Two Men Playing Chess, by Andreas Haible
The Cancer Solar Festival [part two]
at the Full Moon Eclipse in Capricorn 2010
Malvin Artley concludes his exploration of the esoteric implications of the Full Moon in Capricorn, the Cancer Solar Festival for 2010. He discusses the meaning of the powerful forces at work that are buffeting our lives, leading to a new way of experiencing the world.
Chaos, the mother of the elements, squaring the meridian from the 7th House shows that disrespect for the elements can bring chaos of a different and negative kind, which has certainly happened. It also means that we are up against the elements (7th House) as we try to get the riser pipe capped. The water (liquid) element has been upset, to the point where we now have a volcano of oil on the sea bed. It would be of interest to note that there are great devic (angelic) lives that oversee the physical elements, for those readers who are not familiar with such a concept. Even the elements have a life force.
The Iceland volcano disrupted air traffic, whereas the Gulf 'volcano' is bringing disruption to the water and shipping. I saw on the television the other night that one cannot get fresh oysters in New Orleans, for instance. The Gulf fisheries are threatened now, with parts of it shut down. Neptune and Chiron square the horizon of this chart further emphasizes the stresses placed on the ocean by this event. Klotho on the nadir represents the common thread that binds us together. We are said by science to have evolved from the sea and the salt content of our blood is the same as that of seawater. Klotho represents the fish hatcheries in this chart, since she ruled over birth. It was said that she had the power over life and death. The nadir of a chart is about endings as well as birth and is one of the significators in forecasting death from a horoscope.
To finish with this chart, the Sun in a mundane chart represents the supreme authority (heads of state). It is in the 5th House, representing national pleasures and leisure, but it is in a Magi link (quincunx) with Saturn, which brings falls from grace and takes away from any real sense of enjoyment in this case. This event will highlight a direct concern with the avocations and leisure pursuits of the US and Mexico. Mexico's Moon is conjunct its Vertex, same as in the Deepwater Horizon chart and both are conjunct the US Vertex, (for one of the best explanations of the Vertex I have seen, look at: http://aliceportman.com/?p=135 ) and they are all within 9º of each other. So, the US and Mexico are both very much linked in this event, astrologically considered, as well as both countries having to suffer the ill effects of the spill. Lastly, the symbol for the degree rising at the time of the disaster is:
Two men playing chess – 3° Sagittarius
I think this symbol is a pretty apt description of what is unfolding around this disaster. There is a lot of strategizing going on at the moment and the monied concerns and power brokers are watching all the developments with great interest, although they might downplay it. Big business and government are faced off in this saga, as well as the general public, and the very energy that keeps our nations running is at the center of it all. The Moon on the Vertex of the disaster chart states clearly that the public will be the ultimate arbiters of the fates of those concerned, or perhaps they will be the pawns in an even bigger game. Then, once the governments of the region have finished with BP, the civil suits will start and we will likely see new legislation come out of this. There will be a total solar eclipse on the Moon/Vertex of that chart on the 11th of next month, and that will really seal the fate of whatever is supposed to come of this event (more on that eclipse in a couple of weeks). Lastly, we just had the Cancer solstice, and a fine one it was indeed, with a Great Cross on or near all the cardinal (Aries) points. The next three months are going to be intense and life-changing, and one of the best opportunities we have had for a long time for true creative and ground-breaking work. If you have planets or angles within a few degrees of any of these Aries points, seize the day!
Symbolism of Events
Although this letter has been a departure from my usual esoteric considerations about the signs and indications, it is important from time to time that we look at what is going on in the world. After all, world events are simply manifestations of the greater plan working out and if we are attuned to the symbolism of events we can get a pretty good idea of what is happening spiritually in the world. As well, Cancer, in a way is about where we live and one's immediate environment. With that in mind and being watchful of what is unfolding in the world, let's take a quick look at the lunation chart for this solar Festival of the Ashram (as I call it).
