Sabian Symbols: Information in the symbol of an Autumn leaf
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Libra 25 (24° - 25°)
SEEING THROUGH THE ILLUSION
With a certain attitude of perception we can see
beneath the hoax and find the depth of spiritual truth in all things
With a new dimension of perception what we saw before is seen differently. No longer confusing and mysterious, all things are revealed, all patterns are made known on a very much more subtle level of consciousness. Leaves were always beautiful in Autumn, but now we see that that beauty is even more poignant because we have no sentimental repugnance towards death, even of our loved ones', even our own. All we see is part of all that is, which must be exactly that way in this moment so to reflect All That Is in this moment.
THE SIGHT OF AN AUTUMN LEAF BRINGS TO A PILGRIM THE SUDDEN REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY OF LIFE AND DEATH
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Sight of an autumn leaf brings to a pilgrim the sudden revelation of the mystery of life and death
Everyone has their meaningful place in life
A fallen leaf seen tactfully is not a waste product of the tree’s summer need for the Sun’s energy; it has become food for the earth and a source of joy and inspiration for those touched by natural beauty. Somehow this unswerving fidelity, to honour everything and everyone for their ultimate goals and meanings, creates a sense of being able to adapt spontaneously to all that comes along, trusting in our own sense of how best to serve the needs of this moment simply by being who we are without censorship or external reference.
That special ability we have, to know how to respond imaginatively to challenges, can be directed towards the greater questions so that we come to see how, exactly how, all things are interconnected by the process of mutual exchange – that all of the various aspects of life have their own contribution, and mutuality is the universal currency of survival and abundance.
On the human level, it is tact that awakens this comprehension, since through it we look for ways to show appreciation of the value that another person brings. It is much more than a simple courtesy or charming elegance, because it raises both giver and receiver. Our sensitivity develops so that we always keep in mind the intended final purpose of a situation, a person, or thing and, by so doing, offer greater recognition.
Our capacity to think things through, to consult inner experience and intuition, and to find imaginative solutions, is so often wasted on new ways to make the same old mistakes.
Whereas the constant practice of the art of tact will unfailingly generate the inner understanding that all things are inter-dependent; in every case there is symbiosis between the individual and the world.
On a personal level we then develop the efficient means to serve ourselves and others simultaneously and accordingly grow in our influence to shape events. To serve the world, to serve a neighbour and to serve ourselves are therefore equivalent and mutual activities.
Humanity’s intelligence is so often misspent by engaging in unbridled fascination with trivia. We need to focus more on the way that sometimes someone contributes in small ways, and accept that they are doing what they do in their own way and usually better than we ever could – and, even if we don’t know how or why, accept that their contribution is an essential part of the whole picture.