Sabian Symbols: A child of about five with a huge shopping bag
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Capricorn 19 (18° - 19°)
Taking on heavy burdens will accelerate our process of growth yet
needs to be carefully managed to avoid exhaustion
"Taking on, and managing, difficult challenges"
The rush of life is a relatively recent development, underwritten by the electronic age and the information blast of recent times; it is because humanity is accelerating helter-skelter towards a major shift point in our race’s evolution. We are all getting caught up in the spin and often asked, or forced, to take on tasks that seem a little too demanding and for which we feel unready. Yet we must have faith that we are up to the challenge. Nothing can come to us that we have not attracted and for which we have the potential qualities and abilities.
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD CHILD CARRYING A BAG FILLED WITH GROCERIES
A five-year-old child carrying a bag filled with groceries
The heart enjoys service for its own sake, so we each have an inherent desire to be helpful
The image is of a child with great expectations, and this indirectly speaks of the wonderful recompense that life offers to one who is innocent enough to respond to the inner sense of being helpful simply as a normal aspect of being a person.
As a person grows in maturity and wisdom, their identity becomes well defined; it becomes less relevant to conform indiscriminately to passing, popular fads, which are essentially self-serving. The spiritual dimension awakens, as does the sense of our ability, duty and privilege to help others.
There is an inherent desire within each of us to offer to our community the fullest reach of our skills and efforts. In fact, unless we do then we cannot develop them, so the desire is actually completely natural.
The responsibility we feel for the welfare of others, even strangers, is evidence of a good heart and a mature personality. There is wisdom in the knowledge that what we do is eventually returned to us, and that we cannot exist at all without the support of our community – so of course we serve. Yet also we need to remember that the heart enjoys service for its own sake.
Considerable personal advantage derives from this approach. The same sensitivity that is used to notice others’ needs is employed to notice opportunity. At root, perhaps counter-intuitively, our ready inclination to help others, and our inclination to help ourselves, is in essence the same – because by looking for the opportunity to serve, we constantly realise and keep alive our readiness to seize self-serving opportunity.
Not only does this assist our own development, it also promotes in us the knack of seeing the best in others, and understanding their potentials and opportunities too. Sometimes it takes nothing more than a person seeing a quality or capability in another to awaken it.
As a result of practising a general willingness to help, we become very capable in expanding the breadth of our life experience – and actually we assist our fellows in doing the same thing.