Gemini's Moon [part three]:
The Goodwill Festival 2005
Subtle Meanings of the Full Moon in Sagittarius
Malvin concludes his article on the Goodwill Festival for 2005 with an analysis of the number 9 and the unusual and spiritualising planetary aspect known as the novile. He argues that whenever we consider the dynamics of a planetary aspect, the numbers involved with those aspects are of marked importance. Nine is a number associated with compassion, selflessness, philanthropy, wisdom and other-worldliness. Esoterically considered, nine is the number associated with initiation and Shamballa. Nine as a planetary emanation is connected with Saturn, which leads everyone to the “mount of initiation” via the working through of one's karma and by adherence to divine Law.
Whenever we consider the dynamics of a planetary aspect, the numbers involved with those aspects are of marked importance. There is a definite psychology associated with numbers. The two numbers associated with the novile aspect are 9—the primary number—and 40, the angular measure. A little thought yields up a rather interesting fact regarding the novile. Both 9 and 40 are numbers associated with the period of human gestation—9 months or 40 weeks. I will not go into the full significance of those numbers here, except to say that the novile carries implicit within it the idea of gestation and birth. Some astrologers associate the novile with birth into higher realities and thus point to the fact that noviles are associated with initiation. There is definitely an association with birth into something with the novile, and its primary number holds the key to what that something is.
The Number Nine
Nine in numerology is a number associated with compassion, selflessness, philanthropy, wisdom and other-worldliness. Esoterically considered, nine is the number associated with initiation and Shamballa. Nine as a planetary emanation is connected with Saturn, which leads everyone to the “mount of initiation” via the working through of one's karma and by adherence to divine Law. Esoteric literature is replete with references to the number nine. There are too many references to cover here, but the preceding statements regarding this number will suffice for our investigation.
With all of the associations just outlined, we see a period of gestation followed by a birth/rebirth of some sort. Human gestation is one case in point, but every phase of growth can be seen in the same light, because every phase of growth and spiritual development is a gestation prior to an expansion of consciousness, whether great or small. Saturn, through the number nine, gives us the structure we need in order to grow and develop. Nine is related directly to those environing conditions that spur us to evolve as humans. Nine is a number of mutation and change. The Nine Star Ki numbers of the Chinese (used in their Feng Shui) are used to orient one within the world. These are the numbers associated with their magic square of nine. All throughout, we find a continual theme with the number nine of “birth out of captivity”. Saturn is often associated with bondage or captivity—the limitations of environment. But, that limitation provides us with the opportunity and impetus to grow.
Patterns of Noviles
When patterns of noviles are found in a birth chart we can fully expect the theme just outlined to manifest somehow in the person's life. One would expect also that such configurations would be rare, owing to the narrowness of the allowed orb and the angular measurement involved. Instead, we find that such patterns are actually quite common with the novile. The most common pattern found is a simple triangle, followed by the yod, with rectangular patterns being much rarer. Some of the more notable people who have triangular novile patterns in their charts were/are George Wallace, Carl Jung, Richard Wagner, Margaret Thatcher, Eva Peron, Mick Jagger, Alexander Scriabin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Upton Sinclair, Nicholas Culpeper, Noel Coward, Marilyn Monroe, Mata Hari, Jimmy Carter, Sigmund Freud, George Harrison, Henry Ford and Bela Lugosi. The list is actually quite extensive. Of those who have novile yods we have Goethe, Edith Piaf, Thomas Hardy, Richard II of England, August Vaillant, Pierre Trudeau, James Joyce, Reinhold Ebertin, Noel Coward, Dane Rudhyar, Erwin Rommel, Greta Garbo, CEO Carter, Helen Reddy, and Thomas Moore.
All of the above people went through what might be called initiatory experiences in their lives. When I say “initiation” in this context, though, I mean that they went through experiences that at the very least lead them to epiphanies and, in some cases, to revelations that would greatly expand the awareness of humanity to the realities of life. With all of these people, though, there seems to be the theme of “birth out of captivity”—restrictive conditions that in some way push them forward into greatness in some way or another. They each had more than the usual sensitivity to either their environment, the world at large or to their craft. They each used that sensitivity in their own way, too—some toward selfish ends and some toward greater purpose. We should always remember that an aspect is neither positive nor negative. People will make of their energies what they will.
