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    2011 Sagittarius Solar Festival: part 1 | part 2 | Wesak 11 | Summer/Winter Eclipses | Aries Festival | Chinese New Year | Aquarius Festival
    Pelican Pack
    Pelican Pack, by Jari Peltomki

    Sagittarius's Moon:
    Sagittarius Solar Festival Part 2
    and the late 2011 Eclipses

    Malvin Artley, our regular esoteric commentator examines the subtle meaning of the Full Moon in Gemini for 2011, a rare total Lunar Eclipse. This is Sagittarius's Full Moon, as the Moon is full in the sign opposing the Sun. The full moon of Sagittarius (the full moon at Gemini 18º09') takes place on the 10th of December at 14:33 UT (09:33 AM EST in the US; 01:33 AM AEDT on Dec. 11th in Australia). Apologies, dear readers, this article is a little late appearing, thanks to the unfortunate effects of the eclipses on your beloved editor...

    Go to Top Eclipses... The Crux of the Matter

    Now we get to the crux of this letter—the eclipses of Nov/Dec this year. We begin with a partial solar eclipse (new moon), which takes place on the 25th of this month (the day after Thanksgiving) at 4:09 PM AEDT (5:09 UT). This is of the solar Saros 123 cycle, which had its inception on 29 Apr 1074, so we are in the waning third of this Saros series. The last total eclipse in this series was on 23 Oct 1957—in other words, the last of the really powerful eclipses in this series in general. The previous eclipse in this series was on 13 Nov 1993. Even though the eclipses since '57 have been partial eclipses, they should not be underestimated. It is a series of eclipses that has a strange sort of sensuality or sensationalism to it due to the Saturn opposition to a Mercury/Neptune conjunction in the inception figure, giving feelings ranging from the highly spiritual to the grotesque. There is the danger of sensationalism with this eclipse family, and along with it the onus that one must aim for the stars just to get plans off the ground with anything begun with these eclipses. Saturn/Neptune oppositions and squares are famous for ambition fading like a dandelion in the wind. As for sensationalism and plans coming to naught under the impress of this eclipse, just have a look at the following list:

    The activations of the '93 123 Saros eclipse in terms of world events saw a 7.5 magnitude quake in Japan with the loss of 375 lives, the '94 Piedmont Flood in Italy, the '95 Palo Verde Derailment in Arizona, the infamous Lorena Bobbitt incident, the outing of Francois Mitterrand's secret daughter, the announcement that Ronald Reagan had Alzheimer's, the crash of the American Eagle flight ATR72, and OJ Simpson was found not-guilty (there was a stark racial division over that one in the US). On the plus side, Fermat's last theorem (mathematics) was solved, we had confirmation of the first extra-solar planet, the first female Canadian PM was elected (she was in office 132 days), George Foreman's boxing victories, and a personal favourite of mine—the first internet radio broadcast, from 'Little California'—in Chapel Hill, North Carolina from UNC-CH there (the university). That particular eclipse had Pluto as lord of the eclipse, hence adding to the subterfuge, sexual overtones, hidden things coming to light and the breaking through of barriers. It was a north node eclipse.

    With the present solar eclipse Jupiter is lord by default (sign), since there are no planets conjunct the eclipse point. However, the eclipse squares Mars and Neptune and as a result almost forms the apex of a t-square, trines Uranus and is quincunx Jupiter. Since Mars and Neptune are out of sign, I do not really count their opposition and I would say we thus do not have a true t-square. We should note, though, that Mars does oppose Chiron, which conjoins Neptune, and there is thus a t-square (if you count it) with the eclipse, Mars and Chiron, with Neptune as a background influence. The Sabian symbol for the degree is:

