Festival of Humanity [part 2]
Goodwill Festival at the Full Moon in Sagittarius 2011
"Trimming the Fat"
Malvin Artley, our regular esoteric commentator examines the subtle meaning of the Full Moon in Sagittarius for 2011, a rare total Lunar Eclipse. This is Gemini's Full Moon, as the Moon is full in the sign opposing the Sun. The full moon of Gemini (the full moon at Sagittarius 17º07') takes place on the 15th of June at 20:15 UT (3:15 PM EST in the US; 6:15 AM AEST on June 16th in Australia).
The full moon and eclipse takes place on the 16th of June 2011 at 6:15 AM AEST (20:15 PM on the 15th UT). It will be a blood moon and should be quite good viewing, provided the skies are clear. I covered the eclipse in the eclipse letter, so we will not go into that aspect of things here, save to say that it will serve to add intensity and fresh starts to whatever factors are present and come through with the Goodwill Festival at its subsequent activations. The two Sabian symbols associated with this festival—the solar and lunar degrees—are as follows:
A gardener trimming large palm trees.
A chubby boy on a hobby horse.
Both of these symbols hold a pointed significance and reference to the world situation at the moment. The biggest question on everyone's mind at a worldly level is, “What is going to happen with the economy? Will there be another big crash?” The doomsayers would say yes, but the thing I have found in recent times is that we cannot second-guess such things. Great leaders and ideas can and do appear in times like these. Given the present state of affairs one would think that a huge financial crash is immanent. I would say there will probably be another 'adjustment'. How big that will be is anyone's guess. There is a little wrinkle I would like to throw into the mix here, though. There is, little as we may realize it, a testing of the 'Principle of Sharing' going on in the world as we speak, and specifically with regard to the EU. We saw earlier that Gemini works with this principle and exemplifies it—first at a mental level in the realm of ideas and later in the nature of commercial interchange. That is one of the primary areas that Gemini most strongly influences with regard to humanity. The financial markets are all over the place at the moment. One looks at the news one morning, for instance, and the Dow is up, the next day it is down, and the swings are large at times in either direction. That simply reflects the insecurity in the world at the moment. People are nervous, and rightly so.
At the Subjective Level
What exactly is going on in Europe at a subjective level? Well, some people (countries) are having to share in their wealth to help out those whose governments have had poor fiscal management, planning or just plain bad luck, if there is such a thing. That's the thing about 'unions' (and I am not referring to trade unions here, though the same principle applies)—we sometimes have to sacrifice what we may want in order to help them work. Sacrifices are being made by the richer countries in Europe to help out those in trouble. The same thing happened in the US between the government and the auto makers. There were provisos, though, and rightly so. In the US the auto makers are paying back the debt and coming good. They learned, and benefitted all in the process. People kept their jobs, although modified in many cases—but they kept them—the companies re-thought their situation and made adjustments and there was a turn-around. It is still in process, but it was better than letting the companies go bust as may have happened in times past.
In the EU similar sorts of things are happening between countries and within countries. Yes, there is trouble and people are unhappy, but there are also the seeds being sown of things that could be very good in the future. There is suffering in the interim, to be sure, but to throw out the baby with the bath water before we see how it pans out and make simple pronouncements that we see a huge crash coming is a bit premature, I think.
Trim the Fat
Throughout the Western world and in many other parts of the world we are now in a period in which we are having to 'trim the fat'—to scale down what we will undoubtedly see in the future as our past unrealistic expectations. If there is too much growth, the gardener comes in and trims the foliage. What do we think of in the solar symbol when we think of palm trees?—tropical paradise, lazy vacations by the coast, or do we see simple living by the grace of what is presented us, as the island peoples of the world would have done in the past? In the symbol there is a gardener, most likely meaning the palm tree is not in its natural setting, but part of a contrived landscape, and he/she is pulling it back into line with the remainder of the landscape. Is that not precisely what is happening in the economies of the world? There was too much growth in the sectors that brought about the first collapse a few years ago, it was too fast, and it was unregulated. And that leads into the second symbol, the chubby boy on the hobby horse.
Basically, the boy on the hobby horse is a representation of much of the Western world since WWII. We have had it good—too good in many ways—and now we realize that we 'can't always get what we want', to borrow a song line. The world is not a playground, nor are we here to seek our own pleasures. Seeking our own outcome is precisely what we must at least learn to moderate as a whole, otherwise we are a danger to ourselves and the other kingdoms of nature. We are all-too-aware these days of what happens if we let ourselves grow fat and complacent. We pay for it down the road. In the symbol, the boy on the hobby horse is blissfully unaware of those sorts of considerations, absorbed in his play and engrossed in his imaginations of cowboys and Indians, perhaps, or the simple joy of being out in the open and free—the ignorance of youth, as my father used to always call it. I think we can all see that we are being awakened to greater realities here, and that in being given much, much is expected in return.
Share Our Wealth
We have to share our wealth on a world scale at some point or another. We certainly do not take it with us when we pass into clear light. Yes, I feel there is a great testing of sharing going on in the world at the moment. Though times are bad now, hopefully we can take the lessons and experience from it and build for ourselves a very good future, based upon sounder values and not so much on desire for consumption. We are told in the same works quoted previously that if the principle of sharing is not realized before too long on a world scale that the 'gold' will be taken from us. The 'Bull of Gold' must give way to the 'Bull of Life'. Is it too hard to believe that the temporary 'vanishing of gold' in the interim might be a good thing—so long as it does not go on for too long? May we realize the equipoise of Gemini, and thus secure for ourselves a more prosperous world in the years to come.
Oh, and as for the greeting at the start of this letter, Saga Dawa is the celebration of the Buddha's attainment of paranirvana (full enlightenment). May his words and the words of all great teachers thus inspired and/or similarly attained throughout the ages resound long throughout this world, and may this Gemini interval serve to properly and potently distribute them!
For those readers in the Commonwealth countries, I hope the Queen's birthday was a good holiday for you.
13 June 2011
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