Sabian Symbols: A flock of wild geese
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Aries 12 (11°- 12°)
The existence and supremacy of a spiritual,
higher order in life is a matter of faith
There exists a higher, cosmic order, which stands above, beneath and within everything that human society tries to control. It is this: that each of us is free. And when all of us express this freedom spontaneously and in good faith, then all is right in the heavens.
A TRIANGULARLY SHAPED FLIGHT OF WILD GEESE
A triangularly shaped flight of wild geese
A flock of wild geese
Involvements lack meaning unless they lead eventually towards spiritual liberation
No matter what life circumstances arise, no matter what challenges and temptations there are to face, no matter how noble the aspirations we embody, there is one quality that can never be beaten down – we all want freedom. Insouciance means being carefree or unconcerned and light-hearted.
This is the true essential core of personality and is irresistible in every single aspect of life experience. This absolute indomitable freedom-urge speaks to us of our immortality and our spiritual heritage through the innocent imperative of independence.
It is this that allows us to have the expectation that our ideals will all be fulfilled, and cosmic obligations towards us met. We trust in this because in the end that is what freedom means – that we get what we want.
What we know sets us free; yet knowledge, to be raised to the level of wisdom, requires experience – and therefore involvement. If we want involvement then we must invest our freedom. We may forget the freedom-feeling when we concentrate upon the inherent challenges, yet our ability to rise above things is ever-present. An aspect of humanity is its gift to be spirit-like, free from burdens. No matter how important we become or how burdensome our responsibilities may be, an inner voice cries ‘freedom!’
Free as birds
When geese are seen to rise above it all, the picture of insouciance, they are as free as birds – yet they are slavishly obeying their undeviating characteristic migration. We too are absolutely free to do whatever it is that we must do – a beautiful paradox.
As a personal characteristic, this quality could become a very selfish attitude that actually does very little to add real value to self. We need to guard against an irresponsible, wasteful lack of focus that amounts to nothing more than reckless negligence.
It’s a thin line between this and the high spiritually valid pursuit of one’s unique, creative destiny, detached from inappropriate burdens and fruitless anxiety. There is, at the core of our eternal being, an absolute sense of our cosmic birth-right to be free to choose every step of our path throughout eternity, whether embodied or as spirit. This sense is the fundament of all existence and is more powerful and pervasive than all else. However much we get cajoled by society – oppressed and brainwashed, emotionally blackmailed and simply deceived – still we know deep down that freedom is the absolute eternal truth of life.