Sabian Symbols: A man unmasked
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Aquarius 18 (17° - 18°)
THE TRUTH ALWAYS OUTS IN THE END
No matter how cleverly we hide our secrets,
they are invariably exposed
It is quite often necessary or expedient to keep secret what we do and what we think because the power of governments and social pressure encroach upon our individual freedom of self-expression. Punishment (albeit mild when compared to being burned at the stake) is not uncommon even today when certain esoteric practices are exposed. Yet a truly successful life is lived openly because we come to find our place where to be safe and fully self-expressive.
A MAN'S SECRET MOTIVES ARE BEING PUBLICLY UNMASKED
A man's secret motives are being publicly unmasked
A healthy curiosity about the whys and wherefores in human eccentricities is the secret of self-revelation
The human species, and of course any individual, is capable of the most exceptional ineptitude. Evidence of such folly abounds – and we see how countries and people behave as though they were absolved from any accountability for their profound lack of grasp of the relationship between cause and effect. Yet we are all accountable and we should find a way to avoid generic thoughtlessness, or silly activity.
Immortal curiosity, which inevitably motivates an intelligent person, sponsors a never-ending trial-and-error process of behaviour; life is to be seen as a laboratory for our ideas and spirit of enquiry. Often people are self-defeating in their stubbornness. Even an amoeba will adjust its angle of approach in response to received information – “this doesn’t work, don’t do it”. Yet, as intelligent beings, we ourselves are tasked not only to notice that it doesn’t work but to understand why.
It’s good to remember that these experiments are not without purpose; we have a goal. We are each trying to find more wonderful reasons for our existence. The advanced human is dedicated to become unmasked on the eternal path to self-discovery and self-expression.
This may appear counter-intuitive to one whose raison d’être is to be in service to the greater good. Yet we find that the path towards the realisation of universal connectedness lies first in development of self. We will never become a fully realised servant of others until we are fully realised masters of self. In the end we may learn to trust the community and repudiate self-reliance, yet we must do that from a position of strength not need.
The pursuit of knowledge is an aspect of compassion, is a way to serve, and is constantly shifting its focus as times change. Various activities – stargazing around a stone-age camp fire to find patterns in the moving lights above, puzzling how to control social networking preferences on Facebook, or getting to grips with the String Theory – are not fundamentally different in essence; they share the spirit of enquiry.
It is true that we demand that people make themselves fully accountable to the community because we feel that that is a requirement if the general welfare of all is to be attended to.
And yet we have the constant urge to support an individual’s private interpretation of how this might be for them. This calls for us to unmask them and penetrate the depth of motivations that underpins eccentricities of human activity. Ready as we ever are to surrender and feel life just as it is, we are nevertheless equally compelled towards the analysis of why it is so.
A man unmasked
Commentary from Richard Grey
I do think this is very much about truth (No). Who am I (No)? And, who do I think (Hello) I am? What are the consequences (Sorry), for myself and others, of that truth (No)? What does it mean (Hello) in terms of the actions I take (Goodbye)? Do I want to continue to hide? Or shall I unmask myself (Goodbye)? I suspect it is much better if an individual chooses or decides to unmask themselves (Goodbye) rather than being unmasked by another (which could either be unkind or 'tough love' - unmasking by others appearing to be Rudhyar's stance). What comes first? The person (the baby, the unspoiled child, a pure soul) without a mask (No). It's conditioning and social pressure that often results in someone (all of us?) covering or masking ourselves in order to fit in, yet our essence, our truth, remains the same.
So, I think, on reflection, No is more appropriate here. I am this. Not that. An even though my true self may be masked sometimes, whether to myself and/or others, and I and others may be curious about whether this or that behaviour is 'true', the curiosity is about the truth.