Sabian Symbols: A sculptor
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Sagittarius 27 (26° - 27°)
MAKING ONE'S MARK
We have a personal vision of how we would like to see things and we try to change the circumstances of our life to fit with that vision
We are inevitably part of a group, in fact there are numerous groups that shape our identity to some extent, and yet we are also uniquely individual and have an irrefutable inner longing to give material form to what otherwise would remain undisclosed, unveiled and constrained in the realm of personal imagination. Our life is an artwork, our journey is the creative exploration of what we try to convey of our inner experience of being alive. We are all sculptors of a kind.
A SCULPTOR AT HIS WORK
A sculptor at his work
With mastery, when our vision of self is strong, light can shine through stone
An irrepressible desire to endow transience with permanence – possessing it – somehow brings nature into subjugation. The sculptor immortalises an otherwise fleeting aspect of life, bringing truly exceptional self-expression to bear upon rock-hard reality. In a similar way, we have to make up the worldly expression of who we think we are, so that we have substance within our world.
In order completely to have something, we must share it. That is because one aspect of a thing is its relation to other things, and without that aspect, it is not fully realised and enjoyed. This applies as much to our own self-image as anything else.
What's more, by sharing ourselves with others, we allow them to contribute to our evolutionary shaping process, and so we actually absorb aspects of them into who we are.
We cannot maintain any expanded self-image if we cannot strongly project it – so our vision of self must endure. It needs to withstand the challenges of social involvement and community approval as well as the tests of time. Otherwise it is a mood, an ephemeral idea, a fancy or fantasy.
Maturity of self-development is the furthering of self-manifestation. As we become increasingly aware of who we uniquely are, we want to find ways to give more definite substance to that uniqueness. This is inevitably linked to the creative aspect of self. If not creative, then how unique?
Of course we need to guard against overambitious pretension and the dry pointlessness of callous impersonality. After all, by sculpting personality, we have turned vibrancy to stone; this is hubris.
Let our gift of manifestation be expressed in living works of light therefore. Even in statues of stone, light can shine through. It is the talent, which moulds the statue, that is the real treasure; the sculpting is a process whose highest product is mastery not statues. Mastery lives on and is passed down through the generations indefinitely, not for a mere handful of millennia.