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Two Lovebirds Sitting on a Fence
Lunar Sabian Symbol: Two Lovebirds Sitting on a Fence.

Aquarius Moon:
Aquarius Festival 2015
at the Full Moon in Leo

Malvin Artley, our regular esoteric commentator examines the subtle meaning of the Full Moon in Leo for 2015. This is the Aquarius Full Moon, as the Moon is full in the sign opposing the Sun. The full moon of Aquarius (the full moon at Leo 14º48) takes place on the 3rd of February at 23:10 UT (06:10 PM EST in the US; 10:10 AM AEST Wednesday 4th in Australia).

Greetings Friends!

Now that the holidays are done and everyone is back at work and school, life has returned to normal, whatever that is. Our old rhythms are back in play, at least for most of us, but hopefully with some nice little extra that only a change can bring. Holidays are good for that, for a change in perspective, and they leave us refreshed for the next phase of our activities. At least, the possibility is there. Holidays are not always happy times for some people, though. Times spent with intimates can sometimes bring out the less desirable sides of oneself and others. Even with those, though, there is always the chance for love to find its way into our hearts. So, trusting that you all had a happy holiday season, we now move into 2015 in earnest, as this full moon just about sees the back end of the horse—the Year of the Horse, that is. What a year it has been! And now, we move into the year that will separate the sheep from the goats, in a manner of speaking.

As we have moved into the Aquarian interval for the year, this is always a time of mutation and change. We start the year anew and make changes that were perhaps part of our resolutions for the new year. This idea of mutation and change goes far deeper than mere resolutions and renewed activity after the pause in the year, though. It would appear that nothing is ever 'usual' with Aquarius. It is a sign that is known for being a little unusual, for always bringing with it something new or surprising. Perhaps it is the air emphasis of the sign, with its more mental focus and aims, or perhaps it is Uranus, its ruler, which always brings with it the unexpected. Whatever its influences, Aquarius is an energy that can never be second-guessed, and that makes experience through this sign somewhat of an adventure. Yet, for their unconventional behavior at times, Aquarians on the whole are always likeable and always ready to share an idea, for that is where the Aquarian's true gift lies—in the realm of ideas. It is where they shine. Because of this, Aquarius produces great change over time, and in a comparatively short time at that, and because of their mental inclination they are often found on the edge of new thought

With Aquarius there is a subtle pervasiveness due to the air element which rules the sign, and this supersedes and is more potent in its long-term effects than the "more concrete and spectacular happenings" (outer events), produced by the other three elements. The air element thus lends itself to more subtle forms of interplay—telepathy, communications in general, more mental forms of expression, etc. Therefore, with Aquarius the emphasis is not so much about outer events, but instead upon the ideas that move mountains, in a manner of speaking. This is not to say the signs in the other elements do not work with ideas. They do, but in mundane astrology in particular the other elements tend to produce more outer events, in my experience, especially as they precipitate events from eclipses.

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There are three primary qualities, or Rays, which express themselves through this sign — 2, 4 and 7. Thus, with Aquarius we have a most curious and interesting interplay of forces, and these lead ultimately to the anchoring of the various aspects of wisdom into a usable form. What this means is that Aquarius brings through a unique ability to make esoteric principles, spiritual potentials and ideas in general a workable reality in everyday life. The fourth Ray gives the sign also a particular affinity with humanity, and this lends itself very well to the air element. In a way, Aquarius can be seen as a battleground of ideas, where duality is sensed and seen very clearly and where the connections between the spiritual realms and physical realities—the Aquarian would question if there is such a thing as a 'physical reality'—are made and then those connections made into something useful on an everyday basis.

Most Aquarian types I know are able to do this in some way. Uranus, as one of the rulers of the sign, gives the technological knowhow to make what was once occult a scientific reality. Jupiter, the esoteric ruler, gives the expansive thinking for which Aquarians are known and their ability to connect people in common purpose. The Moon, as the most subtle ruler, produces those transformations in consciousness which lead from purely instinctive behavior to intuition, the latter of which is transformative of human intellect into spiritual illumination.

Aquarius works through all kingdoms in nature. In the end, it produces those mutations which lead to the progress of species, races and types. This happens every time Aquarius is emphasized on this planet. In the mineral kingdom it heralds work with radioactivity and with mineral brilliance. In the plant kingdom it produces those new varieties that add to our ability to feed ourselves, to work with perfume, and to the explosion of the different varieties of flowers that are now available to us. On a sadder note, as the sixth Ray passes out with the incoming Aquarian influence, so, too, do many types of trees. In fact, with incoming Aquarian energies we see that older forms of life that can no longer support the incoming energies die out. So, we see the mass extinctions on a world scale since the Aquarian influence has slowly made itself felt over the last few hundred years.

