Sabian Symbols: A large diamond not completely cut
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Cancer 10 (9° - 10°)
To have any chance of realisation, the seeker must undergo serious, committed training in the hands of a good teacher
"Undergoing intense training in self-improvement"
We can copy experts and we can move forward intuitively but if we are to take seriously our journey from rough stone to polished, sparkling diamond, then we must be transformed at the hands of a master (if we can actually find a real one!). To become a master we need to be trained in mastery - and this typically requires diligence, tenacity, willingness to endure, and a healthy measure of humility.
A LARGE DIAMOND IN THE FIRST STAGES OF THE CUTTING PROCESS
A large diamond in the first stages of the cutting process
Our connections are supportive of our life progression.
A diamond appears as an uninteresting chunk of glass until it is cut by an expert, yet it carries extraordinary latency of influence and beauty. Power and beauty are so often intertwined. The process of cutting and polishing for bringing out the diamond’s inner flourish is valid – as indeed it is metaphorically for personality.
As the symbolic diamond of self is worked, so our personal reality is endowed with expanded dimensions of significance. All our connections and experiences are primarily supportive of our personal life progression – from what could be, to what is.
The skills and arts we develop have equivalence to those of the diamond-polisher. The world around us becomes somewhat dependent upon them as a means to bring to form that which otherwise only exists in its latent potential. Our values thus become an integrated aspect of our life by having a degree of influence over the circumstances of people we know.
With this level of awareness and attitude of approach we may become a shaping force – with a very effective gift for dramatising the potentialities of everything at hand. People around us change and grow.
Our journey through life is a pilgrimage as we encounter the lower planes of existence and, through some service, reveal the higher meanings we have ourselves come to understand and embody.
The justification of any person is typically sought through their impact upon the world at large and the people around them. Not only the extent of this, but the quality, is assessed as the ‘measure of man’.
It is ultimately futile to lean upon any static version of self, counting honours and possessions as though the past is real. What we are at this moment is an unrealised powerhouse of spiritual potential that yearns to be known for what we are in essence.