A Military Band marches noisily through the City Streets
The Wesak Solar Festival 2011 [part 2]
A Needed Adjustment
at the Full Moon in Scorpio 2011
Malvin Artley continues his exploration of the esoteric meanings of the Full Moon in Scorpio, the Wesak Festival for 2011. He asks: What is the Light that shines upon our individual and collective paths? Is it longing desire for people or things, worldly ambition, or is it the simple wish that everyone should be well and happy? We are at a crisis of trust in the world, but the chief lesson in it is not to point the finger when we suffer, but to root out the causes of our own short-sightedness and set matters on a more viable course as a result.
The July 1st eclipse takes place at 6:54 PM AEST (8:54 AM UT) over Antarctica. It is a solar South Node partial eclipse, and of particular interest is the fact that it begins a new Saros series (156), which will have a duration of app. 1200 years. Since this eclipse only starts the cycle its effect will not be strongly felt, being more in the nature of a 'tickle', rather than a producer of full-blown events. There is the sense with it, though, that something new is being put into place. Thus, we are in uncharted waters with regard to what this series of eclipses will bring. We have a pretty good idea from looking at the inception figure for the series, however. The series will likely be powerful in production of results because in the eclipse figure we find a Great Cross, composed of the Sun/Moon conjunction, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. Thus, we will see frustrations, potentially volatile situations, power struggles, conflicts between the old and the new, and it will highlight a need for flexibility. The first Mars activation comes on the 17th of August this year, which would be volatile enough, but of even greater import is the fact that this eclipse will receive not one, but 5 activations by Pluto, starting 4 Mar 2012 and continuing off and on until 19 Oct 2013, which will likely finish the influence of the eclipse.
Thus, we see in this entire period of the three great spiritual Festivals, astrologically considered—and we are looking at the Aries, Taurus and Gemini intervals—that some long-range changes have been introduced into our society, beginning with the ingress of Uranus into Aries, Neptune into Pisces, the two eclipses we looked at in the eclipse letter and now this new Saros series inaugural eclipse. With the Aries festival we looked at the restiveness in the world and the energies of restitution that Aries brings. We may think these restorative energies are new, but they are actually the working out of cause and effect on a world scale and their causes are largely of ancient origin, being based in racial and social cycles. With the three festivals, though, there is always a fresh impulse of Light that comes into our planetary sphere, due largely to the efforts of the meditators, arhats, bodhisattvas and masters of various traditions, all of whom are focused upon the greater good of this world and who number in their millions. With this increase in Light our path as humanity is clarified and strengthened, and the more we as individuals can connect with and use this opportunity every year for illumination the quicker we will see a mollification of our troubles.
A Needed Adjustment
Returning to a consideration of Taurus, that sign brings the 'Light of the Path' and this year the theme seems to point to a needed adjustment—an 'attitude adjustment', if you will, on an individual and a world scale. How do we see this? Let us have a look at the Wesak figure for clues. The Wesak full moon took place on 17 May 2011 at 9:10 PM AEST (11:10 AM UT). The most notable feature of the chart was a t-square formed by the full moon axis and with Neptune as the apex planet. The Sabian symbol for the solar degree reads:
An old Indian [aboriginal] woman, selling the artifacts of her tribe to passers-by.
And for the lunar degree:
A military band marches noisily through the city streets.
Both of these symbols point to a particular type of consciousness, which is that of hanging on to the past somehow. In the case of the solar degree, the woman is selling off the artifacts of her ancestry in the nature of necessity. Modern society has overtaken the old tribal ways and now the tribe must find a way to integrate into the greater society somehow, which is Western terms means having to pay one's way. We see in this symbol a peaceful means for attaining such a result, and as a response to the collective needs of her people. It is a way of adapting to changing circumstance while still yet retaining one's sense of identity and tradition. With the lunar symbol there is quite a different feel, however. With that symbol we see a more militant call to nationalistic feeling, and the emotion of it is to swell the national pride of the observers, to keep them hooked into the past and unconsciously or otherwise to foster an 'us or them' mentality. This is pomp and circumstance, whereas the previous symbol is peaceful and integrative. The lunar degree rebels against change and glorifies the past, whereas the solar degree speaks of 'a needed adjustment'.
Neptune as the apex of a lunation t-square works primarily in one of two ways—it either magnifies the glamour of a situation and keeps one mired in the fogs of emotionalism, or it brings about what I call a 'positive disillusionment' and gives us cause to rethink what it is we really hold on to and why. In short, we are given a reality check on our desire nature and given clues to what actually has meaning in life, rather than what we desire. With any luck, we will be given insight (as humanity) about how we have been hoodwinked by society, rulers, familiars and ourselves, and thus be given an opportunity to see our way more clearly in the future. This is taking place on a world scale. Wherever we see passionate outpourings and strong debate, there will the opportunity for clarity arise. We see it throughout the Middle East with the ongoing revolts against the old regimes, in Australia with the 'carbon tax' debate, in Europe with the troubling economic situation in general and in several of the countries there—Spain, Portugal, Greece, the UK, Ireland and Italy in particular—the Israeli/Palestinian troubles and the sluggish US economic recovery, to highlight the main points. These are areas crying out for resolution, or perhaps revolution, as the greater good has not been served in the past. We have so much access to information now that the old ways of doing things no longer work. People are on to deception, yet in some ways we are even more easily deceived through the very access we have to 'information'. It is a troubling thing, all this media, and so much of it is inflammatory. What is a soul to do?
A Crisis of Trust
Well, the thing that is squarely before all of us now is that there is no one we can trust except for our own inner knowing, or higher Self. Even our most trusted intimates fail us on occasion. This is not a bad thing, in the end, and should only serve to foster our love and compassion for each other. We are all human, after all, and as such all have limited vision. Many times we are unwittingly the agents for change and growth for each other when we or our loved ones cause discomfort. Blame is pointless and only inflames passions. The only humans we can trust are those who seek only our own good—our spiritual teachers—and even then not at a personal level. They would tell us as much anyway. We are at a crisis of trust in the world, but the chief lesson in it is not to point the finger when we suffer, but to root out the causes of our own short-sightedness and set matters on a more viable course as a result.
Neptune ultimately gives breadth of vision and pristine insight. The insight comes when our minds and emotions are like a limpid pool. One cannot see clearly when tossed about like a cork in a swirling ocean. Neptune brings on those crises of faith borne of doubt and questioning that lead us to peace and the correct view of our existence, which is beyond any process of thought. It is a long path, to be sure, but we take it in graded steps and we take it together because, in the end, Neptune also dissolves any sense of separateness—any sense of ego, higher or lower. So, again we ask ourselves: What is the Light that shines upon our individual and collective paths? Is it longing desire for people or things, worldly ambition, or is it the simple wish that everyone should be well and happy? The latter is all that the great majority of people want anyway, not fame, riches or acclaim—just simple happiness and well-being. It is not a big ask, although one would think so, given the state of things.
So, in the weeks and months that follow it may pay dividends for us to sit and examine what the path to our true happiness may be and, more especially, what keeps us from it. Though the Wesak festival has passed, its effects live on throughout the year and find application in the following Festival of Goodwill. That festival is a total lunar eclipse this year, and its effects will resound in the years to follow. In a way, the Wesak festival is of lesser importance for humanity than the one that follows, and we will have a look at that one in a few days. In the meantime, may we all find that 'needed adjustment' that ensures our happiness, especially in future lives.
May the Buddha's blessings imbue our minds with peace!
9 Jun 2011
This is the end of the article.
Return to the start of The 2011 Wesak Festival at the Full Moon in Scorpio.