Sabian Symbols: A new moon that divides its influences
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Pisces 26 (25°- 26°)
FREEDOM OF CHOICE
Civilisation demands conformity but the soul requires
freedom to choose what comes next
"Exercise your free will"
If we expect to be able to exercise freedom of choice for ourselves then we must allow that same freedom to others. Therefore the idea that we may require another person to act, feel or think the same way that we do is false. There is of course despotism in the fields of politics and corporate commerce and this is very unfortunate, yet the worst issue is at home. Parenting is so often coercive. It takes a remarkable emotional maturity to allow others to be the way they are and find our adjustment to them.
WATCHING THE VERY THIN MOON CRESCENT APPEARING AT SUNSET, DIFFERENT PEOPLE REALISE THAT THE TIME HAS COME TO GO AHEAD WITH THEIR DIFFERENT PROJECTS
Watching the thin moon crescent at sunset, people realise that it is time for their different projects
Deeper realisations enable us to get clearer about our ultimate motives
There are times when it is good to refuse to commit ourselves to any definite course of action, and leave our options open. Sometimes, we just cannot see what path is true and clear, and so it requires a delicate approach. A new moon that divides its influences is revealing itself as unsighted – similarly, we may be dividing and therefore concealing our attention at the beginning of things, which may well have merit, as long as we can finesse the situation. We can make a fine skill of uncertainty.
An unthinking, instinctive outreach into the world may or may not actually contribute to a legitimate outcome. Firstly we need to encounter deeper realisations, and perhaps get clearer about our ultimate motives, and then, carefully to live out our fullest response to what we feel is the right thing to do here and now.
It’s worth remembering that, since the universality of larger concerns are enacted through smaller matters, personal initiative forms the basic dynamic in any collective scheme of things. So even if we wait a while before acting, it is likely that we will feel the urge to motivate ourselves sooner or later, perhaps even in response to something seemingly trivial.
Sometimes our actions must be tentative until we achieve a sufficiently clear position of self-discovery – so that we can act without ambiguity or confusion.
We seek to do the greatest good for all concerned, with the least expenditure of effort – and yet of course we always favour our own agenda, and try to make sure the cost to us is always outweighed by the potential benefit.
Every emerging potentiality of self can be effectively developed though capitalising on our ability to bring any state of affairs around to our advantage. Yet timing is crucial – it is best to wait until we are certain before making an irrevocable commitment to a specific path of progression.
The risk is of a completely disruptive vacillation. Our sometime inability to decide must not be allowed to become a fickle way of life – all is then lost; nothing good comes of this attitude to life.