The Festival of The Angels [Festival of Redemption]
The Full Moon in Pisces is the Full Moon period for Virgo, because the Full Moon is always in the opposite sign to where the Sun is placed on that day. Malvin Artley, astrologer and leading occultist, discusses the effects of the current Lunation and the associated planetary cycles. He explains the role of the Angels and the other luminous denizens of the unseen worlds. Malvin also publishes a regular astrological newsletter, to which you can subscribe by clicking the link at the end of this article.
The Subtle Meanings of the Full Moon in Pisces
I think most of you will agree that this past month has been quite a ride in many ways. It has had a lot to offer us in terms of energies with the close approach of Mars, but it has also produced a backlash of sorts, too. We can now see in the aftermath of Mars' perihelion that things are beginning to precipitate out in many areas of people's lives. We should never forget that Mars works along the lines of The Destroyer, but it is mainly the beneficent destruction of outworn or obstructive ideals that takes place, although a lot of us have been left feeling that we have stood face-to-face with Mars and somehow lived to tell the tale!
This full moon marks the festival of Virgo. In the past I called this one the Festival of Redemption, but as the redemption of substance rather than of consciousness. On the Virgo new moon I spoke of the deva kingdoms and their relationship to us. Since Virgo has such a close relationship with certain of the angelic evolutions another name for this festival might be called "The Festival of Angels" or "Devas", depending upon your learning. Since most people in the world know them as Angels, I will use that term in this article.
This full moon occurs on 11 Sep 2003 at 2:37 AM AEST in Australia (10 Sep 2003, 16:37hrs GMT). This places the Sun at the 18th degree of Virgo and the Moon at its opposite point of 18 Pisces. There is to be an almost exact configuration called a T-Square with Pluto at the apex of the full moon opposition. Before we get into the meaning of this festival it would be helpful to go into what this T-Square and the remnants of the Mars cycle are going to mean for us.
Cycles of Mars
Regardless of whether the approach of Mars was based upon a 73,000 year cycle or a 5000 year one, the effect is the same. Everything on the planet has been quickened and has been subjected to more than the normal quota of psychic and real heat. We have only to look at the heat waves in the Northern Hemisphere and the flaring of tensions throughout the world to see that this has indeed happened. This particular cycle of Mars we have just witnessed, though, is not one of its major cycles. It is more of what might be termed a "cycle of accent", rather than a primary planetary cycle. I should add that there is another cycle of Mars which I have not covered which has a duration of somewhere around 12-15 thousand years, which very definitely would have placed its last commencement at the final days of Atlantis. The lesser cycle we have experienced has had two main effects in our lives.
Firstly, this Mars cycle just past has done its needed work of stimulation, on the one hand, and of burning away on the other hand. This can be seen in its most obvious aspect as the greatly increased heat, as just mentioned. It has basically shown us all where our weaknesses and misplaced ideals lay and what we need to do to strengthen or adjust them, respectively. This "burning away" has actually resulted in many people experiencing a very marked adjustment in their subtle bodies. Mars rules surgery, and there are people who have had direct experience of beings "fiddling" with their subtle bodies on the inner planes, making needed adjustments. This has, in fact, been surgery on the inner planes. I do not like the term "psychic surgery" in this respect because it has so many negative connotations. But, surgery does occur on the inner planes as surely as it does physically.
Battles on the Inner Planes
During the hours of sleep this is sometimes recounted as one having gone through some horrendous injurious experience or even a mortal wound, due to the fact that we often do not understand in our lower nature what is happening to us in such a case, and the mind makes up its own little scenario to try to cope with what is happening. This sort of thing commonly happens during the hours of sleep because the physical body is at rest and the main consciousness is focused elsewhere. Sometimes the memory from the night is real and is properly interpreted. At times, too, there have been actual battles on the inner planes. For the largest part, most of us have had an adjustment in our subtle bodies. I think the term "attitude adjustment" is apt in this case.
Secondly, because of the increased heat and energy, we are seeing the inevitable beginnings of a reflex action as the heat is withdrawn. Anyone who knows their basic science will know that a hot liquid will hold more of a substance than a cool one. If the hot liquid is saturated--as many of us have been in our lives of late as Mars approached--then, as the liquid cools, the excess substance must precipitate out because the liquid simply cannot hold it in suspension any more.
High Tension Healing
Tensions have been very high in the world, but people do not have nearly the same amount of psychic or physical energy to cope with stresses continuing at previous levels. Tensions will thus fray and people will snap, both psychologically and physically. I have been amazed, but not wholly surprised, at the amount and severity of illness going around. Colds and flu are widespread and severe in many cases, putting people out of commission for a couple of weeks sometimes. Some of this, too, is the filtering out of effects from the readjustments in the subtle vehicles that has taken place for people. We could all use a period of convalescence and introspection at the moment, not renewed or sustained activity at previous levels of intensity.
The fact that this has occurred for the most part in Virgo is of no small moment either, for when we talk about adjustments to the subtle bodies, we are talking about Virgo in part of its truest service--the rendering of bodies suitable for the stepped-up vibration that those who are more sensitive have experienced through this momentous period. Aren't you happy for your discomfort now, knowing what it is about? Yes, we should all try to see the humor in any given circumstance. I have been quite pleased with my cold, thank you very much!
So, in the full moon figure the Sun and Moon are both square to Pluto. Squares and T-Squares can cause a lot of excitement in people's lives--sort of the kind of excitement a visit to the dentist or a car crash can bring. Pluto has been called the great Healer of the Zodiac. It does so through the destruction of outmoded subconscious patterns, a process we have all come to know and love of late. It also works primarily through the solar plexus chakra or center and thus tends to produce what is termed a gut-wrenching affair in many cases. It can cause catharsis and major upheaval in people's lives if they do not know how to properly process through and release things. But, in general, its action tends to be slow. It is, after all, the "Little Brother" of Mars. We should clearly keep in mind, though, that this full moon figure sets the tone for the year regarding our relationship with the angelic realms and is not simply for this immediate period.
What Can We Expect?
What can we expect for the year in that regard, then? Expect a slow, but steady pressure of change from within, working "from the top down" from here on out. I have said this before, but it needs to be said again--pay especially close attention to the dream life this year. Pluto has a rulership over the dream state. If there are more than a few violent dreams, dreams of injuries or surgical-type dreams be aware that there is quite likely an adjustment of some sort taking place in you at higher levels of your being.
Also, be aware that if such is the case, then in the weeks that follow, if not sooner, there will be an eventual clearing out at a physical level. I think most of you know what that means. All this sort of activity works "from the top downwards". We can all do a lot to alleviate that by keeping up our cleansing procedures, both inward and outward. Clean water, both ingested and as bathing is excellent for this. We are told by one of the Masters to tend religiously to our ablutions.
In Part Two of this article, Malvin discusses the nature and role of Angelic Beings and the multitudes of the unseen world. Our own role and task under the energies of Virgo are also outlined.
Read part 2 of The Festival of the Angels
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