Sabian Symbols: A woman sprinkling flowers
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Taurus 11 (10°- 11°)
REFINEMENT OF THE EGO
Concentration of the mind on
developing a mature sense of self
As much as a flower is the resultant expression of sap rising and bud forming, so we can see the ego go through a process of stages in its development, beginning with physical urges and maturing through emotional experiences towards full understanding. This process wins our full and loving, though possessive, attention as we nurture our own personal qualities as does a gardener cultivating their flowers.
A WOMAN WATERING FLOWERS IN HER GARDEN
A woman watering flowers in her garden
A woman sprinkling flowers
Caring is valid for its own sake
This is to do with the high level of stewardship by which we build everything around us into an enduring organism for our own fulfilment. Included in this is our requirement to offer succour to those in need, because we want to do that to feel good.
However, we must be careful not to get too interested in superficial satisfactions and a wasteful worrying about petty concerns. Our ability to help has limits, so that extravagant, foolish expenditure of energy will disempower us from assisting properly with more deserving causes.
The key principle is care. A simple act of watering flowers is evidence of heart-felt interest in the well-being of things and presumably, by extension, people. The act of caring is valid for its own sake, because it cultivates the quality of Care, no matter whether the recipient is plant, animal or person – or indeed even deserving.
When we are strong and clear, there is a natural eagerness to pour ourselves into every potentiality of living. We do so by offering to help wherever we can.
Also, here is evidence of the easy and rewarding partnership between man and Nature. The image is a symbol of the soul's determination to give constant and tangible manifestation of its creative powers, so that a natural profusion tends to match its inner generosity of spirit.
When we are mature, and free of excessive neuroses, then we inevitably feel responsible for the welfare of the world. Then we have sensitivity to the requirements of those we meet, and the willingness to soften their burden to some extent.
Rewards, for this level of interest in others, are very great. They may well take the subtle form of a feeling of well-being, yet also there are usually more tangible compensations. Of course, the recompense can come from an indirect source, apparently unconnected to what we have done. A Sufi teaching suggests that we cannot do work of any kind, at any time, which is not eventually paid for – because otherwise a mysterious, cosmic, energetic balance would be upset.