The Festival of Salvation [part three]
This concludes the discussion by Malvin Artley of the meanings inherent in the current Full Moon in Virgo, the Festival of Salvation (or the Festival of the Risen Christ). Malvin also publishes a regular astrological newsletter, to which you can subscribe by clicking the link at the end of this article.
|“An Easter parade.”|
Here we see the power of ideals to unite people in a common celebration of Life and Resurrection as we watch the spectacle of the coming days parade before our very eyes. The Age of Pisces was a great unifying Age and was time in human history given over to ideals of many kinds. It saw the spread of all the great world religions to every corner of the globe, the magic and majesty of human achievement through our own technological developments, the sealing of the door on the biggest part of evil in the world (and, yes, I believe it has been sealed) and the growth of what would have seemed a fantastic world to people 100 years ago. There have been a large number of saving forces set loose in the world, especially in the last century. That there is still a lot to do is true but, again, we need to look at things in perspective. There is so much more to feel good about in life now than there is to fear. That there is a fight on with the forces of materialism now is also true, but humanity will prevail.
|“A volcanic eruption.”|
The Moon shows the masses of humanity—the common folk--in any mundane figure. This degree shows the power of that which has remained bottled up to explode as a liberating force in the affairs of humanity. The fact that Jupiter conjoins the Moon in this figure indicates that there is the capacity for expansion on a massive scale. That which has been suppressed will always seek a way out and eventually find it. Truth has a way of coming out, just as the Soul, as our own personal truth, always makes its presence known to us and eventually guides our lives. The conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter indicates a high moral character, a strong belief in the self, cheerfulness and optimism and a sympathetic ear to people’s problems. The fact that Pluto squares this point guarantees that such an eruption in the human worlds will indeed take place. It may not happen this month, but it will happen. There is nothing to fear in this. Consider it to be an act of healing on a planetary scale. Mars trines this point, too, so the fireworks display should be quite spectacular. Enjoy! In all, this will be a most energetic, expansive and liberating year in the salvation of whatever needs saving in our little corner of the universe. Be forewarned, though, that these same energies apply to us individually as well.
The Higher Self
Pluto helps to restore our sense of the higher Self to us and thus our true sense of direction and purpose. Through the purging it brings we are strengthened and cleansed for the coming tasks ahead. The 23rd Psalm from the Bible is a pretty good description of Pluto and Pisces working together. Just after the last full moon I was on site doing a job for one of the larger manufacturing facilities in Adelaide when I had to go answer an urgent call from nature. I had been looking at some things in my life with which I was not particularly happy and was feeling particularly stuck in that regard. As I walked across the laneway toward my port of call I happened to look down and notice a little ant, dutifully carrying a piece of material several times bigger than itself. That set me off on an entire train of thought, and then, all of a sudden, I got an answer to my quandary.
We all go through our lives dutifully doing our business and yet are in a constant fog of misguided thought—always reminding ourselves of the myriad things that we do not think we can do—self-limiting, “Soul-destroying”, self-undoing thoughts and feelings. We are peculiar in that regard. Nature has no such misapprehensions. The ant was going about its business because it could. If it could not have done it, it would have gone for help, but the job would have been completed. A small child, like the ant, will explore its world with no thought of limitation other than its own natural instincts. It will push all its boundaries if we let it, and it will do so with a most amazing sense of joyfulness and intensity of purpose. It will concentrate on its task at hand with a focus that puts many adults to shame—and it will often come up with solutions to obstacles in its way with an inventiveness that leaves adults with open mouths. I can remember some of the things my parents said we kids used to get up to, and I have been looking at that sense of joyful intensity and lateral thinking quite a bit since my communion with the little ant. Pluto has been a good—though stern—and yet blessed friend to me for the past several years now.
As we watch the events of this year unfold and we go through the inevitable changes to come, let us all take recourse to nature from time to time. It is a tremendous restorative and fantastic symbolic language in periods of personal and world upheaval and shifting. It will also yield up many answers to questions if we have an eye for its symbolism. The Chinese and many other cultures would often go out into nature and read the portents for coming or existent situations and would gain a lot of insight as a result. The little story I related to you at the start of this letter is a case in point. Though I had been going through one of life’s hiccups, that scene was there to remind me that nature is there to support us and that we are an integral part of it, that nothing is ever quite so bad that we cannot see the beauty in things, that stillness and reflection in the face of storms brings wisdom because the answers are always there in front of us if we but take the time and calm ourselves enough to look, that the order and purpose of life goes on unabated and inexorably and that at the end of every struggle there is always a blessing that moves one’s Soul and brings us to a point of peace within ourselves. And, there is always time for play and a laugh or two. God does have a sense of humor.
Now, you may not live near the beach and see dolphins in your reflections, but there is always a natural spot close by that offers solitude and a haven for quiet and a meditative retreat. Noone thinks clearly when the storm is in full swing. Pisces teaches us the value of stillness and a meditative rhythm in our lives. It shows us what happens when we ignore the higher life and give ourselves over to the mundane world, because Pluto will then take up his task again and soon set us back on course. It teaches us the value of fellowship and of submerging ourselves in a task for the greater good and one that is greater than our little selves. And, in overcoming our patterns of self-undoing we come to know how to help others much more effectively. The Christ spirit lives and breathes within all of us. It is not a personage. It is that which beats within the heart of all and bestows true purpose in our lives and which shows the saving power that love can have in anyone’s life. Let us all recognize that every challenge is a call to love more fully and that every limiting circumstance is both a veiled call to liberation and a lesson for our growth. The call has gone out: “Physician, heal thyself.” And, in your own self-healing may you recognize the healing you bring about to all around you as a result.Many blessings to you all,
27 Feb 2004
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