Sabian Symbols: A hydrometer
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Aquarius 26 (25° - 26°)
We overcome nature with machines and so power goes to those with a knowledge of how these machines work technologically
"Measurement and study of how things work"
When primitives faced the daily risk of starvation, cold and wild animals, their survival instincts created a compelling motivation to develop technologies to cope. From building fires to making wheels and yokes for oxen, there was a slow but inexorable trek to inventing cars and mobile phones. Whether it is a hydrometer to maintain our car batteries, or a charger for our phones, the operation of technology demands of us the mental capacity to manage machines. This shapes the collective mind of humanity, and this shaping process – which must not lead us to deny what is entirely of the earth – is nonetheless a necessary aspect of our evolution.
We learn to find a way somehow to turn everything around to our advantage
A hydrometer is something that measures an aspect of physical reality, and points to one of the facilities we have – powers of immediate analysis – which enable us to achieve commonplace, practical goals with efficiency. Measurement is an aspect of coping well with, and to some extent controlling, material reality.
By this process we gain the full assurance of an intelligent ordering to be found throughout the world of everyday realities. Without this, life would be absolutely terrifying.
Worrying, especially over trifles, is entirely self-defeating. So having assurance of guaranteed, predictable continuity is empowering. We know when the Sun will rise, when the tide will be full and when to plant our seeds to gain optimum benefit from climate conditions; this assurance is not to be taken lightly.
We come to see that a very real cooperation of natural conditions and forces may be enlisted for any project of special concern.
We need to learn the operating principles that govern the environment we choose to influence. By this process, we learn that we can take more responsibility for what occurs, to shape events to suit our own convenience, and therefore master of our lives and destinies.
An aspect of this is to choose – and to learn how – to capitalise on any difficulties that arise. This is essential optimism – find a way somehow to turn everything around to our advantage, including words, resources, difficulties and disappointments.
Thus we gain an exceptional ability in manipulating the fundamental complexities of living, and come to enjoy the challenges as means to further development of our powers, in the full certainty that, whatever occurs, we end up better off.