Navy Deserter, by Paul Stahr
The Leo Solar Festival [part two]
Festival of Sirius at the Full Moon in Aquarius 2010
Malvin Artley continues his exploration of the esoteric implications of the Full Moon in Aquarius, the Leo Solar Festival for 2010. He examines the aspects and the degrees with a view to their political, personal and spiritual significance. The Full Moon of Leo (the Full Moon at Aquarius 3º 00') takes place on the 26th of July 2010 at around 01:38 UT (GMT).
Aries Point Action
The full moon of Leo took place at 11:38 AM AEST (01:38 UT) on the 26th of July 2010. It is an unusual chart in that, although there is tremendous stress indicated in the t-square that has been with us for some time, to begin with in this particular lunation the full moon axis serves to disseminate and ameliorate the stress of the t-square. However, there is very intense activity on Aries points, with the Saturn/Uranus opposition being within a few minutes of exactitude (partile) and on 0° Aries/Libra, indicating that this full moon will definitely bring changes with it, albeit more palatable ones in comparison to what we have had in the past few months. With Saturn finally moving into Libra for its next 2½ year sojourn we will see a lessening of the more staid and sometimes stringent Virgoan energies we have had for the past couple of years. Lest our Virgoan friends take offence at possibly being labeled in a less than favorable light, Saturn transiting through Virgo as it has been can be a hard taskmaster and it demands that everything be done to the letter and without compromise. Perhaps one of the biggest reasons to breathe a sigh of relief as Saturn passes into Libra, however, is that it has finally finished its business, so-to-speak, with the 22 Sep 2006 eclipse point, which has brought with it the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the usurping of an Australian prime minister, various large bombings, crashes and natural disasters and a few earthquakes thrown in for good measure. The past months have not been easy.
As for the present lunation and what it will mean for us, the Sabian symbol for the degree of the Sun reads:
A middle-aged woman, her long hair flowing over her shoulders and in a braless youthful garment
As the counterpoint for the solar energy, the Sabian symbol for the degree of the Moon reads:
A deserter from the navy
Both of these symbols speak of independence and non-conformance with social norms. Both of them could bring ostracism in some way, although nowadays people are not likely to think twice of a braless woman, at least in the West. Leo in and of itself is the sign most associated with self-rule and independence. As we saw, at its best it brings leadership through example and self-discipline. At its worst it brings self-absorption and rebellion, the malcontent and social misfit. Hence, the warning with these symbols and how they integrate into this full moon figure is that we not throw away what we know to be good and true and go off on some tangent because of some vague or overpowering sense that we have to do things differently. The danger with the Saturn/Uranus opposition is that one might throw out the baby with the bath water, to use the analogy, out of frustration with the old order and the sense that things can and need to be better. Old ways of doing things do need to change, but not at the expense of things and systems that work well and for the greater good.
The consideration of the t-square in this figure brings us to the upcoming combust combination of planets that will occur when Mars moves up to 3 Libra on the 4th of August, where will have a Mars/Jupiter opposition with Pluto at the apex and all three of them in aspect to the Saturn/Uranus opposition, which will be separating for the last time then. This is a gambler's combination and sets the dynamic wherein there is tremendous frustration on the one hand (Mars/Saturn conjunction) and great expansiveness and drive toward something new (Jupiter/Uranus conjunction) on the other with a bit of Pluto thrown into the mix, which will ensure that change does come. Hopefully it will not be explosive change, although all the astrological markers are there for it. Pluto is the planet of major endings and separations and as the midpoint of the opposition scenario just described we have arrived finally of the crisis point that so many astrologers, including myself, have forecast for this period of 2010—as if we have not had enough of them already. We need to stop and take a breath, though, because there have been some changes that stand a chance of ameliorating any huge shifts or calamities in some measure.
Overhaul of Wall Street
I and many others have forecast financial instability and upheaval for mid-2010 and onwards. There has been a lot of talk of financial collapse. However, the beginnings of an overhaul of Wall Street has just been passed through the US Congress. What this will mean in the long term is uncertain, but on the surface the hope is that the collapse we saw in 2008-9 will not happen again, or if there is a huge wobble that it will not generate into the collapse we had of a couple of years ago. These reforms are touted as the biggest overhaul of the trading system of the past seventy years and are meant to avert a big collapse. Like the health care reform, it is not a great bill, but it is a start, and it is more than past administrations have been able to get through. There has been a lot of doom-saying about the US financial system in the past decade, some of it warranted and some not. When I forecast the legislation relating to the financial system for this year in the Chinese New Year article I did not know at the time that this legislation was on the books, but it has played out as most of the other Iron Tiger years of the past 360 years have. Even without the knowledge of the Chinese astrological cycles, in the Western astrology we see that this year is indeed one of great change, and it has been so far. The period of the next couple of months will be the worst in terms of tension, and then much will be abated toward the year's end.
