Sabian Symbols: A barn dance
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Gemini 22 (21° - 22°)
CHANNELLED RELEASE OF EMOTION
Emotion is a normal aspect of being human and therefore has a proper place in the natural order of life
The industrial city life with factories, and therefore worker unrest, is contrasted by the pastoral village life where it is normal to celebrate the swings and roundabouts of our feelings, which are more in tune with the seasons and rhythms of Nature. As a healthy society includes both cities and villages, so a healthy person includes both intellectual and emotional drives and values.
DANCING COUPLES IN A HARVEST FESTIVAL
Dancing couples in a harvest festival
Our values, ideals, aspirations and prospects depend on community exchanges
A compelling motivation for us all is to obtain satisfaction through being exactly what we are – whatever circumstances we find ourselves engaged in. This delivers self-assurance and its attendant sense of confidence and appropriateness.
As we emerge out of the self-centredness of early childhood, we learn that we need to balance give and take in how we connect with others. Exchanges take place on the level of trade and social interactions, and these must have both parties feeling fairly treated for the relationship to last and flourish.
At a barn dance we meet various members of the community – some close to us, some more distant – and the success of the event is assured by everyone’s willingness to share this rich experience. We should not take gregariousness for granted; it speaks to a general background atmosphere of security, trust and openness towards strangers.
The event shows of our own willingness to participate in society, and enjoy the fruits of an easy division of labour. Some prepare food, some play music and some are there just to dance.
This is just one example of how it is sometimes entirely appropriate to plunge into life’s opportunities for the joy of communal involvement. Though we so often forget, we depend upon society for everything we are and everything we have – including as a matrix that gives form to our ideals and aspirations.
It is inappropriate therefore to engage at only a superficial level and only put our petty indulgences out into the world. We are encouraged to share passion, to reveal our nakedness of feelings, and the vulnerabilities and strengths that give us our special characteristics.
If we restrict what we offer, we necessarily limit what we can receive. It is pointless and self-defeating, raising caution as greater than trust, fear greater than love.