Malvin Artley has been a practising astrologer for more than a decade. He is an
accredited member of the American Federation of Astrologers.
Malvin is the author of Bodies of Fire: An Exploration of the Lesser Chakra System. He has authored numerous articles and was a member of the faculty of the University of the Seven Rays, a non-profit organization dedicated to the teaching of the Trans-Himalayan tradition as expressed through the books of Alice Bailey, Helena Blavatsky and others.
His primary focus over the past 25 years has been on the sciences as they express occultism and with bridging work between the two. His
special interests are the human subtle energy system and all
the chakras, or energy centres, physics and technology, astronomy and all
aspects of Chinese occultism. He has done extensive work with Chinese
astrology and the cycles they use and seeks to synthesize the great
Western and Oriental systems on such matters.
Malvin lives in Adelaide, South Australia. He also works in the engineering trades and sends out periodic emails about astrological happenings and developments. Click here to subscribe to Malvin's periodic letters.
The Festival of the Law [part three]
In the conclusion of his article on the Festival of the Law, Malvin examines the effects of the current aspects on our faculties of choice and responsibility. He argues that we all live under some kind of tyranny, whether political, religious, economic or otherwise, and the forces of liberation are strong on the planet as we speak. The choices we make now will carry over for at least the next 20 years until a new creative cycle of releasing comes around.
subtle meanings of the Full Moon in Aries 2004
In my last article I spoke of the Uranus/Pluto yod having Saturn at the apex and about its indications. That yod will be in effect until Dec 15th, after which the biquintile between Saturn and Uranus will persist until almost Christmas day. The yod has been in effect since the 18th of this month. The Sun is roughly at the midpoint of the Saturn/Pluto biquintile, and this emphasizes the need for recognition of self-responsibility when it comes to our choices. It also indicates that we would do well to bring our true individuality to bear on any situation and that our ego drives should run in concert with the sensed responsibilities and wisdom as well as with our sense of what needs to be cleared away as a result of our choices. Pluto/Saturn combinations bring with them “the compulsion to do the necessary” or the “leaving behind of the detritus of the ages”. At any rate, the Sun contacting this leg of the 10th harmonic yod indicates that we have a pathway or conduit into both the ageless and the future and that our individuality stands to be transformed in surprising and peculiar ways under the influence of this period over the next months. There is another, more immanent factor that we need to examine in the realm of choices on the world stage today.
Forces of Liberation
In the last article we looked at the types of things that happened under the impress of the Uranus/Pluto quintiles. Keeping in mind that our present is the result of choices past, at least as far as we can see, then some really interesting things come up for consideration. There have been wars of independence or liberation under this quintile. One could say that there is one raging as we speak—in Iraq. But this is not from the perspective of the Western countries. To the Islamic mind, what is happening in Iraq is nothing short of a war for the liberation of the country and for Islam from the imperialism of the West. I am not taking sides on this question. I am exercising my Libran imperative of looking at both sides of a question and seeing the other fellow's point of view. “Terrorists”, “freedom-fighters”, “insurgents” and “revolutionaries” are all relative terms, depending upon who on asks. The fact of the matter is that we all live under some kind of tyranny, whether political, religious, economic or otherwise, and the forces of liberation are strong on the planet as we speak. The choices we make now will carry over for at least the next 20 years until a new creative cycle of releasing comes around. The last time we had this quintile we had world war. That was the choice we, as humanity, made. The seeds of that are still with us, though. I am not forecasting another world war. I made certain forecasts about the war in Iraq in my war letters, almost all of which have come true, though.
I see certain tyrannies from which we all cry out to be released. Some of those tyrants are the oil interests, the huge media monopolies who stifle free speech and who distort the truth and spread fear to suit the selfish interests of those in power, the pharmaceutical lobbies who seek to do away with all who would offer some sort of healing modality outside of prescription medications and who control the medical establishment, the fundamentalists of all faiths who seek to control the hearts of people everywhere through narrowness of view and suppression of enquiry, the leaders of the world who seek to keep the populace of their respective countries ignorant, dependent and acquiescent through unjust taxation, crippling of the educational systems, poor economic management and stilted social structures aimed at keeping them in power... and the list could go on and on. But, you perhaps get my point. At every Uranus/Pluto quintile a blow was struck at these oppressive tendencies in human nature and mankind has thus stood a little more liberated than before. Light shone through the darkness, and people chose to rise up instead of living in fear and ignorance. There are many areas in which we have to choose, and we had better choose rightly and consciously or we will be set to repeat the mistakes of the past. One such time of choosing is looming for the West-the election in the US. All we need ask ourselves if we are voters in that election is if we have more freedom than before the last election, if the world is a better place and if we live in less fear and our proper choice would seem to be readily apparent. I will write more on these matters in the next full moon missive.