The full moon of Cancer (full moon in Capricorn) takes place at 9:30 PM AEST (11:30 AM UT) on the 26th of June 2010. It is a partial North Node lunar eclipse, and a powerful one at that, rated 5 out of 5 on the scale. One might think that a partial eclipse would not be so powerful, but this one is keyed into the t-square we have near the Aries points involving Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter and Pluto, making a Great Cross. In fact, Pluto and Mercury are the lords of this eclipse, and we further find an interlinked pattern of undecile aspects involving Jupiter, Venus, Chiron and the South Node. This is a disruptive pattern, yet it brings healing. This is supported by the fact that the Saros series of this eclipse is 12 South, which means successful outcomes for old problems or illnesses—a healing crisis and then success—things getting worse and then turning to the good. What we have ultimately with this eclipse is what we might term 'karmic readjustment', which is supported by the Sabian symbol for the degree of the Sun, which reads:
At a railroad crossing, an automobile is wrecked by a train. – 5° Cancer
I am quite familiar with this degree, as it features strongly in my own chart. What will come of this eclipse is indeed a readjustment, which we will see beginning in September, with a fuller activation in December by Mars. Remember, North Node eclipses are about beginnings, so we will see an initial shake-up and then and opportunity will present itself. What that will be will depend upon the planets or angles affected by the eclipse. What is being shaken loose and readjusted is represented by the symbol for the degree of the Moon, which reads:
Indians on the warpath. While some men row a well-filled canoe, others in it perform a war dance. – 5° Capricorn
What we are primarily being called upon to address and subdue in this figure is aggressiveness and anger. Illnesses caused by anger are numerous, but they are largely inflammatory and heat-related. I remember one of my ex-supervisors once saying to me some years ago that anger was a wasted emotion, and he was right. It is said that violent emotion destroys one's merits and brings nothing but misery, setting one up for difficult karma in the future. Deciding a course of action under such conditions is fraught and can only lead to a bad result. That is the very thing we wish to avoid right now, given the state of the world and the fact that we have an opportunity for healing during this period. This eclipse will initially breed a large amount of discontent (remember the revolutionary tendencies of the Year of the Iron Tiger?) and it will affect the US, Afghanistan, China, Canada and Australia.
As I sit here and write the conclusion to this letter Julia Gillard has just been sworn in as Prime Minister, and she is our first female Prime Minister. It was a huge upset and a surprise to most everyone here. She was sworn in at 1:02 PM in Yarralumla, ACT. The swearing-in chart is difficult and marks the first sorts of events we can see from the eclipse on Saturday. The symbol for the rising degree of the chart reads as:
An eagle and a large white dove change into each other – 26° Libra
This symbol speaks of the need for the evocation of right relations and compassion when critical need arises. We are certainly in such a state of affairs at the moment. It was big money, the unions and the mining tax that brought down Kevin Rudd. He should never have pushed such a tax with Saturn on his Sun/Mars conjunction, especially with Uranus opposing and Pluto squaring by transit. He had suffered big drops in the polls of late and his proposed tax made a lot of the working sector of Australia very nervous. A huge part of the economy is tied up in the resources sector and the spin from the opposition and the mining interests was in overdrive to try to kill the tax before it even got introduced. There is a foul odor in the air about this event, and I think it will play badly for some in the months to come. We will see how much light Julia Gillard can bring to bear and how skillful her means are.
