Sabian Symbols: Glass blowers
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Leo 9 (8° - 9°)
KNOWING THE ELEMENTS OF BEAUTY
Creating something inspiring and beautiful involves
passion and commitment
Wherever change is occurring - and it is everywhere and always - three things are present. Spirit, in other words the breath of life force is one; creative passion, the fire of enthusiasm is another; the third is material substance, the dregs of the old. Sand, fire and breath. Each of these elements, in correct dynamic balance must be applied if we are to create something beautiful and timely. Imagine being able to turn sand into beautiful glass!
GLASS BLOWERS SHAPE BEAUTIFUL VASES WITH THEIR CONTROLLED BREATHING
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Glass blowers shape beautiful vases with their controlled breathing
Our truest art is to create a beautiful character
In order to find an enduring form to manifest the Divine, it usually takes skill and training. It shows the inventive genius of humanity that sand can be turned into beautiful glass objects.
What is demonstrated is not only the skill of an artisan, but also something of their ideals, given expression in their art. There is no better justification for the allocation of a lifetime’s resources and effort than to create something of beauty.
To carry out the task requires heat – a symbol of living enthusiasm. We do what we love because we love it enthusiastically.
Without this quality it is a chore, whereas with it, nothing is too much trouble. It makes for an effective participation in everyday existence, and allows us to perfect deftness and become supremely skilful at what we do.
In this way we take the baser materials of life and, with our inexhaustibly creative dexterity, manipulate and improve them.
It is meaningful to extend the metaphor to ourselves, and consider – do we skilfully transform the baser elements of our lower nature into something fine of which we can be proud, or do we simply misuse these powers wilfully, expediently distorting reality into something convenient but graceless?
On another level, the artisans are both the first and last representatives of their culture – its arts and crafts are equally first beginnings and final testimony of civilization’s sophistication.
Commentary from Rochelle Beaty
Combining the life force of self to bring life to something else. The art of manifestation.
The art of glass blowing takes time, skill, practice, discipline and creativity. The desired intent is first realised for the process to begin and then to become. One must learn how to control and use one’s breath to successfully create the desired result. This symbol speaks to me of someone who has been practising these skills in order to manifest their ideas into form. They have to be discipline in their practice to hone these skills so they become a master.