Malvin Artley, astrologer and leading occultist, is a regular contributor to this site. He also publishes a regular astrological newsletter, to which you can subscribe by clicking the link at the end of this article. The red orb of Mars glows balefully in the night sky, as the Warrior Planet comes ever closer to the Earth. This time of Mars retrograde at perehelion sees the Red Orb closer to the Earth than ever before in recorded human history. Not since the time of the fabled Atlantean civilization has Mars been so close. Now, read on...
I had just arrived home the other evening after a "boy's night out" (it was tame, but it was a very good night, thank you) and had paused in the driveway to do the standard firegazing into the heavens for a few moments and to gain some inspiration. I was not to be disappointed, for directly overhead was the bright red orb of Mars, already at least as bright as Sirius, which is normally the 3rd-brightest light in the night sky after the Sun and Moon. In about a month's time Mars will be very much brighter still--a ruddy omen and a signpost of things to come. As we shall see in this article, we have a rare opportunity to bear witness to the finishing of some ancient scores over the next few years, because Mars usually causes people to produce more than their fair share of difficult karma and does its share of finishing, too--and the last time this cycle occurred was during the days of the fabled Atlantean civilization. The present world situation has its roots in the literal and figurative mists of that race of humanity and in this very cycle, through which we all lived.
I have finally felt the impulse to continue on with the Mars letters I began some months ago. For those new recipients who have not read the previous ones and wish to do so, let me know and I will forward them to you (click here to contact Malvin). As I have mentioned before, at the end of August we will see the culmination of a 73,000-year cycle of Mars, wherein it will be the closest it has been to Earth in all that time. This marks what might be called a "racial" cycle, which means that it is a defining cycle in terms of the evolution of one of the major races of humanity (of which we are the 5th) or one of the major sub-races, like the Anglo-Saxons, for instance.
Three Great Civilizations
There have been 3 great civilizations -- root-races, as they are called -- in physical form on this Earth. We know them respectively as Lemurian, Atlantean and Arayan, our present race (which has no connection whatsoever with Germany and WWII). The first two were not in dense materiality (physical form). There will be 2 more yet to come, of which the seeds of the next are already said to be forming in the southwest of the US and in Australia. Some readers may think Lemuria and Atlantis to be the stuff of fairy tales, but to the occultist, they are simply a part of humanity's very real history, although a great many of our myths and legends were given birth in those times, as well as the biggest part of our astrological symbolism and psychology.
To refresh our memories, Mars rules the persona and goes toward the stimulation and basic heat within that system. When I say "heat", I mean heat at every level of personality. Physically, for example, Mars vitalizes the body through the blood and governs the basic heat and quality of that heat within the body. Mars is said to rule the latent heat of the kundalini fire as well. When we look back at the Mercury letter we see that all aspects of that fire are being stimulated at the moment. That is bringing with it some inevitable results and some resultant discomfort in the interim as past hindrances are pushed to the surface and dealt with or are burned away. But, there is something much larger taking place, heat aside. The entire planet is being stimulated toward a new order or level of vibration. We are all being "ratcheted up a notch"--certain parts of us are being quickened though this combined Mars/Mercury effect.
It would be very helpful here if we went into some detail about this term "quickening". The dictionary definition of the root word "quicken" is: "to speed up or accelerate; to make alive; to come to life; to invigorate." These definitions certainly describe the effect of Mars to a large extent. In general, then, quickening defines a stepping up of activity and an increase in life-force, sticking to the basic tone of this letter. In obstetrics the quickening describes the first stirrings of the fetus within the womb during pregnancy. The fetus thus becomes animated and the mother is aware, from that point onward, that new life stirs within her and that birth will inevitably ensue. In the esoteric sense, quickening can define any stimulation of the organism from the basic opening of an energy center, or chakra, to a major Initiation, or permanent expansion of consciousness--with all that implies.
In the human being the primary field in which a person becomes quickened--at least in the early stages of spiritual unfolding--is within the astral sphere, thus increasing the potency of desire along some line. But, quickening can occur at any level. In astrology the chart for the quickening defines the birth of the astral body, or body of desires. This is a point not generally recognized among astrologers. Putting it another way, when the fetus quickens, then the desire for incarnation by the incoming Soul is made known on the physical plane and the general tone of the life-force and desiring for that Soul can thus be gauged.
The Desire Nature
So, what exactly is it that is being quickened or stimulated within humanity at present? To get the full picture of what is happening in the present we have to digress and examine a bit of the past to see what causes are actually working out. As was stated earlier, the last time this particular Mars cycle occurred was during Atlantean days. There has been a good deal of fanciful information circulated about Atlantis, along with some truths as well. We should first keep in mind that, as each of the races evolve, certain faculties are developed and unfolded within first, the populace as a whole and, next, within the elite or most evolved of each race.
During Atlantean days, what we take for granted now as basic mental ability was largely unknown in the populace as a whole. The main thing that was being stimulated in Atlantean society was the desire nature and, thus, the astral body. People did not "think" then, as we know thinking. The consciousness of the mass of that society might be likened to the psychology of young children of modern terms. People were almost entirely desire-oriented and unthinking. Indeed, there would be many who would say the world is still largely that way. But, that all changed when Mars made its previous approach.
Part Two of this remarkable article explores the way the cycle of Mars affected Atlantis and the stimulation of the drive for power. Many people now incarnated on the earth were part of Atlantis in its final days. Find out how the cycle of Mars ties in with ancient Atlantis -- and with the conditions on Earth today.
Read Part Two of Mars, the Red Orb
Aries, the Ram
Taurus, the Bull
Gemini, the Twins
Cancer, the Crab
Leo, the Lion
Virgo, the Virgin
Libra, the Scales
Scorpio, the Scorpion
Sagittarius, the Archer
Capricorn, the Sea Goat
Aquarius, the Water Bearer
Pisces, the Fishes