The Festival of Goodwill
Subtle Meanings of the Full Moon in Sagittarius 2006
Malvin Artley, our regular esoteric commentator examines the subtle meaning of the Full Moon in Sagittarius for 2006, the Goodwill Festival, the third major esoteric fiestival for the year. This is Gemini's Full Moon, as the Moon is Full in the sign opposing the Sun. The full moon of Gemini (full moon in Sagittarius) takes place on the 11th of June at 6:04 PM GMT. We have presented a short version here, so for those who wish to download the complete text, please click here.
Greetings, my Friends!
Every once in a while one of my letters is late, and this is one of those times. For whatever reason, I get blocked from writing it and reason becomes clear later. Over the past couple of weeks the energies around have been a bit strange and difficult to gauge, somewhat like they were before the Sumatra Tsunami. Many people I have spoken with have noted the same thing. We all feel that something is about to happen in the world.
The Goodwill figure shows it, as we will see. It is one of the most occult figures I have seen in a while and it carries the energy of destruction/reordering very strongly. Two dear colleagues of mine have both summed it up succinctly, but each in their own way – There are a large number of ‘gremlins’/negative thought-forms that have been released into the world. This is not a thing to be feared, however. In fact, it is a good indicator. The thing about it is that these entities are of a much more manageable size and nature than they have been in the past. Instead of large, planetary-scale energies, those big ones have been broken up and are much easier to deal with by groups or individuals.
Cause for Hope
There is a lot of cause for hope in that because it means that the collective efforts of Light-workers throughout the world and humanity at large in recent years are having the desired effects. In this period of transition over the next 20 years we will see an acceleration of this breaking up of the larger materialistic thought-forms into much smaller pieces. Our planet would seem to have undergone a major initiatory shift over the past decades and it has enabled humanity and empowered it to move beyond the grosser materialistic instincts in a big way and to score major victories for the Forces of Light in the world.
Still, many of us feel that something is about to happen. Whenever gains are made, there are also challenges, since the status quo (the forces of materialism/evil/separatism) always wants to keep the old order in place and to keep its hold on power. There is a great dying-out taking place on a planetary scale at the moment and over the next century especially as certain great energies have completed their work and new ones come in to take their place. The main energy that is passing out is the one that gives rise to all the fundamentalist and fanatical fervor in the world (the Sixth Ray), and there is about 150 years yet to go with that. We are in the most difficult phase of it now. In any dying-out process the energies of the past always make a last-gasp effort to hang on to what was. Our intuition will serve us well in that regard if we look at recent events in the political arena. In addition, there is a greater movement of magma in the mantle of the earth that has occurred over the last few months, and this has given rise to larger-scale earth changes, such as the recent Java earthquake and volcanic eruptions in the rim of fire around the Pacific.
Whatever happens, the three recent great spiritual Festivals of Aries, Taurus and now Gemini will do their work and aid in our spiritual progress forward. The festival just-passed will give a good ‘capper’ to the entire season and we will find that its effects will be most liberating for people. What that usually means from a personal perspective is disruption of life in many areas, but we are set free for more goal-fitting work (from the Soul’s perspective) as a result and stand in greater freedom. Given all that, the following astrological aspects were in evidence at the Goodwill Festival on the 12th of June:
The full moon axis was the base of a t-square, with Pluto conjoining the Moon and Uranus at the apex. Although it was a separating t-square, its action will be profound. On the 17th the Sun completed the opposition to Pluto and the Moon conjoined Uranus the day after. On that same day a combust t-square was formed when Mars joined Saturn in opposition to Chiron (now there is a potent heartbreak aspect if we have ever seen one) and with retrograde Jupiter at the apex. In addition, Uranus made its station on the 17th and turned retrograde on the 20th. Ready for a bit of change? As one of my dear previously-mentioned colleagues has noted, where will you be when the proverbial offal hits the fan?
The just-mentioned Saturn/Chiron opposition is very tight now and began to separate on the day Uranus turned retrograde. And a big sigh of relief can be had all around, for that opposition will not recur for a long time! As also mentioned, however, Jupiter forms the apex of a t-square with it. Jupiter squaring other planets can exacerbate existing conditions and make things far worse than they would be ordinarily. The fact that it is retrograde, along with Chiron, points to the struggles indicated being more internalized than would ordinarily be the case. It is this t-square I will be watching as Mars approaches and passes on as well as the Sun/Pluto opposition. Things will be ‘triggered’ over the next week or so, both for individuals and in the world.
The symbol for the degree of the Sun set the tone for the festival, and it read thus:
“A tumultuous labor demonstration.” – 21 Gemini
Need we say more in terms of what will be working out in the world? All throughout humanity the urge for freedom and for better conditions is being felt, and the planetary configurations just outlined will give a good catalyst for it. Look for unrest in the world and for the will of the people to be asserted, which is always what the spiritual Hierarchy works toward anyway. In the will of the people lies the hope for the future and for better relations between groups and individuals. That is the keynote of the Gemini festival anyway – right human relations.
The symbol for the degree of the Moon indicates what is being reflected in the collective human psyche during this period. It reads thus:
“A child and a dog wearing borrowed eyeglasses.” – 21 Sagittarius
There are two aspects to this symbol: learning through imitation and imagination, both of which will be needed in determining how best to deal with people over the coming months. The ‘learning through imitation’ refers to the great examples of right human relations we have had throughout history –Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, Confucius – all the great World Teachers who have laid the groundwork for our approach to life and how to deal with our fellows. The imagination part of the symbol refers to the fact that we often have to be inventive with people (not in the sense of lying to them or fabricating stories or situations) when we reach impasses with them and we need to find a way to work amicably through difficult situations with people in order to achieve the best outcome for a situation.
Let us be mindful, tolerant and open-minded in our dealings with people in the coming months, for there will definitely be things to overcome—entrenched issues, old fears and the like. And, by all means, find some time to have some fun in the midst of whatever dramas we find ourselves. Nothing stimulates the imagination like play. This has been a difficult full moon period for many, and the coming days will present much for us, too. In the words of Shirley Horne:
“May all your storms be weathered.
May all that’s good get better.
Here’s to life. Here’s to love.
Here’s to you.”
20 June 2006
We have presented an abbreviated version here. For those who wish to download the complete text, please click here. In the full version, Malvin examines the issues in much more depth.