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 two of this article, Malvin explores the role of the Earth as esoteric ruler of Sagittarius. He argues that the Earth is also our window onto the larger world of Spirit. The aim of all struggle and conflict is eventual resolution and beauty in the end. He also has some thoughts on the new Bush Administration, which will be inaugurated under a Saturn/Chiron opposition.
In any full moon figure, then, rather than considering the degree of the Moon as a primary emphasis, one should begin to consider that degree as the Earth degree and thus the degree of our group obligations and the path we walk—the collective, in other words. The Moon is actually a dead body, esoterically considered, and it gives off no energy of its own. The full moon thus highlights for us the things that we need to consider at a group level and our integration within those groups with which we are associated. The goal of all spiritual works is greater and greater integration with the collective and submersion of the little self in the needs and tasks of the greater Good. Each full moon then gives us indicators of varying aspects of our alignment within the brotherhood of the human collective and of the path we must walk to achieve those goals. In this we struggle, though, because the persona wants to keep things as they are and dislikes not having its little desires met. In many ways the Earth in a chart shows us where we struggle hardest and where we psychologically project in the strongest manner. But, the Earth is also our window onto the larger world of Spirit. The aim of all struggle and conflict is eventual resolution and beauty in the end. The Earth point in any chart is therefore technically an indicator of where we should be creating the most profound beauty in our lives and in the lives of others, rather than constantly railing against all that we perceive to be “against us”.
The “Earth” Sagittarian, then, is one who is acutely aware of the duality of physical existence. They are aware, for example, that they are inherently Spirit, yet the urges of the animal nature are still with them. They are aware of the goals they seek to achieve in life, yet they are all-too-aware of the impediments to those goals and of the needs of others that have to be met while yet pursuing their own goals. They are full of the fire and enthusiasm of the spiritual life, yet the realities of earth keep them from free reign in their striving upward. They have fully in their consciousness all the Jupiterian aspects of the Sagittarian experience, yet they see the struggles of those around them and their own struggle to attain. They seek to fully expand and to have a good time in so doing, but the realities of spiritual living mean that obligations must be met, guidelines must be followed and other people matter at least as much, if not more, than they do.
Tremendous Shifts of Thinking
But there are tremendous shifts in thinking that occur with this sense of dualism and a transcendent wisdom can be born out of all that experience and polarization. In the end, the Earth Sagittarian learns to walk the middle path, still with the goal firmly in sight, and then learns to respond in a magnetic and magnanimous manner to all who struggle as they have done. It is not an easy path, especially mentally, but one that brings bountiful rewards in terms of accrued wisdom and shared knowledge. It is a life where the call of Spirit is first and foremost, yet it is approached with an ever-fuller understanding of the needs of life on this plane, and a determination to wed the two. It is still a life of incessant change and movement, yet the carefree life of the jovial Sagittarian is gradually replaced with a deep understanding of human nature and a burning desire to bring the wisdom they have wrested from life to all who would listen.
One of the interesting things about polarization and duality can be learned from a study of electricity. For those who have studied a bit of electrical theory, it is well-known that whenever there is a difference in the electrical potential between two points in a conducting medium a current will flow. It is also a fact that whenever there is current flowing, a magnetic field is generated. In addition, whenever there is current flow, there is also resistance to it which produces heat or light (which is also a product of heat). Electricity as we know it depends upon polarity to work. Whenever there is no polarity, there is no electrical current. An interesting thing about magnetic fields and electricity is that they work both ways-electricity can produce magnetism and vice-versa. Hence, electricity is indissolubly connected with magnetism. We could therefore say that electricity produces a magnetic response. The converse is also true.
The same scenario occurs in the psyche in an analogical sense. Polarized thinking produces movement of thought currents, which also induces a magnetic response in like-minded people and kingdoms and their polar opposites. Duality (polarity) produces movement in the mind and emotions and draws thought currents of like or similar nature together along with opposing thought currents, which in turn produces psychic heat and eventually the Light of knowledge. This may seem a far reach to some readers, but I assure you it is a factual correspondence. As was stated earlier, this planet has been called the School of Magnetic Response. It is perhaps no surprise that the very force that lights our globe at night—electricity—is a product of magnetism and polarization. The outer does indeed reflect the inner and we would find so many stunning examples of the correspondences between science and the inner life if we cared to take a look. It is this same theme of polarization (its psychic correspondence) that keeps the Earth Sagittarian in constant motion and so intensely focused upon their goals. The Light of the higher Self never leaves them. For them, the dualities of life continually evince the Light of that higher Self as it pours down into the Sagittarian psyche that is a result of the realizations wrought through the movement of thought. As a final note here, Sagittarius rules the Hierarchy of the Lunar Lords-the lower side of human nature, and in Atlantean days it was this hierarchy that ruled humanity in large part and was the vehicle and cause of so much of the conflict in that far-distant time.
America After The Election
This brings us to a consideration of a final piece I wanted to add to the saga of America after the elections. It relates to the high Sagittarian idealism and also to the imperiousness of the lower aspects of the Sagittarian psyche. As it turns out, Washington—as the seat of government in the US—is ruled by Sagittarius. This is the persona of Washington. At a soul level, Washington is ruled by Cancer. We all know how idealistic we Americans can be. This idealism has been tested many times since Pluto has been transiting through Sagittarius. It is worthy of note, though, that the chart of the US has the opposite polarity to the soul and personal expressions of Washington DC. In the US chart we find Sagittarius rising, which indicates the higher possibilities in a chart (and thus the Soul) with the Sun in Cancer (the present “problem”—the persona). This in itself is indicative of a lot of polarization. At no time in recent memory has the country been so polarized. There is a great difference in “potential” between various factions in the US and the air almost feels electric. But, it looks like it is set to become even more so, especially when on considers what is happening quietly behind the scenes as we speak. Keep in mind with all this that John Kerry is also a Sagittarian, and things might thus begin to make a little more sense as we go along.
