Sabian Symbols: A noon siesta
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Libra 14 (13° - 14°)
TAKING A BREAK
It is healthier and probably more productive to take ample
periods of relaxation and time for recuperation
"Learning the wisdom of letting go"
To maintain health on emotional/mental levels as well as physical we must relax sometimes. This 'down-time' is not wasteful or unproductive at all; it is equivalent to the in-breath which revitalises and energises. We must assimilate our experiences, we must allow dreams their place, and we must tune in to the softer side of life in order to restore balance.
IN THE HEAT OF THE NOON HOUR A MAN TAKES A SIESTA
In the heat of the noon hour a man takes a siesta
Limits on freedom must be monitored to sponsor occasional inner reorientation
We are each competent to cope satisfactorily with whatever comes up in our lives. This is basic – the basis of all life. Any inability to demonstrate this is born of fear.
However, in order to cope and sharpen our thoughts, there are skills and strategies to learn. One important example is to make a normal, routine practice of taking time for a period of reflection and inner reorientation. This down-time is as important as energetic engagement with the external realization of our goals. Of course we need to rest after exertion, that is self-evident, but there is more to this wisdom.
Such a practice leads to a sense of life as being full and rewarding, with little day-to-day things bringing great satisfaction.
In time we come to learn that we need to withdraw generally from unnecessary involvements if we are to experience freedom. Whatever responsibilities we have that limit our sense of freedom must be carefully monitored. We can get caught up by the hustle bustle and fear-based need to achieve. Typically, people go helter-skelter in pursuit of ambitions that serve someone else’s version of what brings happiness. It is a pointless expenditure of effort to target the wrong outcome, and yet it is almost certain that we will do that unless we are properly guided. Eventually we all have to access inner guidance in order to replace ambition with vision, and this requires the mind to find repose and allow soul feelings to emerge, rising up to the surface of consciousness. This is necessary if we are to find happiness upon achievement. It’s not enough to know what we want; we need also to remember why.
Our lives are surely a representation of the vision we hold of a world in which we profit, as do others, from an ability to project who we are into the community that we choose to inhabit.
It is simply inappropriate to maintain such a force of projection indefinitely. We are best served by including recuperation periods into our lives whenever there are negative feelings of tiredness, boredom, or signs of disinterest in ordinary little things.
A short rest enables us to take an in-breath, take stock, and regroup. In this more inward state, the unconscious elements in the psyche are better able to commune with higher aspects of our soul’s purpose.