Sabian Symbols: Birds in a house singing happily
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Capricorn 8 (7° - 8°)
HAPPY ACCEPTANCE OF LIMITATIONS
The Earth plane is defined by its limitations and those who accept and enjoy coping with this fact are the happy ones
The full enjoyment of a happy life is hardly available to people who feel frustrated and thwarted by the strong boundaries that limit personal freedom. It is accessed only by those who have come to terms with the scope of realistic possibility, and willingly accept the conditions of constraint that life on earth implies. Simply because we inhabit physical bodies in a limited plane of existence we must curb our passions and desires; when we do, only when we do, we will be able to know lasting joy.
IN A SUN-LIT HOME DOMESTICATED BIRDS SING JOYOUSLY
In a sunlit home domesticated birds sing joyously
No matter what, at core we are who we are
The image given of birds in a house singing happily leads us to contemplate the simple and beautiful relationship between the higher and lower selves. The descent of spirit or intelligence occurs whether or not we invoke the Presence, and we may only first become aware of it when we notice ourselves singing for no good reason. This is about the actuality and impregnability of independence of every individual.
We have an insatiable urge to put everything to use, and put each of our many talents to work in every part of everyday reality. The employment of our skills and knowledge is the celebration of our being, and there is no limit to the new ways we can find to express yet another authentic aspect of our unique potential.
Eventually, it becomes completely evident who we are, as we make the world our own and call on all others to share it with us. They become not only witnesses to our state of realisation but, in some mysterious way, co-creators of it with us. Hence the Buddhist teaching that we must be careful who we spend time with – because to some significant extent they shape us.
The establishment of our world is the establishment of our selves. Humanity’s self-fulfilment is real only to the extent we are successful in shaping circumstances, since outer situations are simply the mirror of our inner world. The realisation of another level of understanding who we are must be followed by a decision to make this realisation manifest in the world, and then taking action upon this decision.
Therefore we need to express an outward vision, since it is that which gives rise to the precipitation of events – as they become a higher revelation of what previously was limited to the world of our imagination. This is what causes us to meet new situations, through which we meet new people who are also projecting their own unique vision.
Idle narcissism is the danger to avoid. It is unhealthy to spend all of our time in self-obsessed activities and inner reflection. A balanced self-image is more likely to lead to fulfilment and happiness. It is our interaction with others that forces us to balance and rebalance our sense of self.
No matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, at core we continue to be exactly who we are, nothing else. This core cannot be disestablished however much we bend to others and are shaped by their impression upon us. This core is very much more precious than the more ephemeral aspects of personality.