Malvin Artley has been a practising astrologer for more than a decade. He is an
accredited member of the American Federation of Astrologers.
Malvin is the author of Bodies of Fire: An Exploration of the Lesser Chakra System. He has authored numerous articles and was a member of the faculty of the University of the Seven Rays, a non-profit organization dedicated to the teaching of the Trans-Himalayan tradition as expressed through the books of Alice Bailey, Helena Blavatsky and others.
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 are the human subtle energy system and all
the chakras, or energy centres, physics and technology, astronomy and all
aspects of Chinese occultism. He has done extensive work with Chinese
astrology and the cycles they use and seeks to synthesize the great
Western and Oriental systems on such matters.
Malvin lives in Adelaide, South Australia. He also works in the engineering trades and sends out periodic emails about astrological happenings and developments. Click here to subscribe to Malvin's periodic letters.
The Grand Quintile [part 3]
In the final part of his article on the Grand Quintiles of Ocober 2004, Malvin Artley analyses the specifics of the aspects and draws conclusions on how these will affect the world. Malvin argues that quintiles are only efficacious if people have the Soul contact and mental equipment necessary to be able to access them, and that this will be a deeply spiritual awakening. It will also reveal deep truths on the material and political planes, as well as the planes of spirit, so that all will see the massive changes that are due to emerge.
rare planetary configurations in October 2004
It might be of interest to note that the Magi Society of astrologers based in Hong Kong have found that Chiron is as much associated with love and marriage as is Venus and that one's sense of emotional well-being is mapped by aspects to Chiron to a large degree. They see it as more than a mere planetoid and afford it larger status than do most astrologers. One point they make rather clearly is that Saturn in opposition or square to Chiron is a marriage-busting transit, and that marriages that take place during that transit often end in failure and heartbreak.
What is not generally known about the Magi Society is that it was founded under the impulse of a Grand Quintile—the alignment of October, 1618. At the time of the alignment, a Shaolin monk from China was in Europe studying Western astrology with Johannes Kepler, one of the great astronomer/astrologers—and the father of the quintile. After he had completed his studies he returned to China and began to marry the eastern and western systems of astrology, and the Magi Society was born. Now they are making their findings known to the West and a contingent has settled in the States. I have not discussed the other Grand Quintiles because I have wanted to stay true to the measure of this one. But, a few points about what has been called the “power” grand Quintiles are in order.
A Particular Magic
The alignment of 1618 was particularly powerful and productive of results. It lasted for two full days. It was the time of the golden age of theater in France, England and Spain. It was also a time noted for great literary achievement, and the likes of Francis Bacon, Hobbes, Richelieu, Galileo and Descartes were all living then and producing some of their greatest works. The English language had its strongest stimulus during that time. Shakespeare had passed on just a few years prior. The 30-years War had just started and the Pilgrims landed in America a couple of years later (Yes, Uranus and Pluto were in a 10th harmonic aspect). In science we saw the introduction of the slide rule, the discovery of the circulation of blood, the discovery of sunspots, the discovery of electrical charges, the equal-temperament system of tuning musical instruments, the vernier scale (still used today in precision measurements of sizes), the philosophical basis for the scientific method, the micrometer, the birth of hydrodynamics and the birth of integral calculus (which made modern physics and physical sciences possible). It also saw the investigation of light-wave interference patterns, the moons of Jupiter, projective geometry, and the introduction of logarithms—which made all modern astrological calculations possible. I could go on and on. It all gets matter-of-fact after a while. Suffice it to say that Grand Quintile carried a particular magic with it, as these two will as well. I am not saying they are the be-all-end-all of mental aspects and alignments. But, if one studies these carefully enough, one will find that certain key discoveries for certain disciplines are made during each of these alignments or as a result of them.
There are two other Grand Quintiles particularly worthy of note. Those were in April of 190 and in 952. The alignment of 190 gave us a calculation of pi (the basis of all circular, cyclic and rotational calculations) to 5 decimal places, derived by Liu Hui in China, and the introduction of Mahayana Buddhism into India. The alignment of 952 brought the introduction of Hindu-Arabic numerals into the West and the eventual use of zero as a factor in mathematical calculations. It was not known prior to that. Europe was still in the throes of the Dark Ages at that time, so there was very little in the way of intellectual development. But, the alignment of 952 lasted for several days. The fact that it did not produce much goes back to what was said earlier regarding the fact that quintiles are only efficacious if people have the Soul contact and mental equipment necessary to be able to access them.
