Sabian Symbols: A mountain pilgrimage
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Capricorn 27 (26° - 27°)
THE PILGRIM'S JOURNEY
If we are sincere seekers then we must for a time move
away from our busy lives and struggle upwards to seek peace
"Retreat and pilgrimage"
Even though we love the dance of life, the sensuality of touch, the thrill of engagement and the risk of dangerous conflict, we also love the music that makes us dance. For the pilgrim, that love is the stronger force for a while, and causes them to walk away from the busy marketplace to find a mountaintop somewhere so they can have a fuller experience of the Great Musician.
PILGRIMS CLIMBING THE STEEP STEPS LEADING TO A MOUNTAIN SHRINE
Pilgrims climbing the steep steps leading to a mountain shrine
The seeker of ultimate realisation must hold to the path with resolute steadfastness
At some point in life, we need to discover whether we are parading false virtue, by only pretending to the sacred condition of a would-be pilgrim, or whether we really do have sufficient perseverance, to overcome all the temptations and challenges, which are inherent in any spiritual path of self-discovery and improvement.
Often, the mountain is used to symbolise the pyramiding reality brought about by the inner realization that occurs when we find complete harmony between our life-style expression and our chosen ideals and values.
This is not about gaining satisfaction through superficial allegiances to a particular track of spiritual practices or religiosity; it is about climbing higher and ever higher, towards a place of ultimate realisation.
The indomitable integrity of human comprehension can only be truly awakened by a challenging process of struggle and surrender. We will be examined and have to choose either to overcome both inner and outer resistance, or to become more flexible. Usually we will need to strengthen our resolve and buckle down.
An unquestioned devotion to the worthwhile task at hand is emblematic of the true disciple. The seeker is encouraged, by the path itself, to hold unswervingly to the self-chosen course.
Every vision that our intelligence can aspire to is intensified. Although we will always need to respond appropriately to each difficulty we come across en route, with this level of focus, and our certainty of the sacredness of our purpose, we can expect success in all of our endeavours.
Then mind and heart will experience a total reconciliation one with the other, and gentle outer circumstances will inevitably reflect this sublimely peaceful inner condition.
A mountain pilgrimage
Commentary from Richard Grey
No - inner and outer resistance | strengthening resolve | hold unswervingly to self-chosen course
Hello - human comprehension
Thanks - complete harmony | allegiances
Goodbye - decision to pilgrimage | journeying and leaving behind whatever came before | ultimate realisation | struggle | examination | overcoming
Please - focus | expect success
Sorry - improvement | respond appropriately
Yes - surrender | flexibility | sublimely peaceful inner condition
This is primarily about Goodbye - deciding (G) to take on (or respond (S) to) challenge (G), to test (H) our values (T), as part of our journey to peace (Y).