Gemini's Moon [part two]:
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.
With these points in mind, just what does this spiritual festival bring to us and out of us? The Goodwill Festival is said to be the festival wherein the spirit of humanity is celebrated. It is the time when the effects of the impulses of the Aries and Taurus festivals are made manifest to the minds of humanity. It produces a decided move toward fellowship and, more importantly, an impulse toward spiritual and human unity. This is the festival, more than any other, of the spirit of aspiration toward union with God, whatever “God” means to people. It will show us, as it always does, the divine nature of humanity and the capacity of the human being to express goodwill and to establish human relations based upon that state of innate human divinity-what we would call “right human relations”. Therefore, it is a festival of deep and abiding evocative appeal and it is thus a time of profound inner reflection, as are all of the solar festivals (full moons). This one sets the tone of spiritual interrelatedness, though, more than do the other festivals. Perhaps we can see now why this particular festival is celebrated at the full moon of Gemini.
A First-Hand Glimpse
I was given a first-hand glimpse of what this is all about over the weekend. Before I get to that, we need to be cognizant of some things. There is a great potency gathering in the world at the moment and people who are sensitive are responding to it in a more pronounced manner with each passing day.
During the last two festivals I was given a glimpse of what my service over the next nine years is to be. Many people have related the same to me regarding their own lives. People may not recognize that what they have been given from those festivals this year will carry them forward for at least several years to come, but that is not of any importance in the larger scheme of things. What is of importance is that there must be a more sustained and united effort to “enlighten” this little world of ours, each in our own way according to our greatest strengths, but together after some fashion. The potency to which I am referring has been given many names and many timelines—the Dawning of the New Age, the push to 2012, the shift to ascended consciousness, the spiritualization of the world, so on and so forth. I have written about this in previous articles and these concepts are well-known to most of us. But, let's look at this in a more practical and down-to-earth manner.
Revealing the Light
If we look out at the world stage today, can we not see the necessity for better human relations, the profound deepening of human insight and wisdom that is taking place before our very eyes, the birth of rare and enlightened Souls through many of our children, the almost exponential expansion of world awareness through the media, the sense of urgency to make a final stand among many of the world's orthodox and conservative groups, the deepening of religious fervor along with the flip side of that (the deepening of rifts between people of all faiths, sects and denominations), the profound stress under which so many people in the developed world seem to be living and their desire to simply opt out of that for a more simple and spiritually fulfilled life? We have only begun to scratch the surface with such a list. The human spirit is being moved to “make the outer more appropriately fit the inner”. We call such a movement “expansion of consciousness” and the like, but what it really entails is for us simply to be the fullness of who we really are. We are Souls and, ultimately, Spirits, at one with all life—not the separated, befuddled personas that we more often than not exhibit. And, each of us has a unique key and path to the doors that lead to the world of the Spirit.
We were told once by the Nazarene not to hide our Light. Yet, how many of us make ourselves known as we really are to those around us, whether from fear or from “sensibility”? I have been as guilty of hiding my Light as the next person. I have, for most of my working life in Australia, not told people what I do with my “spare time” (is there such a thing?). There are few people in the shops where I do my work who know that I am an astrologer, or much else about me for that matter. I could easily convince myself that people would just think I am some weird dude from the States who happens to repair machines for a living and that I would be better off if I did not say anything. But, there is the rub with such a scenario—I would be worried more about what people thought of me rather than what I had to offer. How would I know they wouldn't need or want to hear more about who I am and what I have to offer? Well, I have been raising eyebrows at work when the subject comes up. People do think I'm a little weird sometimes, but so what? Most people have a genuine interest in what I do, I have found. I figure if I was put on this earth to be an astrologer and esotericist and to fix a few machines in the process, then people may as well know about it. How many opportunities are missed with people because we are simply too afraid or too much into ourselves to let those with whom we come in contact have the benefit of what are our true and highest capabilities? Are we here to contribute, or are we here to serve ourselves? These are the sort of discussions I have been having with myself over the past year or so.
True Spirit of Gemini
I said I was given a glimpse of the true spirit of Gemini over the weekend and the shape of things to come over the next 9 years. It started with an afternoon of astrology. We have quarterly astrological forums here in Adelaide on a variety of astrological subjects. These are put on by the Forum of Professional Astrologers, which is an astrological guild here. As the name suggests, professional astrologers and guest astrologers gather at these meetings to exchange ideas and to further the art and science. This particular meeting was about the 12th House (of the horoscope), the house I call “the house of accumulated wisdom”. I had a special interest in this particular meeting since my 12th house is highly active. Normally these are sparsely attended affairs, usually with only 20 or so in attendance. But, with this one there was a packed house (and I don't mean the 12th). I had no idea there were so many astrologers in Adelaide—and most all of them women at that. I did like the ratio, though. I was heartened to see the turnout. There appears to be a resurgence of organized astrology in Adelaide after a period of group squabbles that had left the main organizations reeling and less than happy affairs. It was great to be able to meet many of these people. They are people about whom I had heard, but had never had the chance to meet. The Geminis in the room would have been pleased. The rest of us were, too, for the most part.
