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Malvin Artley, our regular esoteric commentator examines the subtle meaning of the Full Moon in Gemini for 2005. This is Sagittarius' Full Moon, as the Moon is Full in the sign opposing the Sun. This has been a grim year for the world and many of the aspects that are astrologically responsible for the trials have yet to culminate. This however is a time for renewal and recovering our equilibrium, ready to steam ahead in the coming year.
Merry Christmas, Friends!
Are we having fun yet? For some reason, it doesn't feel like Christmas this year – or so I thought. I woke up the other morning wondering what the muse for this letter would be. The 'eye in the sky' had told me that it was time, yet nothing was coming. Give me a sign, I thought (without being too melodramatic about it). I had just finished breakfast and watched the morning news. It was all more of the same – crises, misery, erupting volcanoes, political unrest, and more Iraq footage. What a great world we live in! What wonderful scenes of hope and inspiration we are presented with as a daily supplement to our morning tea and muesli! One has to question what we feed our psyches as a matter of course. Things have been difficult for so many people of late. Everyone I speak to has 'a story' about why life is hard for them at the moment. Passing folks in the streets, one doesn't see a lot of sunny smiles.
Why does it all feel so different this year? No one seems immune from some sort of inner turmoil in this “joyous” season of 2005. Then, I had an epiphany. In the distance, I heard the approaching sounds of thunder. Closer and closer, it came. The thunder became a roar. The sky is bright, though, I thought to myself. What is this din that I hear approaching? I went over to the window to have a look, and then I found my theme for the letter – to the tune of over 12,000 motorcycles roaring right past the house.
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!” Yep, they were all there, along with Santa and Kermit and Humphrey and Big Bird. Yes, all there – and on motorbikes. Santa looked a little different! People were lining the streets, waving and clapping, some filming the steady and seemingly endless procession of veteran bikies on Harleys, learners on Vespas, extreme dudes on dirt bikes and average Janes and Joes on their more elegant Hondas and Duccatis. The elderly came out from the retirement village and sat in their wheelchairs, waving and giving thumbs-up to the bikers who threw lollies (candy) to the kids that were lining the streets. Every bike had a theme and some were decorated to the hilt, but each one of them were also loaded with precious cargo – packages of Christmas joy to be donated to the Society of St. Vincent DePaul's for the less advantaged children of the area. The parade was made up of people from many disparate paths who all share a common love of motorbikes. It was set up to break down preconceived notions of bikies and to show that a love of giving is alive and well in one and all – an idea that should apply to every day of the year, and not simply a specific season. It is also a celebration of something with which every bikie can identify, which is a love of freedom and wide-open spaces, the lure of the open road (which is another manifestation of a love of the path of life itself), the freedom to be able to take a path less-traveled with an element of risk, rebellion and adventure that people in “cars” would never experience. It all sounds a bit like Sagittarian ideals, as we will see.
This article will be more about current events than the more esoteric tone of previous articles, but in light of what is happening we need to go into that side of things so we can get an idea of what is on its way. Thus, before we get to the body of this letter, we need to debrief from the last full moon a bit first.
Why is the Holiday Season Difficult?
I think most of you would agree that the full moon of Scorpio was productive of certain results that have left us all feeling a little worse from wear. I know for myself that I have heard my own personal Sermon on the Mount (the symbol for the solar degree in that figure) and it has left me feeling more than a little disheveled, but also sensitive of some very good things to come over the next few years. That full moon was indeed quite a powerful one and it has served to dredge up many things from each person's subconscious that need to be resolved before the next steps in life can be taken. I was thinking over it all the other day and it began to dawn on me that what has just been described about that action of Scorpio is the very reason why the Christmas holiday season is so difficult for so many. Think on it for a bit. We come into the holidays, at least in most western countries, at the advent of the Scorpio solar festival (full moon), which falls sometime in late October through most of November. Many things are brought up at that time for resolution, and most of it relates directly back to our early childhood, which is the time when we are most vulnerable and easily hurt. Then, what do we do? We go and spend time with the very people with whom the dynamic was formed – and we are supposed to feel celebratory. Well, most of the time we do feel happy to see loved ones. But the other 'stuff' in always there in the background – or in our faces, as the case may be. God has a weird sense of humor sometimes.
Nerves are raw these days and people are on edge. Mars went direct after spending a long time retrograde in Taurus and in a square with Saturn, and the energy of that is nothing short of enormous frustration. Now that it is direct there is a lot that is being shed by people, the dynamics of which are shown by how that square aspects things in an individual's chart. Not only are there fiery emotions being expressed right now, but we literally have fires breaking out all over.
Baptism of Cosmic Fire
Here in Adelaide we just heard of one of the importer's shops burning down today, which happens to be where a few of us had been teaching classes. Now we will have to find new venues. There has just been a big fire at an oil refinery outside London. There have been race riots in Sydney. All around people feel as though they are about to pop under their internal stresses. What is actually happening, however, is that we are all being moved to new locations and circles of people. Mars works under the energy of The Destroyer (albeit beneficently), and it always brings in those conflicts that set us free of restricting circumstances. And, although such conflicts can be heartbreaking in the ensuing maelstrom, better conditions will eventually come about and we will find ourselves in better relationships with people – hopefully. The reason why this would be so is that Mars has been squaring Saturn, and Saturn is all about placement in the world and in groups, as well a the karmic necessities that lead us to the next stops along out journeys. The square indicates that there is struggle in the process, though, along with new qualities being built in.
Keeping these points in mind as we go along, we can now get down to the business of the Sagittarius festival for this year. We are being presented with new goals now. There is always a reorientation that occurs when the Sun makes its ingress into Sagittarius. The clearing work of Scorpio, which is the lord over the period just passed, leaves us wanting and feeling emotionally decimated sometimes. We are then left with the feeling: “Well, what else is there to life? Will this pain and struggle ever end?” Although we have conquered an inner demon or two in the process of Scorpio, what is there to look forward to in the months to come? These sentiments are fairly common for people this time of year. Yet, in some strange manner, Light sings out amidst the darkness when the Sun enters Sagittarius and we are given a clue to the solution of our Scorpio impasse and sojourn in the emotional desert. Idealism returns and we feel once again that life is worth living and we have something worthwhile towards which to strive. These are the key words of Sagittarius: idealism, noble goals, struggle toward those goals and freedom at the journey's end.
In part two of this article, Malvin Artley continues his exploration of the esoteric meanings of the Full Moon in Gemini for 2005. He observes that the Sagittarian Festival is a time for renewal and that the tests of this period, when aspects are grim, is one of timing and presentation. There are big things coming for those who are willing to expand their thinking and change their minds. This is always the promise of Sagittarius. The rewards in life are awarded to those who dare and strive to achieve.
Read part two of The Sagittarius Solar Festival
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