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.
In part three of this article, Malvin concludes his exploration of the esoteric meaning of the Full Moon in Aquarius for 2004. The Grand Quintile is a Venus aspect par excellence, so is relevant in the aftermath of the rare Venus Transit of June 2004.
Following upon my previous article wherein we looked at quintiles, there are two quintiles in this figure, and these go right along with the discussion in the previous paragraph. The first quintile is between Saturn and the North Node, indicating the possibility for unique and creative ways of integrating new circumstances that come to us out of karmic necessity. All people must go through periodic clearing of their spiritual debts and obligations. When Saturn quintiles the Node we find that karmic situations reveal the symbolism contained in their expression through relinquishing our attachments to outcomes and by engaging in the creative outflow of the Soul’s grace, rather than by buying into habitual patterns of reaction and thinking and feeling safe in our long-held judgments of situations and people. Ambition needs to give way to the honoring of the significance of people as they come into our lives and of the special gifts they have on offer, as we must share our own gifts in kind with them in order to reap the full benefit of this aspect.
The other quintile is between Mercury and Venus, and this indicates one of the highest possibilities contained within this chart from the standpoint of planetary energetics. As we know, Venus represents the connection we have with the higher Self and the Soul in incarnation as well. It is the realm of symbolism in our lives. Mercury governs the liquid Light of the kundalini fire as it coruscates along the “rainbow bridge” of the antahkarana and the spinal channels. If Venus is the conductor and channel, then Mercury is the spiritual current that flows through it. All obstructions along this channel or conductor which is the Soul’s Light stand to be removed by Pluto if we are so ready to be cleared, as indicated by the opposition between Pluto and Venus. Many new and unique communications with our higher Self are on offer due to the opposition between Uranus and Mercury. Uranus and Pluto are the two planets that govern the path of occultism, and when they stand as the agents of release for the gifts held locked in the quintile, then there is a fabulous chance for us to realize something in our lives that has not hitherto been possible and to thus grow greatly in self-knowledge. The timing is right, depending upon how this impacts one’s own chart, and if there is any creativity or artistry indicated in the natal chart, then this planetary configuration will aid it greatly. Be prepared for rare and strongly individual insights and self-expressions over the period of this full moon. Most of all, allow yourselves the time and stillness for them to come through. Especially when Venus is involved in a quintile, the possibilities for work of an advanced nature along any line are possible.
The other opposition has been going on for a while now and it involves Saturn and Chiron. This aspect highlights the need to clear away old feelings of wounding and it will also bring about those situations—often seemingly fated—that will allow us to see these things and to move through them. These sorts of situations are likely to feel very poignant at the time of their occurrence and there will often be a very strong feeling of déjà vu with them. Often, too, there is a vague feeling of anxiety or of impending doom with this aspect, and it shows us where we tend to hang on to old hurts well past their use-by date.
Mars is trine to Pluto and sextile to Venus in this figure. Normally that would indicate the possibilities of deeply transforming male/female relationships, but the degree of Mars is symbolic of an entirely spiritual focus to the neglect of outer appearances. Add to this the fact that Venus and Pluto are in opposition and this is not actually the best time to be entering into intimate relations with a new partner in accordance with most indicators, although it would be quite a thrilling ride while it lasted, especially with the Sun in Leo and added to by a square between Jupiter and Pluto. Jupiter sextiles Saturn in this figure, indicating quite a productive time for material pursuits and for spiritual healing as well, since Jupiter also trines Chiron. In all this, we need to remember that what is happening for us in the Leo full moon period is a synthesizing of our sense of individual purpose for the year to come and its alignment with highest good, whatever that may mean to us. In all, it looks to be a time wherein the divine Architect within all of us can add more color to its palette and paint our lives in much bolder and richer tones than it has been able to in the past Leo periods. Yes, there will be struggles, but the Light and wisdom that can come from those carry the possibility of marking us as the true artisans of our individual and collective destiny.
Finally, I would say to those Leo types who are reading—and indeed to all—that if you doubt your effectiveness in the world and the gift that you are to those around you, then re-examine your life and endeavor to see it through the eyes of the people you touch every day. Each Leo has a stronger effect upon people than they know. My father gave me a good example of this a number of years ago through an illness he endured. It left him bed-ridden and in hospital for months. He is a Leo, by the way. He had to depend on others for his every need, which is a hard thing for a proud Lion to take under any circumstance. I don’t think my Dad really knew how loved he is. He had taught in the public schools and in universities for decades and had brought music through education and community orchestras to thousands of people over the years. He had given selflessly of himself and raised us, his brood, in the process. In true Leo fashion he was, and still is, a man inspired and driven by singular purpose with regard to his work and his devotion to education. Though he is well past retirement age, he still teaches violin to young and old alike to this day. I don’t think Leos ever really retire if they are so driven.
It is about who we are...
The point to the story is this: As people began to find out he was sick they began to send flowers and cards, to pay him visits in the hospital, and all to the extent that his hospital room looked more like a card shop and florist than a ward room. The hospital staff were amazed. There were many people on the ward who never received a single visitor, even from their own families. And here was this man who had dozens of visitors every week, sometimes queued in the lobby waiting to see him. And, also in true Leo fashion, he maintained his sense of humor and countenance even in the darkest phases of his illness. The nursing staff all enjoyed him, though he was gravely ill for a time. Sure, he had his moments with it, but the trend was always toward all that is best in the Leo. My Dad is not a famous man. In fact, he always liked to joke that he was infamous, rather than well-known. But, he has touched many a heart over the years and has given more than a few of his students a sense of direction and purpose to their lives that they would not otherwise have ordinarily received. And, in turn, they returned the favor. It was quite a lesson and a gift for him—and for the rest of us as well--and I could see that it touched him to the depths of his being. It changed his life, as he had changed theirs. And, in the end, even as he lay in hospital he was still planning for the future, undeterred from his essential purpose and never letting on that the thought of failure or giving up ever crossed his mind. Yeah, OK. This is a shameless tribute to my Dad, but it could just as well be an example of many Leos and people in whom the Soul stands strong and radiant. I think most of us could find similar examples of other such people in our lives. Such is the energy and effect of Leo and the radiant Soul in the lives of others.
A final point to make from all this is that so long as we feel inspired by a purpose that brings Light into the world and is helpful to those around us, so long as we know ourselves well enough to be able to carry out that purpose and so long as we selflessly apply ourselves diligently to that purpose with love toward our fellows, then the lessons and rewards of Leo will come to us in abundance. It has been said that whatever we give of ourselves selflessly and with pure motive comes back to us at least 10-fold. I have found that to be true over the years. I think my Dad did, too. So can we all if we so apply ourselves. And, as we go forward through the Lucifer phase of Venus and into next year, let our Light so shine among people that there is no doubt about the power of the Soul and of Love in people’s lives. Inspiration and directed purpose is contagious and the higher Leo type ever leads only by example, never by coercion. May the Purpose that guides our lives stand forth and the Love that guides our hearts light the way for all whom we touch with our being, for with Leo, the lesson and gift is never about what one can do—it is always about who we are!
May the Heart of the Lion bless you and guide you in this season.
28 July 2004
This concludes the article.
Return to the start of The Festival of Government
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