Sabian Symbols: Miners emerging from a mine
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Libra 12 (11° - 12°)
QUESTING FOR KNOWLEDGE
Life is a mystery in order that we learn how to
delve into the mysterious
"Moving from unconsciousness into the light"
As much as a professor delves deep to win knowledge, a miner digs down into the earth to win coal, each pays a price - the professor's eyesight and the miners lungs - and yet they each find their delving valid despite the cost. Sincere seekers inevitably invest heavily in pursuit of realisation; others do not.
MINERS ARE SURFACING FROM A DEEP COAL MINE
Miners are surfacing from a deep coal mine
Freedom is in the ever-curious mind and the wilful spirit that changes what isn’t working
The miner is constantly working in dangerous and difficult circumstances to wrest something of worth from the rock. It requires, and so develops, considerable strength of character and indomitable self-confidence to live like this.
Some lives are lived out fully in very mundane ways, and the scope for personal expression lives only in the mind. We are freed by a mind that is ever curious to understand and experience whatever can be found of interest on restricted horizons.
To harvest the fruits of our endeavours, and find greater happiness, is in any case dependent upon attitude of mind. So, ironically, it may well serve us better to be constrained within straitened life circumstances – in order to evolve a mind whose irresistible spark will always want to find the light in a dark place.
It is through doggedness and uncompromising effort that personality is forced to come to terms with life and find a way forward. The resultant grit is its own reward – nothing much will shake the integrity of one who has faced such hardship on a daily basis.
That said, life is not meant to have to be endured all the time and it is a grim failure if we are unable to find an escape. The miners’ blackened uniform faces also speak of the dullness and bleak conformism of non-entities who lack the spunk and insight to rise up against the life-denying crush of Blake’s ‘dark satanic mills’.
It may well be appropriate for a time to face up to the risk of degradation, being constantly hampered and thwarted in our dreams. But really it should not be endured for too long.
When we reach deep into the well of our inner truth, we find that the life force is inexhaustible and indefinitely supportive. If what we are doing isn’t working for us, then something needs to change.