Sabian Symbols: A man dreaming of fairies
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
5th degree of Virgo (4° - 5°)
The imagination creates forms in order to make real what otherwise would never be expressed or understood
There are subtle levels of energy that surround and permeate us and everything else, even scientists and dry philosophers can agree on this, and one way or another most of us can perceive and even feel it. Yet for us to bring that feeling into better awareness we must name it and give it a form typically through anthropomorphism. In our imagination we turn flows and concentrations of energy into stories that read like fairy tales in order better to know the unknowable.
A MAN BECOMING AWARE OF NATURE SPIRITS AND NORMALLY UNSEEN SPIRITUAL AGENCIES
A man becoming aware of nature spirits and normally unseen spiritual agencies
Dreams are the coin of both inner and outer experiences
Dreams can be seen as psychological indicators during sleep, yet we use the same word to describe fairy stories with naïve, unrealistic endings. In this latter case, reality is partly flouted and the hard facts of the material world are not fully respected. However, they do facilitate our access to states of truth and beauty,
In this second case our dreams have an expanded purpose since they speak to us of our folklore roots. This sponsors greater width and depth of our resourcefulness of imagination, as we reach a sense of communion not only with our fellows but also with eternal archetypes, sometimes called ‘the gods’.
When we participate in them as children, we become wide-eyed and credulous, transported to a world of make believe. So powerful is the effect of storytime that it binds together an adult community and informs its politics and economics – for example at Christmas or at the movie theatre.
It is insightful and wise to use them as the coin of both inner and outer experiences since, though insubstantial, the fact is that these dreams significantly influence the everyday world. They regulate every part of our outlook upon life. Outlook is perception – and perception shapes experience.
We shape the contours of the mind by the way we think, and the dreaming mind is no less capable of being reshaped by fairies than by electricity bills. The first probably has a more empowering influence than the second, and can be used creatively to sharpen the focus of our attention towards desired, positive goals. The mind is the most powerful of all our instruments of manifestation, and its primary tool is imagination.
More than this, it is our dreams that persuade others, not our reasons. Dreams are the foretaste of human achievement. The fairy story always seeds reality; first we imagine – and then what follows that is the disciplined plan, and the building.
It is important to reflect that without the reckless courage to say what has never before been said, we are constrained to serve those who do speak up. The visionary gives voice to their own vision, while the silent ones serve somebody else’s.