Sabian Symbols: A new path of realism in experience
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Gemini 11 (10° - 11°)
The path to realisation is uncharted territory that calls up new behaviours and attitudes in the seeker
The very idea of Discovery implies meeting new experiences and opportunities. Having found some ability to conquer urges and limitations, we become capable of real creativity, making up whatever we choose as does an artist with a blank canvas or a writer with a virgin page.
NEWLY OPENED LANDS OFFER THE PIONEER NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPERIENCE
Newly opened lands offer the pioneer new opportunities for experience
An aware person sets a specific orientation for their day-to-day lives
We are obliged to find a specific orientation for our lives – a real path structured by real experiences. We have no choice about this – it is obligatory. Also it is new, in that no one has cut exactly the same path as us; that makes us all pioneers in a way, at least to the extent that we identify fully with the life that has arisen out of choices.
Mostly we are identified by our social role as a homemaker, doctor or clerk for example, but each of us has many roles – friend, pet owner, customer, neighbour – which also shapes who we are. The way in which we participate in life is specified not much by grand visions and ambitions, but mostly by the minutiae of the daily round. Our understanding of the world is garnered from everyday occurrences.
We weigh up the pros and cons – who to be with, what to eat, where to go, how to live – and in this way we both develop and express our set of values and qualities that determine our uniqueness of being.
Sometimes big events like marriage or becoming a parent cut the outline shape, or some decisions about career, studies, travel and so on, yet the polishing and refining occurs moment by moment.
Nobody else does it exactly the same way as we do. We therefore find identification by choosing a thousand ways to be who we are, and we do this every day of our lives.
Nor is this a static or even cyclical process – it is directional. In small ways, these details are modified bit by bit as we inch ever more closely towards the most enduring persona we have imagined for ourselves to be and become. Whatever resources we can muster are brought into play as we go forward. We tend to adopt the behaviours and speech patterns of those whom we want to be like, so we may find ourselves changing from drinking beer to wine or playing Bach instead of the Rolling Stones; we will pick up nuances of expression too – and call the evening meal supper instead of tea or dinner.
Becoming aware of these changing idiosyncrasies of our ordinary life will help us perfect our character. Self-analysis is legitimately seen to be its own reward, and yet there are inevitably more tangible benefits occurring to the self-aware person. Without self-awareness we sink into unconsciousness and the types of behaviour that mirror others and conform to social norms become habits rather than conscious practices. They must be watched carefully otherwise to some degree our uniqueness of identity will be compromised.
The reconciliation is to be achieved between a healthy degree of experimentation – in changing certain aspects of our ways and means – and silly fantasy. Whereas it is healthy to try out new versions of self, whatever does not allow us to function better in our real experience is unsustainable and false. Therefore we must apply limits to what we do and say, basically asking ourselves, ‘truthfully what can we make work in real terms?’.