Sabian Symbols: An untidy, unkempt man
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Leo 24 (23° - 24°)
We cannot expect to excel to mastery of any kind unless we bring total concentration to the matter in hand
"Giving attention only to what matters"
We cannot focus attention on two things at the same time. A highly motivated seeker will not attend to worldly matters with the same ambition as others, choosing to concentrate fully on what they consider more important - the inner reality of spiritual practice. How they appear to others is of small concern.
TOTALLY CONCENTRATED UPON INNER SPIRITUAL ATTAINMENT, A MAN IS SITTING IN A STATE OF COMPLETE NEGLECT OF BODILY APPEARANCE AND CLEANLINESS
Concentrated on spiritual attainment, a man sits in neglect of appearance and cleanliness
Eccentric wisdom contributes most to evolution
This is an image of a person who spends very little effort presenting an acceptable face to society through the way they behave. It matters little what society thinks or does in response to such an open challenge to its values, this character is not perturbed. By extension, the thoughts and ideas of a truly developed being are not much moderated by others’ opinions about wisdom or morality.
Perhaps even as a direct consequence of disdaining collective values, individual qualities are intensified and brought into higher relief, in this way outer accomplishment easily follows.
Loved, therefore, for who we are, not how we appear, we can enjoy a somewhat unusual – even perverse – satisfaction in the neglecting of how we come across to the world at large. The antisocial attitude is a mark of the eccentric rather than the clown.
Taken to the extreme, a complete self-confidence within the uniqueness of our characteristic approach can show itself as a complete disregard for any of society’s rewards or penalties.
This particular interaction between self and society may well create a need in us to show every one of our physical and psychological attributes to best effect – to demonstrate our particular values and value in serving society. We like to show exactly how we are different – partly to define who we are, partly to influence others.
This sets up a tension and therefore a constant process of self-refinement as we strive to be a better example of society by rejecting its collective values and affirming our own unique vision. This is how we contribute to the development of the race.
We see a paradox in this – that an apparently selfish motivation leads, in its extreme form, to a wholesome, and entirely necessary, evolutionary contribution to society at its highest level of progress.