In the animal kingdom it opens the door into the human kingdom and brings many species of animals into close contact with humanity. This has had both beneficial and deleterious effects, as we can readily see. However, as such it is an evolutionary impulse and at the same time is part and parcel of the great suffering that we see in the animal kingdom. It parallels our own suffering as we advance spiritually on this world. Really, this is inescapable, at least in the interim, and until Jupiter has done its work in building a better sense of community among the nations of the world, between species and the various diverse human groups, we will continue what has been at times our most tortuous path together with animals. We should not forget that our bodies are part of the animal kingdom, and as such we share their lot in this world. We have a great responsibility and at the same time a profound opportunity in that regard.

Go to Top Influence of Aquarius

If we stand back and take a larger view, we can readily see the influence of Aquarius as it has begun to impress our consciousness, especially in the past 250 years. Through technology, our societies have been transformed. The world population is largely educated now, and increasingly so, whereas that was not the case a few centuries ago. We have somewhat come to understand the workings of the mind in the West and the functioning of the body. Modern science was born out of Uranian influence. We have probed the smallest to the largest in our efforts to understand. Atomic energy is a fact of life now, whereas barely more than a century ago it was an occult force. We have ventured out into space and are now able to identify worlds orbiting other stars that are much like our own. And, we do this on a mass scale. We are able now to alter the very genetic material that forms the bases of all known species. We are able increasingly to intelligently interact with animals and understand them. These things are available to everyone, relatively considered. The world is in a massive stage of mutation, and this is a good thing on the whole. Progress comes through mutation and then through cooperative, unified action, understanding 'mutation' in its positive sense, as indicating exceptional abilities or capacities that appear outside the norm.

At the same time we see the forces in the world that are resisting these very processes, and on a human scale those people who would want to maintain their various 'isms' in the face of obvious change. This is taking place on all sides. However, those who resist change are only numbering their days, because the incoming forces of Aquarius are, in the end, unstoppable. We only have to patiently wait and work in the meantime for better relations between communities, large and small, to see these more strident forces die their intended death. Education and connectivity have done much to bring down the walls of misunderstanding between cultures, and if the moderate sectors in religion, for instance, could cultivate tolerance and dialog between religions and show a better way of relating than through violence, then the more fanatical elements would have no substantial bases from which to draw their forces. Economic health is a big factor, too, for all involved. If people have their needs met then there is much less impetus to resort to desperate measures and far less of a breeding ground for discontent. Herein lies a clue to the solution of world problems, such as terrorism and so forth.

If we look at this principle of mutation, mentioned before, has the world changed appreciably in recent history? You bet it has. The West is now more or less stable and cooperative now, for instance. Europe used to be the seat of war after war over the centuries until the end of the World War. Now, although there are still things to iron out, it is at least economically unified, as is North America. We could argue points here, but in the main there is no major conflict and European citizens can move about the whole of Europe, more or less, with freedom. This is in western Europe, where we find the largest part of the EU and eastern Europe is more or less quickly following suit. Worldwide and for the most part in the developed and developing world, people live much longer now, have more freedom than ever, better education, are exposed to less conflict, die in fewer numbers in wars when there is one, are much less likely to die from disease and hunger than in the past, have universal access to technology if they can afford it and thus access to information, the ability to travel if they can afford it, etc., etc. These are not pie in the sky notions. The stats are easily verifiable—and much of this has been enabled and has taken place in the past 100 years through the efforts of the many millions of people who have dared to make things better.

A pageant, with its spectacular floats, moves along a street crowded with cheering people.
A pageant, with its spectacular floats, moves along a street crowded with cheering people.

