Sabian Symbols: Muse weighing twins
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Cancer 29 (28° - 29°)
We must learn to find balance between rational and
non-rational wisdom if we are to optimise our opportunities
"Balancing our personal experiences against accepted knowledge"
Each moment remains uncommitted until a decision cuts away options and, when definitively analysed, we come to see polarity of 'this or that' in everything. We live a life of choice between pairs of opposites - and whether and when we choose with mind, heart, body or soul is what determines who we become.
A GREEK MUSE WEIGHING NEW-BORN TWINS IN GOLDEN SCALES
A Greek muse weighing new-born twins in golden scales
Knowledge and experience are the twin poles of existence
The twins, which the spirit of inspired wisdom is weighing, refer to the two complimentary parts of the self.
These have been identified, and related in modern psychology to the operation of the two sides of the brain. The right is more intuitive, the left more rational; the one leads us into situations, the other tries to understand them.
As we weigh our experiences to find their meaning with a balanced wisdom, we create a unique expression of self-hood. When this individuality is expressed in the world of senses it shows in personality, when expressed in the eternal reality it shows as our inner encounter with truth; it is reason.
Finding a way to reconcile these two is a necessary and sufficient condition for inner peace. If we are to establish authenticity and poise as we express our creative interpretation of the nature of reality then we must learn to value them both.
In fact, integrity of selfhood can only be achieved fully by one who focuses attention equally on each of them in an unending dynamic – now on one, now the other. Knowledge and experience are the twin poles of the unity of existence, each informing the other, motivating us to explore both inner and outer worlds.
Although there is merit approaching an idealised version of self, in either direction, it is neither helpful nor wholesome to indulge any inclination towards perfectionism.
True spiritual wisdom will never be reached by idealising any idea to the point of perfection. The truth is that idealism itself lies in the realm of theoretical spirituality, rather than sensory reality, and is therefore unavailable to a sensual being. And we are all sensual beings.
Understanding this confers remarkable powers of discriminating judgement – the ability to bring to conflict and contradiction the balance of wisdom. We are drawn unendingly into tests that examine how well we can demonstrate the depth and subtleties of our unique take on how life works. Wisdom itself will never grow without this unavoidable life process of trial and error – we are born to fail, to learn from our mistakes and to try again. Being unwilling to risk failure would cap our development and, equally, refusing to learn from our mistakes would limit the depth and richness of our life experiences. The muse is accessible to us whenever we are willing to tune in to this refined insight, and perhaps only then.