Some of the more stunning patterns of noviles in charts are found among the following people: Bangalore S. Rao, Mario Cuomo, Herbert von Karajan (one of my favorite orchestral conductors), Karl Schoch, Mary Shelley (of Frankenstein fame) and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Of these, Roosevelt had a most astounding ninth-harmonic pattern in his chart, and it is well worth a look for those who are interested. I have found that men who have these patterns, and especially the more complicated patterns, seem to have the wings of eagles with regard to their development. They rise above their limitations, hardship or humble beginnings and emerge on the other side larger-than-life. Roosevelt was a good example of that. The polio he endured was certainly a tremendous catalyst for him and he emerged as one of America's greatest and most humanitarian presidents. He was also a known disciple.
Women and Noviles
With the women who have those complex novile patterns, their rise into outer prominence is not so meteoric, but it gives them instead a most exquisite sensitivity, selflessness and compassion-a transcendent understanding of people and life. With both men and women who have the more complex patterns there can be great selflessness, willingness for personal sacrifice for the uplifting of humanity and breadth of understanding. All noviles give the native a rare understanding of life because the people who have them have had to do the hard yards to get to their station in life.
Interesting too is the apparent fact that the more noviles a person has in their chart, the more likely it is that they will feel starved for love at some point or another in their life. It seems to drive them to love more fully. That is yet another manifestation of Saturn, and some of the cruelest people in the world have these novile-based patterns as well. Of the people with whom I have found such patterns, the ones who have the same pattern as the one found in this full moon figure are all of the ones listed in the preceding paragraph along with Eleanor Roosevelt (odder still to have a husband and wife with the same sort of pattern). All of these people are towering figures in their own right, masters of their work, great contributors to human evolution and culture and exemplary personas-not perfect, but definitely exemplary after some fashion.
Struggle to Achieve Self Knowledge
Given what we have with the planets involved in the 9th harmonic trapezoid of this chart and coupling that with degree of the Sun, we begin to get a more complete picture of what this festival is going to mean for us. The fact that the Sun and Pluto are both involved in this pattern indicates that whatever comes to us will change us deeply and unalterably in some way. We will have to give something of our ego away in order to rise to the greater good. But, self-knowledge and expansion of our awareness can be the result. The involvement of Chiron and the node further indicate that there will be struggle in achievement of objectives, that new circumstances will be presented to us but, also that we will stand renewed at the end of the process and freer to express our gifts at the end of the process if we can rise to it.
It should be noted that the opposite corners of this trapezoid are in trine to each other, i.e., the Sun is trine to Chiron (a Magi power aspect) and the node is trine to Pluto. In fact, the Sun is one point of a grand trine in this chart, along with Jupiter and Chiron. The implication is a general ease and grace of achievement of objectives. At any rate, there are bountiful gifts for anyone who answers the call and bends their efforts toward the aid and uplifting of humanity. No small act of goodwill will go unnoticed. Every act of kindness, every selfless gesture and every sacrifice will go on record and contribute to the greater good.
On the whole, all sacrifices made regarding the call of this festival stand a very good chance producing large effects for the greater good. This grand trine is an extraordinarily magnetic one and the indicators are very clear that people who would not normally do so will be able to come together in this very important effort being instigated on the inner planes on behalf of humanity. I do not refer here to the meeting I attended over the weekend, although that is a small part of it. I refer to the world-wide effort and appeal to lift ourselves and humanity as a whole. And, this particular grand trine has a great deal of joy locked away in it. There is every reason for us to be joyful in this work.
The Moon is the main release point for this grand trine. Its symbol reads thus:“Two men playing chess”
The main theme of this symbol is ritualized conflict. There is such a thing as civilized resolution differences. And, there are many who see the stage of world politics as a giant chess match anyway. The sabres are being rattled again with regard to the Middle East. Conflict and adversity does not have to lead to war, though. There are many ways of resolving opposition and duality. There are many ways to “play the game”. But, the best way is to lay everything out before all parties involved and to have some ground rules in place by which all parties must abide before entering into dialog. International law, though imperfect, is one of our best hopes for avoiding wider conflagrations, for example. Everyone must play by the rules if we are to advance as a civilization.
It is the same if we are to advance as individuals. Divine Law is the ultimate guide whenever we encounter adversity. And, why must it be that conflict leads to hatred or hard feelings? If, in playing the game well, we reach a common ground and solutions beneficial to all concerned, can that not lead to greater accord, lasting friendships and a general spirit of goodwill toward all parties involved? I may seem to be waxing Utopian again, but so much is possible now that was not achievable even 50 years ago. Such goodwill is infectious and spreads quickly. If there are to be efforts toward peace, stability and shared strengths, this festival is a good springboard from which to launch them. And, why not have a little fun in the process?
