Sabian Symbols: Little white lamb, child and Chinese servant
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Pisces 21 (20°- 21°)
TRAINING IN OPTIMISM
The pleasures of soft touch and a simple smile are powerful agencies through which we learn optimism
"Practice and demonstrate innocence of being"
Before the mind gets involved in analysis and formulation of ideas often there is a feeling-sense of what is unfolding. As we bring the mental aspect to bear upon our feelings, then what was single gets polarised and in that moment we opt for this or that. Some opt for hope, some for resignation, some are optimistic and some are fearful. A wise old Chinese oversees the child as she takes comfort and joy from the simple pleasure of a lamb’s cuddliness; this is not trivial, it has huge implications. The child becomes more likely to expect and choose hope and joy because she has been properly trained in the skill by good parenting.
UNDER THE WATCHFUL AND KIND EYE OF A CHINESE SERVANT, A GIRL FONDLES A LITTLE WHITE LAMB
Under the watchful eye of a Chinese servant, a girl fondles a little white lamb
We weave the threads of life to form identity and vision
It perhaps requires an unusual degree of wisdom and trust to understand that life is a limitless field of talent for self-discovery.
The enigmatic image – a lamb, a child, a servant – shows the scattered spread of possibilities that can have little or no connectedness, unless the individual has the talent to ‘join up the dots’ and bring a measure of order to apparent chaos.
There has to be found a level of significance to bring together disparate aspects of life. Assured by the belief that all things are interconnected, the talented mind will seek and find connectedness. From this, our lives can be made meaningful and comprehensible.
Otherwise our experiences would be haphazard – unrelated to our principles and decisions, even to our ancestral and personal history – as if we lived in a vacuum, empty of context and order.
To bring about a noteworthy, special level of self-projection, we need to be of single focus – disregarding what has little consequence, ignoring whatever is out of alignment with our intentions, and disdaining distractions as we focus our dreams.
It is by this process that we weave together all the appropriate threads of our life experience into an integrated statement of identity and vision, within the context of the environment in which we have chosen to make into our place of being. The weaver is the magician – the one who makes things up out of whatever is available. Perhaps we imagine that this is a story of an Asian au pair taking care of a farmer’s daughter, or perhaps a criminal conspiracy to import into Hong Kong illegal foodstuffs disguised as children’s pets. We weave whatever we choose to imagine.
What would happen otherwise? Groping aimlessly through the mess of an unstructured life is hardly the behaviour of a person of dignity and conscience.
Little white lamb, child and Chinese servant
Commentary from Emmy Owens
Triple aspect of animal, youth, and wisdom seen as random and disorderly unless personal gifts and skills are applied to create an interconnectedness between the trio. The animal, which is of its own nature and nothing more, the child, innocent and optimistic in youth, and the Chinese servant, wise from age and experience. Not a progression of spiritual evolution, but perhaps a more triangular relationship of three concepts co-mingling to create a reason for optimism and innocence, the lamb; the choice to take that path, the child; and the wisdom to see the value in it, the Chinese servant.