Sabian Symbols: A gold rush
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Scorpio 6 (5° - 6°)
LONGING FOR MORE
Greed is a distortion of a deeper and more wholesome
appetite for increasing our life experience
The capacity of Scorpio to intensify feelings at any cost can be expressed as a greed for wealth as a means of becoming more closely involved with society, although it is not so much the gold that is the issue as the intensity of involvement. Equally there is a noticeable acceleration of the pace of life as a seeker’s avidity for experience grows with each new aspect of realisation, and until that appetite is met they can be quickly drawn into any promise of deeper involvement.
THE GOLD RUSH TEARS MEN AWAY FROM THEIR NATIVE SOIL
The gold rush tears men away from their native soil
Possibility is made known by those who creatively reach out and make claims
Let’s first make the observation that gold-rush greed is a distortion of a quality – and it is a great danger risked by those who have ambition. Yet ambition itself has positive aspects – the urge towards self-disclosure and self-improvement. The world’s possibilities are made known by those who reach out and re-create them.
It is easy for us to determine that appetite itself is wrong – but typically it is those unable to achieve wealth that make such a determination. People who rush towards the opportunity for superabundance are freely expressing an almost universal drive towards betterment.
How can we really doubt that material abundance is an aspect of achievement – since evidence of this is all around us? Genuine enterprise is the outpouring of enthusiasm and appreciation of plenty, and typically it wins its own rewards.
We are challenged by life – and this is our great good fortune, because otherwise we would not and could not evolve. That which pulls us through the trials is so often the prospect of reward. The greater benefit is in personal development, yet the motivation is frequently more venal.
It shows intelligence when we direct our attention and energy in pursuit of a goal, and it shows initiative when we exploit natural resources to achieve our ends and fulfil our desires.
Any lack of discrimination, an irresistible desire for easy money, and indeed any unbalance between taking and giving, needs to be carefully considered and addressed. Ecology is the study of sustainability – and applies on a personal level as well as global. If we are out of kilter, then certainly our health will suffer – whether mental, emotional or physical, or indeed all three.
A deeper contemplative approach to this question shows how we rail against superficiality and denial of potential. We feel as gods – we want what we want. Instinctively we expect fulfilment as a given – and yet the world generally speaks through the language of scarcity and disappointment. It is altogether healthier if we choose to be independent of this sickness of pessimism, and strike out seeking our fortune.