Our esoteric astrologer, Malvin Artley, reveals the meanings inherent in the solar eclipse in Aries, followed by the lunar eclipse that precedes the Wesak Festival. This eclipse comes at what might be called a "Blue New Moon", since there are two New Moons in Aries this year. Aries is the sign of new beginnings and the start of a new life, which is the symbolic meaning of the Christ, so this continues his train of thought on the Christ Festival. Malvin also publishes a regular astrological newsletter, to which you can subscribe by clicking the link at the end of this article.
Over the next few weeks there is a lot happening astrologically, so the next four letters will cover the period through June 6th when Venus transits over the face of the Sun. This letter concerns itself with today's solar eclipse at the last degree of Aries. Since there have been two new moons this month, this particular moon could be called blue new moon. Blue moons are actually quite common. They occur due to the fact that the lunar cycle only has duration of 28 to 29 days, whereas an astrological sign has duration of 30 days. Therefore, there is eventually an overlap between the two and we get two new or full moons within a sign every so often. For those readers familiar with Chinese astrology, this overlap is the cause of what is known as the intercalary month, which must be inserted every two to three years to make the lunar calendar coincide with the solar period.
Following upon this solar eclipse comes the Wesak festival on fifth of May. The Wesak Festival this year is also a Lunar Eclipse, one which will be one of the more powerful eclipses that has happened in recent times, because it occurs on the 15th degree of a fixed sign - and because it occurs at the Wesak Festival. Such eclipses on the 15th degree of fixed signs and zero degrees of cardinal signs are all said to precipitate disasters of some sort. Whether this one will or not remains to be seen. That eclipse will be taken up in the appropriate letter.
Following upon the Wesak Festival, Venus begins its retrogradation just prior to its second-order cycle beginning on the 8th of June. The retrograde phase begins on the 18th of May and ushers in a period of instability as Venus plummets to the horizon. That instability will be the precursor to the establishment and reworking of relationships all over the world. Just prior to the June 8th conjunction we have the Gemini full moon, the Festival of Goodwill. So, we can see that there is a lot happening within this peak time of the spiritual year. The opportunities presented to all of us will be profound and far-reaching. There will be wonderful opportunities for inner growth for all who seize the present times and embrace the lessons and learning presented. They will not necessarily be easy times, but eventually much good will come from them.
This Aries blue new moon occurs late on the 19th of April 2004 at 11:21 PM AEST. This particular series of eclipses is said to relate to an individual's relationship with father figures, authority figures in general and the need to take self-responsibility and control of one's life. There is also the added onus of accepting the commitments that are presented through this eclipse. It has been noted that the commitments presented often come about as a result of illness or unreliability with regard to the aforementioned figures. This is particularly indicated by the Sun/Moon conjunction squaring Chiron in this figure. Such a square highlights the fact that relationships with the authority figures are likely to be strained, that deep wounding is possible, although there is also the possibility of great healing to come from such tensions. This lunation also marks the beginning of a Chinese month--the fifth month of their year--which is known as the month of the Yang Earth Dragon, a.k.a. the “Dragon of Pure Virtue”. The implication from this is that in all relations, one's virtue must be maintained in order to effect the proper transformations, or those situations will occur which will enable the growth of virtue, if you know what I mean by such a statement by now.
This eclipse begins over Antarctica just below the southern tip of South America and finally finishes over the southern part of Africa. The general theme will be that of a shifting and general disillusionment of the populace with the power structures in place. We have only to look that what is happening with the major Western governments of the world--especially the coalition of the willing--to see that such a scenario may not be that far-fetched. The real test of such relations will come over the next few months after the Wesak eclipse and the beginning of the second-order Venus cycle. After that point leadership structures and power structures will have gone through many and sometimes challenging changes. The mettle of governmental virtue is to be weighed and tested through this eclipse. This is also highlighted for us by the fact that Mars opposes Pluto in this figure, which often foretells of power struggles, issues of male dominance, the proper use of power and, to a lesser extent, many types of sexual issues.
Venus and Mars are in conjunction in this figure and are both trine to Neptune. This, along with the opposition to Pluto, has the capacity to create a powerful sexual mystique. Sex and power in relation to leaders throughout the world often go hand in hand. The sexual center (sacral center) is also the seat of one's self-image, along with the urge to a greater union-the merging of Self with not-self. One thing that is indicated by this configuration along with the opposition by Pluto is that many of the male archetypes in relation to leadership will be thrown into relief and will seek to be balanced or resolved. Pluto, the ruler and revealer of the subconscious, always highlights the unresolved and buried issues represented by the planets it aspects, especially with the hard aspects such as the opposition. The conjunction of Mars with Venus and the trine to Neptune give an indication that the role of women in positions of power offers much in the way of balancing the male energies that are thrown into relief at this time by Pluto. This also highlights the factor of love as a principal of redemption in the arena of world affairs.
In part two of this article, Malvin continues his discussion of the insights that we can make on the spiritual path under the Aries New Moon and Solar Eclipse. Read part two of The Aries Solar Eclipse
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