Malvin Artley continues his discussion of the meanings inherent in the current Full Moon in Cancer, the Festival of the Hidden Glory (Initiation), in the light of the seeds and soul of humanity. To say that humanity can be likened to a diamond in the rough would be both an understatement and a great truth at the same time. To say that we are all unfolding multilevel potentialities is also a great truth and a cause for optimism and pondering as well. Malvin also publishes a regular astrological newsletter, to which you can subscribe by clicking the link at the end of this article.
There is a profound mystery in this, little as people might think about it and, curiously enough, it relates back to the sign of Cancer - the sign in which the Moon and Saturn are both posited in this figure, for Cancer rules the beginnings and ending of life and is the sign which rules the mass of humanity. The degree for the Moon reads thus, and is no less revealing of what is being brought forward through this full moon:
"The unfoldment of multilevel potentialities from a single germ"
To this symbol must be added and connected the symbol for the degree of Saturn in this figure, since it is conjunct the Moon there, and then the full purpose of this "Festival of the Hidden Glory" can begin to be revealed. It reads thus:
"A large diamond in the first stages of the cutting process"
To say that humanity can be likened to a diamond in the rough would be both an understatement and a great truth at the same time. To say that we are all unfolding multilevel potentialities is also a great truth and a cause for optimism and pondering as well. Just what is it toward which we are evolving? The human personality is indeed a multi-leveled and extremely complex construct - ever evolving, being ground into perfection by the processes of evolution and trials of human living, forged through the heat of experience and hardened through that into the multifaceted, perfect and brilliantly transparent, prismatic expression and vehicle of the Soul's resplendent Light that it is meant to be and to which it will eventually attain. Of this we can be certain. But, it is so multi-faceted because it is worked upon from higher levels by the human Soul and because, at its own level, the persona makes certain choices that run counter to the greater need and the needs of the individual (considered from the perspective of the Soul), thus accruing a karmic liability that must be worked out either in the present or at some future date or life.
Human karma, as represented by Saturn in any horoscope associated with humanity, is the grinding process that shapes us and which also holds both the blueprint toward which we work and which contains the seeds of the future prison from which we must eventually liberate ourselves once we have outgrown the blueprint. It is at one and the same time that which restricts us as a result of our past actions and the catalyst (urge to causation) of our growth by virtue of its working against the very natural urge of the human being toward freedom from all that restricts us. Through this we learn adaptability, skill in action, intelligent use of matter and energy and, finally, the right use of human will in the service of a greater need. But, just what is this thing that we call the human personality and why is it so importantly tied in with Capricorn?
The esotericist will tell you that the seeds of humanity as we know it was given birth to some 21 Π million years ago in that ancient land known as Lemuria. It was at that point that the vast majority of human Souls made their appearance on our globe and appropriated the most advanced of the animal forms of that time, thus uniting pure consciousness with those animals of the day. We know this great event by the term "individualization", and it marked the point wherein we became self-conscious entities, albeit at a very low level of awareness. This will seem a fantastic, ridiculous or even extremely offensive notion to many people, but we are assured that it is true. Up until that time, there was no life-form housing a self-conscious entity on the lower planes of our world. The world teemed with animal, vegetable and mineral life in astounding diversity and the world was literally overrun with it, but it was all instinctive life. So, little as we might want to admit it, the little human self - the physical, emotional and materially intellectual side of us - is naught really but a highly developed animal form - but ensouled by a most amazing Being we call a Soul who gives us that mysterious something that we call our consciousness - and our ability to evolve and to become much greater than we ever could be as a higher animal by itself.
As the occultist knows, "Nature, unaided, fails". It is always the higher Self - the Christ principle within all of us, our own individual Master of the Wisdom, the Initiate of all degrees, the Master Mason - that is really the cause and guide of our evolution. It is this very Soul, by virtue of its ministrations over the long eons of evolution, who has shaped us into the people we are. It is this very soul, as well, who has caused us to evolve far beyond the instinctive animal intelligence and who has imbued us with this wonderful quality that we call "Personality" by virtue of its often arduous struggle to bring the lower nature to a higher level of expression - in much the same analogous way that an animal trainer goes to great pains and patient, persistent effort toward training and developing his charges. But, we need to always remember that we are both Soul and persona at the same time. Without a Soul, there is no possibility of the development of persona. The two are indissolubly and inextricably linked. The esotericist will also be able to tell you that there is a very intimate connection between the planet Venus and the human Soul and that the sign of Cancer is intimately linked with the mass consciousness of humanity. Venus represents the relationship between the higher and lower selves and the guiding (ruling) impulse that governs the development of the human form. It is also Venus that represents the development of group consciousness and of the love nature in all of us, which is always a highly individual, fully conscious activity that relates us to ever-greater contact and communion with those around us.
So, on the form side of things with this full moon, we are dealing with the struggle of the persona to become something greater than it is on the one hand, and with those forces both within us and outside us that seek to impede such progress on the other hand. The fact that we are talking about the sign Cancer as the counterpoint to the energy of Capricorn points to the realization that it is the mass of humanity that is most largely to be affected by this full moon and that subsequently the light of the higher Self is to be reflected back to us through humanity, which will show the type of service we can all render to our co-inhabitants in our little global community. But, the purpose of this full moon is to reveal the hidden glory of the Soul within each of us and to show in fullness what the Christ through Jesus meant when he said "These things you have seen me do, you will do also, end even greater." Such is the promise to and for each of us as we are reminded of those words and the example of that life throughout the holiday season (the reign of Capricorn) and onward into the year.
Read part three of The Festival of the Hidden Glory
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