    Two men playing chess. – 3 Sagittarius

    The eclipse affects France's Venus, North Korea's Moon, England's and China's Chirons, and Mexico's Jupiter. The Mars activations take place a week either side of 10 Oct 2012, 3 Jun 2013, 17 Sep 2014 and 15 May 2015. It receives one Jupiter activation on 23 Jun 2013. It is 'finished' in 2015 by Saturn on three separate occasions—19 Jan, 9 May (retrograde) and finally on the 17th of October of that year. What will all this mean? Some people see life as a sort of game. From April through July of next year Neptune will square this eclipse point. Anyone who has planets or angles within 3 degrees of the 3 Gem/Sag axis should be very careful with decision-making during this period, and again from Feb 2013 and lastly in Oct-Nov of that year. Any astrologer who looks at financial astrology would watch these periods with interest. The subsequent Mars activations of the eclipse point will show the results of any decisions made through the aforementioned Neptune transits. As we no doubt know, the next few years are likely to be very dicey and unstable years financially, and thus politically as politicians try to salvage their jobs and the general populaces of countries try to secure their futures.

    Go to Top Leaders and Heads of State

    Solar eclipses are particularly associated with leaders and heads of state, so if you are interested, do a quick run-down of world leaders and see if this eclipse especially falls on any leader's angles, Sun or Moon. If so, Neptune will be strongly affecting them at various times over the next couple of years and then the Mars activations may just bring about some surprising twists of fortune for those leaders and their countries. This eclipse will highlight plans made in private, with a view to expansion and acquisitions, a decided strident or daring tone to the plans thus made and a sort of 'damn the torpedos' approach to decision-making. When emphasized, Sagittarius does especially figure in pushing boundaries.

    Moving onwards and having finished with the solar eclipse, the next eclipse will likely be quite productive of effects. It is a total lunar eclipse of the 135 lunar Saros series. The inception eclipse of that series took place on 13 Apr 1615. Of interest is the fact that Mars formed the apex of a t-square with the lunation at both the inception and the current eclipses of this series, denoting tensions and potential crises, along with a sort of 'quivering intensity'.

    The previous eclipse of this series (29 Nov 1993) was also a total eclipse. The Moon was conjunct the star Aldebaran, the 'Watcher of the East', which carries with it high energy and ambition, but also the possibility of violent death. It is also said to attract dangerous enemies. That eclipse was very productive of results with its subsequent Mars activations, the most notable of which were the Great Hanshin Quake near Kobe, Japan, the Baku Metro Fire (the worst subway fire in history, also accompanied by a solar eclipse), the '94 Yemeni Civil War, terrorist attacks in Buenos Aires, the Sampong Department Store Collapse, the Fox River Grove train collision, the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin (his Mars was activated by the '93 eclipse), the loss of contact with the Pioneer 11 probe and two avalanches in Iceland, which separately claimed 34 lives. The first Mars activation also saw the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacts on Jupiter, though a lunar eclipse for the Earth would have had no effect on Jupiter. It did make for great viewing, though, and was a very welcome aside in a troublesome period of history. On the more positive side, the US Congress passed the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act, but that was really the only positive event that came from the activations of that eclipse. So, what can we expect from the current one?

    The Sabian symbol for the solar degree of the 11 Dec 2011 eclipse reads:

    Pelicans, menaced by the behavior and refuse of men, seek safer areas for bringing up their young. – 19 Sag

    And for the lunar degree:

    A large archaic volume reveals a traditional wisdom. – 19 Gem

    This eclipse is a south node type with Mercury as its lord by default. Jupiter is opposing Saturn in the figure, highlighting a more sombre tone and the feeling that plans are to be put on hold. However, Jupiter is sextile to the Chiron/Neptune conjunction, meaning that any plans that are put into place under the impress of this eclipse have the capacity to be long-lasting. This is a total lunar eclipse and will be a blood moon, being visible throughout Australasia. The Moon is conjunct Rigel and Bellatrix, being at the midpoint of the two. Both Rigel and Bellatrix are said to bring preferment and honors. Rigel especially brings honors with astrological and occult writings. The thing to note with interest will be any military activity. Though these two stars bring military honors, Bellatrix is said to bring honors that end in disaster. Its influence is bold, but belligerent, adventurous but opinionated, and daring. Rigel can bring great success so long as there is sustained effort. On the world stage it will activate points in the charts of the US (Mars), Australia (Pluto), Canada (Venus), Cuba (Mercury, Uranus and Pluto—I would look at hurricanes with that one), Iran (Neptune), North Korea (Jupiter) and England (Mercury).