The next glimpse I had of the spirit of Gemini came at the end of the weekend. I had been asked to attend a meeting about a proposed network of “Light-workers” in South Australia, and it was this particular meeting that was to provide the spark for this letter. I had heard several people speak of the need for a more unified effort among the esoteric community over the past months, both in Adelaide and in other parts of the world. But, the call seems to be particularly strong and timely now. At this particular meeting, the speaker was a person well-known to the Adelaide community. But this person, like me, has been keeping their true calling under wraps, and for much the same reasons that I had been. Few people would have any idea of the abilities this person has. But, when they began to speak, a fuller realization about what is being put forward to the people of goodwill (the Light-workers) during this high point of the year became abundantly clear.
As I said, I have heard the same thing many times and from different quarters, and I have known it myself. But the simple elegance of the idea this person put forward and the complete lack of any personal agenda or ego around it sounded a very high note to me. The pieces of a puzzle fell into place then and my course over the next few years is a little clearer now as a result. The idea is this: For there to be a directory made of most, if not all, of the Light-workers in South Australia which would then be made available to the general public for the expressed purpose of reaching out to all those people who quest for something higher in life, but who have little or no idea of where to even start to get the information they need on their journey. It would also be for people who already know where they are headed and how, but who do not necessarily know where to get hold of someone for that “something extra” that is needed for the next step along the way. Further, there are to be at least 300 names by Christmas, there is to be no leader, no hierarchy of power, no trappings of the old way of doing things. The idea is that if there is something that needs to be done, then someone will step forward to do it. It is all voluntary. Everyone is responsible for their own presentation. All money and time is donated. The whole thing is a free and open association. It is not advertising, per se. It is simply a directory—like a phone book—and I think there is a special potency in that word “directory”. I'll tell you something else. I feel it is going to work.
Ideal of Group Service
There is something unusual about the idea just elucidated. It comes closer to a true Aquarian ideal of group service than many I have seen. There is a purity about it. It is a coming together, yet everyone involved maintains their own lives and space. There were further ideas expounded, but the main ideas of fellowship, of common purpose, of interrelatedness, of shared knowledge, of goodwill, of standing up and being counted, of higher human potential and of reaching out to those in need fit very closely with the ideas put forward here about Gemini and about the whole concept of the reappearance of the Christ on Earth. It may not sound like much, but the best ideas and the ones with the greatest potency are often the simplest ones and the ones that have the broadest appeal. The directory would not classify people, would not put one person above another, it would not pander to any special interest and there would be people in it from all kinds of disciplines. There is, of course, a certain integrity to be maintained throughout the process and certain aspects of the work would have to be supervised. As with all human work, there does have to be some form of organization, at least for a time until the project is complete. My hat goes off to the people involved, though.
With all this being said, it is time now to move on to the consideration of this full moon figure. The full moon of Gemini will take place at 6:19 AM AEST (10:19 PM GMT/23 May) on the 24th of May 2005. As with the preceding two full moon figures, there is something unusual in this one which will go far toward cementing the higher realities upon our little piece of reality here, and I will get to that in a minute. The Sun will be at the 3rd degree of Gemini, the symbol which reads thus: “The garden of the Tuileries in Paris.”
As always, the Sun sets the tone of the chart. This symbol refers to formalization of knowledge and of setting grand designs in place. The Tuileries were started by Catherine de Medici, the Medici name being synonymous with the Renaissance. Dane Rudhyar attaches the theme of formalism to this symbol, and that is true to a large extent. European gardens are known for their attention and attachment to classical design. This grand garden also speaks of a legacy, though. Although the Tuileries were originally designed for the royal court of France and the upper crust of that society, it is now one of the great national treasures of France and a world icon. What was once a symbol of the corruption of the monarchy and the division between the “haves” and “have-nots” is now a treasure to all the people of France, if not the world. A garden is, after all, a place of life, of reflection, of repose and of symbolism if rightly done. A good garden is a symbol of divine architecture and a coming together of many types of life in a united whole. Every piece of verdancy and every animal in a garden plays its part and adds its own special beauty to the scene. The Tuileries are a symbol of redemption in many ways and of commonality and shared heritage amongst a people. It was once the scene of a bloody massacre. It is now a scene of treasured sharing, of love, tranquility and of laughing children. It is an apropos symbol for Gemini and for humanity, too, with all the duality and multiplicity contained therein. But, it speaks of something more in relation to this chart, and that is contained in a rather unique planetary pattern that is found in this figure.
Unique Planetary Pattern
In the past year I have written quite a bit about some of the lesser-known planetary aspects that astrologers use. Many astrologers would not work with the aspects I have outlined at all. But, in occultism, there are no little things and what most astrologers call “minor aspects” are, in reality, of great importance and potency for the person who is responsive to higher energies.
The particular aspect we need to examine this time is obtained when the circle is divided by 9. Hence it is an aspect of 40 degrees, and it is called a novile. As it happens, there is a series of interlocked noviles in this chart which forms a trapezoid. While it is true that only two of the points involved are to planets, it is important for our consideration, primarily because of the other two points involved. The two planetary points are the Sun and Pluto, while the other two points of the trapezoid are the Moon's north node and Chiron—an important asteroid when it comes to humanity.
In part three of this article, Malvin concludes the article with a deep look at the number nine and the astrological meaning of the novile.
Read part three of The Goodwill Festival 2005