Sabian Symbols: A houseboat party
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Leo 19 (18° - 19°)
PERMISSION TO BEHAVE WILDLY
It is healthy to 'let your hair down' occasionally
"Spending time unconstrained by polite society"
Whereas some social events are subject to firm guidelines about behaviour, more youthful types have parties that allow people to spend some time on 'the other side of the tracks'. There is a bohemian quality to them and behaviour tends to be more eccentric, liberal and extreme. These events contribute hugely to society's unconscious need to evolve - by examining rigidity and seeing how far margins can be pushed. This is how knowledge itself branches out.
A HOUSEBOAT PARTY
A houseboat party
Culture evolves as we open up to the muse and relax into our creative side
Being congenial at a house boat party – this reminds us that in order to preserve the specialness of what is special, we need to seal off parts of our life so to protect them from intrusion. Work is better done when we are focused on work; play is better done when we focus on play. Taking time off work to support play is clearly important – and we need to show how well we understand this in fact not just words.
Generally, people think and talk as though they prefer to relax than to work, yet really their actions offer a different narrative. Many work with an attitude that doesn’t support happiness – perhaps they feel pressured by heavy responsibilities, financial burdens, or a work-ethic culture. It is by no means obvious that work carried out with such an approach adds much true value to their lives.
It may well be true that even dull routines can be made exalted by the right attitude of mind; nevertheless, if we are to be effective, then we need to make time for pleasantness and relaxation, and certainly as a relief from working periods.
Our work contributes to the world at large – but then so does our relaxation. This is not often understood, let alone seen as wisdom.
We acknowledge culture as emblematic of the soul of a community; it is the fruit of complex and far-reaching cooperative community effort. When the creative relax into their creativity, then what arises is a culture of beauty.
Of course, we need not overdo the down-time. Such congeniality as shown at a party is exceptional behaviour, rather than part of the routine. If we over-indulge, then we lose focus and become ineffective and dull.
So we remember to completely let go of work for a while, because it serves the community. Also it is important to open up to the muse through the creative processes, which are best stimulated with the mind in repose.