The Aquarius Solar Festival
Subtle Meanings of the Full Moon in Leo 2007
Malvin Artley completes his analysis of the subtle effects of the Full Moon in Leo for 2007, the Aquarius Solar Festival. He examines the planetary aspects and the meanings of the significant degrees, especially with regard to the Chinese Lunar Mansions.
The full moon for the Aquarius solar festival occurs on February 2nd at 3:45 PM AEDT (4:45 AM UT). There are several rather interesting features to the dynamics of this full moon, which will be outlined below. On the whole, this figure speaks of tests around relationships, uncertainty, expectancy, sublime inspiration, personal and private adjustments to emotional matters, 'getting back to basics' as to life purpose and direction and earnest questioning about how we serve a greater purpose – especially when it comes to doing so with others. The tone for this period is set by the symbol for the Sun, which reads:
“A barometer” 13 Aquarius
Here we find the idea of 'testing the waters' or the prevailing currents of whatever it is upon which we are focused. There is feeling of expectancy brought forward with this symbol, for as the barometer changes, so we see adjustments that must be made in our daily routines. Will the sun shine or will it rain? Can we expect drought or flood? Will the pressure be up or down? Who can say? We watch the barometer (and we all have one in our bodies somewhere, by the way). That which confronts us and with which must be dealt is defined by the symbol for the lunar degree, which reads:
“An old sea captain rocking himself on the porch of his cottage.” 13 Leo
This symbol shows us the need to retire from the cares of the world and give ourselves over to quiet recollection – remembrance of the past, but not being hooked into it. The Moon is the apex of a yod with a Mars/Uranus sextile at the base. The Sun is at the midpoint of the sextile. The base midpoint structure denotes a need to be able to quickly adapt to changes of conditions, circumstances or crises. The apex Moon indicates that there are likely hidden emotional currents that have stymied our progress in the past and which will now come up for reckoning. When we put the midpoint dynamics with the apex meaning, we have the basic structure for the figure, along with the symbols above: There is the strong possibility of potent change in our lives – especially our personal lives – and we must be willing both to sit quietly and allow what needs to come to the surface to do so and to be ready and willing to make rapid adjustments when we see that change is necessary. This is aided by a trine to Jupiter by the Moon, the implication being that some very positive outcomes can result if we are willing to sit quietly and see things through.
The Sun is conjunct Neptune on one side and Chiron on the other. The Sun and Neptune are posited in the 10th Chinese lunar mansion [The Weaving Maiden], with Chiron in the 9th Chinese lunar mansion [The Ox Boy]. Herein we find the other reason for the story at the beginning of this letter. The Weaving Maiden is the star Vega, the Ox boy is the star Altair and the River Han is the Milky Way, and both of these lunar mansions are wholly contained within the sign Aquarius for this period of world history. This planetary configuration will manifest one of two ways: It will either bring forward escapist tendencies and old emotional wounds or it will bring the most scintillating insight and spiritual magnetism. The Chinese lunar mansions are of interest, for they describe the emotional dynamics of this full moon quite well – the pain of separation if we do not follow the highest good in our personal lives and relationships. These lunar mansions are considered to be unlucky in Chinese practice and there is allusion as well with them to tests around filial piety and rewards for unselfish acts. This configuration is aided by a sextile by Jupiter, making an 'easy opposition' with the full moon axis (resolution of opposing forces or outlooks is made easier).
The highest good, as represented by Neptune, will be challenged either by karmic necessities, old debts or bad decisions, as represented by the opposition to Neptune by Saturn, which will be exact next month. This opposition has been with us off and on for some time now and it forces us to examine our old belief structures and to walk into new ones if need be. It takes away material ambition and is a paralyzing influence on decision making. Decisions that have been made prior to the New Year will be tested over the next month or so. Decisions that need to be made will seem all-too-hard. Do we step up to our highest Neptune), or do we stay mired in the past (Saturn)? The best outcome from this transit is to be had if we are willing to retreat from outer efforts and reevaluate our lives – again, a common theme for this full moon. Because Saturn is retrograde, the effects of the transit are more insidious than is usual unless we are prepared to do the inner work and it calls up aspects of situations that have been unresolved or improperly handled for a final resolution.
Jupiter squares Uranus and the Moon's Nodes. The square to the Nodes indicates that people's instincts are being interfered with, especially when we try to expand outward in the wrong way. This square can bring antisocial conduct and the tendency to look after No.1 instead of others. It can fly in the face of the Aquarian ideal. The square to Uranus brings an over-riding desire to be free of all encumbrances, but also the likelihood that one would jump before the time is right. It can bring sudden fortuitous associations, though, especially with Uranus conjunct the North Node. Mars is in a tight sextile with Uranus as well, meaning things can change for people very quickly and forcefully. Just be certain to examine your motives well before jumping into or out of anything.
Venus is conjunct Uranus, giving sudden associations, sudden love affairs, unexpected twists in affairs of the heart and sudden flashes of insight as the Soul 'moves upon the waters'. It is the true union of higher and lower mind. Mercury is quite 'happy' in its sextile to Pluto, and this can bring communications with important and powerful people. It also helps to break down communications barriers between people. Here is the bottom line for this full moon: If we are in alignment with our higher purpose, if we will sit long enough in alignment with our highest good, then some very unexpected, dramatic and positive changes will happen for us. The higher Self will present us with some brilliant opportunities, and I mean this in the sense that some of our dreams can become realities. That toward which we aspire in our highest sense can be made available to us if we will do our work.
In all, this is not a chart denoting action in a worldly sense, except in terms of spiritual or inventive work, in which case its action can be surprisingly potent and dramatic. Instead, we are being called upon to sit and reflect from the angle of the lower self. Following the lead of the White Ox, which began the month (interesting in terms of the Ox Boy lunar mansion), it is a time to stay the course with decisions that have been made, but to be ready to make changes when need be. Despite the fact that we need to sit and reflect, the world must go on, and we are a part of all that. Determination will win the day, but there will be challenges to our decisions ahead, and this full moon will bring them out. Be resolute, and if the decision is correct, then success will come. In relationships, stick with the highest and don't lose your resolve (Saturn/Neptune). It will be a time of separations if we are not in line with our higher Purpose. If separation does come, be sure that you are seeing your own purpose clearly. If we do our true work, then we will be placed where we need to be, and with the right people.
May your life be blessed with some strange and wonderful twists of fate, and may the Aquarian “Light that shines on Earth, across the sea” illumine your path in ways which you never thought were possible, but maybe dreamt of. Aquarius does bring us things out of the blue. There is great promise in this full moon period for those whose faith is strong and who truly do love their fellow travelers on this Earth.
Peace and love, man!
29 Jan 2007
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