Sabian Symbols: A man's head
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
1st degree of Virgo (0° - 1°)
The way in which we are unique can best be understood by grasping the significance of exactly where we are and why
In the process of personal evolution it is true that we must begin by making a claim upon life according to how we feel to be different from others. Yet it is no less true to give to that uniqueness the perspective of context - by being able to see where we fit in the larger picture and grasping comprehension of the overarching form that characterises this present moment. We need to learn how to serve the greater purposes of our species by identifying what is and what is not appropriate.
IN A PORTRAIT, THE SIGNIFICANT FEATURES OF A MAN'S HEAD ARE ARTISTICALLY EMPHASISED
In a portrait, the significant features of a man's head are artistically emphasised
Ever-present self-assurance expresses an effective fullness of character
No one will ever be able to affirm our highest worth but ourselves. To express the fullness of character certainly requires an effective self-assurance to be central and ever-present, yet self-betrayal is inevitable should this lead to self-overestimation through vanity.
There are rewards – a multitude of toys and compliments – made available to those who learn to apply themselves to the exacting demands of a path of self-proclamation. These trinkets of fame and fortune are as ephemeral and inconsequential as the gifts in a Christmas cracker, yet pleasing and helpful to focus the mind.
However, the real juice is the prestige that is well-deserved and hard-won – such as a wreath of laurel leaves placed on the head, which endows a person of distinction with legitimate honour.
We see in the head of a man the full maturity of his being. We can read there much of his history and aspirations, loves and fears – and the extent of his alignment with his own sense of personal integrity.
Life’s struggles and openings allow us – and cause us – to make known and clear those things which we hold to have special importance and give meaning to our lives. Our ideals are brought to bear upon our situations as we pursue our goals. In this way, great dignity can accrue to ambition.
At a fairly advanced level of personal achievement, we find that others have come to depend upon us as a direct result of our having willingly taken on certain responsibilities. This is made possible by our confidence in our self-determined set of values that add up to a code and path.
In some mysterious way this formula engenders a supreme clarity of vision that cuts through the fog of what may be, to create a path of what must be. Opportunities to shine emerge and attract us so that we continuously accelerate towards greater and greater self-realisation.