Cancer's Moon [part three]:
The Festival of the Ashram 2005
Subtle Meanings of the Full Moon in Capricorn
Malvin Artley concludes his discussion, by arguing that Cancer is the most subconscious part of the zodiac and it conditions us very deeply. It is connected both with the depths of our being and the final resting place of our highest good. In several ways it is both the Alpha and Omega of human life—our beginnings as incarnated Souls and the final obstacle to our liberation from the wheel of life and death. It rules our emergence into physical life and shows the condition of our development at the end of our days.
Perhaps one of the most interesting patterns in that chart, though, is a 10th-harmonic rectangle that was formed between the Sun, the Moon and the Nodes. The Sun was quintile to the North Node and the Moon to the South Node. This is a pattern that gives very strong compulsions for change, especially when the symbols for the degrees of the luminaries are added. The degree for the Sun has already been discussed. The symbol for the degree of the Moon is as follows:
“An Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe.”
This symbol can be read in a couple of ways. In one way it can mean that power was transferred by the tribe in a rightful and harmonious succession. In another way it can mean that the chief has taken power through more unscrupulous means and is claiming power through his own ambitions rather than by rightful succession. In either case, the gist of the symbol is that of the assumption of power by a leader or leaders over the masses. The question in such a case is always whether the voice of the people has been heard and propriety thus maintained or if power has been usurped from the people and someone else's will imposed upon the populace. When we couple this symbol with the symbol for the solar degree we find that there is a shift in the power bases of the world that is taking place at the moment. The direction of world government will be changed in certain ways, especially after the full moon of July. There will be more on that in the next letter. Suffice it to say that something new is emerging in the realm of world governance. The Leo full moon will show more about what is going on in that respect. We should remember that quintiles in mundane figures (as is the case with full moon figures) usually bring upheaval before they bring creative change, if they bring the latter on at all.
The final thing of note with regard to the full moon figure that I need to make here is that the Sun was in a most curious part of the zodiac at that time of the year. The 21st Chinese lunar mansion (Shen, or Orion) currently covers the area of 25° Gemini through 5° Cancer, approximately. It is a somewhat moribund part of the zodiac and is associated with executions, murders, sudden death, fortresses, decapitations, frontiers and literature. As an indicator for the day, it shows as a good day for constructions, all kinds of new projects, labor relations and industry. Industry is the key note with this lunar mansion. Closing projects, marriage contracts, weddings and funerals all bring misfortune on this day, though. The fates vary according to one's actions, i.e., if one maintains a high ethic and follows the rules, things generally come out with a positive result. One thing that consistently stands out clearly with the Chinese lunar mansions is that it is the Ascendant in the mansion that shows the action of it more clearly than do the planets or the luminaries posited there. There were some quite notable figures who had their ascendants in that mansion—Jayne Mansfield, Marie Antoinette and Dean Paul Martin. The first two were decapitated and the third died an untimely death through accident—violent in every case. Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, also had her ascendant there, and we all know the sort of tale that was. People who have the luminaries there don't escape its influence, either. In general, it gives quite a negative outlook on things at times, as well as always carrying the warning that one needs to maintain a high ethic in all that one does.
The 21st Chinese lunar mansion can be calamitous and can bring untimely death with it. Again, we see its influence working out in the London bombings. Mary Shelley carried the energy of it within her, but with her it got expressed through her writing ability. That mansion does, after all, confer literary acumen. I know several people, including myself, who have it strongly active in their charts, and we carry the above-listed attributes of that mansion with us. So, when a full moon occurs in that mansion, it is best to sit up and take notice. At the very least there can be some interesting dark tales that come from it. At the worst........well, we know the deal now.
I wanted to cover these facets of the blue moon period of Cancer to set the tone for the next letter, due out in a week. In that letter I will address more of the role of the angelic Hierarchies and other matters, but it is important that we got a sense of what will be carried through to that full moon from this one. There are beginnings being made now in terms of world government and of ashramic impulse. Any negativity we see is simply our own misconception and inability to see the bigger picture. I know of many people who are experiencing quite wonderful changes in their lives, too, at the moment. The main point to be made is that obstacles are being removed and that new things are being put into play through this full moon period. We are all being tested at the moment as to our ethic. We have, after all, just gone through a very major time of spiritual potency since the start of the zodiacal year in Aries.