We have grown up in such an era, so we do not have a ready point of reference in our daily lives to gauge this sort of world progress that, to the 19th Century mind, would have been unheard of. And we are only really just getting started, not even yet having fully entered the Aquarian Age. One of the main reasons we have made such rapid progress is through our willingness to question and make a stand against belief systems that do not work or are inadequate. We no longer believe people of royal ancestry are gods, for instance. We know the world is round and is not the center of the universe. Our human ability to enquire has transformed us and our societies. Yet, there are still issues to address and will be for the foreseeable future, issues such as the reasons for the disparity of wealth. Money, for instance, is a concept and not a hard reality. We have bought into it, literally, but there are ways of living without it, or of living with money without accepting the standard models of interchange and valuation. We see the start of this sort of thinking with experiments such as Bitcoin. It may fail as an experiment, but the road to success is paved with failed experiments. Who is to say that something along that line in the future could not be the next gold standard? And who said that gold should be the standard of exchange, anyway, for instance? Some people may classify this sort of thought as dangerous, but early experiments with electricity were dangerous at times, too.

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Aquarius fosters group awareness and not separative behavior. The sense of separativeness between groups is often the result of misplaced idealism and entrenched attitudes. People should behave a certain way, we are told, and constantly from a variety of sources. This strict adherence to an ideal—'my way or the highway'—is a relic of the sixth Ray. It is of particular interest to note the countries and regions where the sixth Ray rules the personality of the country or strongly influences the populace and is thus still very strong by virtue of the Piscean influence that is passing out—the US, Russia and the Middle East. Both the US and Russia are idealistic in their expression—sometimes fanatical in their assertions—and both can display strongly materialistic attitudes the obstinate resistance to change that the people on the sixth Ray can have when confronted with anything that lies outside their belief systems. The sixth Ray in the Middle East comes mainly through Islam. The conflict between the incoming Aquarian influences and the outgoing energy of the sixth Ray is very pronounced in both the US and Russia, and both countries have ties to countries in the Middle East. Both countries are ruled by Aquarius in their higher expressions and both countries have wide influence and still unite vast regions of the world, either physically, economically or ideologically. Hence we see the ideological differences between them and their sometimes intractable stances on matters of trade and world governance. As we might surmise, a large part of the solution of present world difficulties lies in the cooperation between these two great countries, and if it could be realized, then rapid progress would be made on a world scale. Russia in particular feels the strain of the clash between the incoming and the outgoing, as she is ruled by both the sixth and the seventh Rays.

With regard to Russia, there was an event that took place at the start of this year that garnered little fanfare in the EU and the US, but which is being watched with increasing interest in Asia and parts of the Middle East. On January 1st, the Eurasian Economic Union came into effect, which is at present an economic free trade agreement between Russia and former Soviet states, first suggested by the president of Kazakhstan at the time in 1994. Kazakhstan has insisted all along that the union remain purely an economic union with no military ties, and so far it has. At present, it is not given much credence in the US and EU, with the naysayers insisting it will never amount to anything and with some saying that is simply an effort by Russia to rebuild its old empire. However, this union has definite possibilities. Russia's esoteric motto is "I link two ways", and she has just signed a deal with China, for instance, to supply her with natural gas for the next 30 years. Russia is also seeking to gain treaties between the EU and the EEU. What we are seeing with these agreements and treaties are first steps toward something that in the future could be a very big deal. Such unions have already taken place in North America and in the Pacific region. Negotiations are shaky at the moment between China and Russia with a lot put on for show, but starting with economic and energy ties, what was once the domain or authoritarian governments has promise for the region and for the larger world community. Of course, there is a long way to go. So with all these points in mind, what do we see for the full moon?

Go to Top Full Moon in Leo
A Leo Moon
A Leo Moon, Bodyart by Rudy Everts

The full moon takes place on 4 Feb 2015 at 10:10 AM AEDT (3 Feb 2015 at 23:10 UT). The luminaries are on 'disaster degrees' —the 15th degree of all the fixed signs — but they form an easy opposition to Uranus, which adds a strong humanitarian and technological note to the full moon figure. In addition, the Moon is conjunct Jupiter, which is moving by retrograde motion back to a trine with Uranus, which will be more or less exact at the next full moon. So, in all, this will be a brilliant period for the advancement of technology and humanitarian causes. We still have the Uranus/Pluto square, which is busy supplying us with plenty of surprises, but it is being moderated now by the trine with Jupiter. As an indicator of this, as Jupiter approached the trine the solar activity index moderated, indicating a drop in world violence and stress. And, although we have been riveted by the events in the news recently, violent activity on the whole has moderated. So, over the next month I would not expect to see any great escalation in world unrest. Halfway between this full moon and the next, too, we have the start of the Chinese New Year, for all you Serious Sheep out there, and that should further moderate world tensions.

