The Goodwill Festival 2005
Subtle Meanings of the Full Moon in Sagittarius
Malvin Artley, our esoteric commentator, musing over breakfast at the Adelaide Central Market, reveals the subtle meanings inherent in the Full Moon in Sagittarius—the Goodwill Festival, or Festival of Humanity. This is the Gemini Full Moon, because the Full Moon always falls in the sign opposite the sign in which the Sun is found. Malvin argues that Gemini is the sign, in esoteric terms, that governs every pair of opposites within the zodiac. It preserves the magnetic interplay between them and keeps them constantly and consistently functioning within the Plan of unfolding spiritual potency and evolution.
It started as a typical Saturday morning for me this past weekend. The weather was balmy as I walked through the busy Central Market Plaza. Breakfast at the Market on the weekend is a ritual that I relish, with all the sights, sounds and smells, the swell of people as they make their way for the last shop of the week, the knowledge that I have two whole days away from the normal weekly toil-and a sense of playful adventure. People provide a never-ending source of fascination, humor and insight on my forays out. And, this was to be a weekend full of new people, as I was to find out.
The spark for this article was yet to come. Why was I being held back again, I wondered? I had just sat down with the Weekend Australian and was looking through the magazine included. The morning tea wafted up and started to awaken my still-sleepy head as I sat down to my usual fare of eggs and toast. It was unsettled as the approaching cold front started to move through. Still, life went on in its flurry around me, a dream in motion, unperturbed by the musings of the man sitting blissfully having his morning tea and reading Phillip Adams' rantings—blessedly so.
What good is a dream if there is no sense of adventure? “Life” goes on whether we pay attention or not, the product of the slumber of countless Souls, rousing us to the realities of Being. As I raised my eyes from my reading and watched the male pigeons chase their reluctant quarries around the building ledges, I thought to myself, “There is something different about this weekend. Somehow, things aren't going to go according to plan.” Ah, well, a change is as good as a holiday, or so the saying goes.
Uniquely Human – Full of Change
The past few weeks have been full of change for so many of us. This year has been particularly productive of inner change thus far, and the recent Wesak Moon has ushered in some impulses that are going to produce a more pronounced coming together of people into groups of many kinds. The septile patterns and all the other factors indicated in the last two letters are doing their needed work. Everyone who is sensitive to those energies is being pressed to re-evaluate their thinking a bit-having to adjust their lives to accommodate the oncoming Forces who are working so hard to reshape our world toward a brighter future. Yes, the past two full moons have seen many new benchmarks for spiritual work and service put into play, and this full moon of Gemini will be no different. If anything, it will only intensify the process, as we shall see.
The Gemini full moon marks the last of the three great spiritual festivals of the year. It is the one festival of the three that is uniquely human in its effects, and it serves to distribute the impulses generated in the preceding two far and wide. Gemini is one of the most powerful signs with regard to humanity. Whereas Aries brings forth “The Light of Life Itself” and Taurus shows us “The penetrating Light of the Path”, Gemini reveals “The Light of Interplay”, showing us the basic duality to which we are all subject—the relationship between spirit and form. With the festivals of Aries and Taurus we see the causative impulses that condition all inner work throughout the year or even farther into the future, as has been the case this year. With Gemini those impulses are fitted to the needs of the groups and individuals who are sensitive to them and to the greater work that is taking place at a planetary scale. With Gemini, there is no distinction in terms of the size of the endeavor or the status of the individual or group. All who respond to this great sign find themselves intertwined and thus related to all other groups and individuals. It is said to be “the force which produces the changes needed for the evolution of the Christ consciousness at any particular point in time and space. It is always compatible to the requirement.” Above all else, it is the first and primary sign for humanity that establishes relationships in all fields of life.
Gemini is the sign, in esoteric terms, that governs every pair of opposites within the zodiac. It preserves the magnetic interplay between them and keeps them constantly and consistently functioning within the Plan of unfolding spiritual potency and evolution. It is a great synthetic sign in that it fuses all the diverse factors of zodiacal energies into a workable whole. It stands behind all the other signs and guides their work in human terms. It is such a powerful and pervading force in our local universe that it governs all types of interplay, from some of the highest groups of Lives down to the individual human being. With Gemini we have the first exposition of the detail of spiritual life and the mutation and change that must take place within as we progress along our way. In my understanding, it is associated with a group of angelic Lives known as Dominations (after the delineations of St. Thomas Aquinas), in that they handle all the minute details of cosmic life. They have the responsibility of regulating all the activities of the lesser angelic groups.