All of the cardinal signs bring beginnings of some sort and inaugurate new phases of living. Cancer is the most subconscious part of the zodiac and it conditions us very deeply. It is connected both with the depths of our being and the final resting place of our highest good. In several ways it is both the Alpha and Omega of human life—our beginnings as incarnated Souls and the final obstacle to our liberation from the wheel of life and death. It rules our emergence into physical life and shows the condition of our development at the end of our days. I will write a bit more on that in the next letter. But, throughout the months that follow we should keep in mind that something that has dwelt very deeply within each of us (and what that is will vary according to the individual) is being called up through this Cancerian period to be resolved and more fully integrated into our natures. I have noted both beginnings and resolutions in my own life in the last few weeks. I have also seen the same sorts of things with others. With that, let us be mindful of our direction and where we are headed as a result of changes being wrought now within us, especially in the lead-up to the 2nd Cancer festival on the 21st of this month.
Gianni's father is a bit of a poet, among other things. The Italians do have a gift for art, poetry and the finer things of life—not that the rest of the world doesn't. But, he has his own version of the poetic line that appeared at the start of this letter-lines of Cancerian poetry from a “New Italian”:
A cherub smile on my baby's face
Tells me who he plays with.
While he sleeps,
God's messengers sing their songs.
A silent laugh, he's back to sleep.
Every time we awake from a night's sleep or a quick nap, every time we come out of meditation deep, all things are begun as new—yet all things continue onward, as if there were no interruptions to the endless dream that is life. With every new thought or with every new life there is infinite potential. All we have to do is to realize what that is for us and to pursue it to its rightful conclusion. And there are indeed manifold possibilities, even in every moment. Neptune, as the esoteric ruler of Cancer, awakens us to infinitude through the Dreaming of the Soul. We are no longer an infant humanity groping our way through the thick darkness of ignorance. We now live in a world where people are quickly becoming aware that life is full of potential and possibility, rather than being an endless stream of fated events.
As I held little Gianni the other day and wondered at the possibilities held within that little cherubic countenance, I was also given cause to look at my own life and to think about where I had lived to the fullness of my own potential, where I could have chosen better and where I had even gone beyond expectations, whether they were my own or other's. The dreams I have held throughout life have gone through many twists and turns, through countless enforced changes, through many pleasant surprises and through changes otherwise unwelcome. Still, if I were to complain about my life not going according to plan I know I would do myself and all with whom I share the Path a great disservice. We know not what the design of the Soul is for life, although there are some who seem to have a pretty good idea of what that is for them. Life is a never-ending and complicated matrix of interwoven energies and constant interchange of forces—and we all have free will within certain limitations on top of all that. When we say that our dreams and plans for life go according to plan or otherwise, how do we know one way or another? All we ever really have or know with any certainty is where and who we are at any given moment. And, that is enough, for all things have the possibility to be made anew with every passing instant.
Soul Dreams of Life
If I were asked what advice for living I would give to little Gianni, it would be to live to the fullest and highest of his dreams—and then to be ready to let the greater Dreamer take him where he needed to be if that was what his life decreed, and to do that with the greatest of faith and with a glad heart. I would tell him to return to the space he is in now periodically and to spend time playing with the angels as he does now—to know the profundity of the silent space within his heart where all things are known with certainty and where everything resounds to the highest truth. He will never be so close to his own Angel as he is now until he leaves this world for the next one and draws near once again to the source which is his own Being. I would say to him that none knows his life better than he and that he once knew the world of the angels, the world where he is now as one with them. He can return there at any time if he lets his heart take him with an open mind. Above all, I would tell him to make bold plans and to act as the great Soul that he is—the Soul that now dreams the life that is his. There really is no other Path.
Dream, Gianni. Dream.
May it be as well with all of you.
11 July 2005
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