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.
Malvin Artley, our esoteric authority, outlines the subtle implications of the Full Moon in Leo, the Aquarian Moon for 2005. This Full Moon occurs on 25th of January, the day before Australia Day, Australia's national birthday. Malvin,who was born in the USA, tells us that he has just become a naturalised Australian citizen, so this lunation is particularly poignant for him. He argues that Aquarius conveys “The Light that shines on Earth, across the sea”, and it is a Light that dispels the darkness from the world and brings all home to shore, safe form the storms and tumults of human desiring. It is a sign that brings healing and salvation.
Well, I finally did the deed. I became an Australian citizen on Friday. (That's pronounced or-STRAHL-yun for the uninitiated) Oi! I know this letter is a bit late but, like the last letter, I felt blocked from writing it. I figured out why on Friday. It was a beautiful summer day on the 21st—not too hot, about 80 degrees in the old measure, and clear skies with a gentle breeze—a perfect day by anyone's standards. I had wanted to get my ceremony done on Australia Day (Jan. 26th), but all the ceremonies were already full. So, I had to have it done privately at the immigration center. Two of my good friends had happily agreed to come along and help me celebrate the event but, to my surprise, another of my good friends was there as well when I showed up. And, as it turns out, all three were women and all three were Aquarian. To top it all off, the Sun was in Aquarius that day and—we found out later—the gal administering the ceremony had Aquarius rising.
Synchronicity of Destined Events
Now, the only reason I mention this is for the benefit of the non-astrologer readers, because destined events always have these amazing astrological synchronicities and interplays between signs and aspects. The chart of the ceremony had Taurus rising, the ceremony celebrant was a Taurean herself, I have Taurus rising in my relocated chart and I just gave a reading today to another Taurean with Aquarius rising. A few days before all this, I had another Aquarian ring up for a reading. So, the energy of Aquarius is impacting on me in a big way and I have finally found the muse to launch into this somewhat overdue letter.
It was a lovely little ceremony. We all took pictures. The ring-leader of the Aquarian crew tried to get me to do a little performance that would have been mildly embarrassing (she tried to convince me—to no avail—that it was a requirement of all new Australians going through this that we had to give some performance that showed off our talents) and we all embarked on the time-honored Australian tradition after the ceremony and went down to a local pub for a spot of the bubbly. Then I had an obligatory beer to honor the event. We Aussie men have to do that, you know. The whole ceremony took about 2 minutes, but I was with friends and I was becoming a confirmed member of an ever-increasing group, it would seem. I have made a life for myself here on my island home, so the time had come to make it official—and what better way for a man to do so than to be with 3 fabulous Aquarian women—and one other with Aquarius rising—and on an Aquarian day!
Aquarius Rules Groups
Aquarius is the natural 11th House of the Zodiac, and it is traditionally associated with friends, hopes and wishes. Aquarius is a sign that just naturally gravitates towards groups, and all the Aquarians I know (and that is more than a few—and the majority of them are women) have a wide circle of friends and a much wider circle of acquaintances. They always seem to be in the midst of some group endeavor and they all usually have something to do with the leadership of those groups. This goes for people with Aquarius rising as well. Aquarius conveys “The Light that shines on Earth, across the sea”, and it is a Light that dispels the darkness from the world and brings all home to shore, safe form the storms and tumults of human desiring. It is a sign that brings healing and salvation, and it is for this reason that I have called the Aquarius full moon “The Festival of World Service”, or “The Festival of Group Endeavor”. I spoke of the Hierarchy of lives that especially come under the influence of this sign in last year's Aquarius missive, which are the elemental lives. But, this year we need to focus a bit on just what it is that makes an Aquarian such a unique persona—and some “unique” ones there definitely are—and to do this we need to look at the rulers of this sign, which are Uranus, Jupiter and the Moon
It is the Moon that is associated with the Hierarchical expression of this sign. The Moon is always associated with the lunar bodies (the bodies that make up our persona-lower mind, desire and physical) and the class of lives that it rules deal with the sustenance and development of those bodies. They are the ones that take the vitality from the environment and incorporate it into the bodies at their respective levels. They are also the lives that construct the etheric matrix around which the dense body coagulates and adheres. They are the builders and sustainers of every dense form as we know those forms. Thus, Aquarius has a curious and important task to perform around the construction and vitalization of forms of all types, and all forms are but groups of lives of some description. This goes for the groups of tiny lives that from the bodies of everything we see to the largest national and planetary groups that we know as well. But, that is about all that is useful for the average person to know about that particular rulership of Aquarius.
The more potent and important of the rulers of Aquarius is Jupiter, the esoteric ruler, followed closely by Uranus, the best-known and the orthodox ruler. In esotericism, everything works “from the top down”-from the universal to the specific. The Moon rules the highest level of this sign and the archetype that we know as Aquarius. But, the Moon rules such a broad spectrum of activity and influence with regard to Aquarius that it can scarcely be sensed in terms of the individual human. Jupiter is very important in one's understanding of this most potent sign because it is the planet that produces all the marvelous group interplay in the human realm and the abundance of healing energies that the sign can confer. Jupiter rules the true consciousness of the Aquarian type, and it is this marvelous Jovian energy through which we know and love all the higher Aquarian types. It is their true signature. Of all the signs, Aquarius can be the most giving and it is the energy of Jupiter that impels the Aquarius type to such a wide and diverse range of people and interests, although Uranus does its bit in this regard as well.
Jupiter is the planet that governs the law of supply in our solar system. It is the great philanthropist among the planets—a sort of secondary Sun—conferring a high vitality and unity of effort for all who come under its influence. Jupiter is called “The School of Beneficent Magicians” and it is said that it is always involved in constructive magical work. It governs the supply of vitality throughout the solar system and it confers magic of a very high order. Both Uranus and Jupiter are said to be schools of magic within the solar system and they work very closely together. So, with Aquarius we find a most profound magical combination of forces. The Moon confers the prototype of a form, working from the highest level of the sign. Jupiter then infuses it with life and causes it to expand. It also incorporates varying elements within the environment and fuses them into a cohesive unit. Uranus then produces the manifestation of that form onto the outer planes and, in so doing, brings in a new order. Nothing is quite the same after it has been touched by an Aquarian type. There is thus a tremendous amount of force associated with this sign for those who can properly avail themselves of its influence.
Click to read part two of The Festival of World Service
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