So, this is a Jupiterian full moon, and on the whole it is a rather easy and quite expansive expression, except for the Uranus/Pluto square and the disaster degree emphases. On top of the preceding we see Venus conjoined with Neptune—love is in the air—both of those being sextile to Ceres, representing all sorts of ideals around home, motherhood and hearth. This will be further enhanced when Venus moves up to the midpoint of Neptune and Chiron a couple of days after the full moon. We also see Mercury and Saturn in sextile, which is an aspect denoting negotiations and clear communications. This is actually a good full moon to set the stage for all sorts of business negotiations, political negotiations, business transactions and the like. It is also a good time to plan a pageant, if you are so inclined, and with that we move to the Sabian symbols for this full moon. The Sabian symbols for the degrees of the luminaries hold a more celebratory feel for this solar festival. They are as follows:

Two lovebirds sitting on a fence and singing happily. 15 Aquarius

A pageant, with its spectacular floats, moves along a street crowded with cheering people. 15 Leo

These are beautiful symbols, but they seem a little out of place with the state of the world at the moment. It would be great if we could bring the conflicted factions in the various regional conflicts to the negotiating tables, for instance, and have the 'lovebirds' happily singing together. That may yet happen, but we should probably not look for it anytime soon. And world news is hardly a pageant taken in with our evening repasts. We do see spectacular technology and weaponry, but there are hardly people lining the streets cheering for the combatants. So, what could these symbols mean for us in a truer sense? Firstly, bringing beauty into one's life and making one's expression through living beautiful is really a spiritual requirement and does its part in bringing peace to people's lives. Celebrating love and life is great gift, as well as it is an expression of the human soul, and to do this for others is a greater gift still. To enable people to realize the great beauty and potential of their souls is what Aquarius is all about. It all sounds lovely, right? And it can be.

2015: Year of the Goat
2015: Year of the Goat
Go to Top The Note of Beauty

So, where is the catch? There is always a catch, or a down side, right? If there is one it lies with the Jupiter affecting the full moon axis on the disaster degrees. We may see some seismic activity with this full moon or as a result of it, but the human element shows more peace than we have had in recent months. Now, if we really want to have fun, we have a total lunar eclipse coming up in April of this year that features the Uranus/Pluto square as a t-square with the full moon axis and forms a quintile kite on top of that. That is then followed by the Taurus new moon which is a solar eclipse accompanied by a great cross. Hmm. The spiritual high point of this year (Aries, Taurus and Gemini) looks to be most promising of change, the unexpected, possible accidents and violence, and the like, as well as brilliant for all sorts of spiritual endeavors. So, we should enjoy this full moon and take advantage of its opportunities for peaceful activities and ready ourselves for what is to come. What is coming is not to be feared or seen as dark, and we should sound the note of beauty as we approach it. These will be powerful eclipses, but they can be used to great effect in introducing new and needed spiritual realities in one's life, and that is never a bad thing.

We have every reason to be optimistic at this time in our history. Some people may say that we have reason to be hopeful, but I rather prefer the term optimistic. This is not a time to sit back and hope that things will get better in the world. We have to make that happen, and the best chance for success is when we approach every situation with a positive attitude. This does not mean that the realities of situations should be ignored. Quite the contrary. But, it has been my experience that something that might seem to be 'less than hopeful' more often than not hides an opportunity. There is always the possibility to realize a greater potential when we overcome something that is less than desired. Aquarius is the water of life, or spiritual potency, poured forth for those who thirst after it, without exception. The Aquarian is always ready to serve, always ready with a hand to help. Seeing that we are not yet fully in the Aquarian Age and seeing how far we have already come with just the touch of its influence that we have experienced and utilized, is there really any room for us to be anything other than optimistic? To work with confidence for the solutions to the problems of this world—now, there's the true Aquarian spirit. May we all go from strength to strength.

All the best,

30 Jan 2015

This is the end of the article.

Yin YangMalvin Artley is an accredited member of the American Federation of Astrologers. His primary focus over the past 25 years has been on the sciences as they express occultism and with bridging work between the two. His special interests in those fields are the human subtle energy system and all the chakras, or energy centres, physics and technology, astronomy and all aspects of Chinese occultism.
He sends out periodic emails about astrological happenings and developments. These letters are sent out as a gift and a service. If you wish to be added to or deleted from the mailing list please let me know. If you feel inspired to pass them on please do so, but do so without alteration or charge. They are sent to people of many persuasions, not just astrologers. Blessings.

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