Aries Solar Festival
Subtle Meanings of the Full Moon in Libra 2007
Malvin Artley, our regular esoteric commentator examines the subtle meaning of the Full Moon in Libra for 2007. This is Aries's Full Moon, as the Moon is Full in the sign opposing the Sun. The full moon of Aries (the full moon at 12°35' Libra) takes place on April 2nd at 17:16 UT (1:16PM EST in the US; 3:16 AM AEST on April 3rd in Australia). Malvin argues that we have now entered the most spiritual period of the year and that great changes are about to be experienced in coming months. This opens a channel to the great fountainhead of Love, putting us in touch with that stream of energy that is most intimately connected and concerned with the development of consciousness.
Greetings, my Friends!
Well, as some folks would say – better late than never. I hope you all had a safe and happy Easter holiday. As I said in my last communication with you, there has been a lot going on, both energetically and outwardly. This is because we have entered into the high spiritual period of the year (April, May and June), so this letter marks an important time for us all. Lately the muse for these letters has seemed to escape me, hence their lateness. That is always a signal to me of internal shifts in consciousness, subconscious overflow or something new about to come into my life.
I think we would find that the three scenarios just mentioned usually go together for all of us. The period over the last few weeks has been surreal in a lot of respects and there has been a fair amount of uncertainty and insecurity in the world. Events seem to conspire against us at times or throw us off schedule or balance. Still, there is purpose in it all. The last two eclipses have done their work and continue to do so. We have borne witness to many physical 'accidents', world disasters and the like. Adding to the mix is the fact that earth-energies have been particularly strong (we had a tsunami in these parts a week ago) and folks in Terra Australis and surrounding regions have felt pretty distracted and physically knocked about (aches and pains, pressure in the head, dragging sensations, etc., etc.). It all gets pretty boring after a while – or exciting, depending upon one's outlook.
Perhaps the best way to describe what has been going on since the last solar festival is to say that there is a generalized feeling as though 'there is something in the air'. As we would say in the South, a whole heap of change is happenin' or about to happen. There is a consistent theme that has run throughout the past several months, and it goes something like this: We are finishing up that which was brought forward for clearing in the Year of the Yellow Dog (2006) prior to the institution of a new phase in life for very many of us. That new phase will commence as we are ready and have done the requisite work over the next few months. Change can come within days or in months, but come it will.
Saturn Turns Direct
On the morning of the 20th of this month (Australia time) Saturn completes its direct station at the 19th degree of Leo (which speaks of freedom from social rigidity) and goes slowly direct. Things will move steadily forward after that as it moves through its shadow area (to be completed on the 25th of July this year) and the scenarios that were started at the first of September or thereabout will be completed as Saturn moves past the degree of its retrograde station at 26º Leo: “After the heavy storm, a rainbow”.
The symbol for the degree just mentioned has set the tone for the period since the end of last year and the general mood around the place has indeed been fairly stormy. A lot has changed already. What has happened since the start of December has been what might be called a 'karmic readjustment'. It has been needed. We are still in the storm, but the worst of it has passed. We will not see the 'rainbow' in fullness until July unless we have made the necessary changes in our respective situations. Does it feel like a tornado has visited your living room? If you think the storm is finished, hold your thoughts on that until after the Wesak Moon on May 2nd. Life could become 'interesting' again – or liberating, depending upon one's outlook.
For all the Aries types out there, take heart. Though this letter is late, its effects last for the entire year, so you haven't missed anything of great note by not having it in your hand at the time. The best 'stuff' usually comes after the Wesak Festival anyway, and that figure looks to be a powerful one. Funny how it always seems to work out that way. The festival we have just experienced is “The Festival of the Risen Christ” – the Easter Festival on the Aries full moon. It is the celebration of the expression of the Love of God and the 'Teacher of men and Angels alike'. This is the festival in which we have our closest approach to the spiritual Hierarchy of the planet (realizing that the term 'Hierarchy' holds a negative connotation to some people). It thus opens a channel to the great fountainhead of Love which the Hierarchy represents. More than that, however, it puts us in touch with that stream of energy that is most intimately connected and concerned with the development of consciousness.
The Searchlight of the Logos
Aries is one of three signs that has a great catalytic effect in the lives of people, the other two being Taurus and Capricorn. In other words, it plants seeds within human consciousness that eventually institute change. That change can be slow or dramatic, but Aries always brings about change when it is highlighted. In terms of its connection with Hierarchy, Aries is ruled by Uranus, the planet that carries the 'urge to better conditions'. It is the planet of newness and change, both concepts being intimately associated with Aries as well. Uranus has certainly featured strongly in recent monthly figures. It is in a combust conjunction with the North Node and it is thus either confusing people about their direction in life or it is bringing sudden unexpected associations that will further one's aims down the track, so-to-speak. Aries is the sign that initiates cycles of manifestation, thus its association with birth, newness and the pioneering spirit. It is not a sign that one would necessarily associate with Love and the Christ, but it does transmit “The Light of Life Itself: The 'searchlight of the Logos', seeking that which can be used for divine expression.”
Under the impress of Aries we develop the power of organization, of control over forces, particularly of desire, cooperation with a higher Plan and – peculiarly – the power of destruction (endings of a personal nature) applied with love. It is this last point that so many people are feeling at the moment, allied with the beneficent reorganizing power of Uranus, and this is causing the most acute upheaval in the lives of people who have been reluctant to change or who have a larger work to do and thus must be clear in terms of circumstance before they can commence their work. For people who have made those necessary changes, Aries has been instrumental in putting outer circumstances into place that will aid in the future and those people will thus find themselves unexpectedly busy and literally run off their feet. It is a sign closely associated with what has become popularly known as 'tough love', but it is usually our Souls that provide that for us. Aries has been called the birthplace of ideas, and any new idea holds latent within it the seeds of the destruction of an old order. The human spirit is forever restless and, when moved by spiritual necessity (which Uranus brings) we can bet with certainty that old ways of living or doing things will have to either fall by the wayside or be greatly modified. So, with the preceding points in mind, how will the Aries Festival manifest newness, change, beginnings and – most importantly – better ways of loving and changes in consciousness or thinking?
In part two of this article Malvin discusses the effects of the symbolic degrees and the underlying planetary aspects, explaining how the Cosmic Hierarchy is calling us to awaken!
Now read part two of The Aries Solar Festival 2007.