Sabian Symbols: A finger pointing in an open book
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Taurus 21 (20°- 21°)
CAREFUL DISCRIMINATION OF WISDOM
A balance must be found between receiving guidance
and self-determination of wisdom
"Balancing guidance with self-determination"
Seeking guidance, it is sometimes helpful to use the oracular function of sacred texts by opening such a book at random for example, and intuitively discovering personal meaning in a line. Yet, taken too far, this can create an over-dependence and diminish self-reliance so that personal will and freedom of choice are inappropriately sacrificed.
A FINGER POINTING TO A LINE IN AN OPEN BOOK
A finger pointing to a line in an open book
A finger pointing in an open book
We need values and goals in order to determine truth from fancy
A book that records some small part of our racial wisdom is ineffective except to the extent that it is read, and understood, by a contemporary student seeking to confirm and develop their own ideas.
The power of the human mind needs to be held in focus to be creative and useful. It is by pursuing our purposes and interests that we can pull the attention to a sharp point.
By this process, we hone our insights and become empowered to reach out into the world of events and phenomena. We learn to shape them and so find our own way to delve into life’s unexplored potentials.
Power of discrimination
We need values and goals in order to determine truth from fancy. What doesn’t work for us doesn’t work, so we reject it. We are thus made capable of a fine power of discrimination.
Each complete rearrangement of human affairs has its own significance, and we yearn to penetrate its meaning on an entirely personal level. Concepts and theory are the dry speculations of philosophies, yet all of us want to validate wisdom in the context of our own worldly reality.
We are bound to adjust the hypotheses of others to be in accordance with our own experiences. If wisdom teachings do not fit usefully – to help us live normal lives – then we will find our own particular way to rectify them to suit our special purposes.
Otherwise, through blind obedience to the written word, we become automatons enslaved by the persuasions of those who have the will and confidence to proclaim and pontificate.