Sabian Symbols: A harem
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Virgo 7 (6° - 7°)
BEING, NOT DOING
We tend to emphasise strongly that which we are doing without giving much attention simply to being what we are
"Unemotional acceptance of what cannot be changed"
In that life has its special moments of passion and desire-fulfilment, there must always be the times between, the dull, low periods when we are waiting. In this emptiness there is opportunity to deepen our sense of who and what we are through inwardness and reflection. It is not necessary to fill one's time simply to stay busy and thereby avoid the feelings of being temporarily unwanted or irrelevant.
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To focus on what is important, we need to insulate ourselves from intrusion
Members of a harem are severely restrained, yet this enforced conservation of energies need not become a surrender of basic ideals. Whatever principles we stand for must be independent of circumstances, or they are not principles.
There is a natural fellowship to be found with others who are similarly constrained, yet this connection is based on lesser values. We need to be careful not to reinforce our self-pity by spending time only with others in the same difficult position as we are. This amounts to self-betrayal for momentary ease.
Comfort of any stripe needs to be carefully monitored so that it remains a source of recuperation and relief, rather than a motivation for its own sake.
The truly courageous person will express a complete disregard of limitation and, at any cost, reject terms. There can be no compromise on matters of principle.
To claim our fullest potential in life, to become the best imaginable version of ourselves, then we are required to struggle to overcome. Knowing this, we learn to welcome apparent constraints as challenges, thoroughly necessary for struggle even to exist.
We all have plenty of examples where the limitations imposed by regimentation trigger great improvements in the development of character. Certain situations insulate us from life so that we can better concentrate on the difficult task at hand. The military is one example, the priesthood another. The withdrawal from one aspect of reality is a means to re-grasp it in another – and some of us need this level of constraint, otherwise we simply cannot focus on, or even discover, what is of greatest importance to us.
We can assume then that what currently restricts us is in place simply to support our growth, and will persist only until we have developed the power or imagination to break free of it. Resistance only increases the persistence; so we learn to surrender to the truth that sometimes we need to struggle.
Commentary from Rochelle Beaty
A community adhering to rules, beliefs, and restrictions that have been in practice for many lifetimes. Some seduced by materialistic comforts and status never questioning the invisible chains that bind them. Fear and insecurity prevent some from reaching inwards to a more enriching journey, seeing beyond the veils and awakening to the endless possibilities that awaits them.
Their world is only limited by the restrictions and beliefs that they have accepted. Through faith in oneself, one may begin to seek what is in their hearts, calling them to unlock the patterns and beliefs that enslave them. Seeing beyond the immediate. Not settling to merely exist.
On another level:
A community of souls all serving something bigger than themselves. A common thread of fate that connects them. In order for harmony to exist, the community must work together to the benefit of the greater whole. I see in this symbol, the divine feminine, Mother Earth (Virgo and her esoteric ruler the moon). We as humanity, we as a community, need to help serve and heal her.