with Octaves 3
The mi-fa years are
challenging. They represent the third year after the new order created by
the doh years The doh years themselves are positive in nature; the year
that follow (re) is negative. In the third year, consciousness balances
positive and negative and takes stock.
At the ages given above, we are
required to give a response to circumstances in our lives that we will
find difficult. To an outside observer, there may be no obvious evidence
that our circumstances are issuing such a challenge, because it is the
case that at these times our consciousness will make what it requires from
whatever is available. At these ages, we are if you like, predisposed to
make things difficult for ourselves.
For parents of young children who have
only a limited ability to explain what they are experiencing this can be
confusing and worrying.
The outcome will depend upon the
effectiveness of the response that we give to the challenge. And the
response we give is the response we give. There are no second chances
because most of us do not know how to make time go backward. Although we
cannot know what another outcome would have produced, in retrospect we are
usually able to take a view on whether we responded as well as we could.
It is never going to be a case of right or wrong: it is, rather, a matter
of whether what it is that we have set up for ourselves is something with
which we can engage productively. The
quality of the response that we give will be determined to a considerable
degree by the extent our sense
of responsibility for the unfolding of our own lives.
In many responses
the mi-fa years represent a test of responsibility and faith in the
process of living in which we are all engaged.
The fist mi-fa challenge occurs between
2-3 years, when the elemental, which has been supervising the building of
physical vehicle, completes its work and leaves the child to get on with
As noted in the first article in this
series, at this age a health crisis frequently occurs as the child decides
whether to carry on with this incarnation or not. With or without an
obvious physical crisis, a child at this age is likely to be weepy,
insecure and disoriented.
The next mi-fa challenge comes between
9-10 years. It is more subtle in nature than the previous challenge and is
often overshadowed by changes in the outer circumstances especially in
respect of schooling at 11 years. At
9-10 a child’s consciousness begins to open up to the realisation that
one day, he will give an adult expression of who he or she is, with all
that that means biologically and socially. His body is his for life; her
gender is hers for life. This realisation challenges a child to go forward
towards adulthood. Some rise to the challenge, some resist and remain
insistently childlike An increasing number of girls appear to be
commencing menstruation at this age and start showing signs of puberty. If
there is unease about gender, it will often manifest at this age.
The next mi-fa challenge occurs at age
16-17 years and is more readily understood than previous challenges
because it comes at a time when the pressure is on to make choices about
further education and career. In many countries this is the age at which a
child may legally leave school.
This interval occurs in the third
octave of life, which it is itself, a mi-fa interval.
The challenge at
his age is whether to become adult and, again, some will rise to it and
others will resist. Irresponsible teenage behaviour will either settle
down or become more volatile, depending upon the way the child reacts to
In a way that becomes increasingly
obvious as we get older, the mi-fa challenges from age 23 onwards involve
situations that we have set up for ourselves by our own decisions (or lack
At 23-24 a person becomes aware of the
quality of the life that he or she is setting up for himself now that he
is an adult. The realisation may provoke a determined effort to introduce
change or it may simply produce a growing sense of dissatisfaction and
purposelessness. The mid-twenties, however, are not usually associated
with constructive action arising from consciously made a decisions. This
usually comes later at the Saturn Return (28-29).
The challenge at
30-31 arises from the assessment of what was achieved at the Saturn
return, as the focus of consciousness begins to shift off the material
aspects of the lifestyle onto the qualitative. Again, as with previous
challenges, this is rarely the time when adjustments are actually made:
usually the awareness available is that something is missing, but not what
it is or how to address it. This comes later at 35.
Both 23-24 and 30-31 are, therefore,
years associated with a shift in the value system that has yet to find its
way into outer expression.
The challenge at 37-38 is a response to
the creative changes introduced at 35, at which age the sixth octave of
life commences. The focus at this time is usually the material
consequences of those changes. Financially, age 37-38 can be a difficult
time. The effectiveness of the response given to these circumstances will
determine the efficiency with which the new creative direction can
continue to unfold.
The challenge at age 44-45 focuses on
the quality of the creative output and invites adjustments and
Mi-fa challenges will occur again at:
51-2, 58-9, 65-66, 72-3, 79-80,
Increasingly, the challenge becomes one
of whether or not to continue with active, working life and then with life
For a practicing astrologer, awareness
of the octaves of life is of considerable value in the matter of giving
people constructive guidance. Inappropriate expectations and attempts to
act ‘out of time’ are major causes of disappointment and, eventually,
a sense of defeat.
For example, at age 23-24 and again age
30-31, no matter how dissatisfied a person may feel with features of his
or her lifestyle, the time is not yet right for significant outer change
and is better used in keeping the existing structures in place, and to go
within, in order to gain more understanding about what, precisely, change
needs to involve.
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