    The Mars activations of this eclipse will come on 1 Nov 2012, 26 Jun 2013, 9 Oct 2014 and 6 Jun 2015. There will be a Jupiter activation on 4 May 2013. I look for this eclipse to highlight all areas of public demonstration and moves by the same to secure a better future for the populace of the countries in which they occur. We are at a section in the 60-year cycle that is marked by public uprisings, moves to better the conditions of the underclasses and workers and toward better social conditions in general. This eclipse and solar festival will highlight those concerns, given the nature of the symbol for the solar degree. The 'traditional wisdom' indicated by the lunar symbol I see as the down-to-earth wisdom of the average good citizens of the world. In times of need, such as our current world scenario, such wisdom is called forth. In a world where there is a decided lack of political will, the solving of social problems gets taken up by the populace, for good or ill. Let us hope our collective wisdom prevails, rather than our baser reactive, instinctive tendencies.

    As for what this lunar eclipse means in terms of the Sagittarius solar festival, with Sagittarius the theme is always about achievement of goals and then seeing the next great steps ahead. For Sagittarian readers, you are not being short-changed here with the larger explanation of the decanate we are in at the moment. The vision before every person on the path these days is toward a more stable, sustainable future for the whole of the world. These two eclipses—the first one in Sagittarius and the lunar eclipse activating Sagittarius via the solar festival—will have much to offer over the next few years (until 2015 at least) in terms of breaking down barriers to progress, finishing up old karmic scores, opening doors to new initiatives and offering new vistas for growth. These are two powerful eclipses, and we have a lot to look forward to, both individually and historically. Typically these periods in the 60 year cycle see uprisings against repressive regimes and against economic deprivation and divisions of labor, and these go on for several years. The visionary capacity of Sagittarians is needed in these periods, for without guidance such uprisings simply turn into mob rule with no real lasting results. It is time for people of real vision toward better social conditions to step forward. It is this latter point that is highlighted in these two eclipses.

    We see rising violence in the Middle East as people lose their patience with the pace of reforms. We are seeing the same in Europe. Rumblings are starting in the US. If history is any indication, the tempo will rise. However, we should realize from the lessons of history that violent demonstrations usually only serve to give justification to the existing regimes to violently crush any civil unrest. Perhaps the gift that the Piscean Age can leave to the incoming Aquarian Age is one of solidarity instead of violence. In the 20th Century non-violent revolutions based upon civil resistance began to become more and more prevalent. No government can ultimately stand against a resistant populace, so long as the populace is willing to go the distance. We all face certain choices now about wealth, the distribution of resources, the right use of power and about what it means to live a meaningful and fulfilling life in a world that is changing so rapidly. In the West since around 1975 we have witnessed a steady decline in the buying power of our earnings. Our dollars simply do not have the 'bang for the buck' they used to. We work more and more for less and less in many ways. The dream of owning one's own home is fast going by the wayside, for instance. What do we do with this? Do we keep on as before or do we work smarter?

    I am not saying there is an imminent financial collapse or revolutions on the cards. The true revolution will come in our thinking over the decades to come as we realize it is not things, but rising consciousness, which brings happiness. True consciousness is bliss, after all—literally. Thought is power, which opens the door to true and full consciousness, and that leads to a clear sense of direction. 'Direction' is the calling card of Sagittarians. It is what they live. It is how they live. The world needs new visions, new direction, to lead us through this period of adjustment, choice and unrest. All Sagittarian types on the path carry this sense of direction deep within them. It is time to step up and be heard, my Sagittarian friends. Are you up for it? Can you hear the call? What visions will you bring forward with these eclipses in the years to come? We look forward to hear what you have to say. I hope you all have a great holiday season this year. I will do my best to get a letter out before Christmas. Come and visit me on Facebook, too. I will regularly post synopses of these letters on the wall there, along with regular astrological info. There is an offer for subscribers there as well.

    Happy Holidays!
    26 Nov 2011

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    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.
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