Leo's Moon [part two]:
The Festival of Nations 2005
Subtle Meanings of the Full Moon in Aquarius
In part two of this article, Malvin Artley continues his exploration of the esoteric meanings of the Full Moon in Aquarius for 2005. This is Leo's Full Moon, as the Moon is Full in the sign opposing the Sun.
I have known many Leo types throughout my life and nearly all of them have had very difficult times with at least one of their intimate relationships. Their stories read like a litany of shattered dreams and broken hearts which have eventually lead them to investigate new avenues of life, to seek to live their own lives more fully and to break out of those conditions that lead to their difficulties in the first place. We could say that such a thing is true for all humanity, and it is. But such experiences with Leo have a potency that is only found in the other fixed signs (Scorpio, Aquarius and Taurus). Those signs are known as “discipleship signs”.
As an aside, Leo is one of the signs to which I seem to have a magnetic resonance, thus Leos and I seem to be drawn together, along with Aquarians. The reason I mention this personal example is that we are all attracted to 4 main signs that way—the 4 being determined by certain formulae. A good friend of mine is getting ready to publish her findings on just this thing, so I throw this in as a bit of a teaser for her work (I will notify you when it comes out). The point of this is that I have seen a lot about the struggles of Leos through my associations and the vast majority of them are very fine at what they do along their chosen line, precisely as a result of their struggles and resultant investigations. No pain, no gain, as the saying goes. One of my main mentors—also a Leo—told me once that we should be thankful for our pain. I can see his point now, although I was not especially appreciative of it when he first said it. Spoken like a true Leo, though.
Acts of Daring
All this being said, then, what acts of daring will we be called upon to do in this Leo period? True, it is almost finished. Looking back, though, have any of you been challenged to raise the bar for yourselves a notch in the past three weeks? Have we seen our pride come out and get in the way or has it been broken a little, thus showing us a more humble path? Above all else, Leo teaches faith in one's self and one's God-given abilities. Evolution—physical or spiritual—never occurs without taking risks and pushing the boundaries of existing conditions. The status quo always takes a hiding under the influence of Leo types and the energies of the Leo solar period. Advancement along any line always entails a leap of faith. So, there should always be an intensification of the sense of something greater in life and a renewed sense of faith in spirit and self in the Leo period. With that, let's have a look at the Leo full moon of 2005.
This full moon occurs at 5:52 PM GMT on the 19th of August. The symbol for the degree of the Sun is evocative, and it reads thus:
The luminescence of dawn in the eastern sky.
In addition to the qualities outlined previously, Leo also carries the torch of illumination, be it through science or through self-discovery. Dawn always represents the start of a new cycle, however, and that sort of energy is strongly with us at this time. People feel ready for something new. Folks are also growing increasingly dissatisfied with things as they are. The war in Iraq grinds on. The governments of Australia and the US aren't exactly winning hearts these days. There is a major battle about to be launched in Oz over the government's planned overhaul of labor relations. There are grumblings about Iran by the world powers. The recent London bombings are making us all a little more attentive and mindful. Gas (petrol) prices are soaring. We hear about the new day (Age) that is coming, but when will it arrive? None too soon, we hope. Yet, we have to deal with things as they are and with the equipment we have in the here and now and not give ourselves over to wishful thinking. Leo is also an intensely practical sign, knowing all too well what works and what doesn't through the fires of hard experience. Still, we sense the coming Light. In a chart, the Solar Angel (higher possibilities indicated for a chart) always appears on the eastern horizon and illuminates our psyche as we draw the highest essence from all our experiences. The rising Sun wipes away the darkness and fears from the night and brings us renewed vigor and a head full of plans for the coming day. So, the indications are that new things and renewal will come of this full moon.
This is given further credence through the septile triangle formed between the Mars, Jupiter and Chiron. Mars always gives the ability to overcome obstacles while Jupiter gives the ability to expand into greater service and realities. As Chiron is the midpoint of the triangle, the central theme of the septile configuration is healing through self-sacrifice and moving into more intimate rapport with the higher Self. Septile patterns always give the capacity to set new benchmarks in one's chosen line of work because the inner pattern stands revealed to a person. We have discussed these patterns before, but the upshot of this one might best be described as “the insight born of daring”, or the “intimate understanding of what it means to live a calculated risk”. This is an experience-inducing triangle. Whenever Mars and Jupiter are aspected adversely (septiles are not generally seen as favorable aspects) there is always the chance that people will go overboard and throw caution to the wind, sometimes with “less than favorable” outcomes. That dynamic gives a sort of “diamond-in-the-rough” mentality, and when Chiron is connected with those two the stage is set for a fair amount of emotional turmoil due to inattention to risks and excessive behavior.
But, the triangle just described can be revelatory just the same because it will cause people to break through boundaries, to shake up the comfortable patterns that keep us locked into static modes of thought and to rejuvenate relations that have otherwise been stuck. Things behind the scenes are always revealed through these septile patterns. Upheavals are further indicated with Mercury being square to Mars, giving arguments, short tempers and errors in judgment due to people losing their heads (This will be interesting for Adelaide because the ascendant for the full moon figure here is in the 21st Chinese lunar mansion-decapitations, untimely deaths, accidents, etc.). The scandal mill is working overtime in our fair city at the moment, and there are similar things going on in other parts of the world, too, especially in the US. Revelation is indicated still further because Jupiter is also part of a quintile yod with a Jupiter/South Node conjunction and Saturn in the base quintile and Uranus at the apex. Jupiter will be the release point for both of the aforementioned aspect patterns. The quintile yod has been with us for almost a month, coming into orb just after the last full moon. This particular pattern really gives a unique opportunity to bring forth a creative manifestation of rare beauty because of the planets involved.
In part three of this article, Malvin concludes the exploration of the Festival of Nations, the Leo Moon for 2005.
Read part three of The Festival of Nations 2005