Sabian Symbols: A merry-go-round
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Virgo 6 (5° - 6°)
COMING TO TERMS WITH THE LIFE FORCE
Life has its ups and downs, its cycles and habits of repetition, nevertheless we can achieve something lasting
Like a Merry-Go-Round, our emotional life is both cyclic and up and down, and the development of character requires us to find the poise, or at least self-control, to deal with the changes. Implicit within our coping with life is that we can handle the life-force, especially in the sexual context.
Being open to recreation is a valuable way to cultivate creativity and reorient ourselves in life
It is well within the normal everyday experience of people to seek diversion. Such pleasure is the simplest possible form of creative exchange, and engages us in a healthy relaxing way with the lighthearted side of life.
We can usually learn more, and learn more easily, through play than work. So occasionally we need to look up from our tasks to have fun, and be willing to demonstrate openness to new activities and scenarios. What might develop from this is increased receptiveness to the opportunity hidden in each normal life situation.
It is no small thing to bring amusement into life just for its own sake, although most people become wrapped up attending to responsibilities and ardently pursuing ambitions.
Shifts and changes are, to some extent, novel and also somewhat cyclical – a merry-go-round of copycat experiences. We repeatedly choose the same kind of situations until we fully assimilate their lessons – and the encounters tend to intensify and become increasingly demanding so that we are forced to address issues.
To awaken further personal potentialities, we probably need to play more. It’s an easy way to pick up new skills and have little fear of the consequences of any ineptitude. Play can become as serious as it likes, without needing to upset the fundamentals that we depend upon. Perception of failure during games is softer on the ego than during work.
So, including sport, play is not to be seen as time-off, as a reward, but as a necessary aspect of self-refinement – as well as an important contributor to the maintenance of vitality and youth.
There is a particular attitude of consciousness that is awakened mostly during downtime – in other words, when we relax something happens. This occurrence is healthy and supports inspired creative thoughts and feelings that are essential for complete good health.