Sabian Symbols: A lost opportunity is regained in the imagination
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Aries 27 (26°- 27°)
UNDETERRED FAITH IN PURSUIT OF IDEALS
Re-evaluation of what success is
"Having faith in attainable ideals and
learning to avoid disappointment"
Self-development takes place on a trial and error basis; it is process not outcome that matters and without set-backs we cannot perfect faith, the true prize. When we fail to achieve our intended purpose then we must adjust our orientation of intent, considering again what success really looks like on the deepest levels.
THROUGH IMAGINATION A LOST OPPORTUNITY IS REGAINED
Through imagination a lost opportunity is regained
A lost opportunity is regained in the imagination
We constantly re-create our lives and characteristics out of our imagination
Life is a game of snakes-and-ladders, and we must find a way to avoid certain of the snakes, and also limit the reach of their downward thrust. To deal with setbacks, optimise gains and minimise losses, we must put some safeguards in place. This is done by setting a foundation table, below which we simply can never fall. This baseline is probably best expressed as qualities – truth, justice, non-violence and self-control for example.
At core, we are immortal beings, whose essential purpose is to recreate inner characteristics as our outer identity. This is like a river, ever-changing yet seemingly constant; it reformulates itself in every moment. Of key importance is the ability to take effective command of ourselves and find ways to be more than a pawn buffeted around by external superficial situations.
Life usually isn’t smooth for very long. Every step we take is met by resistance, and big steps meet big resistance. The youthful fool runs helter-skelter into any mountainous challenge, showing their skills and celebrating their exuberance of energy. Not everyone learns from their mistakes, some seem to re-enact their faults perpetually as though caught in a treadmill. The more astute person will establish a base-camp before moving forward, and firmly claim and establish new territory before setting off to higher goals.
Using creative imagination to find new opportunities, the wise become authors of their own destiny and they work to well-defined principles and plans. This wisdom is the fruit harvested from earlier enthusiasm. Principles are firm constraints that enable difficult questions to be resolved without too much soul-searching. The soul has already searched, and decided in principle, so we simply need to fall in with its guidelines.
Plans have the effect of shaping the mind clearly so it projects a better, more efficient intention upon the field of possibility. The formula of our life-plan is always a work-in-progress, and we need continually to reformulate strategies if we are to do better than we did. This is the key to mastery – never-ending adaptation and improvement as we are directed to greater accomplishments in response to our particular desire-nature.
Frequent disappointments, frustrations and false starts simply lead to defeatism and self-pity as a retreat from reality. Sadly, it has to be observed, this describes most people in today’s world. This indulgence of self-pity is thoroughly demoralising, and is entirely avoided in a fully mature adult.
Without making mistakes, we make nothing. Not every bit of the energy invested in consolidation is always well-spent. But over time it usually is; anyway it’s insurance, so part of its value is to offer peace of mind.