Pisces Solar Festival
Subtle Meanings of the Full Moon in Virgo 2007
Malvin Artley, our regular esoteric commentator examines the subtle meaning of the Full Moon in Virgo for 2007. This is Pisces' Full Moon, as the Moon is full in the sign opposing the Sun. The full moon of Pisces (the full moon at Virgo 13º00') takes place on the 3rd of March at 23:18 UT (5:18 PM EST in the US; 10:18 AM AEDT on March 4th in Australia). Malvin argues that the period of the Sun's passage through Pisces always brings a sense of uncertainty or surrealism with it. People either just want to escape or there is a dream-like quality that sets in as we contemplate what is to come for the year. For those who know how to use the energy of this sign and who know its meaning, Pisces is a gateway—a pause and a period of shifting or culmination prior to moving into something new.
Greetings, my Friends!
'Tis the season of festivals here in Adelaide, the Festival City. In the New Year there is always a sense of excitement here as we gear up for the coming events—the Carnivale, the Glendi, the Fringe, Womadelaide, the Schutzenfest and many others. And then there is the one festival that as many people loathe as there are those who love it—the Clipsal 500 Supercar championship race in the heart of the Adelaide CBD. As I sat writing this letter I could look off in the distance and see planes flying in formation over the city as the first day of the race was inaugurated. A large dirigible has been slowly flying over different areas of the city for days now announcing the coming event and giving a lucky few passengers a view of the city and surrounds that not many people would ordinarily see.
Pisces and Aquarius are always festive times in Adelaide, not that the city council would take much notice, but it does something for the psyche of the populace to have so many events bunched so closely together. It gives everyone here a unique experience of many different cultures, for many of these festivals are ethnic. Still other festivals here have acts that bring presenters from the world over. And here is the point—all these festivals bring together a sea of humanity (relatively speaking) in a celebration of both uniqueness and common identity. They are a celebration of shared, yet different, lives and they take us out of ourselves and the cares of the mundane world, at least for a time. They unite us after a fashion and in that we can all share and experience a side of life that we ordinarily do not have for the remainder of the year. For a time, we are able to escape and to see life differently. The change does us good.
Who couldn't use a bit of celebration after the year we just had? The Year of the Red Pig is set to be a better year than last year, we are told, but if the way it has started is any indication, there will be a little bit with which to contend until we get to the 'better' parts of this year. Energies have been particularly intense over this Mercury retrograde period (since Valentine's Day). True to form, it has been great for my business. Machines are breaking down left and right. Some people seem to be following suit. Universally, people seem to be psychically knocked about a bit here in Australia. Perhaps the best way to describe what is happening is to call the feel of things unsettled, electric and expectant—like something is about to give way. Such a dynamic creates a fair amount of fatigue. It will continue that way until the middle of this month. Then things should settle. We will see why in due course. The period of the Sun's passage through Pisces always brings a sense of uncertainty or surrealism with it. People either just want to escape or there is a dream-like quality that sets in as we contemplate what is to come for the year. For those who know how to use the energy of this sign and who know its meaning, Pisces is a gateway—a pause and a period of shifting or culmination prior to moving into something new—much like the Year of the Pig, and it is this last sentence that bears the most relevance for the aspects of this sign to be activated in this period.
Alpha and Omega
Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, or the first, depending upon one's orientation in a spiritual sense. It is Alpha and Omega, the first and the last and a culmination prior to our being liberated into a more effective expression of life. More than anything else, Pisces is known as a sign of culmination and completion—endings, in other words. It is the one sign of the zodiac that brings with it true liberation, which only comes for us when we have made sacrifices for others in the field of service. It is the sign of the World Savior, and many great Teachers and avatars have been born under its influence. Its symbol is the two bound fishes—spirit and persona united, or separated as the case may be. It is a sign of bondage, either enforced due to a materialistic lifestyle or chosen because the person has consciously entered a life consecrated to the liberation of others from suffering.
So, we see that people either suffer or gain liberation from suffering under this sign, hence its associations with internment, institutions, bondage and freedom. Every time Pisces comes around in the calendar we are offered an opportunity to set ourselves free from something that has held us back in a spiritual sense. Escape or liberation (freedom)—these are the two poles in Pisces, and they always come up for examination during the Pisces solar festival. Where are we bound, why are we bound, what have we been avoiding and how do we institute change in order that we are no longer spiritually 'stuck'? These are the questions to ourselves that we must answer in the Pisces interval.
The Light of the World
Pisces has been called the 'sign of mediatorship'. Ultimately, it indicates the blending of Soul/Sprit/higher Self with the persona—the union of higher and lower. It is the most psychically gifted sign of the zodiac for that reason. Thus, it is the sign most associated with mediums. It can give one the most sublime insight into the subtle realms because the boundaries between the higher and the lower become blurred. It is that psychic ability that is at one and the same time the sign's greatest blessing and its worst curse. When a Piscean type is focused upon the more material side of life, there can be great confusion because the person never knows from where their perceptions originate, that is, whether they are simply seeing in the astral light or actually being given a vision from the realm of the Soul. On the other end of the scale, Pisces brings 'The Light of the World', and, as such it ends forever the sense of separation between the outer and the inner worlds. This Light of the World is the very light of Life itself and is the sea of energy in which the higher Self lives and from whence it draws its Being. The Light of the World for the individual is indeed the Light of the higher Self.
Pisces is a sign that carries with it unique dichotomies of experience, and it can bring either complete confusion or absolute clarity of vision. When one is in complete alignment with the higher Self and at one with it, then there is absolute clarity of purpose in life and the persona then stands as a mediator between the spiritual realms and the outer world—a 'medium' of the highest order and, as such, stands in the capacity of a world savior in some measure and capacity. Ultimately, then, Pisces presents us with opportunities to sense a greater vision, to salvage our lives in some fashion and thus help in the work of others trying to do the same with their own, to liberate ourselves from restricting circumstances and to move through a doorway—figuratively speaking—into something new and better in life. With that, let us have a look at what is gong on around this Pisces Solar Festival for 2007.
In part two of this article, Malvin Artley continues his exploration of the esoteric meanings of the Full Moon in Virgo for 2007.
Read part two of The Pisces Solar Festival