The eclipse on Saturday is opposite the Midheaven of the Melbourne chart for Australia (Melbourne was the acting capitol at the time). The details for that chart are 1 Jan 1901 at midnight in Melbourne, which gives the 5th degree of Cancer at the Midheaven. The eclipse also falls on the Sun/Saturn conjunction for the nation. In some ways this marks a new start emotionally for the nation. The eclipse is on the IC for the nation (the land and family life) and Ms. Gillard may just be able to pull off a coup for the country in relation to those matters, but she will have to play her cards very, very carefully and close to her heart. She will have Saturn across her own Sun in mid-September. I see her as a mover and shaker behind the scenes in Australian politics and she certainly has the ability to keep a lot of irons going in the fire at once with Libra Sun and Gemini Moon. She will do her best work out of the public eye, though she has a need for public acclaim. Five of her planets are in the 12th House of Australia's chart, with her Sun on the nation's Ascendant, just over in the 12th House. I have mixed impressions about what has just occurred, but there is a possibility here for her to become an Australian icon, or at least someone well-remembered by the Australian public.
The eclipse on Saturday will bring a fresh start for the country. The eclipse on the 11th will be a deciding factor for her present administration, as that eclipse occurs on the Midheaven of her swearing in chart. Really, from a standard interpretation of a mundane reading, the timing for this event bodes badly for Gillard and the Labour Party. However, for someone who has a strong fiber and a pronounced spiritual core, the times right now and through the next few months can set the country on a brilliant new course into the future. A strong leader can pull this off and make good of the energies present. There will be repercussions for some of the players in this drama for certain, and as I was talking with another colleague earlier, the way it was done was indeed, as we say here, on the nose. I will be very interested to see what comes out over the next few months over this, as will so many of us here—leaked documents, conversations with key players, etc., but I will tell you this much: If anyone is under the misconception that Julia Gillard will be a soft touch and will just roll over in terms of past policies, they may just well feel the iron fist in the velvet glove for which Librans can be famous. Yes, the next few months will be very interesting indeed, in so many ways!
Oh, and as for the asteroids of the swearing in chart, we have Demeter (the goddess of agriculture) on the Sun, with Orpheus (love lost due to carelessness/not looking back) opposing, Mithra (all-seeing protector of the truth) in opposition to the government and setting on the horizon. Midas (the fortunes and misfortunes of wealth—and this would have to do with the mining tax) on the Midheaven. Prime Minister Gillard needs to bring her agenda forward and assuredly and not get caught up in the past, nor be careless with those who matter to her career. Big money and its consequences will have to be addressed and her administration will have a thousand eyes upon it, ready to pounce at the slightest indiscretion. Dealings have to be straight with this administration, no-nonsense and decisive. The public is uncertain. She may well have an agenda around agriculture to put forward as well, so be on the lookout for that. Will she lay waste to innocents in the search for her goals, like Demeter, or will she be the healing force in Australian politics? We will have to wait and see. Hmmm...This event will keep Australian astrologers happy for a long while.
Though it is not my usual letter, we needed to have a timely look at some very major events. In all, the Cancer festival this year looks to bear gifts, so be on the lookout. Though it will mark an uncertain time and one of great change, I think in the long term a lot of good will come from it. Always with Cancer we have to look after the ones we love, whether it is family or the whole of humanity. If there is someone who suffers, help must be given. If one asks for aid or guidance, then the door must be opened. To quote the words of our new Prime Minister in her acceptance speech:
“Can I say to the Australian people there will be some days I delight you; there may be some days I disappoint you. On every day, I will be working my absolute hardest for you.”
And so it is with any high-minded Cancerian type, no matter what their background, for the nature of Cancerians is to work their hardest without thought of reward for those under their charge, and to bring forth the best in every one of those. She was inaugurated on a Cancerian day, and her words reflect it. Let us hope she lives up to those words. It is thus with any good parent and it is the same in every true ashram and with every true disciple in the world. The soul of every person exemplifies Cancerian energy and is 'the light within the house', the 'house' being our own persona. May we all come to a fuller realization of that throughout this present period.
Blessings, my friends, and keep an easy mind.
24 Jun 10
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Malvin Artley is an accredited member of the American Federation of Astrologers. 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 in those fields are the human subtle energy system and all the chakras, or energy centres, physics and technology, astronomy and all aspects of Chinese occultism.
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