Sabian Symbols: A woman disappointed and disillusioned
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
21st degree of Aquarius (20° - 21°)
FACING EMOTIONAL PAIN WITH STOICISM
Things go wrong, we get upset but we must carry on
Sometimes we face the future with the expectation that nothing much of value is coming our way; this occurs when we have had our hopes dashed and cannot reaffirm optimism. It is a great emotional challenge to resist despair and courageously and stubbornly choose to be hopeful. In fact, perhaps the greatest gift of faith is the refusal to allow pessimism to take hold. Faith is not a gift or an opinion but a decision; it indicates exceptional maturity.
A DISAPPOINTED AND DISILLUSIONED WOMAN COURAGEOUSLY FACES A SEEMINGLY EMPTY LIFE
A disappointed and disillusioned woman courageously faces a seemingly empty life
Nothing superficial endures – and only profound eternal realities bring lasting happiness
Any attempt towards fulfilment of self through a capitalisation on purely physical assets must fail eventually. However beautiful or strong we may be, it all passes away sooner or later and, if we have squandered opportunities for real self-improvement, we are left without much inner strength of character, or even elegance of personality.
It is only by accessing the deeper potentials of the being that self-discovery can occur, and the curse of beauty so readily denies the beautiful any real possibilities of advancement.
The image suggests that a woman has become at last disappointed and disillusioned as she gains insight into the superficiality of her appeal. Clearance is required and provided by this realisation – she clears from her emotional body the self-damaging belief that her form is her best asset. We could extend this idea to include anyone who gets older and loses power because they become less appealing. This is sure evidence of previous emotional immaturity and its corresponding distortion of wisdom.
What arises, to replace the false trust in the superficial, is an inherent gift for pressing on and gaining increased powers with every setback.
Personal frustrations can then be seen not so much a denial of opportunity as a challenge to support a genuine self-realisation.
Nothing we depend upon remains the same, and some of it is entirely ephemeral. While it is a joy to capture the pleasure of the springtime of our lives, it is the eternal realities that bring true long-term happiness. The distress of the soul is inevitable whenever it seeks its sustainment from elements that have no anchorage in our deepest, authentic nature – so to be really content, we have to locate the aspect of us which is enduring, true and basic.
Some people are willing to allow the acceptance of all defeat as final. This is inconsistent with general experience – we see everywhere the capacity for renewal and regeneration. Our disappointments can so often be the first clue we have that a new and better life is approaching.