Sabian Symbols: A modern Pocahontas
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Cancer 28 (27° - 28°)
APPRECIATION FOR COUNTRY LIFE
The soul may be able to withstand the constant stress of an ambitious city life for a while but not for long without cost
It is hardly surprising that humanity's survival instincts brought about the inclination to become civilised, to create social structures and limit the risks and discomfort of primitive living. Yet taken too far this process lifts people into a false world divorced from Nature, which actually is unsustainable. The return to Nature is a necessary re-balancing when we have lost touch with the Earth.
AN INDIAN GIRL INTRODUCES HER WHITE LOVER TO HER ASSEMBLED TRIBE
An Indian girl introduces her white lover to her assembled tribe
Life is change; we must find a way to adjust
It is foolish to dwell on the past and exalt the principles of conservatism. The past does not exist and its dreams did not survive. Life is change; we must find a way to adjust. Pocahontas won her place in history when she married a white American, the first recorded inter-racial marriage in the USA. Leaving her own people, she embraced the new world, and was held up as an example of the native culture from which she came. Finding a way to harmonise her past and her future, she stands as a symbol of compatibility.
New phases of human culture wash upon the shores of what seems crystallised as hard fact, eroding the very substance of reality. Shore and tide, essentially different, are eternally cooperating in the mystery of evolution by finding the rhythm of give and take.
It is true that values, hard-won and passed down from generation to generation, promote faithfulness and the bonding power of deep empathy that underpins the love of family, clan and homeland.
Yet these very values are established only by the interplay between old and new, as the frontier spirit of change breathes its life force into what otherwise would decay or become rigid.
The visionary soul is a pioneer, ever seeking to renew and perfect relationships between what was and what will be, as a means to expanding a greater depth and reach of self-realisation.
Every intimate contact is the frontier of human evolution, where old meets new, each convinced of its rights and power. The wise and skilful soul demonstrates its special facility of compatibility in such encounters, and so softens the friction of tide upon shore.
Old wisdom and its deeply-treasured beauty will thus be appropriately employed in service to contemporary needs, expressed by youth’s fresh vibrancy, its modern values and naive joyful fumblings.