Sabian Symbols: A blazing fireplace in a deserted home
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Libra 8 (7° - 8°)
However low we fall from grace, we may be reassured that
there will always be someone to care for us
It is reassuring to know that, however often we may stumble and fall, we can never extinguish the light and fire of Spirit within; as Pope said 'hope springs eternal'. Hope is faith's refusal of faith to die. We can always find a place of spiritual comfort even if it is no more than a stranger advising us to 'keep on keeping on'. Indeed if we do touch bottom and pull ourselves up again, we are noticeably stronger and wiser after that experience, often more compassionate and forgiving too.
A BLAZING FIREPLACE IN A DESERTED HOME
A blazing fireplace in a deserted home
We lose whatever we do not secure against loss
Why does a fire blaze when there is no one at home? It testifies that someone was there recently and suggests someone will be again soon, and has the twin function of guarding against potential intruders, like leaving on a light when we go out, and also establishing homeliness.
We have each created a world that is familiar to us – and on a very deep level it is our home. It includes not only where we eat and sleep; it includes work and social activities too. We have invested our life in this world; nothing material is more precious. Through it and because of it we are rooted into life, anchored safely to a place that sustains and invigorates us.
The blazing fire can only blaze when many factors are attended to; each can be seen as a metaphor for different aspects of the dynamics of life. We need a fireplace, tinder, kindling and logs, probably a woodshed and axe, a lighter or match and also importantly, the motivation to create the blaze. This motivation is the passion we feel to create our unique world and to demonstrate a powerful loyalty to each of the individuals, activities and scenarios that populate it.
This loyalty is a real force that makes things have the tendency to continue steadily in their accustomed function. So even if, for a while, we desert any aspect of our life-world-home, it is still there for us to pick up again when we return – as long as we have a passion for it.
It is to be remembered that we can achieve little or nothing by ourselves, and we need to enlist the helpful support of others to co-create the particulars of our world. This is greatly facilitated when our vision of what is to occur is raised – by our burning desire – to be a dominant force.
This level of clear-focused, passionate self-projection will always create a stir – and we find we have to grow in responsibility to meet the word’s echo of our thrusting attitude. The measure, of how far is our reach, is the level of responsibility we are willing to shoulder and capable of handling.
On the other hand, if we do not fully participate in our own affairs, we find that they are no longer our affairs. Involvement is an intense process of careful, considerate participation, and we lose whatever, by our continued ardent participation, we do not properly secure against loss. Guardianship is mostly seen as attendance to disciplines and routines, for example keeping one’s woodshed stocked, yet occasionally we must defend and protect what we love by the demonstration of passion. This applies to close relationship too.