Sabian Symbols: A case of apoplexy
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Leo 1 (0° - 1°)
MANAGING THE FIERY LIFE-FORCE
An extreme level of emotional vitality requires an extraordinary degree of self-management to avoid danger
"Moderating our feelings of self-importance"
Although fire is a vitalising energy without which no life can exist, it is of course also very dangerous. On a psychological level the fire in the heart, which is exemplified by Leo as courage, confidence, enthusiasm and creativity, can also become dangerous if it 'goes to the head'. The danger is that the ego's self-love becomes overblown and unrealistic and in the extreme case if thwarted can give rise to red-faced, uncontrolled, apoplectic anger. It requires great strength of character fully to embody the life-force in our personality without losing poise and perspective.
BLOOD RUSHES TO A MAN’S HEAD AS HIS VITAL ENERGIES ARE MOBILISED UNDER THE SPUR OF AMBITION
Blood rushes to a man’s head as his vital energies are mobilised under the spur of ambition.
To enjoy life we must risk death
Some people would rather die than give up their right to be exactly who they are. Apoplexy – a life threatening bleeding of internal organs – here symbolises the sense we can have that our very life-force would drain away if we did not express ourselves fully and immediately.
As adults, certain spontaneous child-like qualities tend to become less frequently seen, and one of them is the emphasis of continuity between being and doing. Identity needs to manifest unreservedly into behaviour for it to be real and realised.
There is something profoundly informative within this image. It suggests that we need to risk death in order truly to live. Rather than be thwarted in our desires, we would pay the highest price.
This impulsive quality is very empowering, and some will find it overwhelming. However, it can create a very stable personality that mobilises a great deal of personal potential.
Also, it is highly creative. Even in day to day expression, the various ways to be ourselves will decorate the circumstances of events and relationships in our life.
Naturally, if we want to maintain a good connection within our social group, we will need to moderate the tendency to be self-indulgent and impose upon others.
The wisdom is that when we resist nothing, we become irresistible. This means that a complete lack of inhibition can be a very successful life strategy.