Clarity and Discrimination
Venus is trine to Pluto in this figure, which points to courageousness in matters of the heart, the ability to plumb the depths of love and thus to ascend its heights, an inclusiveness in the brotherhood of humanity that goes beyond all boundaries and the ability to sacrifice all in the name of love when the sensed need is great enough. It is, on the whole, a very supportive aspect in this figure, especially since Venus rules the outer expression of Libra. In fact, it is the only aspect that Venus makes this full moon, and it contributes to a rare clarity of mind during this period and a fine discrimination of heart that is removed from the constraints of the past. There is so much coming to light these days about events since the turn of the century. Though the mainstream media still has a stranglehold on the dissemination of the truth behind these events, there are alternative sources that are gathering strength, and I fully expect that-true to the Uranus/Pluto quintile-the media will once again be stimulated and will become more of a saving force than it has been to date. This fairly well sums up the energetic dynamics of this full moon, although so much more could be added.
As the spring blooms on and we find ourselves more and more in times of colossal change in the course of human events, let us give pause to consider our own circumstance and to the choices that have brought us all to this place in human history. What has been our little part in the scheme of things? What karma has brought us all here together on the world stage at this time? What abilities do we have that have also brought us here? How can we choose more wisely? I have said before that I feel quite optimistic about our outcome as humanity as the years unfold. I see more and more reason to be hopeful, though the monumental stupidity of certain factions still leaves me gob-smacked at times.
The Right Choices
How will we know if we are making the right choices? Well, there is ever only one correct choice, and that is the most conscious choice that we can appraise at any given moment. How do we know conscious choice? We can begin by indicating what it is not. No choice made under fear, because of factional concerns, because of selfish interest or personal gain, under emotional duress, because it seems an analogical or logical necessity, because it seems the most reasonable thing to do or because we simply want things to change is a conscious choice. A conscious choice is always made by first weighing a question or a situation against one's own heart or ethic (understood in the higher, energetic sense), by giving the higher Self time-if there is time-to filter through and respond and then by weighing the outcome against the greater need at that time. If we choose according to our Soul's behest, as clearly as we can ascertain it, then that is the closest we can come to a conscious choice—and it will always be the correct choice at any given moment. No matter what we choose, though, there is always time to correct mistakes. We simply want to choose rightly so we do not make unnecessary karma for ourselves and others that we will have to clear later. We make conscious choice because it is the right thing to do, regardless of how the outcome affects us. Then, my friends, we live as Souls.
As I have gone through life I have learned that regret is a sentiment that leads only to bondage. I have no real regrets in life. I know now that I have chosen always according to the tools of my psyche that I have had at my disposal at the time. Regret is a bitter pill and guilt over wrong choices is a poison that festers in the system and blots out the Soul. But I know, too, that choice is a sacred pact I have with my higher self and that every choice I make has profound opportunity and consequent responsibility attached to it, even in the smallest things. Truly has it been said that there are no little things. As we move through this Libran period let us choose to be daring, to express more of our uniqueness than we have dared to in the past and to walk boldly, courageously and with assurance into the future, knowing that our choices have been made wisely and consciously. The world will breathe much easier if we do. And the next time a beautiful day, meeting or circumstance comes along, take time to stop and smell the orange blossoms, for the change from routine and the opportunities that brings are as nectar for the Soul. Maybe the next time a grand day comes along I will choose to have a little repast instead of work. May even your play-time bring out the Light of your Soul, for nothing so feeds the Soul as newness of experience and joyfulness in a well-loved repast.
Happy trails and glorious days to all of you!
25 Sept. 2004
This concludes the article.
Return to the start of The Festival of the Law
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