We also see that there is a tentative cap of the oil spill in the Gulf, although we also see fears of a rupture in the rock seams appearing elsewhere. We are not done with that scenario yet and I get the strong impression that the relief wells due for completion next month will not be sufficient, although they will help greatly. In all, what shows from the astrology from this full moon, since Leo is about leadership, is that the leaders of the world are moving toward more measured and negotiated decisions rather than draconian moves aimed and crushing opposition and keeping the status quo. Really, Uranus and Jupiter together is unstoppable in many ways and would always win out over Saturn in the long term, figuratively speaking. It is clear to the world that the ways of half a century ago are not suitable in today's world. Jupiter and Uranus together are a powerful media statement and about breadth and expanse of vision. The full moon of Leo this year is like a safety valve that will siphon off the tension of the t-square and direct it toward more constructive use. Yes, there will be events and certain calamities, as one would expect from such a fiery setup, as we just saw with the air crash in Pakistan, but what it should ultimately do is to empower the average citizen in the long term. It is of great interest and a hopeful sign that strong leaders and dictatorial powers have to bend more and more to public opinion and have not been allowed the imperious and overbearing powers they would have once had.
The other features of the chart are that the Sun is trine the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction, which is one of the most expansive and luckiest combinations one could possibly have in a chart. That will empower both the public and leaders to make positive change and toward creative enterprise. The Moon is trine to Saturn which will settle public opinion and give help to people through elders. Mercury is opposite the Neptune/Chiron conjunction (will that always be with us?) which has the capacity to contribute to miscommunications. Saturn is still in the clash with Chiron, but it is finally separating and will move quickly away over the next days, finally being out of orb by the end of this month. And, that, as we say, is that. So, we have on the one hand incredible tension with the t-square and incredible grace indicated by the aspects the luminaries make to the t-square.
Changes of Leadership
With this chart we will see changes in leadership (we have elections here in Australia in August and in the US in November) or changes within the parties. The CEO of BP has been deposed and sent to Siberia (an apt assignment). Big business is trying to assert itself here and abroad and sees changes coming in tax structures and the way it does business and there is thus a bit of spin going on with special interests in order to try to salvage the huge profits they have had over the past several years. The gravy train is stopping, though. The same is happening in politics. Public service jobs are being cut all over to pare back government expenses, but that will come at a cost to the public and politicians are worried about their own jobs as a disgruntled and nervous public searches for and rightly demands action instead of talk. This is a definitive time of action on the world stage. We have not had astrological tension like this in a long time. In all, it is an amazing time to be alive and a huge opportunity to reinvent ourselves. Everyone I know is feeling the pressure, and it is largely internal.
We have a bit to think about in the coming months, then. We have extraordinary energies and events taking place around us. What guides us in our direction and lives? That is the true crux of the Leo interval and experience. Do we follow a leader or do we take up a task because we feel called to do so from our own inner experience? In the end we must manifest our own destiny and legacy. Part of that destiny was put in place by us in different expressions in past lives. Other parts of it are a part of the collective experience we have with our compatriots. Yet, in the midst of that we must eventually all come to the same conclusion: We alone are the masters of our ultimate fate.
In a way the world to the Leo type is an open canvas and what they visualize is the paint that makes that canvas come alive. Some things in the resulting work are well appreciated by others and still other things are not, but if the Leo is true to their inner nature, then the fiery life that is their very nature burns itself indelibly into the tapestry of the canvas. We are all, in the end, fiery lives, all expressions of Leo in some way, and whether we express our individuality through our dress, thoughts or through our actions, if we are true to that fiery life we will leave our mark upon the world in some way. Indeed, if we are true to that fire within us, then ultimately we influence the environment and our fellow beings in a positive way and build an environment that is liberating and useful to all. Everyone has their 'guiding star' in life. Little do we realize that what guides us is actually only a reflection of who we are in our highest essence.
May your star shine brightly!
29 Jul 2010
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