Rulers and Hierarchies
Gemini is associated with the most recent of the great Creative Hierarchies to have achieved liberation, that Hierarchy expressing “The Desire for Duality”. It is still intimately associated with life on this earth, though, precisely because of that desire for duality. No other kingdom of nature expresses duality to the degree that humanity does. No other kingdom is so cognizant of the interplay between the material world and the spiritual realms and the problems that interplay can bring. Hence, our checkered past with regard to living within divine Law.
Gemini is ruled by three planets—Mercury, Venus and the Earth—the orthodox, esoteric and Hierarchical rulers, respectively. The orthodox Mercury Gemini is well-known to us: changeable, intellectual, talkative, the penultimate communicator, “air-headed”, duplicitous, in constant motion, possessed of impressive dexterity, quick, versatile and eternally studious. The lower type of the Mercury Gemini is a master of manipulation and mutation, constantly changing relationships to suit their needs (sometimes in mid-sentence) and often taking great delight in playing with people's sensibilities. They can never be pinned down to anything and they will have an answer for every conceivable question with which they are confronted, whether the truth or not. The higher type of the Mercury Gemini is the exemplary and professional student. They often speak several languages, their knowledge base is wide and varied, they move through life with an ease and facility that leaves the other signs for dead and they have an often powerful intellect that can very quickly grasp all sides of any question. They are often master technicians and/or academics, too, and we quite often find Gemini prominent in the charts of such people, whether by Sun, Moon or by angle.
Once the Gemini type has stepped firmly upon the spiritual path, though, they come increasingly under the influence of the planet Venus. Here all manipulation and duplicity stops and the brilliance of the higher Mercury Gemini, combined with the unifying influence of Venus, is turned toward the service of others and toward the establishment of ever-wider group relations. This type of Gemini is the master networker and is a veritable encyclopedia of information that has wide appeal and immanent use for all who come into their sphere of influence. The Venus Gemini can always find common ground with people, can see beyond seeming contradictions toward a unified point of view, is able to bring great skill to the task of cementing and furthering human relations, is often a brilliant technical occultist and—in their highest manifestation—is the epitome of the master Teacher. Whereas the Mercury Gemini thrives upon change because of the thrill it brings and the new situations to play with, the Venus Gemini is the agent of change. But, change in this case is change for the sake of better relations and for expansion of consciousness, not for the sake of something different. The Venus Gemini is what we might call the primary exponent of the phrase “fair play”, with all the connotations those two words together conjure up.
And what of the Earth Gemini? Would we even know what to look for in such a person? The Hierarchical rulers of a sign do not even begin to make their presence felt until after what the occultist would call the Transfiguration Initiation. That is the initiation wherein one's consciousness is expanded to include planetary awareness, where the higher senses are all fully unfolded, where the person is awakened to and comes under the direct influence of their true spiritual Self, and when the person achieves 24-hour consciousness and thus full memory of what takes place during the hours of sleep. Those are some of the main markers of that expansion of consciousness. There are very few people who can claim such consciousness. And, if they can, they aren't telling. Such people would work tirelessly behind the scenes (as such Initiates usually do) to awaken the consciousness of people to the higher realities of life, for the Earth Gemini would know the vagaries of life on this planet in full detail. They would see clearly how to resolve and merge the opposites because they would be living examples of the Christ consciousness, being fully overshadowed by the Light of the Soul and responding in ever-increasing measure to the Lord of the Earth and the potency of “the place where the Will of God is known”—Shamballa. We will rarely, if ever, encounter the Earth Gemini in the flesh, especially since people usually go through the door of that expansion of consciousness under the influence of other signs.
In part two of this article, Malvin explores the true esoteric meaning of Gemini—and tells us of his personal glimpse of these inner truths
Read part two of The Goodwill Festival 2005