nine solar months after conception). Aries is archetypally the sign connected with beginnings and commencement, but nothing of lasting moment is ever given birth or inaugurated without a firm concept of it first being formulated. Cancer is the sign very much concerned with conception as well as birth in the broader sense of the term.
For those readers who are familiar with the occult lore on the matter, it was under the sign of Cancer that the human causal body (the Soul in incarnation) was given birth. It is from that level that all human incarnation is determined and given impulse, since the karma of an individual is stored within the causal field. It is from the causal field that the concept of a person's life is first radiated “downward” toward the physical plane. In a mysterious way, Cancer is both “concept” and “birth” in astrological terms, since the entire process of gestation and birth is set at the moment of conception. Such a notion opens a wide field for investigation into the dynamics of the human energy fields and the processes of birth and manifestation for humanity, especially when one considers that the course of a person's life is set at the time of conception, and not just at birth.
So, with this period of Cancer we see that there will be changes of direction inaugurated for many people and for society at large, since full moon figures are indicative for the entire human race and not simply for individuals. One of the main issues of concern about any blue moon period is the fact that the energies in effect at the inauguration of the period will see their culmination and distribution at the final full moon (or new moon if one is talking about a “blue new moon”). Hence, I will have more of depth to say in the final letter on Cancer.
With the first of the Cancer full moon festivals this year there were some very dynamic forces at work. In that figure for the 22nd of June 2005 we see that there was a T-square with Mars at the apex of the Sun/Moon opposition. Also, as was stated earlier, there was the Saturn/Chiron opposition to contend with, as well as a stellium containing Mercury, Venus and Saturn. In all, it was not the most personally warming of figures, but it very definitely had the seeds of change within it—and quite powerful change at that—along with the obvious (to astrologers) indicators of emotional upheaval, fated changes to relationships, high nervous tensions and irascibility between people. All of this has been borne out since the inception of that solar festival. Since Cancer is also associated with one's spiritual family (the ashram), we can also see that there would have been a very strong impulse afoot to correct any inhibitions and/or obstacles in a personal sense to the externalization to the greater work of people's spiritual groups. As the Masters would say, the opportunities for ashramic work and unfoldment have been great since the 3 most important solar festivals of Aries, Taurus and Gemini for this year.
In addition to the astrological factors just mentioned, there were also some more esoteric aspect patterns in evidence at that full moon that are worthy of note and which will go a ways toward explaining what is going on behind the scenes of this blue moon period. Firstly, we find that there was a “benchmark triangle” (septile triangle) involving Mercury, Mars and Neptune on the full moon of the 22nd of June. This triangle is most auspicious in terms of the divination of higher spiritual truths. Mercury and Neptune in aspect always have the potential to link the higher worlds with the lower and to bring understanding of things that is not otherwise possible. It is a pairing of unique intuitive potential. When allied with Mars, the possibility is there for a powerful wresting of knowledge and wisdom from the higher realms. This particular septile triangle gives a profound compulsion to understand and towards a mental and spiritual restlessness until the goal of higher knowledge is reached. Esoteric and scientific endeavors launched under the auspices of that triangle will carry with them the compulsion to penetrate beyond the veil of ignorance very strongly and to understand greater truths. It is also a remarkably magnetic trio of planets when it is activated and it puts people en rapport with larger groups and with unusual sources of information. In fact, it draws those sorts of things toward such projects and individuals and serves to give the individuals and groups so endowed an air of divine authority when due penetration into the matters at hand have been achieved. New patterns stand revealed under this influence and they are strongly animated and magnetized when the triangle just mentioned is activated.
We also find that there were two quintile patterns in evidence at that full moon. One of them was a triangle between Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. This triangle speaks to the ability to break down social barriers and to bring great creativity to the fore in the realm of social and foreign affairs. It can also be a triangle that gives quite unique and powerful business acumen. The G8 summit is going on as this letter is going to pen and we just had the Live 8 concert. We thus have in evidence the fact that there is a marked push for change, healing and for restoration, especially for the less fortunate in the world at the moment and a realm of very distinct and unique ideas for change being presented to us through the June 22nd full moon and the Cancer period.
In part three of this article, Malvin concludes his exploration of this important lunation.
Read part three of The Festival of the Ashram 2005