Sabian Symbols: An epidemic of mumps
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Leo 2 (1° - 2°)
WIDESPREAD IMPLICATIONS OF ANY EVENT
Any individual could begin an infectious idea or behaviour; not all of them are safe and appropriate for the community
"Understanding that small events have widespread implications"
Any imbalances that we suffer individually can all too easily spread outwards to affect people around us, and therefore in turn our total life experience. This is emphatically true when the individual has childlike immaturity and cannot assimilate the life-force with appropriate restraint - particularity when sexuality is in play. This reminds us to be careful that we do not affect the world with our immature power-projections.
AN EPIDEMIC OF THE MUMPS
An epidemic of mumps
By sharing, we open ourselves up to whatever we may encounter
If we don’t get mumps, then we’ll certainly get some other infection. That is the threatening nature of life on earth, and we need to come to terms with that.
Yet without infection there cannot be osmosis, resonance or empathy. These are processes whereby one organism influences another and changes its very qualities. Whenever we reach out to share the best of another, we open ourselves up to the worst – whatever we may encounter.
In threatening moments when illness hits us, we could be seduced to find a momentary appeal in escapist ideas. This is not a positive approach, and may well bring unwanted results – self-pity usually does.
We are challenged to practise continual self-protection as the basis for our participation in current affairs. We are always in harm’s way and even a moment’s forgetfulness of this sharpening fact of life can cost us dear. It is our business to make sure we are not overwhelmed by the influence of others.
To further our aims we have to retain sensitivity, a passionate sensitivity, to what has practical importance to us when opportunity presents; yet we are vulnerable beings and need to take that awareness into our plans and strategies.
The indestructible spirit has to come to terms with the destructible body in order to approach self-perfection. Through the limitations of the physical body we come to learn of the other living spirits, and our own best approach towards involvement with them.
If we are not vigilant and forget to be truly alive to what we need in the immediate moment, especially when we go too far beyond our personal capacities, then things get out of hand, and we are at risk. Then there is a danger that we may choose to avoid reality and responsibility to retreat into a self-indulgent experience of our debilitating deficiencies.