Sabian Symbols: A drowning man rescued
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Scorpio 11 (10° - 11°)
ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL
There is an inherent attitude of willingness to take care of strangers in danger that defines our humanity
"Readiness to care for others of our species"
When we consider what it is about our race that distinguishes us as the rightful stewards of our planet we perhaps would say ‘our humanity’. By this we mean that we have an in-built sense of responsibility for the well-being of others, even strangers and, if they are in peril, we would even risk our own safety for them
A DROWNING MAN IS BEING RESCUED
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A drowning man is being rescued
Projecting faith into the future makes us safe from danger
The image is of rescue; we get in danger and are saved. We have to learn that it is faith that ensures this, as a reliable foundation for all our adventures. If we project our faith into the future with enthusiasm, then we are safe from succumbing to danger. Certainly there is risk – how else would there be adventure? Yet faith is of spirit and is inviolable. Our general picture of a mature, wise individual is of one who is not drowning, who is always safe from life’s vicissitudes and emotionality.
The general population by contrast is given to hysteria. This is a condition whereby a strong, often dangerous, feeling is transmitted throughout a group, overwhelming the possibility of the individual to act rationally. Transient excitement dominates the person, who then makes decisions based on silly ideas. The most obvious example is when Cupid strikes, but political propaganda and football games, pop music and TV programmes are all included here.
The antidote for this form of mental disability is mostly found in our relationship with Nature, and the resultant sense of beauty, tranquillity and wonder that soothes the heart. The assumption made here is that our communing with the real physical world is an expression of a spiritual dimension to our lives.
It takes a degree of courage to practise enthusiasm and faith – since it will typically be challenged and attract the strong possibility of becoming marginalised in society, a society of the fearful.
This eagerness to live is the hallmark of soul consciousness. The soul is the eternal aspect of our individual existence, and has no need to settle for anything less than fulfilment. As long as it has enthusiasm, it will engage repeatedly with any scenario it chooses, until it has come to the understanding required.
The corrective processes of life often operate when we are close to ultimate danger – at real risk of loss of life and limb – because certain biological and psychological functions are only awakened in emergencies. If we avoid physical danger then we cannot strengthen these aspects of our nature, and we are diminished.
When we notice ourselves feeling fearless and indestructible, when we throw caution to the wind, when we have faith that whatever occurs, all will be well – then, and only then, we are in alignment with soul consciousness.