There has been a buzz of activity over the internet about the issue of voter fraud and many people are maintaining that the election was stolen from the Democrats once again. Republicans are likely to call this sort of thing sour grapes, but there is mounting evidence that points to the fact that in states that used electronic voting machines there were significant irregularities between the votes counted and the number of registered voters, weighted in favor of the Republican candidates. I am not throwing my weight on either side of the argument and in significant ways I hope it turns out to be mistaken thing. But, if strong and ironclad evidence comes out that the election was rigged, can we imagine the uproar that would ensue in an already heavily polarized and pretty evenly split populace? The idealism of the American people would be dealt a serious blow, which may not be a bad thing, but the resulting conflicts that would probably come of it could be paralyzing to the country. It would also be a serious setback for the Republican Party, the Neocons and the Bush dynasty, since there was a Bush at the helm at the elections. Idealism most often dies a bitter death, although disillusionment is more often than not a good thing, spiritually considered. In all, it would certainly wake a lot of people up and cause many folks to look at lot more deeply at why they believe the things they do about their leaders, about America and about the things they think really matter in political and American life.
Consider, too, that Kerry used to be a prosecutor. People have commented that he has gone very quiet since the election—odd behavior for a man who fought so hard to make a difference. Perhaps he is silently gathering the evidence to be put forward at an opportune time? Such an incident, if it comes forward, might do quite a bit to dampen the sometimes imperious nature of the government, no matter who is in office. We will all be offered many new perspectives on life in the very near future if we have not already, and this is but one example of the many things that can happen. Ever since Pluto began its transit through Sagittarius in 1995 ideal after ideal has been called into question-the church, educational systems, governments, patriotism and many other departments of human life. None have really escaped Pluto's action. As a final note on the voter fraud question, Pluto is behind this, too. I said in the last letter that Mars rules the 4th and 12th houses of the US horoscope, and Pluto has been hovering around the opposition to that point since before the Iraq War. Well, the 12th house rules voters, fraud and self-undoing, as does Neptune. And, just after the Pluto/Mars opposition, Pluto moves to the square of Neptune. Pluto is also the esoteric ruler of the natural 12th house of the zodiac, so there is always a 12th and 8th house connotation with Pluto. The last chapter of the Pluto transit over Mars has yet to be written, and it very well could be a whopper! Then again, it may go by without a whimper, even if the voter fraud scandal is true. The 12th house can be misleading and mysterious, too.
Bush Inauguration under Saturn-Chiron Opposition
The last note I want to add about the US before going into the dynamics of this full moon concerns the inauguration of the next administration on the 20 Jan 05. The next president is set to take the oath at 12:00 PM EST. Of particular interest is a little aspect that many astrologers would not even consider, but one in which the Magi Society would take a great interest. I refer to the Saturn/Chiron opposition. They have done a lot of research on the stressful aspects between planets and Chiron and have found that marriages performed under the stressful aspects of Saturn to Chiron most often end in divorce. It would be of real interest to see if there is an upsurge in the divorce rate in coming years, especially with couples who have been married in recent months. An inauguration is a type of marriage-a commitment between the leader and his people. There were some astrologers who predicted that Kerry would win, but that he would not finish his term and that Edwards would finish out the term as president. If Bush is ousted because of voter fraud, we could well see the scenario play out. If Bush takes the oath of office, who knows? His chart is under a lot of stress next year.
I have looked a bit at the inaugurations of presidents who did not finish their terms in office for one reason or another. In the case of presidents who died in office there was always a stressful aspect between Pluto and Chiron in the inaugural chart. In the upcoming inauguration there is a stressful aspect between Chiron and Pluto, but it involves the natal placement of Pluto. Transiting Chiron is in a combust conjunction with the US natal Pluto at the time of inauguration. In the other cases, the aspects between Chiron and Pluto were “in the sky” and did not involve aspects to the US chart. In the two cases where the presidents had to resign office, Chiron was square to the Moon's nodes in the inaugural figure and Saturn was in the US 7th house at inauguration. We find the same thing with Chiron and the lunar nodes at this inauguration, but Saturn will be in the 8th house-the house of death, major separations and transformation. Additionally, transiting Saturn will be opposite the US Pluto and conjunct the US Mercury. There is more, but this will give enough of an indication that there is likely to be trouble for whoever takes the oath of office on the 20th of January. If I were a staff astrologer (Just for fun, OK?) for either Bush or Kerry, I would have serious questions for their future and political life if they end up on the dais at the inaugural ceremony. It is all fascinating stuff and food for a lot of speculation, but I simply wish to bring it to your awareness for your own perusal. The coming months are likely to be “interesting”.
In part three, the conclusion of this article, Malvin examines the planetary aspects around this Full Moon — and discusses the rewards and wisdom that can be the outcome of the grand Sagittarian vision stimulated under this lunation. No goal is too hard, no journey too long, no thought unthinkable, and no dream unattainable.
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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