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Sagittarius Solar Festival
Sagittarius Solar Festival 
Wesak Festival 2011
Year of the Iron Rabbit
The Sabian symbol for the solar degree of the 11 Dec 2011 eclipse reads:
Pelicans, menaced by the behavior and refuse of men, seek safer areas for bringing up their young.
And for the lunar degree:
A large archaic volume reveals a traditional wisdom.
This eclipse is a south node type with Mercury as its lord by default. Jupiter is opposing Saturn in the figure, highlighting a more sombre tone and the feeling that plans are to be put on hold. However, Jupiter is sextile to the Chiron/Neptune conjunction, meaning that any plans that are put into place under the impress of this eclipse have the capacity to be long-lasting. This is a total lunar eclipse and will be a blood moon, being visible throughout Australasia. The Moon is conjunct Rigel and Bellatrix, being at the midpoint of the two. Both Rigel and Bellatrix are said to bring preferment and honors. Rigel especially brings honors with astrological and occult writings. The thing to note with interest will be any military activity. Though these two stars bring military honors, Bellatrix is said to bring honors that end in disaster. Its influence is bold, but belligerent, adventurous but opinionated, and daring. Rigel can bring great success so long as there is sustained effort. On the world stage it will activate points in the charts of the US (Mars), Australia (Pluto), Canada (Venus), Cuba (Mercury, Uranus and Pluto—I would look at hurricanes with that one), Iran (Neptune), North Korea (Jupiter) and England (Mercury).
The Mars activations of this eclipse will come on 1 Nov 2012, 26 Jun 2013, 9 Oct 2014 and 6 Jun 2015. There will be a Jupiter activation on 4 May 2013. I look for this eclipse to highlight all areas of public demonstration and moves by the same to secure a better future for the populace of the countries in which they occur. We are at a section in the 60-year cycle that is marked by public uprisings, moves to better the conditions of the underclasses and workers and toward better social conditions in general. This eclipse and solar festival will highlight those concerns, given the nature of the symbol for the solar degree. The 'traditional wisdom' indicated by the lunar symbol I see as the down-to-earth wisdom of the average good citizens of the world. In times of need, such as our current world scenario, such wisdom is called forth. In a world where there is a decided lack of political will, the solving of social problems gets taken up by the populace, for good or ill. Let us hope our collective wisdom prevails, rather than our baser reactive, instinctive tendencies.
As for what this lunar eclipse means in terms of the Sagittarius solar festival, with Sagittarius the theme is always about achievement of goals and then seeing the next great steps ahead. For Sagittarian readers, you are not being short-changed here with the larger explanation of the decanate we are in at the moment. The vision before every person on the path these days is toward a more stable, sustainable future for the whole of the world. These two eclipses—the first one in Sagittarius and the lunar eclipse activating Sagittarius via the solar festival—will have much to offer over the next few years (until 2015 at least) in terms of breaking down barriers to progress, finishing up old karmic scores, opening doors to new initiatives and offering new vistas for growth. These are two powerful eclipses, and we have a lot to look forward to, both individually and historically. Typically these periods in the 60 year cycle see uprisings against repressive regimes and against economic deprivation and divisions of labor, and these go on for several years. The visionary capacity of Sagittarians is needed in these periods, for without guidance such uprisings simply turn into mob rule with no real lasting results. It is time for people of real vision toward better social conditions to step forward. It is this latter point that is highlighted in these two eclipses.
We see rising violence in the Middle East as people lose their patience with the pace of reforms. We are seeing the same in Europe. Rumblings are starting in the US. If history is any indication, the tempo will rise. However, we should realize from the lessons of history that violent demonstrations usually only serve to give justification to the existing regimes to violently crush any civil unrest. Perhaps the gift that the Piscean Age can leave to the incoming Aquarian Age is one of solidarity instead of violence. In the 20th Century non-violent revolutions based upon civil resistance began to become more and more prevalent. No government can ultimately stand against a resistant populace, so long as the populace is willing to go the distance. We all face certain choices now about wealth, the distribution of resources, the right use of power and about what it means to live a meaningful and fulfilling life in a world that is changing so rapidly. In the West since around 1975 we have witnessed a steady decline in the buying power of our earnings. Our dollars simply do not have the 'bang for the buck' they used to. We work more and more for less and less in many ways. The dream of owning one's own home is fast going by the wayside, for instance. What do we do with this? Do we keep on as before or do we work smarter?
I am not saying there is an imminent financial collapse or revolutions on the cards. The true revolution will come in our thinking over the decades to come as we realize it is not things, but rising consciousness, which brings happiness. True consciousness is bliss, after all—literally. Thought is power, which opens the door to true and full consciousness, and that leads to a clear sense of direction. 'Direction' is the calling card of Sagittarians. It is what they live. It is how they live. The world needs new visions, new direction, to lead us through this period of adjustment, choice and unrest. All Sagittarian types on the path carry this sense of direction deep within them. It is time to step up and be heard, my Sagittarian friends. Are you up for it? Can you hear the call? What visions will you bring forward with these eclipses in the years to come? We look forward to hear what you have to say. I hope you all have a great holiday season this year. I will do my best to get a letter out before Christmas. Come and visit me on Facebook, too. I will regularly post synopses of these letters on the wall there, along with regular astrological info. There is an offer for subscribers there as well.
26 Nov 2011
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