Libra/Scorpio Solar Festivals [part 2]
4th October & 2nd November 2009
Malvin Artley, our regular esoteric commentator examines the subtle meaning of the Full Moons in Aries and Taurus for 2009. These are Libra's Full Moon and Scorpio's Full Moon, as the Moon is full in the sign opposing the Sun. The full moon of Libra (the full moon at Aries 11º10') occurs on the 4th of October 2009 at 06:11 UT and 1:11 AM EST in the US. This is 5:11 PM AEST, (Sydney time). The full moon of Scorpio (the full moon at Taurus 10º30') occurs on the 2nd of November 2009 at 19:16 UT and 2:16 PM EST in the US. This is 6:16 AM AEST, (Sydney time) on Nov.3.
Although the preceding paragraph will mean little to many readers, we get the general idea that we have a choice or choices to make in every Libran interval, choices that will better place us in the future to pursue our spiritual path, whatever that might be, and that will further guarantee future lives that will better enable us to pursue that path. Little as we realize it most of the time, our choices made in the present can have huge ramifications down the road, if you will. We can get a pretty good idea of the choices we have made in past lives by gauging our current life, not as a moment but as a trend in time. If we have met great Teachers, have been able to take up spiritual disciplines, are able to serve in that capacity and have grown in compassion and wisdom this life, then we have indeed made good choices in the past. However, that brings an onus with it. Of those who have much, much is asked, to use the phrase. If we have come in with these opportunities then we have a duty of care to follow through with them, seeing them flower and bear fruit, and to make the opportunities for the future even better. So, to summarize the Libran period this year, how will we choose to better facilitate our spiritual unfolding and service to our fellows?
Libra's Full Moon in Aries
The full moon of the Libra festival took place on 4 Oct 2009 at 4:10 PM AEST (5:10 AM UT). The Sabian symbol for the solar degree reads:
“Miners are surfacing from a deep coal mine” 12° Libra
The period since the start of October this year has been characterized by actions both deep within the earth and deep within the subconscious mind. A lot is starting to come to light. Issues which had lain dormant for a long time can no longer be ignored, nor can our precarious position in life. Our lives could be radically altered at any moment. Again the questions come: What is of true importance to us and how do we go about realizing those things? All the questions and issues that come up have potential energy locked away in them (coal as dormant fuel, as a symbol). What use will we make of the resources that are represented? How have we endangered ourselves by not addressing things of importance? Most importantly, where do we need to work the hardest to root out that which holds us back and which can free us for a better life?
The symbol for the lunar degree reads:
“A triangularly shaped flight of wild geese” 12° Aries
Flight here is a symbol of two things which stand out: transcendence of worldly affairs and the ordered rhythmic response to the cycles of the Soul. Birds, which generally symbolically represent telepathic contact, fly through the air, which represents buddhi, or enlightenment. The communication in this symbol comes in the form of a symbol – the v-shaped formation of geese. Essentially, we need to be mindful of the symbolism that surrounds us at the moment and be open to the rhythms of life. To fight against the rhythms of nature and our own higher nature is to invite trouble and disconnection with life. If we have spiritual practices we need to be mindful that we do them on time and regularly. We should also be open and ready to investigate new areas if need be. The geese are migrating, and buddhi is a part of us that transmigrates from life to life until the cycle of birth and death is completed. The question that arises with this symbol goes straight to the heart of the Libran dynamic we just examined: What do we need to do in order that our next migration will take us to our proper place – a life wherein we can practice and serve most effectively? We should be aware, too, that we transmigrate (reincarnate) in groups. We have known each other before. How will our relations be affected by our decisions? How can we help those with whom we share this path on to better reincarnations? In what ways are we really related to our intimates?
The full moon axis in this figure forms a quintile rectangle with the nodal axis. There is something of a unique nature – a gift – that is seeking to come out from this period. It is the same in the Scorpio figure, too, because the same aspect pattern is in evidence. The trials that happen now conceal a blessing. It is our job to find out what it is and to manifest its unique qualities, whatever that means to us. This will be especially so if the full moon falls across significant points in our own charts. In addition, there is a rather beautiful interlaced pattern of septiles formed between the south node, Venus, the Moon, Neptune, Chiron and Pluto. This is a very psychic and compelling combination of energies and it will eventually be revelatory in its effects. It hooks in with the quintile rectangle at the Moon and south nodal point.
Other than the patterns just mentioned, Mars is applying to the south node, representing sibling or physical issues carried over from past lives. I know of two people who were strongly affected physically at the full moon and it happened suddenly. Saturn is applying to the square with Pluto, which will affect people pretty much all year. This is a power-play aspect and it will cause seismic activity and powerful issues to arise for people. Power struggles will be a feature in coming months. We had a bit of a crime wave here in Adelaide around the time of the Libra Festival, for instance (The full moon occurred on Adelaide's Pluto). Saturn is separating from the most recent opposition with Uranus, which will actually feature more next year than this one. Saturn was also nearly within orb of the 22 Sep 06 eclipse point, which was exact on the 23rd of October and we had the first Mars activation of the 22 Jul 09 eclipse about the 15th. We are in that period now (it goes for a week on either side for Mars). On the other hand, Saturn is also trine the north node, indicating fortunate contacts with people and old friendships renewed. In all, face what comes up, see the message within it, and make those choices that will see you and others in good stead in coming years and beyond.
Once we make choices in life, especially if they result in major changes, and most especially if they result in major shifts 'upwards' in consciousness, we get tested on those decisions and then we are presented with yet another choice: Do we go backwards or do we stay the course and ride things out? It is this testing of one's spiritual mettle that Scorpio represents, and it is that dynamic we will examine in the next part of this article.
In part three of this article, Malvin Artley examines the esoteric meanings of the Scorpio Solar Festival at the Full Moon in Taurus of 2009.