The First Alignment
Returning to the 2004 alignments, in the first one we see a particularly mystical/mental bias. There are no hard, driving aspects that tend toward materialization, such as squares or oppositions to Saturn, Uranus or Pluto. I would call this first one a preparatory alignment. It will set the imagination on fire. It will bring about internal struggle through the emotional conflicts it will no doubt engender. People will have dreams of a better life. It will, in the end, cause people to make certain decisions about their lives, since the Sun is in Libra. The releasing planets (Venus, Neptune and Chiron to a degree) point to the dynamic of self-forgetfulness and self-sacrifice as a catalyst for change in one's life. They emphasize the need for a more creative service to our fellow traveller. The conjunction of Sun/Mercury/Mars/Jupiter will create a veritable foment of ideas and the forcing of choice, and perhaps because of it, since it occurs in Libra. Venus and Chiron are biquintile each other, and that points to an awareness of the creative techniques within relationships, especially close ones. Chiron is tredecile Mars and Jupiter. The tredecile has been called an aspect of creative introversion by Dane Rudhyar. It is an opposition minus a quintile and, as such, points to the need for conscious withdrawal in order for originality to become inspired. It is a very reflective and ponderous aspect and indicates where people can work well alone with their thoughts. With the tredecile just mentioned, all healing and sacrificial modes of working (Chiron) will do best when there is great energy brought to bear in the solution to some quandary. It indicates that insight would come best when, say, exercising alone or in doing moving meditation. Relationship problems might best find their most elegant solutions when one goes for a long walk or even a run, for instance.
Lastly with the first alignment, Venus is in its high Lucifer phase now, so the greatest measure of light will come through the first alignment. Dispensation comes most clearly through the Lucifer phase. And, with the opposition to Uranus, it will come in sudden flashes of insight and maybe as a result of emotional shocks. Venus will have already started its slow decline toward the Sun by that time, but it is still near its highest angle away from the Sun. Therefore, this alignment will act more like a herald than the second one. The choices made in the first one will find application through the second one.
The Second Alignment
The second Grand Quintile on Oct. 28th occurs just after the full moon and eclipse of Scorpio. This will bring a much more powerful urge to manifest what was sensed in the first alignment. But, much can be gleaned through this one as well. The quintile between Uranus and Pluto is extant the entire time, so Light will steadily stream through. The active quintile points in that figure are Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Uranus and the Moon. The Sun is a releasing/distributing point in this figure, indicating a very individual expression or release of the gifts coming through the alignment. As well, Neptune, Mercury and Chiron are additional releasing points. Venus conjoins Jupiter here, so the emotional energies will flow much more freely, but Scorpio always has a stinger in it somewhere. I will discuss the energies of each of these full moons in their respective papers.
This alignment will not have the tremendous mental stimulation in it that the first one does, but it will be much more level-headed, which will be needed right before an election, and it will bring through that beloved Scorpio ability to see through people's veneers and to really sense the undercurrents of any situation, much to the consternation of people who have something to hide. Let us hope we all see the issues truly and clearly in the lead up to that time. Interestingly, Mars is unaspected in the 2nd alignment, pointing to difficulty in integrating the physical energy of any circumstance into the psyche. But, at the same time it might act to cool what might otherwise become explosive situations. If Mars is conjoined to angles in the location chart, as it is here at that time, then we might see some very “interesting” things come to pass.
I could write letter after letter on these Grand Quintiles and associated aspects, but time is limited and I really wanted chiefly to give an overview and a taste of things to come. I have given only scant analysis of the alignments themselves. What is important in them is the key measure as outlined in the discussion of the Uranus/Pluto quintile. The rest is icing on the cake, really, so transitory is the remainder of the configurations. As I said, I shall be giving out more information about them in a discussion of the full moon periods associated with each of these, for these alignments go hand-in-hand with those full moons and add quite a profound and unique accent to them. I also hopefully wanted to show the ultimate and immanent practicality of esoteric astrology as it goes toward explaining the meaning behind the more mundane aspects of astrology. Quintiles form a good bridging forum in that regard. So, I will let this rest at that.
In the coming months may our imaginations fly free and may we know ourselves to be limitless and profound beings, co-creators with Nature. May we truly come to realize that the only thing that stands between our wildest dreams and the status quo is the limits that we put on ourselves. This is no time to be small-minded or bound to routine. All routine is but the framework that gives our dreams a base from which to fly. The textbooks of heaven and the archives of the schools of occultism are opened now for those who have the eye to see. And, may we all see our greatest imaginations written in those august volumes, the promise for the generations to come.
The Soul gives rise to the artistry of life in the potency of every focused moment, and as tension gives way to our exquisite focus upon the necessities at hand let us realize that we are liberators, that we are revolutionary in our outlook and that by standing out from the crowd with our fellow traveller we set the examples that those who come after us will follow. I still climb on the trains from my youth, but now I ride them to places far and wide in the realms of my imagination toward the destinations of dreams realized, truths uncovered and loves that beckon me ever-closer to the heart of God. May the secrets we uncover in the coming months make the mundane bloom anew and bless this world with greater Light, Love and Hope.
Many “Eureka!” moments to you all!
21 Sep 2004
This completes the article on the Grand Quintile.
Return to the start of The Grand Quintile 2004
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