Sabian Symbols: Man turning his back on passion, teaching from experience
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Aquarius 24 (23° - 24°)
SHARING OUR EXPERIENCES TO TEACH OTHERS
It is the implied duty of those who know
to instruct those who do not know
"Learning by teaching others"
Those of us who have taken a significant step towards deepening our level of maturity have a role to play in the development process of others who have taken fewer steps. We are able to explain what is happening and what to do about it to another as they encounter similar challenges to what we have experienced. It is implied that there is a duty to assist another if we are able as they struggle with a problem we have ourselves overcome.
A MAN, HAVING OVERCOME HIS PASSIONS, TEACHES DEEP WISDOM IN TERMS OF HIS EXPERIENCE
A man, having overcome his passions, teaches deep wisdom in terms of his experience
Serenity is found when knowledge and experience are in harmony
Our passions record the difference between what we experience and what we genuinely understand. Turning from them, we demonstrate that we have learned their lessons, and found a place of peace, where knowledge and experience are in constant dynamic harmony. The self is thus refined more and more, so that the inner rewards become so much more valuable than the outer success that naturally follows. Serenity is at hand.
Those with a developed sensitivity to the demands of the world can find it all very disheartening, and become cynical in their day-to-day disappointments, expecting to be displeased – even as a way of life.
What remedies this is a broad and deep participation in everyday and ordinary activities of the general population. It is then seen that in fact there is no generality within the population; everyone’s life and circumstances are uniquely touching and, when seen truly, stimulate wisdom.
The very act of sharing our gifts and rewards imbues them with their special value, and so our most precious gift is the ability to relate deeply with another. This requires heart as well as mind.
Humanity’s penchant for self-obsession is not wholly without grace or spiritual importance, yet the self must assimilate itself within the higher vision of self in order to find peace. This is done secretly. So, in the company of those whose problems reach out with an unsettling influence, inwardly we remember grace, and all is well.
Accomplishment does not require us to deal with others’ issues; the opposite is the case. By deepening our own convictions, we find such a profundity of inner stillness that serenity becomes the constancy of our being. This is what leads to success in all endeavours, and also has the greatest healing effect.
We can gently absorb ourselves into this place of peace, detached from externals, yet quite capable and willing to serve selflessly. We can give the appearance of a thoroughly integrated, properly functioning unit of society – despite being almost completely free of it.