Sabian Symbols: A master instructing his pupil
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Pisces 19 (18°- 19°)
Knowledge is kept alive by teachers who pass their information, understandings and materials to their students
The functionality in our winning support for our ideas is an aspect of the Work. It is of individual worth to study, learn and grow yet there is a greater imperative – that the special knowledge must be invested in furtherance so that the line continues. There is a stream of spiritual awareness passed from teacher to student, and the more committed students become teachers and keep the tradition alive. Within Sufism this is called the silsila, known also as the transmission.
A MASTER INSTRUCTING HIS DISCIPLE
A master instructing his disciple
Teachers guide us to places in the psyche that we don’t even know exist
A master instructing his pupil is an enduring image of the principle of elucidation – bringing clarity. Throughout the ages, knowledge has been passed down as one lucidly demonstrates to another special skills, understandings and codes of conduct.
Most people desire to live by the rule of the power-possessors – who propagate lies and half-truths to control the masses through popular concepts of empty knowledge – but the true student wants to avoid this at all costs. Therefore further study is needed, and this must be outside the mainstream educational system, and it must include both rational and non-rational aspects of the psyche so that true understanding is attained, rather than mere repetition of fact and opinion.
Personality is validated to the extent that it directs its own destiny, and this is only ever facilitated and expanded by furthering both our spiritual understandings and our worldly talents.
High executive ability evolves through gaining knowledge; this requires patient investigation – and the genuine psychological insights that come arise as much from understanding ourselves as our fellows.
Life entreats every individual to employ all their privileges and enjoy Nature’s munificent bounty, and will always give every encouragement to the initiative of spirit by which they are led to so do. Our enterprising exploration of life’s mysteries is therefore always supported, because knowledge desires to be known, as much as life desires to be lived.
Self-refinement is the process by which we gain greater understandings of ourselves. Through this it is possible to learn of any appropriate re-orientations currently indicated as useful shifts of perception and direction. It is very rare for this to be possible without guidance, because we are mostly in denial of our shadow side, and cannot see the imperfections of character that must necessarily be addressed if we are to progress fully.
Elucidation is essentially a symbol of unlimited potentiality. It arises out of the demand by human intelligence for a stake in any larger dimension they can imagine must exist in a world they have not yet opened up for themselves. We are drawn to our teachers so that they can guide us to places in the psyche that we don’t yet even know exist – except for a vague feeling that ‘surely they must?’