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    Click to read Malvin's bio Malvin Artley has been a practising astrologer for more than 10 years. 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.

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    Aquarius' Moon: [part two]Camel Crossing Desert
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    Subtle Meanings of the Full Moon in Leo 2006

    Malvin Artley concludes his article on the subtle meaning of the Full Moon in Leo for 2006. This is Aquarius's Full Moon, as the Moon is Full in the sign opposing the Sun. He argues that There is great advancement to be had in the practice of silence and in 'expanding inward'.

    The full moon of Aquarius (full moon in Leo) takes place on the 13th of February 2006 at 3:44 AEDT (11:44 GMT). The theme for service this year is outlined by this figure. This year in service will be a period marked by heightened tensions in the world, but also by the capacity for great insights to come out of that tension. It will be a period wherein strong leadership abilities will emerge, where gains can be had by confidently moving ahead with plans (but with careful thinking beforehand), where gains can be made through bridge-building and through a desire to live life to the fullest. Folks should be careful not to tread on each other's toes, to carefully practice harmlessness, but also straight and honest speaking, and through paying especially close attention to one's instincts, which have the capacity to bring through some very positive changes in the structure of people's lives. Above all, it is a period where special effort should be made to spend quiet time reflecting on chosen paths and upon bringing people together.

    The Sun is on the 25th degree of Aquarius, the Sabian symbol for which reads:

    “A butterfly with the right wing more perfectly formed.”

    This symbol is an admonition not to be too 'heady' about things. Many factors in the world are in mutation at the moment. There are plans within plans throughout many sectors and there is much going on behind the scenes. The warning here is to be balanced in one's point of view and in living, to not let one faculty or aspect of life dominate and to always try to compensate for the imbalances in one's life and actions. On the other hand, there is also the implication that certain plans are not developed enough to enable full implementation and that further effort is needed on 'the left wing' (re: the symbol) – intuition and lateral thinking. Although things might seem beautiful on the surface, are they actually feasible and usable? There is a further symbolism associated with this degree. There is great advancement to be had in the practice of silence and in 'expanding inward'. Be careful that the well-furnished life becomes not a prison.

    Planetary Tension

    The Sun conjoins Neptune in the figure, pointing both to the unclarity of the past two weeks as well as the insight that has come from them. There is a new vision emerging for the immediate future, and that will become much clarified in the weeks to follow. The Sun and Moon both square Mars, which is the apex of a t-square, indicating the tensions in the world and the need for proper rest and repose along with action. Planned physical activity is needed to work out tensions, too. This indicates the practice of the 'Sleeping Dog' – taking rest when needed. Mars is also quincunx Pluto, indicating the need for prioritizing time, for not pushing things too hard or fast, and points to deep and powerful changes to come in the social fabric. In all, this is a time of great restlessness and impatience.

    The symbol of the Moon is potent, too, and represents what is being reflected back to us, as well as the energy and impulse of the masses. It reads thus:

    A large camel is seen crossing a vast and forbidding desert. – 25 Leo

    The implication here is for utter self-reliance and total acceptance of whatever faces us. If life seems a desert now, then we must call on the inner resources of our Being and exhibit the power that comes from being able to persist in the face of what presents itself and move through it to its rightful conclusion. The times to come will teach a lot about self-reliance. More especially, these times will teach us about faith – but faith in ourselves first, not a faith that puts power into the hands of some 'principle' or something outside of us. The power that called us into being is with us at all times, because it is us. It is just a part of ourselves that we do not recognize. That part of us is 'the large camel in the desert', in a manner of speaking, and it is that which carries us to our destination on the path of life.

    Saturn vs Chiron

    The Saturn/Chiron opposition is back with us through to July. This was the 'heartbreak aspect' that was in effect at the time of the Sumatra Tsunami, hence the admonition to be particularly mindful of harmlessness in all relations. Saturn and Chiron are both trine the nodal axis, indicating that the instinctual nature will play a large role in the working out of the opposition just described, but that things will also work quite well if one's instincts are followed. One's 'gut' should hold sway for the next month with regard to one's basic direction in life and relationships, but care should be taken as well.

    Venus is sextile to Jupiter, indicating good business prospects, although it gives little drive in that regard. This adds a nice balance to the Mars t-square with the Sun and Moon, adding a harmonious note and giving good prospects for resolution of difficulties between people. Beware, though, because things are not always what they seem with this aspect, because Jupiter also squares Neptune, indicating that the gains to be had and visions for the future might rest on shaky foundations. There is a good deal of gullibility and unrealistic thinking that comes from that square. In all, the Venus/Jupiter is a helpful influence, but it does little to offset the tension and power found in the rest of the chart.

    Finally, there is a conjunction between Mercury and Uranus, pointing to the straight talk alluded to before. People will be inclined not to pull their punches under this figure. There is a good deal of genius associated with that aspect, however, especially in the trades, the arts and with the media. Be careful with travel, though, since Mercury is found in quincunx to Saturn and especially since Mercury conjoins Uranus.

    As I said at the beginning of this article, I found that I had a hidden ability in the midst of my soul-searching in times past. It came because people drew that out of me. They wanted to hear what I had to say, and I responded. It was a real lesson to me in service, because I never really realized people saw my abilities in that way, but it has since grown into a joy. I never gave any thought to it at the time. Abilities do not always have to come in that fashion, though. Indeed, they most often come of their own accord. I have been accorded many opportunities since that time to expand on what I have been presented with in life. Some things have been difficult. Other things have been wonderful. Through all that, though, the biggest and most valuable lesson I have learned is simply to be myself at any moment and to give of who I am naturally. People often do not care so much what we can do in times of need. They simply want us to be there – to be ourselves. It is really the greatest gift we can give to another – whether they like who we are or not. Throughout this year and always, let us not dwell so much on what is to be done. That will come of its own accord and of necessity. Perhaps it might be best just to be there for one another. That is especially true in these “Dog Days”, referring to the year. I hope we can all enjoy the company we keep this year. We all deserve it. I hope it brings joy to all of you as well.

    Happy Days!
    Malvin.
    12 Feb 2006.

    *Song lyric from the band Timbuk 3: The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades.

    This is the end of the article.

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    Yin Yang 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.
    He sends out periodic emails about astrological happenings and developments. These letters are sent out as a gift and a service. If you wish to be added to or deleted from the mailing list please let me know. If you feel inspired to pass them on please do so, but do so without alteration or charge. They are sent to people of many persuasions, not just astrologers. Blessings. Click here to subscribe to Malvin's periodic letters.

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