Virgo Solar Festival [part 2]
Mother of the Victorious Ones – September 2009
Malvin Artley concludes his analysis of the Virgo Solar Festival, the esoteric implications of the Full Moon in Pisces on September 4, 2009 (Sep 5 in Australia).
The full moon of the Virgo Festival takes place on 5 Sep 2009 at 2:04 AM AEST (4 Sep, 16:04 UT, 12:04 PM EST). The symbol for the degree of the Sun reads as:
“A powerful statesman overcomes a state of political hysteria.”
There is a lot of 'spin' in the world at the moment – financial disaster, deadly swine flu pandemic, forced vaccinations, the rising threat of terrorism, etc. Yes folks, it looks pretty bleak out there and it is going to get a lot worse – riots, civil war, coastal towns inundated by tsunamis or rising sea levels, the in-laws coming to live for a year, green M&Ms giving you incurable cancer... Well, maybe some of these things could happen (I doubt the one about the M&Ms and I don't have in-laws, so at least I'm safe!), but I say we have more important things to worry about. How do we get people off the networking sites, away from televisions and get them to think for themselves? Whatever happened to visits and phone calls? Why can't kids go roaming outside without fear for their life and limb like I used to be able to? (Dated myself there, didn't I?) How do we get the one-armed bandits out of the hotels? How do we build a better community? Maybe we could start with some of these things instead of worrying about things over which we have no control.
This symbol indicates that we need to pull ourselves up, look at things in the clear light of day and be sensible instead of giving in to all the hype around us. The 'powerful statesman' is our own better nature, although more white knights could appear in the political arena. The admonition here is to use the cognitive powers to see through the illusions that will confront us this year and, believe me, there will be a lot of that with which to contend in the next twelve months. Don't believe a lot of what you hear in the media. Spin will be big for the next four months and then we may well just have a few little items to deal with in the world. The symbol for the degree of the Moon reads:
“An ancient sword, used in many battles, is displayed in a museum.”
It is good to remember history. It is better not to have to repeat it in many cases. The sword is often used as a symbol for discriminating wisdom, which Virgo confers. Hopefully the battles referred to are battles with our own nature over which we have prevailed and grown in wisdom. The discriminating wisdom will be needed in the months to come, too, in order to see past much of what will be presented in the media. If you currently undertake a spiritual practice, especially a meditative one this year will be a good time to recap the times when you have needed your own 'wisdom sword' and cut some of the cords that had hold you stuck in certain ways, 'cords' meaning currents of thought, of course. Both of these symbols speak of strength of mind, focus and of the need to stand up and be bold in thought and action when called upon to do so.
Eclipse Points Activated
In the middle of the month we have the first eclipse activation of the 7 Jul 09 eclipse by Mars, accompanied by the first of three Saturn/Uranus oppositions to take place over the next twelve months. The activation might bring some conflict with it, but it will instigate new starts, especially emotionally. The last two of those will activate the Sep 06 eclipse, starting in April. Saturn/Uranus brings instability with financial markets, as well as changes in the status quo (the old vs. the new). The Saturn/Uranus opposition is well within orb in this figure, meaning it is time to get out the old wisdom sword and start applying it to financial matters and any political instability in the world. Western nations are fairly good with regard to the political end of things, but finances might be a real worry, especially in the first part of next year. Cool heads and straight thinking now may just help avert harder times later. Saturn and Uranus are both planets that cut through the crap, so-to-speak and if there have been poor decisions made in any area of life, they will be shown up under the impress of Saturn and Uranus.
The full moon axis forms a Hard Rectangle with the nodal axis indicating struggles between instinctive and spiritual impulses, difficulties with people in one's life if significant degrees are activated in one's own chart and a general malaise about the direction things are taking until one sorts out what is actually going on (the wisdom sword again does wonders for that). The Moon is in a separating trine with Mars, which in and of itself will not bring much. However, Saturn is linked to the Jupiter/Chiron/Neptune conjunction and has been so since mid-August, and that has thrown a wet blanket on people's enthusiasm. It has also brought out unresolved or hidden issues between people. This is what the Magi Society calls a classic heartbreak clash, although it can be very good spiritually because it cleans out a lot of emotional dead wood – perfect for the Virgo interval. Saturn will pass over the link with that conjunction until mid-September. Other than that, the only other aspect of note in the figure is the Mercury/Mars square, which is also perfect for Virgo, esoterically considered – productive of the interior struggle mentioned before which Virgo conveys. People should also think ten times before they fly off the handle at anything. It can be an aspect of great recklessness in speech and movement. Be careful with speed and transport. This concludes the analysis of the solar festival.
After I left university and eventually left home I was able to see the truth in what my mother had said to me that day those years ago. So much of what I had learned at home really had prepared me for life in the world, and one of the best things my mother ever did for me was to allow me a lot of space to explore things and to make my own mistakes as I was growing up. She was always there if I needed her, though. Mom helped me to learn to think for myself, and that is a great gift indeed. We all had a lot of laughs, too. She is gone now, but I always take those words of hers to heart when I feel things are not going so well and I remember the faith she had in me. It reminds me to have faith in myself. I have had a lot of successes and some failures since then. It is kind of like I am still at home, in a sense, learning my way with things. My 'home' is just a lot bigger now, as is my concept of 'mother'.
In this International Year of Astronomy, when we get a chance, take a step outside in the night and look up at the starry sky. In doing that, consider the vast order and boundlessness of the empty spaces between and within the stars and galaxies. Each of those points of light was once a human of some system or description and is now a 'Grand Man of the Heavens', (to borrow the term) and each of them had their 'Virgo experience' which eventually led them to their present attainment. Each of them still resides in the womb of the great Mother, striving toward even greater realizations, birth into ever-greater awarenesses. To adapt the old saying: “Behind every great person is a great woman” – and it is probably their mother, at least to start with. Attainment comes though nurturing our good qualities and hard work – and nobody does that nurturing better than Mom.
You did yourself proud, Mom. Thanks.
1 Sept 2009
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