Sabian Symbols: Old bridge over a beautiful stream
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Sagittarius 28 (27° - 28°)
MAKING USEFUL THINGS BEAUTIFUL
We can consecrate our lives more by remembering to
marry spiritual qualities with mundane needs
We are creative beings seeking to beautify our lives meaningfully. Were we not capable of transforming our environment, we would be little more than animals of the wilderness constantly in fear for our survival. Yet when taken too far, taming Nature results in ugliness, the desolation of the concrete jungles that big cities become, and environmental poisoning. The resultant inner desolation, depression and frustration that comes out as violent aggression or mindless conformity is evidence of the need to reconcile civilisation with Nature, making what is useful also beautiful.
AN OLD BRIDGE OVER A BEAUTIFUL STREAM IS STILL IN CONSTANT USE
Old bridge over a beautiful stream is still in constant use
All ideals and all people fit together to embody an eternal pattern of Nature
Old things, old ways and old ideas can be nothing more than outworn evidence of a total lack of initiative, or an inner lack of vitality or courage. Old isn’t necessarily good.
And yet, delightfully, old structures can also speak of the enduring stability of the world at large, hinting at an eternal sense of security and well-being that places us in the present moment, yet with firm and ancient worldly roots.
Humanity has built objects of stone and wood that last for generations and have seen the rise and fall of empires, fashions and waves of historical change. We come to depend more for our sense of rightness on what is built by masons than what is built by governments and culture.
Each person can attend to their own requirements by expressing their needs in form and function, and such objects that are thus made tend to last, and take on a special worth within our sense of goodness and beauty.
In turn, Nature has a way of integrating the best of these to enhance her already perfect beauty. Does the chipped, moss-clad, discoloured bridge diminish the scene? It does not; it seems to draw better attention to the loveliness of the stream it spans.
Each person can blend and integrate each other person – as do stream and bridge, which are in natural harmony, each enhancing the other’s essential features. All needs and ideals fit together to serve the eternal pattern, though only genius can see this.
What falls away, as ephemeral as dust upon the wind, is what does not serve and take its place usefully into this universal pattern of cosmic alignment.