Aside from the main indicators, there are other factors to be taken into consideration with this full moon figure. There is a Mars/Uranus conjunction to begin with, and Mars is square to Venus. Venus is not in the greatest ease in this chart. Aside from being squared to Mars, it is also opposing Pluto. It is not the sort of configuration that normally leads to happy relations, but it will serve to force some issues and to highlight certain areas where attention needs to be directed. The power of love is all-transforming. Astrologers are apt to think of Venus as the “lesser benefic”, but when one steps upon the Path, there are few planets more powerful. I have seen Venus activate people's charts in ways that completely turn their lives around.
There is indeed quite a Yang side to Venus, and it shows forth very clearly when one aspires to the higher life. In short, it shows us every area in which we fall short of a fuller expression of love. It brings us to the point where we must face realities and bend our efforts toward the higher good—and that usually means at our own expense. It demands justice and fair play. It demands the fullest measure of our love, and without boundaries or conditions. Our personas often rebel against this in the early stages and Venus, far from being seen as a friend in such cases, can be a stern judge and task master. But, a greater ability to love unconditionally is always the end result of the action of Venus, and it is always a great benefic in a chart, no matter how it is aspected or how we perceive its actions. Tests will come from our actions taken as a result of this festival, but rest assured—things will be better and much brighter for all concerned when all is said and done.
The Mars/Uranus conjunction injects a steely note into the mix. It denotes daring, forcefulness, drive, determination, amazing flashes of inspiration, and a willingness to rise above all in pursuit of objectives. In fact, it serves to objectify the whole chart and bring things back to earth in what otherwise seems to be an idyllic journey toward liberation and planetary harmony. It will provide that something extra that is needed when things might reach a stalemate—the impulse needed in order to break through to greater understanding. It can also mean a certain recklessness and disregard for the rule of law, for this is the aspect of the gambler and risk-taker who can throw caution to the wind and do things just for the sake of seeing if they can get away with it. Vigilance is the key word when it comes to the positive uses of that aspect, both over our own natures and any foolish tendencies in those around us. It is the aspect of “fools rushing in where angels fear to tread”.
Venus is trine to Neptune, though, which gives an idealistic and other-worldly outlook. People who have this aspect tend to see the good in everyone and everything. While that is admirable, it can also mean that one has difficulty coming down from the ivory tower and facing difficult realities. People who have this aspect are often taken in by unsavory sorts at some point or another and given a good shaking down because of their unwillingness to face the hard facts about people. The other aspects to Venus will give assurance that we do not rise too far too fast and will force us to pay attention to the more human sides of our nature. It will, however, give us glimpses into what is ultimately possible for us and it will set the bar higher for what we need to do. As with any dynamic chart, there are very positive indicators and some good stressors, too, and this one is an exceptional chart in that regard and in many ways. I will leave the aspect analysis there for now, for the main theme of the chart has hopefully been made clear enough.
A New Dimension
Night had fallen as I left the meeting at my friend's house and I began the drive back home. As I began the descent down through the hills I was given occasional vistas of the bejeweled city at night. I always like the drive through the hills at night for that reason and the collective lighting draws me to sit and engage a bit of fire-gazing. It is often just the ticket for reflection and insight. And, I had a lot upon which to reflect. Aside from my own individual work over the next few years there is the added dimension of seeing how that fits in with everyone else. Like many of you, I have been involved with groups over the years and there are many contacts from which valuable service to the wider world can eventuate. But, the message was now clear enough because I had heard it too many times, both inwardly and from other people:
The call has gone out—
“Unite! Cast your Light outward into the world and know that your voice will be heard. The ones who wait will hear your voice and see your flame. Lay aside that which keeps you separated from your fellow travelers and walk in concert with them. Stand upon every rise and hillside and speak your truth at every opportunity. People will hear, although they may not respond in that instant. Give no thought to doubt or unkind words, except to know that they are indicators of your success; for opposition comes most fully to those who achieve great things. Give in fullness, give with love, and your lives will be rich beyond measure. There is no other task except to be yourselves in the fullness of who you are. Your help is needed—Nay, your help is demanded—not from others, but by virtue of your own abundance. Rise up, then look around. You will find yourselves in good company!”
In this Year of the Rooster Crowing at Noon, may your own Light shine freely and brightly. The time has arrived. I will see you all along the way!
Love and great Light to you in your journey,
19 May 2005
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